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2016 in Pictures

2016 in Pictures

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Jetty Walk Image
A Compo Beach visitor braved the brisk winds and cold temperatures late Wednesday to make way to the end of the jetty and enjoy the view. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Monday, March 07, 2016

Gallery: Howard Munce 1915-2016

Scenes from the life of Westport artist Howard Munce, who died Saturday at the age of 100. Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer, Phyllis Groner, Lynn U. Miller, Helen Klisser During for and contributed photos


03/07/16 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Howard Munce, 100, Dean of Westport Artists Image
UPDATE Westport artist Howard Munce died Saturday at his Westport home at age 100, said his daughter, Mary Brewster, of Redding. Known as the dean of Westport artists, Munce had a long career as an advertising agency art director, graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, author and well known art teacher. He is pictured in 2008 when he was grand marshal of the Westport Memorial Day parade. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for


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Friday, March 11, 2016

Main Street Bobby Q’s Finale Image
Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, and mainstay at Bobby Q’s restaurant on Westport’s Main Street, plays for the last time tonight before the restaurant closes at the end of the month. The restaurant has been home to music on Main Street since its 2004 opening. According to band members Terrapin will be the first act to play when Bobby Q’s opens in its new location at 11 Merwin St. in Norwalk this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Compo Double Photo Image
A Compo Beach visitor Friday snaps a photo of a dog at sunset while a companion in turn snaps a photo of them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Penguin Lady Image
Swimmers donned all types of costumes today for the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach—including a penguin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


03/12/16 03:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Quick Work Douses Fire in Old Library Image
The scene late tonight as firefighters battled a blaze that broke out in a rooftop HVAC unit of a two-story commercial building at 38 Post Road East overlooking the Saugatuck River. The two-story building, a 1956 expansion to the 1908-built Westport Public Library building, now houses HSBC Bank and Starbucks. According to Assistant Fire Chief Brian Meadows, quick work by firefighters prevented spread of the flames to the attic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Gray’s Creek Sunset Image
Westport’s Gray’s Creek at sunset on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Contrasts Image
A resident of Westport’s Old Mill area had a bit of fun today contrasting some spring flowers against the spring morning snow background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Spring Snow: Now You See It, Now You Don’t Image
Today’s overnight spring snow quickly disappeared within hours of sunrise. Westport resident Paul McClanahan photographed the morning scene of his Northfield Drive front yard and then the same location in the afternoon when the temperature reached 50. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul McClanahan for


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sunset Beach Walk Image
A Compo Beach visitor was spotted taking a different kind of sunset beach walk today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Chilly Compo Easter Sunrise Service Image
The temperature hovered around 40 and clouds obscured the sunrise, but dozens of worshippers turned out at Westport’s Compo Beach today for the traditional Easter sunrise service. A bonfire provided some warmth for congregants from the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Greens Farms Congregational Church, Norfield Congregational Church and The Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


03/27/16 07:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Eggs at the Ready Image
The Easter eggs were scattered today on the great lawn of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church awaiting the post-service Easter egg hunt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

At the Ready Image
Westport firefighters watch a home on Greens Farms Road go up in flames today at the end of two days of “live fire” training at the site. The home is scheduled for demolition.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/31/16 03:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Changing of the Guard Image
Outgoing Westport Police Chief Dale Call and his successor, Foti Koskinas, embrace today at a Town Hall ceremony swearing in Koskinas and Deputy Chiefs Sam Arciola and Vincent Penna. First Selectman Jim Marpe watches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


03/31/16 07:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Westport Truly is an Incredible Town’ Image
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas told a packed Town Hall auditorium crowd following his swearing in today that “the Town of Westport truly is an incredible town. I was fortunate to grow up here and I’ve been fortunate to work here most of my adult life.” He added: “I promise you the Westport Police Department will continue to work for our community and together –- and I can’t emphasize together enough -– we’ll continue to make Westport a safe place to live, work and play.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/31/16 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Proud Family Pins on New Chief’s Badge Image
Westport’s new Police Chief Foti Koskinas gets his chief’s badge pinned to his chest today by wife Christina and daughters Zoe, 12, and Phoebe, 11, at a Town Hall ceremony. The standing room only event, which also saw promotions of Sam Arciola and Vincent Penna to deputy chiefs, drew a standing room audience of fellow police officers, fire and EMS personnel from Westport and surrounding communities, as well as fellow Westport employees, family and friends. Koskinas replaced retiring Chief Dale Call. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/31/16 07:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 01, 2016

