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Friday, September 09, 2016

Firefighters Seek Donations for 9/11 Memorial Maintenance

A Westport firefighter and the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation are seeking donations for the maintenance of the Connecticut 9/11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Firefighter Ben Racho.. Contributed photo

Firefighter Ben Racho will be participating in the annual Kiwanis Triathlon at Compo Beach on Sunday.

During the run portion of the event, he will be wearing his full firefighting gear with air pack.

Donations can be made here or you may send a check to “WUFCF”, Westport Fire HQ, 515 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Please note “9/11 Memorial” in the memo.

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Harbormaster Candidates Sought

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced he is seeking Westport residents interested in being considered for appointment as Westport’s harbormaster and deputy harbormaster.

According to state statute, the first selectman may present for consideration to the governor those persons interested and eligible for appointment to the positions.

State of Connecticut harbormasters and deputy harbormasters are appointed by the governor for three-year terms.

The harbormaster is charged with keeping channels and established fairways clear of obstructing vessels; management of abandoned or derelict vessels; decision making authority over stationing vessels at anchor or mooring; and removal of abandoned boats.

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DUI Arrest for Driving Wrong Way on Connector

Officers arrested a Milford man for driving under the influence—and traveling south in the northbound lane on the Sherwood Island Connector, police said today.

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Darrius Richardson: held on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Darrius Richardson, 36, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Monday after an oficer smelled “a distinct odor of marijuana and an alcoholic beverage coming from Richardson’s person,” said Lt. David Farrell.

Richardson was given the standard field sobriety test, which he failed and was taken into custody. He refused to submit to the breathalyzer test and was held on a $2,500 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Friday, September 9, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... PokemonGO
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - What You Need to Know about the Zika Virus
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - American Red Cross Blood Drive
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “The 2016 Presidential Election—Politics, Trends & Forecasts” lecture by Dr. Gary Rose
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Friends of Sherwood Island Shorefest benefit
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words” Exhibition Opening Reception
6 p.m. - Earthplace - Great American Campout for the Critters!
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DNR : Special Concert Tribute to First Responders & Westport EMS
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Introducing New Playhouse Managing Director

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Michael Barker, recently appointed managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) was introduced tonight to WCP patrons and board members at the “2016 Gala Benefactor Preview Party” at Steinway & Sons Gallery, 501 Post Road East. Tonight’s event presented a glimpse of plans for the Monday, Sept. 19 WCP gala, which celebrates composers Lerner & Loewe. Actor Richard Thomas will host “The Night They Invented Champagne” at which Broadway artists perform Lerner & Loewe music. The gala theme serves as a springboard for the Playhouse’s October production of Lerner & Lowe’s “Camelot,” directed by Mark Lamos. Playhouse artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: 9/11 Ceremony at Sherwood Island


Scenes from tonight’s 9/11 ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Dave Matlow and Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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15 Years Later, 9/11 Still Evokes Pain

By James Lomuscio

She’s been coming every year since she was 2, holding a white rose as she walks across the expansive field to the 9/11 memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.

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Emma Hunt, 16, of Essex, tonight places flowers on her father’s name on the 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Once there, she wells up, brushing her hands against her eyes and her long red hair, as she places the rose on the name of her father engraved in the stone of the waterfront monument.

Emma Hunt, 16, of Essex, was only 15 months old when her father William Christopher Hunt died in the World Trade Center attacks.

But each anniversary as she attends the state-sponsored Sept. 11 memorial ceremony,  there seems to be an inexplicable bond with her father, as if she had known him her whole life. She places the rose, clings to her mother, and cries.

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Paying Tribute

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman tonight place flowers on the state’s 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Large Crowd for 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

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A large crowd tonight attended the 15th anniversary ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among dignitaries attending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Solemn Marking of 15th Anniversary of 9/11

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Flowers adorn Connecticut’s 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park tonight following the annual ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U Miller for WestportNow.com

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Moving Tribute

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A moving tribute was left tonight on Connecticut’s 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park as the state marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks. The top is a quote from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton:” “There are moments the words don’t reach. There is a grace too powerful to name.” The bottom is a quote from Beverly Eckert, an activist and advocate for the creation of the 9/11 Commission whose husband, Sean Rooney, 50, of Stamford, died in the attacks. Eckert died in 2009 at age 57 in a plane crash in Clarence Center, N.Y. as she was en route to present an award on behalf of her late husband at his high school. Her quote: “I think about that last half hour with Sean all the time. I remember how I didn’t want that day to end, terrible as it was, I didn’t want to go to sleep because as long as I was awake, it was still a day that I shared with Sean.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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DNR in WVEMS Benefit Friday at Levitt

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Just when you thought the Levitt Pavilion season was over, there will be a special performance Friday night by the (almost) all-physician local popular band DNR in a 9/11 salute to the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) and all first responders. The concert, sponsored by Westport’s Matsu Sushi restaurant, begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be the seventh successive year for the DNR benefit concert for WVEMS sponsored by Matsu Sushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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California Firm Acquires Westport Resources Management

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John Vaccaro: named United Capital managing director. Contributed photo

The private client group of Westport-based Westport Resources Management, headed by John Vaccaro, has been acquired by United Capital Financial Advisors LLC, it was announced today.

No amount was given for the acquisition by United Capital, which is based in Newport Beach, Calif. The group will be renamed Westport Resources, a division of United Capital. Westport Resources manages $373 million of assets tied to high-net-worth individuals

United Capital has about $16.8 billion of assets and centralizes the compliance, billing and information technology of the wealth management firms it buys. In addition to the new Westport operation, United Capital also maintains an office in South Norwalk.

Vaccaro, 71, the firm’s CEO and founder, has joined United Capital as a managing director, an announcement said.

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Commuter Lot No. 1 Opens Saturday

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Commuter parking lot No. 1 at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck station will open on Saturday, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. He said asphalt striping was completed Wednesday night. Brian Oman, of Norwalk-based Deering Construction, said remaining work incudes installation of 14 light poles, four call emergency boxes, and handrails for four sets of stairs. The $1.5 million renovation project had an original open for parking date of Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Y’s Men Hear About Future of News

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Tom Appleby, news director at Connecticut News-12, today spoke to the Westport Weston Y’s Men about the future of news presentation. Technology, social networking, is increasingly the driver, he said. Looking ahead, he said the platform is driving presentation, and that technology is moving so rapidly it becomes difficult to predict how news will be sourced, presented and received even in the near future. Yet the age-old question, rephrased, remains—“What on social media will attract you?” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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