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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

So Much Attention for a Little Palm

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A new palm tree planted at the mouth of the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach is getting plenty of attention from photographers, especially at sunset, such as this one on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Business: How to Create Engaging Presentations
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Aquarion Water Company information session
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Children’s Series: Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gallery: Library Pop Up Painting Party


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library Pop Up Painting Party with the library’s artist-in-residence Miggs Burroughs and Chris Timmons, exhibits curator. Guest artists painted in 50 “frames” sketched out on the now-blank McManus Room walls. The exhibit will be on display in the McManus Room until it is closed for construction in late July as part of the library’s transformation project. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying a Post-Rain Performance

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A post-rain performance tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion delighted a somewhat sparse crowd. Comedians from Connecticut’s Treehouse Comedy Club provided the entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Headlining at Levitt Comedy Night

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Australian-born comedian Jim Dailakis was the headline performer tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. Although rain slightly delayed the performance, and likely cut down on audience numbers, those who did attend enjoyed an evening of comedy courtesy of the Treehouse Comedy Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Center Sunset -1

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Tonight’s sunset as seen over Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Taylor Harrington for WestportNow.com

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Center Sunset - 2

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Another view of tonight’s sunset over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J. C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Center Sunset -3

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The post-rain sunset provided spectacular scenes around Westport tonight, including this one along the Saugatuck River just north of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Taylor Harrington for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Rainbows Over Westport


Tonight’s heavy rains were followed by sunshine, producing rainbows around Westport. J.C. Martin, Phil Levieff, and Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Fun at Tuesdays @ The Train After the Rain

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Guests who stuck around late today after a thunderstorm spoiled the early hour of the debut of Tuesdays @ The Train enjoyed a sunny summer day. Games, food, and drinks were available to attendees, but the rain knocked out the band and its electronics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Family Fun at Tuesdays @ The Train

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A family enjoys one of the games late today at the debut of Tuesdays @ The Train at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area presented by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. A torrential rainstorm chased many of the early arrivals away, but those who stayed or came later enjoyed partly cloudy weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Rain Spoils Tuesdays @ The Train Debut

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Just as the debut of the Tuesdays @ The Train was getting started late today at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area, the rains came, sending many attendees home while others huddled under tents. “It was a wet run instead of a dry run,” quipped Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, who came up with the idea. The rain stopped a short time later and the sun even reappeared, but by then the band’s electronics were useless. Future Tuesdays @ the Train are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lifeguard Reunion to Support Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities

By James Lomuscio

David Jones, a 1971 Staples High School graduate who lives in Rhode Island, said it was his complete remission from Stage 4 metastatic colon and liver cancer last Labor Day that transformed him and his outlook on life.

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David Jones: determined “to give back.”  Contributed photo

It was a turnaround that took him from high-pressure sales to philanthropy –- and full circle now as he orchestrates a fundraiser for his old Staples High School friend Stew Leonard Jr. and the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.

Jones’ new chapter began last fall when after more than 40 years in sales, marketing and communications, he decided to parlay those energies into philanthropy.

Determined to “give back,” he became involved in hospital development, becoming major gifts officer for a not-for-profit 100-bed community hospital.

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RTM’s Flug to Take Over as Assistant Town Attorney

Eileen Lavigne Flug, moderator of Westport Representative’s Town Meeting (RTM), for almost four years, will be appointed assistant town attorney in August, replacing Gail Kelly who is leaving that post at the end of July, First Selectman Jim Marpe and Town Attorney Ira Bloom announced today.

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Eileen Flug:: “a great honor.”Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flug’s appointment comes as she joins the firm Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. as senior counsel. Most recently she has been with Cohen & Wolf, P.C.

“I am very pleased to appoint Eileen Lavigne Flug as the new assistant town attorney beginning in August,” said Marpe. “Eileen is widely respected in town, has an excellent understanding of town government, and has a distinguished legal background.

“We have had the opportunity to work together closely during the past three-and-a-half years in our respective town leadership roles, so I know that she will add tremendous value to the town through her new responsibilities,” he added.

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Touring the Center for Senior Activities

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In advance of a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approval vote July 11 for funds to expand and enhance the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA), RTM members and others today toured the facility and nearby grounds. Sue Pfister (foreground), executive director of WCSA, led the tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s prospects of enacting a state budget — even a provisional one — before the new fiscal year begins July 1 appeared to slip away late Monday night as House and Senate Democrats were unable to agree on a path forward.

After closed-door talks between House and Senate Democrats bogged down over several issues, including a potential sales tax hike and labor concessions, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin, notified his fellow Democrats they should not expect to vote on a provisional budget Thursday.

