Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Our New Year’s Gift to Readers
The year 2013 in Westport—the 11th year of publication of WestportNow—was another busy period with extremes of joy and deep sadness.
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach in January found himself the object of much attention from the sea gulls. Maybe it was the old cracker he had in his hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Little Leaguers magic ride to the Little League World Series created a wave of hometown pride while the tragic death of Marine Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr. in a training accident brought tears to many.
Day in and day out, WestportNow was there as we have been 24/7 since 2003. We are deeply grateful for contributions of news and photos from our readers and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2014 with the kind of knowledgable coverage only a hometown publication can produce. We are also deeply grateful for the advertising support received and urge you to patronize our advertisers.
As is our tradition, our New Year’s gift to readers is a photo review of the past year. Entries include major events, and some not so major. But they were all part of life in Westport in 2013. To enjoy, CLICK HERE. Happy New Year!
Monday, October 28, 2013
One Year Ago: Storm Sandy Devastated Westport
Scenes from Storm Sandy as it devastated Westport a year ago. The storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and left some Westporters in the dark for more than a week. WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Thursday, October 03, 2013
WN on the Scene: Fall Art Exhibits NYC to Massachusetts
The fall art season is under way from New York City to Massachusetts. Offerings range from Louise Bourgeois’s “Eyes” (above) at Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass. and Anselm Kiefer’s sculpture and paintings at the MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., to Sol LeWitt’s monumental wall drawings at Paul Cooper’s Gallery in New York’s Chelsea district and Edmund de Waal’s display of tiny white porcelain vases at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue. They are seen through the lens of Helen Klisser During, contributing WestportNow photographer and director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center. Click here for information on each picture. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, June 06, 2013
WN on the Scene: Venice Biennale
The center of the art world in recent days has been Venice where the world’s oldest and most prestigious international art festival, the Venice Biennale, opened to the public. Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center and contributing WestportNow photographer, was among those getting a sneak peek ahead of the official opening. Here is a selection of her photos from Venice. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Our New Year’s Gift to Readers
The year 2012 in Westport—the 10th year of publication of WestportNow—topped the previous year as the busiest news year since we began publishing.
From crime to natural disasters, moments of joy and to deep sadness, WestportNow was there every day 24/7, providing news and photos—many of them exclusive.
Many of the photos came from you, our readers. And for that we are very grateful.
As is our tradition, our New Year’s gift to readers is a photo review of the past year. Entries include major events, and some not so major. But they were all part of life in Westport in 2012. To enjoy, CLICK HERE. Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 09, 2012
WN on the Scene: Africa Up Close
Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center (and contributing WestportNow photographer) visited Rwanda and Malawi last month on a photo assignment for the United Nations. She accompanied Helen Clark, United Nations Development Programme Administrator, who is a former prime minister of New Zealand. Klisser During, a New Zealand native, compiled this photo essay of her journey for WestportNow. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sherwood Island 9/11 Anniversary
Scenes at Sherwood Island State Park today, site of the Connecticut 9/11 memorial, on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 06, 2012
Dinner with the President
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE About 60 well heeled Democratic National Committee (DNC) supporters were waiting tonight when President Barack Obama’s motorcade arrived at 7:33 p.m. for dinner at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s waterfront estate on Westport’s Beachside Avenue.
President Obama addresses a Stamford fundraiser tonight. Cablevision News-12 photo
The supporters, most of them from New York City and Westchester, had been there since 6 p.m. and had their cars valet parked, according to a Westporter who attended. At the request of the Secret Service, they also had to relinquish their phones and cameras, placing them in baggies with their names on them to be returned after Obama left around 9 p.m.
In addition to Weinstein and his wife Georgina, the hosts included Westport’s Joanne Woodward, Clea Newman and her husband Kurt Sunderland, actress Anne Hathaway, “West Wing” producer Aaron Sorkin and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
“It was terrific,” said Westporter Ann Sheffer, a longtime arts advocate and DNC donor who attended with her husband Bill Scheffler. “To be three feet from the president of the United States is thrilling.”
Obama Uses Westport as Base for CT Visit
UPDATE They appeared over the horizon shortly after 5 p.m. today against a mostly blue sky with a stiff breeze blowing – five helicopters, two with the presidential seals.
President Obama arrives at Sherwood Island State Park today. Cablevision News-12 photo
Moments later, at 5:16 p.m., President Obama was safely on the ground in the large grassy circle just inside the main entrance at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, the first presidential visit to Westport in 13 years. Shortly after 9 p.m., it was all over.
There was no welcoming ceremony, just a quick walk to the presidential limousine, according to a witness. Then, escorted by a dozen motorcycle policemen from Westport, the State Police, and surrounding towns it was off to Stamford on I-95. (See text below of Obama remarks at Stamford Marriott).
There he appeared at a $500 a head reception before leaving at 7:13 p.m. for the return trip to Westport and a $35,800 a head dinner at the Beachside Avenue home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. By 9 p.m., the president was on the move back to Sherwood Island and his helicopter ride to Air Force One parked at New York’s JFK Airport.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
WN on the Scene: Beijing’s Heaviest Rains in 60 Years
WestportNow Associate Editor Dave Matlow is in Beijing where the Chinese capital on Saturday experienced its heaviest rains in 60 years that left 37 persons dead and caused widespread chaos. Some parts of the area received up to 18 inches of rain, according to Chinese media. View is of the 17-Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace northwest of Beijing’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Parade in One Minute
Westport photographer Nicholas Pisarro, Jr. created this time lapse video of today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. Video by Nicholas Pisarro Jr.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
WN Wins Eight Citations in Journalism Contest
WestportNow has won eight citations, including three first place prizes, in the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in North Haven.
A contributing photographer won a first place prize for this picture of the capture of a murder suspect in Playhouse Square last November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo, ©2011 WestportNow.com
First place winners included James Lomusico, associate editor, for his coverage of Tropical Storm Irene last summer, Douglas Healey, contributing photographer, for his photo of a father consoling a Staples football player (“Comforting Words from Dad”), and a contributing photographer for a photo (”Captured”) of a murder suspect captured in Playhouse Square.
Lomuscio also won a third place prize for his story “Friends: ‘Kuti’ Loved Family, America and Life,” about the reaction to the murder last December of a Westport jeweler.
Dave Matlow, associate editor, shared a third place prize with contributing photographer Helen Klisser During for their photos of the Saugatuck Congregational Church fire. Matlow also won a third place award for his picture of a woman rescued from a car involved in an accident (“Woman Unhurt in Hillspoint Road Rescue.”)
Friday, May 04, 2012
WN on the Scene: New Contemporary Art Fair
New York City’s Randall Island Park hosts beginning today the Frieze Art Fair, described by The New York Times as “a one-stop-shopping survey of the state of contemporary art” and “a kind of trade show as fun fair, both commercially down-and-dirty and aggressively high-minded at once.” Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center and WestportNow contributing photographer, was on hand Thursday for a VIP preview. The show runs only through Monday and all tickets must be purchased online in advance here. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 11, 2012
WN on the Scene: NY’s Annual Contemporary Art Fair
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, ends today at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its 14th year, The Armory Show has re-established itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During, who is director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center and an arts advisor to The Armory Show, takes WestportNow readers on a photo tour. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday, February 25, 2012
WN on the Scene: Oscar Excitement Building
Excitement is building in Hollywood in advance of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner was on the scene at The Hollywood and Highland Center (newly changed from The Kodak Theatre), home to the Oscars since 2002. It is located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home to the Oscars ceremony in 1944-46. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport