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Video: Minimal Impact So Far of Tropical Storm at Compo

There were minimal effects of Tropical Storm Jose at Westport’s Compo Beach late today at low tide. The National Weather Service late today dropped Westport and Fairfield County as well as Westchester and Nassau Counties from its Tropical Storm Watch area as Jose moved northward. It said some coastal flooding was still possible and issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area. video


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Small Whitecaps at Compo Image
There were small whitecaps at Westport’s Compo Beach at low tide at about 6 p.m. today as Tropical Storm Jose moved up far off the coast. The low tide revealed a shoe left behind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Stairway to Veterans Green Closer to Reality Image
Work neared completion today of a pedestrian stairway to Westport’s Veterans Green from Main Street. It is part of a $237,270 sidewalk improvement project that offers pedestrian access to Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Granger at the Movies: ‘mother,’ ‘Home Again,’ ‘American Assassin’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you needed proof of the adage “Love is blind,” look no further than “mother!” in which Jennifer Lawrence stars in her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky’s macabre horror/melodrama that’s tinged with increasingly hysterical, pseudo-religious overtones. Image

Writer/director Aronofsky blends “Rosemary’s Baby” with “Requiem for a Dream,” making the cynical assertion that — for the artist — creative inspiration is more important than love or life itself.

Opening with the image of a huge Victorian country house burning, along with its female inhabitant (Lawrence), it relates the tortured tale of a nameless, archetypal couple (Lawrence, Javier Bardem).

He’s a famous, self-absorbed poet who craves adoration and idolatry. Serving as his self-sacrificing “inspiration,” she’s renovated and restored his idyllic old house, which burned down before they met. Like a radiant Earth Mother, she’s determined to “make a paradise” for him, even while self-medicating.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Pine Tree Drive Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Pine Tree Drive, off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 2,420-square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. 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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A rendering of the MGM Bridgeport casino complex.Contributed photo

Almost 15 years after former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell led a Fairfield County coalition opposing a casino in Bridgeport, the possibility of gambling in the state’s largest city took on a new life today.

MGM Resorts International announced ambitious plans for a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor area that it said would create thousands of jobs.

The announcement came despite current state law that bars building a casino in Bridgeport as gaming is currently limited to the two federal Indian reservations. However, the General Assembly has approved a plan for a third casino in East Windsor that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

That did not seem to dissuade MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Office James Murren, a Bridgeport native, from announcing his plan.

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Sunday’s sunset as seen from South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for


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Monday, September 18, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committe
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

NWS: High Winds, Costal Flooding Possible Image
The National Weather Service issued this graphic tonight about Tropical Storm Jose, warning that high winds and costal flooding are possible. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NWS graphic


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Football Wreckers Hold Dueling Car Washes Image
The Staples Gridiron Club held dueling car washes today to benefit the Staples football team. The event, held at ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, and Dragone Classic Motorcars, 176 Post Road West, raised more than $2,000 in support of team expenses and scholarships.  Contributed photo


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Dems’ Solution to Combat Alt-Right: Win Elections

There was a packed Westport Library audience today for a Democratic Women of Westport forum on “How to Fight the Alt-Right” featuring U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and social media political specialist Melissa Ryan. Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes addresses today’s forum while fellow panelist Melissa Ryan and moderator Rob Simmelkjaer listen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

With Rob Simmelkjaer, running mate of Melissa Kane for first selectman on the Democratic ticket, moderating the discussion, Himes said the emergence of the alternative right movement “has upturned politics in Washington.”

“President Trump is not a Nazi though he is on the alt-right spectrum,” he said.

The Democrat, who is serving his fifth term and is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the alt-right movement has resulted in the “shunting aside” of the Republican Party, minimizing the influence of leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Tropical Storm Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Westport and area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means Tropical storm wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

The latest local forecast is for below tropical storm force wind with peak wind forecast of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph

The Weather Service said emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for tropical storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.

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