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Monday, April 04, 2016

Sammy Was Adopted!

Sammy has been adopted.  Purchased by a local young couple with too much going on in their lives to appropriately care for a puppy, Sammy has been taken into the WASA foster program.  Sammy is a smart pup that is quickly learning the ropes of housebreaking.  He LOVES other dogs, people of all ages and, apparently, cats too. He loves to cuddle! For additional information about Sammy, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 203-557-0361.  To complete an application, please visit and click on Adopt to fill out the online application.  To see more videos/photos of Sammy, please visit WASA’s facebook page at


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Sparkie Found A Forever Family!

Sparkie. Westport Animal Control

Sparkie Has been adopted. He’s approximately 3 to 4 years of age, and we believe he is an American bulldog-pointer mix.  He wants to meet everyone and be the center of attention at Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076, Elaine Road, Westport, CT).  He walks well on a leash.  Actually, he prances well on a leash.  He’s a happy boy that will make someone very happy if they adopt him.  He has received his necessary vet care courtesy of WASA.


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Mary Jane Stokes, 90

Mary Jane Shepard Stokes, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 29 at the Bayonet Point Hospice in Hudson, Fla. She was 90. Image
Mary Jane Stokes: athlete, artist. Contributed photo

She was born May 5, 1925 in Watertown, N.Y. to the late Ellsworth Shephard and Dorothy Howard.

She worked as a switchboard operator on Sampson Air Base in New York State during World War II, where she met her husband, William During, a marine pilot, in 1945.

She was a great athlete at Watertown High School, a champion swimmer, and later became a very accomplished artist, best known for her animal drawings and land/seascapes.

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04/04/16 01:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cops: Mom Allowed Kids to Wander Off

Westport police arrested a Westport mother after her two children – 1 and 5 – were found wandering alone in two separate locations. Image
Natalie Bonny: told police she went shopping. Westport Police photo

Police said the 5-year-old was found at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at Walgreens, 880 Post Road East and the 1-year-old in the area of Toyota of Westport, 777 Post Road East.

“Officers determined the juveniles were siblings with a home address of 655 Post Road East,” police said.

Officers located their mother, Natalie Bonny, at her residence, police said. She told them she left the children home alone to take the bus to go shopping.

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Spring Snow Shower Image
A spring snow shower surprised Westporters today. View is along North Avenue.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/04/16 08:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

UPDATE High winds gusting at more than 40 mph brought down trees and power lines around Westport on Sunday.

Eversource Energy said 18 Westport customer were without power early today, down from as many as 30 on Sunday. By 8 a.m. it said all had been restored.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a Freeze Warning for Westport and area until 10 a.m. today and again from 8 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

It said temperatures will be in the mid-20s tonight.


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Monday, April 4, 2016

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - BOF Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Noir: Ann Chernow” & 2nd Annual High School Art Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past and Present”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Center for Senior Activities Policy & Planning Board
Noon - Town Hall Room 201 - Conservation Commission
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Citizens’ Transit Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Man Rescued From Car Down Merritt Embankment Image
Westport and Fairfield Fire Department personnel worked together tonight to free a driver from a car which went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway southbound in the area of Merwins Lane, Fairfield, not far from the Westport town line. The lone male occupant was trapped in the vehicle, which landed on its side against a tree. He was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgerport, said Fairfield Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir. There was no word on his condition. Southbound traffic was delayed after the 6:50 p.m. crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo


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Rapid Extrication on Merritt Image
Fairfield firefighters, with the help of Westport units, performed a rapid extrication tonight of a lone male occupant of a vehicle which went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway southbound near the Merwins Lane area in Fairfield. Initial reports said the car was on fire, but that turned out to be false. He was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. There was no word on his condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo


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Author Probes Minds of Great Personalities

By Phyllis Groner

Famed pop artist Andy Warhol could have been a case study on the television show “Hoarders,” to hear science journalist Claudia Kalb tell it. Image
Author Claudia Kalb (l) chats with audience members today at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

His home was so jammed with stuff, his rooms so unnavigable, that he never invited people over, Kalb said.

