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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Breezy Day

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The flags flapped in the breeze today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


09/22/13 04:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Tyler Hicks Witness to Nairobi Mall Massacre

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Westport native Tyler Hicks, an award-winning photographer for The New York Times who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, was at a framing shop near where shooting broke out Saturday at an upscale Nairobi mall, killing at least 68 people. He was able to go inside the mall as the attack unfolded. His dramatic photographs as well as his first-person account of what he saw and did appear on the newspaper’s website today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tyler Hicks/The New York Times


09/22/13 06:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Learning the Art of Belly Dancing

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Ghada Makuch coaches Celaya Martinez, 5, of Fairfield in the Middle Eastern art of belly dancing Saturday at the grand opening of Kibberia, an eat-in and takeout restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at 361 Post Road West. It is the former home of John’s Best PIzza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/22/13 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - First Day of Autumn

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects: “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary,” Susan Elia MacNeal
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Diane Smith, “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction—and My Own”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Veterans Green - Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Reception & Lawn Party
4:44 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


09/22/13 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wakeman Farm Dinner ‘Funraiser’ Draws Crowd

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The Wakeman Town Farm hosted its second annual Grassroots Harvest Dinner “funraiser” tonight to benefit the town-owned working farm and sustainability center. The farm is a nonprofit resource that provides hands-on educational experiences to young Westporters, free camperships to youngsters from urban areas, and special farm-related programs for the Westport community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/22/13 02:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Farmer’s Thanks

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Mike Aitkenhead, executive director of Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm and a Staples High School teacher, expresses thanks tonight for support from the community in remarks at the second annual Grassroots Harvest Dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/22/13 02:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Edges St. Joseph 2-1

The obstacles were great todayin Trumbull as the Staples boys soccer team faced St. Joseph. The Wreckers were missing four starters – including co-captain Jack Scott—to injury and illness.

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Andrew Puchala celebrates his goal against St. Joseph today in Trumbull.The defender finally rammed in Steven Sobel’s long throw, after two Staples shots hit posts and bounced crazily in the goal mouth. Staples won 2-1, and faces Central at home Monday (4 p.m.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

But the scrappy Stapleites prevailed 2-1. Their two goals came in a 1:10 span, midway through the second half. First Andrew Puchala finished Steven Sobel’s long throw – but not before Charlie Leonard and George Kokkalis hit posts, and the ball bounced around the goal for a while. Then Sobel’s cross caromed off a defender’s head, for an own goal.

The Cadets halved the deficit on a shot from the corner, but Noah Schwaeber’s excellent goalkeeping, plus solid defense from Puchala, Kokkalis, Connor Weiler and Kenji Goto, earned them the victory.

The Wreckers are now 3-1-1. They host Central on Monday (4 p.m.) in another tough FCIAC match.


09/22/13 01:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Stormy Skies

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Skies looked stormy late today at Westport’s Compo Beach as the Westport Rotary Club lobster fest came to an end. Rain moved in later in the evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


09/22/13 01:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Honored at Fenway Park

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Westport Little Leguers, the New England Regional champions, took to the field at Fenway Park tonight as the Red Sox honored them before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/21/13 11:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Boston Fans Eager for Westport Little League Autographs

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Westport Little Leaguer Harry Azadian signed autographs for fans at Fenway Park in Boston tonight before the Red Sox took on the Toronto Blue Jays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/21/13 11:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Red Sox Host Westport Little Leaguers

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The Boston Red Sox tonight hosted the Westport Little League World Series team at Fenway Park. The journey to Red Sox Nation territory followed by almost two weeks a visit to Yankee Stadium by the team. The Red Sox, which Friday night clinched the American League East pennant, play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/21/13 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Windy Dining

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Kenny Brill, a freshman at Staples High School where he is a member of SLOBS (Staples High School Service League of Boys), today clears a tablecloth as the wind takes it to flight at the Westport Rotary lobster fest at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Heaey for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lobster Fest Attendees Buffeted by Strong Winds

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More than 1,200 persons turned out for today’s Westport Rotary Club second annual lobster fest at Compo Beach. Early arrivals had to battle strong winds to take to their seats and enjoy their lobster or steak meals. But the winds died down later in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lobster and Fixings at Compo

Scenes from today’s second annual Westport Rotary Club lobster fest at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 10:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dancing at the Lobster Fest

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Liam Rothlein, 2, of Weston enjoys the Terrapin Band dedicated to the music of the Grateful Dead at the Westport Rotary Club second annual lobster fest today at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 10:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lobster Fest Attracts Hundreds

