Tuesday, March 05, 2024

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Naughton Family in Pancreatic Cancer Research Benefit

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Actor James Naughton of Weston and his family tonight hosted “A Tribute to Pamela” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The evening of musical entertainment benefitted research aimed at the early detection of pancreatic cancer.The evening honored the legacy of Naughton’s wife, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013 at age 66. Joning him were daughter Keira (r), a Broadway and television actress; son Greg (l), a producer, actor, singer and songwriter; and daughter-in-law Kelli O’Hara (2nd l), a Broadway superstar who won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Anna in “The King and I.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Dog Festival a Real Tail Wagger

By James Lomuscio

One after the other, dogs of different sizes, breeds and barks tried their best at the obstacle course at Winslow Park today.

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A dog jumps a hurdle on the obstacle course today at the Westport Dog Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com

Egged on by a fast moving, fuzzy lure attached to a wire on pulleys, each dog had to jump hurdles, climb inclines and race through tubes to catch the faux rodent.

“He did one similar to this four years ago in Norwalk,” said Monica Ogrodowski, a Norwalk resident who waited for her chocolate lab-collie Chip to participate. “I think this is awesome.”

Located in a designated Doggie Fun Zone, the obstacle course, sponsored by Garavel Auto Group, was more than just for fun. The winning dog would receive a year’s supply of dog food.

Introducing Westport’s New Explosives Detection Dog

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Westport Police K-9 Office James Loomer (r) today introduces Ambo, 3, a Yellow Lab, as Westport’s new explosives detection K-9 at the Westport Dog Festival. At left is Frank Reda, a dog trainer and former Norwalk police officer, who is joining the Westport department, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. Loomer will take charge of Ambo as well as his current dog, Koda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com phoro

Best Kisser

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Matey, 6, a rescue terrier mix, was judged best kisser today at the Westport Dog Festival by Selectman Avi Kaner, the judge. Competition was so tough there was a seven-dog runoff. Matey is kissing Jet Tober, 11, a sixth grader at Coleytown Middle School, son of Adrienne and John Tober. “It’s all love,” said Adrienne. “That’s what matters.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Electric Vehicle Rally Sets Off

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Selectman Avi Kaner (l) and Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Car Club, wave the starting flags today for the fifth annual Electric Car Rally, a 35-40 mile event that began and ended at the Metro-North Westport station at Saugatuck. The rally attracted 12 car entrants and several electric motor bikes, according to Westporter Larry Leisner, rally master. Said Cirino: “It’s exciting to see so many new electric cars and the increased number of entrants compared to last year.” After waving the flag, Kaner was one of the participants in the rally in his Tesla. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

On the Revolution Bus

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More than 20 persons departed Compo Beach today on a bus at the start of the Westport Historical Society tour of the historic British raid of Danbury in the spring of 1777.  The tour was led by Norwalk resident Ed Hynes who has traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, he works as a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com