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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Balmy Holiday Shopping

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Westport’s Main Street was busy with shoppers in 60-degree temperatures today that made it seem more like summer than eight days before winter. Only one weekend of shopping remains before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Entertainment at Senior Center

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Maureen Hamill (2nd l) and Friends entertained today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The Sunday Music Series is programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. A light lunch was served before the concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Owenoke Park

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Owenoke Park, in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1938, the two-story custom colonial has 5,889-square feet, is situated on a .46-acre property and, according to town assessor records, changed ownership in November 2010 for $12 million. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Firefighters Graduate

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Westport Probationary Firefighters Adam Gamble (5th l) and Ronald Burgess Jr. (4th r) graduated Friday from the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Program. The firefighters, who joined the force in July,  completed an intense, 14-week resident course that emphasized teamwork, company morale, self-discipline, conduct and physical fitness. They are pictured with Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar, and several members of the department who attended the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Night Scene

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Lights burn bright Saturday night at the intersection of Westport’s Main Street and Post Road East. One candle remains to be lit on a giant menorah with eight candles for each night of Hanukkah. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 13, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 1560 Post Road East - Westport Police holiday toy drive (final day)
Noon - 3 p.m. - Main Street - Sleigh Rides, Santa, and Carolers
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Songs of Love, Peace and Celebration
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity (75 Church Lane) - Annual Festival: Christmas Lessons & Carols

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Author on G.H.W. Bush: ‘He Had Personal Magnetism’

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Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling biographer Jon Meacham drew a full house today to the Westport Town Hall where he discussed his newest book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” about the life and legacy of the 41st U.S. president. Meacham, a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Time magazine, said he spent 17 years working on the book. “George Herbert Walker Bush had personal magnetism,” he said. “To meet him was to admire him, to put your trust in him.” The event was sponsored by community partners the Westport Library, Westport Historical Society, and the Yale Club of Eastern Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sell-Out Audience for Author Talk

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There was a sell-out audience today for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham’s talk at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting an Autographed Copy

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Westport First Selectman jim Marpe was among those today getting an autographed copy of author Jon Meacham’s newest book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” following his Town Hall talk. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion.” An executive editor at Random House, he is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” “American Gospel,” and “Franklin and Winston.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Signals

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As part of a holiday entertainment doubleheader today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the gymnastic exhibition team from the Westport Weston Family YMCA showed some of their award-winning routines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Entertaining at Senior Center

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There was a holiday sing-along today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities featuring Adam Riegler, Staples High School student and Broadway performer, and Grace Cashman of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan. At the piano was Adam’s mom, Lynn Riegler. Grace, of Darien, is daughter of Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Horses Not Reindeer

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It’s wasn’t a sleigh but a wagon and the pullers were horses not reindeer yet Santa made his way just fine along Westport’s Main Street today as part of holiday celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Sounds in Westport’s Downtown

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The Staples High School Orphenians, led by Luke Rosenberg, entertained holiday shoppers today at various sites along Westport’s downtown shopping area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At Memorial, Navins Recalled as Selfless Helpers

By James Lomuscio

No one spoke about how Jeffrey and Jeannette Navin died. Attempting to do so would be trying to make sense out of the senseless, as one of their friends said.

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This much published photo of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin was prominently mentioned at today’s service. Contributed photo

Instead the more than 300 who had gathered at today’s memorial service for the slain Easton couple at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston heard about how the Navins, described as active church members and community volunteers, lived.

Jeff, as all called him, was characterized as the big hearted, wise cracking, sometimes filterless friend who was always ready to lend a hand, only to have the recipient pay for it in terms of good natured sarcasm.

Jeannette, friends said, was the quiet, reserved one, a great cook and a creative gardener who did a lot of good deeds under the radar, from walking dogs at the Westport Animal Shelter to working with Jeff to buy Christmas presents for the children of a woman who had just died.

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Large Turnout for Navin Memorial Service

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There was a large turnout today for a memorial service for Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport. The church parking lot filled well before the 11 a.m. service and police directed guests to park along Weston Road. Jeffrey Navin, 56, was the president of J&J Refuse in Westport. Jeanette Navin, 55, was employed by the Weston public school district for the past 18 years. Residents of Easton, they had recently moved from Weston. Their son, Kyle, has been charged with their murder. Their bodies were discovered on the grounds of an abandoned home in Weston on Oct. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Choices, Choices

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It was the Westport Winter Farmer’s Market, but it sure seemed more like the summer one today as temperatures soared to 67 in Westport. Nevertheless, there were plenty of varieties of produce from which to choose.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Al’s Angels Pack Holiday Gifts

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An estimated 700 volunteers of all ages for Westport-based nonprofit Al’s Angles converged on a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport today to assemble more than 1,600 Christmas and Hanukkah meal bins. According to Westporter Al DiGuido, Al’s Angels founder, 6,000 toys will also be distributed as well as the meals mainly to disadvantaged families and children inflicted with cancer throughout Fairfield County, New Jersey and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At Work

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Some of the estimated 700 volunteers at work today at a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport preparing meal bins and gifts for the needy provided by Westport-based charity Al’s Angles. Charity founder Al DiGuido (2nd r) pitches in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Setting Off for New York SantaCon

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A trio of Westporters set out today for the New York SantaCon event. SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world.  The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Westport PD Set Up for Final Weekend of Toy Drive

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Westport police and volunteers today set up the toy collection area in the parking lot of the Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, for the final weekend of the the annual holiday toy drive collection. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Local Union 2080 effort continues until 5 p.m. and resumes Sunday, its final day of collection at that site. The program is designed for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fog Jog

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Joggers were out early Friday at Westport’s Longshore Club Park despite a thick morning fog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  December 12, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 1560 Post Road East - Westport Police holiday toy drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Natural Solutions with Essential Oils
Noon - 3 p.m. - Main Street - Sleigh Rides, Santa, and Carolers
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes Company’s “The Nutcracker”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting, Fairfield County Writers Group
4 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Library: An Afternoon with Jon Meacham
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, December 11, 2015

View Across the Saugatuck

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Sunset today as seen across the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hugo Gordillo for WestportNow.com

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Santa Arrives on Fire Engine on Tamarac Road

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Santa Claus arrived aboard a fire engine today at the Devine residence on Tamarac Road, in the second annual Santa Gift Run sponsored by the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF). He gave out presents to Charlotte, 6, and Hugh, 3, in the presence of their joyful mother, Jennifer. First Selectman Jim Marpe accompanied Santa on his rounds. Fire Lt. Brett Kirby said that 20 visits were planned for today with many more on Saturday and next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Early Christmas Gifts

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Santa and his helpers, including Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, watch as Charlotte Devine, 6, and brother Hugh, 3, open their Christmas gifts today on Tamarac Road. The gifts were delivered as part of the second annual Santa Gift Run sponsored by the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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