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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Nora Webster” by Colm Tóibín
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series:  “45 Years”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - How to Grow Your Email List & Expand Your Reach
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Supplemental Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Westport Connection in Powerful Story of ALS-Stricken Footballer

Many Westporters tonight attended an invitation-only Norwalk Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema screening of “Gleason,” the emotionally powerful story of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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Michel Gleason addresses an audience tonight at an invitation-only screening of “Gleason,” a feature-length documentary about her football husband’s battle with ALS.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

After debuting to standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the hit feature-length documentary was sold to Amazon Studios and Open Road Films in a unique partnership for a wide theatrical release beginning July 29.

Special guest for tonight’s screening was Gleason’s wife, Michel, who weeks after her husband’s 2011 diagnosis revealed that she was expecting their first child.  Now no longer the sole caretaker of her husband, she appeared relaxed but a bit bewildered by all the attention now focused on her family’s very painful but gripping story.

“To see us on the big screen, it’s weird, strange,” she told the audience at the screening. At a reception afterwards at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, she repeated “strange” and “weird” to describe her feelings about being involved in the Hollywood whirlwind of activities in advance of the film’s wide release.

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A Video Journal For An Unborn Son

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An invitation-only audience at the Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema in Norwalk tonight watches a screening of “Gleason,” the Sundance Film Fetival hit documentary about the battle waged against ALS by former New Orleans Saints defense back Steve Gleason. Most of the footage came from 1,300 hours of a video journal made by Gleason. An executive producer of the film, set for wide release on July 29, is Westporter Mark Shapiro, who tonight hosted Gleason’s wife, Michel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Strawberry Moon’ Viewing

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The full moon rising on the summer solstice, often callled a “starwberry moon,” delighted visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. It last occurred in 1967 and won’t happen again until 2062.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for WestportNow.com

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‘Strawberry Moon’ Over Westport

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Today’s summer solstice coincided with a full moon tonight, seen here over Westport. It is sometimes referred to as a “strawberry moon,” a rare occurrence last seen almost half a century ago. The solstice, which is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer, occurred at 6:34 p.m. Astronomers said this is the first time since 1967 that a full moon has risen on the summer solstice and that it will not happen again until June 21, 2062. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Westport Thanks to U.S. Congressional Delegation

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A group of Westporters, organized by Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, gathered for a photo at Compo Beach today to thank U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for their action and leadership on gun violence prevention. Kane said the photos will be sent to the representatives on behalf of Westport families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Pam Einarsen

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Honoring Shirley Mellor

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The Westport Woman’s Club today honored longtime Westport patron of the arts Shirley Mellor (l), owner of former Max’s Arts Supplies. Club president Dorothy Curran, presented her with a red rose in appreciation for her financial support for the framing of three Bedford family portraits hanging in the club’s recently renovated Bedford Hall. Behind them is one of them, a portrait of Mary Ann Dingee Bedford, wife of Edward T. Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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For First Time, Legislators Override a Malloy Veto

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suffered his first veto overrides today, marking a turning point in the Democratic governor’s six-year partnership with the General Assembly’s Democratic majority.

In an election-year distancing of a governor whose approval rating recently sank to 24 percent, the General Assembly overrode the vetoes of three bills and sustained five others. The House was willing to do four more overrides, but the Senate stood with Malloy on others, including one increasing legislative oversight over tax breaks for economic development.

House voted in rapid succession to override the vetoes of five House and one Senate bills. The Senate overrode vetoes of two Senate and two House bills.

An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

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Outgoing CT Budget Deficit Swells

By Keith M.Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Eroding state income tax receipts identified today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration not only widened the deficit in the outgoing fiscal year, but threatened to punch a hole in the new state budget 12 days before it begins.

Malloy’s budget office announced the red ink in the 2015-16 finances worsened over the past month by $56.7 million — a problem driven largely by a $75 million drop in projected income tax receipts.

And since prior year’s income tax receipts are a crucial factor used to project likely revenues in the following year, the new forecast raises questions about the stability of the $19.76 billion budget Malloy and legislators approved recently for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“We’re facing a sustained period of slower-than-normal growth as we adjust to this new economic reality,” Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, the governor’s budget chief, wrote in a statement. “… We are committed to making difficult choices to reduce spending throughout the end of this fiscal year and into the next.”

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Installing ‘SOLOS 2016’

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The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today installed works of art for its “SOLOS 2016” exhibit opening Friday with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. It features more than 40 works from eight regional artists. Douglas Hyland (2nd l), former director of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, was juror, selecting from more than 160 entries. Joining him for a photo were (l-r) Amanda Innes, WAC acting executive director; Jill Sarver, WAC visual arts manager; exhibiting artist Nina Bentley, and WAC board member Michael Loeb. At left is Bentley’s work, “There Are No Words,” reflecting the moments in life that are so overwhelming, there truly are no words. The exhibit runs through Aug. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Greenwich Woman Nabbed for Pocketbook Swap

Westport officers arrested a Greenwich woman Friday for switching her pocketbook with a $900 Burberry one at a second-hand store almost three years ago, police said today.

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Regina Murphy-Dixon: released on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Regina Murphy-Dixon, 50, was arrested on an active warrant and charged with fifth-degree larceny.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the crime occurred in September 2013. Dixon was contacted the same day of the theft from the high-end, second-hand Roundabout store at 606 Post Road East.

She denied swapping the bags, even though the theft had been caught on video surveillance, Farrell said.

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North Avenue Closed at Merritt Bridge

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Westport’s North Avenue was closed today to traffic at the Merritt Parkway Bridge as one-way alternating traffic was discontinued so repair work on the problem-plagued bridge can continue. It is the second successive summer the bridge has been closed as part of a $2.8 million repair project. Project completion is now targeted for Aug. 25.  View is of North Avenue and Hazlenut Road.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Bridge Work

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\With two months to go on the updated timeline for completion, work was underway today on the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway. Although the full-time closure was announced last week, many drivers were forced to turn around at the barricades today, according to a traffic agent on scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Last Spring Dusk

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Dusk Sunday as viewed from Westport’s Beachside Avenue area. It was the last spring sunset with summer officially beginning at 6:34 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - First Day of Summer


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
5 p.m. - Westport Farmers Market Lot - Westport Historical Society Twilight Cycle Ride to Compo
6:34 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Summer Solstice
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Zika Virus: What You Need to Know
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES Program: Celestial Viewing

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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