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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tribes Win Casino Fight in Senate, Face Battle in House

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes early today won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.

The bill that now goes to an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives would allow the tribes to build a casino off I-91 in East Windsor in an effort to blunt the loss of gambling dollars to Massachusetts once MGM opens a gambling resort under construction in Springfield.

“We did what we had to do. We stood up for Connecticut workers,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said shortly before the final vote at 12:35 a.m.

The Senate unexpectedly took up the bill shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a day when MGM intensified its opposition, buying $400,000 in television time to air a commercial saying the state would be forgoing millions of dollars in license fees and other revenue if it cut a no-bid deal with the owners of the tribal casinos.

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Sunny at Night

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Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Race mascot, watches over the Saugatuck River Tuesday night. This year’s Great Duck Race is Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Parkinson’s Support Group
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4-Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
7 p.m. - Staples - Staples Chamber Orchestra, with Bedford & Coleytown Middle School

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunset on the Saugatuck

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Sunset today over the Saugatuck River looking north from the town center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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05/23/17 08:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

It’s Official: Malloy, Unions Have Tentative Concessions Framework

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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After two days of leaks and speculation, state employee union leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck a tentative framework to recommend a $1.5 billion concessions framework to member bargaining units.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, comprised of representatives of all worker unions, voted to engage in formal discussions with the Malloy administration — a legal prerequisite to any tentative deal.

The governor’s office announced the tentative framework tonight.

Unions also began to notify their members today through posts on the bargaining units’ websites. And at least one union estimated concessions wouldn’t be voted upon until mid-July, about two weeks after the next fiscal year has begun.

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Bedford Square Color

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Alliums provide color today in front of Anthropologie at Bedford Square in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Police: Wanted Man Was Asleep at Train Station

Officers arrested a Stamford man found sleeping on the stairs of the Metro-North station in Saugatuck tafter they learned there was an active warrant on him for violating probation, police said today.

Joseph Capuano, 40, was arrested Saturday and charged with violation of probation based on a warrant out of Trumbull, according to Lt. David Farrell.

Farrell said that officers were dispatched to the train station around 6 p.m. Saturday upon the report of a man sleeping in the stairwell. He said officers woke the man, who was described as wearing a red bandana, to check on his wellbeing.

“The male, identified as Joseph Capuano, stated that he was okay and was waiting on a friend to give him a ride, Farrell said. “The male appeared to be out of sorts and could not answer simple questions.”

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Democrats Seek Candidates for November Municipal Election

The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) is seeking candidates for November’s townwide municipal races.

Vacancies are available on the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance, the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals, an announcement said.

Those who would like to be considered, know of someone who would be a good fit for one of these boards, or have any questions, are asked to contact DTC Nominations Committee Chair Andrew Nevas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), or DTC Chair Melissa Kane (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) on or before June 1.

Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the Nominations Committee during the month of June, the announcement said.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘War Machine, ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Snatched’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Over the last few years, Netflix has established itself as a premiere steaming service. Now, Netflix is breaking new boundaries by debuting Brad Pitt’s provocative “War Machine” for home viewing on Friday, May 26, the same day it opens for Oscar-qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles.

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Written and directed by David Michod (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover”), it’s a black comedy, loosely based on Michael Hastings’ nonfiction best-seller “The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” expanded from a 2010 “Rolling Stone” expose that led to President Obama’s dismissal of General Stanley McChrystal.

Pitt plays cocky, charismatic Glen McMahon, the fictional, four-star General who struts in to command U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, deploying a controversial military strategy called counterinsurgency or COIN.

“We are here to build, to protect, to support the civilian population,” he says. “To that end, we must avoid killing at all cost. We can’t help them and kill them at the same time.”

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05/23/17 11:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Letter: Support Your Local Firefighters

To the Editor:

The Board of Finance and First Selectman have written a few notices lately regarding the town budgets, and I just feel a few things have gotten lost in the shuffle. 

My husband went to Town Hall the other day so his fellow firefighter could turn in his retirement papers. He has served this town for 38 years. He did this not because he wants to retire, but because he has to. 

It was a sad moment for everyone. This is years of experience walking out the door, and he is not alone. They are all facing significant reductions in benefits.

The Firefighters Union and the town are still in arbitration over their contract. My husband has been a firefighter in this town for over 20 years. He did not take this job to be wealthy. He took this job because he cares about this town.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Covlee Drive

By Dave Matlow

The house at Westport’s 15 Covlee Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area is WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day -— with an unusual history to it.

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The house at 15 Covlee Drive is little changed from this 2005 photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It was in 2005 that the 1952-built, two-story split gained some notoriety because its owner, Joan Raymond, was so unhappy with the way the neighborhood was changing that she erected a lawn sign outside her house: “Slow: Pre-McMansion Historic District.”

Her action and the resulting WestportNow story (see WestportNow June 10, 2005) brought lots of attention to the retired dietitian. She died in July 2011 at age 82. (See WestportNow July 20, 2011)

Not only did Raymond publicly display her feelings through a lawn sign, but she also taped a sign to a window offering guided tours of her disappearing lifestyle.

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05/23/17 09:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Power Outage Hits Parts of Westport

UPDATE A power outage hit parts of Westport Monday night.

Eversource said 200 customers were without power from just after 11 p.m. until about 1 a.m. today.

Police said the outage was widespread in the east part of town, around Post Road East and Turkey Hill Road South. An Eversource crew working in the area told police a “main phase” had gone down.

Parts of the Coleytown area — North Avenue, Easton Road — experienced about a five-mile blackout shortly after 11 p.m.

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Westport Scene

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A Westport scene Monday outside the Westport Library as rain fell most of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Ordinance Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Wisdom from CEOs: Brian Gaffney
7 p.m. - Town Hall Green Room - RTM Employee Compensation, Finance, Public Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Honoring Our Heritage: 16 Morningside Drive South

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The owner of 16 Morningside Drive South is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to longtime Westporter Anne Beers, who has lived in the house since 1976, two years after she relocated to Westport from Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Charles Banetz House c. 1901, was built by Banetz who, according to records, emigrated to Westport from Hungary in 1893. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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