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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Skaters Enjoy Balmy Sunday at Longshore

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The first skating Sunday of the season today at the Longshore Club Park P.A.L. ice rink turned out to be a balmy one with temperatures in the 50s, a sharp change from Saturday’s delayed opening day when the morning started out in the teens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Rare Opportunity to Tour Bedford Estate

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Today was the last day of a three-day estate sale at the Westport waterfront home of the late Ruth Bedford. The daughter of Frederick T. and Lucie Thomas Bedford and the last surviving grandchild of Westport philanthropist Edward T. Bedford died in June at age 99. (See WestportNow June 19, 2014) In addition to an opportunity to buy furniture, books, and other family belongings of Bedford, the sale afforded the public a rare opportunity to tour the 7.5-acre estate on Beachside Avenue, which had been on the market until recently for $25 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunday,  November 23, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Family Art Day: Magical Moments
Noon - 2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - opening reception: “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition Finals Concert
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Westport School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Concert

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saint Luke Parish Harvest Fair Under Way

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The Saint Luke Parish Harvest Fair in Westport is open today and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is great opportunity to do holiday shopping and support charities in need. The Fair features a “Shabby Chic” boutique as well as fine vendors with crafts, jewelry, food items, holiday gifts and a café. Proceeds benefit southern Fairfield County charities.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Portion of Greens Farms Road Closed For Paving

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Paving work today closed Greens Farms Road between Prospect Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. The Westport Public Works Department said the project needs to be completed earlier than anticipated due to “current and anticipated weather conditions.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Winging It

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A seagull gets a good view of a wind surfer at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  November 22, 2014


10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition Semi-finals
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - St. Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Harvest Fair
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Creative Writing Workshop Series for Grades 3-5
11 a.m. - Barnes & Noble - children’s author Rosemary Wells book signing “Max & Ruby at the Warthogs’ Wedding”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Ian Gelman
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Fairfield County Writers Group
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Hello, Dolly!”
3:30 p.m. - Barnes & Noble - Best selling author Christopher Hart talk on his how to draw title “Monstrously Funny Cartoons”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Nylen Gallery Picture This of Westport - 772 Post Road East - Gallery warming party to celebrate move to new home
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Super Smash Brothers Tournament w/ Retro Games Plus

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Magic at the Arts Center

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Well know professional magician Michael Chaut dazzles guests at the Westport Arts Center tonight with magic tricks at the opening reception for the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” The exhibit, with magic as its theme, features 40 works, including photographs, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and engravings. It runs until Jan. 10.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Up Close Look

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Peggy Shore of Westport (mother of exhibiting artist Jake Shore ) takes a close look at New York artist Liz Neilson’s “Cattail Electron” and “Castle Rocket,” two of 40 artworks on display at the Westport Arts Center tonight as part of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Jurors and New Artistic Director

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Jurors Elizabeth Koehn (l) and Julia Mechtler (r) of New York’s David Zwirner Gallery get together with Helen Klisser During, newly named artistic director of the Westport Arts Center, tonight at a reception marking the opening of the annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Klisser During, director of visual arts since 2010, was honored at the event on her new appointment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Arts Center Opening Reception


Scenes from tonight’s reception marking the opening of the the Westport Arts Center’s annual juried members exhibition “Perception Illusion Magic.” Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Westport Unemployment Edges Up in October

A month after Westport’s unemployment rate was the lowest in six years, the rate edged up again in October to 4.7 percent, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

The September rate was 4.5 percent. The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent was in August 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.

The town’s labor force in October was 12,922, up from 12,820 in September. The number of unemployed in October was 609, up from 578 in September, the department said.

There were 12,313 employed in October, up from 12,242 in September. A year ago in October, Westport’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.

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Stolen Leaf Blowers Bust

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Jesse Perez: allegedly pawned equipment. Westport Police photo

Westport Police arrested a Stamford man Thursday following the theft of backpack type leaf blowers from the bed of a landscaping truck in town, police said today.

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, officers arrested Jesse Perez, 24, on a warrant in Bridgeport Superior Court where he was being arraigned on other unrelated charges.

Penna said that detectives had located and recovered the leaf blowers in a pawn shop, and it “was determined that Jesse Perez had sold those items directly after the reported theft.”

Held in lieu of a bond on the unrelated charges, Perez was charged with fifth-degree larceny and given a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 1.

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Longshore Ice Rink Opening Postponed a Day

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The Longshore Club Park Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) ice rink was scheduled to open today but did not. Workers on the site said it will open up Saturday at about mid-day. They said the ice was not ready yet and the see-through partitions along the border have to be installed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Sunrise Rotary Honors Student of the Month

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored Staples senior Ben Rogers as Student of the Month for his contributions to his school and his community. He is a math geek, an athlete, a tutor, and a member of the Staples League of Boys (SLOBs). He is also a trombonist, including in the pit for the current Staples Players production of “Hello, Dolly!” He and fellow members of Staples’ Tri-M Music Honor Society taught music in a Bridgeport elementary school. He plays baseball and also manages the basketball team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hal Levy for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Top Drawer to Close After 37 Years

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Top Drawer, a women’s boutique at 1537 Post Road East, is closing. Owner Joan Rotman (above) and manager Mickey Kleefield and their staff have delivered personalized service to Westport customers for more than 37 years. A closing sale is in progress, and Rotman said she plans to be out before the end of the year. “It’s time,” she said, adding that she and her staff will miss their many customers with whom they have developed very close ties over the years. “Thank you for all your loyalty, caring and friendship,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 3 - 7, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 3 - 7, 2014:

