Sunday, March 03, 2024
By James Lomuscio
As eight different bands strike up and 64 groups begin their Memorial Day march at 9 a.m. Monday along Westport’s Riverside Avenue, it will mark two milestones for the Westport Veterans Council.
George Marks Jr: Vietnam vet. Dave Matlow/WN photo
It will be the first time in the town’s Memorial Day parade history that a father and son will ride side-by-side as grand marshals: George Marks Sr. and George Marks Jr., World War II and Vietnam War veterans respectively, and both retired Westport police officers.
“I’m thrilled to have him with me,” said the elder Marks, 90, who was one of the town’s first police officers. “I was a little surprised when Bill Vornkahl (veterans council president) called me, but I thought it was great. It’s quite an honor.”
“It’s a great to be able to share the day with Dad,” said George Marks Jr. who traveled from South Carolina to march.
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast” (last day)
Noon – 2 p.m. – Adams Academy (15 Morningside Drive North) – 1835 Exhibit
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Seabury Center – Center Stage, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A two-car crash on Post Road East at Bulkley Avenue North sent one person to the hospital while another was treated on the scene. Westport firefighters, police and EMS rendered assistance. According to witnesses, one of the cars was making a turn and collided with the other. Both cars had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport police, fire and EMS personnel converged on Post Road East at Bulkley Avenue North tonight following a two-car crash. One of four persons was transported to the hospital by Westport EMS complaining of neck and back pain. One of the others involved was treated on the scene but declined to go to the hospital. The others declined medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department quickly extinguished a small fire on the top of a metal storage box today behind 578 Post Road East. Firefighters found a small amount of rubbish had been placed on top of the metal storage box and was smoldering. There was no damage to the building and, the cause remains under investigation, said Assistant Chief Robert Yost. Extra units were dispatched as the original call said the shed was up against the building housing Princess Jewelers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Celebrating Westport’s 175th birthday with the Westport Historical Society,
Margaret LeBedis, historian, and Woody Klein, author of “Westport Connecticut:The Story of a New England Town’s Rise to Prominence,” today illuminated Westport’s history at the town’s treasured authentic one-room school house, Adams Academy, 15 Morningside Drive North. On Sunday, from 12 – 2 p.m., LeBedis and Klein will be there to take visitors on a guided tour of Westport through photographs and stories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today urged Westport and other Connecticut residents who suffered damage from the March nor’easter to register online or by telephone for newly approved individual and business disaster relief.
This home on Westport’s Sturges Commons was one of more than two dozen in town which suffered damage from the March nor’easter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The appeal, in a message to news organizations, followed announcement Friday night by Gov. M. Jodi Rell that that President Obama had reversed an earlier decision and approved federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the severe storms that swept through Connecticut in March.
“This is wonderful news – and it is exactly the right decision,” Rell said in a statement.
“The information we provided just a day ago to the federal government demonstrated conclusively that Connecticut’s residents and employers suffered major, unreimbursed losses from these storms. They need help – and now they are getting it.”