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2016 in Pictures

2016 in Pictures

Monday, September 12, 2016

Compo 9/11 Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset as seen over Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Squires for WestportNow.com


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Back in Business

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Commuter lot No. 1 at the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck was back in business today for commuters. It got a successful tryout Saturday for Slice of Saugatuck visitors, but this was the first work day since its closure in July. Temporary construction lights (l) are in use until 14 permanent lights are installed, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. Work also continues on three added stairways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

‘It Was Like a Microburst’

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Winds described by one witness as “like a microburst” whipped through Westport’s Compo Beach late today during a thunderstorm, collapsing a tent where several persons had taken shelter from the rain. Two persons—a 42-year-old Westport mother and an older man—were transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to emergency workers. A 3-year-old child with the mother suffered slight facial injuries but did not go to the hospital. The tent was being set up for Saturday’s Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Mother Nature Show

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Mother Nature put on a show Thursday as seen at Westport’s Compo Beach with an almost full moon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Enjoying Lobster Fest

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The Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest served up about 3,000 lobsters today and raised more than $60,000 to distribute to local charities and contribute to international Rotary aid projects, according to club treasurer Peter Gillespie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/17/16 06:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Digging In

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Sue Kenner of Norwalk digs into her lobster today at the Westport Rotary Club Lobster Fest. She said it was the first time she has attended the event, which was in its fifth year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

That’s a Wrap for 2016 Summer Sunsets

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The cameras were out as well as wine glasses and other containers as Westporters stayed late Wednesday night at Compo Beach to view the last summer sunset of 2016. Fall officially begins at 10:21 a.m. today with more summer-like weather forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/22/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Scenic Road Signs Unveiled

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A state scenic road sign, recently approved by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT), was officially unveiled today at a ceremony at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street. It is one of two signs designating a 1.8-mile scenic route in Westport. The other is at the end of the route on Compo Road South near the entrance to the Baron’s South property. Colleen Kissane, a scenic road advisor to CDOT said, the 1.8 mile scenic route “is significant in that there are 48 historic resources along the brief route.” The designation was sought by preservationists who want to see the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge (background) preserved rather than replaced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/22/16 01:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pink Out at Staples

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UPDATE Staples High School students wore pink tonight as part of the annual Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness. Wrecker players stood for the national anthem at the start of the homecoming game against Wilton High School. Staples rolled over Wilton 42 to 6 to improve to 3-0 on the season.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wakeman Town Farm Hosts Harvest Fest

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An estimated 240 guests tonight attended the annual Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest fundraiser—the largest yet in its seven-year history. The organizing committee called it a “virtual roof raising” as funds will go toward getting the farmhouse roof fixed and building a community classroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cause Sought in Wall Fire at Positano Ristorante

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UPDATE Westport firefighters at Positano Ristorante late today after extinguishing a small fire in a wall between the main dining room and kitchen of the restaurant next to the Westport Country Playhouse. Arriving firefighters saw flames, opened the wall, and quickly knocked the fire down, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. There were no injuries and cause of the blaze was under investigation. The restaurant was closed for the evening with reopening dependent on a health inspection Monday, according to John Cimarosa, of the Westport Weston Health District who responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Driver Killed in Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash

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UPDATE A firefighter at the scene tonight where the driver of a sewage tanker truck was killed when the cab of his vehicle (in bushes, rear) went off of I-95 at the end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck burst into flames and exploded following a crash with another vehicle and overturned. The cab of the truck went down an embankment on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway near the town’s sewage treatment plant. The highway was closed in both directions between exits 17 and 18 in Westport but northbound was reopened about an hour later. Police said adjacent town roads, as well as the Post Road, were jammed as a result of the highway closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


09/28/16 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘It Was So Loud - Boom, Boom, Boom’

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UPDATE A passing motorist took this photo tonight moments after a sewage tanker truck southbound on I-95 was in a crash with a second vehicle, caught fire, overturned, and the driver’s cab went down an embankment on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck was traveling between exits 18 and 17 just before 7 p.m. The driver was killed, according to fire officials. One witness said: “There were three more explosions after it went off the highway. It was so loud –- boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.” The driver’s body was extricated from the wreckage at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo


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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Enjoying a Compo Drive-In Movie

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About 100 cars and their passengers tonight enjoyed the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” drive-in style at Compo Beach, courtesy of the Westport Cinema Imitative (WCI) and Homes With Hope. Among them were members of the Gusick family and their friends. Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI executive director, said the evening was a success thanks to those who attended, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Joey’s By the Shore, which supplied the popcorn. “The one sad note was some young person dropped a stuffed elephant in the parking lot and the elephant is waiting to be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, October 03, 2016

Sherwood Mill Pond Picture Postcard

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Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond was picture postcard-like today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Redesign Cited in RTM Sustaining P&Z Affordable Housing OK

