UPDATE Westport’s 273 COVID-19 cases increased by six to 279 while the 21 death count was unchanged in the last 24 hours, state officials said today.
There were 55 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,637, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,195, up 15.
Statewide hospitalizations dropped again to 740, down 76 while In Fairfield County, there was a drop of 15 to 226. Statewide cases were 39,640 up 432 while Fairfield County cases were at 14,489 up 138.
Statewide tests administered were 202,328 up 5,881 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said.
WestportNow has won 14 citations, including three first place awards, in the Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut chapter annual Excellence in Journalism competition.
This photo of a deer eating flowers outside of Westport Police Headquarters won first place in the feature photo category for Helen Klisser During. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
In place of its annual dinner, the 2019 awards were announced during a CTSPJ virtual ceremony. See the complete list HERE.
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.
Tarantino Restaurant, 30 Railroad Place, is among Saugatuck restaurants that have initiated the process to offer outdoor dining, occupying several parking spaces with town permission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Lawrence Walter Delaney of Westport died on May 2 in Bridgeport. He was 88.
Lawrence Delaney: Korean vet. Contributed photo
He was born on June 6, 1931, to Leo Thomas Delaney and Florence Margaret Collins Delaney, in Greenwich and grew up in Harrison, New York.
Following his studies at Pace University in business management, he worked for many years in the wholesale food merchandising industry for large, chain supermarkets, both in promotional and procurement capacities.
Lawrence served as a radar man in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, from 1951 - 1955, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp, where he was awarded five service medals.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Webb Road, off Whitney Street, is in process. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch has 1,567-square feet, is situated on a .43-acre property and changed ownership last month for $535,000. 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 WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (2nd l) visited the Westport Goodwill store, 1700 Post Road East, today, as the nonprofit retailer reopened following state protocols. Store Manager Talisa Henry showed off some of the store’s discounted merchandise while Retail Vice President Ken Bennett (2nd r) and Interim President Jeff Wieser looked on. Among its many human services activities, Goodwill provides care for disabled residents and counsels thousands of individuals in finding employment every year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo