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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday,  May 22, 2015


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - Suzuki Music Shools: Vivace
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Partying on Main Street

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Crowds filled Westport’s Main Street tonight for the Art About Town street fair sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Breathing Fire

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Jared Rydelek, a New York City-based contortionist, fire eater, sword swallower and sideshow performer captivated onlookers tonight at Westport’s Art About Town on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Art in Clothing

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Westporter Jody Brown (l) and Gwyneth Mulliken, a senior at Staples High School, look at the Westport-based “TheTwoOhThree” lifestyle clothing samples created by Roscoe Brown, Staples class of 2014, at tonight;s Art About Town on Main Street. Roscoe founded the company with his sister Tory, Staples class of 2009. Roscoe said the items are available for sale at various locations including Joey’s by the Shore and Bridgeport Hospital. Jody and Roscoe Brown are not related. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zoe Brown for WestportNow.com

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Dancing to The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band performed on Westport s Main Street tonight at Art About Town. Formed in 2012, the 11-piece New Orleans-style brass band is made up of former members of the University of Connecticut Marching Band. The band was originally formed as a vehicle to connect, engage, inspire, and rejuvenate music education in Connecticut’s inner city schools. In addition to performing stage shows, the group frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) C. J. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Challenged Artist

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Rosie Jon, a British-born Korean living in Connecticut, was born without arms but learned to paint and do everyday things with her feet. Her live art presentation tonight at Art About Town delighted the young and not so young.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Street Fun


Scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Main Street. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Street Festival


More scenes from tonight’s Art About Town on Westport’s Main Street. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Senate Expected to Expand Workers’ Comp for Cops, Firefighters

By Mark Pazniokas

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Senate leaders say they have the votes to pass legislation expanding workers’ compensation for police and firefighters, overcoming complaints that the new unfunded mandates would be financially ruinous to cities and towns in Connecticut.

The bill would require coverage for post-traumatic stress suffered by police responding to certain types of fatalities, a change inspired by the school shooting at Sandy Hook; for firefighters, many types of cancer would be declared an occupational hazard.

The measure outlined today by Senate Democrats is a combination of two bills: mental-trauma legislation pending in the Senate; and a firefighters’ cancer bill that has been stalled in the House while labor tried to win over some GOP lawmakers.

“We’re pleased to support this bill because it does recognize the unique conditions under which our first responders work and the unique challenges that they face,” said Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven.

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Closed for Art About Town

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Police closed off Westport;s Main Street late today for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Art About Town street party, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Salute From the Chief Upon Graduation

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury was on hand today in Enfield to congratulate Recruit Firefighter Michael Peck as he graduated the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 55. The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70-day, 14-week, residential course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a new firefighter to preform entry-level tasks under direct supervision. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Farmers Market Opens 10th Season

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The Westport Farmers Market opened its 10th season today at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Among those welcoming the guests was well known chef Michel Nischan. He and the late Paul Newman helped launch the market in 2006 in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. Lori Cochran-Dougall, the market’s director, said there will be a special 10th anniversary celebration at the market on June 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back for Second Consecutive Year

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Southbury’s Aradia Farms, specializing in organic pork and beef,was among vendors on hand today as the Westport Farmers Market opened its 10th season at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. The business is operated by the mother-daughter team of Morgan (l) and Vivian Templeton who said they are Westport Farmers Market vendors for the second consecutive year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Day at the Market


Scenes from today’s opening of the 10th season of the Westport Farmers Market. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Temple Israel Suspects Arraigned

By James Lomuscio

The two suspects who disrupted last week’s luncheon at Westport’s Temple Israel, shouting about Palestinian rights, appeared before Judge William Wenzel in Norwalk Superior Court today to face charges of criminal trespass first-degree and breach of peace second-degree.

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In court today: Daniel Fischer (l) and Gregory Williams.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

One asked for accelerated rehabilitation (AR), a program, which if followed, would expunge any record; the other pleaded not guilty, opting to go to a jury trial. Both were represented by Bridgeport attorney Eugene Riccio.

Daniel Fischer, 25, of 93 Osborn Ave., New Haven sought AR, and Gregory Williams, 25, of 599 Whitney Ave., pleaded not guilty. Wenzel set their next court date for July 21.

“I told you it would be boring,” Williams, a Yale Divinity School student, said afterwards in front of an entourage of nine, older adults who described themselves at colleagues and friends.

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Census Estimate: Stamford Has Largest Population Gain

The U.S. Census Bureau said today Stamford had the largest population increase of any Connecticut municipality in the past year.

It said between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 Stamford’s population rose by 1,590. It was followed by Stratford (population increase of 502), Darien (310), Fairfield (230) and East Lyme (222). Westport had an increase of 108 to 27,561.

Housing Units in Connecticut increased by 2,529 during the year ending on July 1, 2014, the Bureau said.

The population estimates are based on annual population estimates since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014.

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Honoring the Historic Barn that Spawned a Home

By James Lomuscio

Framed by historic stone walls and with a more than 100-year-old sugar maple tree in the front yard, the 2,700-square foot combination farmhouse/Colonial at Westport’s 158 Hillspoint Road goes on the market today for $1.795 million.

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David Vynerib points to the original barn with original beams converted into a sunken family room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Over the 18th and 19th centuries, this home—which is a stone’s throw from the Mill Pond and an ambitious walk to Compo Beach—has grown up and out, each new section a portal to a different time.

In addition, there is a 300-square foot separate studio replete with a full bath and fireplace behind the house and adjacent to the 12 feet by 30 feet pool.

Westporter David Vynerib, who purchased the home in February for $900,000 to restore and resell it, seems to marvel at every room he walks in, the wood planked floors recently highlighted with walnut stain.

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Taxes Flat Despite Slight Bump in Mill Rate

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE and CORRECT (corrects vote total) Call it Westport’s version of a flat tax.

Property taxes that Westporters pay in the coming fiscal year basically will be flat for three years in a row, according to Finance Director Gary Conrad.

The Board of Finance Wednesday night voted 6 to 1 to approve a .84 percent increase, 18.09 mills from the current year’s 17.94. That translates into $18.09 in taxes for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.

What makes the overall tax average flat three years in a row is the fact that during the 2014-15 fiscal year the mill rate was down from the previous year’s 18.07.

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New Sidewalk Ready to Greet Art About Town Visitors

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Portions of the new brick sidewalk being installed on Westport’s Main Street will be ready for Art About Town street party visitors tonight. The Westport Downtown Merchants Association street festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. highlights art on display in downtown stores and businesses for the next month. There will also be musical and street performances, interactive demonstrations, and refreshments along Main Street, which will be closed to traffic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Tomorrowland,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘Hot Pursuit’

By Susan Granger

If you’ve ever visited Disney World’s EPCOT theme park, you’ve had a glimpse of what Walt Disney and his “imagineers” envisioned as the influence of science and technology on the future of mankind. That’s the basis for “Tomorrowland,” which begins with disillusioned scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney).

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When he was a youngster, Frank (Thomas Robinson) brought a jet pack he’d invented to enter in a contest at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. While he didn’t amaze the contemptuous judge (Hugh Laurie), a young observer named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) was so impressed by his optimistic ingenuity that she slipped him a small lapel pin marked with the letter “T.”

To his amazement, when Frank touched the pin, he was miraculously transported to an alternative dimension known as Tomorrowland, a shiny, shimmering, serenely futuristic utopia where the impossible becomes possible…

After that prologue, it’s present-day Cape Canaveral, Florida, where too-bright-for-her-own-good Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) lives with her soon-to-be-out-of-work NASA engineer father (Tim McGraw) and little brother (Pierce Gagnon). She, too, mysteriously receives one of those magical “T” pins, catapulting her into Tomorrowland’s hologram.

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Thursday,  May 21, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - EPC Committee
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Residential Real Estate Committee
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Main Street - Art About Town
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw - May
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Environment Committees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Eric Burns on “1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Library Director Finalists Field Public Questions

By James Lomuscio

More than 100 persons filled the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight to meet and greet and ask questions of the two finalists vying to replace Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis, who is retiring at the end of June.

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Finalists: David Hinkley (l), director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The finalists: William Harmer, director of the Chelsea Library in Chelsea, Mich. and David Hinkley, director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, N.J.

The big question of the night: “How do you view innovation, and what will you do to bring innovation to the Westport Library?”

The different styles of each was seen in their introductory responses.

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Library Director Candidates Meet Westporters


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library forum with two candidates to succeed retiring Executive Director Maxine Bleiweis—David Hinkley, director, Montclair (N.J.) Public Library and William Harmer, director, Chelsea (Mich.) Library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marpe Forms Search Committee for New Parks & Rec Director

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that a search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, who is retiring at the end of June.

Marpe aid the search will be completed in 30 to 60 days.

Members of the committee include Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman Charles Haberstroh and commission members Karen Hess, Edward Iannone and Alec Stevens.

Other members include David Floyd, chairman of the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) Parks & Recreation Committee; Marge Cion, school system human services director; Diane Parrish, community representative; Gerry Lombardo, Fairfield’s Parks & Recreation director, and Ralph Chetcuti, Westport’s human resources director.

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Real Estate Report: Compo Beach Hot Area

By Judy Szablak

Westport’s Compo Beach area is brimming with homes for sale and real estate activity, especially at this time of year.

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Featured Home This home at 6 Norwalk Ave. in the Compo Beach area is listed at $2,199,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis, Westport

In fact, 40 percent of the homes available for sale in this area have come on the market in the last two months alone.

Currently, there are 49 homes available in this neighborhood, and the average price is $3,109,382. Over the last 12 months, the average sale reported through the Greater Fairfield County Multiple Listing Service was $2,580,705.

The lowest priced home in this sought after area is on Vani Court and is listed at $699,800 and the highest priced home is on Owenoke Park for $10,250,000.

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