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9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Instagram
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Viewing of inauguration of President Trump
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Healthy Living: Live Your Life Without Body Blockages
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

WestportREADS Author Draws Large Crowd

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George Hodgman, author of the 2017 WestportREADS selection “Bettyville,” addressed a large audience tonight in the WestporREADS keynote talk at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The 2015 book tackles questions about the author’s identity as a gay man, as a writer and as a son. Though there were serious moments in the book and in the events that made up the memoir, Hodgman was able to fill the hall with witty humor as he shared many of his life’s events and the words his mother spoke. The event was sponsored by the church and the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting a Signed Copy

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Author George Hodgman signs copies of his book “Bettyville” tonight followingn his WestportREADS keynote address at the Saugaatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Will Send 250 to 300 to Washington March

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Between 250 and 300 Westport women are set to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, Melissa Kane, chairman of Democratic Town Committee, said today.

“We are going to make a very loud statement that we are watching, and that we are not going to stand for the overturning of any of the rights we have fought so hard for,” said Kane, who added that a sign making session was held on Monday.

She is one of Connecticut’s 20 women organizers who expect to turn out 5,000 to 6,000 women statewide for the rally. She said that about 200,000 women from across the country are expected.

Kane said two buses are set to leave from Westport at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but she declined to disclose the location(s).

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Westport Arts Center Becomes Jazz Lounge

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The Westport Arts Center tonight was transformed into a jazz lounge as Darren Litzie and the Saxtet played a tribute to jazz legends Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.  They performed their own arrangements of songs such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Flyin’ Home,” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”  Guests enjoyed high top tables, appetizers and wine, and enjoyed a sneak peak of the exhibition “As We Are!,” opening Friday, Jan. 27. The next jazz performance at the Center will be the jazz jam, open to local musicians and students, on Sunday, Feb. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubrey Grodin for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players Join in Ghostlight Project

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Members of Staples Players tonight joined in the nationwide Ghostlight Project collective action by members of the theater community. “Staples Players has always strived to be an inclusive and supportive community,” said Brooke Wrubel, a senior who is Staples Players co-president. “Our participation in the Ghostlight Project reaffirmed these long-held values.” Participants made a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lighting Up at Ghostlight Project at Playhouse

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About 100 persons tonight lit lights at the Westport Country Playhouse as part of the nationwide Ghostlight Project, a shared, ongoing commitment to social justice by the theatrical community. To simulate a collective ghostlight, a theatrical tradition, attendees were requested to bring a light source they lit in unison, When theaters go dark at the end of the night, a ghostlight is turned on, offering visibility and safety for all who might enter.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Tonight is Not Anti-Anything’

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Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, told a courtyard crowd tonight at the Playhouse’s Ghostlight Project event: “Tonight is not anti-anything. Tonight we celebrate the commitment by theaters nationwide to greater inclusion, participation, and compassion.” With him is Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Her Thoughts

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Elizabeth Salem of Weston tonight shows off a form she filled out at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lighting Her Light

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Kerry Maloney of Fairfield was among those lightng a light tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CT’s Jobless Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent Despite December Job Losses

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut posted a mixed jobs report for December as the unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 percent to 4.4 percent, despite the loss of 1,700 jobs that month and the downgrading of November’s job gain, the state Department of Labor said today.

The November report of 2,100 new positions was downgraded by 1,900.

Despite these drops, Connecticut’s unemployment rate for December was one full percentage point lower than one year ago at that time. The state lost 2,000 jobs in the 2016 calendar year.

“Connecticut’s December employment numbers continued the recent trend of mixed signals from the two monthly employment series produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

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Driver Smashes Into Utility Pole

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An 18-year-old Weston female escaped serious injury late today when she lost control of her car and crashed into a utility pole at 88 Newtown Turnpike. The extent of her injuries was not known. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: ‘Smart Home’ Technology Coming

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

We can expect new construction homes in Westport to include more “smart home” technology as practical usage becomes more commonplace sooner than expected.

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Featured Home: This home at 18 Sturges Common is listed at $3,499,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group

Smart home technology is functional automation by voice, phone, computer or remote of integrated home components, such as heating, lighting, audio systems, security and more.

Just a few short years ago, new construction utilizing “green building practices,” as well as Energy Star-rated homes, and geothermal heating were not so common either. However, our marketplace is becoming more environmentally conscious.

Today, there are 24 homes available that include one or more of these green features, and 30 have sold within the last year at an average price of over $2.2 million.

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Thousands From CT Heading to D.C. to Celebrate – and Protest – Inauguration

By Ana Radelat

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Washington – The inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and related events may bring a record number of Connecticut residents to Washington, both to support the swearing in of the 45th president and to protest policies they expect him to implement.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation has distributed more than 1,500 tickets to those who want to be up front on the Capitol lawn to see Trump take the oath of office on Friday.

“It’s going to be a tremendous honor to witness the peaceful transfer of power,” said Rep. Anthony D’Amelio, a Republican who represents Waterbury in the General Assembly.

D’Amelio was the first elected state representative to endorse Trump and was honored by the president elect during a rally last April in Waterbury.

