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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Going Down: 21 High Point Road Image
The house at 21 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, was demolished today. Built in 1954, the one-story ranch had 2,644 square feet, was situated on a 1.08-acre property and changed ownership in June, 2010 at $1,127,500.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 6, 2010. This is the eighth house demolition in Westport this month. Each will be replaced by a new house, suggesting a more favorable real estate market in Westport than is reported in most other sections of the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/31/11 11:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Down Under Opens Image
Down Under, a new shop at The Saugatuck Center, 575 Riverside Ave., has opened for business. It provides paddle board and kayak rentals and sales as well as programs, classes, and instruction for youngsters and adults. The Westport store is open year round while another store in Rowayton is open seasonally. For more information, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


05/31/11 10:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Reviewing a Decision to Cancel the Parade

By James Lomuscio

William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, found himself in the odd position today of having to defend his decision to cancel Monday’s Memorial Day parade due to a severe weather that included a lightning Image
Bill Vornkahl observes a moment of silence at Monday’s ceremony. Lynn U. Miller for

Vornkahl, who has been dubbed Mr. Parade for his 41-year tenure running the event, spoke following several postings on WestportNow that criticized his call to cancel the parade at 8 a.m., an hour before it would have started.

“I’ve been working on this parade for close to a year, and the last thing I wanted to do is cancel it,” he said.

He noted that early morning heavy rains and lightning—including a strike that transformed a white pine “into wood chips” on Imperial Avenue across the river from the parade starting point—influenced his decision.

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05/31/11 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Westport Defies National Trend

By Judy Szablak

The latest Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller Home Price Index out today shows national prices falling for the eighth consecutive month –- but not in Image
Westport sales improving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Moreover, with major metropolitan areas showing no end to the declines in sight, the first five months of Westport’s real estate market show an upward movement.

Defying the national trend, Westport is even showing a fairly steady increase since its five-year low in 2009.

And that can very well be because our town is much unlike any other metro area in the country. Westport has exceeded national housing sales activity, and remains quite an attractive town for home buyers.

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05/31/11 06:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Twins Are Top Staples Scholars Image
Eric Brett Lubin (l) and Todd Andrew Lubin were named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two twins are the top scholars at Westport’s Staples High School.

The school announced today that the top two places in the Class of 2011 have been earned by twin brothers Eric and Todd Lubin.

As valedictorian, Eric Brett Lubin will speak at commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, June 22.  Salutatorian Todd Andrew Lubin will address the audience at baccalaureate the prior evening.

“Staples High School and the Westport Public Schools community at large congratulate Eric, Todd, and their family on this unique occasion,” a news release said.


05/31/11 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mixing It Up In a Softball Jamboree Image
While others may have been on the beach or at the barbeque, members of the Westport Little League Girls Softball were taking part in a Memorial Day Softball Jamboree Monday at the fields behind Westport Town Hall. Organizers took the AAA and Major League players (grades 5 - 7), mixed them up, and drew four teams which played two games each for fun. There was no winner—just ice cream between games. Pictured are the players, coaches and Commissioners Amy Bauer and Mike Lustbader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


05/31/11 12:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

UPDATE: Brown Manx Cat Bob was Victim of Coyote

Bob is lost
Bob the Manx kitten

UPDATE: Bob’s family found him—he was, unfortunately, a victim of a coyote.

We have a lost Kitten. His name is Bob and he is a brown Manx cat (meaning he has a stub for a tail). He is a year old and knows our neighborhood very well. He is dearly loved and we fear that perhaps someone has taken him. Bob lives in the Punch Bowl Area off of Cross Highway. If you spot or are able to catch Bob (he is very sweet), please contact John at (203) 858-5403.


05/31/11 08:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

End to Memorial Day Weekend Image
Crowds lingered at Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night in balmy, summer-like weather as the Memorial Day weekend came to a close. After heavy thunderstorms started the day and caused cancellation of Westport’s Memorial Day parade, the balance of the day was more like summer with sunny skies, high humidity, and temperatures in the 80s.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2011 Solos Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Metro-North: Trains On or Close to Schedule

UPDATE Metro-North said Harlem and New Haven Line trains are now operating on time or close to schedule after experiencing 20 to 30 minute delays in both directions due to earlier police activity in the Bronx.


05/31/11 03:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, May 30, 2011

Former CBS Weatherman Helps Rescue Turtle Image
Former CBS “The Early Show” weatherman Dave Price (l), a Weston resident, helped rescue a snapping turtle today on Westport’s Wilton Road. He spotted the turtle crawling at the base of the driveway at 241 Wilton Road and called police. As Price poured water on the creature, Officer John Lachioma put on gloves and placed it in a container for transport to the animal shelter. Members of the Wardell family who live at the address and a visitor showed up to see what all the fuss was about. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/30/11 11:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cannon Sun Bathing Image
The cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach made a good place for Memorial Day sunbathing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/30/11 08:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Happy Geese Image
It seemed that the only ones happy with today’s Memorial Day thunderstorm were these geese at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


05/30/11 08:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Memorial Day Scenes

Scenes from Westport’s Memorial Day ceremony inside Town Hall because of the rain and outside afterwards.. Lynn U Miller for


05/30/11 08:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Best Memorial Day Parade ‘We Never Had’

By James Lomuscio

Second Selectwoman Shelly Kassen approached William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, after today’s rain-substituted Memorial Day service concluded at Westport Town Image
A fife and drum corps marches into the Town Hall auditorium today as Bill Vornkahl, president of the Veterans Council, watches.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

“It was the best parade we never had,” she said. “Everything was so focused.”

