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2016 in Pictures

2016 in Pictures

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Small Gesture That Made His Parents Proud

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It was a small gesture captured by the team photographer but one that made his parents beam. At a recent Staples freshman squad football game against Stamford, one of the Wrecker captains, A.J. Konstanty, went over to a Stamford player who was injured during the game and shook his hand. “We’re very proud of this spontaneous act of sportsmanship & kindness,” said parents Jared and Kelly Konstanty. “In a world full of negative headlines & bad news, my wife Kelly and I thought this was a cool moment of positivity.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Shelley Burger Sports


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Welcome to Town Hall

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With the cancellation of today’s Halloween parade, all activites were moved indoors to Westport Town Hall where First Selectman Jim Marpe greeted guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Deer

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Westporter Theresa Levy was on her way to work today when she spotted what at first glance appeared to be a deer carrying a pumpkin in its mouth. As she got closer to the animal in the Grace Salmon Park area, she realized it was a young deer with a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head. “Being an animal lover, I stopped and tried to approach the deer to see if it would let me get close enough to remove the pumpkin,” she said. “Unfortunately, but not surprising, the deer just looked at me and then trotted away.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Theresa M. Levy for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Crepuscular Rays at Compo

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Crepuscular rays were spotted today at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carlos Garcia for WestportNow.com


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Scary Scene

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This house on Westport’s Soundview Drive tonight was a scary scene for trick or treaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Welcoming Playhouse Managing Director

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted a reception to allow patrons and friends to meet the new Playhouse managing director, Michael Barker (r). Artistic Director Mark Lamos (l) introduced Barker, who succeeded Michael Ross, who left in June after seven years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


11/01/16 07:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Price Reduced on FBI Director’s Home

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The price of FBI Director James Comey’s home on Westway Road in Westport’s Greens Farms area has been reduced to $2.5 million. He purchased the 3.17-acre, seven-bedroom, 2005-built property for $3,050,000 in August 2010 upon taking a job at hedge fund Bridgewater Associates in Westport. It went on the market in June 2015 for $3,395,000, two years after he took the FBI job. The latest reduction in October of $245,000 was the fourth since the original listing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) MLS photo


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Friday, November 04, 2016

Dawn Romp

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Westporters Jake and Kirby enjoy a dawn romp Thursday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Michelle Quigley (jake’s owner) for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Double the Pleasure

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Blake Gutman 7, (l) and sister Cassidy, 9, of Westport found a couple of pups they loved at today’s animal adoption event at William Pitt Sotheby Realty in Westport. All adoptable dogs were rescued from a Connecticut municipal animal control facility, or taken into their care after being surrendered by a local resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, November 06, 2016

River Red

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The Saugatuck River in Westport’s center looked like the Red River Saturday night in this sunset view from the Imperial Avenue parkng lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dean Moro for WestportNow.com


11/06/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Just a Taste, Gus

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Xian Gao of Brooklyn, N.Y. offers her French bulldog, Gus, 11 months, a taste of mac n’ cheese today at The Great Mac n’ Cheese & Chili Challenge at Sherwood Island State Park. Hundreds of mac and chili lovers attended what was described as the sister event to last month’s Chowdafest at the park. There were 20 entants competing in three categories—Classic Beef Chili, Creative Chili and Mac n’ Cheese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunny Fox

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A red fox enjoys the sun today on Westport’s Broadview Road. The red fox is the largest of the true foxes and has the greatest geographic range of all members of the Carnivora family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com


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Monday, November 07, 2016

No Political Signs Outside Comey House

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An internet posting Sunday showed a Trump sign outside of the Westport home owned by FBI Director James Comey, but there was no political sign there today. Comey, who has not lived in the house for some time, last month reduced the price of the seven-bedroom home on 3.17 acres in the Greens Farms section to $2.5 million from its original list price of $3,395,00 in June 2015 (see WestportNow Nov. 2, 2016)  He purchased he home in June 2010 for $3,050,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Small Outside Fire Disrupts Greens Farms Voting

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A small outside fire started by a tossed cigarette butt briefly disrupted voting today at Westport’s Greens Farms Elementary School. Fire Inspector Nate Gibbons said the butt tossed in front of the school touched off a fire in some mulch which spread to plastic fencing surrounding an exterior utility hookup. The burning plastic sent plumes of heavy black smoke into the air before being extinguished. Voters and election workers were evacuated from the rear school gym, far from the fire scene and were allowed back inside a short time later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/08/16 09:56 AM Comments () • Permalink

Steinberg Easily Defeats GOP Opponent

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Incumbent Democrat state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg receives congratulations tonight at Westport Democratic headquarters from his Republican opponent, Catherine Walsh, chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, in the 136th District race. Unofficial returns showed Steinberg winning his fourth term by a 15 percent margin. At right is Tim Wetmore, Republican Town Committee chairman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Comings & Goings: Starbucks, With Drive-Up, Opens

