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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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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Earthplace Launches ‘Citizen Science Brigade’

A “Citizen Science Brigade” to gather new and different, outdoor scientific data each week is scheduled next month for fifth graders on up at Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center, officials announced today.

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Moody, a resident barred owl at Earthplace, will participants in the Citizen Science Brigade program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The project is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.

Run by Earthplace naturalist Veronica Swain, the program will offer students the opportunity “to embark on a new mission each week, gathering information from our sanctuary for use in scientific projects,” said Sarah S. Ferrante, Earthplace spokeswoman.

She said participants will also discover birding via smartphone apps used in conjunction with the natural surroundings.

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No Injuries in Car Into a House

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A female driver drove her car into a house at 10 Westport Ave. off Soundview Drive in the Compo Beach area today. While the car’s airbags deployed, she was not injured. There was damage to her car, the house, and a truck parked in the driveway. The house was WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day last month. (See WestportNow July 29, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Crushed

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The front end of a car that drove into a house today at 10 Westport Ave. in the Compo Beach area suffered extensive front end damage. The female driver was uninjured. The house suffered minor damage as did an adjacent parked truck.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Upgrading Downtown’s Electrical System

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Eversource Energy workers today prepare to transfer power lines from a utility pole on Parker Harding Plaza on to a centralized utility pole at the corner of Main Street and Avery Place. The replacements are part of a downtown electrical upgrade, including underground replacement cables, aimed at increasing efficiency and making the streetscape more attractive, according to a worker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-Notth said New Haven Line service is operatinng on or close to schedule afeter earier delays caused by a downed wire in the vicinity of Bridgeport.

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Concrete Truck Involved in Fatality

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A concrete truck involved in Tuesday’s fatal accident on Country Lane was parked behind Westport police headquarters today and roped off. Police said it was secured at the scene on Tuesday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Man Dies in Construction Accident

UPDATE A 69-year-old Stratford man working at a construction project on Country Lane, off of Compo Road North, was killed Tuesday when struck by the boom of a concrete truck, police said today. 

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According to sources, the accident occurred at 1 Country Lane, off of Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Google map

He was identified as Herbert S. Grant, an independent contractor who had hired Suzio-York Hill Asphalt and Concrete Suppliers of Meriden for the job, police said. Earlier, police had said he was an employee of the company.

“Mr. Grant was supervising the pouring of concrete when he was fatally struck in the upper body by the boom extending off of the front of a concrete truck,” a police news release said.

Late Tuesday, Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods said Westport detectives had secured the vehicle involved and were investigating the equipment. Today it was parked behind police headquarters.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


10 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Back-to-school Special with Steve Songs
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairfield Counts Star at Levitt

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The Fairfield Counts swing band featuring vocalist Michele Grace delighted a full Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience tonight. The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Dancing to the Big Band Sound

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Audience members dance to the big band sound of the Fairfield Counts tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tribute to Andrews Sisters

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Tonight’s Fairfield Counts concert at the Levitt Paviion for the Performing Arts included a tribute to the Andrews Sisters and their hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Still Swinging at 90

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Mort Ginsburg, 90, of Stamford got a featured spot as he played second alto saxophone tonight for the Fairfield Counts at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Buses at the Ready

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School buses were lined up at the Dattco Bus Company yard on Post Road East today, ready for the start of school on Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘What The Butler Saw’ Previews at Playhouse

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of playwright Joe Orton’s play “What The Butler Saw,” rehearses for tonight’s first preview of the comedy offering a little blackmail and a lot of sexual innuendo. The play, directed by John Tillinger, who helmed a recent, critically acclaimed production of the show in Los Angeles, as well as earlier productions in London and New York, runs through Sept. 10. Pictured are (l-r) Paxton Whitehead, Sarah Manton and Robert Stanton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making Progress on Commuter Lot

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Work continued today on the renovation and repair of commuter parking lot No. 1 at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. According to Police Chief Foti Koskinas, “There can’t be a more state-of-the-art railroad station parking lot than this one will be when completed.”  He cited improvements that include new drainage, an underground electrical system, surveillance cameras, seven electric car charging stations, and four blue light security stations. Koskinas said 30 trees will be delivered Friday with the lot set to reopen on Sept. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Catherine Burke, 86

Catherine Burke of Westport and formerly of Edgartown, Mass., and Pompano Beach, Fla., died Aug. 23 at home. She was 86.

The wife of 47 years of the late Thomas Vincent Burke was born in Bergen, N.J. to the late Stephen and Margaret (Mendles) Gattoni.

Just out of high school, she accepted a job with Pan American World Airways, where she served as a stewardess and assisted in public relations. She enjoyed her travels throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

She subsequently settled down to begin her family following a truly romantic courtship with her husband. They continued to love each other dearly until his death in 2000.

