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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community.  Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society.  Thank-You.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 In Pictures

Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.

The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.

Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.

In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.

We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GFA Head of School Announces Retirement

Greens Farms Academy’s Head of School Janet Hartwell says she will retire from the Westport-based independent school in June 2018.

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Janet Hartwell: GFA years “so deeply rewarding.” Contributed photo

“These years at GFA have been so deeply rewarding for me, professionally and personally,” she was quoted as saying in a school news release. She is now in her 14th year at the PreK-12 co-ed day school on Beachside Avenue.

Last year’s graduating class named Hartwell as an honorary “lifer” — a term for students who attend the school from kindergarten through to 12th grade — having started with them back in 2003. 

“One of the great joys of working with our students is to watch them grow and develop at GFA, finding their voices, passions, and their sense of self,” Hartwell said.

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Reminder of Giving Day March 9

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A banner across Westport’s Main Street reminds everyone that Thursday, March 9 is Fairfield County’s Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising competition involving 431 nonprofits. This is the fourth year of the event, which last year raised $1,246,964 donated by more than 11,000 individuals for 410 nonprofits.Visit www.fcgives.org for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynnn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Transit District
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Transit Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, February 27, 2017

New Domain Name for Westport Schools

The Westport Public Schools will have “a more accessible user friendly domain name,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer announced at the Board of Education meeting tonight.

The new web address will be www.westportps.org, not the current www.westport.k12.ct.us.

Palmer also took the opportunity to weigh in on gender identity issues that are at the forefront nationally and statewide as it pertains to transgender students.

“This district has always been a leader,” she said about its acceptance of students from diverse backgrounds. “...We are not changing any of our practices.

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Do You Know ‘Dudley’?

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On Feb.26, this dog was found in the rear parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 397 Post Road East. A 60-pound, intact male American pit bull terrier. He is approximately 1-year-old. We’ve been calling him Dudley! He has Scars on his neck and face and beautiful light colored eyes. Right now we are trying to locate his owner but he may be available for adoption in two weeks as no one has come forward to claim him. Contact Westport Animal Control 203-341-5076

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Taylor Place Closed

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Westport’s Taylor Place in the town center was closed today for maintenance work on the electrical power grid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Still Winter for Another Three Weeks

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Despite recent above normal temperatures, there are still unmelted snow mounds around Westport. A man shovels snow today off Jesup Road, adjacent to the Homes With Hope Gillespie Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Calling All Innovators — Sixth Annual Maker Faire Set

Inventors and creative types of all stripes are being solicited for the sixth annual Maker Faire Westport scheduled for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the Westport Library, organizers announced.

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The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library and Jesup Green, is produced by Remarkable STEAM, a Connecticut organization promoting innovation in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, in partnership with the Westport Library. The event is free and open to the public.

“Every year, we see the best, most creative people in the area at Maker Faire Westport,” says Mark Mathias, event founder and co-chairman and a Westport Board of Education member.

“With this year’s event theme of Earth, we expect to see even more amazing makers and their creations.”

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Ernest C. Trefz, 84

Noted businessman and philanthropist Ernest C. Trefz of Trumbull died Feb. 25. He was 84.

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Ernest C. Trefz: noted businessman. Contributed photo

He was co-owner of Bridgeport-based Trefz Corp. with his brother, Christian, a Westport resident. The company owns McDonald’s franchises throughout the area as well as commercial property in Westport and elsewhere.

The husband of Joan Frisk Trefz was born in New Haven on Dec. 19, 1932, son of the late Christian and Katherine Pfister Trefz. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Brothers Ernie and Christian opened their first restaurant in Waterbury in 1964 after noticing how much hamburger meat was being sent from Bridgeport-based Roessler Packing Co., where they worked as general managers, to Connecticut’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Hamden.

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Walter J. Sutherland, 77

Walter (“Wally”) Joseph Sutherland of Westport died Feb. 25 at home. He was 77.

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Walter Sutherland: military veteran. Contributed photo

He was the husband of Patricia ( Patsy ) Powell Sutherland.

Born May 7, 1939 in Jackson Heights, New York to Walter and Veronica Hogan Sutherland, he attended St. Francis University before graduating from New York University.

It was during those college years at St. Francis that he met the love of his life, Patsy Powell. He went onto serve in the U.S. Marine Corps where he achieved the badge of expert rifle marksmanship.

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Out in the Cold

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UPDATE Employees of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and other nearby businesses were out in the cold today as firefighters checked out elevated carbon monoxide levels. Firefighters zeroed on a faulty rooftop unit as the cause of the problem, according to fire officials. Employees were permitted back inside shortly before 11 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Carbon Monoxide Alarm Causes Main St. Evacuation

UPDATE A carbon monoxide alarm today caused the evacuation of Chase Bank, 184 Main St., and several adjoining businesses.

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Firefighters on Main Street today checking out elevated carbon monoxide levels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The alarm came in shortly before 8:30 a.m., and bank employees were already waiting outside for firefighters. They and other employees were permitted to return inside about two and a half hours later.