Kalb, author of “Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities,” held a rapt, overflow audience spellbound at the Westport Library’s McManus Room today as she recounted the idiosyncrasies and psychological quirks of 12 of the world’s great minds and personalities.

Kalb’s book suggests Albert Einstein was high on the autism scale, Charles Darwin was riddled with anxiety disorder, Frank Lloyd Wright was a narcissist and George Gershwin had an attention deficit disorder (ADD).

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Cheryl H. Aide, 69

Cheryl Hoggson Aide of Norwalk died March 28 at home. She was 69.

Born Feb. 7, 1947 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Hoggson. She graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 1965.

She was employed at Nash Engineering Company for many years. After leaving Nash, she went on to work for various car dealerships including Volvo of Westport and most recently Honda of Westport.

She is survived by her children Trisha (David) Tennis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Edward Aide, Jr. (Annie) of Orlando, Fla., and five grandchildren, Morgan and Zachary Tennis, Madison and Carter Aide, and James Lehman.  She is also survived by her sister Rosemary (Charles) Yost of Norwalk, and brother-in-law Kevin Boyd of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Sandra Boyd.

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04/03/16 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Champs Again Image
The Saugatuck Rowing Club junior girls today won the girls varsity event at the San Diego Crew Classic, repeating as champions at the prestigious event.  Five of the winning girls are from Westport. Saugatuck, which is based on Westport’s Riverside Avenue, had two girls and two boys boats compete in the finals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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EMS-Police Bike Training: Up the Steps Image
Westport EMS today hosted police and EMS agencies for bicycle patrol training at 285 Riverside Ave. and the Wright St. building at 8-10 Wright St. The 32-hour program teaches skills needed to safely and effectively perform police and EMS duties. In attendance were the Westport EMS, Wilton Police, Trumbull EMS, Milford Police, and East Hartford Fire. Michael Salvatore , Westport EMS bike team director, supervised the training. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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Going Bald for a Good Cause Image
More than 150 persons had their heads shaved today at the Westport Weston Family YMCA to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. Among them were Westport firefighters Sean McGuire and his son Matthew, 5, Brett Kirby, Jeff Thompson, (ret.), Ken Lombardi, and Larry Conklin. Mike McCreesh of Southport, chairman-elect of the foundation, said more than $150,000 was raised. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Their New Look Image
Showing off their new look today after shaving their heads at the Westport Weston YMCA to support chidhood cancer research were Westport firefighters (front row, l-r) Ken Lombardi, Brett Kirby (back row) Larry Conklin, Sean McGuire and son, Matthew, 5, and Jeff Thompson (ret.)  More than $150,000 was raised for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Special Cleaner Upper Image
Brent McCreesh, 13, of Southport, a seventh grade student at Greens Farms Academy, was among those cleaning up at today’s head shaving event at the Westport Weston Family YMCA to raise money for childhood cancer research. Brent is the namesake of TeamBrent, which has raised $3.8 million in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the beneficiary of today’s event. In 2004 when he was 2, Brent was diagnosed with a form of neuroblastoma and has been successfully treated and recovered to full health. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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On Line for a Shave Image
Some of those waiting on line today at the Westport Weston Family YMCA to have their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its efforts to fund childhood cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Honoring Susie Basler Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe Saturday night honored Susie Basler, executive director of Project Return, who is retiring after 30 years. A presentation of a commendation took place at Project Return’s 21st annual birdhouse auction in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for


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Balancing Act Image
A guest gets a closeup view of “Cedar Roost” by Ray Schreiber at Saturday night’s Project Return birdhouse auction in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mggs Burroughs for


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Making a Bid Image
A guest makes a bid Saturday night on a birdhouse at Project Return’s 21st annual birdhouse auction in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for


