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Thursday, March 30, 2017

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More signs of spring were spotted in Westport Wednesday under sunny skies with temperatures that barely reached into the 60s. But forecasters said today will turn colder again with temperatures in the 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibit: “MORE Than Words: As We Are!”
3:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - EK Theater Video Game Puppetry Class
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment & Treatment
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 104 - Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - CMS Coleytown Company: “Cinderella”

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gallery: Full House for Holocaust Survivor Talk

There was a full house tonight at the White Barn Center at the Westport Country Playhouse for “From Hate to Hope: A Conversation With Holocaust Kindertransport Survivor Ivan Backer.” The Playhouse, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity committee, sponsored the event. Backer, 87, read from his book, “My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism.” The event was presented in conjunction with the Playhouse’s April 5-9 production of the musical memoir, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” In the play, a young Jewish girl escapes the Holocaust via Kindertransport, the “children’s trains” organized by Sir Nicholas Winton who almost single-handedly rescued 669 children. Phyllis Groner for


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The Westport Police Department’s police service dog Atlas will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The department said Atlas’s vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Sebastian and Maggie.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks. Atlas, a German Shepherd acquired last summer, is the third narcotic detection police service dog to join the department’s K-9 Unit. His handler is Officer David Scinto. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo


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Speaker Offers Phase-in Compromise on Teacher Pensions

By Keith M. Phaneuf

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz today offered a compromise on one of the stickiest points in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget: asking communities to gradually assume a portion of skyrocketing teacher pension costs.

Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, suggested cities and towns assume one-third of these pension costs — or possibly less — but do so in stages over the next five fiscal years.

The speaker offered this alternative during a panel discussion on state finances with House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, and Malloy budget director Ben Barnes.

The panel was the opening event at state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier’s 2017 Public Finance Outlook Conference at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

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News-12 Connecticut: A Bit Less Local

Cablevision’s News-12 Connecticut, whose slogan is “as local as local news gets,” is a bit less local now. Image
Ton Appleby, veteran news director of News-12 Connecticut, lamented the rise of social media as the primary source of news for Americans at a Westport Chamber of Commerce dinner last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

As announced last October, new owner European telecom company Altice effective this week has moved production work from its Norwalk Cross Street facility to Edison, N.J.

While the news assignment desk, reporters, and videographers remain, familiar anchor faces, including almost 34-year veteran Tom Appleby, are gone.

Westporter Appleby, 72, has been with Cablevision since 1984, serving as vice president, general manager, and news director.

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Suspected Car Burglars Call Cops for Accident Help, Get Arrested

Officers arrested two men and a woman suspected in a vehicle theft early today who called for help after the vehicle they were in was rear ended near Coleytown Elementary and Coleytown Middle Schools, police said. Image
Arrested: (l-r) Reginald Sharp, Alexis Haythe, and Rashad Spain. Westport Police photos

According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident began at 1:15 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the report of a crash on North Avenue between Easton Road and Coleytown Road.

“The caller reported that the suspect vehicle struck the rear of their vehicle, causing the suspect vehicle to roll over,” Farrell said.

The caller reported the suspect vehicle operator, described as a black male, then fled the scene on foot, he added.

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Work was underway today on replacement of the 1929-built Saugatuck Island one-car-at-a-time, timber-and-pile bridge. Patchwork repairs over the years sufficed until it was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Working in concert with the Saugatuck Island Taxing District (SITD), which owns the bridge, the town in 2015 won a $1.3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replace the bridge. It will cover 75 percent of the cost, which will be supplemented by state funds. A slightly longer bridge with steel pilings and a concrete deck is planned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for


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Granger at the Movies: ‘Life,’ ‘The Red Turtle,’ ‘Wilson’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Seeing “Life” reminded me that renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking has cautioned that contact with alien life could spell disaster for the human race: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the American Indians.” Image

But Hawking’s grim warning has not deterred cosmic exploration.

After Mission Specialist Rory Adams’ (Ryan Reynolds) risky retrieval of a damaged capsule containing valuable soil samples from Mars, the crew of the International Space Station’s Pilgrim 7 has reason to celebrate.

Along with Adams, astronauts Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada), Ekaterina Golovinka (Olga Dihovichnaya), and Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) are concluding their eight-month exploratory mission.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibit: “MORE Than Words: As We Are!”
Noon - Town Hall Room 307/309 - P&Z Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
3:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - EK Theater Video Game Puppetry Class
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 104 - Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “From Hate to Hope”

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coleytown Company Readies ‘Cinderella’

Scenes from today’s dress rehearsal by Coleytown Middle School’s Coleytown Company of its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” which runs Thursday through Saturday. Phyllis Groner for

The Coleytown Company’s “Cinderella,” running Thursday through Saturday under Artistic Director Benjamin Frimmer, is bringing a modern day vision to the production.

In this version Cinderella, or Ella as she is known, is reimagined as a strong, independent young woman who wants to make the world a better place.

Returning are choreographer and Broadway veteran Michelle Berti and set designer Peter Barbiere.  Joanna Pan is overseeing costume design. Brett Boles is musical director.

In all, 85 eager and talented students have been rehearsing and working hard to make this one of the school’s best productions ever.

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Congress Considers L.I. Sound Program Trump Wants to Defund

By Ana Radelat

Washington — Even as President Donald Trump wants to strip all money from the program, a key congressional committee today moved on a bill that would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to spend $65 million a year on cleanup of Long Island Sound.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considered the “Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act,” a bill cosponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, all Democrats.

The bill would reauthorize a number of projects in the Sound for five years including the Long Island Sound Study, the EPA’s Connecticut-New York partnership established in 1985 to oversee restoration of Long Island Sound.

Erin Crotty, the executive director of Audubon New York, testified in support of the legislation, saying the federal money it provides leverages many times more in funding form local and state governments and private donors.

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Bedford Sixth Graders Present ‘The Witches’

Bedford Middle School sixth graders prepare for “The Witches.” Contributed photos

Bedford Middle School sixth grade students present “The Witches,” the Roald Dahl classic tale on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“The Witches” is a tale of a boy and his grandmother who use their wits to defeat the Grand High Witch’s plan to squelch all the children of England by turning them into mice. 

“This Roald Dahl story is both stupendously scary and gleefully giddy and will appeal to young kids, adolescents and adults alike,” an announcement said.

Tickets are available online at: — $10 for children and $12 for adults. Children 2 and under are free. Seats are also available at the door. 

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Lawmakers Set Aside Partisanship to Back Bioscience Industry

By Keith M. Phaneuf

While partisan politics has bogged down many state legislative debates, Democratic and Republican leaders announced today they can agree on how to better support and plan the growth of Connecticut’s bioscience industry.

Top leaders in the Senate and on the Commerce Committee highlighted three bills that develop a strategy to elevate Connecticut to a national leader in biomedical research.

“Connecticut is locked in a global competition to create good-paying jobs and support high-growth industries,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said. “… Connecticut possesses all of the ingredients to capitalize on the exponential growth that is set to occur in precision medicine and biomedical research.”

“We have an incredible workforce in our state and Connecticut should always be looking at new ways to support those workers and to grow new job opportunities,” said Senate Republican President Pro Tem Len Fasano of North Haven.

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Real Estate Report: Crucial Time

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

This is a crucial time for those looking to either by or sell a home in Westport. Image
Featured Home: This home at 25 Edgemarth Hill Road is listed at $2,945,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Southport

There is a need to review the market very carefully, as it continues to shift toward favoring sellers.

Specifically, certain “price pockets” are full of activity, and others are not at all.

It could be that some properties are priced beyond their value and are positioned in an incorrect price range, which would certainly contribute to a lack of movement.

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