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Friday, October 31, 2014

Compo Reflections

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Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Friday,  October 31, 2014 - Halloween


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skate Park Supported, Beachfront Parking to be Determined

By James Lomuscio

Though it was only a straw vote tonight in favor of keeping, even upgrading, Westport’s Compo Beach skate park, 14-year-old James Bowles saw it as a vote of confidence in his favorite sport.

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James Bowles, 14, (l) and Gabriel Dick, 13, were not allowed to speak tonight, but their sign spoke for them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“I’m excited to hear what they had to say, and that more people were in favor,” the Staples High School freshman said as he walked out of the joint work session meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee at Town Hall. “I look forward to seeing the outcome.”

“It’s nice that the kids voices were heard,” Jeanne Bowles, his mother, chimed in.

Though the public was not permitted to speak during the work session, it did not deter James and his friend Gabriel Dick, 13, from displaying a sign “Save Compo Skate Park.”

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Susan Granger at the Movies: Halloween Offerings

By Susan Granger

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the gruesome, sadistic horror thriller “Saw” is back in theaters for a week, and the only other scary stories are “Nightcrawler,” “Dracula Untold” and “Ouija.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller “Nightcrawler” as a sociopath who prowls Los Angeles at night with a video camera, doing accident and crime-reporting and selling his footage to a TV news director (Rene Russo), who’s hungry for ratings.

Problem is: instead of remaining a passive bystander, he brazenly begins to stage his own roadside carnage -– until he stumbles onto an apparent home invasion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Nightcrawler” is a dark, cynical 7, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence.

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Eerie Critters

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Eerie critters have descended on the Dennis Nash House, c. 1812, at Westport’s 57 Kings Highway North in advance of Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Michelle Obama Attends Raucous Malloy Rally

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven –- Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally today in the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or finds safe harbor.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in New Haven today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“We’re in New Haven for a reason,” Malloy told a capacity crowd of 1,600 from a stage in the gym of Wilbur Cross High School, whose teams are nicknamed the Governors.  “If you want to know why I’m on this stage, it’s because people like you never stopped. You never gave up.”

The last votes for Malloy in 2010 may have been counted in Bridgeport, the scene of a chaotic Election Day, but more of them came from New Haven, the city whose voting list were double-checked for days by Republicans astonished at the turnout that gave Malloy a narrow win.

“New Haven is the linchpin,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat elected to his first term that same day, albeit by a comfortable margin.

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Westport Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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First Selectman Jim Marpe today read a proclamation on the steps of Town Hall commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels,” he said. Marpe pointed out “coincidentally, and not ironically, just last week, when WestportNow ran the press release announcing this very ceremony and the activities devoted to raising awareness, the post just below the announcement recounted an incident of domestic violence here in Westport.”  He added, “As first selectman, I have the ability to peruse the weekly police blotters, and I am well aware of the fact that our police officers are on the front line dealing with this problem.” Residents interested in becoming involved in the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force should contact the chairperson, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com

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Special School Performance of ‘Intimate Apparel’

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The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted 510 students from five local schools for a special mid-morning performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nattage’s “Intimate Apparel.” The students, transported to the theater in 10 buses, included representation from St. Luke’s School (New Canaan), Notre Dame High School (Fairfield), Trumbull High School, Staples High School and Norwalk Community College. The love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, runs through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Wheels Open on Post Road East

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Wheels Convenience Store, owned by Trumbull-based Consumers Petroleum, has opened at its CITGO-branded location at 786 Post Road East. (See WestportNow Sept. 8, 2014) An announcement said the business tries to support other area businesses and entrepreneurs and noted it would offer products from Westport-based snack food company Nothin’ But Foods. It said it invites the community for a sampling on Nov. 7. Westport is Wheels’ 20th outlet in the state with other nearby sites in Norwalk, Wilton, and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Scheduled Marina Project to Limit Beach Access

Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that a months’ long dredging and shoreline stabilization project at Compo Beach’s Ned Dimes Marina will begin in three weeks.

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Large boulders have been moved into the Compo Beach marina area as part of the project.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

He said during the construction over the winter months, vehicle and pedestrian access to the west end of the beach will be restricted.

“We know residents enjoy the beach all year around; however, a temporary restriction of vehicle traffic to the west end is required for the safety of the public as the construction progresses,” said McCarthy.

He said pedestrians will still be able to access the west end via South Beach, but they will be restricted from the roadway and construction area.

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Thursday,  October 30, 2014


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Village District Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Town Hall Steps - Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission/Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee Work Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Under Milk Wood: a Play for Voices”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good News for Some Westport Commuters

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The evening commute from Grand Central Terminal to Westport should improve for some commuters beginning Nov. 9. A Metro-North flyer left on train seats tonight outlined schedule changes announced this week. One is aimed at relieving overcrowding on the 6:31 p.m. train which will no longer stop in Stamford. The train is popular with Westport commuters because it runs express, stopping only in Stamford and East Norwalk before reaching Westport and Green’s Farm. The schedule changes provide for the first time for new half-hourly service between New Haven and New York in the off-peaks and on weekends. View is of commuters departing the train that arrived at 7:37 p.m. today in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Staples Girls Soccer Celebrates FCIAC Co-Championship

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The Staple Girls Soccer team celebrates its FCIAC co-championship after tonight’s 1-1 tie with Fairfield Warde at Norwalk High School. This is the first FCIAC championship for the team since 1995. Staples will start the state tournament Tuesday with a bye for the first round due to its record (12-2-5) and No. 4 ranking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacy Jagerson Fowle for WestportNow.com

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Halloween Crowd on Main Street

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Hundreds crowded Westport’s Main Street today for the annual Halloween parade. The event was sponsored by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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In Costume

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe suitably attired in a Halloween costume greeted trick or treaters today on the steps of Town Hall following the annual Halloween parade on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Her Halloween Best

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Princesses, pirates, witches, and goblins were aplenty on Westport’s Main Street today for the annual Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Parade for Halloween


Scenes from today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Halloween Faces


More scenes from today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Ready for Trick or Treaters

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The staff of the Westport Town Clerk’s Office was ready in costume today to welcome trick or treaters at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Stopping by in Saugatuck

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (c) stopped in Westport today to join in a birthday celebration for First Selectman Jim Marpe (l). Joining them in front of Saugatuck Sweets in the Saugatuck Center development was Sam Gault, whose family developed the mixed used retail, office, and residential property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Runway to Support Animal Rescue

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Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center (and WestportNow contributing photographer) was among the models taking part today in the Rescue You-Rescue Me luncheon at Mitchells of Wesport to benefit WASA (http://www.westportwasa.org) and PAWS (http://www.pawsct.org) animal rescue efforts.The participating fashion show models were what the sponsors said were “local heroes” for those who “walk the walk when it comes to animal rescue.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fashion Parade


Scenes from today’s Rescue You-Rescue Me luncheon at Mitchells of Wesport to benefit WASA and PAWS animal rescue efforts. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Halloween Ready

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This home on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area is ready for Halloween visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Not Enough New Homes

By Judy Szablak

Just over 26 percent of all available homes for sale in Westport are under five years old. Interesting dilemma seeing that many buyers are clamoring for new construction, or newly built homes.

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Featured Home: This home at 2 Gordon Lane is listed at $1,549,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Higgins Group-Westport

There are just not enough newer homes to meet demand, and buyers sometimes feel that they have to settle for an older home, which really shouldn’t be the case.

In fact, out of the 190 homes currently on the market that were built prior to 2000, many of them have a great flow that is quite relevant to today’s floor plans and lifestyle needs.

Often times, homes that were built in the 1960s or ‘70s are passed over initially because a buyer wants something newer. However it is important to remember that the majority of these homes have been remodeled , and some of them from top to bottom. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Pequot Trail

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Pequot Trail, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,895 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Boulder City

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Boulders are lined up at Westport’s Compo Beach as part of a shore stabilization project around the Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Quinnipiac has Malloy, Foley Tied at 43 percent

By Mark Pazniokas

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Connecticut’s race for governor is going down to the wire with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied at 43 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Petitioning candidate Joe Visconti was at 7 percent.

With six days until voters go to the polls for the second time in four years to choose between Malloy and Foley, whose 2010 race was settled by half a percentage point, only 6 percent are undecided.

The numbers barely changed in a week, despite a relentless advertising campaign by both major-party candidates and the super PACs supporting them in a race that’s been long considered a toss up. A week ago, Quinnipiac had Malloy over Foley by a point, 43 percent to 42 percent, with Visconti at 9 percent.

“Independent candidate Joe Visconti’s numbers have edged slightly downward,” said Douglas Schwartz, the poll’s director. “Not a surprise given that many of his supporters told us they could change their mind. Perhaps we are beginning to see some of those more conservative minded Visconti voters shift to Foley as the election draws near.”

