Monday, May 27, 2024


Parks & Rec Cancels Two Summer Programs

Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today that the town has decided not to hold the RECing Crew and Camp Compo programs this summer due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

“Due to the many restrictions placed upon camps by the state, the limited number of children that could be served, limitations of our facilities, the challenge of social distancing, and the new unknowns related to Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome, we are concerned about our ability to provide these programs in a safe manner,” Fava said.

“Additionally, they would not be the camp experiences that our campers and parents have come to expect.”

Other Parks and Recreation summer programs are currently being evaluated and restructured to meet the necessary requirements, she said. “Information on these programs and registration will be provided as soon as they are finalized,” she said.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Westport Town Offices, Schools, Senior Center, & Library are closed.
8:30 a.m. – Electronically – Board of Education: live streamed on, Optimum ch. 78, Frontier ch. 6021. Email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Stuck at Home Activities
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
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Granger at the Movies: What Are You Watching?

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

During this pandemic as Hollywood films have their release dates postponed and local theaters slumber, TV has developed a stranglehold on entertainment primacy. This is what I’ve been binge-watching: Image

Before he made the Oscar-winning “Parasite,” Korean director Bong Joon Ho devised the dystopian thriller “Snowpiercer” which recently debuted as a sci-fi action series on Sunday nights on TNT.

Like its 2014 predecessor (now on Netflix) and the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” that inspired it, this drama, which stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, is set in a futuristic wasteland where climate change has caused the entire Earth to freeze over.

The only survivors are aboard a 1001-car train, owned by Mr. Wilford, a mysterious billionaire. They’re segregated according to class: the privileged elite are living in luxury at the front of the train, while the poor, along with a starving band of terrorists, are crowded into the rear, or what’s called “the tail.”

Westport COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Unchanged

Westport’s COVID-19 cases were unchanged at 284 while the number of deaths also was unchanged at 22 in the last 24 hours, state officials said today.

There were 48 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,742, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,221, up six.

Statewide hospitalizations were up by five to 706 while In Fairfield County, there was an increase of one to 233. Statewide cases were 40.873, up 405 while Fairfield County cases were at 15,213 up 99.

Statewide tests administered were 221,726 up 7,590 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said

‘Mister Parade’ Accepts Memorial Day Without One

By James Lomuscio

For Bill Vornkahl, 89, Memorial Day today is at best bittersweet. Image
Bill Vornkahl supervises at an earlier Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo

Yes, he had the privilege of watching his two grown granddaughters place a memorial wreath honoring fallen armed service members at the foot of the Doughboy statute in Veterans Green during a small ceremony.

But today was the first time in more than 75 years that Vornkahl did not participate in the Memorial Day Parade.

“Terrible,” said Vornkahl, who served as a corporal during the Korean conflict. “I’m a parade guy.”

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Maple Ave. North Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Maple Ave. North is in process. Built in 1910, the 1-3/4 story colonial has 1,775-square feet and is situated on a .8-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for