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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

First July Sunset

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It was a hazy sunset for the first day of July Wednesday as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 2, 2015


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Creative Coders: Javascript
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Air National Guard Band of the Northeast

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Reval Appraisers Not Welcome in Most Homes

By James Lomuscio

Fewer than 40 percent of Westport homeowners have allowed appraisers into their homes for the town’s current revaluation, Tax Assessor Paul Friia told the Board of Finance tonight. WestportNow.com Image
Paul A. Friia: wants more home access. Contributed photo

He said he would like to see that percentage rise to at least “the high 40s,” pointing out that one area community is at 60 percent.

“The better data we have, the more equitable it is for the taxpayer,” he said.

To date, the revaluation begun last August by Vision Government Solutions has assessed about 7,800 of the town’s estimated 8,600 residential and commercial properties.

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Moonlight Picnic

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Balmy temperatures in the 80s and then upper 70s made for delightful full moon picnicing tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Evening Children’s Fun at Levitt

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The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight opened its Melissa & Doug Children’s Series with the Grammy-nominated, seven-time Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zach During for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Debuts Children’s Series Tonight

The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opens its Melissa & Doug Children’s Series tonight starring the Grammy-nominated, seven-time Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players.

The show is free, starts at 7 p.m. and will remain outdoors in case of inclement weather, an announcement said.  The lawn and concession open one hour before showtime.

The Melissa & Doug Children’s Series will feature nine free kid-centric shows by star performers in the world of children’s entertainment. 

Youngsters are invited to stop by the Melissa & Doug hospitality tent for complimentary goodies before the show, organizers said, and tonight there will also be an extra activity tent.

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Health District Ticks Off Tick Dangers

By James Lomuscio

While the wet summer has caused a proliferation of hungry mosquitoes at dusk and dawn, the West Nile virus is not yet a worry.

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Ticks come in all sizes.  Cdc.gov photo

The big concern right now is deer ticks, and it’s not just Lyme disease, but illnesses far more frightening, according to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD).

Just back from a workshop at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, WWHD Director of Community Health Monica Wheeler said deer ticks can carry several other organisms and viruses that make Lyme pale in comparison.

One is babesiosis, which can cause malaria-like symptoms of cyclical fevers. Unlike Lyme, for which treatment requires a regimen of the heavy-duty antibiotic doxycycline, babeseosis requires anti-malaria drugs and quinine, as well as antibiotics, Wheeler said.

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Trouble on Saugatuck RR Bridge Briefly Halts Trains

On a day when the Devon Bridge in Stratford failed to close properly, causing delays all day on the Metro-North New Haven Line, similar trouble cropped up in mid-afternoon on the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport.

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Metro-North workers check tracks at the Westport station today after the Saugatuck River Bridge failed to close properly after a marine opening. Trains in both directions were delayed before the problem was fixed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The bridge, built in 1884 and the oldest surviving movable bridge in Connecticut, was opened at about 3:30 p.m. to allow marine traffic to pass and failed to close and lock properly, said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

As a result, the train, which left Grand Cenrtral Terminal at 2:54 p.m. was, delayed 15-20 minutes just outside the Westport station, he said. So was a westbound train, the 2:45 p.m. departure from New Haven (Union Station), due Westport at 3:32 p.m. and Grand Central at 4:45 p.m., as well as an Acela train.

The issue was resolved before the beginning of rush hour, and there were no further delays, Donovan said.

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Ready for the 4th

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Independence Day decorations are up on this house on Westport’s Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Westport Lagging National Average

By Judy Szablak

For the first time in a long time, and generally speaking, Westport is lagging behind the national average. That is according to the latest Case-Shiller report released Tuesday.

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Featured Home: this home at 35 Island Way is listed at $1,625,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) TYPE NAME for WestportNow.com

However, all is not doom and gloom in Westport. Luxury properties and waterfront home sales have soared ahead compared to last year.

The S&P Case-Shiller National House Price Index indicated that prices rose an average of 4.2 percent year-over-year from last April.

And allthough we did not see an increase in prices in Westport, the quite impressive and positive news is that market time to sale of just 45 days was almost half of what it was last year during that same period.

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ ‘Max,’ ‘Ted 2’

By Susan Granger

When Steven Soderbergh’s over-the-top comedy romp was a surprise hit in 2012, “Magic Mike XXL” was inevitable.

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Three years later, Mike (Channing Tatum) abandons his burgeoning furniture business to re-join the brawny Kings of Tampa for one last road trip to a Stripper Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In Jacksonville, Mike meets Zoe (Amber Heard), a flirtatious photographer. And when Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) does an impromptu solo, grinding on a soda machine, just to bring a smile to the face of a glum mini-mart clerk, Mike realizes they all need to come up with some new, erotic moves.

So it’s onto Savannah to find raunchy Rome (Jada Pickett Smith), who runs Domina, a private pleasure palace where black women can indulge their fantasies. While Mike convinces her to become their new Master of Ceremonies, she can’t hold a candle to Matthew McConaughey’s charming zest.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Manitou Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Manitou Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1951, the two-story split has 2,430-square feet and is situated on a 1.3-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Top Prosecutor for Westport District

The state’s Criminal Justice Commission announced Tuesday that it has appointed Richard J. Colangelo, Jr. of Easton as State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk, which includes Westport.

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Richard J. