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Sports Writing Legend Frank Deford, 78

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Sports writing legend Frank Deford, a longtime former Westporter, died Sunday at his Key West, Florida home. He was 78. He had been treated recently for pneumonia, said his wife, Carol Deford, who said she did not know the exact cause of death. DeFord is pictured giving a talk last June at the Westport Library.  He was a 39-year Westport resident before moving to Manhattan in June 2013. He was the author of 19 books, an NPR “Morning Edition” commentator, and the man the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed “the Sinatra of sportswriting.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Frank Deford was 2010 Arts Advisory Honoree

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Former Westporter Frank Deford, who died Sunday at age 78, was honored by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee in 2010. The legendary sportswriter was a 39-year Westport resident before moving to Manhattan in June 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Despite Rain, Grand Marshal Vebell Keeps Revelers Riveted

By James Lomuscio

He didn’t arrive in a convertible, a sash across his breast and waving to cheering crowds. But Memorial Day Grand Marshall Ed Vebell, 96, held the overflow crowd riveted today in the Westport Town Hall auditorium.

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Westport veteran Ed Vebell, 96, grand marshal, regaled the Memorial Day Town Hall ceremony with stories that brought a standing ovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Even though the parade had been canceled because of rain, and some felt cheated as the sun peaked in through the high, arched windows, Vebell did something few, if any, grand marshals have done.

He had attendees cheering for more of his stories as the artist-illustrator, Olympic fencer and town resident since 1953 turned European theater raconteur.

From his wheelchair, the man whose artistic, on-the-scene talents had brought to life the Nuremberg trials with pen and ink illustrations now at the U.S.  Holocaust Memorial Museum, Vebell proved his skill as a storyteller, too.

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Gallery: Town Hall Memorial Day Ceremony


Scenes from today’s Westport Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Matlow and Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Marpe: ‘We Celebrate the Ability to Disagree’

Here is the text of First Selectman Jim Marpe’s address today at the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony.

Good morning. It is an honor and privilege to be here today. First, I must salute the great gentleman we all love to call Mr. Parade, Bill Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today addresses a packed Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Bill has orchestrated this special event for the last 47 years, in a true demonstration of love and commitment to his town and country. And thank you to everyone who has a role in making this great parade and these ceremonies happen.

In just a few moments, we will hear from this year’s Grand Marshal, Edward Vebell. Ed is a World War II Veteran who joined the Air Force in 1942. 

He was a member of the 904th Camouflage Unit and was dropped behind enemy lines to sketch enemy equipment and positions. 

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Special Day

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Westporter Ann Beers was among veterans taking part in today’s Westport Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. Not only did she mark Memorial Day, but she also celebrated her 93rd birthday. Beers served in the Navy as a pharmacist’s mate during World War II,  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Town Hall Tribute to Grand Marshal

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Ed Vebell, 96, grand marshal of this year’s Memorial Day parade, received a standing ovation from attendees at the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony after the parade was canceled because of inclement weather. Vebell recounted his experiences during World War II and his work as the only artist allowed to cover the 1945, post-war Nuremberg, Germany war trials, which prosecuted members of the Nazi leadership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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SRO for Memorial Day Ceremony

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It was standing room only today for the Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall. The one-hour event was substituted for the annual Memorial Day parade, which was canceled because of rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Paying Close Attention

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A young guest at today’s Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall pays close attention to the speeches. The standing room only crowd included many young people as well as veterans and others. It was the second successive year the parade was canceled because of inclement weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Vet Get-Together

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Among veterans getting together at today’s Westport Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony were (l-r) Bob Satter, Leonard Everett Fisher, and Larry Aasen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flag Wavers

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Among youngsters attending today’s Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall were Girl Scouts and Long Lots Elementary School fifth grade students (l-r)  Alyssa Lee, 10, Nina Lauterbach, 11, Lindsey Price, 10, and Paige Miller, 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fire Department Honors ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’

By James Lomuscio

Unlike last Memorial Day when he spoke via satellite from Afghanistan to his fellow firefighters, Westport Firefighter James Branson, a medic in the Naval Reserve, gave today’s address back home.

