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2014 in Pictures

2014 in Pictures

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Proud of Herself

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Tess Gordon, 12, of Westport was proud of herself for making the New Year’s polar plunge today in the Temple Israel-sponsored “Freezin’ for a Reason” event at Compo Beach. “It was cold,” she said. It was the second year she has made the plunge and today was accompanied by her dad, Paul. The plunge raised $58,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation, organizers said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Woman Escapes Serious Injury in Bayberry Lane Crash

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UPDATE An elderly woman escaped serious injury today when her SUV crashed into a utility pole and cracked it on Bayberry Lane near Baldwin Place. The airbags did not deploy in the 11:07 a.m. crash. The road was closed while Connecticut Light & Power replaced the pole. It was reopened at 7:05 p.m., police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Main Street a Winter Wonderland

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Westport’s Main Street tonight resembled a winter wonderland as the first snowsotrm of the year hit the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Slow Go on Post Road East

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Westport’s Post Road East looking west near Compo Road was snow-covered with little traffic today following the overnight storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Jouant Dans La Neige (Playing in the Snow)

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Vader, a 2 1/2-year-old French Bulldog, enjoys playing in the snow today on Westport’s Victoria Lane off of Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kelsey Damassa for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Cold Heart But Warm Thoughts

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Valentine’s Day is little more than a month away, but someone on Westport’s Saugatuck Shores couldn’t wait and decided to make a valentine in the snow on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Arctic Vortex at Compo

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The Arctic Vortex had this effect on Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday. Temperatures warmed up a bit, going from early morning single digits to as high as 22. More warming is forecast for today—in the upper 20s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Comings & Goings: du Pont Jewelers Leaving Main St.

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One of Westport’s remaining independent downtown merchants, Francois du Pont Jewelers, will close its store at 105 Main St. by the end of February and move to another “close-by” site in Westport,  according to owner Noel du Pont (above).  A Westport resident and graduate of Staples High School in 1978, du Pont said the store was opened by his father, Francois, in August 1980 and Noel worked in the store since then. “I’m going to remain local and everything’s good,” he said. “It’s the time to do it. I don’t need Main Street any longer. Our name is known. It’s a new beginning. There’s life after Main Street.”  Philosophizing about the economics of Westport’s Main Street, du Pont said, “Main Street is basically one block, not like Greenwich Avenue (Greenwich). That’s why landlords can demand such high rents. On the other hand, once you’re off Main Street you get to work with local landlords, people whose faces you know and see around town.” He added: “Even with the option of a new lease I would have moved, but I’ll still be close by. It’s a new beginning and a wonderful time for our customers, for my wife Julia and for me.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Upside Down Frosty ‘Jumping for Joy’

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Today’s morning snow provided enough of the white stuff to make an upside down snowman on Charcoal Hill Road. Explained Annemarie Kretschmann: “We have 24 years of Westport snowmen, right side up. We even have photos of snowmen making other snowmen. This one is jumping for joy that it’s the weekend!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Annemarie Kretschmann for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Explaining the Planned Longshore Tree Removal

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About 35 persons gathered in fog and rain at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today to hear Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay (back to camera) explain why he endorsed a plan to take down 15 trees along the entranceway to the park. Lindsay had issued a report in which he said there was “a public safety concern” about the trees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 17, 2014

A Warm Place to Wait for Train and Have Coffee

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The eastbound station house at Westport’s Metro-North station at Saugatuck was busy today as the official ribbon-cutting took place for new vendor Steam. The coffee, bakery and sandwich shop will be open 5 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, and closed Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Carrying on the Sugarman WHS MLK Jr. Talk

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Westporter Gloria Sugarman today told a group of visitors to a Westport Historical Society Martin Luther King Jr. workshop about her late husband Tracy Sugarman’s role in the freedom movement of 1964. “Tracy said that it was scarier in Mississippi in 1964 than it was at Normandy on D-Day,” she said. “He said there was no police protection in Mississippi and at least they had planes flying overhead at Normandy.” Sugarman, renowned author and illustrator, Navy veteran and civil rights activist, used to address these WHS workshops before his death a year ago at age 91. (See WestportNow Jan. 21, 2013) He said Martin Luther King Jr. “changed my life” when he came to Westport in 1964 to speak at Temple Israel and that meeting led him to be among Westporters and other volunteers who later went to the South to support King and help blacks in their nonviolent fight for their rights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Longshore Trees Come Down

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Work began today on removal of 15 trees along the entryway to Westport’s Longshore Club Park. Plans to cut down the trees provoked a public outcry that prompted a delay ordered by First Selectman Jim Marpe. But after a review, he said he agreed with the tree warden’s recommendation that they were beyond their useful life, posed a threat to safety, and ought to be removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Standing Moment

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A worker for Knapp Tree Services stands on a large section of one of the trees removed today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Tough Commute

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Despite the sign, service was not particularly good on Metro-North’s New Haven Line late today as snow became heavier. The railroad reported delays of 10 to 15 minutes because of the weather. This was the scene on the New Haven-bound platform at Westport at about 3:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Main Street Snow-Covered

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Westport’s Main Street was snow covered at mid-afternoon as many stores closed and let employees go home early. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Spin Out

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Spin outs were frequent on Westport roads late today. This one occurred on Post Road East near Playhouse Square. No injuries were reported. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rescued After Two Hours in 8-Degree Weather

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A rescue train arrives and power is restored at about 11 p.m. tonight to a Metro-North train stranded with reportedly 200 passengers aboard not far from the Greens Farms station in Westport. Metro-North said the train brought down some overhead lines.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Comings & Goings: Klaff’s Out, South Moon Under In

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South Moon Under, a men’s and women’s high end fashion boutique, will celebrate its Westport grand opening on March 6, according to marketing coordinator Taylor Schlette. It is located at 14 Post Road East, the former site of Klaff’s which occupied the space for more than 25 years before closing recently. Founded by Frank Gunion in the 1960s as a surf shack in Ocean City, Md, the Westport store will be its 22nd and its first in Connecticut. “We look forward to introducing our one-of-a-kind customer service program to the community of Westport,” said Gage Lester, vice president of sales and marketing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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What Better Hat for a Tea Party?