Vornkalh, known as “Mr. Parade” since this was his 41st year running the event, smiled. The event was a success after all, he and others said, even though it was only the fourth time in Vornkalh’s tenure that the parade was called on account of rain.

Vornkahl said it was a tough decision to cancel it at 8 a.m., but with heavy rain and lightning, safety came first for the 71 units that had had planned to line up along Riverside Avenue.

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05/30/11 07:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Felix the Cat is Missing Image
Felix is an 18-month-old long-haired cat, with thumbs (he is a polydactyl, who is an inside cat; shy, but very friendly), who hasn’t been seen since Friday 27th May. He is adored by all of us, and we are worried sick. He lives on Bluewater Hill by Compo Beach. Please call if you’ve seen him: 203 803 7833. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)


05/30/11 05:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Kiss for the Grand Marshal Image
Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Tracy Sugarman gets a kiss from his wife Gloria at the conclusion of today’s Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. Sugarman told the packed crowd today’s rainy weather reminded him of the evening before D-Day in 1944 as he waited with Allied troops to land at Omaha Beach—except there was dense fog too. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/30/11 03:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Text: Tracy Sugarman’s Memorial Day Address

(Following is the text of today’s Memorial Day address by Grand Marshal Tracy Sugarman, a World War II Navy veteran.)

Good morning.

I woke up this morning looking forward to the parade. It was pouring outside and foggy. And I thought back to the night before the planned invasion of Europe on June 5, 1944 when our entire invasion fleet along the English coast, thousands of vessels, filled with soldiers, was enveloped in a pea-soup fog so thick that we could not see each other, and Gen. (Dwight) Eisenhower had to make the decision to call it off.

And we had to go out in our little invasion boats, find the other ships in our harbor, and knock on the sides and holler up to the unseen men in the fog, “we’re not going!” The free world had been training and preparing for this moment for endless months and years, and suddenly we had to out it off because of the weather!

On June 6th we successfully invaded Fortress Europe. “Man proposes, but God disposes.” I feel bad for the kids who were cheated of their parade this morning. But life goes on.

It is a great privilege and a humbling experience to be invited to speak to so many friends and Westport neighbors on Memorial Day. Like so many of you I have long and sweet memories of so many Memorial Days I’ve witnessed and participated in over many years.

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05/30/11 03:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Day Salute Image
Tracy Sugarman, Westport’s Memorial Day parade grand marshal, salutes the flag at today’s Town Hall ceremony which replaced the rained out Veterans Green event. Looking on is First Selectman Gordon Joseloff who paid tribute by name to many Westporters and those with Westport connections who died since last year’s Memorial Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/30/11 03:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Day Ceremony Moved Indoors Image
With rain forcing cancellation of Westport’s Memorial Day parade, the obsevance ceremony was moved from Veterans Green across the street to Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/30/11 03:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Washout Image
The ceremonial platform at Westport’s Veterans Green was empty and wet today as a morning thunderstorm passed through the area canceling the Memorial Day parade and moving the ceremony indoors to Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/30/11 01:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Remembering Image
Vietnam veteran Malcolm Watson of Westport stands silently before the World War II monument today on Westport’s Veterans Green after rain forced the parade cancellation and the Memorial Day ceremony indoors to Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/30/11 01:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lightning Strike Image
A lightning strike destroyed a white pine tree at the corner of Westport’s Imperial Avenue and Ridge Drive at about 7:30 a.m. today. A short time later, it was announced that the Memorial Day parade had been canceled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Peter Miles-Prouten for


05/30/11 01:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Afghanistan Vet Remembers on Memorial Day Image
Westport Firefighter Nick Marsan, who served a year in Afghanistan with the U.S. military, tells today’s Fire Department Memorial Day observance ceremony that having survived the dangers of war makes Memorial Day more meaningful for him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/30/11 01:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fire Department Memorial Ceremony Moved Indoors Image
The morning thunderstorm today forced the Westport Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day observance inside. Rep. Jim Himes and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff were among those who addressed the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klissser During for


05/30/11 01:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Addresses Fire Department Observance Image
Rep. Jim Himes of the 4th Congressional District was among speakers at the Westport Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony today. He spoke of the high loss of life suffered by Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq and the difficulties sodliers have in returning to U.S. civilian life. Newly appointed Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/30/11 01:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Day Parade Canceled, Ceremonies Moved Inside

UPDATE A thunderstorm forced cancellation today of Westport’s Memorial Day parade for the first time since 2003. Instead, a ceremony was held in the Town Hall auditorium that was packed with visitors who were treated to a mini parade complete with speeches, a band, and marching fife and drum corps. Image

“We had to make the call by 8 a.m. and we always err on the side of caution and safety,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff who was at an 8 a.m. annual Westport Fire Department Memorial Day observance at fire headquarters.

A short time before, a lightning strike took out a tree on Imperial Avenue.

Inside Town Hall, it was standing room only as the the Staples High School band played and drummers marched up and down the aisles before and after speeches by Joseloff and Grand Marshal Tracy Sugarman.

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Holiday Color Image
Some holiday color along Westport’s Soundview Drive adjacent to Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Monday, May 30, 2011 - Memorial Day

Westport Public Library, Town Hall, Art Center, Public Schools are closed for Memorial Day
7:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Parade staging point CANCELED
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School > Riverside Avenue > Post Road East >  Main Street > Town Hall - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies on Veterans Green CANCELED
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Abbreviated Memorial Day ceremony due to weather
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


05/30/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Sunset Volleyball Image
A game of volleyball at sunset made for the end of a perfect day at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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