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Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members Jack Mullen (l) and Bob Galan get ready for Westport Uncorked, the club’s 26th annual Wine-Tasting Gala Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Inn at Longshore. Over 80 wines and a dozen craft beers specially chosen by Cory D’Addario of Liquor Locker will be available for tasting.  There will also be a live and silent auction featuring tickets to sporting events, local restaurant gift certificates, and more. Proceeds from the event go to local and regional organizations. For more information go to (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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As forecast by the National Weather Service, today’s mid-afternoon high tide brought some localized flooding, including at the entrance road to Wetport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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The entrance road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was under water at the mid-afternoon high tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Town Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 1

The Westport Public Works Department announced today that the annual curbside leaf collection program will begin Monday, Nov, 1 and continue through Monday, Dec. 5. Image
Fall colors along Ford Road last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for

Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department, an announcement said.

Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process cannot handle plastic bags.

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

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The surf was up mid-day today at Westport’s Compo Beach as winds gusted to 20 mph and temperatures were in the mid-60s after days of more summer-like weather. The National Weather Service said the 3:09 p.m. tide in Westport could result in localized minor flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Katie Braja of Norwalk was a first-timer today at the Westport Farmers Market with her line of Jojoba’s Witness minimalist skincare products. Her website is which says it’s “where the ingredients are pure, the rituals are simple, and the results are beautiful.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Going for the Green Image
Green vegetables, including kale, chard, collard greens, and a variety of lettuce, were popular items today at the Sport Hill Farm booth at the Westport Farmers Market. The New Milford-based farm proclaims it is “organic, fresh, and local.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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An October Monarch butterfly seen in a Westport backyard dining on a Buddleia bush, often called a butterfly bush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alexandria Donovan for

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Investment Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: Make a Monster Mask with Chris Crowe
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Special: “The Library of the Future”
6 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Estate Planning Seminar
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Environmental Learning Series: “The Battle Against Illegal, Unreported, & Unregulated Fishing”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Finding Clarity in Your Financial Life
7 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Book Discussion: “Circling the Sun,” Paula McLain
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - P&Z Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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The presidential debate won center television status tonight at 323 Restaurant & Bar, 323 Main St., while the National League Championship series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers was on a smaller set. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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The Westport Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Westport tonight hoted a presidential debate viewing session. Journalist Eric Burns, formerly of NBC News and Fox News, moderated a discussion about the event, as he did at the first presidential debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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At Earthplace, Candidates Tout Environmental Commitment

By James Lomuscio

Moderator Julie Belaga began tonight’s legislative debate at Earthplace by commenting on the unseasonably warm October weather. Image
Rivals: state Rep Jonathan Steinberg, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Cathy Wash tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“Any candidate who doesn’t believe climate change is a reality?” asked Belaga, a longtime Westporter, former state representative and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office in Boston.

“No hands?” she added. “You’re the ones who are going to make a difference.”

On the panel were: Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh; Sen. Toni Boucher and Democratic challenger Carolanne Curry; Republican state Rep. Gail Lavielle, who is running unopposed; incumbent Republican Sen. Tony Hwang and Democratic opponent Philip Dwyer.

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Westport’s Earthplace tonight hosted a debate on environmental issues with local legislative candidates. Julie Belaga of Westport (l), co-founder of the nonpartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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‘American Housewife’ Dips in Ratings in 2nd Outing

The ABC TV sitcom “American Housewife” set in Westport, stumbled in the ratings in its second outing Tuesday night. Image
Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader in “American Housewife.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ABC TV photo

The half-hour comedy staring Katy Mixon pulled a 1.6/6 share and 5.7 million viewers, down 16 percent among the coveted 18-49s from its premiere last week, according to

CBS ‘s “NCIS” and NBC’s “The Voice,” both hour-long entries in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot did better.

An ABC news release about “American Housewife” noted that actor Diedrich Bader, who plays Mixon’s husband, has spent plenty of time in real life Westport.

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Halloween Parade Set for Thursday, Oct. 27

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. announced today that the Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27. Image
Westport’s Main Street was crowded for the 2014 Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The annual event is for all children, especially those 8 and under. Children and parents will meet at Main Street and Post Road East at 3:30 p.m., an annuncement said.

The parade will go up Main Street, turn right onto Avery Place, then turn left on Myrtle Ave to Town Hall.  Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 4 p.m.

There will be no parking on Main Street between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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