Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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Honoring Our Heritage: 441 Main St.

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The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the 1923-built house, now known as the Nicola Geremia House, at 441 Main St,. Peter and Diana Barnes. Bob Weingarten, WHS house plaque historian, presented the plaque. The Australian-born Barnes family, who lived in Westport since 1995, purchased and moved into the Geremia house in 2001.  Diana said, “one reason we were attracted to this house is that it resembled an 1840-built farm house we lived in in Bridgehampton, Long Island. This house had a similar feel—simple and not grandiose.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Two-Car Crash on Post Road East Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car crash today in front of Trader’s Joe’s, 400 Post Road East in the Compo Acres parking lot, sent one female driver to the hospital. Both cars had to be towed from the scene. A short time later, there was another two-car crash at Sylvan Road South and Riverside Avenue. No details were available on that accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Bayberry Lane Home Evacuated Due to Smoke

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The owner of a house at 66 Bayberry Lane today saw black smoke emitting from a wall vent, called 911, and then left the house. Firefighters from Westport and Fairfield responded and contained the smoke condition. According to fire officials, the cause is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office but it is suspected to be related to the HVAC system. Police closed traffic on Bayberry Lane from Dorchester Lane to Hawthorne Terrace for about two hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Checking for Source of Smoke Condition

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Westport and Fairfield firefighters today check for the source of a smoke condition at 66 Bayberry Lane. The sole occupant of the house evacuated safely while firefighters pinpointed the source of the smoke. The Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating with a possibility of a faulty HVAC system, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Books to Come

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The tables were up and awaiting books today in tents on Jesup Green for the 23rd annual Westport Library book sale, which begins Saturday. For the first time, items will be offered on eBay in advance of the sale start. They include a first edition of Walt Disney’s “The Adventures of Mickey Mouse.” Published in 1931, it includes a rare dust jacket, and is considered the first appearance of the cartoon character Mickey Mouse, plus Donald Duck’s first mention in print. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Youth Commission Seeks Volunteers

Westport’s Youth Commission, responsible for promoting positive youth development in families, schools and communities, is looking for adult and teen volunteers for the 2015-16 academic year, Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today.

The commission specified teens who will be sophomores this fall.

According to Butler, the Youth Commission, which meets monthly, assesses the needs and interests of young people in Westport and encourages programs and develops resources to respond to these needs. In addition to attending general meetings, members also serve on advocacy groups according to their interests.

“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” Butler said.

Barbara S. Stalling, 82

Barbara S. Stalling of Missoula, Montana, a former Westport resident, died May 15. She was 82.

A tremendously devoted mother, Barbara (“Bobbie”) was known for her honesty, kindness and great sense of humor. She often worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of others, and had a positive influence on a countless number of people.

Born in Wallingford, Vt. May 8, 1933 to Harris Ralph Shufelt and Anna (Jensen) Shufelt, she moved to Norwalk when she was very young.

She and her husband, the late Edward C. Stalling Sr., grand marshal of Westport’s 1995 Memorial Day parade, moved to Westport in 1957 where they raised five children, and where she worked for and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Taylor Place Closed During Street Work

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Taylor Place, located between Westport’s Post Road East and Jesup Road, was closed to traffic today while underground work was performed on electrical connections. An equipment operator said the project, restructuring of Eversource underground transformer vaults, is similar to the work completed last week on Main Street near Talbot’s. He said the closure is expected to last several days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com