Using meters, the firefighters found elevated carbon monoxide levels in the bank, the neighboring Papyrus store, and other businesses.

Westport EMS responded at the request of the fire scene commander, but departed when no one reported any ill effects.

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Justin Paul Caught Up in Colossal Oscar Error

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Shortly after winning an Oscar tonight for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” in “La La Land,” Westport’s Justin Paul (2nd r) made his way to the Academy Awards stage to collect a Best Picture Oscar for “La La Land.” But moments later, actor Warren Beatty announced he had made a mistake—that Best Picture was actually won by “Moonlight.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Monday, February 27, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Nancy Jo Sales, “Social Media & the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westport’s Justin Paul Wins Oscar

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Justin Paul (l), a 2003 Staples High School graduate, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek tonight won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “City of Stars” from the film “La La Land.” They were also nominated in the same category for “Audition” from the film. In his acceptance speech, Paul credited his public schools that supported the arts. “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were valued and recognized and resourced,” he said. “I am so grateful to all my teachers who taught so much and gave so much to us.” In all, “La La Land” won six Oscars out of 14 nominations. Last month, Paul and Pasek won a Golden Globes Award for “City of Stars.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from ABC-TV

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Jazz Jam at Arts Center

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Today’s annual Jazz Jam at the Westport Arts Center was a spontaneous exploration of jazz, blues and other musical styles by some of the community’s best musicians. Students and semi-professionals were encouraged to bring their instrument of choice and join for free.  The Jazz Jam also celebrated Black History Month. Brian Torff, the Westport Arts Center’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drums. The next performance in the WAC Jazz concert series is Greg Wall, “the Jazz Rabbi” on Sunday, March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Jamming in the Afternoon

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There was a large audience today at the Westport Arts Center for its annual Jazz Jam.The event featured some of the finest jazz musicians in the area and beyond. Brian Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, led the Jam on bass with fellow musician Greg Burrows on drum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mercedes Arensberg for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center Jazz Jam. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Former Neighbor Recalls Car Into Water Victim

With a look of disbelief, Edward Fitzgerald of Norwalk today stared at the tire tracks leading to the Saugatuck River.

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There were tire tracks today at the state boat ramp where the car went into the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) aime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

There on the breezy east bank awash in sunlight and the rhythmic sound of overhead traffic on the I-95 bridge, he couldn’t comprehend how his former neighbor might have mistaken a state boat launch for a bridge, if he did.

“It was such a shock,” said Fitzgerald upon reading that Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died in the Saturday night incident that sent his car with him and his wife into the water.

“I knew him from when we lived in Syosset.”

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Sunny But Chilly

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It was sunny but chilly—in the 40s—today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Still a number of visitors turned out to enjoy Sunday at the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Soon: ‘I Can Hear You Better Now’

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Workers for the second day today were installing a new AT&T cell tower atop the 21 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area. Traffic was down to one lane at the intersection of Charles and Franklin Sttreets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckmanfor WestportNow.com

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Boat Ramp Day After

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Tire tracks remain today at the edge of the boat ramp of the Saugatuck River on Elaine Road where a car was pulled from the water Saturday night. A man in the vehicle, Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman believed to be his wife was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. The couple was believed visiting family who live not far from the boat ramp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet Today

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The scene today at the state boat ramp on the Saugatuck River where a car went into the water Saturday night. One man, identified as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York, died while a woman was rescued after 20 minutes in the water. Police said they are investigating the cause of the incident but that no foul play is suspected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Police Remove Car From Saugatuck River

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Westport police today released this photo of a car being removed from the Saugatuck River at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. One person, identified as Richard Lamendola of Syosset, New York, died in the incident. A female companion believed to be his wife was rescued after about 20 minutes in the water, her screams heard by diners at The Whelk Restaurant across the river, who called police. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital, suffering apparent non life-threatening injuries. The couple reportedly was visiting family in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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Fake Arrival?

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Days of warm temperatures are fooling some plants, including these spotted Saturday on Hillandale Road, that spring has arrived. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam with Brian Torff
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East, Lower Level - Guitar Concert, Daniel Corr

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Car Into Water, One Dead, One Rescued

UPDATE Screams from a woman in the Saugatuck River touched off a massive search and rescue operation tonight after a car went into the water in Westport’s Saugatuck section.

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Emergency responders in the Saugatuck River tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

Firefighters pulled her from the water, and a search was launched for her husband, according to emergency workers at the scene and a later police statement.

He was found floating in the river about an hour and five minutes after the first 911 call and was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. Police Sunday morning identified him as Richard Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, New York.

The incident began when diners from The Whelk Restaurant, 575 Riverside Ave., overlooking the water heard the woman’s screams and alerted police at 7:39 p.m. 

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Police Pull Man From Saugatuck River

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UPDATE Westport police units tonight pull a man from the Saugatuck River near the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge and Imperial Avenue after his car went into the water near the I-95 Bridge. Firefighters rescued his wife from the water earlier. He was spotted about an hour and 20 minutes later floating in the water. EMS personnel performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, police said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. David Farrell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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