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Friday, May 27, 2016

River Run for Sunny Image
A giant, China-made rubber duck nicknamed Sunny took to the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center today to promote the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Sunny was being moved to the Black Duck restaurant in Saugatuck, where club members will gather for cocktails and dinner next Thursday before being returned to her center Westport perch for the race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Bond Panel OK’s $22M for Hedge Fund Expansion

By Keith M.Phaneuf

The State Bond Commission today approved $22 million in financing to help Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, one of the nation’s largest hedge funds, to expand in Fairfield County.

But Democratic state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2018, joined with a prominent Republican state representative to oppose assistance for Bridgewater.

Both Lembo and Rep. Chris Davis, R-Ellington, argued it was imprudent to dedicate scarce state resources to a firm that manages more than $130 billion in global investments.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who chairs the 10-member bond commission, countered that Connecticut competes daily with neighboring states for businesses and jobs.

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Terex Shares Plunge after China Deal Unravels

Westport-based Terex Corp.’s talks with a Chinese suitor broke down today after disagreement on terms. Image

The breakdown cleared the way for Terex’s planned $1.3 billion disposal of a ports lifting-gear business to competitor Konecranes Oyj of Finland.

Shares of Terex closed down just over 14 percent at $20.89 on the news, after dropping 18 percent at the opening of trading.

Recent negotiations with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co. hit an impasse over “crucial terms” despite joint efforts to find a solution, the Chinese company said in a statement early today, without giving further details.

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American flags flew on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westpor’s center today to mark Memorial Day on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Westport Property Transfers May 9 - 13, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 9 - 13, 2016:

2 Pine Drive LLC to Joshua and Maegan Gaffey, 2 Pine Drive , $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

SIR-4 Melon Patch LLC to Brian G. and Stacey Herbst, 4 Melon Patch Lane, $3,361,300

Yvette A. Wildman Revocable Trust to The Chester LLC, 16 Minuteman Hill, $5,830,000

Holly J. and Kevin J. McCarthy to Stephen L. and Stephanie S. Shackelford, 250 North Ave., $2,365,000

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today awarded college tuition grants to 11 seniors among Staples High School Class of 2016. Recipients posed for a group photo with club officials, parents, and invited guests. The recipients and college each will attend: Joseph Bairaktaris (Johnson & Wales), Jimmy Ray Stagg (UConn), Douglas Raigosa (Harvey Mudd College), Melissa Alvarado (UConn), Daniel Brill (James Madison University), Devon Debalsi (Rice University), Helena Leskow (Bentley University), Gracyn Levenson (Cornell University), Emily Rambarran (UConn), Carolynn Van Arsdale (University of Vermont), and Michael Van Der Merwe (Purdue University). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Cops: Thief Preyed on Sports Clubs

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man Thursday for stealing a wallet from a member of the Westport Tennis Club and cash from a handbag hanging at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, police said today. Image
Ronald Garafolo: arrested on warrant. Westport Police photo

Ronald Garafolo, 61, was arrested on an active warrant for the larcenies in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the first larceny took place on Oct. 5 at the Westport Tennis Club located at 1696 Post Road East.

“Garafalo was observed throwing a wallet in the parking lot of the tennis club,” Farrell said. “A witness picked up the wallet and returned in to the victim, who left the wallet in her duffle bag at the receptionist counter at the Tennis Club. The victim reported missing $200 cash from her wallet.”

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Letter: Thanks P&Z Commission and Staff

To the Editor:

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission and Planning Director Steve Palmer and his staff for all of their hard work and efforts to help save the character and heritage of our town.

My wife Julie and I have lived in Westport for 24 years and during this time we raised our three children and built our business. We have always appreciated the unique nature of Westport and tried to help retain the character that makes Westport a special place that it is. Image
This 1782-built house on Center Street was saved by a text amendment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

We recently submitted a zoning amendment, along with our architect Bill Achilles to save a house built in 1782 on Center Street. The neighbors rallied behind us along with the help of many departments in town including Historic District Chairman Francis Henkels and Coordinator Carol Leahy. As we all know everything changes but it is how we manage the change that matters.  It was the diligence and forward thinking planning of the Planning and Zoning Commission that will enable us to save the antique house.

We hope that the amendment that we initiated will encourage builders and homeowners throughout the town to save historic buildings and maintain the unique and wonderful history of Westport.

Robert Haroun
SIR Development, LLC

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A Compo Beach family Thursday tries out the new sidewalk despite a sign saying it’s closed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, May 27, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Fiona Garland on Andrea Mantegna & Giovanni Bellini
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

WN Wins 17 Citations in State Competition

WestportNow won 17 citations, including six first place prizes, in the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in Wallingford. Image
WestportNow’s five-part series last August on seniors and housing won a first place prize. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

It was the most awards won by WestportNow since the competition was opened to online journalism in 2007. This year, in a reshuffling of categories and competitors, WestportNow for the first time competed against not only other small news websites but also small circulation newspapers.

James Lomuscio won five of the first place prizes for: (shared with photographer Dave Matlow) a five-part “Seniors and Housing” series; for his “Westport Key to ‘Great Gatsby?’” story about a documentary exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Westport, his coverage of a memorial service for slain Jeannette and Jeffrey Navin; for his continuing coverage of their murders, and for his profile of interim Staples principal Mark W. Karagus.

Matlow won a first prize for his photo of passersby aiding a bicyclist accident victim.

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Author Ron Chernow receives the Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening award tonight from Bill Harmer, library executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Einarsen for

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow addresses a sold-out Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening event tonight. Among Chernows’s books is the 2004 “Alexander Hamilton,” on which the current Broadway hit “Hamilton” is based. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

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Historic Debate Image
With actor James Naughton moderating, characters from Ron Chernow’s books engaged in a debate tonight as the Westport Library honored Chernow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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‘Hamilton’ Fans Recite Songs Image
Author Ron Chernow was pleased tonight when two Westport elementary school students recited musical segments of “Hamilton” to him.  Jocelyn, 10, (l) and Sophie, 12, Kessler said they listen to the “Hamilton” album every day. Their mother, Elizabeth said the words inspired the girls’ understanding of the founding fathers (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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