Tuesday, March 05, 2024

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All Gone: 2 Silent Grove North

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The house at Westport’s 2 Silent Grove North, off Cross Highway, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story raised ranch had 2,884 square feet and was situated on a one-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 6, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Giving Comfort

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A young Westport mother and her infant child escaped serious injury today when her vehicle, an SUV, was rear-ended by another vehicle in front of John’s Best Pizza, 361 Post Road West. According to a witness, her vehicle was struck as she was making a turn. No one was injured. The woman’s husband arrived moments after the accident to comfort his wife and child. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pottery Barn Reopens After Makeover

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Pottery Barn of Westport at 27 Main St. completed its two-month renovation project and marked the occasion today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by employees and visiting management. The makeover began in February and included creating more floor and display space, according to Jessica Arch, a manager. The newly renovated store expanded its product line to include a bath collection and design studio, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.

On Line Purchasing

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The Westport Parks and Recreation Department was busy today as Westporters lined up to buy beach emblems before Sunday’s official start of the summer season. Beginning Sunday, a beach emblem will be required for motor vehicle entrance to Westport beaches. For those who prefer to go online electronically, visit http://www.westportrecreation.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

33rd Annual Minute Man Race Set for Sunday

Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday once again will be the starting point for the 33rd annual 5K/10K Minute Man Race sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
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Runners set off in last year’s 5K Minute Man Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Hundreds of runners are expected to take part as well as youngsters ages 3 to 12 in the Kids Fun Races under the direction of Mark Carmody, physical education teacher at Long Lots Elementary School and owner of Peak Performance Sports Camps.

The Kids’ Fun Run races begin with a warm-up at 8:10 a.m. and starting times at 8:30, also the start time for the 5K race, with the 10K race setting off 10 minutes later.

To register for the 5k/10k or kids’ races, or for more information, visit http://www.wywl.com/MinuteMan/Minuteman.html

Al DiGuido Cheers On Angel Swimmers

Al DeGuido, Founder, Al's Angels, Westport Connecticut
An estimated 100 swimmers participated in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began at 10 a.m. today at the Westport Weston Family Y Stauffer Pool. Al’s Angels founder and Westport resident Al DiGuido said this event raised approximately $50,000. Swimmers of all ages swam as many laps as they could for 30 minutes to raise funds to provide holiday meals and gifts for children and families within the tri-state area suffering from life-threatening illnesses, cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Swimming for Al’s Angels

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Swimmers participating in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began this morning. Each swimmer pledged to swim laps for 30 minutes. (l-r) Will O’Sullivan, Finn Johnston, Charlie West, Justin Bacon, Sean Rogers, Cameron Purdy, Sarah Grinalds, Kaitlyn Esse, Michelle Kennedy, Marissa Healy, Caroline Sandhaus, Annie Bowens, Kaela Dockray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzannah Rogers for WestportNow.com

Turning in Unwanted Drugs

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Westport police officers Linda Vena (c) and Sharon Russo (r) welcome Westporter Bertha Mathis today at Westport Town Hall as she dropped off her expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection event. This program is conducted by local police departments throughout the country to give people a safe way to dispose of medications they no longer want or need and to help prevent these drugs from being stolen, abused, or dumped into local water supplies. In 2010, Americans turned in 121 tons of unwanted medications to more than 3,000 local police departments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Busy Day Ahead

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Westport beaches will require an emblem for motor vehicle entry beginning Sunday, and despite the hours on the sign, the Parks and Recreation office at Longshore Club Park expects a busy time when it is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. A long line formed at the office on Friday as Westporters waited to the last minute to purchase their emblems which have been on sale since March. Those who can wait can also purchase them online at http://www.westportrecreation.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com