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Friday, May 26, 2017

Sunnyside Up Again

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Thursday’s gusty winds and rainstorm caused Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, to go sunnyside up against the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. The giant rubber duck publicizes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 26, 2017


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist Reception: “Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

WN Wins 16 Citations in State Competition

WestportNow won 16 citations, including seven first place prizes, in the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in Orange.

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One of the photos in Dave Matlow’s first-place photo essay of the 2016 Easter Parade in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James Lomuscio won four of the first place prizes for: “Church Filled as Homeless Tina is Laid to Rest;“Old Saugatuck’s Last Neighborhood Fights for Future;” “School Bus Monitor Cut Raises Fears,” and “At 95, Ed Vebell Still Drawing on History.”

The other first-place winners were Dave Matlow for his photo essay “WN on the Scene: NYC Easter Parade;” Gordon Joseloff for “Temple Israel Declares Itself ‘Gun Safe Congregation,’” and Lynn U. Miller for her feature photo “Jetty Walk.”

Lomuscio also won three second-place prizes: “15 Years Later, 9/11 Still Evokes Pain;“Thinking ‘Outside the Bubble’ on Race,” and “Heroin Scourge Affects Westport, Too.” His third-place winners included: “To Dramatize Message, Drunk Driving Victim Turns Playwright,” and “With Saugatuck Booming, Finance Board Oks Master Plan Funds.”

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Parks & Rec Commission Seeks Public Input

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight addresses a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at which it sought input for previously publicized beach improvements Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava led the discussion to determine whether to repair and renovate the current Compo Beach bathhouse and pavilion structure or replace the structure with a new facility. The meeting was sparsely attended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Clearing the Road

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Crews work today to clear a tree which fell on power lines on Prospect Road. Power was knocked out for several hours to about 180 customers in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Unexpected Visitors at Library

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The Westport Library today welcomed some unexpected visitors — about 60 second graders from the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies, an elementary magnet school in Danbury. They were supposed to be at Sherwood Island State Park to perform science experiments and studies, but the wind and rain kept them from going. “So they called us, and we put up some tables and chairs,” said Rachel Reese, the library’s director of communications and marketing. “Lots of kiddos.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Rainy Farmers Market

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Despite rain, winds, and temperatures in the 50s, some hearty shoppers made it to the Westport Farmers Market today at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Selectmen Decline to Approve New Signage Contract

By James Lomuscio

There was little sign of support today at the Westport Board of Selectmen to approve a $50,000 study to improve signage in the town, also known as “wayfinding.”

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Signs such as these on Riverside Avenue near the intersection with Post Road West were cited as an
example why improved signage is needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The board declined to act on the study costing $50,000 after there was no second to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s motion to approve the agreement.

“Then we rethink it,” Marpe said of the request made by Melissa Kane, co-chair of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee on behalf of the Downtown Westport Master Plan.

The Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting had approved the appropriation in December and January.

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Lights Out

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UPDATE Traffic lights at the busy intersection of Post Road East and Roseville Road/Hillspoint Road were out today because of a tree down on Prospect Road, which pulled down power lines. Eversource said repairs would take several hours, according to police who erected temporary stop signs at the intersection. Eversource said 184 Westport homes were without power at 2 p.m., but most were restored about an hour later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Downed Trees Block Roadways, Cause Power Outages

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UPDATE A tree lies across Cross Highway today in the area of No. 140, one of numerous trees downed in gusty winds and rain. The roadway was reopened at about 12:30 p.m. Eversource said 184 Westport customers were without power at 2 p.m., but most were restored about an hour later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sewer Use Rate Jumps $25

Westporters with homes connected to sewers will pay an extra $25 on July 1 as the minimal sewer use charge goes from $325 to $350 with a unanimous vote today by the Board of Selectmen acting as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards made the request, which translates into a rate of $6.10 per 100 cubic feet of effluent, saying that it will encourage homeowners to use less water the same way they would economize with any other utility.

When Selectman Avi Kaner asked why the town needed the increase, Edwards said that excess water usage “is taking up capacity of the sewage treatment plant.”

“It’s a very low price to pay to have the benefit of a sewer operation,” Edwards said.

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Golf Course Visitor

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UPDATE This visitor was spotted Wednesday on Westport’s Longshore golf course. WestportNow reader Colin Livingston, however, believes this is not a visitor but a Longshore resident. He said he spotted two pups just last week just to the left of the ninth hole where the wood piles are and provided a link to his video HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Sherwood Mill Pond Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PBA Awards Scholarships

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The 11th annual Westport Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Wilbur Scholarship Fund grants were presented today to 10 recipients by Officer Brendan Fearon, PBA president, at police headquarters.  The Wilbur Scholarship Fund grants program was founded in 2007 by Dennis and Joan Poster who were also the principal sponsors of this year’s awards. Bill Mitchell, a sponsor and long-time member of the Wilbur Scholarship board, also attended the event. Each recipient received a check in the amount of $3,500. Pictured are (l-r) Bill Mitchell, Logan Rice, 20, of Trumbull, Charlie Sampson, 18, of Derby, Officer Brendan Fearon, Mariah Ventrella, 19, of Norwalk, Dennis Poster, Christopher Wolf, 18, of Oxford and Joan Poster. Three recipients were unavailable to attend the event—Brittany Kelley of Shelton, Matthew Librandi of Stamford, and Amber Myer of Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Discussing Coastal Flood Risks

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More than 60 persons tonight attended a reception at a waterfront home on Edgewater Hillside to hear about threats to Long Island Sound and managing flood risks and coastal living. Jennifer Sherratt (r) of National Flood Services, was among the speakers. The event was organized by real estate agent Judy Michaelis and attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug (2nd r), who is moderator of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Republicans Seek Municipal Candidates

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) is seeking candidates interested in running for the various Westport boards and commissions in November’s local elections.

