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Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

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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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Monday, April 27, 2015

All Clear for Sunset Viewing

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The construction equipment has been cleared and the barriers removed to allow full access to South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach, just in time for this almost cloud-covered Sunday sunset view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 27, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Community Forum on the Future of the Library
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Public Protection Committee
7 p.m. - Staples Room 333 - Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Classical Guitar at Arts Center

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Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist Ana Vidovic performed today before an enthusiastic audience at the Westport Arts Center. A child prodigy, she started playing guitar at the age of 5. She has given more than 1,000 public performances since first taking the stage in 1988 at age 8. At the age of 11, she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. Vidovic, 34, frequently tours internationally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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In Just a Minute, Town Steps Back 238 Years

By James Lomuscio

As David Perkins, outfitted in Colonial garb and holding a Brown Bess, flintlock musket, spoke, his story made the time since April 25, 1777 seem the illusion, not his costumed presence. It was as if the invading British ships had just anchored a mile off Westport’s Compo Beach, and longboats filled with Redcoats were being lowered.

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A flash, a crack and a boom precedes billowing black powder smoke as Todd Gerlander, dressed as a Minute Man, shows his prowess today with a Brown Bess flintlock minus the lead ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“Imagine seeing longboats full of Redcoats going over the side,” Perkins, a Bethel resident and a member of the 11th Connecticut Regiment Militia, said during an encampment redaction on Jesup Green today. “It’s going to take several minutes for these boats to come ashore.

“So, you’d run to ring a church bell, a meeting hall bell, or fire off a cannon two times to indicate it was a foe,” Perkins added.

And all able bodied men ages 16 to 60 would scurry like today’s first responders, having to show up at the village green. They were the Minute Men patriots who took up their arms in a minute’s notice, he said.

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Camping Out on Jesup Green

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Among the day-long activities of Westport’s first Minute Man Day today was an enactment of a Revolutionary militia encampment at Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Proud New Eagle Scouts

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Westport Boy Scout Troop 100’s Eagle Court of Honor today celebrated three Eagle scouts at a ceremony at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Each scout (l-r) Aaron J. Samuels, Cole T. Moyer and John G. Foley is a junior at Staples High School. For Samuels’ Eagle Scout project, he built a shed for Earthplace’s pond studies program, Moyer worked with the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport to improve the safety and functionality of the parking lot surrounding its 1,400-seat historic theater built in the 1930s, and Foley led a team of 19 youths and seven adults in the demolition of the asphalt courtyard outside Gillespie Center, the Homes With Hope food pantry and homeless shelter, to prepare for the installation of a new patio and paved walkway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute to the Minute Man

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Westport’s first Minute Man Day activities today included a Revolutionary War era visitor at Westport’s Minute Man Monument. Russell Wirtalla of Somers is a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking the 238th Anniversary of the British Compo Landing

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Kathie Benewitz, town curator, today joined First Selectman Jim Marpe in welcoming Russell Wirtalla of Somers as he visited Westport’s Minute Man Monument as part of the Westport Historical Society-sponosred Minute Man Day. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The day also included the 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach, tours of the beach area, a talk at the Westport Library, and a Revolutionary War militia encampment at Jesup Green. The day commemorates the April 25, 1777 landing of the British at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Book Sale

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A book sale at the Saugatuck Plaza today attracted many buyers in support of Bridgeport-based Mercy Learning Center. According to Westporter Amy Saperstein, co-founder of the volunteer organization A.W.A.R.E.  (Assisting Women with Action, Resources and Education) the book sale is one of many events that are dedicated to raise funds for Mercy Learning Center. “In this 2014-2015 term, A.W.A.R.E. volunteers are dedicated to raise funds to benefit one specific charity. This year it is Mercy Learning Center.” The organization provides basic literacy and life skills training to low income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment.  Westporter Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels and well-known for his own organization’s support of the less-privileged, provided the space for the book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Lady in Gold’ Author Draws Overflow Crowd

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There was an overflow audience at Westport’s Temple Israel today to hear best-selling author Anne-Marie O’Connor. Her “The Lady in Gold: The Story of Gustav Klimt, Jewish Vienna, and the Restitution of his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer” is her true account of the masterpiece gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the beautiful Muse who Gustav Klimt painted into history as a sensual Mona Lisa of turn-of-the-century Vienna. It tells the story of Jewish Vienna’s patronage of Klimt; the painting’s bizarre fate under Nazi rule; and the restitution battle that secured the painting, which now hangs in the Neue Galerie in New York. The letters and journals written by Gustav Klimt and his enigmatic intellectual portrait models shed new light on the artist, whose erotic drawings and notorious love life scandalized turn-of-the-century Vienna—but is now considered Austria’s finest painter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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A Day at the Races


Scenes from today’s 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First Female in 5K

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Westport resident, Kate Pfeffer, 36, was the first female finisher and third overall in the 5K race today at the 37th Annual Minute Man Race. Pfeffer, pictured with husband Russell and children, Caroline, 3, and Cecily, 9 months, said the family moved from New York to nearby Roosevelt Road last September. “I used to run in a lot of races in Central Park, so great to have this in our own backyard,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Another Win

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Timothy Milenkevich, 33, of Ansonia today wins the 10K race in the 37th Annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach in 33:46. (See all race results here) He said this is the third time he has run in the event and has earned a first place finish each time. He won the 10K in 2013 and the 5K in 2012.  “I’m 3 and 0,” said Milenkevich, who is a personal trainer at Westport’s Total Training and Endurance, 772 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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