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2009 in Pictures

2009 in Pictures

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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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cold Lang Syne

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Making a New Year’s Day plunge for charity at Westport’s Compo Beach today was the right way to start off 2009 for some hearty Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Rover Reading

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The Westport Public Library today hosted its annual “Reading to Rover” program. Nina Barandiaran, 11, read to two dogs participating in the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program—Lacey (l), 10, who helps train other dogs and is a therapy dog, and puppy Gavin, 4 months, who is being trained to be a Guiding Eye for the Blind dog. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylls Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Whitney Street on a Winter Morning

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Wintry conditions Wednesday of rain and ice did not stop a dog walker on Westport’s Whitney Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Moving Up

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Westport fellow parents react with delight today as it was announced that Elaine Whitney (c), co-president of the Long Lots Elementary School PTA, would become a Board of Education member. Her selection as the Democratic replacement for Marjorie Cion, who resigned last month, was made public at an all-day board budget meeting at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Lieutenants

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today swore in four new Westport Fire Department veterans as lieutenants at a ceremony at fire headquarters. Those promoted were (l-r) Richard Stone, Jonathan Piper, Michael Kronick, and Matthew Cohen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Farewell

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UPDATE About 90 persons were put out of work today by the closing of Shaw’s Supermarket on Westport’s Post Road East. The shopping center owners said they had signed a contract with The Fresh Market to move in in November after renovation of the site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Another Coat of White

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A fast moving storm dumped about 3-4 inches of new snow on Westport on Saturday. The National Weather Service in early afternoon canceled a winter storm warning. The weather caused numerous minor accidents, including six separate ones in the southbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway between Exits 40 and 41. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Library Celebrates Poe at 200

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The Westport Public Library today presented another event in its celebration of the 200th birthday of American poet, short story writer, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe. Actor David Keltz read Poe’s own words from “The Bells,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Raven.” Next up Monday at 7:30 p.m. the preeminent contemporary private Poe collector, Westporter Susan Jaffe Tane, will talk about the history of her extraordinary collection and how it documents Poe’s remarkable life and work through the artifacts of his own hand in his own time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Greens Farms Winter

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A snowy scene along Westport’s Greens Farms Road on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Clean and Green

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Westporter Deirdre Imus, a national spokesperson on children’s health and the environment, addressed a large audience tonight at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy with emphasis on the health and well being of children. As the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, a part of the Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, her work focuses on education and actions designed to identify and eliminate the carcinogens and environmental factors that affect children. She is also a co-founder and co-director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of two books, “Greening Your Cleaning” and “The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Snowy Ride

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It was slow going on Westport area roadways as a light snow fell today with the temperature about 10. Several weather-related accidents were reported. View is from an I-95 traffic camera near Exit 17 in Westport’s Saugatuck area. DOT photo

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Deserted

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The former Shaw’s Supermarket at 605 Post Road East in Westport was deserted today as it was disclosed that a contract has been negotiated for The Fresh Market to open there in November after a $3 million renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winners

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Most of the 15 finalists were on hand at Westport Town Hall today for to pose with their submissions at a ceremony announcing the three winners in a contest to design a logo for a Westport reusable bag. The contest was held to promote reusable bags following passage of a ban on retail checkout use of plastic bags in Westport beginning March 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Helping a Crash Victim

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Westport firefighters, EMS personnel, a Norwalk Hospital paramedic, and police help extricate a passenger from one of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash near 1431 Post Road East during the evening rush hour today. Three persons were taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Only 63 Days to Spring

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Westport’s Compo Beach was deserted Thursday as a light snow and temperatures in the teens kept visitors away. The temperature was forecast to drop into the single digits overnight and only get into the low teens on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Joining In

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At the end of her talk at the Westport Library today, Westport actress and author Marlo Thomas was joined on stage by Jill Jaysen of Center Stage Theatre Company in Westport and 17 children to sing to her. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bushy Ridge Visitor

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An eastern coyote, normally nocturnal, made a daytime appearance at a residence on Westport’s Bushy Ridge Road today. Wildlife experts say they are not a threat to humans but do prey on cats and small dogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Karen Harman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Pond Hockey

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Chris Beirne of Westport prepared the hockey rink on Round Pond off Compo Road South for Sunday’s “Pond League” hockey tune-up with some of the players former members of the Staples High School hockey team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fun at Winslow

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Westport’s Winslow Park was a favorite sledding place today as students had off for Mrtn Luther King’s brthday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Westport Winter Wonderland

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An overnight snow left a winter wonderland look around Westport’s Lee’s Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Library Hosts Obama Inaugural Viewing

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The Westport Public Library today hosted dozens of visitors for its large screen viewing of the inaugural activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snow Path

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Today’s overnight snow left a path of white near the Westport Public Library along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com

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Winter Contrast

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The overnight snow Tuesday left natural contrasts around Westport’s Lee’s Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Comings and Goings: Katzenberg Kafe Closes

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Westport’s Main Street has lost another tenant—Katzenberg Kafe. The coffee house/deli at 22 Main St. closed without announcement around New Year’s Day after a five-year run. (See WestportNow Oct. 3, 2003) But the windows were covered and its status was not clear until a for rent sign went up. The vacancy in the former location of Moonstruck and The Coffee Tree is one of a number that have occurred in recent months on Westport’s premier shopping street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mirror View

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Today’s sunset at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Compo Colors

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Visitors who braved the winter’s chill Thursday were treated to a colorful sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Along the Saugatuck

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A winter scene along the Saugatuck River in Westport on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Out of the Water

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A crew from Westport Center Service worked in 14-degree weather early today to recover a car from a canal after it crashed through a guardrail on Canal Street and flipped over. The 53-year-old Westport man driving the car managed to get out with a cut hand and other unknown injuries. Police said he appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Car Into Canal

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A 53-year-old Westport man escaped serous injury early today when his car crashed through a guard rail on Canal Street near Woods Grove Road and landed on its roof in the canal. The driver was out of the car when police arrived on the scene shortly before 2 a.m. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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