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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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Sunday, January 22, 2017

John T. Valiante, 28

John T. Valiante of Westport died Jan. 17 in Greenbrae, California. He was 28.

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John T. Valiante: musician Contributed photo

Born on April 16, 1988 in Norwalk, he was a son of Bart and Anne Valiante and a lifelong Westport resident.

He was a singer, songwriter, and a passionate musician. He was a fisherman, a carpenter as well as a licensed mechanic; — a Jack of all trades.

He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. He made a special connection to everyone he touched, especially seen in his bond with animals

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Daniel B. Driscoll, 96

Daniel B. Driscoll, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, a Westport native, highly decorated World War II figher pilot, and Westport selectman, died Jan. 11. He was 96.

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Daniel B. Driscoll: former selectman. Contributed photo

Born in 1920 and raised in Westport, he attended Staples High School and Pratt Institute of Technology. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a pilot.

He distinguished himself in several famous aerial battles in the Pacific.

Flying a Grumman F6F Hellcat, a carrier-based fighter aircraft, he was part of a group that downed 148 Japanese planes in the air and sank 48,000 tons of enemy shipping, according to historians.

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A Walk in the Fog

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An overnight fog continued into the morning hours today in Westport. View is along Soundview Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Foggy Morning

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The entrance to Westport’s Longshore Club Park was shrouded in fog early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Burying Hill Sunset

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Saturday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 22, 2017


3 p.m. - Westport Library - Talking to Children about Race
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Biscuit”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Celebrating Chinese New Year

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The Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans held two Chinese New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster, 4715 (which actuall y begins Jan. 28) at the Westport Woman’s Club today. According to Westport resident Steven Chin, president of the Fairfield County Chapter, the event “is an outreach to the community and demonstrates community spirit.” About 250 persons attended the second session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Lead Chinese New Year Celebration

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Westport residents Steven Chin (l), president of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, chats with with well known pianist Frederic Chiu tonight at the Westport Woman’s Club celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster. Chiu performed Gao Ping’s “Nostalgia” and “Katyusha.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CT Marchers Join National Protest in Rebuke to Trump

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Thousands of marchers from Connecticut today joined a massive protest the day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, saying they have to protect the environment, health care, women’s rights and a wide range of issues they say are under attack in the new administration.

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Marta Ylane of Westport, who emigrated from Ukraine as a child after World War II, was among the marchers. She said Trump’s relationship with Russia is troubling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ana Radelat for CTMirror.org

“It’s important to show that women aren’t going back in time,” said Jessica Cross of Stafford.

A Navy veteran who wore an American flag like a cape to show that the marchers were “true patriots, Cross was unable to participate in protests in the past. She called the Women’s March “amazing,” especially for its “positive energy.”

As Trump attended a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral on his first full day as president, a sea of pink-hatted protesters from across the country descended on the nation’s capital, arriving in buses, caravans and packing public transportation to gather near the National Mall.

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CT Marchers Rest on Capitol Hill

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Connecticut residents who traveled to Washington for the women’s march were welcomed today by the state’s House delegation for a bit of rest on Capitol Hill.  The lawmakers were able to snag the cavernous House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzzanne Stark for WestportNow.com

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Making the March Scene in Stamford

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Among those attending the women’s march today in Stamford were (l-r) Irene Penny and Sivan Hong of Westport and Maja Hodzic of Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westporter’s View

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Westporters participating in today’s March on Washington were among those who got close to the White House during the event. Westporter Jane Sherman snapped this photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

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Making Farmers Market Debut

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Westport artist Sam Abelow exhibits for the first time today at the weekly Westport Farmers Market, 7 Sylvan Lane, A 2009 Staples High School graduate and third generation Westporter, he specializes in painting animal portraits and describes his art range as “descriptive with realism, classicalism and academic in the traditional style.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sonya M. Clark, 85

Sonya Morrison Clark, of Sarasota, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 6 after a long, valiant battle with vascular dementia.

She was born Dec. 22, 1930, her father’s birthday, in Bay Shore, New York to Frederick Morrison and Sadie Morrison, Sonny graduated from Syracuse University.

She and one other woman were the first females to be elected to the university chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, national professional accounting fraternity. As a CPA, she worked with her father in a public accounting practice.

