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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Helping Out at Half Marathon

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Among those helping cheer on Fairfield Half Marathon runners today at a water distribution point at the Green’s Farms station were Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) and Deputy Fire Chief Bob Kepchar (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Ending the Day at the Bedford Square Courtyard

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Late day sunlight splashes the Bedford Square courtyard Saturday as diners enjoy drinks and food from the Amis Trattoria restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sunday, June 25, 2017


Until Noon - WAS Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane) - National Amateur Radio Field Day
Noon - 5 p.m. - Bedford Square (Church Lane) - CT contemporary art fair
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps” (last day)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Back to the Garden 1969: The Woodstock Experience

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

CT Contemporary Art Fair at Bedford Square

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A reception tonight celebrated the “CT contemporary art fair” at Bedford Square in Westport’s center. The exhibit is the culmination of the three-part “Cultivating Collectors” series organized by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Silvermine Arts Center. It offers a look into what is happening in Connecticut’s major contemporary art galleries, according to organizers.  The exhibit continues Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and is accessible from Church Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Showing His Works

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Japanese-born artist Kiyoshi Otsuka today stands beside a couple of his works on display at the “CT contemporary art fair” at Westport’s Bedford Square. Otsuka studied in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Stimulated by the encouragement of Akiyama, a sculptor friend and mentor, Otsuka moved to New York and enrolled at the Art Student’s League. There, he studied with Knox Martin. Recently he has worked in his studio at ArtsWestchester landmark building in White Plains. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, London, Pennsylvania and Japan. Otsuka’s paintings are included in private collections in New York, Tokyo, and Paris. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Showing Winning Form

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Katie Tyler of Old Lyme, Connecticut and her 12-year-old gelding Shet Du Thot took top honors today at the $30,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The show jumping competition was the culminating event of the five-day Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show—the only national horse show in Fairfield County that is open to the public free of charge. Katie and Shet Du Thot are coming off their win at the Ox Ridge Grand Prix in Darien last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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jUNe Day Guests Visit Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center today welcomed jUNe Day guests and staff member Mercedes Arensberg guided the guests through the current exhibition “Main Street to Madison Avenue.” It features paintings, illustrations, and photography commissioned by Madison Avenue advertising agencies for iconic commercial branding and advertising campaigns in the 1950s to 1970s, many of which originated in Westport. Also on exhibit are works from the well-known pop art and contemporary artists who appropriated this advertising imagery. The exhibition is on view through June 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adriana Reis for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: 52nd Annual jUNe Day


Scenes from today’s 52nd annual jUNe Day in Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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jUNe Day: ‘Friendship Across Cultures at its Best’

By James Lomuscio

The colorful flags lining Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Bridge flapped defiantly as the sun peaked through the morning rain, promising today would be a beautiful 52nd annual jUNe Day.

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U.N. Under-Secretary General Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas addresses today’s opening ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The flags representing the United Nations 193 member countries complemented the assembly of more than 200 U.N. members and their families who came together for breakfast at the Saugatuck Elementary School and then a day of summer fun in Westport.

jUNe day was established in 1965 by the late Westporter Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, founder of the U.N. Association (UNA) of Southwestern Connecticut—also known as the as the International Visitors Committee of CT—in observance of the signing of the U.N. charter on June 26, 1945.

On this day, U.N. staff, their families and representatives from other governments get a chance to experience hometown America outside of New York City, participating in a variety of sporting and recreational events, according to Bill Hass, regional UNA president.

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Welcome for United Nations Guests

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Several hundred United Nations guests today attended the 52nd annual jUNe Day kickoff ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. Guests later set off on a day of activities at various Westport venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library to Host Talk on U.S. Involvement in Middle East

The history of United States involvement in the Middle East, as well as its status today is the subject of a Westport Library talk by an Amherst College visiting professor set for Thursday, June 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the McManus Room, Library officials announced.

Steven Simon is scheduled to offer historical insights and firsthand experience having served on the National Security Council during the Clinton and Obama administrations and in a range of posts at the Department of State.