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Gallery: Project Return 21st Annual Birdhouse Auction

Scenes from Saturday night’s 21st annual Project Return birdhouse auction at FTC Warehouse in Fairfield. Miggs Burroughs for and contributed photos


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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Noon - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - St. Baldrick’s head shaving to support childhood cancer research
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes presents “Carnival of the Animals” & “Coppelia”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday
1 p.m. - Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - In An Instant: Life and Photographs of Fred Stein
2 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group’s 6th Graders: “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Claudia Kalb on “Andy Warhol was a Hoarder”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Let’s Knit! Adult-Child Program
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Steve D’Agostino & the Great American Songbook (doors open at 1 p.m., complimentary pizza party at 1:30 p.m)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Boy in the Suitcase” by Lene Kaaberbol

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, April 02, 2016

NWS: Hail, Lightning Strikes Expected

The National Weather Service said numerous showers and embedded thunderstorms will produce locally heavy rain and hail up to dime size through midnight in the Westport area.

In addition to the rain and hail, isolated lightning strikes can be expected.


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Relay For Life Fundraiser Set for Westport Image

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser is coming to Westport for the first time.

It will be held Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Staples High School football field, an announcement said.

The combined Relay For Life of Weston & Westport has been previously held in Weston for six years.

Last year, approximately 800 people participated in the Relay For Life of Weston & Westport in Weston and raised more than $81,000, the announcement said.

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04/02/16 08:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dale Call: ‘Beacon of Light’

To the Editor:

(Westport resident Annie Fasanella marked the retirement of Police Chief Dale Call after 35 years in verse:)

What paths you chose and did not yield,
For your quest to be best in your field.
To Westport’s police force, you dedicated your life,
Always focused and calm, despite any strife.

As a 1980s Staples grad,
You were brilliant and a lanky lad.
With your perseverance and your demeanor,
And years of hard work in graduate school,
You became a 21st century leader and a flawless jewel.

You “walk the talk” of “protect and serve,”
For the past 35 years.
I give thanks to you, with deep gratitude,
And “3 cheers!”

You’ve been a beacon of light-
Keeping Westport safe, both day and night,
In all kinds of weather,
Have made our town today, so much better.

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Jazz at the Pequot Image
The Westport Arts Center today presented another in its jazz series at the Pequot Library in Southport. The audience warmly welcomed New Duke, an eight-piece jazz ensemble that combines the past music of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club period through the 1960s with the modern grooves of hip-hop, rock and reggae. Brian Torff, bassist, guitarist, harmonicist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, a professor of music at Fairfield University and who oversees the WAC jazz series, originally formed the esemble for a teachers’ workshop about Ellington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/02/16 05:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

NWS: High Winds, Snow Showers, Freezing Temps

UPDATE The National Weather Service has added a Freeze Watch to its earlier High Wind Warning for Westport and area.

The Freeze Watch is in effect from Sunday evening through Monday morning while the High Wind Warning goes until 2 p.m. Sunday.

It said to expect temperatures in the low 30s Sunday night into Monday morning with winds west 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

The NWS said the colder weather will also see snow showers and snow squalls.

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Learning About a Police Cruiser Image
Westport Police Officer Rachel Baron, who joined the Westport Police Department last month, today shows Jasper Haazen, 7, a second grade student at Saugatuck Elementary School, the features of a police cruiser at the 11th annual Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School Touch-a-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Craning to See a Crane Image
Guests at the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School Touch-a-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School today check out a crane from a-quick pick crane service, Debry, Conn.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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In Touch With a Fire Truck Image
Rain did not deter a large turnout for the 11th annual Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School (WWCNS) Touch-a-Truck event today, held on the grounds of Coleytown Elementary School. Members of the Sandak family of Weston capture the moment as Ryder Sandak, 2 1/2, sits in the driver seat of Westport Fire Department Engine 5. Mom, Amy, and sister Ava, 12, take photos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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