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, September 02, 2014
Veteran RTM Member Rubin Announces Resignation
Stephen Rubin, who has served on Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 1993, the legislative body’s current longest serving member, told fellow legislators tonight he has submitted his resignation. Rubin, 70, said he and his wife Toni, who have lived in Westport three decades, will be moving next month to Charleston, S.C. Rubin recently retired as a longtime employee of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. He was active in many local organizations, including the Police Athletic League (PAL) and Al’s Angels. A successor to fill his District 7 seat will be chosen by the three remaining district members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Head-On Crash Sends One to Hospital
A head-on crash today in the vicinity of 62 Weston Road near Sipperly’s Hill Road sent one woman driver to the hospital with unknown injuries. The second woman driver was treated at the scene. Cause of the accident is under investigation. The road was shut down in the area for about half an hour before the vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Downtown ‘Charette Weekend’ Planned
First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that as part of the “Your Downtown” campaign, the Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) will host a charrette Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at Town Hall, with satellite events held at locations throughout downtown.
“We are incredibly pleased that so many residents have already participated in the planning process through the survey and visioning workshops,” said Melissa Kane, DSC chairwoman. “At this point the town is ready to move into the stage where our design professionals will produce and test design concepts that reflect the results of that initial community engagement.
“The charrette is that next step,” she added, noting that the ideas it generates are critical to the formulation of a downtown master plan.
DSC is providing guidance and technical assistance to the consultant team, led by the RBA Group, in developing the master plan.
Real Estate Report: Inventory Shrinking
By Judy Szablak
We are starting to see a decline in Westport’s housing inventory that has been trending for the last 30 days or so. In fact, the number of single family homes that are available has declined 10 percent in the last month alone.
Featured Home: This home at 226 Bayberry Lane is listed at $1,799,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group/ Bross Chingas Bross
The dwindling inventory is certainly not bad news for sellers. It has more of an effect on buyers who are wishing to purchase a home and close by the end of the year.
That means if and when a seller gets an offer, they should respond reasonably quickly, and maybe even more so than other times throughout the year.
This is simply because timing is everything during the fall months.
Minute Man Coverup
Workers from ConservArt LLC, a Hamden-based firm dedicated to the preservation of artistic and historic objects, today covered up Westport’s Minute Man statue to protect it from power washing of the stones around it. The cleaning of the statue itself will be next. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Talking Transportation: No Blue Ribbons for Metro-North
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
The long awaited MTA “Blue Ribbon Panel” of experts has issued its report on Metro-North and its sister railroads, and it isn’t pretty.
Their 50-page report confirms much of what we already knew: that the railroad placed too much emphasis on “on time performance” instead of safety, that there were serious repair issues unattended to for months, and that there has been an enormous “brain drain” of experienced railroad employees who have opted for retirement after 30 years.
All of those problems could have been prevented if MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast had been doing his job, which he wasn’t. That is surprising, given his almost 40 years in the industry.
Remember, he was selected as chairman by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (just a month before the Bridgeport crash) after successfully turning around the New York City subway system. And he had also spent years at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Farewell to Summer
The end of the Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer for many and some spent Monday night on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach barbecuing on the grills, picnicking, or just watching the sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Making B2B Social Media Work
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, September 01, 2014
WCT Debuts ‘I’m Not Rappaport’ on Sept. 19
Westport Community Theatre (WCT), located in the Westport Town Hall, opens its 2014–2015 season Friday, Sept. 19 with Herb Gardner’s Tony-Award-winning comedy “I’m Not Rappaport.”
Fred Tisch (l) and David Tate star in “I’m Not Rappaport.” at the Westport Community Theatre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Directed by Emmy-Award-winner, Lester Colodny, “I’m Not Rappaport” by Herb Gardner portrays the lives of two old men and their confrontations with each other and outsiders against the backdrop New York City’s Central Park.
The comedy focuses on the lives of Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew played by Fred Tisch, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, played by David Tate. The two men spend their days sitting on a park bench, trying to avoid life in a nursing home, while fighting off predatory muggers and solving the problems of the world.
They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play humorously touches on society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what is best for their parents, and on the real dangers that lurk in urban areas.
Closing Day for Longshore Pool
Monday, September 1, 2014 - Labor Day
Westport Town Hall and Library are closed for Labor Day
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Tree Branch Down Closes Newtown Turnpike
A tree branch fell on Newtown Turnpike tonight in the area of No. 135, pulling away power lines,. It caused closure of the busy road, but there were no reports of power outages in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com