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Monday, May 27, 2013

Salute from the Grand Marshal

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Leonard Everett Fisher, grand marshal of the 2013 Westport Memorial Day parade, offers a salute to the crowds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

05/27/13 02:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Lead

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Police Chief Dale Call and Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas led the Westport Police Department contingent in today’s Memorial Day parade.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

05/27/13 01:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunny Start to Parade

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The 2013 Westport Memorial Day parade got off to a sunny start in 60-degree weather today. The Westport Police Department led marchers across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. Parade organizer Bill Vornkhal said it was one of the biggest crowds watching the parade in his recent memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/27/13 01:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joseloff in Final Memorial Day Address to Firefighters

In his eighth and final Memorial Day address to the Westport Fire and Westport Volunteer Fire departments, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today praised the men and women for their service, giving Westport “the best 24/7 protection possible.”

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff thanks Westport firefighters in his last address at the department’s Memorial Day service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to you all,” Joseloff said. “I want to pay tribute for the hours you put in, the sacrifices you and your families make, and the efforts you put in.

“I can say I have never been more proud of the men and women of Westport’s emergency services,” he added. “As someone who trained with you and worked in the field with you, I know first hand what you go through.”

Noting that he will not run for a third term in November, Joseloff stressed, “I will be out there when I can doing my small part to continue to show my support for you in every way I can.”

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05/27/13 01:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Great Day for a Parade

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After several days of rainy and cool weather, forecasters say today will be a great day for a Memorial Day parade in Westport with clear skies and a high of 68. The Westport Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from in front of Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue. View is of flags flying on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, part of the parade route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

05/27/13 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, May 27, 2013 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Public Library closed for Memorial Day
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East - Memorial Day observance
9 a.m. - Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies on Veterans Green (Riverside Avenue to Parker Harding Plaza)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

05/27/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westport Memorial Day Parade Kicks Off at 9 a.m.

Westport’s traditional Memorial Day parade is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Monday from Riverside Avenue, along the Post Road, and winds its way to Veterans Green in front of Town Hall.

Before the parade, the Westport Fire Department will hold its own memorial service at 8 a.m. at fire headquarters, 515 Post Road East.

The weather forecast calls for clear skies with a high of 68 with winds from the west northwest at 10 to 15.

   

05/27/13 03:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Have You Seen Mae?

Mae
Mae has been missing since Friday, 5/24/13 at 2pm. She is a medium sized terrier mix with a PINK collar. She was last seen in the Long Lots area and is very skittish. She will not come if you call her so please just call Amy directly at 917-673-5969 if you see her.  Thank-you.  Lost Mae

   

05/26/13 10:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Memorial Tribute to Tracy Sugarman

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Family and friends crowded Westport’s Unitarian Church today for a memorial service for Tracy Sugarman, the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in January at age 91.The service concluded with guests singing “We Shall Overcome.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

05/26/13 08:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Recalling Memories of a Friend

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Charles McLaurin, who marched and worked alongside Tracy Sugarman in Missisippi during the 1960s civil rights stuggles, pays tribute to his friend at a memorial service for Sugarman today at Westport’s Unitarian Church. McLaurin recalled first coming to Westport duirng those times with other civil rights activists and staying with the Sugarman family and the family of the late Malcolm Beinfield, a longtime Westport surgeon.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

05/26/13 08:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Crowd of Admirers

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Westport artist Howards Munce (1st row 2nd r) and Ann Chernow (r) were among those paying tribute at a memorial service today for Tracy Sugarman at the Unitarian Church. Sugarman, who died in January at 91, lunched every two weeks in recent years with Munce and Redding water colorist Arthur Shilstone. “They called each other ‘the boys,’” Gloria Sugarman said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

05/26/13 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Words of Thanks

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Gloria Sugarman thanks guests today attending a memorial service for her late husband, Tracy, at Westport’s Unitarian Church. The Westport Historical Society is currently hosting an exhibit in its Mollie Dononvan Gallery called “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” about the life of the Westport illustrator, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

05/26/13 08:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Westport Public Library hours are 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. today
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
2 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Israel 65 Celebration

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

05/26/13 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Graduation Day

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It was graduation day Thursday for Anthony Maisano (2nd r), the Westport Fire Department’s newest recruit. He graduated from the Connecticut Fire Academy after completing a 14-week training program. On hand were (l-) Assistant Chief Rob Yost, Lt. Brett Kirby, Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar, and Chief Andy Kingsbury. Maisano, who was sworn in last Nov. 30, is a University of New Haven graduate where he studied fire science and arson investigation. Contributed photo

   

05/26/13 01:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area that is in effect until midnight.

Winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected, it said.

Theese winds could bring down bring down tree branches and limbs, the advisory said.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring.

   

05/25/13 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Y’s Men Prepare Memorial Day Parade Float

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The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston did the final assembly of their Memorial Day parade float today. The stylized Vietnam Memorial float honors the Vietnam Vets and those missing in action. The float is a labor of love of the Y’s Men who turned out in full force. The float was masterminded and construction managed by retiring president Roy McKay. Many of the Y’s Men are veterans of wars going back World War II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stan Groner for WestportNow.com

   

05/25/13 07:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Grand Marshal Fisher: Artist Who Made Military Maps

By James Lomuscio

Looking back, Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, who turns 89 next month, finds it unbelievable that as an 18-year-old with an artistic bent and a knowledge of drafting that he was tapped by the U.S. Army to create military topographical maps for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, for Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army and for the planned invasion of Japan.