She later became a manager at the Coopers Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) New York City office and traveled extensively as one of their expatriate tax specialists. Sonny developed a private practice in Westport and continued that practice when she relocated to Sarasota.

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Malloy Addresses Women’s March in Hartford

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addresses the Women’s March on Connecticut in Hartford today. Capitol police estimated more than 10,000 persons were taking part. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Marshmallow Toaster

WestportNow.com ImageChloe Kiev, 11, of Westport enjoys toasting a marshmallow on an open fire today at Westport’s Earthplace Winterfest.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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No Real Snow for Winterfest? Make It

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At the Westport ‘s Earthlplace Winterfest today, the absence of snow was not a problem. Zane Hinson, a kindergartner at Kings Highway Elementrary School, played in the insta-snow with his sister, Thea Hinson, a fourth grader at the school. Winterfest continues until 2 p.m. at 10 Woodside Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 2 - 6, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 2 - 6, 2017:

Marilyn M. Duane Trust to Robin L. and Melissa L. Shapier, 220 Riverside Ave Unit 10, $480,000WNproperty.jpg

J. Kevin and Debra J. Ross to Jordan and Vanessa Citak, 37 Crawford Road, $1, 475,000

Jerry M. Melillo Trust to J M K Bridge Street Properties, LLC, 36 Bridge Street, $500,000

C C O Dogwood LLC to Ari Halper and Ebru Buluc-Halper, 8 Dogwood Lane, $2,100,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Rockyfield Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Rockyfield Road, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split level has 1,907-square feet and is situated on a 1.12-acre property. 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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On Their Way

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Westporters Diane Yorkmark (l) and Pippa Bell Ader make their way on the metro today to the Women’s March on Washington.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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On the Road to Washington

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An estimated 250 to 300 Westporters were expected to join the March on Washington today. Two buses were scheduled to leave Westport early today. Westporter Larry Perlstein posted this photo on Facebook from one bus. Please send your photos to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Larry Perlstein/Facebook.com

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High Wind Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Westport and area, which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night.

Winds are expected to be from northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph with strongest winds likely occurring from mid-morning Monday into Monday evening.

The Weather Service said downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible.

Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest
Noon - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Chinese New Year celebration
1 p.m. - Westport Library -WestportREADS 2017: Getting a Grip on Gender Program for Parents & Students
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Improv Comedy: Greens Farms Academy Red & Bloopers w/ Yale’s Exit Players

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Westporter On the Washington Protest Scene

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Westport’s award-winning photographer Spencer Platt is in Washington today covering the inauguration and street protests. The 1989 Staples High School graduate shot this photo as protesters torched a stretch limo on a street outside the security zone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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At P&Z, New Members Confront Old Issues

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) welcomed a new member to its ranks Thursday night—Democrat Danielle Dobin.

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Danielle Dobin: sworn in as new member. WN photo

She was recommended by the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) to replace David Lessing who resigned in November.

As she took her seat, Dobin was not the only new member at the dais. Longtime P&Z alternate Al Gratrix recently became a full time member replacing Jack Whittle who stepped down last month.

And just when it seemed that the dust from musical chairs had ended, Democrat Andra Vebell cranked up the music again. She announced that after three years she would be stepping down.

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Installing ‘As We Are!’

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Artist Tom Berntsen today installs large scale portraits as part of the “As We Are!” exhibition at the Westport Arts Center opening Friday, Jan. 27. On view through March 11, “As We Are!” features a full gallery installation by Pamela Hovland reflecting the local perspective on identity, stereotype, and the power of words. It includes portraits of students, community leaders, business professionals, artists, immigrants, religious figures, cultural influencers and elected officials who have contributed personal material to express their individual views and experiences with labels and the power of words. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Xenia Gross for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Long Lots Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Long Lots Lane is in process. Built in 1954, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,517-square feet, is situated on a .26-acre property and changed ownership in November for $550,000. 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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Wrong License Plates Leads to Arrest

No license, no insurance and wrong plates led to the arrest of Bayshore, N.Y. man Thursday, police said today.

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Donald Potter: held on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Donald Potter, 29, was stopped on Post Road East near Compo Road after an officer discerned a license plate did not belong on the vehicle.

Potter also was unable to produce a driver’s license, proper registration or valid insurance, Farrell said.

“Due to the fact that Potter did not have a license or any other photo identification, he was taken into custody,” he said.

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