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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Woog’s Soccer Boys Remember Another Image
This was Preston Hirten Weekend for Westport Staples High School soccer fans. Preston is a former Staples (and all-state) soccer player (Class of 2007) who died of an undetected heart ailment during preseason training at the University of Mary Washington in 2009. Every summer since, former Staples and UMW players have come to Westport to honor his memory. There was a seven-against-summer soccer tournament, a cookout at the Hirtens’ house, and a barbeque at Compo Beach tonight. “It’s a way for his friends to get together, for the Hirtens to realize he’s not forgotten, and for the current Staples players to learn about his legacy,” said Coach Dan Woog. Pictured at the beach are (l-r) rising Staples seniors Patrick Beusse, Nate Argosh and Michael Reid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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After the Storm, a Great Beach Day Image
Westport’s Compo Beach was busy today as the Independence Day weekend crowds enjoyed sunny skies and temperatures in the lows 80s with low humidity after Friday storms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


07/05/14 08:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Soaking Up the Rays Image
It was a great day today for working on a tan at Westport’s Compo Beach. The Independence Day weekend weather was forecast to be a repeat Sunday of sunny skies and warm temperatures with low humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Enjoying Water Sports Image
The waters of Westport’s Compo Beach were ideal today for enjoying some water sports. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Greeting Russian Visitors at the Library Image
A nine-member team of librarians from Russia was guests at the Westpor Library today and were greeted by executive director Maxine Bleiweis (3rd l) and Bill Derry, the library’s director of innovation and user experience. Bleiweis and Derry visited Russia in February at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and participated in a three-day workshop with Russian librarians. She said seven of the nine visitors today, also invited and sponsored by the U.S. State Department, were the same librarians they met with in Russia. “This is a lot like a reunion today,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Learning About the Westport Library Image
Bill Derry (l), director of innovation and user experience at the Westport Library, today explains the library’s Design-Thinking Center to nine visiting Russian librarians. He was assisted by Westport resident, Danil Karandin (4th l), 20, who emigrated from Russia recently and serves as a library “maker space coach.” According to Maxine Bleiweis, the library’s executive director, the group arrived in the United States about two weeks ago, attended a library conference in Las Vegas and toured library facilities in Chicago before spending their final day in Westport today. Derry and Bleiweis had met seven of the Russians during a visit there in February. (See WestportNow Feb. 25, 2013) That visit followed an October 2013 visit by 17 Russian librarians to the Westport Library. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Jean A. Silvestro, 81

Jean A. Silvestro of Sandy Hook died July 2.  She was 80.

She was born on July 7, 1932 in Westport, daughter of late Michael and Amy Gilbertie.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, Albert, she is survived by daughter Diana Stewart and husband Gary; sons Larry Silvestro and wife Katya Ilina, and Michael Silvestro and wife Suzanne; her brothers Ralph and Michael Gilbertie; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Julius.

There will be no calling hours, and the memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Church at 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the COPD Foundation at


07/05/14 05:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Trying on a Made in Westport 3D Product Image
A visiting Russian librarian, Sofia Kochergina, American collection coordinator at the Mayakovsky Public Library in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), today tries on a plastic crown made by a 3D printer at the Westport Library’s Design-Thinking Center. She was among nine Russian librarians who visited the library and later lunched at Bobby Q’s on Main Street before boarding a bus for a Westport tour guided by Dianne Wildman of the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Zenecia (Necia) Byerly Doyle, 80

Zenecia (Necia) Byerly Doyle of Norwell, Mass., formerly of Westport, died July 1. She was 80.

Born in New London on Sept. 11, 1933 to David and Mary Byerly, she grew up in Middletown and attended Connecticut College. 

She met her husband, Richard J. Doyle, in Hartford, and, after traveling the globe for his work, they finally settled in Westport where they raised their five children. She was known to all her friends for her generosity, warmth, and sense of humor, said her family, which was the cornerstone of her life.

