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.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Have You Seen Christian?
Christian escaped from his foster home today around 4 p.m. He was staying on Keyser Road near Imperial Ave. and was last seen on Baker Ave. around 4:30. Please call 917-673-5969 if you spot him. Please do not chase as he will run. Put some food out to lure him and call as soon as possible. It’s freezing out tonight and we will continue to look for him. Thank you.,
After 110 Years, Silver of Westport is Closing
By James Lomuscio
On this Black Friday, Stephen Silver quipped “this is the blackest of Friday of them all. ” The 110-year-old, family business, Silver of Westport at 390 Post Road East, will close once the holiday shopping season ends, he said.
Stephen Silver was upbeat after announcing the store’s closing. “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Silver said the decision to shut the specialty gift and luggage shop was made with his two sons and daughters-in-law at 5 p.m. Thursday following Thanksgiving dinner.
He noted his grandfather, Samuel Silver, started the family business in Bridgeport in 1904, selling canes and umbrellas. In 1951, his father, Philip Silver, opened the Westport shop, growing the business with specialty gifts and luggage in Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center.
“We’ve been teetering, talking about closing it for a long time,” he said, adding, “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.”
Donating to Needy Children
The Longshore Club Park P.A.L. Ice Rink was the site of free skate rentals and two hours of free skating today, compliments of Westport’s P.A.L. for those who donated unwrapped new toys in support of Al’s Angels toy drive to help needy children enjoy the holiday season. Stamford resident Mary Donovan is pictured donating new unwrapped toys to Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido while her 7-year-old twin sons enjoyed an evening of skating. As DiGuido thanked her for her contributions Donovan, in turn, thanked DiGuido for his generous support of children from needy families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Silver of Westport to Close
UPDATE One of the last mom and pop mainstays in Westport, Silver of Westport, is closing. Co-owner Steve Silver (pictured with his co-owner sister, Susan, before they relocated the store in Compo Acres Shopping Center in 2011) said a “retirement sale: sale of the century, nothing excluded” began today. No date has been set for the closing, he said. The family-owned and operated gift and travel necessity business has served Fairfield County since 1904 and has been in Compo Acres since 1951. It and its neighboring retailers lately have been impacted by remodeling of the exterior and reconfiguration of the rear parking lot. “Business had not been good, but the scaffolding covering the storefront for the past eight months was the icing on the cake,” Silver said. He added: “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Drunk Mother Punches Cop in Face
Alyssa Miklinevich: tried to drive away with child. Westport Police photo
A 36-year-old Westport mother who was drunk and trying to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away early today punched a police officer in the face as they attempted to stop her, police said.
Alyssa Miklinevich of 10 Davenport Ave. was taken into custody after police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, police said.
“Miklinevich who was visibly intoxicated and attempting to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away,” said Capt. Vincent Penna in a statement. “Officers attempted to keep her from entering her vehicle at which point she became uncooperative and belligerent. Miklinevich then punched one of the officers in the face with a closed fist.”
Miklinevich was arrested and charged with breach of peace, assault on an officer, and interfering with an officer, he said. She was held in lieu of $1,000 bond for arraignment today in Norwalk Superior Court.
Main Street Crowded With ‘Black Friday’ Shoppers
Good Shopping on Main Street
Comings & Goings: Chocolate Shop Opens on Main Street
Westport and Weston First Selectmen Jim Marpe and Gail Weinstein today welcomed Weston resident Aarti Khosia (c) and celebrated the official opening of Khosia’s Le Rouge handmade chocolates on the lower level of 190 Main St. Khosia, whose business is also operated online (www.LeRougeByAarti.com), said the hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day except Monday and “will extend hours as we get closer to the holidays.” She added, “We’re a cafe as well and serve a range of flavored coffee selections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Minute Man Hill
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Minute Man Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story ranch has 3,742 square feet, is situated on a 1.02-acre property and changed ownership in August for $2,385,000. 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
Freshii Launches Weekend Kids Eat Free Program
Freshii Westport has announced a weekend Freshii Kids Eat Free program, which seeks to promote healthy eating among youngsters. The program for children under 10 begins Saturday and runs until the end of January.
During this time, Freshii, 19 Post Road East, is offering children a free entree from the kid’s menu on Saturdays and Sundays when their meal is accompanied by an adult entrée –- one free kid’s meal per adult entrée.
“We want kids to understand that healthy eating doesn’t mean giving up delicious food,” said Jonathan Blob, owner of Freshii Westport. “We are introducing our kids eat free program because we love seeing kids from Westport and surrounding towns come in and enjoy our fresh, healthy options –- and we want to see even more of them.”
Freshii is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, contact Freshii Westport’s director of operations, Craig Charlton at (203)222-3599, or visit https://www.freshii.com/us/locations/connecticut/westport.
Lit Up for the Holiday Season
The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River was lit up tonight with Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of Al’s Angels volunteers and A.J. Penna & Son construction of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 28, 2014
Westport Town Hall and Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Screening: “The Lego Movie” plus LEGO free play
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre “It’s a Wonderful Life”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Full House for Thanksgiving Day Feast
There was a full house today at Branson Hall, Christ & Trinity Episcopal Church for the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Saugatuck Congregational Church, Temple Israel, The Unitarian Church in Westport, and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston were partners for this year’s Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo