Saturday, September 21, 2013
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.
Friday, January 01, 2010
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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Friday, April 29, 2016
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 785 Post Road East, next to the New Country Toyota dealership, is in process. Built in 1910, the 2-1/2 story apartment house has 4,768-square feet, is situated on a 2.41-acre property and changed ownership in September 2015. 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
Albert Frank Pfister, Sr. of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
He was born Sept. 26, 1927 in West Haven, the son of the late Sebastian and Lena Pfister. He was a graduate of West Haven High School and Providence College, Class of 1952.
Following college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country in Okinawa, Japan. He had a successful career as personnel director with AT&T, formerly Western Electric Co.
A friendly, kind gentleman, he will be remembered for his love and commitment to his family, friends, faith, the New York Rangers and most of all his sailing days on his boat “Janal.”
Joseph P. Makravitz of Rock Hall, Md., a former Westport resident, died April 25 at University of Maryland Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown, Md. He was 98.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of the late Peter and Katherine Martin Makravitz.
He was a machinist supervisor for the DuPont Co., where he retired after 25 years of service.
He was a member of the Church of the Assumption in Westport for more than 70 years.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 11 - 15, 2016:
Anthony W. Luciano to Michael D. Labella and Jenna M. Kurek, 9 Turkey Hill Road North, $575,000
Bertha F. Wakeman Estate to 27 Westfair Drive LLC, 27 Westfair Drive, $500,000
Frederick H. and Greer D. Kneip to Steven Ginsburg and Lori Strasberg, 12 Juniper Road, $1,450,000
Christopher Bourassa and Brittany A. Coale to Christopher J. and Elizabeth A. Harris, 120 Imperial Ave., $835,000
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Saugatuck Bridge Study Subcommittee
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum (2 Woodside Lane) - Westport Tree Board celebrates Arbor Day with seedlings giveaway
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week: Financial Planning & Investment Basics for Teens
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
UPDATE Workers punctured a water line today during construction in the Compo Road North and Clinton Road area, the Aquarion Water Co. said.
Five to seven homes in the area were left without water and about 300 customers experienced discolored water, company officials said.
An 8-inch pipe was reportedly punctured by digging during the expansion of the problem intersection of Compo Road North and Main Street.
Workers on the scene said repairs were completed just before midnight. But the company said discoloration of water may persist.
Ospreys at Westport’s Longshore Club Park engage in a littie nest building while awaiting for eggs to be hatched. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
It was celebration time today at Norwalk Hospital for Westporters Kate and John Procaccini, their newly born daughter Mila and Westport police, fire, and EMS personnel who helped deliver her at home on Wednesday. (See WestportNow April 27, 2016). Police Lt. Eric Woods, shift commander, said he was proud of all responding units, and how they worked together seamlessly. “This is a once in a career opportunity for our guys,” he said. “I could not be happier for them, but even more excited for the family.” John Procaccini, now a father of two, said, “I just wanted to thank you all for everything you did. This is the stuff that goes above and beyond typical duties. We are beyond grateful.” Mom and baby are healthy and happy, a police news release said. Pictured (l-r) are: Westport Police Detective George Taylor, Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods, Westport Firefighter Christopher Carroll, EMT Yves Cantin, Kate Procaccini, baby Mila Joy Procaccini, John Procaccini, Westport EMS Crew Chief Mark Blake, Norwalk Hospital Paramedic John Chapdelaine, Westport Police Officer David Perez, Westport Firefighter Justin Harelik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westporters Kate and John Procaccini are all smiles with daughter Mila today at Norwalk Hospital, a day after she was delivered at their Westport home by first responding fire, EMS, and police personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Historic District Commission, with the assistance of Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, paid a site visit today to the area of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck. The visit was to conduct a field investigation of the preliminary district boundary for the proposed National Register of Historic Places Nomination form for a historic district in the vicinity of Bridge Street. Town official submitted an application to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) in January (see WestportNow Jan. 11, 2016) requesting the state’s Scenic Road Advisory Committee review the Westport scenic road application for a 1.2-mile portion of Route 136—from Compo Road South to Bridge Street and over the Bridge Street Bridge to Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Representatives of the Westport Police Department and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) were present today as WVEMS presented First Selectman Jim Marpe with the keys to two new state of the art ambulances at Westport Town Hall. The two ambulances replace 2002 and 2009 models, according to Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS. The new ambulances are valued at more than $200,000 each and were paid for with funds raised by WVEMS. Pictured are (l-r) Deputy Police Chief Vincent Penna, Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Yves Cantin, president, WVEMS, WVEMS Crew Chief Martin Iselin, and Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Though not exactly the Mom & Pop shop that the town had hoped to woo to the restored and relocated Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St., town officials are nonetheless bullish about Serena & Lily, the national home furnishings, bedding and decor outlet opening there on Friday.
In fact, the town is so pleased that First Selectman Jim Marpe will be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.
“We are very excited that Serena & Lily found a home in Westport,” said Marpe. “We welcome them and wish them much success.
“Serena and Lily’s presence in the downtown location, coupled with the unique circumstances surrounding the move and restoration of the Kemper-Gunn House, can be attributed to the dedication of many Westporters,” he added. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who helped make this happen.”
Westporter Johanna Rossi (blonde Hair, black dress with pearls) rings the opening bell today at the New York Stock Exchangel. She is part of Security Traders Association - Women in Finance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Minute Man Monument at Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday, the eve of today’s 239th anniversary of the departure of British forces from Compo Beach after a raid on Danbury led by Maj. Gen. William Tryon during the American Revolutionary War. As the British marched back to their ships off Compo, the local militia, operating from behind stone walls, trees, and buildings, constantly fired on them. Today at 7 p.m., the Westport Historical Society will present a talk about Tryon’s 1777 raid by history buff Ed Hynes. (See WestportNow April 14, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Swing Bridge - Historic District Commission Site Visit
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Town Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Events
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & RTM Public Works Committees
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Danbury Raid & the Battle of Compo
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Contractors for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) work tonight on repairs to the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport. (VIew is looking north from the southbound lane.) CDOT had announced the bridge would be closed tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, but it was still open to one-way traffic just before midnight. CDOT officials now say completion of the work is set for September, more than a year past the original deadline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matliow for WestportNow.com
The owner of 82 Compo Road South, Judi Koffsky (l), is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian. The circa 1875 house, known as the William Thomas House, is situated on a .9-acre property that borders on Thomas Road. Koffsky bought it in 1983 when she and her late husband moved to Westport from Westchester County. Also taking part in the presentation ceremony was Dunkin Doodle, Koffsky’s 10-year-old golden retriever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
David I. Weiss of Fernandina Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died March 31. He was 69.
Born Nov. 6, 1946 in Cleveland, he spent his youth years in Cleveland and Florida before serving in the Navy on the USS Wright.
After his service, he moved to New York and attended New York University. He spent a successful career as a business manager in the technology industry, working for Satellite Business Systems and then IBM while living in Westport for more than 30 years.
After retiring from IBM, he moved to Fernandina Beach, where he enjoyed reading, golfing and spending time with close friends. He was a Mason, founder of SPIRITS and a friend of Bill W.
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE Westport emergency responders, including firefighters, EMS personnel and police officers, worked together today to deliver a baby girl on Crescent Road.
Baby Mila and mom, Kate Procaccini, were reported doing fine at Norwalk Hospital following the 8:45 a.m. birth. Kate and John Procaccini have one other child.
According to Fire Lt. Peter Janulis, a Fairfield resident and 29-year member of the fire department, when Westport Engine 2 departed headquarters for an administrative errand, a dispatcher redirected them, saying a pregnant woman was in distress, her water had broken and immediate assistance was needed.
“When we arrived at the house, the woman was in a second floor bedroom, standing but hunched over, the floor was wet,” said Janulis.
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Chronicling an amusing historical anecdote, Liza Johnson’s droll reminiscence “Elvis & Nixon” shows how Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) met President Richard M. Nixon (Kevin Spacey) one afternoon.
In late 1970, watching the news at Graceland, Presley becomes so infuriated with the growing drug problem and moral decline in the United States that he shoots out the TV set with a .45. That’s his first reaction.
His second is to become an undercover federal agent. But – for that – he’ll need a badge from J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Narcotics. And the only way to get one is from the president of the United States.
So it falls it Presley’s long-time confidante, Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), along with Memphis crony Sonny West (Johnny Knoxville), to deliver a rambling, hand-written letter to the White House and convince Nixon aides Egil “Bud” Krough (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) to arrange an appointment.
Ronald (Ron) Vigars of Westport died April 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.
He was born May 20, 1929, in Port Arthur, Ontario, to Richard and Shirley Vigars. His professional career spanned all across the transportation sector.
His first job was with the Maritime Bus Company in 1949, after which he worked for the Canadian National Railways. He spent 38 years working for Air Canada (1953 - 1991).
During his time with the airline, he was a passenger on the first Canadian flight to ever be hijacked at gunpoint, an experience that never left him.
Despite Tuesday’s gray skies and the inclement weather, a pink rhododendron bush provided a beautiful display of spring along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week: Financial & Legal Planning for Your Aging Parents
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut today propelled Republican Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton closer to their parties’ presidential nominations, with Trump winning a landslide and Clinton holding off a tenacious Bernie Sanders.
Trump won in all five primaries today along I-95: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Clinton lost only Rhode Island. Connecticut was the last state placed in her column, a win declared around 10:30 p.m. by the Associated Press and most networks.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said in televised remarks from New York City.
Rep. Tony D’Amelio, R-Waterbury, one of the few elected officials here to endorse Trump, said it was time for other Republican officials to shake off their reservations about the brash billionaire, who has belittled foes, demonized Muslims and undocumented immigrants, and accused GOP leaders of trying to rig what may yet be a contested convention in Cleveland.
UPDATE While Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald J. Trump swept Connecticut in today’s presidential primaries, Republican John R. Kasich bested Trump in Westport by 1,098 to 1,053, according to results released by the Town Clerk’s office tonight.
According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, 60.8 percent of the town’s 7,577 registered Democrats and 52.3 percent of Westport’s 5,583 registered Republicans voted today.
Clinton bested rival Bernie Sanders by more than double, 2,661 to 1,087 (70.3 percent to 28.7 percent), while Republican Kasich, who has remained in third place nationally, beat Republican front runner Trump by 45 votes.—46.15 percent (1,098) to Trump’s 44.26 percent (1,053).
Republican Ted Cruz received only 165 votes here. Ben Carson, whose name was on the ballot even though he is no longer in the race received 11 votes, and 50 Westport Republican voters checked that they were uncommitted.
When will supporters know how well Bernie, Hillary Trump, Kasich and Cruz—or Ben Carson, for that matter, since his name appeared on the Republican ballot—did in Westport and all of Connecticut today?
Once the polls close at 8 tonight and a soon as the numbers are tabulated, Westport’s—and the state’s—results will be available in real time from moderator tapes at http://ctemspublic.pcctg.net/
According to Deputy Town Clerk Ruth Cavayero, Westport in one of a handful of Connecticut municipalities participating in the primary posting as a prelude to the November presidential elections.
“We’re doing something new this year, and the numbers will be posted to a statewide website, a new statewide database that’s in real time as soon as the numbers become available,” Cavayero said.