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Friday, December 12, 2014

Full House for 74th Candlelight Concert

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A full house attended the Staples High School 74th annual Candlelight Concert tonight, a gift from the Staples Music Department to the Town of Westport. The concert featured musical selections performed by the Orphenians, led by Luke Rosenberg (above), choirs, symphonic orchestra and symphonic band. A large banner, which appeared at the end, announced that Staples will be celebrating its 75th Candlelight Concert next year with a special program. The Candlelight Concert will be presented again at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Processional

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The traditional “Sing We Noel” candlelight processional opened tonight’s 74th annual Candlelight Concert at Staples high School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Season’s Greetings at Candlelight Concert

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Staples High School students perform the traditional production number tonight as part of the 74th annual Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Continuing a Tradition

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Staples High School students perform tonight at the 74th annual Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Candlelight Concert 74th Annual Edition


Scenes from tonight’s opening night of the 74th annual Candlelight Concert at Staples High School. Larry Untermeyer and Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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In Performance at Dunville’s

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The crowd at the recently refurbished Dunville’s Restaurant, 41 Saugatuck Ave., was entertained tonight by the Westport-based band Accidental Breakdown. Formed in 2011, members describe their music as “reggae and blues with serious groove.” The band was formed by childhood friends Greg Wolfe (bass gaiter at the microphone) and Todd Cummings (drums), who grew up together in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores neighborhood. Wolfe, who writes many of the originals, said his work is inspired by Bob Marley and other 1970s reggae musicians such as Toots, Third World, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff, UB 40, Black Uhuru and others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Murphy Wins Seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy, who is still in his freshman term in the Senate, has been given a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next Congress, a powerful panel that decides all spending issues and is responsible for the budget that funds all federal departments and programs.

“Joining the Appropriations Committee has been a priority for me since I joined the Senate, and I’m honored to have won a slot in just my third year here,” Murphy said. “The Appropriations Committee is so vital to Connecticut— it makes decisions on how much money is spent on submarines, helicopters and jet engines for our military, and it funds work on Connecticut’s interstates and rail lines.”

Murphy also tweeted he’s the first Connecticut senator to sit on an appropriations panel in nearly 30 years.

Fellow Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, meanwhile, tweeted that he will be the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee next year.

—CTMirror.org

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 24 - 28, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 24 - 28, 2014:

Crescent Road Partners LLC to 22 Crescent LLC, 22 Crescent Road, $2,300,000WNproperty.jpg

Minerva Neameskay Estate to Bryan S. and Kristin J. Good, 34 Weston Road, 50% Interest, $237,500

Shirley D’Aiuto to Bryan S. and Kristin J. Good, 34 Weston Road, 50% Interest, $237,500

Gregg and Aundreena McGibney to Lida Saw, 1 Fairview Drive, $1,020,000

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Comings & Goings: Thaeroa Nails & Spa to Post Road East

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What used to be International House of Pancakes (IHOP), then Westport Pancake House at 520 Post Road East will now house the Thaeroa Nails and Spa salon. It will open by month’s end in the space that has been vacant for three years, according to owner David Kang. Kang said he has been in the nail salon business for 30 years with locations under different names in Queens and Ryebrook, N.Y. and had been searching for a Westport location for the past year. IHOP occupied the 3,000-square feet space until December 2005 when the name changed to Westport Pancake House and Restaurant, which closed in October 2011. (See WestportNow Oct. 26, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Wild,’ ‘Top Five’

By Susan Granger

In “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon delivers her most fearless performance since “Walk the Line.”

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This adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir follows the author’s grueling 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail from the Mojave Desert near the Mexican border to the mountains of Oregon and Washington.

Determined to leave behind the drug abuse and sex addiction that torpedoed her marriage, Cheryl (Witherspoon) trudges into the wilderness. Frequent, non-linear flashbacks fuel her determination, particularly memories of her spunky mother (Laura Dern), who died of lung cancer at age 45.

Adapting Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail,” author/screenwriter Nick Hornsby (“About a Boy”) and director Jean-Marc Valee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) deliver an emotionally volatile character study - with colorful supporting characters, evocative imagery and magnificent vistas.

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Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Passenger Drug Arrest

A routine motor vehicle stop on the Sherwood Island Connector Monday morning netted the arrest of a Massachusetts woman who had stashed narcotics pills in her Altoids container, Westport police said today.

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Kelly Johnson: released on $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Kelly Johnson, 24 of Foxborough, Mass., had been a passenger in the car driven by William Walsh, 26, of Mansfield, Mass. At the stop, “an officer smelled the distinct odor of marijuana from the car,” said Lt. Arthur Belile.

“The passenger, Johnson, admitted to having a small amount of marijuana (less than .5 oz), miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and pills in an ibuprofen bottle and Altoids container,” Belile said. “The pills were identified as amphetamine and dextoamphetamine.”

Charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, Johnson was transported to police headquarters and later released on $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 19, he said.

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Westporter Arrested on NYC Extradition Request

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Stephen Krawitz: nabbed by NY detectives. Westport Police photo

UPDATE Westport police today assisted New York City detectives in arresting a Westport man wanted on fraud-related charges.

Stephen R. Krawitz, 62, of Ludlow Road, was taken into custody without incident at 8:20 a.m., police said.

“Detectives from the NYPD requested assistance in an attempt to locate Krawitz who had an active arrest warrant with their department,” said Lt. Arthur Belile

“Contact was made at the residence and Krawitz was taken into custody without incident.  There is no information available for the nature of the arrest warrant.”

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Senior Center Hosts Sunday Music Performance

The Westport Center for Senior Activities Sunday will host a special music program of sentimental favorites, Broadway hits and holiday songs performed by Maureen Hamill and an all-star cast. 

The free event begins at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. and complimentary refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation and the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. 

The Center is located at 21 Imperial Ave For more information, phone (203)341-5099.

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Friday,  December 12, 2014


10 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Westport Transit District Directors
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Staples High School - 74th Annual Candlelight Concert (food drive: canned goods for Gillespie Center)
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Spending Bill: Himes Has Tough Win

By Ann Radalet

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Washington – For Rep. Jim Himes, House approval late today of legislation that would allow banks to trade derivatives—a measure he’s been promoting for years—is a bittersweet victory.

“I’m not happy that it became a super-hot button issue when it always received bipartisan support,” Himes said.

The provision stirred up a Democratic firestorm that threw passage of the country’s omnibus spending bill into a last-minute tailspin.

Backed by Himes, D-4th District, the legislation was included in the massive $1.1 trillion budget bill the House approved on a 219-206 vote just hours before current legislation funding the federal government expired at midnight.

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Comings & Goings: Shade Store Opens on Main St.

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The Shade Store, a third generation family operated business since 1946 specializing in custom window treatments, with main office in Port Chester, N.Y., has opened at 115 Main St. in the walkway behind Vince. women’s apparel store. The store is also accessible from Parker Harding Plaza. According to an employee, the business offers more than 800 exclusive window treatment materials in 11 product categories and reaches its market three ways: its 21 showrooms in the country, its website and by phone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fairfield County Giving Day Set for March 5

Nonprofit organizations in Westport can now register to participate in Giving Day on March 5, a 24-hour period of online donations through www.FCGives.org, organizers announced today.

Initiated last year by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day encourages individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups to “give where you live” and support Fairfield County nonprofits.

On last year’s Giving Day, 9,211 online donors gave more than $620,000 to 267 Fairfield County nonprofits – all in just 24 hours, the announcement said.

An additional $127,500 in cash prizes funded by the Community Foundation, lead sponsor Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits.

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CT Mirror Special : Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County

Fairfield County, a region marked by sharp disparities in income and in urban and suburban life, faces particular challenges in assuring all its residents a quality education.

Today, a special CTMirror.org report, “Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County,” explores the issue through in-­depth policy reporting, interactive maps and charts, photo galleries and opinion pieces written by teachers from the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.

The project also features a new interactive tool to help readers offer their perspective.

Called The Public Eye, and developed in partnership with Hartford­-based design firm CO:LAB, The Public Eye is a collection of highlights and commentary based on what CTMirror.org has published, as well as experiences and resources posted by the community. Readers are encouraged to post a story or comment.

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Marpe: Kramer Support for Westport Was ‘Infectious’

First Selectman Jim Marpe today issued the following statement on the death of Westport resident Sidney Kramer:

“With regret, I acknowledge the passing of Westporter Sidney Kramer.

“In addition to his impressive professional accolades and accomplishments, Sidney was a fierce believer in honoring history and preserving the character of his beloved Westport. 

“He was instrumental in affecting change in a myriad of ways: from his original endeavors in maintaining the Remarkable Book Store; to establishing a third political party in Westport; and until recently when, despite failing health, he remained active in Save Westport Now.

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Winter Look

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Snow was sticking at Westport’s Saugatuck Shores early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Salinas for WestportNow.com

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Adding to the Christmas Look

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A dusting of light snow greeted Westporters today, adding to the Christmas look to a tree in Parker Harding Plaza along the Saugatuck River. The forecast called for snow showers today, warming up only into the upper 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

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Westporters awoke today to a dusting of snow just in time for holiday shopping. View is of Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taste of Weather to Come

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A taste of weather to come as seen early today at Westport’s Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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And Winter is Still 10 Days Away

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Traffic moves along snow-covered Kings Highway North early today as a dusting of snow fell with 10 days to go before the official start of winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  December 11, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - “Downton Abbey” Season 4
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
6:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Blight Prevention Board Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - A Christmas Memory
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Jack Cavanaugh, “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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