Saturday, October 21, 2017
Enjoying sitting on a Westport EMS motorcycle today at the Children’s Community Development/Learning Community’s Touch a Truck event, 90 Hillspoint Road, were Tallulah Nixon, 20 months, and sister Delphine, 5 1/2, of Hollywood, Florida, who are visiting relatives in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com
There was a large crowd at the bounce house today at the Touch a Truck event at 90 Hillspoint Road benefitting Children’s Community Development/Learning Community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Colin Ford, 5, of Westport enjoys the thrill of sitting in the driver’s seat of a City Carting trash collection truck today at the Children’s Community Development/Learning Community Touch a Truck fundraiser at 90 Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Wakeman Town Farm—comprised of the farmhouse, relocated carriage house, and barn at 134 Cross Highway—is among the eight recipients of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2017 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The HDC cited the Wakeman Town Farm Committee, Architect Peter Wormser, and the Westport Public Works Department. The HDC said, “Wakeman Town Farm Committee member, Peter Wormser, longtime Westporter and architect, gifted his time and talent to the design of the Wakeman farmhouse while the Public Works Department oversaw the construction.” The award will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Halloween decorations at the Mall family house on Ludlow Street is a neighborhood tradition. Homeowner Lou Mall said, “We’ve been doing this since we moved into this house in 2000. It’s an added celebration for us since our daughter Tessa, a Staples High School graduate Class of 2015 and now in her junior year at the University of Colorado, was born on Oct. 30.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has donated $5,500 to Homes With Hope (HWH) to be used to aid their Gillespie Center food pantry.
According to WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell, the funds donated come from proceeds from the Slice of Saugatuck festival that drew 2,500 persons and 54 participating businesses.
The donation brings Slice of Saugatuck gifts to the total amount donated from this and past Slice Festivals to HWH to $24,000, Mandell said.
Mandell said the WWCC also donated $500 to Remarkable Steam, the nonprofit entity that created and runs the MakerFaire, which once again participated in this year’s festival.
Molly Dubson, 10, a fifth grader, is an enthusiastic new member of Coleytown Elementary School’s chamber orchestra. She took advantage of the sunny weather at Compo Beach with her mother, Bonnie, to practice on the jetty near the cannons. To the delight of nearby beachgoers, she played several numbers, including “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - Noon - 90 Hillspoint Road - Touch A Truck by Learning Community Day School
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
1 pm. - Westport Senior Center - International Folk Dance Class
1 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Race the Clock “Escape Room”
5 p.m. - Willowbrook Cemetery (395 Main St.) - Westport Historical Society: “Illuminating the Past—Cemetery Lantern Tour”
6:30 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Harvest Dinner with chefs from Cask Republic
7:30 p.m. - Assumption Church (98 Riverside Ave.) - Yale Spizzwinks a capella group
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Friday, October 20, 2017
CLASP Homes of Westport held a fundraiser tonight at the Fairfield Theater Company featuring Band Together. CLASP Development Director Robin Hammond reminded guests that their contributions are particularly important with the still unsettled state budget and its potential impact on social service agencies like CLASP. Funds raised will support CLASP’s program to provide homes and opportunities for people with autism and developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples senior quarterback Daniel Thompson gains ground tonight in the Wreckers’ 27-0 win over Norwalk at Norwalk. He scored two second half touchdowns to power the Wrecker win. Next: Staples hosts Fairfield Warde on Friday at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The syncopated rollout of the General Assembly’s bipartisan budget deal got a harshly skeptical review today from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who either will be the final arbiter of what legislative leaders say will be a satisfactory ending to Connecticut’s long-running budget drama — or just a loud voice from the balcony.
Two days after House and Senate leaders announced an agreement in principle, questions abound about the depth and breadth of spending cuts, the distribution of municipal aid, the source of new revenues, and the extent to which collective bargaining and other labor laws will be changed.
Malloy, a Democrat struggling to resolve the fourth and final two-year budget of his tumultuous two terms as governor of a state yet to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, said he will not accept a budget briefing from legislative leaders until they can produce a document answering those questions.
“I certainly assumed I would have seen a budget well before this hour today — which is what, 46 hours since the budget was announced?” said Malloy, who spoke to reporters from behind his desk at the State Capitol. “In reality, without a line-by-line document with hard numbers, there is no balanced budget to discuss.”
Two second half goals — one by Patricio Perez Elorza, the other by Timmy Liles — and a penalty kick save by Ry Cohen with the score still 1-0 powered Staples today over New Canaan. The win — coupled with Central’s 1-1 draw with Trumbull, and Ridgefield’s 5-1 defeat of Westhill — assures the Wreckers of an FCIAC playoff berth. The eight-team tournament begins Thursday. Exact seedings will be determined after Monday’s final regular season games. The Wreckers host St. Joseph (4 p.m.) on Senior Day. Pictured is Sam Lilies (19) in action. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
The owner of the house at 101 Compo Road South is among the eight recipients of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2017 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The HDC cited the owner, Jenny Ong, who purchased the neglected structure in 2015, for her commitment to a quality restoration of the 1924-built colonial revival. The award will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a local bookkeeper for making more than $29,000 in fraudulent transactions over a nine-month period, police said today.
Kimberly Goodman, 33 of Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree larceny and embezzlement upon her arrest Tuesday when she turned herself in on an active warrant.
According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the case dates back to Oct. 5 when the victims came to Police Headquarters to report thefts by one of their employees. It was discovered that the larcenies dated back to February.
From February through October, Goodman entered fraudulent return transactions, crediting over $29,000 to her own personal credit and debit cards from the business account, Cabana said.
Officers arrested a Brooklyn, N.Y. man on drug charges today after he was stopped for speeding at Exit 17 off I-95, police said.
Ken Alexander, 22, was charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance after a K-9 search of the vehicle initiated by the odor of marijuana uncovered a vacuum sealed bag with more than a pound of marijuana and packaging materials.
Unable to post a $10,000 bond, Alexander was transported to Norwalk Superior Court today for arraignment
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 2 - 6, 2017:
Mary Younglove to Edward Christian and Nataliya Lalor, 5 Evergreen Parkway, $915,000
SIR-2 North Sylvan LLC to ELMR LLC, 4 Sylvan Farms Lane, $2,650,000
Ira Saferstein to Jessica and Christopher Ross, 5 Blackberry Lane, $2,764,000
David R. and Andrea R. Reiser Trusts to Peter M. Halloran, 3 Sprucewood Lane, $2,836,500
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Servies
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Oysters in Our Own Backyard
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre (70 Sanford St., Fairfield) - Band Together to benefit CLASP
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th & 8th Grade Movie Night: “Ghostbusters”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Actress Lupita Nyong’o detailed her encounters with Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed published tonight, including advances he made at his Westport home.
Nyong’o, 34, was a Yale Drama School student at the time and said Weinstein sent a car to New Haven to bring her to Westport.
“The driver and I met Harvey in the little town of Westport, where he informed me that we would be having lunch at a restaurant before getting to his home,” she wrote.
The actress added that not only did Weinstein attempt to ply her with alcohol when she met with him at the restaurant, but after they moved the meeting to his Beachside Avenue home to watch a film screening, tried to give her a massage.
A large crowd was present at the Westport Library tonight to hear from experts on opioid addiction. Those participating in a panel discussion included (l-r) Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport EMS; Police Lt. Eric Woods, Denique Weidema-Lewis, director of prevention at Positive Directions, and Elaine Daignault, Westport’s director of human services. The program was introduced by Gary Mendell, Shatterproof CEO, who lost his son to addiction in 2011. He then founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his family had suffered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
State legislative leaders say they are strongly considering eliminating local property taxes on motor vehicles in the state budget they hope to adopt next week.
But while they have proposals to help cities and towns cut costs, leaders conceded communities might have to offset most of the lost revenue simply by boosting taxes elsewhere — on homeowners and businesses.
“You’re being taxed one way or another,” said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, who called the motor vehicle levy a “nuisance tax” that is difficult for towns to administer. “We believe that not taxing a motor vehicle is a good policy.”
“Towns and cities manage their budgets way better than state government ever could,” House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said.
Staples players celebrate today after defeating Dareien 2-1 in a much-anticipated match at home. The win secures Staples home field advantage for FCIAC playoffs. Staples and Darien had played to a scoreless tie to share of the Class L state championship last season. Over the past two seasons the Wreckers are 20-0-1 at home — with the last home loss coming on Oct. 9, 2015 — against Darien. Meghan Johnson scored today’s two goals with assists from Abby Najarian and Laine Ambrose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport firefighters this week have been engaged in specialized “Man vs. Machine” training, the process of rescuing victims stuck in a potentially dangerous machine that could cause serious injury. Pictured are Neil Perrotti (l) applying an angle grinder to cut though a meat grinder as firefighter Joe Arnson assists. The process involves dismantling and cutting the grinder and housing to free the trapped hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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