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Monday, December 15, 2014

Strathmore Lane House Gets Cleanup Extension

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A 30-day cleanup extension has been given to the owner of 1 Strathmore Lane near the intersection of Treadwell Avenue and Kings Highway South, according to Steve Smith, Westport blight enforcement officer. He said the extension beyond the deadline that expired Dec. 8 to perform the required property cleanup was made because there was a delay in notification to the owner. He said the house has been vacated for a long time and a bank is currently in the advanced stages of the foreclosure process. Smith said the board is reviewing three additional Westport properties for blight violations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Despite Coverup, Minute Man in Christmas Spirit

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Despite being under cover during renovations and cleaning, Westport’s Minute Man statue at the Compo Beach Road nevertheless is in the Christmas spirit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Lights Under a Starry Sky

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The William F. Cribari Bridge shines bright Sunday night with Christmas lights under a starry sky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 15, 2014


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Script in Hand Playreading, “The Mousetrap”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Village District Steering Committee
7 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Concert at Historical Society

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today presented its ninth annual holiday concert featuring Mary Ann and Bill Hall and staff. More than 50 children of all ages and parents enjoyed interactive dancing and singing that accompanied the songs as well as the refreshments that followed the program. Proceeds from the program go to support the Music for Children and the year-round educational activities of the WHS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Reindeer Dance

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As part of today’s Westport Historical Society’s ninth annual holiday concert, students from Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children and Beyond program took part in seasonal songs and interactive dancing and singing. Music for Children is a music appreciation school for infants, children and parents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Rehearsing for Unitarian Church Concert

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Minister of Music Ed Thompson, clarinet soloist Ruth Ahlers, and one of the Unitarian Church in Westport’s nine choirs rehearse the traditional Hanukkah song “Hanerot Halalu” prior to today’s holiday concert at the church where the choir performed the piece in honor of Hanukkah. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Good Shopping Weather

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Clear weather and temperatures in the 40s made for good holiday shopping today on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Now a Main Street Tradition

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A horse-drawn carriage makes its way down Westport’s Main Street today amid holiday shoppers. The Westport Downtown Merchants Association is sponsoring the free rides this weekend and next in what has become a seasonal tradition in recent years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Hitching a Ride

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Visitors to Westport’s Main Street hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage compliments of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Careful Balance

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A visitor to Westport’s downtown area today holds a coat in one hand and a purse, wallet, and leashes for three dogs in the other as she makes her way to a parking lot on Elm Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Busy Sunday at Post Office

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The second Sunday holiday opening of the Westport Post Office, 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square, was a busy day today compared to last Sunday. The Westport facility is one of a number of post offices to open for four hours on the three Sundays leading up to Christmas Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The last Sunday opening will be next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Masonic Lodge Makes Holiday Contributions

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Recipients of holiday donations from Westport’s Masonic Temple Lodge No. 65 pose with members and First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) today at the group’s annual Christmas party at 210 Post Road East. Past Master Richard Riggiano said the Lodge distributed more than $20,000 to 17 nonprofits in the Westport area, “the second largest amount we’ve ever distributed.” Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The group’s members are dedicated to good citizenship, contributing more than $1 billion each year to charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Frosty’ Draws Playhouse Crowds

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Three consecutive Westport Country Playhouse performances today of “Frosty” attracted near sellout crowds. With book and lyrics by Catherine Bush, music by Mandy Williams, directed by Katy Brown and a cast of six actors, the event was part of the Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Orphenians on the Road in NYC

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The Staples High School Orphenians, spreading holiday joy from Westport, warmed up today for a late morning appearance at the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in New York City. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  December 14, 2014


11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - The Barter Players, “Frosty”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Holiday Music Special: Yale’s East Rock Brass Quintet
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Maureen Hamill & Friends
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Holiday Sing-Out: Celebrate Peace to the World
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blumenthal, Murphy Split on Budget Bill That Averts Shutdown

By Ann Radalet

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Washington – Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, split over a massive omnibus spending bill the Senate approved late today, ending the threat of a government shutdown.

Murphy voted for the $1.1 trillion bill; Blumenthal did not. The 56-40 vote came after a day of wrangling over the bill’s funding of the Department of Homeland Security, which conservative Republicans said would help President Obama implement his recent steps to stop the deportation of millions of undocumented aliens.

The bill funds Homeland Security only through February, which will give the incoming Republican-controlled Congress another chance to strip the immigration funding.

Meanwhile, liberal Democrats, including Blumenthal, objected to the bill because it would ease a reform adopted after the financial crash that bans federally insured banks from trading financial instruments called derivatives. They were also opposed to a provision that relaxed federal pension rules and another that would lift a cap on rich donors who contribute to political parties.

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Westport Protest Over Ferguson and NYC Deaths

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More than 50 persons lined the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today in solidarity with protests across the country over the failure of grand juries in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City to indict police officers in the recent deaths of two unarmed black men. The Rev. Roberta Finkelstein of The Unitarian Church in Westport said, “Our faith teaches us that every single person is important Our justice system is not acting as though that were true. That is why we stand here to assert that black lives matter.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hands Up in Westport

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Protesters on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today held their hands up and carried signs containing words that have become symbolic following the police shooting deaths of black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joining With Others in Protest

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Today’s protest against police brutality on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center was part of protests across the country. Westporters as well as those from surrounding areas took part in the event organized by The Unitarian Church in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Another Westport Bridge Protest

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Over the years, Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge has seen numerous protests, the latest today as about 50 persons protested recent shooting incidents in Missouri and New York City. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ferguson on Their Minds

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A Westport protest today on the Ruth Steinkrasus Cohen Bridge featured a large banner expressing solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sylvan Road South Reopened Following Accident

UPDATE Westport police said southbound traffic on Sylvan Road South was reopened at about 6 p.m. today after a small box truck earlier struck and pulled down a utility pole with wires, causing the closure from Post Road West to Riverside Avenue.

Northbound traffic was unaffected by the early morning accident, which knocked out power in the area but caused no injuries.

The truck belonged to a vendor servicing the nearby Westport Winter Farmers Market, which went on as scheduled.

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Busy Day at Winter Farmers Market

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The Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s on Sylvan Lane attracted large crowds today despite traffic rerouting on Sylvan Road South. The detour resulted from an early morning accident involving a market vegetable vendor’s truck slamming into a utility pole near the market entrance. There were no injuries, but the pole had to be replaced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Box Truck Brings Down Utility Wires

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UPDATE A box truck brought down a utility pole and wires today on Sylvan Road South, knocking out power to the area and closing the road from Post Road West to Riverside Avenue. The accident occurred less than 100 yards from the entrance to the Winter Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s, which remains open today until 2 p.m. The road closure caused traffic rerouting and vehicle parking for the market, which was limited to the Riverside Avenue lot. A market volunteer said the truck belongs to the market’s main vegetable vendor. Police said the roadway was reopened at about 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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