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Pumpkinfest Draws Families Downtown

Pumpkinfest, sponsored by Westport Downtown Merchants Association & Westport Parks & Recreation, Oct. 25, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Many families were attracted to Main Street for Family Pumpkinfest, an event organized by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) and the Parks and Recreation Department. Families were provided, free of charge, with pumpkins and art kits so families could decorate pumpkins and compete for prizes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

One of Many Halloween Window Painting Contest Participants Making Westport Spooky

Elise Mergenthaler (painting) and sister Camille Mergenthaler, annual Halloween Window Painting Contest by WWCC, Westport, CT, Oct. 24, 2020, photo by Matthew Mandell
Elise Mergenthaler, 11, a sixth-grade student at Bedford Middle School, performs her competitive art creation on Main Street as observed by her also artistic sister, Camille, 13, an eighth grade student at Bedford Middle School. She is taking part in the eighth annual Halloween Window Painting Contest organized by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. The contest was open to elementary, middle school and high school students and has three competition categories: most scary, best Halloween themed, and most original. The winners will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

Compo to Close at 3 p.m. Halloween

To discourage parents, children, parents, and assorted trick or treaters from congregating at Compo Beach in the wake of COVID-19 Halloween, the beach will be closed to parking that day at 3 p.m., town officials said.

According to Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, the closure is “an effort to protect the health and safety of Westport residents and keep our schools open.”

The announcement said that parking after 3 p.m. will only available to Compo Marina slip holders.

The reason for the vigilance stems from recent state data on COVID-19 cases by community, with the town’s neighbors Fairfield and Norwalk now considered “red” municipalities with a 15 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

Tooker Welcomes Guests at UN Anniversary Celebration

UN 75th Anniversary Celebration, Westport CT, Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker, Bill Hass, Aye Aye Thant, Oct. 24, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Selectman Jennifer Tooker welcomes attendees at a a ceremony at Town Hall celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. Also present are Bill Hass, Vice-President of the UN International Hospitality Committee, and Aye Aye Thant, special guest who is a Westport resident and the daughter of former UN Secretary-General U Thant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Honoring Martha Aasen for Role at United Nations

Honoring Martha Aasen at the United Nations 75th Anniversary Celebration in Westport, CT Oct. 24, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Attendees at a ceremony at Westport Town Hall celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (October 24, 1945) honored the memory of Westporter Martha Aasen by observing a moment of silence. Aasen, who died yesterday, was associated in varying roles with the UN from 1972 to 1990. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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