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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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saugatuck River Sunset Image
Tuesday night’s sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport as viewed from Imperial Avenue.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 3
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judith Orseck Katz
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kitty Rescued After 13 Days Up a Tree Image
Kitty, a 2 ½-year–old male, was rescued from a tree today where he had been perched for 13 days 100 feet above ground, according to owner Christina Stuttard of Westport. She said Kitty, adopted two years ago from an animal rescue group, cried often during the ordeal but resisted coaxing—and some tuna placed at the base of the tree —to come down from her neighbor’s tree. She said the Fire Department told her they don’t rescue cats and numerous tree companies said a septic tank under the tree prevented them from making the rescue. But finally, workers from Coastal Tree Experts, Inc., of Westport figured out a way today to get to Kitty and brought him down in 10 minutes, she said. Stuttard called the rescuers “heroes” and said they did not charge for their services.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staying Late Image
Mimi Levitt stayed late with son, Peter (l), to watch tonight’s opening regular season Connecticut Ballet performance at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, named after her and her late husband, Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Regular Season Opens With Connecticut Ballet Image
There was plenty of room to spread out tonight at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing as it began its shortened regular season with a performance by the Connecticut Ballet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Ballet Treat Image
The Connecticut Ballet company performed at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight to open the shortened regular season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Taking a Bow on New Levitt Stage Image
Members of the Connecticut Ballet take a bow tonight as the shortened Levitt Pavilion free concert nights got under way following Sunday’s grand opening with Jose Feliciano.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Jesup Road Dinner Image
The flowers and bushes along Westport’s Jesup Road were just too tempting tonight for this visitor who chomped away as traffic rolled past. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Hoarding Task Force Hears From State Expert Image
The Westport Safer Homes Task Force, the anti-hoarding team, met today at Town Hall with Judith Dicine, supervisory prosecuting attorney for housing matters for the Connecticut’s Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. Dicine addressed procedural and legal questions dealing with the issue of hoarding within the community, according to Westport Fire Lt. Brett Kirby, a member of the task force. He said she has extensive experience in dealing with this issue and has worked with mental health experts in the field of hoarding. Dicine spent almost three hours answering questions and giving advice to the task force. Representatives of Weston and Wilton joined in the session, the second meeting to include representatives from the three towns, Kirby said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Comings & Goings: Garelick & Herbs to Saugatuck Center Image
Garelick & Herbs, the upscale culinary market, will open soon at 580 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck Center, in space vacated last month by CM Gourmet Market after eight months. Co-owner Jason Garelick, who announced last year that his store at 1799 Post Road East was relocating to Southport (see WestportNow July 26, 2013), said he has always had an interest in having a store in the Saugatuck area. “We’re expanding our base because most of our customers in the Post Road East store live nearer to that end of town and including Fairfield customers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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William B. Mervine, 93

Willam B. Mervine of Westport died July 4 at home. He was 93. Image
William Mervine: World War II veteran. Contributed photo

He was born in New York City on Oct. 15, 1920, son of Arthur E. and Ruth Weaver Mervine. Soon after, the family moved to Scarsdale. He attended Peddie, then graduated from Wesleyan University in 1947 and received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

He enlisted in the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force after two years at Wesleyan. He was promoted to tech sergeant and completed 35 missions over Germany and German occupied territories in the 92nd Bombardment Group, the oldest heavy bombardment group in England.

He was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Citation for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained bomber combat.

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Real Estate Report: Some Bright Spots

By Judy Szablak

It’s no secret that that Westport’s real estate market is down from last year, however there are a few bright spots in an otherwise less than brisk sales atmosphere. Image
Featured Home:This home at 15 High Point Road is listed at $1.9 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside/KMS Partners

Our Multiple Listing Service identifies 11 separate neighborhoods (or areas) in town, and if we assume this data is correctly input into the system, which it generally is, then trending information on specific areas can easily be determined.

Only a few areas in town continue to be above the town’s average on a sales performance basis.

The Hunt Club area is the clear standout in town, with 29 homes available, 15 under some stage of deposit, and 49 sales within the last year. The average list price here is just over $2.04 million, which is $200,000 less than the town as a whole.

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New Y Set to Open Aug. 29

After years of planning, town approvals, court battles, fundraising and perseverance, the new $38.5 million Westport Weston Family Y will officially open the doors to its new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 a.m., Y officials announced today. Image
The official ribbon cutting for the new Y is Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. with the facility opening the next day for members at 5:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The opening of the 54,000-square-foot complex at its Mahackeno summer camp property along the Saugatuck River follows a scheduled ribbon cutting ceremony set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, to be attended by staff, volunteers and a number of local and state officials, according to Scott Smith, Y spokesman.

This first day of operations beginning at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 will be reserved for Y members, and the facility will be open free of charge to all members of the community over the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, Smith said.

“Having served the community for the past 90 years at our original location in downtown Westport, at long last we are poised to begin the next chapter in our Y’s history in our modern new home,” said Rob Reeves, Y CEO and president.

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