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Leonard Everett Fisher in his Westport studio on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s kind of bizarre for an 18-year-old to be involved the planning of war,” says Fisher, who will serve as Grand Marshal in Monday’s Memorial Day parade. “I should have been in the infantry, but the Army saw something that I had, and they needed it, and they used it for years.”

Fisher, a children’s book illustrator, moved with his wife Margery to Westport in 1957. Margery served as a librarian at Coleytown Middle School for 25 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.

“I’m a little numb,” he said about being picked as Grand Marshal by parade organizer Bill Vornkahl. “It’s a great honor.”

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05/25/13 04:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Danbury Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Danbury Ave. in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1928, the 1 1/2-story bingalow has 1,452 square feet and is situated on a .1-acre property. The property changed hands this month for $1 million. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/25/13 04:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Down Closes Hillandale

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A tree that came down today on Westport’s Hillandale Road closed the roadway while utility workers replaced a pole. The incident occurred near 21 Hillandale Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/25/13 02:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Morning Find

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A one-car rollover occurred sometime overnight at 60 Roseville Road and was not discovered until shortly before 9 a.m. when homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith went outside and found a large rock in her driveway. She then looked around and discovered the car in the woods just off her driveway and called police. They found no one in the car, which was heavily damaged. They traced it to a Fairfield address, and a short time later the driver contacted police, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/25/13 01:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Into the Woods

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The driver of a car that rolled over into the woods at 60 Roseville Road overnight managed to get out of the vehicle and was gone by the time the crash was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. today. The car was traced to a Fairfield address and the driver then contacted police. “What a way to start the Memorial Day weekend,” said homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith, who found the wreckage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/25/13 01:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘I Was Afraid Someone Was Still Inside’

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Linda Gramatky Smith stands in her driveway at 60 Roseville Road today where she found a wrecked car as she headed outside to go a meeting. “I was afraid there was someone still inside and called 911,” she said. She said she and husband Ken have seen many accidents occur in a curve in the road in front of the house, but this is the first time that a car has ended up in the woods. “Thank goodness the driver managed to get out,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/25/13 01:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Masons Honored for Service

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Westport’s Temple Lodge No. 65 Service Awards were presented by Connecticut’s Grand Master MW Simon R. LaPlace (c). Pictured (l-r): Dennis Corsalin, 40-year pin; George Marks, 60-year pin; Irving Lieff, 60-year pin; Donald Treadwell, 65-year pin; Sanford Lunt,  45-year pin; Steve Bowen, past deputy pin, and Lemuel Johnson, past deputy pin. The Masons are a fraternal organization involved in many charitable and social activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/25/13 12:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Westport Public Library hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. today
10 a.m. - Aspire Fitness (44 Main St.,, 3rd Floor) - Pushups for Charity benefit for Boot Campaign
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Family Gathering

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Members of Westport’s Gault family gathered tonight at the opening of the Westport Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Five Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family.” The exhibit, which traces the evolution of the family and its endeavors, runs until Sept. 2 (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

05/24/13 11:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Curating Westport History

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Brian O’Leary, co-curator with Dorothy E. Curran, explains the history of the Westport Historical Society’s newest exhibit tonight at the opening of “Five Generations of Yankees Ingenuity: The Gault Family.” in the Sheffer Galley and foyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/24/13 11:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Salutes Tracy Sugarman

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Also opening tonight at the Westport Historical Society’s Mollie Dononvan Gallery was “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” about the life of the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in January at age 91. On hand for the reception were Gloria Sugarman (l), his wife, and Dianne Wildman, who curated the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

05/24/13 11:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tracy Sugarman On Display

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Guests tonight visit the Westport Historical Society’s “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” exhibit which opened in the Mollie Donovan Gallery. An inteview with Sugarman plays on a vido screen amid drawings and pictures illustrating his career. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

05/24/13 11:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

NTSB: Engineer Saw ‘Unusual Condition’ on Track

UPDATE The engineer of the the Metro-North train that derailed a week ago in Bridgeport has told investigators he saw “an unusual condition on the track” as he approached the area, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said today.

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The NTSB said investigators are focusing on a repaired section of track. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NTSB photo

“During an interview with the eastbound train engineer, he informed NTSB investigators that he saw what he described as an unusual condition on the track as he approached the Interstate 95 overpass,” the NTSB said in a news release.

“He also stated that the train came to a stop before being struck by the westbound train.”

In a Friday night update, a spokesman for the NTSB, Nicholas Worrell, said that replacing the track was what the NTSB meant in its earlier statement that a repair had been made in an area where the derailment occurred. The earlier statement referred to repair of a joint bar. MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said the joint bar had been replaced, not repaired, in April.

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05/24/13 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Interviews Grand Marshal for History Project

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Congressman Jim Himes today paid a visit to the home of Westport Memorial Day parade Grand Marshal Leonard Everett Fisher to interview the World War II veteran for the Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress initiative designed to preserve the experiences of the nation’s veterans. Leonard served in the U.S. Army’s 30th Engineer Topographic Battalion, participating in the tactical mapping of Mediterranean, European, and Pacific Ocean invasions and campaigns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/24/13 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

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