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Thursday, September 14, 2017

First Selectman Candidates’ Forum Set for Sept. 27 at Temple Israel

The four candidates for Westport’s first selectman are scheduled to square off at a candidates’ forum at Temple Israel at 14 Coleytown Road on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., temple officials said today.

“This will be an opportunity for Westporters to hear the candidates’ views on some of the most important issues facing our community, and to pose questions of the candidates as well,” the announcement said. 

The four candidates vying for the town’s top post this November are current First Selectman Jim Marpe, a Republican, Melissa Kane, a Democrat, Jonathan Suggs, who is running as an Independent, and Timothy J. Elgin, who is unaffiliated.

According to Temple Israel, the event is free and open to the public and being co-sponsored with the Conservative Synagogue, Saugatuck Congregational Church, Green’s Farms Church, and United Methodist Church.


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In Support of ‘Dreamers’ Image
About a dozen persons gathered on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center late today to protest President Trump’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “We stand with our nation’s immigrant students, who contribute to our country and keep America what it always has been: a land of dreamers,” said Darcy Hicks of Westport, one of the organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Two natives of Mexico en route to work in Darien were so moved by protesters supporting “Dreamers,” young, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center late today that they stopped to give them hugs. President Trump last week announced an end to a program that allowed young undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Fake Police Officer Arrested for Sexual Assault

Officers arrested a Stamford man today for sexually assaulting a woman at the Westport Inn while pretending to be a police officer, police said. Image
Ashwin Mathur: free on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Ashwin Mathur, 23, was charged with third-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint in the second degree and impersonating a police officer upon being taken into custody in Stamford where he was being held following a motor vehicle stop, Lt. David Farrell said.

The incident dates back to Aug. 8 when the victim came to Police Headquarters to report that she had been sexually assaulted the previous day.

“The victim explained that the assault took place at the Westport Inn by a man she was having an online relationship with,” Farrell said.

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Census Says CT Still Rich, But Wage Gap Persists and Population Stagnant

By Ana Radelat

Washington – Connecticut continues to be one of the highest-income states in the nation, but its population is stagnant and may even be on the downturn, and there’s a huge gap between the incomes of white state residents and minorities.

Those were some of the latest findings of the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its latest American Community Survey today. Unlike the nationwide census conducted every 10 years, which aims to seek information from every household, the ACS is an ongoing study of demographic trends that surveys about 3.5 million Americans a year.

It showed that median income in Connecticut continues to grow and was at $73,433, the fifth highest in the nation, in 2016.

Maryland had the nation’s highest median income, $78,945, followed by Alaska, New Jersey and Hawaii.

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It was a busy day today at the Westport Farmers Market. Among the shoppers was chef Bill Taibe, known for his Jesup Hall, Kawa Ni, and The Whelk restaurants in Westport, who stocked up at the stand of South Glastonbury’s Rose’s Berry Farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the state has given preliminary approval to the town’s request to remove “no turn on red” signs at the town-owned intersections at Main Street, Myrtle Avenue and Kings Highway North (above) and Main Street, Avery Place and Parker Harding. The signs, installed earlier this year when new “smart” traffic lights were installed, will be removed once appropriate paperwork has been received, he said. “It is anticipated that their removal will aid in the flow of traffic and help alleviate some of the congestion currently experienced at those intersections,” Marpe said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Town Hall - Career Coach: beginning Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
1 p.m. - Town Hall - Career Coach: intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Transformation Project Kick-Off
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Elder Law: a Round Table Discussion
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &
7 p.m. - 515 Post Road East - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - 515 Post Road East - Blight Prevention Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Staples Boys Soccer Earns Epic 3-3 Tie Image
Down 3-0 to Fairfield Warde at halftime, the Staples boys soccer team today battled back to earn a 3-3 draw. Timmy Liles netted the first goal two minutes after intermission. Patricio Perez Elorza added two more. The come-from-behind draw was keyed by strong pressure from Azam Plummer, Tadeo Messenger and Anton Mahr, the midfield work of Steven Frost and Matt Engler, and defenders Chris Martenson, Callum Wisher and Nick Ambrose (shown in photo). Staples hosts Wilton this Saturday at noon at Loeffler Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for


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Unitarian Church Drum Circle to Benefit Hurricane Victims

Westport’s Unitarian Church is set to host “Rhythms of Hope,” a benefit drum circle to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., church officials announced today.

The fundraiser is being sponsored by Sound Directions and Social Justice Outreach at the Unitarian Church at 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Money raised is for Direct Relief, which provides medical supplies to support nonprofit community clinics and health center services.

Officials stressed that 100 percent of the event’s funds raised via suggested donations of $20 each for adults, $10 for seniors, will be used exclusively for areas damaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Creating a New Sidewalk Alongside Veterans Green Image
Work has begun on a $237,270 sidewalk improvement project on Westport’s Main Street alongside Veterans Green. The work involves removing a stone wall bordering the Green and installing a sidewalk that will connect with the sidewalk on Myrtle Avenue, according to workers on site. During the project Main Street traffic lanes are diverted and marked by orange cones.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Marpe Urges Legislators to Vote ‘No’ on State Budget

In a letter to the four state legislators who represent Westport, First Selectman Jim Marpe today urged them to vote “no” Thursday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s state budget proposal, as it shifts the burden of teacher pensions to municipalities.

“I would like to state my strong opposition to such a proposal and urge you to vote against any final budget that includes this shift in responsibility for pension funding from the state to our towns and cities,” Marpe wrote in a letter addressed to state Sens. Toni Boucher and Tony Hwang, and Reps. Gail Lavielle and Jonathan Steinberg. All but Steinberg are Republicans.

“We should not be responsible for a pension liability that we did not negotiate,” Marpe said.

He added that the burden of the state costs shifted to municipalities would “likely grow exponentially overtime.”

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