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After capsizing in this week’s rain and winds, Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, was back in action today with help from friends, only slightly soiled by its sidelining. The duck promotes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Mathias for WestportNow.com

Saturday, May 27, 2017


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
3 p.m. – Saugatuck Railroad Station NY-bound Side – Walk Through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – Staples Theater – Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘Signs of Compassion’ Opens at Library

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs tonight addresses guests at a Westport Library reception marking the opening of his photo exhibit “Signs of Compassion” in the Great Hall. It is the last major art exhibit in the library before renovations are completed in 2019, and celebrates the end of Burroughs’ one-year term as artist-in-residence. The exhibit is a tribute to a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson, expressed word by word in American Sign Language, as portrayed in 30 lenticular (animated) images of members of the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Memorial Day Parade Set to Kick Off Monday at 9 A.M.

Westport’s Memorial Day parade is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Monday on Riverside Avenue, weather permitting.

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Westport police in the Memorial Day parade in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The parade route travels north on Riverside Avenue, turns right onto Post Road West, crosses the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to Post Road East, then turns left onto Myrtle Avenue.

World War II veterans who wish to participate in the Memorial Day Parade should call Ted Diamond at (203)227-7680 or (203)216-5609.

Services will be held on Veterans Green immediately following the parade. Drivers should proceed with caution, expect road closures and seek alternate routes in downtown Westport from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., officials said.

Friends of Westport Public Art Collections Fundraiser Set for June 8

Friends of the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), Inc. invite the community to attend “Second Story Moonlight,” an inaugural fundraising event to support WestPAC and the educational uses of the collection. 

The event will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Rive Bistro, 229 Riverside Ave, Westport. Tickets are $90 and may be purchased by visiting https://www.westportarts.org/moonlight.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to view a special one-night only exhibit of art from the Westport Public Art Collections including works by Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Motherwell, Rothenberg, Miro, Christo and Jean-Claude and Calder.

The evening will also include a silent auction of selected works by emerging and globally recognized local artists, and items donated by noted collectors. 

Susan Ross, 71

Susan Ross of Easton, a senior nonprofit executive for more than 40 years, died May 17 at home after battling both pancreatic and breast cancer for over seven years. She was 71.

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Susan Ross: nonprofit executive Contributed photo

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she spent the past 45 years living in Putney and Westminster West, Vermont and Wilton and Easton. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her MA from Boston University.

She served as the president/CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation from 1996 to 2011, focusing on improving public schools, increasing affordable housing, improving the lives of low-income working women and children and building the capacity of area nonprofit organizations.

During her tenure, the foundation’s assets grew from $10 million to over $150 million and community grants totaled more than $125 million.

Garage Fire Blamed on Generator

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Westport fire officials today blamed a fire Thursday at 10 Lookout Lane that extensively damaged a garage on a generator running during a power outage. All occupants escaped safely, but there was smoke throughout the house, which firefighters were able to remove with fans, said Assistant Chief Michael Kronick. He urged residents to always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions before running generator, and, as carbon monoxide is emitted, never use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Also, never plug a generator directly into a home outlet and have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

Westport Property Transfers May 8 – 12, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 8 - 12, 2017:

Ralph Francis Saviano Estate to Nicholas T. Saviano Jr., 78 Sylvan Road North,1/4 Interest, $200,000WNproperty.jpg

Lucky Four Realty LLC to Caitlin Butler, William Courtland Churchfield Walker, 3 Minard Drive, $1,875,000

Edward L. Rulon-Miller to Kevin J. Woods, 8 Calumet Road, $1,125,000

Colin H. and Julia A. Felleman to Casey D. and Emily A. Carpenter, 28 Bauer Place, $677,000

Graduation Salute

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Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost was on hand Thursday to congratulate Recruit Firefighter Nicholas Marenna as he graduated the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 59. The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70-day, 14-week, residential course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a new firefighter to perform entry-level tasks under direct supervision.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo