Saturday, September 21, 2013
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
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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Sunday, February 07, 2016
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - MacChiliFest
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Super Bowl Tailgate Party
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Blackhouse” by Peter May
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, February 06, 2016
New York Times Puzzle Editor Will Shortz (2nd l) is joined by the winners of today’s 17th annual crossword puzzle contest at the Westport Library. Glen Ryan (2nd r) of Norwich, finished in first place, Peter Rimkus (r) of Ashford earned second place and Andy Kravis (l) of Brooklyn, earned third place. All are familiar faces. Kravis earned first place in each of the past three years, Rimkus came in second in 2013, and Ryan placed third in each of the past three years but was the winner in 2012. According to Kelle Ruden, event organizer, 30 of today’s participants earned perfect scores in all four crossword puzzles presented. The finalists are determined by three who completed the four puzzles perfectly in the shortest time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com
There was a packed house today for the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition with New York TImes Puzzle Editor Will Shortz stumping the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, again presided at the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition today. He supplied unpublished NYT puzzles for the event and puzzled the puzzlers with some word games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rita Weisskoff of Fairfield (c, black top), the only competitor who has attended every one of the Westport Library’s previous 16 years of crossword competitions, was back again today for the 17th annual contest. She is seated next to Westporter Larry Weisman (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Michael Goodman was at the 17th annual Westport Library crossword competition today. He said he has participated every year but one—because of a death in the family. “Over the years, I’ve completed every puzzle correctly with the exception of one— when I entered ‘aral’ instead of ‘Ural’ as a European/Asian border,” he said. Goodman got a certificate today for another perfect score in today’s competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Orange resident Al Howard entertained visitors to the Westport Farmers Market today with pop rock selections, many self-created. A Connecticut News12 videographer, Howard performed his musical hobby on his 2000 Strat guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Youth Commission (WYC) is seeking high school students and adults to volunteer for the 2016-17 academic year, town officials announced.
Commission members, including students from grades 9 through 12, will be appointed by First Selectman Jim Marpe, and students who are currently in grades 8 through 11 are encouraged to join for next year.
“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” Human Services Director Barbara Butler said of the 30-member group consisting of 15 students and 15 adults.
She said the appointment process for youth and adults includes the submission of a letter of interest, a completed interest inventory and at least one letter of recommendation on behalf of the candidate. Completed documents must be received by April 8, she said.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.- Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East - Westport Sunrise Rotary food drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - 17th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest
7 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - “Open Road”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Friday, February 05, 2016
The Westport Community Theatre tonight opened its production of Moss Hart’s “Light Up the Sky, “a comedy about Broadway. It runs through Feb.. 21. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with a Thursday performance on Feb, 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. Westport Community Theatre is located at 110 Myrtle Ave. (Town Hall) in Westport. Pictured are (l-r) Bia Hittman, Rosanne Nelson, John Fatteross and Tom Rushen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“Fat Girls, Interrupted,” a new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse, it was announced today.
Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.
The cast will include Lampanelli as well as Broadway actress Lisa Howard, TV and film veteran Patricia Kalember, and newcomer Jessica Luck.
“Fat Girls, Interrupted” tackles weight, body image, and food issues from the perspective of four very different women with four very different problems, an announcement said.
Westport Assessor Paul Friia today released the annual list of top 10 Westport taxpayers as they appear on the 2015 Grand List Assessment.
Top payer once again was Connecticut Light & Power Inc., now known as Eversource Energy.
Here is the list with the type of tax and the assessment:
1. Connecticut Light & Power Inc., personal property, $135,413,783
2. 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, real estate, $89,277,600
3. Equity One Westport Village Center, real estate, $35,051,200
4. Bylas LLC, real estate, $24,424,500
5. Campana 125 LLC, real estate, $20,767,800
6. 285 & 355 Riverside LLC , real estate, $20,177,600
7. SL Greens Farms Rd LLC, real estate, $19,937,500
8. Heyman Ronnie F Trustee, real estate, $19,508,800
9. Bridgewater Associates Inc., personal property, $19,126,450
10. Lasry, Marc & Cathy, real estate, $17,470,300
In a sign of Westport’s improving economic health, Westport’s Grand List for 2015—reflecting the latest revaluation—jumped 7.8 percent or approximately $780 million to $10.876 billion, Assessor Paul Friia announced today.
This compared a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.
On Jan. 31, Friia signed the Oct. 1, 2015 Grand List as required by state statute. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.
Home values increased approximately 7.5 percent, while commercial values showed a healthy 10 percent jump, making the combined increase in the real estate categories 8.3 percent.
UPDATE Westport’s second snowstorm of the winter today intensified over the area, closing schools, causing slippery road conditions, bringing down trees and wires, and causing power outages.
Eversource reported this evening that all Westport customers had power restored. At mid-day, there were 67 without power.
Forecasters initially said the Westport area would get 4 to 6 inches of snow with a Winter Weather Advisory but at about 9 a.m. upgraded it to a Winter Storm Warning and said 4 to 8 inches would fall.
In late morning, the snow began tapering off and the storm moved out of the area completely by 1 p.m.
While it was snowing outside, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today joined Town Hall employees in wearing red as he proclaimed the day “Wear Red Day for Women” in Westport. The 13th annual event is promoted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Marpe told the group that women have made tremendous strides to make behavioral changes that have reduced the incidence of heart disease including weight loss, regular exercise, diet modifications and monitoring cholesterol levels. Director of Human Services Barbara Butler (next to Marpe) reminded the attendees “to listen closely to your body, familiarize ourselves with the specifics of your family’s medical histories and be aware that heart disease remains the number one killer of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Clouds make way for blue skies as a snowstorm moved out of this Westport area today. View is looking west over I-95 from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
As storms which brought 6 inches or so of snow to the Westport area overnight and through the morning moved out, blue skies could be seen over the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in the Saugatuck area of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 18 - 22, 2016:
Gregory J. Sarno to Paul Bruneau, 28 Treadwell Ave., $590,000
Joseph E. Schott and Carin-Anna Pfeiffer to Michael and Colleen Cuffaro, 20 Baker Ave., $580,000
Alexander G. and Gaelle L. Dudley to Jeffrey D. and Betsy H. Clachko, 7 Pine St., $1,665,000
36 Whitney LLC to Anthony Demeo, 36 Whitney St., $2,500,000
Officers arrested a Stratford man who filled his shopping cart and rolled it out of Westport’s Stop & Shop without paying, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, Christopher Flint, 44, was arrested on Monday on an outstanding warrant for the incident that took place on Dec. 3.
Video surveillance captured Flint placing items in the cart and leaving the superstore at 1790 Post Road East without paying.
“Flint was positively identified by Fairfield Police officers who viewed the video footage and are familiar with Flint as he has committed larcenies in their town,” Farrell said.
Westport police officers arrested a Fairfield man for allegedly altering a prescription to up his dose of Vicodin, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, On Thursday, Westport officers responded to CVS at 397 Post Road East, on a report that a male suspect had fraudulently changed his prescription given to him by his medical doctor.
He said the officers and pharmacist confirmed with the doctor that the Vicodin prescription was altered from 5 to 7.4 mg.
“The Pharmacist noticed the 7 was written in a different color ink,” Farrell said.