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Saturday, April 30, 2016

One Seriously Injured in Post Road East Crash

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UPDATE A two-car crash today in the area of 980 Post Road East seriously injured one person and closed the roadway from West Parish Road to Church Street, Deputy Police Chief Sam Arciola said. He said the accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. One person in the red car (rear) was taken to Norwalk Hospital while the driver of the other car declined medical attention. Police said the red car was exiting Bank of America, 980 Post Road East, and collided with the SUV traveling eastbound on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crash Investigation

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A Westport police officer conducts an investigation into a two-car crash today in the vicinity of 980 Post Road East. One of the cars came to rest across the street from where it exited a Bank of America branch, according to witnesses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Road Closed

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A two-car crash today in the area of 980 Post Road East forced a closure of the roadway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crash Scene

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Police said a car (rear) exiting a bank branch at 980 Post Road East today collided with an SUV traveling eastbound. The driver of the red car was seriously injured and transported to Norwalk Hospital, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire


Scenes from today’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire at Jesup Green and the Westport Public Library. Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer, David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Maker of Beach Pals

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Samantha Henske, 9, of Westport was at the Mini Maker Faire today at Jesup Green selling her Beach Pals with all proceeds going to the Westport chariity Al’s Angels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Thousands Attend Mini Maker Faire

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Thousands of guests today attended the fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green and at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Greeting a Robot

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A young visitor today to the fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Westport’s Jesup Green meets a robot at one of the exhibits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Helping Club Pink

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Johanna Haka, 15, (l), and AgnesHolm, 14, both of Westport were at the Mini Maker Faire today promoting Club Pink at Staples High School which helps raise money for breast cancer research.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Learning the Cello

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Wallingford resident Ute Brinkmann today mentors Michael Bediakoh, 9, a Waterbury fourth grade student, in the elements of playing a cello at the Westport Library at the Mini Maker Faire.  Brinkmann, who specializes in the repair and restoration of violins, violas and cellos, is associated with Westport-based Suzuki School of Music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Making Music

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Brooklyn-based musician Nick Demopoulos today shows off his unique string modeling midi device at the Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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State of Innovation License Plate Offered

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Mark Mathias, head of the Mini Maker Faire today on Jesup Green, shows off a sample of a State of Innovation license plate available to guests signing up at today’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Innovative License Plates

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Some of the local dignitaries at the opening of today’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green show off samples of license plates offered to guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tesla Sales Ban in Connecticut Stands

By Mark Pazniokas

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The effort by Tesla to win legislative approval to directly sell its electric cars to consumers in Connecticut has failed for the second consecutive year in the face of opposition from car dealers and competing manufacturers, a Senate leader said early today.

“I think the car dealers and others have been very effective in lobbying in their favor,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, the sponsor of this year’s Tesla bill, told the Connecticut Mirror. “We’ll come back again and try in another year.”

A similar bill passed the House last year, but never came to a vote in the Senate. Duff signing on as lead sponsor this year gave Tesla an influential ally in the upper chamber, but Duff told The Mirror his caucus was divided.

“I didn’t go into this to twist arms to pass it that way,” Duff said. “My job is to protect the caucus and the interests of the state.”

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Riverside Colors

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Spring colors on the banks of the Saugtuck RIver Friday near the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, April 30, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library & Jesup Green - 5th Annual Westport Mini Maker Faire
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek the Library photo session
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Malloy Says Budget Talks Have Hit the Wall

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

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A somber Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared late tonight that budget negotiations with legislators “are hitting a wall,” and he predicted the General Assembly would adjourn Wednesday without adopting a budget he could sign, thereby failing to avert a nearly $1 billion deficit.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state of budget negotiations tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

And unlike recent statements when the governor warned he would force lawmakers into special session indefinitely until they agreed to cut spending, Malloy struck a more uncertain tone about Connecticut’s fiscal future.

“Unless something changes dramatically in the next few hours, I supposed what I’m saying is I don’t think we can get to a negotiated settlement” on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the governor told reporters in his Capitol office.

“In which case,” Malloy continued, “folks can either decide to come back to the table or take whatever steps they need to take.”

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Kid Band Rocks Westport Venue

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The kid band, Abby & the Roadsters, entertained tonight at Westport’s 323 Restaurant to the delight of a packed crowd. The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 13, started as winners in the 2015 BandJam at Ridgefield Playhouse, where they will appear again on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. The group plays a brand of classic rock that ranges from The Beatles to The Who, Led Zeppelin and others. Members include lead singer Abby Giansiracusa, 13, of Danbury; drummer Vincent Fontenelli of Danbury; bassist Owen Hughes of Katonah, N.Y.; lead guitarist Anton Klettner of South Salem, N.Y.; his brother Joseph, who plays keyboard, and Jack Reynolds of New Fairfield, who plays rhythm guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Sunny’ Makes Westport Debut

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Westporter Rob Hauck (above) worked with fellow Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members tonight to install the club’s newest member outside the Westport Library. “Sunny,” a 42-foot inflated duck, arrived from China and took approximately 90 mintues to inflate. Making its debut at Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire, Sunny will be bringing attention to the Sunrise Rotary Duck Race event set for Saturday, June 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Mini Maker Faire Saturday to Attract Thousands

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Members of the organizing committee for Saturday’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire pose for a photo in advance of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event at the Westport Library and Jesup Green. Click here for a guide to making the most of the event, which is expected to attract 10,000 visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Celebrating Cuban Art

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Local business owner Dania Carine, born in Cuba, poses tonight at the Westport Arts Center in front of Jacqueline Brito’s “The Fleet (La Flota).” The work is featured in the Center’s new exhibit, “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art,” which opened tonight and showcases contemporary Cuban art from the collection of Terri and Steven Certilman of Greenwich. The works collectively represent the country’s unique artistic talent. Curated by Arianne Faber Kolb, the exhibit will be on display through June 4. The Center will continue to celebrate Cuba at its annual gala, called “Club Havana,” on Saturday, May 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Guests at Cuban Art Exhibit

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Among those at tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception marking the opening of its “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition were (l-r) Jill Sarver, the Center’s visual arts manager, Steven Certilman, the Greenwich collector who with his wife Terri assembled the works, curator Arianne Faber Kolb, and Amanda Innes, the Center acting executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Cuban Look on Westport Street

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A retro automobile supplied by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport was outside the Westport Arts Center tonight in support of its “Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition, which opened tonight, and its Saturday, May 7 Club Havana annual gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Readying for Weekend Art Show

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Westport Woman’s Club volunteers today apply final touches for the club’s Arts Show fundraiser to be held Saturday 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The artwork of 14 Westport area artists will be displayed and available for purchase. Curator Miggs Burroughs said he will display seven art pieces, including his newest one, “Piet Pollack,” a lenticular creation based on a Mondrian and a Jackson Pollack painting.  This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of legendary local artist Howard Munce, whose wife, Gerry, was a longtime WWC member and avid community volunteer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking Arbor Day

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Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay hands out seedlings today as the Westport Tree Board marked Arbor Day with its third annual tree seedling give-away at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, 2 Woodside Lane, adjacent to Earthplace. Said Lindsay, who handed out 400 seedlings (200 Flowering Dogwoods, 100 Norway Spruce and 100 River Birch): “This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of Arbor Day and the recently upgraded Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum.” He said the 12-acre property, donated by Westporter Wadsworth in 1958, was cleaned up with funds from a grant the Tree Board received last June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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