When Boston friends visited Westport for the first time one summer about five years ago, they were astonished by the town. They thought Compo Beach was spectacular, loved strolling and shopping along Main Street (the July sidewalk sale was on, a bonus!), marveled at Staples' playing fields and facilities and couldn't believe that the library, the Levitt and Longshore were also part of the Westport package. After 14 years of living here, I'm still in discovery mode myself. But what our friends couldn't plug into in a mere weekend is how engaging and dynamic Westport's residents are.[breakhere] People in Westport have enormous energy and commitment. TheDailyWestport, debuting now, hopes to tap into that energy. As our Publisher Carll Tucker is fond of saying, "Our mantra is neighbors, neighbors, neighbors." So, welcome to TheDailyWestport. We plan to keep you up-to-date on the town's newsmakers--in other words, you and your neighbors.
Why is TheDailyWestport team such a good fit for Westport? Experience and deep community connections. We're also Carll's "neighbors,neighbors, neighbors." For 14 years, Westport has been my (Cornelia Fortier's) homebase. For the past five, I've covered Fairfield County's entertainment scene. I drive TheDailyWestport's Enjoy section, as well as cover news, neighbors, pets (a key area I think!) and more.
Joseph Cole, TheDailyWestport's chief news reporter, covers the town's big stories, as well as Westport neighbors and anything else that makes Westport tick. He's written for a variety of weekly and daily publications and served as editor for the Hamden Chronicle.Education Editor Moina Noor is a life-long Norwalker who has written for the New York Times and The Stamford Advocate. Her blog, NorwalkNet.com, covers education, something she really knows about, as the mom of three. Now she's reporting on Westport, too.No one knows local sports quite like Tom Renner, TheDailyWestport's Sports Editor. For 22 years, he covered the field for The Stamford Advocate. He's been in Fairfield County since 1987.Jacque Burt grew up in Stamford and has written for The New York Post, Newsday, Time Out New York, Parents, American Baby, burbia.com,our365.com and more. Her beats are Neighbors, Real Estate and Wellness. She'll pinch hit in other areas, as we all do.Food Editor Wendy Logan formerly owned SoNo's Tra-Peze Bistro and Bar. She writes bi-monthly food reviews for The Fairfield County Weeklyand is the publisher/editor of The Norwalk Beat, a quarterly arts, food, and lifestyle publication. Wendy has lived in Norwalk for 14 years.Joan Gaylord contributes regularly to The Christian Science Monitor, and has worked for daily and weekly newspapers in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. She covers news, education and more.Thomas Cain contributes TheDailyWestport's stunning photos. His work has also appeared in major Connecticut newspapers, as well as the NewYork Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune. He has lived in Fairfield County most of his life.
MVP on TheDailyWestport team? You. TheDailyWestport is your digital town green. Keep us front of your mind when you want to sound off, sharepictures and plans, or have neighborhood news. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We look forward to having an on-going community dialogue, with your voice as part of it. As Carll wrote about starting this endeavor, "Every day is crammed with surprises." With Westport neighbors leading the way, TheDailyWestport hopes to surprise and please you every day.
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