Saturday, January 01, 2011
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
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
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
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
Westport Public Library is closed for the holiday
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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
Scenes from tonight’s First Night Westport. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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
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
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
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
Friday, December 31, 2010
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
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
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.
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
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