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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Thank You, WestportNow.com

To the Editor:

There is an adage that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” This was confirmed by the recent coverage of the WestportNow.com photographers and unknown contributing photographers of the disasters left by Hurricane Sandy. 

Even before the storm started, the WestportNow.com photographers were busy trying to provide the rest of us with news photos with captions of the preparation for Sandy.   

From Oct. 27 through Nov. 6, I counted 180 photos with captions related to Sandy.

Sixty seven (37 percent) of the photos with captions were contributed by unknown Westporters while the reset for provided by individuals that normally cover Westport events.

Special recognition should be to Dave Matlow who provided 39 (22 percent) of the photos with captions during the entire period of the hurricane. 

The next seven WestportNow.com contributing photographers provided about the same number of photos as Dave Matlow and included Helen Klisser During, Douglas Healey, James Lomuscio, George Franciscovich, Phyllis Groner, Mary Sikorski and Angelo M. Toglia.

Several other individuals provided one or two photos with captions which included Jeff Seaver, Andrew Klein, Bob Eckman, Ben Joseloff, Mark Moleswroth, Jim Curran, Allan Siegert, Robert Cornfield, Don Uselmann, Art Schoeller, Lynn U. Miller, Bruce Becker, Kathie Bennewitz, Steven Laifer, William Nachman, Caroline Kavetas, Jeff Shikowitz, Steven Laitmon, Jaime Bairaktaris, Louis Weinberg, Sean Timmins, Jenna Baker, Alyssa Crouse, Hal Fass, Stan Rapp, Hannah Malowitz, Pete Spera and David Dreyfuss. 

Special recognition must also go to the unnamed WestportNow.com staff that maintained and updated the website with the photos, captions and related stories/information on Sandy. 

Information during a time of a disaster is critical and WestportNow.com certainly lived up to its news awareness capability. 

In addition to the photos with captions, there were several videos provided by WestportNow.com staff and one video provided by the staff of Inklings, a Staples High School group, on the hurricane. 

Although I was without an Internet connection from home for six days, I used an iPhone and Wi-Fi support from Town Hall to access WestportNow.com several times a day to understand the status of the hurricane. 

In addition to the remarkable photos, I was especially glad to be able to read articles on the website providing updates of critical community information from the Westport Emergency Center, CodeRed and Post-Sandy Power Reports sometimes several times a day. 

Although CodeRed communicated by phone to residents by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff were timely, informative and helpful, without the photos and captions provided by WestportNow.com I would have been left “in the dark” about the entire condition of Westport. 

Seeing is believing!  So thanks again to the photographers and individual contributors that ventured into the hurricane to provide needed information about our community.           
Bob Weingarten


Posted 11/08/12 at 09:35 PM  Permalink


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