The RTC’s Municipal Boards Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Board of Finance member Ed Iannone, and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance, an announcement said.

Candidates interested in being interviewed for the Board of Education and Board of Finance should contact Ed Iannone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, June 9.

The RTC’s Land Use Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Planning and Zoning Commission member Jack Whittle and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals.

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Westporter Arrested in Insider-Trading Scheme

A hedge fund employee from Westport was among four persons arrested today in connection with an insider-trading scheme prosecutors said converted government secrets into hedge fund profits.

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Theodore Huber, 55, was arrested on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said.

At the same time, it was revealed that another hedge fund employee, Jordan Fogel, 33, of Sands Point, New York, pleaded guilty on Friday and is cooperating with investigators in the case against the other four.

According to court documents, Huber was a partner and analyst at Deerfield Management Co., a healthcare-focused hedge fund in New York, along with Robert Olan, 46, of Rumson, New Jersey, who was also arrested.  Also arrested were David Blaszczak, 41, of Isle of Palms, South Carolina and Christopher Worrall, 39 of Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

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House Dems Say ‘Budgetary Relief’ is the Price of a New Casino

By Mark Pazniokas

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If the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want the House to join the Senate in granting them the right to build a casino off tribal lands, they must pay for the privilege and give Connecticut a measure of “budgetary relief,” House Democratic leaders said today.

“The bill that passed the state Senate cannot pass the House as currently written,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford.

The Senate bill imposes a 25-percent tax on gross gaming revenues, but no licensing fee or other upfront payments, a disappointment to House Democrats who were hoping for as much as $100 million in new gambling dollars to help balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said a majority of House Democrats support the expansion of casino gambling, but they believe the state should extract a licensing fee from whomever is granted development rights, whether it is the tribes or their competitor, MGM Resorts International.

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Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area from 10 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

It said to expect tidal departures around 1 foot above astronomical tides tonight and 1- to 1.5 feet Thursday morning and Thursday night.

The advisory said there would be minor flooding around the times of high tide Thursday night.

Also, there would be brief and localized minor flooding possible with tonight’s and Thursday morning high tide.

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New Look to Playhouse Entrance

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Workers today erected a new entrance sign to the Westport Country Playhouse. Kevin Kane, owner of the Darien-based Hung Well Sign company, said the sign, designed by Westport architect Peter Cadoux, will be completed by the weekend. Kane said the structure will be topped off with the installation of a cedar roof. Pat Blaufuss, a Playhouse spokeswoman, said a dedication for the new sign will be held at a later date. The 2017 season begins on Tuesday with the comedy “Lettice and Lovage.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Woman’s Club Awards Annual Grants

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today presented $30,000 in community services grants to 28 local nonprofit organizations. Also awarded were Bedford Hall grants, which allow a one time per year free use of the hall by nonprofits for fundraising or friend-raising purposes. Recipients posed with First Selectman Jim Marpe (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Davae Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Reception for ‘Signs of Compassion’ Exhibit Set for Friday

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Westport Library’s exhibit team paused during installation of Miggs Burroughs’s “Signs of Compassion” photo exhibit, which opens Friday in the Great Hall with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will be the last major art exhibit in the library before renovations are completed in 2019, and celebrates the end of Burroughs’ one-year term as artist-in-residence. The exhibit is a tribute to a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson, expressed word by word in American Sign Language, as portrayed in 30 lenticular (animated) images of members of the community. Pictured (l-r) are Carole Erger-Fass, Sue Kirby, Elizabeth Devoll, Ellen Naftalin, Chris Timmons (curator of library exhibits). Anne Levine, and Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Cocktail Party to Discuss Threats to Long Island Sound, Other Topics

Threats to Long Island Sound and how shoreline residents can take action to protect and restore are among topics to be discussed today at a Westport sunset cocktail party.

The event, open to the public, is hosted by Westport real estate agent Judy Michaelis and Westport attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug. It will feature presentations by Save the Sound and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). 

Curt Johnson, executive director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound, will discuss threats to the Sound, an announcement said. Jennifer Sherratt of FEMA’s National Flood Services will talk about managing flood risks and coastal living. 

The event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 32 Edgewater Hillside will include light refreshments and entertainment. Donations to support Save the Sound’s work to stop polluters and restore coastal habitats are encouraged but not required. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

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Tribes Win Casino Fight in Senate, Face Battle in House

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes early today won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.

The bill that now goes to an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives would allow the tribes to build a casino off I-91 in East Windsor in an effort to blunt the loss of gambling dollars to Massachusetts once MGM opens a gambling resort under construction in Springfield.

“We did what we had to do. We stood up for Connecticut workers,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said shortly before the final vote at 12:35 a.m.

The Senate unexpectedly took up the bill shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a day when MGM intensified its opposition, buying $400,000 in television time to air a commercial saying the state would be forgoing millions of dollars in license fees and other revenue if it cut a no-bid deal with the owners of the tribal casinos.

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Sunny at Night

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Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Race mascot, watches over the Saugatuck River Tuesday night. This year’s Great Duck Race is Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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