Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Taking the Oath Image
Westport’s two registrars of voters—Republican Judy Raines (c) and Democrat Nita Cohen (r)—took the oath of office today. Both were elected to another four-year term in November. Town Clerk Patricia Strauss (l) presided over the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Talking Transportation: The Secrets of Riding Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Each week, dozens of people ride Metro-North for the first time. This week’s column is to let those new, and veteran, commuters in on the secrets of a successful commute. 


Parking: You can’t take the train if you can’t get to the station, so invest in your commuting future by getting your name on your town’s (and neighboring towns’) waiting lists for annual permits. In four or five years, when your name rises to the top of the list, you’ll thank yourself. Meantime, opt for legal day-parking or find a friend to ride to the station with.

Platform Positioning: There’s a science to deciding where on the platform to wait for your train. Many commuters position themselves at the front or rear of the train for a quick get-away when they arrive in Grand Central.  Contrarian that I am, I tend toward the center of the train because that’s where there’s a better chance of getting a seat.

Finding a Seat Believe me, your commute will be a lot better seated than standing. Seats are in short supply, so here’s the strategy. As your train pulls in, scan the cars that pass you and see how the passenger load looks. As the doors open, move quickly inside, eyeball your target seat and get there fast. Put your carryons in the overhead rack and sit down. If you hesitate, you’re toast and will be a standee.

WestportNow Named to Top 10 U.S. “Placeblogs” List

WestportNow has been named one the nation’s top 10 “Placeblogs” by a new Web site,

“Placebogs” are Web sites that concentrate on one local area, according to Lisa Williams, founder of They are sometimes called “hyperlocal sites” because some of them focus on news events and items that cover a particular neighborhood in great detail, she said.

WestportNow is ranked No. 4 in the list by, which said it has catalogued about 975 such sites across the nation.

The others in the Top 10 list are: 1) Baristanet, Montclair, N.J., 2) Edhat, Santa Barbara, Calif.;.3) Fresno Famous, Fresno, Calif.; 5). ChiTown Daily News, Chicago, Ill.; 6) New Haven Independent, New Haven, Conn.; 7) Gotham Gazette, New York, N.Y.; 8). Philly Future, Philadelphia, Pa.; 9) MNSpeak, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and 10) Duke City Fix, Albuquerque, N.M.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 113 Newtown Turnpike Image
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 113 Newtown Turnpike. The house was built in 1910, and the Historic District Commission will review the matter during its Jan. 9 meeting. The house was sold in December for $650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for