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Staples Students Participate in Music Festival

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Thirty students from the Staples High School Music Department recently participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival. The festival, hosted by Staples, involved 30 schools and close to 400 students from the western part of the state. Pictured are members of the the concert band​. Staples students participating included: orchestra - James Gikas, Chloe Hankey, Angela Ji, Lauren Schmidt, Jack Whitten, Jessica Xu, Justin Berg, Michael Fording, Melanie Lust, Maya Namasivayam, Anella Lefebvre, Sophia Thomas, Seohyun Hong, and Samantha Atlas; chorus - Madison Malin; jazz band - Declan Harding, Joseph Williams, Nick Rossi, and Joshua Sigal; and concert band - James Mudholkar, Woongki Hong, Benjamin Schussheim, Preston Lust, Justin Lovro, Zachary Gurahian, Andrew Badeski, Jacob Kitchner, Michael Woods, Will O’Halloran and Sophia Han. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Disabilities Commission Holds Inaugural Meeting

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First Selectman Jim Marpe today addressed the first meeting of the Commission on People with Disabilities at Westport Town Hall. The seven-member group will meet the third Thursday at 8:30 a.m. monthly to discuss advocacy and support for people with disabilities living in Westport.Members include Diane Johnson, Evan Levinson, LuAnn Giunta, Marina Derman, Stacie Curran, Tom Holleman and Jim Ross, chairman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Weavers”
5;30 P.M. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ghostlight Project
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - The Saxtet, directed by Darren Litzie
7 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - WestportREADS 2017: Keynote Talk with George Hodgman
7 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Fun-Raiser: Harvard Din & Tonics
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Blight Prevention Board

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Large Turnout for John Skinner Funeral

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An overflow crowd today attended the funeral of Westporter John Skinner, former airline pilot and a founder of the Builders Beyond Borders charity, at the Southport Congregational Church. He died Jan. 13 at age 80.  (See WestportNow Jan. 16, 2017) Said son Chris Skinner: “My father had a blue collar attitude and wore the white shirt of professionalism. He was a man’s man, a regular guy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CERT Prepares to Welcome New Volunteers

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Volunteer members of Westport CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) gather tonight at the home of Ernie Heidelberg (l), CERT president, to prepare the annual training course for new members to be held Feb. 24-26. To volunteer for the service, which aids town first responders in emergencies, contact Heidelberg at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.westportcert.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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New Expanded Commuter Lot Stairway Opens

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A new stairway connecting Westport commuter Lot No. 6 on Riverside Avenue and the recently expanded Lot No. 7 on Franklin Street opened today. Police Chief Foti Koskinas said commuters can now park in Lot 7, which now has 44 additional spots, walk down the stairs to the lower level (Riverside Avenue), and walk to the train station. He said the lots are available for merchant parking at night and weekends. “This is a win-win for the local business community and for commuters,” he said. Koskinas said the Gault family paid for construction of the stairs, and Westport real estate investor Roger Leifer paid for the staircase rail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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TEAM Westport Announces 4th Annual Diversity Essay Contest

TEAM Westport, the town’s multicultural committee, and the Westport Library today announced the fourth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest.

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The contest is open to students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.

An announcement said “the focus of the contest is the issue of ‘white privilege,’ which surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election.”

Students are asked to describe in 1,000 words or less how they understand the term “white privilege.”

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Learning From a Master (and Staples Grad)

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A select group of Staples HIgh School string players today enjoyed a master class with Igor Pikayzen, concert violinist and 2005 Staples graduate. The one-hour master class included a short performance by the guest musician, followed by three student musicians playing and being critiqued by Pikayzen. Pictured are Staples violinists Jack Whitten (l) and James Gikas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Students Work for ‘Change’ in Syria

By James Lomuscio

Even though it’s exam time at Westport’s Staples High School, students in teacher Cathy Schager’s Contemporary World class aren’t cramming for tests.

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Students involved in the project include (l-r) (l-r) Gavin Berger (class of ’17), Eli Debenham (‘17), Emir Beg (‘17, Sarah Maybruck (‘18), Molly Liebergall (‘17), Michael Simons (‘18), and Theo Kokoff (‘18), Absent—Eden Schumer (‘18). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

They’re tackling a different kind of final, one that puts them in touch with the world they studied — raising funds for civilians affected by ongoing violence in Syria.

So, while other students are hunkering down at desks, students like seniors Eli Debenham, Lauren Davis, Emir Beg and George Goldstein can be found outside the cafeteria asking for spare change.

Hence the program they started: Spare Change for Syria. And the coin drops are adding up.

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Lucia Nebel White, 93

Lucia Nebel White of Westport, a noted photographer and longtime member of Westport’s arts community, died Jan. 14 at home following a brief illness. She was 93.

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Lucia Nebel White: photographer, swimmer. Howard Friedman photo from “High Tide Club”

Active into her 90s, she was a member of the High Tide Club, a group of elderly residents who swim at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. She made it a point to swim there every day in all but the most inclement weather.

She was born April 19, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, Berthold Nebel, a Beaux-Arts sculptor, was born in Basil, Switzerland and came to the United States at age 1. Her mother, Maria Lucantoni, was born in Anticoli Corardo, Italy. They met at the American Academy in Rome, where Berthold had studied on a fellowship and where Maria was a model.

Lucia lived in Pittsburgh for four years while her father taught at the School of Sculpture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University.

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Police No Shave Effort Raises $3,175 for Charities

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Westport police officers recently completed a no shave month (actually two months), raising more than $3,175 for No Shave November, which promotes cancer awareness and supports funding of cancer prevention, research, and education. Monies also went to Westport’s Homes With Hope. Pictured (l-r) are Detective Marc Heinmiller, Officer James Sullivan, Officer James Loomer, Officer Ned Batlin, Officer Scott Morrison, Officer Brendan Fearon, and Officer Dave Scinto. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

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