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2016 in Pictures

2016 in Pictures

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year’s Plunge

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Members of Westport’s Temple Israel and friends and supporters of its 2016 plunge charity the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter head for the waters of Compo Beach today in the ninth penguin plunge by their group. Organizers said they hoped to raise $100,000 with the event.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Drone View: Compo Penguin Plunge

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Drew Gumins of Wilton had his drone flying above today’s penguin plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach and snapped this photo. See drone video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Drew Gumins for WestportNow.com


01/01/16 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, January 08, 2016

Comings & Goings: Bobby Q’s Closing

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Bobby Q’s, a Westport Main Street ribs favorite since 2004, is closing March 31, owner Bob LeRose (above) announced today. The building at 36-42 Main St. was sold for $9.2 million in November 2014 by longtime owner Drew Friedman, who originally opened Onion Alley in the Bobby Q space. “While I’m sad that this chapter of my restaurant career is coming to an end, I’ll have some exciting news coming soon on my next chapter,” LeRose said. Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, said he hears Bobby Q’s will move to West Avenue in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Over Its Banks

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The Saugatuck River in Westport’s center was over its banks today during the morning high tide. The National Weather Service had issued a coastal flood advisory for the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Monday, January 11, 2016

It’s Official: Colleen Palmer New Super

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As expected, the Westport Board of Education tonight appointed Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools in Weston since 2011, as Westport’s new superintendent. Palmer, 61, will succeed Elliott Landon, 75, who will retire in June after 17 years as head of the Westport school system.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/11/16 09:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘I Love Education…I Love My Work’

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Colleen Palmer, Westport’s new schools superintendent, addresses tonight’s Board of Education meeting as sons Brian Bozzuto (l), 36, and Rich, 38, who traveled from the Boston area, look on. A third son, Dan, 32, of Washington, D.C., was unable to attend. “I love education,” she said. “I love my work.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Comings & Goings: Bertucci’s Closing

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Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, 833 Post Road East, will close at end of business on Sunday after 24 years in the location, according to Bertucci District Manager Stephen Sherlock. “Our lease expired and we could not come to terms with the landlord,” he said. He said the 24 employees will be offered jobs in one of the nearest Bertucci locations – Orange, Shelton, and Darien. Longtime Westporters will remember The Clam Box occupied the location from 1940 (except for the World War II years) until 1985, followed by Tanglewood’s before Bertucci’s opened in 1992.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/15/16 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crane Clouds

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The large crane at the Bedford Square project spanned over Westport’s downtown area late today as dark clouds rolled in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Getting to Nose You

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A couple of Compo Beach visitors today get to know each other. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Comings & Goings: Post 154 Closes

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Post 154, the restaurant in Westport’s former main post office at 154 Post Road East, has closed abruptly after almost two and a half years. A source said the staff was notified of the closing on Monday and that Alex Rosado, executive chef, left several months ago and is now at Poloma, Stamford. An investment group with ties to Westport paid $2.35 million for the property in May 2011. (See WestportNow May 23, 2011) The restaurant opened in August 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Comings & Goings: Harvest Restaurant Opens

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The Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place in the space formerly occupied by Mario’s Place, has opened. For now, it is dinner only beginning at 5 p.m., according to a person answering the phone at the restaurant with plans to open for lunch in several weeks. The owners also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Mario’s closed in April 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/21/16 04:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Minorities Targeted in 8-30G Housing Plan

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Attorney John Fallon (back to camera) tells the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight a proposal to build a six-story, 48-unit multi-family housing project with 15 affordable units at 122 Wilton Road, as required by state statute 8-30g, will be marketed to those least likely to apply—minorities in Bridgeport and Norwalk. The controversial affordable housing statute allows developers to override local zoning regulations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com


01/21/16 11:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, January 22, 2016

Working Fatal Truck Accident

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UPDATE Westport firefighters work today at the scene of a fatal tractor-trailer accident in the northbound lane of I-95 at the Sasco Creek overpass. Reports from the scene said one person in the truck died in the crash. He was later identified as Issiaga Isaac Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass. Northbound traffic was tied up for miles, sending many trucks on to local Westport streets. State police opened one lane of traffic several hours after the 11:43 a.m. accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Color Me Red

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A cardinal spotted on Westports Kings Highway North provided a bit of winter color on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Board of Ed Honors Staples Teacher

