Monday, August 30, 2010
Westporters Julie, 11, Amelia, 11, and Mathilde, 10, tried their hand at some sunset fishing tonight on the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach South Beach. 10,from Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion closed out its 37th summer season of free concerts tonight with the Fairfield Counts performing Big Band numbers. The night, sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club, drew one of the largest crowds of the summer. It was the 30th appearance of the Fairfield Counts at the Levitt. Westporter Geri Zatcoff and John Follis of Stamford danced to “Take the A Train.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There was a large crowd on hand tonight for the final performance of the 37th Westport Levitt Pavilion season. The 17-member Fairfield Counts band performed for the 30th time at the Westport venue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to the Saugatuck area of Westport at Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue. Main See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com
Westport police today were investigating a break-in at the Regents Park condominiums at 1400 Post Road East.
Westport police were seeking clues to the break-in at the gated condominium of Regents Park at 1400 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A homeowner reported the break-in occurred sometime between when the occupants left on Friday and returned home today.
Police said there were signs of forcible entry and were scouring the area asking if anyone saw any suspicious vehicles.
There was no word on what, if anything, was taken.
The big band sound of the Fairfield Counts closes out the Levitt Pavilion’s season tonight. Warm temperatures and clear skies are likely to attract a large crowd. The band is shown during its 2009 Levitt performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In a major step towards the replacement of Westport’s Hales Road Bridge over the Metro-North rail tracks, rigging engineers from Marino Crane Saturday night and early today jacked up the 13-ton bridge and slid it away from the track bed it has loomed over for about 100 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) N. W. Gibbons for WestportNow.com
UPDATE and CORRECT In a delicate overnight operation at Westport’s Hales Road Bridge over the Metro-North tracks, workers waited until 2 .m. today when rail traffic ceases for several hours on the line to move the 13-ton structure. All catenary lines had to be de-energized prior to the lift. They then used twin 175-ton hydraulic jacks, one at each end of the bridge, to raise the structure about four feet. A giant “come-along” then pulled the steel and wood-decked bridge away from the tracks. It was lowered back onto solid ground adjacent to the I-95 overpass. Once demolition is complete, work on its replacement will begin. (An earlier version of this caption said the hydraulic jacks had a 17-ton capacity instead of 175-ton.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) N. W. Gibbons for WestportNow.com
More than 1,500 motorcyclists took part in today’s 10th annual Connecticut United Ride honoring 9/11 victims and fallen heroes, especially two Bridgeport firefighters killed in the line of duty in July. Westport was one of 10 Fairfield County communities hosting the riders on their 60-mile circuitous journey from Norwalk to Bridgeport. WestportNow.com video
Motorcyclists taking part in today’s Connecticut United Ride enjoy the scenery along Westport’s Wilton Road. The cyclists began in Norwalk and passed through 10 cities and towns on their 60-mile ride that ended in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
There were red, white and blue flags and bandannas aplenty among motorcyclists riding in today’s 10th annual Connecticut Ride which passed through Westport. Scene is on Wilton Road near River Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
John Meckley of Weston brought an American flag to wave as today’s United Ride motorcyclists rode through Westport on Wilton Road. “It’s my first year at the Connecticut United Ride—a good reason to bring the flag,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Firefighter Jeff Thompson was one of numerous Westport firefighters taking part in today’s 10th annual Connecticut United Ride event through 10 Fairfield County cities and towns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was perfect riding weather today as the 10th annual Connecticut United Ride event involving more than 1,500 motorcyclists made its way through Westport. The event remembers victims of 9/11, fallen heroes and this year is dedicated to the Bridgeport firefighters killed in July in the line of duty. Participants are pictured on Riverside Avenue nearing the intersection with Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Traffic was halted in all directions today as the 10the annual Connecticut United Ride made its way through one of Westport’s busiest intersections of Post Road West at Wilton Road and Saugatuck Avenue at mid-day today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Among those cheering on motorcyclists today as they passed through Westport were (l-r) John Meckley of Weston and Westporters Linda and Gary Kowalsky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Police Department advised motorists to avoid Saugatuck Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today because of a motorcycle ride involving 1,500 to 2,000 cyclists.
