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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, July 29, 2014

Storm Clouds Give Way to Rainbow

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Storm clouds and sunshine produced a rainbow late Monday as viewed from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kingergarten Meet-up
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Saugatuck Senior Co-op Jazz Night
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Emil Zrihan
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hall Family Entertains at Levitt

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The Hall Family Children’s Show made its 23rd appearance tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Early arrivals were treated to pre-show festivities including face painting. The event was sponsored by Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dancing to the Music

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Youngsters danced to The Hall Family Children’s Show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making the Scene

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Among those attending the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Hall family show tonight was well known local doctor Robert Altbaum and his 2-year-old-old grandson Gavin Nash. When not practicing medicine, Altbaum plays in the DNR rock band, which is featured each year at the Levitt and other Westport area venues. DNR is scheduled to perform at the Saugatuck Center plaza on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon

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Storm clouds passed over Westport late today as seen in this view from Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Downtown Committee Focuses on Library and Levitt

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Westport’s Downtown Steering Committee tonight held the first of three visioning workshops on specific features of Westport’s downtown as it prepares a downtown master plan. Tonight the Westport Library and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts were in the spotlight in the session in the Town Hall auditorium. Additional workshops on Aug. 6 will focus on the Bedford Square project and the Kemper-Gunn House move, and another on Aug.11 on the Westport Cinema Initiative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Republican Primary Registration Under Way

With the Republican primary less than two weeks away, Westport’s Office of the Registrars of Voters has announced that it will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for voter registration, while online registrations and changes can be completed at https://voterregistration.ct.gov.

The deadline for in-person registration for the Aug. 12 Republican Primary is Monday, Aug. 11 at noon, according to the office.

Officials noted that registration applications hand-delivered by persons other than the applicant must be received by Thursday, Aug. 7 to qualify for the primary. Mailed-in registration applications also must be postmarked no later than Aug. 7 and received by noon Monday, Aug. 11.

Additionally, online registration applications must be completed by Thursday, Aug. 7, officials said. For further information, contact the Registrars of Voters Office at 203-341-1115 or visit the Registrars’ page .

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Former Staples Coach Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault Charges

A former Staples High School math teacher and swim coach faces eight years in prison and a lifetime on a sex offender registry after pleading guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court today to sexually assaulting two girls—who are now 12 and 9—over a three-year period, the Connecticut Post reported.

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Jeffrey Schare: left Staples in November 2012. Fairfield Police photo

Jeffrey Schare, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, the report said. According to the Post, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin said he would impose the eight -year term and lifetime sex offender registry when Schare is sentenced Oct. 3.

The arrest warrant cited by the Post states that Schare, who for seven years in Westport coached the Wreckers boys swim and dive teams, began “grooming” the girls who attend school in Fairfield when they were very young, “promising favors such as food and sleepovers as rewards for his deviant behavior.” 

Schare, of Fairfield, left Staples in November 2012. He has been free on $150,000 bond.

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Practicing for a Shoreline Fire

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The Westport Fire Department today conducted a joint water supply drill with the Norwalk Fire Department’s fire boat at Saugatuck Shores as an option for a large fire near the shore. The drill consisted of attaching a large diameter supply hose to the 38-foot “Robert Bedell” fire boat and supplying a pumper 850 feet down the street. The Norwalk fire boat has a pumping capacity of 2,300 gallons of water per minute and had no problem supplying the Westport Fire Department pumper, which can pump 1,500 gallons per minute, said Westport Fire Assistant Chief Robert Yost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter Arrested for Credit Card Theft

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Michael Urbanowicz: found with stolen card. Westport Police photo

A Westport man was arrested Friday after a video camera at CVS caught him taking a credit card accidentally left on the counter by another patron, police said today.

Michael Urbanowicz, 50,  of 606 Post Road East was arrested with the card still in his possession at his residence, police said.

He was charged with credit card theft and sixth-degree larceny, police said.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 8, police said.

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Westport Outdoors: Shake Shack

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Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. According to manager Dave Yearwood, “When the restaurant opened here in July 2011, it was our first in the state. Since then, we opened in New Haven in October,2012.” He said the outdoor seating accommodates about 20 guests. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Make Stolen Car Arrest

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Victor Diaz: allegedly stole car in Norwalk. Westport Police photo

Westport police, monitoring a stolen car broadcast from the Norwalk Police, pulled over the suspect vehicle at Exit 17 on Thursday, arresting its driver for second-degree larceny.

Victor Diaz, 23, of 65 Ridgebrook Drive, Bridgeport, was also charged for having a court ordered re-arrest warrant for failure to appear from a previous, unrelated case, according to Capt. Vincent Penna.

Diaz was released after posting a $5,000 bond for the Westport charges and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 4.

He is also scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for the failure to appear charge for which he was released on a $2,500 bond, police said.

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