Up, Up, and Away Image
Thursday’s winds made for good kite surfing off of Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Sunday, April 03, 2016

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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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Tribute to Cartoonist Dick Hodgins Image
Cartoonist Mike Lynch posted on his blog this tribute to cartoonist Dick Hodgins Jr. of Wilton, who died Sunday. In addition to “Half Hitch,” “Henry,” “Hagar the Horrible,” he served as an editorial cartoonist for The Asssociated Press, The New York Daily News, Fairpress, and the Westport News.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Courtesy Mike Lynch


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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

New 8-30G Housing for Post Road East Image
A new 8-30g housing development was announced today by 1177 PRE Associates, LLC, a joint venture co-managed by local commercial real estate developers Phil Craft and Stephen Lawrence. The announcement said the group plans to redevelop the commercial office building at 1177 (also known as 1175) Post Road East to provide 94 new residential units, with 30 percent of the units comprising affordable housing. It said the new development “will be almost entirely studio and one-bedroom units; the six proposed two-bedroom units will have minimum impact on school resources.” The announcement said plans were filed Monday with the Westport Planning and Zoning Department. Picture is an artist’s rendering of the completed project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, April 08, 2016

That’s Me Image
Claire Firlit, 4, of Westport points out her portrait today on display at the Westport Library at a reception to mark the Week of the Young Child. The exhibit of self-portraits is the sixth annual event by the library and its early literacy preschool outreach program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/08/16 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Compo Clouds Image
There was an unusual cloud formation Friday night at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for


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Friday, April 15, 2016

New Super ‘Geeks’ Sculling Image
The new Westport Schools Superintendent, Colleen Palmer, visited the Westport Library today for her “Geek the Library” photo by photographer Pam Einarsen, along with dozens of others. Palmer, the Weston schools superintendent who takes over July 1 from retiring Superintendent Elliott Landon, “geeks” sculling. The library’s “What Do You Geek?” public awareness campaign, launched last week, aims to connect people by highlighting their passions as well as communicate the vital role the library plays in the community. The next photo session is Sunday, April 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to wear a solid black top and bring what they geek. See more photos here. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Einarsen photo


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lynsey Addario at Greenwich Fundraiser Image
Westport’s prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario addresses a Save the Children fundraiser tonight in Greenwich against a backdrop of one of her photos. The 1991 Staples High Schol graduate talked about her career in a symposium called “More Than a Snapshot: The Fragile Lives of Children in Conflict.” Addario’s acclaimed book, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” published by Penguin Press, will be brought to the big screen with Steven Spielberg as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/19/16 11:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Westporters Welcome Bill Clinton Image
Former President Bill Clinton poses with longtime Westporters Lee Greenberg (c) and Martha Aasen at tonight’s fundraiser for his wife at the Beachside Avenue home of financier Marc Lasry. Aasen, former Westport Democratic Town Committee chair, said about 80 persons attended the event with Clinton speaking for about 30 minutes and then spending another 30 minutes mingling with guests, some of whom paid $2,700 to attend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/21/16 10:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making the Case for Hillary Image
Former President Bill Clinton addresses a fundraiser tonight at the Westport home of financier Marc Lasry (l) as Sen. Rchard Blumenthal looks on. According to guests, some of whom paid $2,700 to atttend, Clinton made a strong case for his wife Hillary as the only qualified candidate to be president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/21/16 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 22, 2016

In Bloom Image
Trees along the Saugatuck River om Westport’s center are in full bloom as warmer temperatures have finally arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


04/22/16 09:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Photographing the Photographer Image
WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer has his “What Do You Geek” portrait taken today by photographer Pam Einarsen at the Westport Library. Several hundred persons have already had their portraits taken, highlighting their passions as part of the library’s public awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/24/16 04:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 25, 2016

Battling Brush Dump Fire Image
Fire broke out today at the Westport municipal brush dump behind the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. Firefighters ferried water from a hydrant across the street on Vineyard Lane until a Wilton fire tanker truck arrived to provide additional water. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/25/16 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

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