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WPD Hosts DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Westport Police Dept. hosts DEA annual prescription drug take back day, Oct. 24, 2020, Phil Restieri, Judy Hardy
Westport police officer Phil Restieri collects a bag of prescription drugs from long-time Westport resident, Judy Hardy, in conjunction with the Westport Police Department for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The service is operated in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Today’s event was held at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020


Westport Senior Center is closed to the public.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – all over Westport – WWCC Halloween Window Painting Contest 2020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Senior Center Parking Lot – Westport Police DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day
11 a.m. – Town Hall front steps – United Nations 75th Anniversary Celebration
Noon – 2 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “World Peace” exhibit
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – MoCA Westport – World’s Largest Abstract Painting Event & Concert: Hopalong Andrew
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Westport Library Fundraiser: “Westport Show of Shows”
7:30 p.m. – Imperial Parking Lot – Remarkable Drive-In Theater: “Grease” (with Westport Rotary Club)

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

New Operator Approved for Inn at Longshore

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Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Longshore Hospitality, LLC.  has been approved to operate the Inn at Longshore following approvals by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance to reassign the operating lease, it was announced today.

The lease reassignment follows the announced retirement of Rory Tagert, who has operated the inn for the past 35 years.

Longshore Hospitality LLC is a partnership led by the Greenwich Hospitality Group. The transfer to the new management team was negotiated and structured by Jim Randel of the Randel Law Offices, LLC of Westport. One of the other principals, Michael Ryan, is a Westport resident.

“We’ve greatly enjoyed our 35 years here in Westport running the inn,” said Tagert. “As we’re now ready to retire, we’re passing on the guardianship of this beloved property to Longshore Associates LLC.

Democrat Matriarch Martha Aasen, 90

By James Lomuscio

Martha Aasen, the Mississippi-born steel magnolia credited with the Westport’s Democratic Party’s renaissance during the 1990s, died today at Norwalk Hospital from heart failure following a fall last weekend. She was 90.

Martha Aasen
Martha Aasen Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

During her tenure as chairwoman of the town’s Democratic Town Committee (DTC)—the first woman to hold the post – Aasen was front and center in Westport during visits from President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and myriad party heavy hitters.

Revered as the power behind the party, she received the Silver Donkey Award from the Westport Democratic Women and was later credited with a town wide turnout of 87.9% of Democratic voters in 2000, according to the late local writer Woody Klein.

During her time in Westport, where she and her husband Larry Aasen moved in 1963, she was also active in international affairs, working in public relations for the UN, and later as director of technical assistance for International Executive Service Corps in Stamford.