A CBS-New York Times web-based poll Monday had Malloy and Foley tied at 40 percent, with Visconti at 3 percent.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Society - Drawing 101
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Mitchells (670 Post Road East) - Rescue You Rescue Me Luncheon & Fashion Show WASA & PAWS benefit
12:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Lunch Café: Photography as Advocacy
3:30 p.m. - start @Main Street & Post Road East - Halloween Parade (at Town Hall if it rains)
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Women & Finance Series: Investment Lingo
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - RTM Employee Compensation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Transit Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Staples Grad New Vice Admiral, Gets Naval Command

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Vice Admiral Dixon Smith at ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Navy photo

A 1978 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School has taken over as commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the fifth commander since the command’s inception in 2003.

Just before the ceremony Friday at the Washington Navy Yard, Dixon R. Smith, a native of Westport’s Greens Farms area, was promoted to vice admiral, according to a U.S. Navy news release.

CNIC is responsible for managing shore installation support for the Navy’s fleet, fighters, and family. It is comprised of 11 regions and 69 Navy installations worldwide, with approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel, the Navy said.

“I am honored and deeply humbled by your faith and confidence in me,” said Smith at the ceremony. “I’m excited by the opportunity for continued service to our navy and our nation.”

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Crash Closes Merritt Northbound for 7 Hours

UPDATE The Merritt Parkway northbound at the New York State-Connecticut border was shut down for seven hours today because of a tractor-trailer which slammed into the King Street Bridge and caught fire. The highway was reopened shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The Connecticut State Police had said earlier that all northbound lanes at exits 27 and 28 were closed due to the accident and advised motorists to take alternate routes..

The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. when the commercial truck carrying butter struck the King Street Bridge at the state line, WTNH-TV reported. The crash caused the tractor-trailer truck to catch on fire.

Westchester County Police said the Florida-based driver was using a cellphone GPS program for guidance.

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Readying for the Big Move

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Workers from Wolfe House & Building Movers of Bernville, Pa. elevate the Kemper-Gunn house, 35 Church Lane, today in preparation for its relocation to 35 Elm St. in the Baldwin parking lot. In April 2011, the same organization moved the historic house at 26-28 Church Lane, which became the Spotted Horse Tavern.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ruth Bedford $40M Bequest Stuns Virginia School

UPDATE (adds school quotes) A $40 million bequest from Westporter Ruth Bedford has stunned a small boarding school in northern Virginia hunt country.

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Foxcroft School released this photo showing Ruth Bedford in the second row, left. She attended the school from 1928 to 1932. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Ruth’s gift is the largest gift ever given to an independent girls school,” said Cathy McGehee, head of Foxcroft School. “It inspires women to support the institutions that have helped to form them, in the same way men have been doing for hundreds of years.”

Bedford, who died at her Beachside Avenue Greens Farms estate in June at the age of 99 (see WestportNow June 19, 2014) had informed her alma mater in Middleburg that she planned to remember it in her will.

But school administrators were astonished when they learned the Standard Oil heiress had bequeathed $40 million, doubling the school’s endowment. Bedford never married and never had children.

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NTSB Blames Metro-North for Multiple Failures

By Ann Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – In final reports on five accidents that resulted in six fatalities, The National Transportation Safety Board today faulted Metro-North for poor track maintenance and lax inspections, inadequate training and questionable screening and scheduling of train engineers.

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Four persons died in the Dec. 1, 2013 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

The NTSB said a Metro-North derailment in the Bronx on Dec. 1, 2013, that killed four people occurred when the engineer fell asleep and failed to comply with a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit on a dangerous stretch of track. The engineer fell asleep because of undiagnosed “sleep apnea exacerbated by a recent circadian rhythm shift required by his work schedule,” the NTSB said.

Federal investigators said Metro-North’s lack of a sleep disturbance policy and an automatic brake control system that would have slowed the train also contributed to the accident, which also caused more than $9 million in damages.

“Contributing to the severity of the accident was the loss of the window glazing that resulted in the fatal May ejection of four passengers from the train,” the NTSB said.

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Comings & Goings: Norma’s Barbershop to Myrtle Ave.

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Norma’s Barbershop & Salon has opened at 8 Myrtle Ave. at the intersection of Post Road East in the space previously occupied by Gigi Skin Care. Owner Norma Hayo, a Norwalk resident, said she caters to both men and women and also offers custom wigs and toupees. The shop is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Changing of the Guard at the Y

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Philip Dwyer (r) took over Monday as interim chief executive officer of the Westport Weston Family Y. The Y today released this photo of him with outgoing CEO Rob Reeves in the Y-owned Reeves residence on the Y’s Mahackeno campus. Reeves announced his resignation on Oct. 20 after a six-year tenure that saw the successful completion of the Y’s $38.5 million construction project.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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