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The Westport Rotary Club’s second annual Lobster Fest at Compo Beach today attracted hundreds. The mid-day rain cleared, but stiff winds blew under gray clouds for much of the afternoon before subsiding late in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/21/13 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Funfetti is Looking for a Home

Funfetti. Connecticut Humane Society

Hi, I’m Funfetti! I’m a calm, quiet girl who enjoys taking walks outside. Most of the time you’ll find my nose to the ground. I can’t help it though, there’s always something good to smell! I’m pretty laid back and would be just as happy to go for a hike as I would be to curl up on the couch and watch movies with you. Oh, and I love a good back scratch, too! I have not had much experience with kids, but I am willing to consider a home with children who can be gentle and respectful of pets. If you would like to meet me, please familiarize yourself with Connecticut Humane Society adoption requirements and come visit me at the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society!


09/21/13 07:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Buddy Needs A Home

Buddy. Connecticut Humane Society

Hi! My name is Buddy, and I’m looking to be your buddy!  I am 7 years old but you would never know it because all I want to do is run and play!  I am your tried and true black lab!  Loyal, loving, and looking for a home to spend the rest of my days.  I am quiet when it is time to rest but would love to be a companion for walks, hikes, you name it!  All I want is to be by your side in a home with kids to play with, could I be the buddy you have been looking for?  Please come down to the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society today to meet me!  You won’t regret it!


09/21/13 07:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Today’s Lobster Fest at Compo

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Volunteers make last minute preparations today for the Westport Rotary Club’s Lobster Fest from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event goes on rain or shine.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 04:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ready for Lobsters

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Large, custom-made cooking vats are readied at Compo Beach today for the Westport Rotary Club’s second annual lobster fest. A truck delivered 2,500 fresh lobsters to the site several hours before the 3 p.m. start. It runs until 7 p.m., rain or shine.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 04:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

WASA Hosts ‘Sit.Stay.Love.’ Event at Anthropologie

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Cynthia is among dogs looking for a home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) today hosts a “Sit.Stay.Love.” event at Anthropologie, 1365 Post Road East, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An announcement said guests will be able to meet dogs up for adoption as well as representatives from Strays and Others, a New Canaan rescue group, who have kittens in need of homes.

There will be no on-site adoptions.

Anthropologie is also hosting a pet supply drive through Sunday, the announcement said. WASA said it relies on events like today’s to help with its mission to assist homeless dogs in Fairfield County.


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Open House Family Day
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Anthropologie (1365 Post Road East) - Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) benefit Sit.Stay.Love.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest
7 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Grassroots Harvest Dinner
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


09/21/13 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Home Sweet Home’ Attracts Hundreds to Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center tonight opened its 2013 juried group members exhibition “Home Sweet Home,” with a reception at its Riverside Avenue gallery.The exhibit features works in a variety of media that depict different interpretations and representations of home.  Juror was Jennifer Gross, chief curator and deputy director of Curatorial Affairs at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. and previously the Seymour H. Knox Jr. curator of modern and contemporary art at Yale University Art Gallery. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 03:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Interception Seals the Win

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Staples senior Bobby Jacowleff picks off Wilton’s Brett Phillips at the Staples 4-yard line tonight with 52 seconds remaining, helping the Wreckers hold on for a 14-7 homecoming win. Chris Greer for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 01:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

In for the TD

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Staples senior Patrick Lesch scores a a 9-yard run touchdown tonight in the second quarter of play of the Staples football homecoming game against Wilton. The Wreckers won 14-7 and improved to 1-1 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 01:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Wins Homecoming vs. Wilton 14-7

Scenes from tonight’s Staples football 14-7 homecoming win over Wilton. Douglas Healey and Susan Goldstein for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos


09/21/13 01:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Exciting the Homecoming Crowd

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Staples senior Will Johnson excites the homecoming crowd tonight on his 75-yard punt return touchdown against Wilton. The Wreckers defeated the Warriors 14-7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


09/21/13 01:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday Night Lights - Second Season

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It was perfect football weather tonight as Staples played its first second season home game under permanent lights The homecoming game was against Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/21/13 12:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tailgating at Homecoming

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Tonight’s homecoming Staples football game against Wilton was a perfect reason for cooking some hamburgers on the grill in the Bedford Middle School parking lot overlooking the Staples football field. Enjoying the night are Tony Palmer (l) and Andy Rimmer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/21/13 12:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Moon Shot from Westport

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Tonight’s moon in a photo shot from Westport’s Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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