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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Holiday Happenings at Compo Beach

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Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach tonight was crowded with Memorial Day weekend guests enjoying cookouts, picnics, and games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Grilling Corn on the Cob

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Grilling corn on the cob was a popular dish today at Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Having Fun at Block Party

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Several hundred residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area off of Compo Road North today attended the annual Memorial Day block party. Food, music, and games entertained young and older. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Becca’s Beat

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Becca Webster, 14, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, was among musicians in the Becca, Bobby and Friends Band entertaining at today’s annual block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. Becca, who has been taking drumming lessons since the age of 9, was recently first runner-up in the under 18 category of the annual Hit Like a Girl global drumming contest for female percussionists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Street Singers

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The Colgate 13, Colgate University graduates who performed in the school’s a capella group and live in the Westport area, were among entertainers at today’s annual Memorial Day block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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New Eagle Scouts

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A large crowd today attended a Troop 39 Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Green’s Farms Congregational Church where four scouts were inducted into the Eagle rank. They are (l-r)  Aidan Clarke, Patrick Lindwall, David Wisdom and Brendan Wisniewski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Eagle Ceremony Draws Crowd

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Westport’s Green’s Farms Congregational Church was packed today as four Boy Scouts were inducted into the Eagle rank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Sunday Scouts Will Remember


Scenes from today’s Westport Troop 39 Eagle Scout ceremony at Green’s Farms Congregational Church. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Crowds

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with Memorial Day weekend visitors today. Temperatures reached the low 80s away from the shore but were in the 70s at the beach under mostly sunny skies. Monday’s Memorial Day forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 77 and light south winds increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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WN Salutes Grand Marshals - Bob Satter 2014

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As part of its Memorial Day weekend coverage, WestportNow today offers a photo salute of Westport’s Memorial Day parade grand marshals since 2004, beginning with Bob Satter, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2013 - Leonard Everett Fisher

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Leonard Everett Fisher was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2012 - Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone

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Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2012. He died July 25, 2014 at age 88. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2011 - Tracy Sugarman

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Tracy Sugarman (pictured with wife Gloria) was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2011. He died Jan. 20, 2013 at age 90. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshals 2010 - George Marks Sr. & George Marks Jr.

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George Marks Sr. and George Marks Jr. were Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshals, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2009 - Ed See

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Ed See was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2009. He died Sept. 8, 2009 at age 93. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2008 - Howard Munce

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Howard Munce was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2007 - Ted Diamond

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Ted Diamond was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2006 - Art Reale

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Art Reale was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2006. He died Nov. 10, 2012 at age 90. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2005 - Barry McCabe

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Barry McCabe was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2005. He died Nov. 14, 2007 at age 83. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2004 - Clayton Chalfant

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Clayton Chalfant was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Memorial Day Flag Salute

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Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society and a member of the Historic District Commission, said the flag that drapes his 1764-built house on Cross Highway this weekend is the flag that was presented to his family when his father, a World War II veteran, was buried at Arlington Cemetery in 2001 at the age of 90. Gerber said his father, who served in the Panama Canal for three and a half years, met fellow soldier Frank Boylan who often talked about his artist uncle George Hand Wright who resided in Westport. Boylan was the heir to Wright’s house, located at Westport’s 93 Cross Highway, which is now owned and occupied by Gerber. Following the death of Boylan in 1993 and his widow in 2003, Gerber purchased the house in 2010. Gerber said his Cross Highway residence transcends his father’s World War II friendship with Boylan while preserving the historic house known today as the Eliphalet Sturges 1764-1767 and George Hand Wright 1907-1951 House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Tamarac Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Tamarac Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1-1/4-story cape has 1.282 square feet, is situated on a .25-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, most recently changed ownership in July 2011 for $599,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  May 24, 2015


1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Showing the Flag

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Among the many Westport residents honoring veterans on the Memorial Day weekend by proudly draping flags on their homes are Veronica and Thomas Hofstetter, 15 Bridge St. Veronica Hofstetter said her family has a long and proud military history. She said her husband, Thomas C. Hofstetter III, served in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, attaining the rank of captain, his father served in the Korean War, his grandfather fought in the Battle of Verdun in World War I, and his great-great-grandfather was in the Civil War. She said Tom, who was invited to address Saugatuck Elementary School students on Friday, told them: When you see a military person in uniform say ‘hello and thank for your your service to our country.’“  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Book Choreographs Local Story Behind New Yorker Covers

By James Lomuscio

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The cover of the new book, which will sell for $40 at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The book’s cover tells it all, striking a chord with everyone familiar with Westport.

It’s an artist’s rendering of Compo Beach, glistening sand, grass culms, azure skies spotted with white cotton clouds and beachgoers either on the sand and gathered under a pavilion of sorts, white sails in the distance.

The title of the coffee table sized book, “The New Yorker in Westport,” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley also drives home a timeless sense of place, albeit in the same font of the time honored magazine.

Recently, Potts and Bentley sat down at the Westport Historical Society (WHS), home to the book’s genesis. A year ago in April the WHS hosted an exhibit showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989.

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