For almost 31 years she was the wife of her late husband. She is survived by Richard J. Doyle, Jr. of Easton and his wife Susan; Michael D. Doyle of Dover, Mass., and his wife Gina; Timothy C. Doyle of Pepperell, Mass., and his wife Catherine, Mary Catherine French of Herndon, Va., and her husband Daniel, and Zenecia D. O’Neill of Hingham, Mass. and her husband, Raymond. She was also the grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

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07/05/14 05:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Outdoors: Post 154 Image
Post 154, 154 Post Road East, is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm weather months.  According to Post 154 manager Tyler Moss, the restaurant offers outdoor seating for 50 patrons and music on the patio. Post 154 opened last summer. (See WestportNow Aug. 1, 2013) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/05/14 03:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

July 5, 2005: Getting Out of the Rain at Compo Image

Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years, today features this 2005 photo with the caption: A brief but heavy rain shower had visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach scurrying for cover tonight as they awaited the 4th of July fireworks show. The event was postponed from Friday when rainy weather was forecast but never materialized. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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River Sunrise Image
A sunrise view of the Saugatuck River in Westport as seen from Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Saturday,  July 5, 2014

Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... ” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Third Suspect Arrested in TD Bank Robbery

Westport police tonight arrested the third suspect in Wednesday’s robbery of the TD Bank on Post Road East.

The suspect, Derrick D. Gilliam, 27, of 144 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, was taken into custody in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he had fled following the robbery, police said.

Detectives from Stratford as well as members of the New York Police Department aided Westport detectives in making the arrest at 10 p.m., police said.

Gilliam was being held at the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn charged as a fugitive from justice pending extradition to Connecticut to face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third-degree larceny, and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, police said.

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Family Y Gymnasts Perform in Washington, D.C. Parade ImageSeventeen gymnasts from the award-winning Westport Weston Family Y Showtime Exhibition Gymnastic Team took part today in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The girls performed a choreographed number to Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” throughout the parade. The Y gymnasts were also invited to do a standing performance for the viewing stand at 15th Street and Constitution Ave. Based at the Y’s new Gymnastics Center at 145 Main St. in Norwalk, the Showtime Exhibition Team is coached by Director of Gymnastics Sally Silverstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Washington 4th of July for Y Gymnasts Image
Seventeen gymnasts from the Westport Weston Family Y Showtime Exhibition Gymnastic Team represented the State of Connecticut today in the Independence Day parade in Washington,D.C., one of the nation’s largest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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White House Stop Image
A stop at the White House was on the itinerary today of 17 gymnasts from the Westport Weston Family Y who performed in Independence Day parade in Washington, D.C. The Showtime Exhibition Team is coached by Director of Gymnastics Sally Silverstein (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Rainbow Closeup Image
Tonight’s rainbow as photographed with a telephoto lens from the Longshore Sailing School in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Kantor for


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Friday, July 04, 2014

Colors Above and Below Image
The rainbow seen at Compo Beach tonight from the kayak storage area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


07/04/14 11:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rainbow Photo-Op Image
The early evening rainbow made for a great photo-op at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Saugatuck Beach Rainbow Image
Tonight’s rainbow as seen over Saugatuck Beach on Westport’s Saugatuck Shores.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larysa Bemko for


07/04/14 11:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finally, 4th of July Sunshine—And a Rainbow Image
The sun came out late today over Westport after day-long clouds and rain, bringing a rainbow along too. View is from Owenoke Park looking toward Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


07/04/14 11:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

4th of July Power Outages

UPDATE Power outages after Thursday night’s thunderstorms lingered today for some Westport customers.

As of early evening, Connecticut Light and Power Company reported 11 Westport customers were without power.


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Honoring the Fourth Image
Thie VFW post at Westport’s 463 Riverside Ave. was among those showing the flag today to honor America’s birthday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


07/04/14 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flood watch for Westport and area until 10 p.m. today.


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Celebrating With Red, White, and Blue Image
An 1861-built antique house on Westport’s Greens Farms Road is all decked out for the Independence Day celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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July 4, 2005: Jamming the Beach on the 4th of July Image

Today in WN History, a look back at some of the events WestportNow covered in past years, today features this 2005 photo with the caption: A parade of cars waited to get into Westport’s Compo Beach today. As parking lots filled, Parks and Rec employees directed 4th of July visitors to park on the grass near the marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomusicio for


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Flying the Flag Image
Flags fly on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center on Thursday as residents prepared for the long Indeoendence Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Friday,  July 4, 2014 - Independence Day

Westport Town Hall and Library are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is currently experiencing scattered delays of up to 30 minutes due to wire damage in the vicinity of Rye, N.Y.


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