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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, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Kemper-Gunn Advisory Group
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Beautification Committee
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Public Works Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - World Book Night, Shakespeare’s Birthday, & Play With Your Food!
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Education & Employee Compensation Joint Committee Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Minecraft Grades 6-12

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mary B. Gamsu, 85

Mary Boatner Gamsu, a longtime Westport resident, died April 5 in Issaquah, Wash. after a brief illness. She was 85. Image
Mary Gamsu: longtime Westporter . Contributed photo

Born in Shreveport, La., she received her master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and enjoyed an acting career in many Broadway plays and around the country.

She moved to Westport in 1965 where she raised two children and was active at the United Methodist Church, Westport Library, YMCA, and the Woman’s Club.

She moved to Washington state in 2010 to join her daughter. She had a passion for literature, history and was a talented artist, her family said.

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Staples Lacrosse Hosts Sticks for Soldiers Saturday Image

The Staples High School Boys Lacrosse team will hold its annual Sticks for Soldiers event on Saturday as the team hosts the Trumbull Eagles.

The Sticks for Soldiers charity raises funds to assist and support wounded veterans and their families. Its main fundraiser is a high school lacrosse tournament held in November.

On Saturday, there is a suggested, optional donation of $5 for admission with funds raised to support the fall tournament

Pre-game activities begin at 11:45 a.m. with a “shoot out” by grade for all PAL boys lacrosse players.

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Staples Girls Varsity Golf Beats Ridgefield in Season Opener Image
The Staples High School varsity girls golf team won its season opener today at their home Longshore course, defeating Ridgefield High School 169-217. Senior tri-captain Faith Garcia led the Wrecker victory with a 3-over-par 40 while freshman Alex McMahon, playing her first match, shot a 42. The Staples team ended up last year with a 17-2 record, finishing second in the FCIAC behind Greenwich, which accounted for both Staples losses. Pictured before today’s play are (l-r)  Marie McHugh, Analise Brown, Faith Garcia, Mary Bennewitz, and Alex McMahon. Said Patty Kondub, assistant coach: “We are starting our run for the championship.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Westport Outdoors: Arezzo Ristorante Image
Arezzo Ristorante on Westport’s West Bank of the Saugatuck River at 5 Riverside Ave. is today’s featured spot in our new WestportNow series,Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. Named after a city in central Italy, Arezzo Ristorante, open since the summer of 2012, offers Tuscan specialties in a rustic classic riverfront setting. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Arts Center to Honor Ann Sheffer at Saturday Gala Image
The Westport Arts Center’s annual gala Saturday will honor Westport arts patron and philanthropist Ann Sheffer as “Queen of the Arts.” Called “WONDERland: A Mad Art Party,” the event will be held at the Gallaher Mansion, a limestone Tudor Revival built in 1930 by industrialist/inventor Edward Beach that sits in the 227-acre Cranbury Park. The evening will feature a performance by Juilliard-trained soprano opera singer and Westport native, Lucia Palmieri. To purchase tickets visit or call (203) 222-7070. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During photo

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Baron’s South Financials Still Unsettled With Developer Image
Westport’s Baron’s South Committee, working on establishing a senior housing project on the town-owned land known as Baron’s South, was told today that progress has been made on a memorandum of understanding with developers Jonathan Rose Companies. But Selectman Avi Kaner (l, back to camera) said still unresolved are financial arrangements. He said the challenge is that it is a private/public partnership structure with a 98-year term. “It’s hard to see what can happen in the future,” he said. “For instance, say in 30 years from now the state of Connecticut changes a tax code from property tax to sales tax or something of that sort.” Meanwhile, he said, “We do not want to slow down the project.  We want to proceed simultaneously.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Taking Flight Image
Cormorants take flight on Westport’s Saugatuck River near Riverside Avenue and Sylvan Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Earth Day

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Baron’s South
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Excavation and Fill Regulations Subcommittee
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 100 - Probate Judge Lisa Wexler: What Happens When You Die with a Will?
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium -  Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Golfers Meet New Course Maintenance Company

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Andy Kaplan said last July he had given up on golfing at Longshore Club Park, opting to go as far away as Farmington to play on decent links. Image
Ryan Segrue, who is serving as ValleyCrest’s superintendent for the Longshore golf course, listens to golfers tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

“The greens, they looked diseased,” Kaplan said. “It was like the surface of the moon, brown, discolored.”

Even pockmarked, he said.

But as Kaplan left a Town Hall presentation tonight by principals of ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, he seemed a bit more optimistic about returning to his hometown course this summer. Calabasas, Calif.-based ValleyCrest has a three-year contract with the town and aims to upgrade the 18-hole golf course while saving the town $755,450 attributed to personnel attrition over three years.

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Committee Mulls Medical Marijuana Dispensary

By James Lomuscio

Representatives of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary turned down by the Bridgeport Zoning Commission last week came to Westport tonight in the hope of convincing the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Medical Maijuana Subcommittee that a such a facility could work in town. Image
Three-time cancer victim Angela Fiorini of Monroe displays her medical marijuana prescription card outside a P&Z Medical Marijuana Subcommittee meeting tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

But P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens, who chairs the subcommittee, insisted that the argument put forth by Ray Rizzio, attorney for Trumbull-based D&B Wellness, was premature.

Rizzio said that the company he represents was turned down by Bridgeport because of “hysteria.”

“We’re not here to judge,” said Stephens. “We’re here to determine, if it were to become permissible, where it would be be.”

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Ten Westport Runners Finish Boston Marathon

Ten runners from Westport finished today’s 2014 Boston Marathon that saw more than 35,000 runners and an estimated one million spectators pay tribute to the victims of last year’s terrorist bombing. Image
Staples grad Alicia Kaestli, 24, (pictured in an earlier race) was top female Westport finisher.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

For the first time in three decades, an American won the men’s race. Meb Keflezighi finished in 2 hours 8 minutes 37 seconds, a personal best and the second-fastest time ever for an American man at Boston.

According to official results, Ian L. Cadieu, 30, was the top Westport finisher, running the 26.2 miles in 2 hours 55 minutes 12 seconds, good for a 1506 overall place. The Yale graduate, who works at Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, was a three-year letterman in cross country at Great Neck North High School on Long Island, according to his Yale athletics biography.

Second best Westporter’s time was by Jason Martin, 41, with a time of 3 hours 5 minutes 7 seconds for a 3586 over place. And third was Kenneth C. Klegar, 44, in 3 hours 12 minutes 5 seconds for a 4562 place. Top female Westport runner was 2008 Staples grad Alicia Kaestli, 24, in 3 hours 12 minutes 47 seconds for a 4754 overall place. See all searchable results here.


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New Lifeguard Chairs for Compo Image
Workers today were building five new lifeguard chairs for Compo Beach. They said that the old ones are worn out and needed replacing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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