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Friday, January 30, 2015

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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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday,  January 30, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Westport Library - WestportREADS: Lunch & Learn - How Literature Inspires Art
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Robotics Users Group
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades k-12)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Landon Proposes $1.5 Million Budget Cut

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon tonight appeared to pull the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, proposing a $1.5 million reduction in his announced 2015-16 budget of $113,294,493. It lowered the 3.75 percent increase over this year’s operating budget to 2.34 percent. Image
Elliott Landon: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Dave Matlow for

Landon told the Board of Education the cut could be gleaned from myriad areas. They included: $150,000 in workers compensation savings; removing capital projects from the operating budget, just at the town does, to save $390,000; high paid employee retirements and lower pay replacements; fund transfer, and substantial insurance savings.

In making the amendment to his proposed budget, Landon noted that Brian Stern, finance board vice chairman, told him that a “2.5 to 2.9 percent increase was as acceptable range for the Board of Finance,” the body the budget goes to following school board approval.

Michael Gordon, school board chairman, seemed thrilled. He thanked Landon, Elio Long, school business administrator, and Marge Cion, the school system’s director of human resources, “for sharpening your pencils.” He said the proposed cuts would put the budget where the finance board members “have said we should be,” without compromising programs for students.

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Three’s a Compo Crowd Image
Dog Trainer and Exerciser Anthony Carafa of Redding allowed his canine charges almost two hours of playtime at Compo Beach today. But leaning out of the window of his parked truck, all three dogs let him know that they wanted to get out and play—some more.Carafa is the owner-trainer of two of the dogs—the Irish Field Setter named Sunny, 12, and the English Setter (black and white) named Vinnie, 6.  He trains and exercises the German Shepherd named Bella, 5, who resides with her owner in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Assessment Appeals Process Begins Monday

Beginning Monday, taxpayers wishing to appeal their properties’ assessments can file applications in the Westport Assessor’s Office, town officials announced today.

The hard copy appeals, which may not be faxed nor emailed, can be made until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

According to the Assessor’s Office, the Westport Board of Assessment Appeals will conduct meetings in March, hearing appeals for the 2014 Grand List for real estate, personal property and motor vehicles, as well as the 2013 Grand List for motor vehicle supplemental.

Taxpayers can obtain appeal applications at the Assessor’s Office in Town Hall or online at  Anyone who files an application will receive written confirmation of his or her appointment by Feb. 27, officials said.

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Donald J. Masiello, 88

Donald J. Masiello of Westport died Jan. 26 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.

He was born May 17, 1926 in Westport, the son of the late Daniel and Mary Masiello. He was a Staples High School graduate and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked as a machinist for Nash Engineering and then went on to work with his father delivering produce throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties. He loved to play golf at Longshore.

Survivors in addition to his wife Jean (Piazza) Masiello of 62 years include many nieces and nephews.

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Legal Defense Fund Head: ‘Help Us Make Things Better’ Image
Kevin Keenan, chief operating officer and legal counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that racial problems in the United States are “like a damaged ecosystem.” The Swarthmore College and Yale Law School graduate challenged his audience to return to the “simple American heroism” of the time when people saw it as their “civic duty to fix things, to call out what others were ignoring, and to provide specific solutions to make things better.” He added, “That’s been LDF’s work for 75 years, but we can’t do it alone.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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NY Observer: Horrors of Westport Living

The New York Observer in its latest issue focuses on New Yorkers who move to the suburbs, including Westport, and then can’t wait to get back to the city.

“Lynn Shanahan loved Westport, Conn.,” the newspaper’s article began. “It was restful, beautiful and close to New York—an ideal escape from the city on sticky summer days. And then she moved there.”

It goes on to quote her as saying:  “I was standing on the train platform in the dark at 6:15 a.m. when I realized I had made a mistake.”

Among her complaints: “the house and yard required constant tending, weekly grocery shopping trips proved a chore compared to casually picking things up throughout the week and dinner options after 9:30 p.m. dwindled to pizza or Chinese takeout.” Read the full article here.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Violent Year,’ ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Wedding Ringer’

By Susan Granger

Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history, J.C. Chandor’s intense noir-thriller “A Most Violent Year” combines political intrigue with industrial corruption. Image

Ambitious, idealistic Hispanic immigrant Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) started as a fuel truck driver for a heating oil distributor. When he married the mob-connected boss’s daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain), taking over the family business, he discovers it’s not easy being honest in the crime-riddled city.

After making a deal to purchase a waterfront storage facility, Morales is faced with a series of brutal anonymous attacks.  His drivers are hijacked and his fuel is stolen.

Egged on by Anna and his lawyer (Albert Brooks), he turns to desperate measures to protect his property, his family and his chunk of the American Dream.

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William M. Sugarman, 75 Image
William Sugarman: resident since 1976. Contributed photo

William M. Sugarman of Westport died Jan. 27 in Ludlowe Health Care Center in Fairfield. He was 75.

He was born March 22, 1939 in Providence, R.I., the son of the late Abe and Minna (Halm) Sugarman. He was a graduate of New York University and has lived in Westport since 1976. He worked for Jefferson Smurfit Inc. in sales.

He was an avid New York Jets and Boston Red Sox fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Angela (Paterno) Sugarman, include one daughter; Lisa A. Costello and her husband Richard of Fairfield. He was predeceased by one brother, Julian G. Sugarman.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Owenoke Park Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Owenoke Park, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story colonial has 2,163 square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in November 2013 for $3,175,000. 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

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Richard L. Rothermel, 88

Richard L. Rothermel of Kutztown, Pa. a former Westport resident, died Jan. 16 at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. He was 88. Image
Richard Rothermel: magazine circulation veteran. Contributed photo

The son of the late Lloyd R. and Naomi (Brensinger) Rothermel, he was a native of Fleetwood, Pa. He graduated from its high school before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radioman second class. After discharge, he graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pa.

A magazine circulation veteran who started selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, he enjoyed a career that spanned more than 50 years.

He joined the Curtis Publishing Company in 1950 and subsequently worked for McCall’s, Dell and Perfect Subscriptions Company, before becoming president of Keystone Reader’s Service, Inc., and later, his own Magazine Service Bureau in 1980.

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Seeing Red Image
A resident of Westport’s Lansdowne condominiums spotted this visitor outside his window. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marc Litvinoff for

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Thursday,  January 29, 2015

10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The French Connection”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS: Neighbors & Newcomers Discuss “Dubliners”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Environment Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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