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Developer Philip Craft of Easton shows off a redesign of his proposed four-story affordable housing complex at 1177 Post Road East which he presented to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight. By a vote of 23 to 9, the RTM rejected an effort to overturn Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approval of the project. (See WestportNow Sept. 1, 2016) Several members cited the overturn effort as helping produce a more acceptable design, which Craft said had a “more residential look” than the previous metal design. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

‘Edward Hopper Visits Westport’

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Reader Bill Hart submitted this photo with the note: “I was sitting this afternoon in Starbucks on the Parker Harding Plaza and thought this view could well be titled ‘Edward Hopper visits Westport.’” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Hart for WestportNow.com


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Friday, October 07, 2016

Opening Reception for ‘Art to the Max’

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The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Art to the Max” featuring original art that graced the windows of the now shuttered Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014. Curators were Westport artists Nina Bentley (c) and Miggs Burroughs (r) who posed with Max’s owner Shirley Mellor. A portrait of her late husband, Max Kaplan, is at right. The sign is the original from the store, which closed in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


10/07/16 07:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Black Lives Matter Banner Dedication

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The Rev. John Morehouse, senior minister at The Unitarian Church in Westport, today presided at the dedication of a Black Lives Matter banner at the church being held by members of the congregation. Said Morehouse: ““In displaying this banner we are proclaiming precisely what the banner says, that black lives matter as much as any other life, and we need to work in solidarity with others of good will to make the lives of black and brown people matter as much as those of white people.“ (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Unitarian Church Dedicates Rainbow Flag

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Members of The Unitarian Church of Westport gathered today after the morning service to dedicate a rainbow flag outside the church. By a vote of the congregation in 1994, the church became an intentionally welcoming church for homosexuals and bisexuals. A Rainbow Task Force formed and in the years since what was once an LGB (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual) movement expanded to include T, Q, and I (Transgender, Queer, and/or Questioning, and Intersex). Arnela Ten Meer, chairperson of the Rainbow Task Force said, “Hanging a rainbow flag at the entrance of our church is a visual sign of solidarity with the LGBTQQI community and other churches, congregations, and community organizations that create and support safe spaces by putting up their rainbow flags and signs. It clearly says: You are welcome.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, October 17, 2016

A Thank You to Historic District Commission

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WestportNow associate editor and photographer Dave Matlow thanks the Westport Historic District Commission tonight for honoring him at its annual Preservation Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. The HDC cited Matlow for his work in helping chronicle Westport homes preserved over the years as well as documenting those lost through his popular WestportNow Teardown of the Day feature. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/17/16 09:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Walking the Jetty

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A man and his dog walk the jetty at Compo Beach late today after sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Staying Late

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Some youngsters stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Thomsen for WestportNow.com


10/19/16 09:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lincoln Center Memorial Service for Noah Witke

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A memorial service for Westport actor Noah Witke was held today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Fellow former Staples High School Player Max Stampa-Brown remembered his close friend in front of hundreds of Witke’s friends, family and colleagues. Witke, 25, a 2009 Staples graduate, died Sunday in a fall from his Harlem rooftop (see WestportNow Oct. 17, 2016). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/19/16 01:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library, LWV Host Debate Viewing Session

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The Westport Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Westport tonight hoted a presidential debate viewing session. Journalist Eric Burns, formerly of NBC News and Fox News, moderated a discussion about the event, as he did at the first presidential debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/19/16 09:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dining on Butterfly Bush

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An October Monarch butterfly seen in a Westport backyard dining on a Buddleia bush, often called a butterfly bush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for WestportNow.com


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Hanging Tough

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A kite surfer enjoys the ride today off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Real Mike Greets Actor Mike

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Mike Krysiuk (l) of Westport tonight greets actor Cooper Ramsey who plays Krysiuk in Krysiuk’s and co- author Frank S. Petrilli’s play “I Don’t See My Shadow” presented tonight at the Westport Historical Society.  The one-act play recounts Krysiuk’s experiences as the victim and ultimate survivor of a drunk driver when he was a Staples High School student in 1974. He hopes the play, directed by Jason Howard and produced by Suzanne Sheridan and Rozanne Gates, will be performed before teens to warn of the dangers of drinking (and, as he says “now texting”) while driving. (See WestportNow Sept. 22, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


10/21/16 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flipped Over SUV Sends One to Hospital

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Westport firefighters late today had to extricate the female driver of an SUV that flipped over near 102 Kings Highway North near Edge Hill Lane. She was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital, said Assistant Chief Ken Lombardi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Summerfield for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Emotional Plea from Westport Police Officer’s Wife

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Beth Myer, wife of Westport Police Sgt. Robert Myer, 48, who took his own life in May, (see WestportNow May 4, 2016) today made an emotional plea to help bring depression and suicide out of the shadows. Addressing hundreds taking part in the Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, she said, “Suicides correlates with mental health and mental health is a stigma. The conversations need to start and they need to change.”  She said her husband, a 23-year veteran of the force, was “humorous and fun-loving, always looking for a laugh.” But, she added, “Unfortunately, it was his despair that overshadowed his awareness of how much he meant to the loved ones around him.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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