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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

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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, September 17, 2014

Compo Sunset in Last Week of Summer

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Tuesday’s sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. With fall officially beginning Monday, Sept. 22, this is the last week of summer sunsets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Staples and Danbury End in Draw

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Staples’s Josh Berman (c) celebrates his first-ever varsity goal tonight at Danbury. The sophomore headed in Daniel Perez Elorza’s corner kick with just five seconds to play in the first half. That earned the Staples boys soccer team a 1-1 draw with the Hatters, a preseason FCIAC favorite. The Wreckers host Bassick on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: NEAT Opens on Wilton Road

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NEAT Coffee and Craft Cocktails has opened at Westport’s 6 Wilton Road, the former firehouse that is a part of the National Hall redevelopment. Co-owned by Rachel Haughey who is owner of NEAT at 20 Grove St., Darien (see WestportNow June 27, 2014), she has teamed up with Bobby Werhane, owner of Experience Hospitality with whom NEAT has partnered and Kevin Lalumiere, according to chef Brian Reilly. The every day hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. for coffee, pastries and light breakfast items, and from 5 p.m.-midnight for craft cocktails, bar snacks and sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Levitt View

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The view late today of the Saugatuck River from the point behind the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janine Scotti for WestportNow.com

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Reminder to Veterans to File for Tax Benefits

The Westport Assessor’s Office today reminded all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge, to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Oct. 1. 

The exemption is $6,000 off of a real estate assessment and will be reflected in the July 2015 tax bill.

Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.

The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Note that this is an income qualifying program. 

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Hole in One at Longshore

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Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Medal of Honor Recipient: ‘Hold Leaders Accountable’

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Retired Army Capt. Paul W. “Buddy Bucha, a Ridgefield resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970 (which he is holding is his hand) for his heroism in Vietnam, told the Westport Rotary Club today that good leadership involves integrity, confidence, compassion, humility and a thirst for responsibility and accountability. He urged the audience to hold leaders accountable for setting meaningful and finite objectives.  And he encouraged people when they see a military person to do more than just thank them for their service. “Our most precious gift is time,” Bucha said. “Share it with a soldier on the street. Ask what you can do to help them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Sidewalks to Train Station

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Work is under way to upgrade sidewalks along Riverside Avenue that lead to the Metro-North Westport train station. According to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r), the new walkway is “long overdue.” He said the project is a combined effort of the town’s Public Works Department and the Police Department’s Railroad Division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Sales Picking Up on Saugatuck Island

By Judy Szablak

Real estate activity is on the rise at Saugatuck Island, Westport’s premier waterfront community.

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Featured Home This home at 22 Cross Way on Saugatuck Island is listed at $9.5 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker/Westport-Riverside

It should be no surprise that the Island took a direct unit sales hit during 2012-2013 following Super Storm Sandy when only one home sold during that time, but that appears to be the extent of it.

Despite what you may have thought, the market bounced back quickly, and has picked up quite nicely since then.

The Island is comprised of approximately 45 acres, just over 100 homes, and boasts two private beaches.

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Local Nonprofits Receive CHEFA Grants

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The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2.5 million in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies. Homes with Hope, Inc. received $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community. Positive Directions received $16,500 for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services. On hand for an awards ceremony were (l-r) Jeff Wieser, president, Homes With Hope; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; state Sen. Toni Boucher; Jeanette Weldon, managing director at CHEFA, and Martha Hauhuth, executive director, Positive Directions. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - Westport Library - Game Night!
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Uco Wiersma on “Interview Charisma”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Weekend Downtown Charrette

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Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Downtown Steering Committee, addressed several dozen persons tonight in the Town Hall auditorium in an information session prior to weekend charrette planning sessions to aid development of a downtown master plan. The Saturday and Sunday event will involve Town Hall meetings, panel discussions, and walking tours. Click here for more details of the weekend events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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