The speaker had asked Democrats, who hold a slim 79-72 edge in the House, to hold open Thursday for a possible budget vote.

Aresimowicz refused to discuss details of the negotiations, but he confirmed today that he doesn’t anticipate a budget vote at this time.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘47 Meters Down,’ ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Ever since Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975), summer is synonymous with sharks. Consider “The Shallows,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Open Water,” “The Reef,” even “Sharknado.” So what about “47 Meters Down”?

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Lisa (Mandy Moore) invites her younger sister Kate (Claire Holt) to join her at a Mexican resort after her longtime boyfriend dumped her because, as he said, she was “too dull.”

Determined to lighten Lisa’s depression, free-spirited Kate insists they go out dancing, where they meet two local lads (Santiago Segura, Yani Gellman) who talk them into a risky maritime adventure, even though the concierge warned them not to take side-trips not sanctioned by the hotel.

Early the next morning, they board the rickety Sea Esta, as Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) explains the shark-tank excursion. Assuring him they have experience with scuba equipment -— which, for terrified Lisa, is not true -— they don wet suits and face-masks equipped with radio communication.

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Camp Compo Opens

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Monday was the first day of Camp Compo at Compo Beach run by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Luciano Park - Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Tuesdays @ the Train
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Comedy Club I
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Pop-up Painting Party
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Round Table Discussion: Main Street to Madison Avenue
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals CANCELED

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Talk of Racial Issues and Police Hits Home

An overflow Westport Library audience turned out tonight for a discussion about blacks and policing across America with a CBS News journalist who grew up here and his old pal, now Westport’s police chief.

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TEAM Westport Chairman Harold Bailey Jr. (r) introduces Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas (l) and CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The crowd in the McManus Room likely did not expect the discussion to hit close to home. But it did.

The talk centered on a new book by CBS News Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues, “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America.”

Pegues, who lived with his family on Prospect Road from 1979 to 2000, joined in conversation with Police Chief Foti Koskinas. The two were football teammates at Staples High School.

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Journalist, Police Chief, Former Staples Teammates, Talk Race and Policing

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Jeff Pegues (r), CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Department correspondent, returned to Westport tonight where he grew up, to talk about his new book, “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America.” Before a packed audience at the Westport Library, he and Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, teammates on their Staples High School football team, discussed policing in large cities and small towns like Westport. Asked how to improve relations between blacks and police in urban areas, Pegues replied, “You must have the facts. Go into the communities and talk to people.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Malloy Proposes $300M in New Revenue

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, Kyle Constable, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today asked legislators to consider nearly $320 million in revenue increases to mitigate the massive cuts he would be forced to impose if Connecticut enters the new fiscal year Saturday without a budget.

But even if those steps are taken, Malloy outlined deep cuts to municipal aid, social services, hospitals, and public colleges and universities that would occur if he had to run the upcoming fiscal year by executive order.

“Connecticut can and will adopt a responsible, balanced budget for the coming biennium – the question is how best to handle our finances until that happens,” Malloy said.

“I am prepared to operate government in the absence of a budget, but it has never been my preference to do so.”

 

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Gallery: Compo Beach Pavilion Roof Fix Underway


The removal and replacement of the Compo Beach pavilion roof got underway today.  According to Jose Teixeira, owner of Shelton-based TLX Construction, which is fulfilling the project, the roof will be removed by end of today and the project will be completed by the end of the week. The Compo Beach pavilion is closed to the public during the emergency roof repairs. Town officials said the roof posed potential safety concerns. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesdays @ the Train Kicks Off this Week

The concept is slightly reminiscent of yesteryear when wives driving station wagons would meet their commuter husbands at the train station.

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Only this idea is gender equitable and more vibrant. It’s for mom and dad commuters getting off the train in Saugatuck to meet with their spouses and children for dinner, games and to hear live music.

Dubbed “Tuesdays @ the Train,” the first of the three summer gatherings begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. at Luciano Park.

The idea of Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce who created the Dog Festival and Slice of Saugatuck, future Tuesdays @ the Train are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 8.

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Malloy, Unions Agree on Sending Tentative Concessions to a Vote

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

A tentative concessions framework between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee unions took a step forward today with the news that all bargaining units have agreed to submit the proposed concessions to a vote by rank-and-file members.

Ballots are expect to be cast in mid- or late July.

“The agreement by the unions to move forward with a tentative contract that could save the state more than $24 billion is a promising step, clearly demonstrating that they want to be part of the solution to putting the state in a better and more stable financial position,” Malloy said.

The concessions, projected to be worth $1.57 billion over the next two fiscal years, play a crucial role in separate plans developed by Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders to close large projected budget deficits.

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