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WN Wins 18 Citations in State Journalism Competition

WestportNow tonight won 18 citations, including six first place prizes, in the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition.

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This photo won a second place award for WestportNow in the News Photo category . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com

It was the most won by WestportNow in any one year since the competition was opened to online publications in 2008. The awards were announced at the group’s annual banquet in Orange.

WestportNow competed against both online and print organizations in the “hyperlocal” category, which included news organizations covering one or several communities or having a limited coverage area.

James Lomuscio won four first place awards for “Oystering on the Mill Pond” (shared with Gordon Joseloff); “On the Job with Todd Salamone,” “Tears for Future of Staples Child Development Program,” and “For Artist, Mural’s Future Uncertain with Library’s Expansion.

GOPers Nominate Wexler for Another Probate Judge Term

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The Republican Party at the Westport-Weston Probate Convention tonight unanimously endorsed incumbent Probate Judge Lisa Wexler to serve for another term. Pictured at the convention with Wexler are former State Sen. Judi Freedman, Convention Chair Joseph Sledge, and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. Said Wexler in accepting the nomination: “Our probate court is a place that serves all the people. And as far as I am concerned, I am a judge for all the people- regardless of affiliation, class or creed. Being a good probate judge requires me to use my heart and my head, and I love that.” Contributed photo

It’s a Wrap for the Season for Y’s Men

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The Y’s Men of Westport Weston today wrapped up its 2017-18 season with an indoor picnic at Saugatuck Congregational Church. At the meeting, outgoing president Jay Dirnberger awarded a Y’s Old Owl to retiring membership chair John Weiss. “Nobody works harder than this guy,” he said, noting that in four years in the position, Weiss added 136 new members to the group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Martin A. Cohen, 83

Martin A. Cohen of Westport and New York died May 23. He was 83.

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Martin Cohen: Renaissance man Contributed photo

Born in Monticello, New York on Aug. 4, 1934, he was a true Renaissance man, visionary, and pioneer.

As an advocate for social justice, he began his career as a political and crime reporter. He later founded three companies including Marcon Communications, which he took public in 1969, and Marcon Capital, an SBIC (small business investment company.)

He lived life on his own terms, owning racehorses, producing movies, playing poker and backgammon, traveling the world with his wife, and avidly staying abreast of the news.

Getting Ready for All-White Apparel Benefit

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Westport apparel retailers, such as Brooks Brothers, 136 Main St., have dedicated a store window and table display to promote all-white clothes for the Saturday,  June 2 benefit fundraiser for Project Return/Homes with Hope. The event, Summer Night on the River, will be held at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Ave., from 7 to 11 p.m.  As printed on the invitation, “strictly summer white attire.” Pictured is Brooks Brothers store manager Matthew Stubbs showing off the all-white apparel table display. For ticket information, click HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Westport Library is closed for renovation.
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art” & “4th Annual Student Art Exhibition”
6 p.m. – Westport Police Station Classroom – Westport Library Business: Connect With & Grow Your Facebook Audience
7:30 p.m. – Staples Black Box Theatre – Staples Players: “Twelve Angry Men”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar