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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GOP Pension Reforms Dropped as CT Leaders Aim for Budget Deal Wednesday

By Keith M. Phaneuf

State legislative leaders say they need a tentative, bipartisan deal by midafternoon Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of adopting a new state budget next week.

And if there is a bipartisan deal, it won’t include a hotly contested GOP proposal to cut state employee pension benefits in 2027 and reap big savings now.

Leaders were cautious not to predict success or failure, but lawmakers from both parties said that, while some key issues remain to be resolved, much progress has been made.

“I think the last week has been the most productive in this building that we’ve had all year long,” said House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby. “And the conclusion will be the conclusion. I think we all have hope that we can come to an agreement on something that’s best for the state.”

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Ivy Terrace, off Crescent Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,390-square feet, is situated on a half-acre property and changed ownership in July for $430,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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The new Rye Ridge Deli is almost ready for opening next week at 159 Main St., former site of iconic Oscar’s Deli. It is one of the most anticipated Main Street openings in years. Manager Mike Ventorino said “the town (regulatory) departments have been very responsive and cooperative during the approval process. Just a few more steps to go and we’ll be open by Monday.” He added, “We’re having some family members come by this weekend and, starting Monday, we’re going to open sort of quietly to make sure everything works well.”  Ventorino said there will be seating for 90 plus 24 seats on the sidewalk patio when weather permits. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Familiar Faces at New Deli Image
When the new Rye Ridge Deli opens Monday at 159 Main St. customers will see a couple of familiar faces. Cris (l) and Joaquin Dolores worked behind the counter at Oscar’s Deli, which formerly occupied the space, for 11 years. Both have been training with the new staff. The restaurant features a full kitchen in the basement and serves up traditional deli fare and other dishes.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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The Westport Garden Club installed its new officers at its opening luncheon at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Pictured (l-r, front row): Janice Yost, corresponding secretary; Pat Nave, vice president; Kelle Ruden, president; Ellen Greenberg, outgoing president, and Ginger Donaher, recording secretary.Standing behind them are various board members. Meetings are held monthly and the public is welcome at most. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Looking Into the Future at Historical Society Image
David Waldman (l), Westport commercial real estate developer, and Frederick Hoag, principal of Westport-based FWH Architects, today present their proposed perspectives of the future look of downtown Westport. The event was the kickoff of a brown bag lunch series at the Westport Historical Society in coordination with its ongoing exhibit “06880 + 50.” Waldman said, “As the world changes, our model shows what can be done with a small community downtown.” Hoag added: “We asked ourselves how we can create for the future with the threat in mind that all of us can be under water in time.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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The new Main Street sidewalk on the east side of the street along Veterans Green is nearing completion. The project includes a new stairway from the sidewalk into Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Halloween Parade Set for Thursday, Oct. 26

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. have announced that the annual Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26. Image
Westport’s Main Street was crowded for the 2014 Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Children and parents will meet at Main Street and Post Road East at 3:30 p.m. This event is for all children, especially those 8 and under.

The parade will proceed up Main Street, turn right onto Avery Place, then turn left on Myrtle Ave to Town Hall and Veterans Green.

Children may trick-or-treat along Main Street and in Town Hall.  Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 4 p.m.

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Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Tauck for


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “The Memory of Running” by Ron McLarty
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Westport Architect Brown Bag Lunch Series: David Waldman & Frederick Hoag
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
7 p.m. - Shorehaven Golf Club (14 Canfield Ave., Norwalk) - Project Return Gather ‘Round the Table Cocktail Party
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society - A peek into the future of astronomy from LSST to Urban Science, Dr. Federica Bianco

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, October 16, 2017

For P&Z, 5 Candidates, 3 Parties, Multiple Issues

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s new town plan, traffic, affordable and senior housing, businesses friendly regulations and zoning enforcement dominated tonight’s debate among five Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) candidates. Image
P&Z candidates participating were (l-r) Michael Cammeyer, Greg Rutstein, John Olefson, Jennifer Johnson and Danielle Dobin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

The P&Z Town Hall auditorium debate sponsored by the Westport League of Women Voters (WLWV) capped tonight’s two earlier presentations for four unopposed Board of Education members seeking reelection and three candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The P&Z debate was also the most heated as Democrats Danielle Dobin, Michael Cammeyer and Greg Rutstein squared off against Republican John Olefson and Jennifer Johnson, a third party candidate endorsed by the Coalition for Westport.

Johnson threw down the gauntlet at the start, calling the town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) recently approved by the P&Z “a grave disappointment” that had little public input and for which she had to employ the Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) to review a copy of a draft.

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Staples Boys Soccer Earns Draw With Fairfield Ludlowe Image
Fairfield Ludlowe came to Loeffler Field today with the fewest losses in the FCIAC boys soccer league. After 80 minutes of battle, they left with a 0-0. Staples got excellent defense from Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Gabe Baltierra, strong goalkeeping from Ry Cohen, and solid midfield play by Matt Engler and Will Birch. The Wreckers’ best chance came a minute before halftime, when Vaughan Sealey (shown in photo) knocked Engler’s free kick off the inside of the goal post. Staples — now 6-4-4, in strong contention for an FCIAC playoff berth -— travels to New Canaan’s Conner Field for a 4 p.m. match on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for


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