Saturday, February 11, 2017
Harold Bailey, chair of Westport’s diversity committee TEAM Westport, told CNN interviewer Michael Smerconish today he wanted to clear up some “misperceptions” about the group’s white privilege high school essay contest that has attracted national attention. First, he said, he did not author the essay prompt. It was done by committee, he said. Second, another misperception was that it sparked “outrage” in the community. Not so, said Bailey. In fact, he said it has gotten “tremendous support” from clergy, educators and ordinary citizens. See full interview HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from CNN
It was CNN’s turn today to spotlight TEAM Westport’s white privilege essay, which sparked national attention. Host Michael Smerconish interviewed TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey about the contest. He offered to bring the winner on his program either on television or Sirius Radio to read the essay. Bailey said the winner should be announced about April 3. See the complete interview HERE. The program repeats at 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from CNN
Protesters were out on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today making their opposition known to President Trump’s immigration ban. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Boris, a 7-month-old Russian Bear Dog, also known as a Caucasian Ovcharka (Russian for Shepherd) was at the Westport Winter Farmers Market today among Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) dogs looking for a home. WASA says he was rescued from a neglectful situarion with his sister Natasha. It describes him as a “goofy pup” who is very affectionate, well socialized, housebroken, and great with dogs—all sizes—and cats, Currently tipping the scale at 100 pounds, he is expected to grow to 130 pounds. Callie Laporo watched over Boris as he surveyed the passing farmers market scene. Visit www.westportwasa.org for more information about Boris and other dogs (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com
A Westport Department of Public Works employee drives a sidwalk cleaner and sander today along North Avenue as the cleanup from Thursday’s snowstorm continues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Cross Country Travel by Bicycle Lecture
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Dan Slater, “Wolf Boys”
5 p.m. - Chirst & Holy Trinity Church - VOCES8 “A Choral Tapestry”
6 p.m. - Waters Edge at Giovanni’s (2748 Boston Post Road, Darien) - Earthplace 9th Annual Darwin Day Dinner
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Mr. Boy w/ Digisaurus
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, February 10, 2017
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
The General Assembly today began its review of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new two-year budget with a strong, bipartisan pushback from the Appropriations Committee.
Lawmakers challenged proposals to reallocate local aid, open nonprofit hospitals’ real property to municipal taxation, continue dedicating some sales tax revenues to transportation, and close 40 percent of next year’s deficit with state employee concessions.
Malloy, who met with Capitol reporters at a separate news conference, said legislative resistance comes as no surprise.
The governor, who highlighted several key aspects of his plan in the days leading up to its full presentation on Wednesday, acknowledged there are a lot of difficult choices.
The Westport Country Playhouse will host “Letters to Our Daughters,” a special community event honoring International Women’s day on Wednesday, March 8.
The 7 p.m. event will feature a diverse group of performers and writers including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Kelli O’Hara, and best-selling author Jane Green, an announcement said.
The program is curated by Samantha Goober and Anne Keefe, Playhouse artist. The evening is free-of-charge, by reservation with the Playhouse’s box office, 203-227-4177, or online at http://www.westportplayhouse.org. Seating is general admission. The program is geared for ages 14 and up.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, the announcement said. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
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