Participants in the 2009 United Ride pass through Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The 10th Annual Connecticut United Ride is a large motorcycle event remembering victims of 9/11, fallen heroes and this year is dedicated to the Bridgeport firefighters killed in July in the line of duty — Lt. Steven Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik.
The motorcycles with police escorts will ride through 10 Fairfield County cities and towns, 60 miles with no lights and no stops. The ride departs Norwalk’s Norden Industrial Park at 11:30 a.m.
For Westport residents, a favorite viewing spot is the intersection of Post Road West and Wilton Road.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that a new federal survey shows approximately 88 percent of motorists and vehicle passengers in Connecticut use their seat belt – an all-time high in the state.
Westport police conduct a “Click It or Ticket” campaign last year on Saugatuck Avenue near I-95 Exit 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The survey, conducted in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, showed a 2.3 percent increase in usage over last year.
Compliance during the first federal survey in 1995 of Connecticut motorists was 59.2 percent.
“Over the past 13 years, with the help of state and local police, we have increased our seat belt usage rate almost 30 percent, which is remarkable,” said Rell. “Regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.”
A one-car accident at 6:20 a.m. today in the I-95 northbound lanes between Exits 18 in Westport and 19 in Southport left the female driver with minor injuries. There was heavy damage to the front end after the vehicle hit the guardrail, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. One occupant of the vehicle complained of pain in her left thumb. She was treated on the scene by firefighters and Westport EMS and refused transport to the hospital, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A couple of young boys spent some beach time in the shallow water off Compo Beach South Saturday afternoon looking for crabs, fish and other small crustaceans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fairfield Counts
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A one-car rollover late tonight in the southbound lanes of I-95 between Exits 17 in Westport and 16 in Norwalk sent several persons to Norwalk Hospital. Westport firefighters found the late model Land Rover flipped over when they arrived on scene and the occupants were out of the vehicle, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. He said the passenger was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Shadow. Connecticut Humane Society - Westport
Shadow is a 14 year old grey and white domestic short haired kitty. She is an extraordinarily sweet girl who deserves the best home. Shadow loves to hug. If you pick her up she immediately starts purring and puts her arms on your shoulder, tucking her head underneath your chin. She’s fully litter box trained and up to date on all vaccines. She does have some special medical needs and our staff would be happy to discuss this with anyone interested in adopting her. If you are interested in Shadow, come to meet her at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!
Brandi. Westport Animal Control
Brandi is an 8-month-old cockapoo that was brought to Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076) after found wandering around Westport. While initially a little shy, she quickly warms up and finds her way into your lap and is happy to stay there as long as you’ll have her. She appears to be recently groomed and appears very healthy. We are quite surprised that no one has claimed her but are happy to assist Brandi in her search for a wonderful new forever home. Please call soon to meet our sweet little Brandi.
Lucy. Connecticut Humane Society - Westport
Lucy is a 3 1/2 years old Australian cattle dog mix. This jolly girl is a true herder and would do best in a home with teenagers and adults who enjoy being active. Lucy would love to live with a family that enjoys jogging, hiking or other outdoor activities. She seems to get along well with other dogs the same size as her (although she does try to herd them). If you think Lucy could be the dog for you, come to meet her today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!
Taz and Tyson. Connecticut Humane Society - Westport
Taz and Tyson are a couple of goofy bully breeds. Taz is a black and white pit bull mix who has been adopted. Tyson is a tan pit bull mix who is about 6 1/2 years and came to CHS when his owners moved and didn’t bring him along. Although they didn’t come in together, they’ve become great friends and loved to play together in our doggie playpen. Tyson would love a home with teenagers and adults who enjoy a leisurely stroll around the block and lots of cuddling time. If you think Tyson would be a good fit for your family, come to meet him today at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society.