Monday, April 15, 2024


Creating a New Sidewalk Alongside Veterans Green Image
Work has begun on a $237,270 sidewalk improvement project on Westport’s Main Street alongside Veterans Green. The work involves removing a stone wall bordering the Green and installing a sidewalk that will connect with the sidewalk on Myrtle Avenue, according to workers on site. During the project Main Street traffic lanes are diverted and marked by orange cones.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Marpe Urges Legislators to Vote ‘No’ on State Budget

In a letter to the four state legislators who represent Westport, First Selectman Jim Marpe today urged them to vote “no” Thursday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s state budget proposal, as it shifts the burden of teacher pensions to municipalities.

“I would like to state my strong opposition to such a proposal and urge you to vote against any final budget that includes this shift in responsibility for pension funding from the state to our towns and cities,” Marpe wrote in a letter addressed to state Sens. Toni Boucher and Tony Hwang, and Reps. Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg. All but Steinberg are Republicans.

“We should not be responsible for a pension liability that we did not negotiate,” Marpe said.

He added that the burden of the state costs shifted to municipalities would “likely grow exponentially overtime.”

Elizabeth Galt, 65

Elizabeth Anne Galt of Greenwich, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 10 in Greenville, South Carolina. She was 65.

Elizabeth Anne Galt
Elizabeth Galt: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She and her brothers were raised in Westport by their mother, Alfreda Sill Galt, after the death of their father, William E. Galt, when Elizabeth was two years old.

Alfreda was an abiding influence in her life, and their close relationship was a great source of inspiration for them both. Elizabeth attended the Barlow School, and graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor’s Degree in liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies.

She was a longtime resident of Greenwich and actively served her community as a member of the board of directors of Greenwich Hospital for the last 19 years. She participated in and chaired many of its major fundraising efforts, and also served on the hospital’s institutional review board.

Tents Going Up for LobsterFest Image
Tents were going up at Compo Beach today for the Wesport Rotary Club’s LobsterFest on Saturday. More than 1,500 persons are expected to attend the sixth annual event, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are available from any Rotary Club member, at Joey’s By the Shore, and online HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

Coalition Nominates Jennifer Johnson for P&Z

Jennifer Johnson, a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member and a former co-director of the Westport Transit Committee, has been nominated by the Coalition for Westport (CFW) to run as its candidate for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in November, it was announced today. Image
Jennifer Johnson: ran unsuccessfully for P&Z in 2011. Contributed photo

Formed in 2013, CFW is a political party that focuses on land use issues and retaining the town’s distinctive character.

“Johnson is a well-known and respected Westport public servant who has a strong background in land use issues,” said Denise Torve, CFW chairwoman. “Her experience encompasses over 30 years throughout the tri-state area.”

Torve said that since Johnson moved with her family to Westport 11 years ago, she has been an active participant in many community issues with a focus on transportation, “and is well known for her experienced and informed advocacy of issues that impact residents such as traffic congestion, improved pedestrian safety, increased bicycle infrastructure, enhancing the vitality of the downtown, and greater connectivity of the Westport’s open and civic spaces.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 105 – Lottery for Candidate Ballet Position
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Fire Pension Board
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
5:30 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee ADDITION
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Conservation Commission (vidostreamed)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Executive Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) – Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

First Place Winners in Young Shoots Competition Image
The Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers’ Market tonight announced and honored the finalists in the third annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives restaurant. Pictured are first place winners in each age group who won an opportunity to co-lead a photo shoot at The Whelk restaurant with renowned chef Bill Taibe (r) and a $100 cash prize. They are (l-r) Lil Dowell (ages 15-18), Samantha Henske (ages 8-10), and Josh Suggs (ages 10-14). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adriana Reis for

‘One in a Million’ Takes a Top Prize Image
Young Shoots student digital photography competition winner Samantha Henske of Westport (first place and fan favorite winner, ages 8-10) poses tonight next to her photo “One in a Million” at a reception sponsored by the Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers Market. Samantha is a fifth grader at Kings Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for