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James Soroka, 69

James Soroka of North Conway, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 20 while on a 100-mile ride on his bicycle training for his next Ironman triathlon. He was 69.

He was a builder by trade for over 30 years, constructing many custom homes in the valley, including his own. He also built his own surfboards through his company North Atlantic surfboards. He traveled globally to surf including Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

He grew up in Westport and at an early age began competitive swimming. He loved the water and was an avid surfer. At age 58, he started biking and running and then began his successful triathlon career.

He won several age group races and in 2012 qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

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North Avenue Bridge Finally Reopens

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After more than a year’s delay and $2.4 million in work, the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway was finally reopened today to two-way traffic—two days before a deadline set by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).  The department had promised the bridge, which connects four schools on North Avenue, would be open before the start of school next week.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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David B. Pollack, 76

David B. Pollack of Westborough, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 22. He was 76.

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David Pollack: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born May 27, 1940 in Parkchester, N.Y., he grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1958. He went on to study at the University of Connecticut and then moved to New York City and entered the world of retail with Gimbel Brothers Department Store.

He suffered from Polymyositis, an inflammatory, destructive, autoimmune muscle disease, for 16 years, and prior to his death wrote his own obituary. Following are edited excerpts.

I met my lovely wife of 50 years, Bunny, at work. One morning when I walked into my office she was sitting at my desk. Less than two weeks later we were engaged, I was not going to let her get away. We were married a year later in Plainview, N.Y.

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Florida Fugitive Arrested Outside CVS

Westport officers early today arrested a man wanted for armed robbery in Florida outside the Westport CVS.

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Brandon Dacres: wanted in Florida.Westport Police photo

The capture came after CVS employees became suspicious and called police when one of his friends tried to buy multiple gift cards using a declined credit card.

“The suspects attempted to leave the store prior to police arrival; however, a vehicle description was provided by employees,” said Lt. Anthony Prezioso.

He said responding officers pulled over the vehicle as it attempted to leave the CVS parking lot at 397 Post Road East.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Last Chance Book Expo
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Fairfield Counts

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Suspect Nabbed After Run Through Backyards

After a run through backyards and a failed hiding attempt, Westport officers arrested a Danbury man for trying to cash fraudulent checks, police said today.

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Cody Tyson: free on $27,500 bond. Westport Police photo

The suspect, Cody Tyson, 24, tried to cash three fraudulent checks totaling $2,670 at the Bank of America drive-up at 126 Post Road East on Friday around 4 p.m., said Lt. Eric Woods.

“When confronted by officers, he fled in his vehicle and was not pursued based on his reckless operation and time of day,” Woods said. “The vehicle was later located, abandoned, in the area of 323 Main Street.”

A Wesport EMS vehicle spotted the suspect vehicle turn on to Compo Road North and alerted police.

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DUI Arrest Follows Crash into Stone Wall

Officers arrested a Norwalk man Sunday night for driving while under the influence and failure to drive in the right lane after he crashed his vehicle into a stone wall on Kings Highway North, police said today.

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John Godchild: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Eric Woods, officers responded around 10 p.m. to the area of 104 Kings Highway North “on a report of a motor vehicle crash into a stone wall.”

The driver John Goodchild, 44, was not injured but was intoxicated at the time of the crash, Woods said.

Released after posting a $500 bond, Goodchild is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

 

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Art Show to Tackle Bullying

A fall art exhibit that examines bullying in a broad cultural context is set to run from Sept. 9 through Oct. 29 at the Westport Arts Center (WAC).

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Among works on display is this white marble bench by artist Jenny Holzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Titled “More than Words” the exhibit will explore how perceived imbalances of social, physical or political power can be abused to marginalize others, according to WAC officials.

The exhibit will launch with a reception open to the public on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show includes artistic expressions of gender, racial, religious, geopolitical and age inequality, as well as works that serve to demonstrate the impact of bullying and cyberbullying, according to an announcement.

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Finishing Up Work On North Avenue Bridge

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Contractors were busy today putting the finishing touches on the much-delayed North Avenue Bridge project over the Merritt Parkway. Connecticut Department of Transportation officials said they are on schedule to open the bridge to two-way traffic on Thursday. View is looking northbound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Portion of Compo Road North Closed

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As announced last week, the portion of Compo Road North between Cross Highway and Main Street was closed today for replacement of the culvert beneath the roadway. The work is part of the ongoing project to realign the problematic intersection of Main Street and Compo Road North at Clinton Avenue. The closure ws announced for 30 days. Completion of the entire project is scheduled sometime in the fall. View is looking north from Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, August 22, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
Noon - Westport Library - Open Meeting: Nutrition Education Seminars, Shelly Goldman, YMCA
7 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sense the Wind:” Screening & Discussion with Producer/Director

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Banjoist Plays in the Rain

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Award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader Cynthia Sayer, celebrated as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world, performed tonight despite rain to a hearty crowd at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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