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Firefighter James Branson addressed today’s Westport Fire Department Memorial Day ceremony in person this year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

His words at the Fire Department’s memorial service at Fire Headquarters were sobering, fitting for a rainy day in which the parade had been canceled, the unofficial start of summer postponed.

Branson spoke about the 400,000 graves in Arlington National Cemetery, the 1.8 million service members killed since 1775, and the 52,000 wounded since Sept. 11, 2001, “physical and emotional wounds.”

“Today is for those who never came home and for those who brought the war home with them,” he said referencing those who “lost the final battle to suicide.”

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Gallery: Westport FD Memorial Day Ceremony


Scenes from today’s Westport Fire Department Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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50th Memorial Day Ceremony for Denis Duffy

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today honored retired firefighter Denis Duffy with a commendation on his appearance at his 50th Fire Department Memorial Day ceremony. He was among a number of firefighters recognized for their service at the annual ceremony.  “I miss hanging out with the guys and hope to see you next year,” said Duffy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Fire Department Pays Tribute

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Despite cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, the Westport Fire Department Memorial Day observance went ahead as scheduled today. Town and fire leaders paid tribute to those who have given their lives in service to Westport and their country and thanked the 11 firefighters who are retiring from the department this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Canceled

Due to inclement weather, the annual Westport Memorial Day parade has been canceled.

Instead, a ceremony will be held in the Town Hall auditorium at 10 a.m.

It is the second consecutive year the parade has been canceled because of weather.

Before that, the last cancellation was in 2011.

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Westport Salutes Memorial Day

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Flags flew in a stiff breeze Sunday on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed.
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - annual Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School to Veterans Green - Westport Memorial Day Parade CANCELED
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall—Memorial Day ceremony
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Compo Scene

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The Compo Beach lifeguard shack late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Compo Party Time

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Guests at a party on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight celebrated the Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute

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Westporter Augie Wilkinson and daughters Emma and Melody visited Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road today to pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Game

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Members of the Staples High School varsity team posed for a picture today as they met the Staples alumni team in a Memorial Day weekend game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Dry Run

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Despite a forecast of rain for Monday, members of the Westport Woman’s Club were busy today at Anthony’s Nursery, 492 Main St., preparing their float for the Memorial Day parade. With flowers from Anthony’s and Izzo’s & Sons Country Gardens, the float supports the parade theme “Honoring Our Veterans Now and Forever.” Pictured (l-r) Dorothy Curran, Jeannette Tewey, Miggs Burroughs, Miraslava Auxier (partially hidden), Allie D’Angelo, and Bernadette Stiskal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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South Beach Scene

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A scene at South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Colors

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Memorial Day weekend is commemorated with decorative bunting on the 1899-built house, known as the Edward J. Hubbell House, at the corner of Westport’s Riverside and Treadwell Avenues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 28, 2017


5 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher” (last day)

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

On Tour

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Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society president (red sweater) , today led about 20 persons on a history walking tour of Westport’s Saugatuck section. The area was initially inhabited by mostly immigrants of Italian origin. The periodically scheduled historical tours of various sections of Westport consistently attract history buffs from the greater Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Boy Scouts Place Flags on Veteran Graves

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39, chartered to Greens Farms Congregational Church, today placed flags on the graves of veterans in five cemeteries in Westport. VFW Post 399 organized and supplied the flags for the Boy Scouts to install. Pictured are: (l-r) Daniel Wisdom, Nicholas Daines, Max Pantoja, and Will Hillhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Salute to Veterans

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Flags today decorate the cemetery of Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Westport’s Kings Highway North. It was one of five cemeteries receiving flags for veterans graves courtesy of Boy Scout Troops 39 and VFW Post 399. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Flag Duty

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 today placed flags on graves of veterans at five Westport cemeteries. The flags were supplied by Westport VFW Post 399. The scouts posed for a picture during the effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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