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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘X-Men Apocalypse,’ ‘Singe Street,’ ‘The Meddler’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Celebrating Memorial Day weekend, Bryan Singer once again wrangles Marvel’s mutants through another adventure, “X-Men Apocalypse,” set 10 years after “Days of Future Past” (2014).

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This time, the super-villain is Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first and most powerful mutant, invincible/immortal En Sabah Nur, who ruled ancient Egypt circa. 3600 B.C. before being entombed in an immense pyramid - until he awakens in 1983 at the height of the Cold War in the Reagan era.

After hibernating for 5,500 years, the petulant Pharaoh is not a happy camper, now that “the weak have taken over.”

Vowing to “wipe clean this world,” he solicits disillusioned Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and his colleagues Warren Worthington/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp) into becoming his legendary “four horsemen.”

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Dancing the Night Away

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About a dozen girls and moms from the National Charity League of Westport tonight joined the folks served by CLASP Homes, to dance the night away at their annual Spring Dinner Dance. They also brought homemade cupcakes and others scrumptious desserts It was a great chance for everyone to mix and mingle—one of many opportunities the young women from NCL have chosen to become involved with CLASP. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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PBA Awards Scholarships

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The Westport PBA Scholarship Foundation tonight awarded 10 high school graduates from Fairfield County college scholarships. The recipients and supporters pictured are (top row, l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Dennis Poster, Emily Montoya, PBA President Officer Brendan Fearon, Lindsay Samson, Brittney Kelley, Mathew Librandi (bottom row) Logan Rice, Joseph Bairaktaris, Caroline Wolf, Alyson Librandi, Mariah Ventrella and Sam Arciola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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State to Unveil Cribari Bridge Report June 15

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) representatives are scheduled to unveil the rehabilitation study report (RSR) of the historic Bridge Street Bridge on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, town officials said today.

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge swings open for river traffic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The 1884-built bridge, formally known as the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River, is Connecticut’s oldest, surviving, moveable, hand-cranked swing bridge and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was last refurbished in 1991, with the hand-crank requiring four people to operate upgraded to an electric motor.

“The RSR has been a much discussed topic over the past several months given the existing and proposed historic designation of the bridge,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

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Air Quality Alert

UPDATE The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Westport and area for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The latest alert followed one issued for today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The alert means that ground level ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

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A Taste of Summer

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Sunbathers headed to Westport’s Compo Beach today as temperatures soared, with a reading of 91 at Westport Fire Headquarters in late afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bikini Time

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Today’s summer-like weather brought out the bikinis to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Memorial Day Tribute

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Members the Westport Police and Fire Departments today draped a flag above the Town Hall entrance in honor of the Memorial Day celebration. The flag was donated to the town last year by a veteran who chooses to remain anonymous, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. He said the veteran asked that it be prominently displayed for patriotic reasons during periods of celebrations such as Memorial Day and July 4th. “We are looking for a place to display it for the July 4 celebration,” Koskinas said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Life Skills Organization Comes to Saugatuck Church

Abilis, a Greenwich organization supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, is bringing its Life Skills program to Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church.

According to Elizabeth Brucker, Abilis’ director of businesses, the service will provide programming to help students transition from high school to adult life once they graduate.

She described Life Skills as a community-based program designed to give participants “access to the town’s center, so young adults can learn to navigate the downtown area.”

“Each person in the Life Skills program has an individualized plan that includes vocational, social, recreational and adaptive living goals and objectives,” Brucker said.

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Making Progress on New Compo Sidewalk

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The new sidewalk along the East Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach is nearing completion. Public Works Department officials hoped to have it completed by Memorial Day, but workers now say it won’t be done for about another two weeks.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sidewalk Work

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Workers today rush to complete the new sidewalk at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Former Staples Student is ‘The Voice’ Winner

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Alisan Porter, 34, who attended Westport’s Staples High School and was a member of the Staples Players, Tuesday night won season 10 of NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” Porter, the mother of two, as an actress is best known for her lead role as Curly Sue in the 1991 movie “Curly Sue” starring Jim Belushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NBC photo

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Sting Along

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Abstract artist Bill Jacklin (l), an “Englishman in New York” since 1985 who now lives in Westport, got together Tuesday night at Manhattan’s Rizzoli Bookstore with legendary musician Sting, a fellow Englishman, at a packed launch party for Jacklin’s new book,”Bill Jacklin in New York.” Sting, who is an avid collector of Jacklin’s work, wrote the foreword to the book. He and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti performed a “musical toast” to the artist that included a stirring performance of Sting’s hit “Englishman in New York.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Champs

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The Staples High School Girls’ Golf Team won the FCIAC Western Division Tuesday with a decisive 181-204 victory at The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich.  Co-Captain Anelise Browne shot a par 37, the lowest score a Staples girl has ever carded on Greenwich’s home course. The Greenwich Cardinals only two losses this season are both at the hands of the Wreckers. “It has been five years since Staples has beaten Greenwich twice in one year. The entire team played well, and again Anelise was in the zone leading the way,” said Head Coach Patty Kondub.  Pictured (l to r) are Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller, Browne, Sophie Carozza, Co-Captain Alex McMahon, and Erika MacDonald. Next up for the Wreckers, now 12-2, are the FCIAC Championships on Thursday, June 2 at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield/Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Creative Resting Place

