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Our Annual New Year’s Gift to WestportNow Readers

Once again, WestportNow is pleased to present as a New Year’s gift to its readers our review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos to WestportNow in 2008. CLICK HERE.

In 2008, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth—December saw a 55 percent increase in unique visitors over a year earlier.

As we near our sixth anniversary serving Westport, we are pleased that an increasing number of advertisers have learned that WestportNow reaches more Westporters than any other local Web site. Please patronize those who advertise and suggest to those who don’t they are missing the best advertising buy in Westport.

We are honored to be cited frequently by national publications as a trendsetter in Internet citizen journalism.

And we are very proud to have received two first place awards in May from the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists—the first time Web-only publications were allowed in the competition.

Finally, we continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2009. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.

Winds Postpone Fireworks, Hold Down First Night Crowds

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Wintry winds gusting to 50 miles per hour and a wind chill in the single digits caused postponement of the First Night Westport/Weston fireworks tonight and kept the New Year’s Eve crowds to only the most hearty. On Jesup Green, a bonfire was kept purposely small and finally was extinguished in mid-evening. Those who did turn up at various venues said they had a great time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport National Bank Cited in Madoff Scandal

UPDATE Two Florida law firms said today they have been retained by Florida investors to investigate claims against various third parties in connection with the Bernard Madoff alleged Ponzi scheme, including Westport National Bank on Post Road East.WestportNow.com Image
Two Florida law firms said they are investigating claims made against the Westport National Bank at 1495 Post Road in connection with Bernard Madoff. The bank denied any wrongdoing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com/file

In a statement, West Palm Beach-based McCabe Rabin and Boca Raton-based Stein, Stein & Pinsky said they had learned that investors in Florida and other states were solicited by a promoter to invest with Westport National Bank, a division of Connecticut Community Bank, N.A.

Both the promoter and Westport National Bank charged fees to investors who were placed with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, the statement said.

“When the news broke that Madoff’s operation was a Ponzi Scheme, the investors were devastated to learn that their millions ‘on paper’ did not exist,” the law firms said.