Monday, March 28, 2016
In appreciation of his commitment to service, Staples High School senior Jaime Bairaktaris has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Citizenship Fund.
The award, announced today by the school district, recognizes high school students who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to their community.
Staples was asked to nominate one student for this honor and Jaime was selected “because of his kindness, his hard work, and his consistent dedication to service in Westport,” the announcement said.
In addition to his studies, Jaime is a WestportNow contributing photographer and volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services where he serves on its board of directors.
Wet roads may have contributed to a minor accident today when a driver traveling south on Wilton Road lost control of her vehicle, veered off the road and knocked down a mailbox at No. 359, across from Marilane, causing damage to the vehicle and the mailbox No injuries were reported. The pronounced curve at the Wilton Road and Marilane intersection has been the site of several accidents in recent years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
For the fourth year in a row, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has honored Westport for music education, school officials announced today.
Westport joins 476 districts across the country in receiving this year’s Best Communities Music Education award.
“We are so fortunate to live in a town that recognizes and values the importance of the arts in education,” said Thomas Scavone, Westport’s supervisor of music education.
“It is gratifying that our community sees the arts as an educational requisite for a balanced, well-educated student.
The Westport Youth Commission (WYC) is seeking nominees for the annual James S. Bacharach Service to the Community Award, Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today.
Since 1989 awards have been given as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, founder and past-president of the Youth Adult Council, predecessor of the WYC, which Bacharach and others founded in 1974
“All qualified high school seniors from Westport are eligible for this award,” said Butler.
“This honor, given to one or more high school seniors from Westport, recognizes their significant community service contributions in our town.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 35 Bauer Place Extension, off Old Road, is in process. Built in 1948, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,681-square feet and is situated on a .3-acre property. 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
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area from 5 p.m. today until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
It said to expect winds west 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Noir: Ann Chernow” & 2nd Annual High School Art Exhibition
7 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Stapels Cafeteria B = Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
New York City’s Easter parade really isn’t a parade, just a lot people walking up and down Fifth Avenue. But the long-running event is always fun to watch and WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow was there today to record the scene. Note the photographer in the first picture is famed New York Times society photographer Bill Cunningham. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Beachgoers and their dogs enjoyed Easter Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach today—the last weekend before dogs are banned at the beach beginning Friday until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
For the ninth year, the daffodils are out in the “Daffodil Mile” at Westport’s Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St. The floral display at the 173-year-old cemetery honors and commemorates loved ones. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
The temperature hovered around 40 and clouds obscured the sunrise, but dozens of worshippers turned out at Westport’s Compo Beach today for the traditional Easter sunrise service. A bonfire provided some warmth for congregants from the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Greens Farms Congregational Church, Norfield Congregational Church and The Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Library is closed.
6:30 a.m. Compo Beach - Easter sunrise service by Saugatuck Congregational Church, Greens Farms Congregational Church, Norfield Congregational Church and The Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, March 26, 2016
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
A few weeks ago a friend was showing me his new Chevy Volt. Not only does the hybrid-electric car get 42 mpg, it has its own Wi-Fi hotspot. That’s right. The car is a Wi-Fi device, so kids in the backseat can watch YouTube.
Days later we were on a road trip from the Maryland shore when we caught the Lewes – Cape May ferry. Onboard the vessel they offered passengers free Wi-Fi. Airlines have offered flyers Wi-Fi for years now.
Discount bus lines like Megabus have free Wi-Fi. Even Connecticut’s new CTfastrak commuter bus system to Hartford gives its passengers free Wi-Fi.
But there is no Wi-Fi on Metro-North. And the railroad says none is planned, even though the new M8 railcars are ready for the needed gear. And therein lies a story.
UPDATE Bill Clinton is returning to Westport next month for the fifth time in 18 years on a familiar mission -– to raise campaign cash, this time in advance of Connecticut’s April 26 presidential primary.
Invitations went out today for a Thursday, April 21 evening fundraiser for his wife, Hillary, at an undisclosed private home, according to Martha Aasen former chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee. It was later learned the fundraiser will be at the Beachside Avenue home of financier Marc Lasry, who has previously hosted the Clintons and President Obama at his New York home.
The invitation said tickets were available at the supporter level for $2,700—two such primary contributors at $5,400 will also get a photo with the former president – and a limited availability friend category at $1,000.
In addition, there is a co-host category for anyone raising $10,000 in new primary dollars, which also includes a photo with Clinton.
There was plenty of excitement today as the Easter bunny arrived at the 65th annual Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company’s Easter egg hunt at Long Lots Elementary school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Billy Quinn (gray shirt, blue bucket), 8, a second grade student at Long Lots Elementary School, was off and running with other participants in today’s 65th annual Greens Farms Volunteeer Fire Company Easter egg hunt on the Long Lots grounds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s 65th annual Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Company Easter egg hunt at Westport’s Long Lots Elemenrary School. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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