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A snowy egret found a creative perch on stone cairn Tuesday off of Westport’s Burritts Landing North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Bowen for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


8:00 a.m. - Westport Library - RTM Library Museum & Arts Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”
4:30 p.m. -  Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 a.m. - Westport Library - RTM Library Museum & Arts Committee
7 p.m. -  Town Hall Room 307/309 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Kick Up Your Pitch with Crowdfunding
7 p.m. - Town Hall - League of Women Voters Forum: “Getting Money Out of Our Politics”
7:30 p.m. -  Town Hall Room 201 - Parks & Recreation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dems Nominate Rep. Steinberg for 4th Term

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) tonight unanimously nominated state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg for a fourth, two-year term representing the 136th District.

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg addresses Democratic Town Committe members tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In November, he will square off against Republican Catherine Walsh, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) chairwoman nominated by the Republican Town Committee last week.

“Jonathan is a terrific legislator who’s focused on transportation and the environment, both issues that concern Westporters,” said John Hartwell, former DTC chairman and member of the Board of Finance.

“He’s also the leader of the Moderates Caucus in the Democratic Party, fighting for structural reform on the state’s broken budgeting process,” he added.

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Honors for WVEMS Volunteers

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Twenty-two members of Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) tonight were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in community service to the United States. They are presented by the Office of the President of the United States and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Three Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Among Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (WVEMS) volunteers honored tonight with awards presented by the Office of the President of the United States and the Corporation for National and Community Service.were three who received Lifetime Achievement Awards. They include Martin B. Iselin (l), William E. Min, and, not present, B. Christian Renne. Renne is currently completing his residency in emergency medicine in Cincinnati, having graduated from George Washington School of Medicine. Each has served close to 6,000 hours as an WVEMS volunteer. Pictured with them (l-r) are Yves Cantin, WVEMS president, Deputy Police Chief Vincent Penna, and Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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P.A.L. Presents Scholarship Winners

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In a ceremony tonight at Westport Police headquarters, the Westport P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) presented a $1,000 check to each of 15 recipients of its annual college scholarship awards program. The recipients (front row, l-r) Joseph Bairaktaris, Douglas Raigosa, Carel “Michael” van der Merwe, Gabriella Perry, Gracyn Levenson, Carolynn van Arsdale and Howie Friedman, scholarship award co-chair; (back row) Maureen Schwab, co-chair, Police Officer Ned Batlin, P.A.L. president, Jimmy Ray Stagg, C.J. Stephan, Sam Arciola and Jaime Bairaktaris. Missing from the photo: Jessica Nelson, Brynly Marsh, Reece Schachne and Lindsay Sampson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Another Honor

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Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin, president of Westport P.A.L. (Police Athletic League), tonight presents a $1,000 check to Staples High School senior Jaime Bairaktaris, one of 15 recipients of P.A.L. scholarship awards at a police headquarters ceremony. Jaime is a WestportNow contributing photographer, an emergency medical technician with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), and an instructor at Westport’s Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Says It’s Foolish to Believe Trump on Guns

By Ana Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today “you’d have to be a fool,” to believe what presidential hopeful Donald Trump says on gun control or any other subject.

This week Trump clarified his position on allowing guns in schools. He had said he supported the elimination of gun free-zones in schools, prompting Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to say Trump wanted to “mandate that every school in America allow guns in the classroom.”

On Monday, Trump said he would only eliminate guns in school zones “in some cases,” and trained teachers and school resource officers should be the ones carrying guns.

At an all-day summit at the White House on gun safety, Malloy took a break to speak to reporters and was asked about Trump’s apparent change in position.

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State Grant of $22M to Bridgewater Draws Criticism

By Keith M.Phaneuf

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The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $22 million in financing Friday to help Westport-based hedge fund operator Bridgewater Associates expand operations in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk.

That sparked criticism today from House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, who called the grant to the world’s largest hedge fund “dubious,” given the state’s fiscal woes.

But Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, said these planned expansions would be an economic win for Connecticut.

“With all that has transpired in the last two weeks, with the state’s budget a mess — and unfinished school construction projects hanging — to make the world’s largest hedge fund a priority, I find it dubious,” Klarides said. “Of course we want to keep highly skilled, well-paying jobs in Connecticut. But we all know that other vital projects will not be funded because we have to curtail our borrowing.”

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Thunderstorm Moves Through the Area

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A thunderstorm moved through the Westport area today. A few cloud to ground lightning strikes were observed with the passage of this storm, and brief heavy rainfall accompanied the activity as it traversed the area from northwest to southeast. As of 4:45 p.m., the weather station at Bedford Middle School had recorded 0.99 inches of much-needed rainfall since midnight. View is over Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com

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Out On A Call

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A Westport police marine unit makes its way out of the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach Monday night to answer a distress call. It turned out to be in another jurisdiction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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