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2016 in Pictures

2016 in Pictures

Saturday, July 02, 2016

4th of July Weekend Family Fun at Sherwood Island

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Families today enjoyed the start of the 4th of July holiday weekend at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/02/16 05:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Private Compo Fireworks

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Crowds stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight, enjoying the first day of the 4th of July holiday weekend. With the official fireworks having taken place on Thursday, some decided to set off their own on South Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


07/02/16 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Fun

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Some youngsters light.a sky lantern on the South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com


07/02/16 10:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, July 04, 2016

Showing the Flags

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Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge is decked out in American flags today for the 4th of July holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


07/04/16 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Back Again

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Westporters Estelle Margolis, who said she celebrated her 90th birthday in May, Don Bergmann, and Ron Malone again hold a vigil today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/09/16 01:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

No Hands

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Cora Aitkenhead, 5, of Westport digs into a cherry pie today in the pie-eating contest at the Wakeman Town Farm Family Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Light and Dark

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Dark storm clouds contrasted with sunlit ones late today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


07/10/16 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Successful End

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Natasha Macleay, 20, of Fairfield gets set tonight to release some ducklings rescued from a storm drain behind Oscar’s in Parker Harding Plaza. She said she and her dad, Steven, were among rescuers who were drawn to the drain by a mother duck quacking around it. The rescuers used a crowbar, dustpan, and snow shovel in the effort, which was successful before Westport firefighters arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com photo


07/10/16 09:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

First Look: Inside and Outside Bedford Square

Bedford Square developer David Waldman today took WestportNow and Randy Herbertson, the new president of the Downtown Merchants Association, on a hard hat tour inside and outside of the former Westport Weston YMCA headquarters. He said main tenant Anthropoligie will move in first with completion now scheduled for April of 2017. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos


07/13/16 06:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Naked Woman Vandalizes Church

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A naked woman went on a rampage at Westport’s Saint Luke Church today on Turkey Hill Road North, damaging three Virgin Mary statues, some outdoor lights, and throwing the contents of her Honda Accord, including a spare tire, into an outside fountain, according to Monsignor Andrew G. Varga. Police said the woman, who was not identified—but described by the church’s Sister Maureen Fleming as “beautiful”—was taken to Norwalk Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. There was no immediate estimate of damage. Two college students led to the church grounds while playing the Pokémon Go game discovered the woman and alerted church officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/13/16 07:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Back for Sixth Year

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Steve Atkinson, a book collector from Springfield, Mass., was an early shopper at the opening day of the Westport Library’s summer book sale. He said it was his sixth year at the Westport event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/16/16 09:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Passing Glance

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A visitor to the 43rd annual Westport Fine Arts Festival today gives a glance to one of the artists’ booths. In a change this year, all the artists are exhibiting in Parker Harding Plaza and parking is provided in the adjacent Gorham Island buiilding lot, which had housed some booths in years past. The show continues Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/16/16 02:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Moving to the Music

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Audience members took to the Levitt Pavilion stage tonight to join Billy and the Showmen in some of their R&B songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/16/16 09:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Compo’s Coney Island Look

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Westport’s Compo Beach took on a Coney Island look today as temperatures soared into the mid-90s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/24/16 04:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


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The afterglow of Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ripe for the Buying

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Dina Konstantatos of Stratford checks out the tomatoes today at the New Milford-based Fort Hill Farm stand at the Westport Farmers Market. She said while there are other farmers markets closer to her home, she particularly likes the organic selections in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/28/16 02:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Name, Logo, for Westport’s Oldest Business

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There is a new name and logo for Westport’s Gault Energy & Stone, Westport’s oldest business. Founded in 1863, the company today unveiled a new name – Gault Family Companies – and said the new “G” logo reflects its rebranded lines of businesses—Energy & Home Solutions, Stone & Landscape Supplies, and Properties & Development. “Our new logo and expanded corporate structure captures our rich history and reveals our ambitious plans for the future,” said Sam Gault, the fifth generation Gault to head the company. Pictured with Gault (c ) are (l-r) Megan Donaher, sales coordinator and sixth generation, Bill Gault, chairman of the board and fourth generation, Meredith Donaher, marketing director and sixth generation, and Jim Donaher, vice president, fifth generation and father of Megan and Meredith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/28/16 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Harry Potter VIP

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Daniela Garcia, 11, of Westport gets the first copy of the latest J..K. Rowling Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,”at the stroke of midnight tonight at the Westport Library. Daniela, who will enter sixth grade at Bedford Middle School in the fall, was named the library’s Harry Potter VIP after she won a raffel as part of the library’s Summer Reading Club. Daniela said she has read 50 books so far this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/31/16 12:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Reserved for Our King’

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A photo of Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge sat today in his beloved barber’s chair as well wishers gathered for the iconic eatery’s last day. A paper plate (partially covered by the photo) said: “No sitting. Reserved for our king.”  Papageorge, 65, is hospitalized, undergoing treatment for lung cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


07/31/16 10:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Last Call at Oscar’s

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It was often standing room only inside and outside Oscar’s Deli today with memories and some tears as the iconic Westport eatery marked its last day after 42 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


07/31/16 11:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, August 01, 2016

Landmark Gone Dark

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Oscar’s was almost hard to recognize late Sunday night after its Westport Main Street closing earlier in the day after 42 years. A sign on the front door gave a phone number for “any inquiries/vendor questions.”  A Facebook posting said: “Our family would like to thank all of our supportive customers. You held us up today, and we want to thank you for that.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/01/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, August 08, 2016

Remembering Lee Papageorge

Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s Deli, who died today at 65, was the unofficial mayor of Main Street. Some scenes from the WestportNow files. Dave Matlow, Helen Klisser During, Phyllis Groner, Lynn U. Miller, and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


08/08/16 03:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Look for Bedford Square Sidewalk

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Work is almost complete today on a new brick sidewalk outside of the Bedford Square development at the corner of Post Road East and Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/10/16 05:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flowering on Main

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Westport’s Main Street has taken on a summer look with flowers, trees, and hanging planters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/10/16 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

More Flowers for Lee Papageorge

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A bouqet of fresh roses was attached to the door of the former Oscar’s Deli on Westport’s Main Street today as the family announced there will be a private funeral for owner Lee Papageorge, who died Monday at age 65 after battling lung cancer. A public memorial service will be held later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/10/16 06:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Heading Home

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An egret was spotted presumably heading home from Westport’s Longshore Club Park Wednesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


08/11/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Cove Fun

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Brothers Max Bernegge, 14, and Luke, 12, of Westport have fun today jumping off the bridge walkway at Westport’s Compo Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


08/11/16 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Acknowledging Applause of Fellow Westporters

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Westporter Nile Rodgers acknowledges applause of fans tonight at a rain-delayed gala concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Lightning and rain held up the performance for an hour and 15 minutes before CHIC featuring NIle Rodgers took to the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/11/16 11:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Greeting Fans

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Nile Rodgers greets fans tonight following his gala Levitt Pavilion performance. The concert, delayed an hour and 15 minutes by lightning and rain, was a fundraiser to provide funding for the Levitt’s more than 50 nights of free summer entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


08/11/16 11:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, August 12, 2016

Compo Lightning

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As a storm approached Westport’s Compo Beach Thursday night, a visitor snapped a photo just as a bolt of lightning appeared in the sky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Zotter for WestportNow.com


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