SAJ Ventures LLC to Christopher and Andriene Johnson, 6 Cardinal Lane, $2,499,500WNproperty.jpg

Kristin R. Harvey to SIR-14 Peaceful LLC, 14 Peaceful Lane, $670,000

7 Turtleback Lane LLC to Brian S. Mass and Felise G. Cooper, 7 Turtleback Lane, $2,350,310

Wendy P. Harris to Kevin D. and Leslie A. McNiece, 8 Cross Brook Lane, Tax paid in Norwalk, $590,000

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

By Susan Granger

Writer/director Damiel Chazelle draws on memories of his music student days to create “Whiplash,” a compelling, coming-of-age drama about a prodigy who yearns to be a celebrated drummer.

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Enrolling at a prestigious Manhattan conservatory, Andrew (Miles Teller) impresses embittered Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an impatient, sadistic perfectionist who belittles his pupils and pits them against one another. Succumbing to Fletcher’s monstrous “practice” imperatives, Andrew relinquishes all semblance of a normal life.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Whiplash” is an abusive yet electrifying 8, defining the parameters of artistic sacrifice.

On a three-month hiatus from Comedy Central, Jon Stewart made “Rosewater,” adapted from Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari’s memoir, “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”

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Tunnel Walk

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A man makes his way Thursday through the tunnel linking Westport’s Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs created the art installation, “Tunnel Vision,” which was unveiled last May. It features 16 lenticular images (Images that change when viewed from different angles) of the hands of Westporters. A website, www.tunnelvisionart.com, shows the images along with portraits of those whose hands are featured along with brief biographies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  November 21, 2014


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception, Illusion, Magic”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Minecraft Meetup
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception for annual juried members exhibition “Perception, Illusion, Magic”
7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble -  Linkee Trivia Tournament
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - The Next Generation w/ Alec Chambers
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Hello, Dolly!”

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obama Actions Help Some CT Immigrants, But Not Others

By Ann Radalet

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Washington – President Obama’s controversial move announced tonight to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants will help thousands of undocumented people living and working in Connecticut, but bypasses thousands of others.

The president said his use of executive action to change immigration regulations would help as many as 5 million migrants. The number of immigrants that would be helped in Connecticut is difficult to determine.

Connecticut has a diverse immigrant community with peoples from South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and Africa. Many are here legally, but an estimated 55,000 to 100,000 are undocumented.

Of those undocumented, the largest group that will be helped belong to “mixed families,” where some members are citizens or legal residents and others are not.

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Volunteers Sought for Thanksgiving Feast

More than 160 volunteers are preparing to serve hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners at Westport’s 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast.

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Volunteers serve at last year’s Thanksgiving Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and again be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, while Saugatuck Congregational Church completes its reconstruction from a November 2011 fire.

“The Feast is a wonderful expression of community,” said Frank Basler, Feast coordinator. “Ecumenical partners plan and manage it together. Local businesses donate goods and financial support.”

He said more than160 persons volunteer their time and talents, and the diversity of the guests who attend is extraordinary.

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Malloy’s Emergency Budget Cuts Fall on Social Services, Education

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today ordered almost $48 million in emergency budget cuts, imposing the deepest cuts on social services, education and culture and tourism promotion.

The cuts, which do not require legislative approval, whittle the nearly $100 million deficit Malloy projected last week down to $52 million.

The governor also asked the Legislative and Judicial branches, whose budgets he cannot reduce unilaterally, to accept another $6.9 million in cuts. If granted, those potential reductions, along with $66,000 in reductions volunteered by the state’s watchdog agencies—which also are exempted from mandatory rescissions—would lower the deficit to $45 million.

And while the remaining shortfall represents only one-quarter of 1 percent of the state’s general fund – which covers the bulk of operating costs in this year’s overall $19 billion state budget, the potential for more red ink remains.

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Despite GOP Opposition, Senate Confirms New CT Judge

By Ann Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today to a federal judgeship in Connecticut on a narrow 49-46 vote.

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All Senate Republicans opposed the nomination of Bolden, 49, who has served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Four moderate Democrats also voted “no” on the nomination. They were Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Heidi Heitcamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana.

Bolden’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut had been controversial since it was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. All eight Republican members of the committee voted against Bolden’s nomination, all 10 Democrats on the panel, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., voted for it.

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CT Gains Jobs in October but Unemployment Rate Remains Fixed

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s jobless rate remained fixed at 6.4 percent in October, despite the addition of about 3,600 new jobs, the state Department of Labor reported today.

The agency’s latest report also downgraded job growth estimates it had released two weeks before Election Day. Back on Oct. 20, labor officials said Connecticut gained 11,500 jobs in September, it’s single-largest monthly gain since April 1994. But Thursday it revised the September gain downward by 1,000 jobs to 10,500.

“Connecticut’s job market continues to steadily add jobs this year at its best pace since the recovery began, and that growth seems to be drawing more people into the labor force,” said Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research.

“These numbers are another sign of progress,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today.  ” ... We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure Connecticut remains on a path towards an economic revival.  By working with the business community on expanding their operations or relocating to our state, we are putting Connecticut on the path to long-term prosperity.”

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