Friday, April 12, 2024


“It’s Going to be a Beautiful Night” Image
Preparation for Westport’s annual First Night festivities tonight were under way today. Fairfield-based J & D Kettled Corn owner Jeff Pressler said his stand is at the corner of Jesup Road and Taylor Place for the sixth year. “Last year, I had to plow a 20 feet by 20 feet space before I could set up,” he aid. “This year it’s going to be a beautiful night.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Closing the Door on 75 Years of Postal History Image
The Westport Main Post Office on Post Road East closed its doors for the last time today. The building site, purchased by the U.S. Postal Service in 1933 for $35,000 from Harry and Edna Sherwood, was sold in May for $2.35 million to an investor group which hopes to turn it into retail or restaurant. The Post Office, which opened in 1936, is moving to much smaller space in Playhouse Square just up the street on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Flashback: Post Office Under Construction in 1935 Image
Today’s official closing of Westport’s Main Post Office on Post Road East came 75 years after it opened. This 1935 U.S. Postal Service photo shows the building under construction. The Postal Service bought the property for $35,000 in 1933 and spent $108,000 to construct the building. According to the Postal Service, a large mural was initially planned for the building designed by architect Lansing C. Holden, but it was later determined that no funds were available for the project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Postal Service photo

For Westporter, 2012 Could Ring in ‘Woman of the Year’

By James Lomuscio

As the ball drops New Year’s Eve, it will mean more than just ringing in the new for Westporter Elizabeth Fry. She will know whether she has won the world’s “Woman of the Year” award for open water swimming. Image
Elizabeth Fry: support has been “overwhelming.” Contributed photo

Fry, 53 and a 1976 graduate of Staples High School, is one of 12 women internationally who have been nominated for the 2011 Woman of the Year award by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).

She is up against two American swimmers and others from as far away as Sweden, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, Australia and Great Britain.

According to WOWSA officials, Fry was nominated for “her dynamic spirit in helping others realize their open water dreams while she realizes her own potential in some of the most difficult swims around the world.”

First Night Set for New Year’s Eve Image

First Night is getting set for a revamped New Year’s Eve extravaganza Saturday that it hopes will attract thousands of youngsters and adults to Westport’s alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. And it looks like the weather won’t be a problem.

New this year is a kickoff antique car parade. The fun begins at 4 p.m. when Dragone antiques cars cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge and head down Main Street.

“They will drive around the block and eventually park on Main Street for all to take a look and admire these beautiful cars,” said Barbara Pearson-Rac, president of First Night.

The forecast for Saturday night calls for initially partly cloudy skies becoming mostly clear with temperatures in the low 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph are expected as two sets of fireworks go off at 8:30 p.m. and midnight.