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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dusting of Snow Image
There was a light dusting of snow on the ground for Westporters Monday, adding a bit of white to emerging spring colors on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Foxcatcher”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Technology & Security Trends that are Changing Small Business
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Leonard Everett Fisher
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting on proposed Como Beach improvements (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Orphenians Perform in San Francisco Image
The Staples Orphenians performed today in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall as part of the National Youth Choral Festival. They were among 10 high school choral groups from across the country selected to participate by the Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer. They appeared with an orchestra conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for

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Smoking Light Switch Forces Long Lots Evacuation

Students and staff at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School were evacuated briefly today because of smoke coming from a light switch, the Fire Department said.

The problem was isolated and a school electrician replaced the faulty switch, according to reports from the scene.

All students and staff were allowed to return to the school a short time later.

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Driver Injured in Sherwood Island Connector Crash Image
A male driver was injured today after losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a utility pole on the Sherwood Island Connector just north of Greens Farms Road. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. His car was heavily damaged and the utility pole was cracked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westporter’s Cookbook Wins National Award Image
Winner in Children, Youth, and Family category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westporter Ramin Ganeshram’s “FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World” was named Children, Youth, and Family best cookbook of the year Sunday by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

The award to the Westport journalist, author, and trained chef was presented at the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards, IACP’s Cookbook Awards have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the public’s awareness of culinary literature.

The book, with editors Dervla Kelly and Elissa Altman and photographs by Ganeshram’s husband, Jean Paul Velotti, was published last October by Rodale Books.

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Autism Awareness Day Set for April 2

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced he will proclaim Thursday, April 2 Autism Awareness Day and the month of April Autism Awareness Month in Westport.

There will be a ceremony at Town Hall on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Marpe will be joined by organizer Allison Ziering Walmark and Westport families affected by autism, an announcement said.

“Declaring April 2 as Autism Awareness Day and the month of April as Autism Awareness Month provides a forum for citizens to discuss acceptance of all children with challenges, and in particular those affected by autism,” Marpe said.

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Greens Farms Easter Egg Hunt April 4

The Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 64th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 on the grounds of Long Lots Elementary School, Hyde Lane, at 2 p.m.

Children will hunt for the eggs in age groups through age 10, organizers said.

Children finding special marked eggs will receive Easter baskets. 

The Easter bunny will be there to meet and greet the children.

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Saugatuck Rowers Victorious in San Diego Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club varsity girls eight bested a talented field from across the country Sunday in San Diego, Calif. in the San Diego Crew Classic, bringing home the gold in the two-kilometer race. The team of Willemijn ten Cate, Nica Wardell, Amra Sabovic, Genevieve Esse, coxswain Lexi Bralver, Lelia Boley, Margaret Manley, Katherine Ratcliffe and Alison Morrison also won the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston last fall.  Pictured with the team is Coach Chase Graham.  In San Diego, Saugatuck also placed second in the JV girls eight and fourth in the JV boys eight categories.  Six members of the winning crew live in Westport: Boley, Bralver, Morrison, Ratcliffe, ten Cate and Wardell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eugenie ten Cate for

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New Parking Pattern on Railroad Place Image
There is a new morning parking pattern on Westport’s Railroad Place effective today. All passenger drop-offs are on the left side and the commercial delivery vehicles are on the right side of the street. Signs on the right say delivery vehicles only from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Mario’s Not Only Railroad Place Change Image
Effective today, morning drop-offs on Westport’s Railroad Place are on the left and delivery truck parking is on the right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Monday, March 30, 2015

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
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 Country Playhouse - “The Letter Box”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 104 - Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shirley S. Gonzales, 79

Shirley Ann Schappa Gonzales of Guilford, a former assistant planner in Westport, died Jan. 17 of colon cancer. She was 79. Image
Shirley Gonzales: former Westport assistant planner. Contributed photo

Born in 1935 in New Haven, to Joseph Schappa and Alvena Menard of Providence, she attended Hartford Art School, then Paier Art School, entering the Department of Art and Architecture at Yale University.

Graduating in 1958 having earned a BFA in art with a thesis on fabric printing techniques, she married J Ernest Gonzales that same year and heralded the birth of her son Don soon after, followed by her daughter April two years later.

As her children grew up, she began writing art reviews for the New Haven Register under the guidance of editor and long time family friend Don Rabin in 1968. She visited the lively New Haven art scene on a weekly basis and continued to cover the Connecticut art scene for 22 years.

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