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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Storm Brings Power Outages
UPDATE Strong winds brought down trees and power lines Wednesday night and early today, causing widespread power outages in Westport.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said 743 Westport customers were in the dark from late Wednesday until about 4:15 a.m. today.
Then the number dropped to 66, and they were restored a short time later, the utility said.
Many of those affected appeared to be in the Imperial Avenue area, according to police.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 7
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Annual Historic District Preservation Awards
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Environmental Debate (State Representative Candidates)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - William J. Mann, “Tinseltown”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Boys Soccer Wins, Moves on to FCIAC Tourney
The seven senior Staples High School soccer players were honored before today’s final regular season match. Pictured are (l-r) Gabe Pensak, Matt Bateman, Nate Argosh, Denzel Robinson, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid and Patrick Beusse). The Wreckers then went out and beat Harding 4-1, on two goals by Graham Gudis, and solo strikes by Daniel Reid and Josh Berman. Staples finished the regular season 9-5-2, and advances into the FCIAC tournament. They start play Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. match in Danbury. The teams tied 1-1, earlier this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Nine Under Quarantine After West Africa Travel
In the first test of the state’s tough Ebola protocols, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said today that it has placed under quarantine nine individuals who have traveled to West Africa but are symptom-free.
“The people under quarantine are not sick and do not present a risk to public health,” said DPH spokesman William Gerrish. “The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials.”
The nine quarantined individuals, who were not identified, had traveled to Africa, Gerrish said.
The Department of Public Health said federal authorities will notify the agency of travelers from affected West African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia—that have been subject to an enhanced screening process established at New York’s Kennedy Airport and four other major U. S. airports.
Halloween Window Painting Winners
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of the second annual Halloween Window Painting Contest. Judges Kathie Bennewitz (town curator), Peter Van Heerden (executive director, Westport Arts Center), and Betsy Pollack (publisher, Our Town Crier) had to vote a few times to break a tie in a very close competition. The winners (clockwise from top left): Danielle Spadacenta of Bedford Middle School painted Calise’s Food Market; Danielle King, Heather LaPalme and Kayleigh Levent of Weston Middle School painted Westport Yarns; Kaitlyn Comerford of Hurlbutt Elementary School, Weston, painted Brooks Brothers, and Shealeigh and Courtlyn Crombie and Molly Liles of Greens Farms Elementary School painted Matsu Sushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key
By Judy Szablak
Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction.
Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes
All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.
The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.
An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.
Splash Reopening Delayed
Sign on Splash door. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Splash Restaurant & Bar, which has been closed for two weeks for plumbing and electrical repairs, had been scheduled to reopen Tuesday but was still closed today.
A closed sign still greets customers who stop at the waterfront restaurant located in the Inn at Longshore.
“We still haven’t reopened,” said Teresa De Caro, sister of the owner. “The electrical repairs are taking longer that we expected.”
She did not say when she expects the work to be completed.
Estelle Feldhuhn, 88
Estelle Feldhuhn, a Westport resident for 55 years, died Oct. 22, one day shy of her 89th birthday.
Estelle Feldhuhn: 55-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
She worked for more than 40 years in the Westport residential real estate business, working both as an independent broker and with some of the town’s best known real estate agencies.
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Celia (Ennis) Kodar. In 1946, she married Lawrence Feldhuhn, a veteran of World War II, who was a certified public accountant and served as controller and treasurer of the former Burndy Corp. in Norwalk.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Paul Feldhuhn (Staples High School, class of 1967) and his wife, Janelle, of Palm Bay, Fla.; Jeanne Feldhuhn (Staples ‘71) and her husband, Mark Sheridan of Washington Depot; and Michael Feldhuhn (Staples ‘76) and his wife, Margaret “Meg” Curran of Providence, R.I.; her granddaughter, Margaret Elise “Margy” Feldhuhn of Providence; and her sister Zena Livingston, and her husband, Dr. Leon Livingston, of North Bellemore, N.Y. and their children and grandchildren.
Contributions in Estelle’s memory may be made to Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St., Fairfield, CT 06825.
Westporters Aid Art Bra Workshop at Yale-New Haven
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Westport Arts Center today held an Art Bra workshop today at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven as part of their WAC Gives Back outreach initiative. Patients and hospital staff worked together to design creative and whimsical bras which featured dreams and wishes from the participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Staples Group Seeks Support in Distracted Driving Campaign
The Teen Awareness Group (TAG) at Staples High School is seeking support for its entry in a national competition to reduce teen distracted driving.
The Celebrate My Drive competition is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and seeks to get new drivers to pledge to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
“It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road,” an announcement said.
State Farm Insurance is offering 100 grants to the high schools that recruit the most students in their communities to sign an online petition to Make A Commitment to keep two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.
Marpe: Westport Prepared for Ebola
UPDATE Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport is well prepared for any outbreak of Ebola.
He spoke at a Board of Selectmen meeting hours before state health officials said nine persons are being quarantined in the state so they can be monitored for possible exposure to Ebola, the Hartford Courant reported.
Marpe told a meeting of the Board of Selectman he has met regularly on the subject with the town’s emergency management director, Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury, Police Chief Dale Call, EMS Deputy Director Marc Hartog, and Health Director Mark Cooper.
In addition, he said first responders have undergone training, including 911 dispatchers.
Quinnipiac’s CT Cliffhanger: Malloy 43%, Foley 42%
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut’s race for governor remained tight today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened a one-point lead over Republican Tom Foley in a new Quinnipiac University poll, 43 percent to 42 percent. Petitioning candidate Joe Visconti remained at 9 percent.
The tiny lead is Malloy’s first in more than a year of polling by Quinnipiac. With the exception of a September poll showing Foley with a 6-point lead, the university has consistently pegged the replay of the close 2010 race as a dead heat in 2014.
“The race for Connecticut governor looks very much like it will go down to the wire – again,” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac poll. “Republican Tom Foley has to be concerned that this is the first likely voter poll in which Gov. Dannel Malloy has a numerical edge, even though it’s razor-thin.”
In its previous poll of likely voters Oct. 8, the first-term Democratic governor and his Republican challenger each had 43 percent.
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