In addition to his national posts, Simon has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, a Hasib Sabbagh senior fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a university fellow in the history of religion at Brown University,

His first book, “The Age of Sacred Terror” co-authored with Daniel Benjamin, won the Arthur C. Ross award for best book on international affairs.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 - jUNe Day


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary - 52nd Annual jUNe Day Opening Ceremonies
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - 8 p.m. - Bedford Square (Church Lane) - CT contemporary art fair (reception 5 p.m.)
Noon - Noon June 25 - WAS Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane) - National Amateur Radio Field Day
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Westport Rotary Passes the Gavel

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Westport Rotary Club’s outgoing president Tony McDowell passes the gavel to incoming president Susan Basler at a ceremony tonight at the Ned Dimes Marina, Compo Beach. The one-year term extends from July to June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Rotary Board Introduced

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Rotary District Governor-Elect Trish Pearson (far right) of Orange, Connecticut, tonight introduces the Westport Rotary Club Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year at a ceremony at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. Pictured are (standing l-r) Alec Foege (PR), Stan Glick (finance), Goldie James (youth exchange), Bruce Knowles (treasurer), Tony McDowell (past-president), Julia Broder (programs), Susan Basler (president), Sandra Urist (LobsterFest and charitable giving), Dave Matlow (membership), Lyla Steenbergen (International projects), Steve Lewine (foundation); (kneeling) Fides Ostbye (social), Beth Brucker (newsletter), Karl Merganthaler (community service projects), and Rick Benson (past district governor). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 20 Crooked Mile Road

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The house at Westport’s 20 Crooked Mile Road, off Cavalry Road, was demolished today. Built in 1965, the one-story ranch had 4,825-square feet, was situated on a 1.03-acre property, and changed ownership in November for $1,110,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 19, 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Compo Beach Pavilion Closed

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The Compo Beach pavilion was closed to the public today awaiting the start of emergency roof repairs on Monday. Town officials said the roof posed potential safety concerns. The work is expected to take about five days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Beach Dining

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With the Compo Beach pavilion closed today for emergency roof repairs, the picnic tables in the brick enclosure were moved onto the nearby beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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U.N. Flags Ready to Greet Visitors

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Flags of member states of the United Nations flew on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today in advance of Saturday’s jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Advise of Traffic Impact of Half Marathon on Sunday

The Westport Police Department has advised residents and motorists that the Greens Farms area will be impacted by the running of the Fairfield Half Marathon on Sunday.

Runners will enter Westport on Greens Farms Road at the Fairfield town line, continuing to New Creek Road and onto Beachside Avenue before exiting into Southport, an advisory said.

Through traffic will be stopped or severely limited while runners make their way through town, police said.

Motorists should anticipate heavy delays due to road closures along the race route.

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Westport Property Transfers June 5 - 9, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 5 - 9, 2017:

Fiona Garland to 1 Yankee Hill LLC, 1 Yankee Hill Road, $5,250,000WNproperty.jpg

Andrea Britt Sheya Trust to Omaha LLC, 209 Hillspoint Road, $990,000

John Alexander Jr. and Deborah C. Jackson to Flora Jackson aka Flora J. Meilan, 49 Reichert Circle, $198,150

Evelyn Jackson Estate to Flora Meilan, 42 Reichert Circle, $59,445

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Police: Three-Time Train Station, Airbag Burglar Arrested

Officers arrested a Newark, New Jersey man accused of breaking into Hondas at the Saugatuck train station and stealing airbags on three occasions in May and June, police said today.

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Arrested: Jose Cruz. Westport Police photo

Jose Cruz, 50, was arrested in New Jersey Thursday and extradited to Westport and was held in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000, $20,000 for each of the Honda CRV burglaries that occurred in lots 1, 2 and 7.

According to Lt. Eric Woods, the first incident occurred May 7 when officers responded to the train station on the report that a Honda CRV in Lot 1 had been broken into and its airbag removed.

What followed was a Westport Police Detective Bureau investigation examining surveillance video of the lot.

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Firefighters Donate to Burn Camp

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The Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) presented a $1,700 check to the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation Children’s Burn Camp. The money was raised at the Westport Firefighters Annual Golf Tournament held in May. Pictured are (l-r): Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar; Firefighter Theodore Crawford, president WUFCF; Kathleen Gerrity, executive director CT Burns Care Foundation Childrens Burn Camp, and Lt. Brendan McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Marina Blue

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The Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach late on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 23, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Art Gottlieb Architecture Lecture: Manhattan Bridge
Noon - 8 p.m. - Bedford Square (Church Lane) - CT contemporary art fair
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Malloy: Even a Temporary CT Budget Must be Balanced

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had a warning today for legislators considering enacting a temporary budget to guide state finances after July 1 in lieu of the real thing.

Do it right or don’t do it at all.

The governor “will not consider any budget — short or long term, that adds to our fiscal challenges in the coming biennium,” Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said.

With Connecticut just nine days away from entering the fiscal year without an approved spending plan — for the first time since 2009 and just the second time in 15 years — gridlocked legislators are seeking to buy more time to craft the next two-year budget.

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