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At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, attendees observed a moment of silence in memory of Staples teacher Cody Thomas, 27, who died Jan. 23. Chairman Michael Gordon said he clearly remembers when Thomas addressed the board last year. “After what he said, we all wanted to go back to high school,” said Gordon, citing “his connection” to students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Lee Greenberg: ‘Thank You, 98’

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Longtime Westporter Lee Greenberg today thanks fellow members of the Westport Rotary Club at its weekly meeting at Branson Hall for the celebratory recognition of her 98th birthday. Born Jan. 22, 1918, she said, “Thank you, 98. I could not wait to celebrate.” She added: “My motto is be wise, be wise, be wise—exercise, exercise, exercise ... Surely, I promise you I’ll be back next year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Friday, February 05, 2016

Little White Way

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Westport’s Main Street was the Little White Way today as a snowstorm moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Sized for Super Bowl

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Rich Falcone, owner of Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West, shows off one of his 6-footer subs , which he said are a popular party treat on Super Bowl Sunday. “It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us,” he said.  Falcone said so far he has orders for 10 6-footers and 20 1-footers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/07/16 10:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

MacChili Fest Draws Pre-Super Bowl Crowd

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Hundreds turned out at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today for MacChili Fest, a pre-Super Bowl event. Guests enjoyed unlimited sampling of more than 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants and two local firehouses. Voting was in three categories—beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/07/16 03:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 08, 2016

Westport’s Bridge Water Rises

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Water under Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town center today rose to just under the structure during the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


02/08/16 11:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Good Morning Love

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Students at Westport’s Staples High School and two middle schools were greeted today by new messages of love on the often seen “Happy Birthday” sign at school entrances. Their appearance came following two Staples suicides and concerns about bullying. It is not known who rented the signs, but several students said they made them smile as they passd by. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


02/08/16 08:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Chief Dale Call to Retire This Year

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Westport Police Chief Dale E. Call (c) tonight informed the Board of Finance he intends to retire this year after 32 years on the force. He made the announcement at a Town Hall budget review session. Call, 53, was appointed chief by former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in 2011, replacing Alfred Fiore, who retired. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2011).The son of the late Westport Police Department Inspector George E. Call and Marjorie Call, Call joined the department in January 1984, was promoted to sergeant in May 1993, inspector in June 2001, administrative lieutenant in 2004, and detective commander in 2006 before becoming deputy chief in September 2007. Pictured with him are First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Depty Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saugatuck Sunrise

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Saturday’s sunrise as seen over the bridge to Westport’s Saugatuck Island.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hugo Gordillo for WestportNow.com


02/14/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 15, 2016

Longshore Tree Removals Set—Again

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Notices have been posted at Westport’s Longshore Club Park for removal of several trees along the entrance drive. Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay cited decay and future road repaving in the area. Once construction is complete, new trees will be planted, the notice says. Two years ago, 15 trees diseased or posing a safety issue were removed from the Longshore drive, prompting a public outcry. (See WestportNow Jan. 21, 2014) New trees were later planted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tracking the Sunset

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The sun broke through just before sunset as seen late today at Westport’s Metro-North station.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


02/16/16 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lilly Wasn’t Chilly

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Lilly wasn’t chilly. Completely undaunted by the blustery cold, Lilly, this exuberant black lab, kept its owner moving as the two engaged in a game of throw and fetch Friday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Comings & Goings: Pearl Opens Monday

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Pearl Restaurant and Bar, the successor to the Splash Restaurant which occupied the space for 19 years at the town-owned Inn at Longshore at Longshore Club Park, opens Monday at 5 p.m., according to Westporter Steve O’Shea, a marketing representative for the new eatery. O’Shea said the restaurant will be open for dinner each day from 5 p.m. until late closing for the first few weeks and then expand to lunch service around mid-March. The patio will open in the spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/21/16 04:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

‘Snow Moon’ Rises

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The full “snow moon” rises over Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night. According to the Washington Post, naming full moons is a Native American tradition. This month’s full moon is the “snow moon” because it tends to be the coldest, snowiest month of the year. Individual tribes have their own names for each full moon moon. For example, the Comanche call the February moon the “sleet moon,” and the Lakota call it “the moon when the trees crack because of the cold.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laurel Sheck for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Land Ho

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The floating boat house in Westport’s Old Mill Pond washed ashore overnight during the windy storm and high tides. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birthday Oscar

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To help celebrate her father’s 65th birthday today, Missy Papageorge presented her father, Lee, with a life-size golden manequin as his Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St., hosted the fifth annual n’Oscars event presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative. The pre-Oscars event attracted scores of film fans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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