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.
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.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
State Police Issue Holiday Weekend Enforcement Stats
Connecticut State Police patrolling highways and roads this Memorial Day weekend investigated two fatal accidents and issued more than 1,200 speeding tickets, according to a statement released early today.
From the period beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Monday, troopers used both traditional and non-traditional patrol cars. They focused on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding, the statement said.
Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols were in place over the entire weekend.
The final statistics: speeding 1,254, seatbelt violations 1,454, other hazardous moving violations (unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone use, texting, etc) 549, DUI arrests 57, and accidents investigated 285 (with injury 49, fatal two).
Compo Memorial Day Scene
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
9 a.m. - Staples cafeteria - Staples community meets principal finalist candidate
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Films: “Into the Woods”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Special Executive Session (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Richard Klein
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
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)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, May 25, 2015
Firefighters Put Out Discarded Coals Fire
Westport firefighters tonight extinguished a small fire at the end of a driveway on Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores area involving charcoal coals, paper products, trash and a plastic trash can, said Lt. Brett Kirby.
They quickly extinguished the fire, which was reported at 7:30 p.m., he said.
“We would like to remind all residents and visitors that it is vitally important to dispose of any coals in the correct manner,” Kirby said.
“Allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals.
WestportNow Parade Photo Leads ‘ABC World News Tonight’
A Westport Memorial Day parade picture today by WestportNow contributing photographer Lynn U. Miller showing a young Little Leaguer greeting Westport veteran Larry Aasen was the opening image tonight on the “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir” story on Memorial Day celebrations around the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir.”
Westport’s Memorial Day Parade: The Short Version
Just as he has for the past couple of years, Westporter Nick Pisarro, Jr. created a short video version of today’s Memorial Day parade that runs for a minute. Video by Nick Pisarro, Jr.
Ribbon-Cutting at New Courtyard at Homeless Shelter
There was a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the renovation of the 26-year-old courtyard at Westport’s Homes With Hope homeless shelter for single men and women at 45 Jesup Road. The renovation was planned by Eva Chiamulera of Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist in Fairfield and assisted by Jack Foley’s Eagle Scout project through Troop 100 at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. With the help of former board member Brooks Sumberg as project manager, Penna and Sons landscaping, Gault Stone, and Navarro Masonry, the courtyard took shape over the past few months. The Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs) put the finishing touches on the picnic tables, and the Westport Garden Club donated plants to create a true community project. Pictured are Homes With Hope Board Chair John Walsh, Program Manager Rob Lockhart, and Homes with Hope President Jeff Wieser looking on as Jack Foley, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Sam Gault, and Brooks Sumberg cut the ribbon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Reading Electronically at Compo
Dressed for Memorial Day
‘Here To Honor Those Who Didn’t Come Back’
By James Lomuscio
Amid cheers, applause, flag waving, floats and nostalgic smells of classic car exhaust, Westporter Robin Custer remained firm of the meaning of Memorial Day as the parade wound down near Veterans Green today.
Grand Marshal Bruce Allen appears overcome with emotion as he listens to Memorial Day speeches today with wife Marjorie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
“It’s about remembering all those we served with that didn’t come home,” said Custer, dressed in the Army sergeant’s uniform he wore in Vietnam through 1968.
“The Boy Scouts put all these flags on the cemetery the other day, and I said to them, ‘Everyone who wears a uniform serves under that flag, but you’ll never see a flag on a uniform,’” he added. “The only time is when they put it on your casket.”
Westporter Robert Tirreno, a Vietnam War Army medic from 1967-68, also took a somber, less than celebratory view of the day’s ceremonies.
A Wreath of Honor
Memorial Day Parade Float Winners Announced
Winners of the best floats in today’s Memorial Day parade were announced during the post-parade ceremony on Veterans Green. The theme of this year’s parade was “Thank You, Veterans.” The winners:
Best Development of a Theme: Westport PAL
Best Youth Organization Float: Suzuki Music School of Westport
Most Creative Float: VFW Auxiliary
Best Community Organization Float: Westport Library
Most Colorful Float: Hidden Tours, Westport Historical Society
Best Overall Float: Y’s Men of Westport/Weston
Special Pep Award: Sea Stars (Westport Little League)
Judges were Betty Lou Cummings, Diana Heisinger, Ruth Whelan, and Nanette Hausman.
Westport Marks Another Memorial Day
Scenes from today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. WestportNow.com photos