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Polly Temple wore a hat with tea cup and tea to today’s” Mad Hatter Tea Party” at the Westport Library sponsored by the library and the Y’s Women of Westport. It celebrated the 182nd birthday Monday of English writer Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

‘We’re Drowning in a Sea of Imagery’

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Prize-winning photojournalists and Westport Staples High School graduates Lynsey Addario and Spencer Platt addressed a packed Westport Arts Center audience today where Addario’s photographs of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan are on display in an exhibit, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion.” Both recounted their experiences in overseas war zones and remote areas with Platt noting that with today’s iPhone and mini-digital cameras that story-telling photography is rapidly changing. “We’re drowning in a sea of imagery,” he said.  The discussion was moderated by Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts at the Center who also curated Addario’s exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

WHS Debuts Exhibit of New Yorker Covers

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Susan Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, addresses today’s opening reception of the exhibit “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport.” Between 1925 and 1989, 16 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport-Weston produced 761 covers for The New Yorker. Some 44 of the covers actually depict Westport scenes. The exhibit focuses on the influence of The New Yorker’s “idea man” turned Art Editor, James Geraghty, who–with wife Eva–first lived on Rayfield Road in Westport. Some of Geraghty’s relatives are behind Gold. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Westport Native Was Experienced Helicopter Pilot

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Doug Sheffer, 63, the 1968 Staples High School graduate who died today in a helicopter crash in Colorado, was an experienced helicopter pilot, according to his company’s website and colleagues. He often participated in mountain rescues and had 22 years and more than 8,000 hours of experience in the high-country, mountains above 8,000 feet, his biography said. LinkedIn.com photo

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Focus on Photojournalism

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Award-winning photographer Spencer Platt (at computer), a 1989 Staples High School graduate, tells a Westport Arts Center audience tonight about a picture he shot in the early morning hours of today of a homeless person in New York’s Pennsylvania Station while on assignment for Getty Images. He took part in a panel discussion about photojournalism that included award-winning photographers Larry Silver (2nd r) and Douglas Healey (r) of Westport. It was moderated by Gordon Joseloff (l), former Westport first selectman, award-winning journalist and editor and publisher of WestportNow.com. The website is media sponsor of the Center’s current exhibit of photos of Afghanistan women by award-winning photographer and Westport native Lynsey Addario. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 31, 2014

In Westport: Helen Clark, Next U.N. Secretary General?

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A special guest at a packed Westport Arts Center’s weekly ArtCafé today was Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program. A former prime minister of New Zealand, she was called by the Guardian newspaper of Britain this week “the most powerful woman at the United Nations” who “could well become the first woman to lead the organisation once the incumbent Ban Ki-Moon stands down in a few years.” Her host was Helen Klisser During, a New Zealand native who is director of visual arts at the Center. Clark spoke on a wide range of topics, focusing on women in Afghanistan, where she has visited several times. Afghan women are the subject of the Center’s current exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning Westport photojournalist Lynsey Addario. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.D. Durans for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Comings & Goings: Westport Pizzeria Quits Main St.

By James Lomuscio

After 45 years, Westport Pizzeria is moving from Westport’s Main Street. But not far. Just up the street and around the corner to Post Road East.

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Westport Pizzeria, 107 Main St., as it looked Saturday night, little changed since opening in 1968. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Heartfelt memories and emotions welled up among staff and longtime customers Saturday night at the iconic pizza emporium as news about the move spread. The last slice at 107 Main St. will be sold on Sunday, Feb. 23 and the grand opening at 143 Post Road East is set for Saturday, March 1.

Owner Carmelo Mioli, known as Mel to generations of Westporters, was there, too. He has seen this coming for some time, but nostalgia for him nevertheless runs deep. While the change is bittersweet, he remains upbeat about the new location.

“The advantage is that it’s my building,” Mioli said about 143 Post Road East, opposite the old post office, which he purchased for $812,500 in 2011. “I can fix it the way I want without answering to the landlord. There’s no lease to sign, and we don’t have the insecurity of not knowing if we will have a new lease.”

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Farewell to Great Cakes

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Signs adorned the exterior of Great Cakes on Post Road East today after the bakery closed for good after 30 years at the same location. “We don’t know who posted them,” said owner Rick Dickinson’s wife, Susan. “They were here when we arrived.” Customers crowded the store and bought up almost all the remaining goods, some vowing to freeze cakes until a future occasion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flipping at the Senior Center Super Bowl Tailgate Party

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The Staples High School cheerleaders were among the attractions at today’s Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Late School Cancellation Call Draws Criticism

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UPDATE Today’s closure of Westport public schools, announced on the school telephone snow line just before 6:45 a.m.—well after nearby schools announced cancellations—brought criticism on social media and elsewhere. Some Staples High School teachers had already arrived at school, and some students were on buses or at bus stops when the announcement was made. There were reports of communication problems with the telephone line. A Tweet at about 6:30 a.m. from 2013 Staples graduate Jacob Meisel, an amateur meteorologist studying at Harvard University with followers @swctweather, said: “If Westport schools choose to open today, ignoring all districts around them, it would be a very stubborn/dangerous decision. Ill-advised.” Several other Tweets also criticized the timing of the announcement. There was no response from Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon when asked for comment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tough Walk

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A pedestrian makes his way along Westport’s Taylor Place today during the snowstorm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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