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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Getting in the Plunging Mood

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Chip Munk of Milford (l) shares a laugh with Andrea Williamson-Hughes of New Canaan before taking part in a New Year’s Day plunge today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Munk, a member of the Singles Under Sail nonprofit, was aiding Williamson-Hughes in raising money for Westport-based Save the Children, where she works as a corporate secretary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Temple Israel Plungers Fight Pancreatic Cancer

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Members of Westport’s Temple Israel were among New Year’s Day plungers today. They raised more than $132,000 for pancreatic cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jamie Collins photo


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Water Wakeup

The Team Mossman Triathlon Club was among organizations taking part in New Year’s Day plunges today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Westport’s Save the Children was the recipient of many of the donated pledges. WestportNow.com video by Dorrie Harris


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Joining in the Fun

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A dog welcomes some of the New Year’s Day plungers at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Mild weather in the 40s and sunshine made the swim a little more bearable for some. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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If It’s New Year’s, It’s Time to Plunge

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Several groups were at Westport’s Compo Beach today taking part in New Year’s Day plunges. Among the fund-raisers recipients was Westport’s Save the Children. Westport’s Temple Israel and The Team Mossman Triathlon Club were among the organizations participating in the plunges. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Saturday, January 1, 2011 - New Year’s Day

Westport Public Library is closed for the holiday

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Lighting Up the Sky

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This year’s First Night Westport fireworks went off at 9:30 p.m., unlike in previous years when there was an early show for children and one at midnight. Crowds gathered on both sides of the Saugatuck River as well as on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to watch the fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julian Brooks for WestportNow.com


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Westport Welcomes the New Year

Scenes from tonight’s First Night Westport. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


01/01/11 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fireworks Cap First Night 2011

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A 9:30 p.m. fireworks show over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center capped off most First Night activities tonight. Clear skies and relatively mild temperatures around the freezing mark enabled many to stay around for the 9:30 p.m. show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com


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Lit Up for New Year’s Eve

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These dogs sported holiday lights around their necks tonight as they patiently waited for their master to finish viewing the First Night Westport fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Tabletop Dancing at Toquet Hall

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Some danced on the stage, some danced on tabletops at Westport’s Toquet Hall tonight as First Night celebrants rang in the New Year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Keeping Warm

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Like moths drawn to a light, crowds gathered around a large bonfire tonight on Westport’s Jesup Green as they awaited the New Year’s Eve First Night fireworks show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Big Business for Items That Glow in the Dark

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There was brisk business tonight outside the Family Y in Westport in things that glowed and flashed in the dark. Agnes Martin of Pawtucket, R.I. said she and a colleague drove here especially for First Night and then immediately head off for Philadephia for the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade which is expected to attract 10,000 marchers. “Business has been good,” said Martin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Made Up for New Year’s

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Face painting was a popular activity at tonight’s First Night Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Popular

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The horse-drawn carriage ride was popular tonight with First Night visitors. There was still enough snow around and plenty of holiday lights to make it feel like a winter adventure. Allegra Farm in East Haddam supplied the horses and carriages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Crowds Enjoying First Night

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The sidewalk and steps outside the Family Y of Westport Weston were crowded tonight with First Night revelers waiting for a carriage ride. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Train Watching

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A youngster keeps his eyes on the trains tonight at the Westport Public Library, one of the longtime First Night events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Friday, December 31, 2010

Enjoying the Trains at First Night

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Enjoying First Night festivities today at the Westport Public Library were Westporters Francesca, 4 and Timmy, 7 along with their parents Gioia Riccio and David Sullivan. The electric trains were one of many activities drawing visitors to Westport’s downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Serving Up New Year’s Eve Meal for the Homeless

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Westport Rotary Club members are decked out in New Year’s Eve hats to add panache to the holiday evening dinner serving tonight for residents of Westport’s Homes with Hope’s Gillespie Center on Jesup Road. Working the kitchen shift were (l-r) Carleton Cleveland, Jenniann Barile and Diane Bentley, Barile’s high school friend and visitor from Roseland, N.J. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Our Annual New Year’s Gift to Readers

WestportNow Year in Pictures 2010

For Westport, the year 2010 brought much news—storms and tragedies but also many times of joy and the breathtaking beauty. And WestportNow was there every day to document it all.WestportNow.com Image
A traveler just off the train at Westport in May 2010 looks for a ride. It was not known why she was dressed in costume—a picture from WestportNow’s 2010 Year in Review. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

So 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 2010. CLICK HERE

Dozens of persons contributed to WestportNow this year, and we are grateful for your help. Whenever you have a photo, video, or news item to share with your neighbors, send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We are pleased to continue to be your No. 1 online source for breaking and ongoing news coverage. Even though you now have more choices online, you continue to come to WestportNow in increasing numbers—just as you have every day since 2003.

We now average more than 400,000 page views a month and 55,000 unique visitors, making WestportNow the most cost-effective advertising medium in Westport. Please patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestporNow.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to continue to serve Westport in 2011. Best New Year wishes!


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