Saturday, March 02, 2024

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Under Pressure, Property Owner Restoring Osprey Nest

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UPDATE An osprey looks for its removed nest today in the Fresh Market parking lot, 605 Post Road East. One day after removing it, the property owner responded to a public outcry and said his company would restore the nest as soon as possible. Westport police reported early Monday workmen were at the site replacing the platform. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Compo Sighting

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An Oyster Catcher came to shore at South Beach at Compo Beach on Tuesday. Oyster Catchers have been coming to Compo to lay their eggs since at least 2016.. A second bird was spotted a short time later. They may possibly be the nesting pair from last year looking to again attempt raising chicks this year. Last year, an area on South Beach near the cannons was cordoned off to protect nesting shore birds. (See WestportNow May 27, 2018) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Twins Named Staples 2019 Top Scholars

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Identical twins  Anisa Verma Prasad (l) and Sirina Verma Prasad today were named top Staples High School scholars for the class of 2019. Anisa is salutatorian while Sirina is valedictorian. Their route to the top began in first grade, at Greens Farms Elementary School. Their parents had moved to Westport from London, where their father, Gautam, worked in financial services. Their mother, Nita, is a professor at Quinnipiac University. Remarkably, this is not a first for Staples. In 2011, twins Eric and Todd Lubin were number one and two in their class, respectively. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

View From Above: Westport Stands in Solidarity With Christchurch

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This drone view of today’s Compo Beach solidarity demonstration with the people of Christchurch following its tragedy was taken by Ryan Felner, 17, a Staples High School senior who will attend Yale University in the fall. Organizer Darcy Hicks of Westport said her intent was to show Westport! “stands with Christchurch, New Zealand against racism, intolerance and violence. We are ALL HUMAN. Let’s commit to finding common ground and healing this world.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ryan Felner/RAF|AIR photo

Westport Shows Solidarity With Christchurch

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More than 60 persons gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach today to show solidarity with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand following the mosque shootings. Organizer Darcy Hicks said she was moved by a 1960s photograph to organize the demonstration in the form of a peace symbol that would be photographed by a drone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Big Cleanup on North Ave. Bridge Over Merritt

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UPDATE Eversource crews along with state Department of Transportation crews had a big cleanup on their hands today after a tree fell across North Avenue on the bridge over the Merritt Parkway. One worker said traffic on the parkway would have to be shut down for a period to remove the tree, which brought down power lines and knocked out power to the area. The tree was cleared and the roadway reopened shortly after 4:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Estelle Margolis, Political Activist, 92

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Estelle Margolis, longtime Westport political activist, died March 1 at age 92. She was the widow of Manny Margolis, a Westport attorney who had a lifelong devotion to civil liberties and civil rights who died in 2011 at age 85. Estelle Margolis was a familiar sight on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the years. She said she began her weekly protests there on June 11, 2005 against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2013, Margolis pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of creating a public disturbance after she brought a BB rifle and ammunition to a Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session debating gun control. The then 86-year-old grandmother was fined $50. See family-supplied obituary HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com