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Starbucks has opened at 1000 Post Road East and is the only food drive-up in Westport. Relocated from nearby 925 Post Road East, it took over the space occupied until July by Arby’s, which succeeded Burger King there in 2006. The company also has a standalone store at 1 Parker Harding Plaza. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Navy Vets Acknowledge Applause

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U.S. Navy veterans stand and acknowledge the audienence applause as the Westport Community Band played “Anchors Aweigh,” the march of the Navy, at today’s Westport Town Hall Veterans Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/11/16 11:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Veterans Day Gift for Proud Vet

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Westporter Clayton Chalfant, a 92-year-old Army World War II veteran, stands in front of his Garden Lane home today as it gets a new roof. Westport fireifghters, members of VFW Post 399 and volunteers joined with The Santa Klaus Project in the effort. The project is a philanthropic brainchild of Klaus Larsen, whose eponymous Lebanon, Conn.-based company Klaus Larsen LLC uses some of its profits to put roofs over the heads of those in need. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Contributed photo


11/11/16 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Standing Ovation for ‘The Music Man’ Opening Night

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Staples Players Jacob Leaf as Harold Hill, and Zoe Mezoff as Marian the Librarian acknowledge a thunderous standing ovation tonight from the opening night audience of “The Music Man.” The show, which debuted on Broadway in 1957, was co-directed by David Roth and Kerry Long. Tickets are available at http://www.staplesplayers.com for performances this weekend and next.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Supermoon Walk

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Westporters visited Compo Beach tonight to see the supermoon. The closest the full moon will come to the Earth since 1948 will occur at 6:23 a.m. Monday morning, after the moon will have set for Westporters. So the best chance was to see it tonight or Monday night. There will not be another supermoon like it fot the next 18 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/13/16 08:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Star Treatment for Team Manager

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Staples High School freshman football players carry off the field assistant team manager Dylan Curran, 16, tonight during halftime in a home game against Greenwich. The players had Dylan, a special needs student, suit up for the game, and he scored a touchdown in a special play they arranged. Proud parents Staci and Jim Curran were among a joyous crowd that watched the doings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com


11/17/16 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ford Road Reflections

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The Saugatuck River as seen along Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


11/20/16 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stubborn Brush Fire on Bayberry Ridge Road

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A downed power line today on Bayberry Ridge Road touched off a stubborn brush fire on a leaf-filled ridge behind 282 Bayberry Road. Assistant Chief Brian Meadows estimated a half-acre was involved and summoned help from Wilton and Weston to help contain the blaze. There were no injuries and no damage to the home at 282 Bayberry, though some paint cans outside the home were set ablaze. Fairfield firefighters covered Westport headquarters for additional calls.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/23/16 12:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thousands in 39th Annual Turkey Trot

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Thousands took part today in the 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Part of the race course was in Westport. Runners are pictured on Greens Farms Road just before making a turn at New Creek Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com.


11/24/16 09:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dishing Out the Turkey and Fixings

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Guests line up for the annual Thanksgiving Feast today at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport. The Rev. Alison Patton, pastor, said 42 turkeys were served to about 300 guests. “It seems a little more crowded this year,” she said. It was the second year the annual event has been held by the church since a disastrous fire in November 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/24/16 01:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 25, 2016

Main Street Valet Parking Service Debuts

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UPDATE A New York-registered car became the first today to take advantage of the new valet parking service on Westport’s Main Street. In the first hour, 23 cars took advantage of the service, five of them with New York plates. And by day’s end, the total was 68, said Colleen Wiedmann of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, which is sponsoring the service. “We are very pleased with how the first day went, and expect to see an increase in numbers as the word gets out and we get further into the holiday season,” she said. Usersl pay $5 plus gratuity to use the valet parking, which will be available noon to 6 p.m. on weekends through Saturday, Dec. 24 plus Friday, Dec. 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/25/16 01:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Landscaping at Old Y

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Westport downtown shoppers today admired the new landscaping going in at the Bedford Square development at the corner of Main Street and Church Lane. The multi-use project in the former Westport Weston Family Y building is scheduled to open in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


11/25/16 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Texting While Skating

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A teen skater texts out a message tonight on opening night of the season for the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Delicate Demolition

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At day’s end today, the front section of 17 Soundview Drive was still standing after much of the rear portion had been demolished. A worker on the job said it may take two or three days for the 1918-built home overlooking Compo Beach to come down. He said the work has to go slowly because of the close proximity of the house to the property lines and roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Another Continuance for Kyle Navin

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Kyle Navin, accused of killing his parents and dumping their bodies on a vacant property in Weston, was back in Superior Court today in Bridgeport. Judge Robert Devlin gave him until Jan. 12 to decide whether to accept the state’s offer of a plea deal or go to trial. He and Westport girl friend, Jennifer Valiante, accused of conspiracy in the case, remain jailed in lieu of bail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo


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