Westport has a new interim fire chief.
Mark Amatrudo takes over, effective Monday. Deputy Chief Nicholas Marsan, recently named town emergency management director, will continue in his dual role as deputy chief.
Amatrudo is a third generation chief fire officer. He has served as a career and volunteer assistant chief, deputy chief and acting chief for almost 25 years, including as Westport’s interim deputy chief from 2005-07.
Amatrudo is an Emergency Medical Technician. He also holds the highest level of fire service certifications in various areas, including fire officer, fire service instructor and safety officer.
He served as a Connecticut Fire Academy Instructor for almost 30 years. He developed a course for the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and spent years instructing at the National Fire Academy campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Among his awards are FEMA National Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award, Connecticut Emergency Manager of the Year, Connecticut Fire Instructor of the Year, Connecticut Exchange Club Hero Award and Holmatro Rescue Award.
Amatrudo holds a BS degree from Stonehill College, and an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven.
It’s mid-July. Time to get tickets for the fall LobsterFest!
In fact, it may soon be too late. The Westport Rotary Club’s mega-fundraiser sells out very quickly.
This year’s event is September 23 (3 to 7 p.m., Compo Beach). As usual always, Rotary offers 2 1.25-pound lobsters or a 14-ounce New York strip steak; corn, cole slaw, potato salad and bread.
Plus of course live music; kids’ games and activities; unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, and a cash raw bar.
It’s one of Westport’s best parties. The timing is perfect, at the start of a new school year. The weather is wonderful. The food and entertainment are plentiful.
And the money raised helps Rotary support a wide array of great causes.
Click here for tickets, and more information.
A small part of the large LobsterFest.
The Long Lots School Building Committee holds a special meeting next Tuesday, (July 25, 6 p.m., Town Hall Room 309).
The session begins with public comment and/or questions about the project.
A work session follows with the design team, for updates and review. The public can attend the work session, but not participate.
If time permits, public input will be allowed at the end of the meeting.
Long Lots Elementary School is 70 years old.
This is the weekend for the always-anticipated, very giant Pequot Library Book Sale.
Over 100,000 items in 50-plus categories are on sale.
- Today (Friday, July 21): 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and Monday (July 22-24): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday (July 25): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paddle is coming to Westport.
That’s “Paddle for the Sound” — not (this time) paddleball.
For 9 days (July 29 to August 6), the 8th annual Save the Sound fundraiser draws people of all ages for a leisure paddle — or a kayak, stand up paddle board (SUP) and canoe competition.
Participants track their distances paddled, while raising funds to protect Long Island Sound and its rivers, restore local ecosystems, fight climate change, and save endangered lands.
They’ll take screenshots of the distance on each excursion, and send it to the Paddle for the Sound team to compile results. Prizes are awarded for total distance paddled, and most funds raised.
Click here for more information, and to sign up.
Enjoy a paddle. Save the Sound! (Photo/Lisa Price)
Fig Linens & Home is moving.
A fixture on Post Road East near Main Street since 2004, their lease is up at the end of August.
They’re not sure where they’ll go. But they are not closing.
A “Moving Sale” is underway. As the sign says: Everything must go.
In the 5 years she has hosted matchmaking events for singles, Jill Dunn has connected thousands of people.
Her next event — and your next chance at relationship bliss — is July 30 (4:30 p.m., Gabriele’s Steakhouse).
Most of the time, action at the Westport Astronomical Society’s observatory is in the sky.
On Wednesday, the action shifted to the ground. A family of 4 bobcats visited.
They seemed more interested in looking down than up.
Then again, this was their land long before we humans arrived.
Longtime Westporter Stewart Greenfield died peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital on Wednesday.
A service is set for Sunday (July 23, 12:30 p.m., Abraham Green & Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Rd, Fairfield. Visitation begins at 11:30 a.m.
Interment is at Temple Israel Cemetery (225 Richards Avenue). The family will then host mourners at their Westport home.
The family will sit Shiva tonight through July 26 (6 to 8 p.m., 279 Sturges Highway and 49 East 86th Street, Apt 11B/C, New York).
This frog looks huge.
It’s really just an inch long. But Molly Alger captured it perfectly — on the outside of her kitchen window — for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … Tony Bennett died this morning in New York. He was 96.
The New York Times called him “a singer whose melodic clarity, jazz-influenced phrasing, audience-embracing persona and warm, deceptively simple interpretations of musical standards helped spread the American songbook around the world and won him generations of fans.”
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. He continued to perform and record, however. His last public performance was in August that year, with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall. Click here for a full obituary.
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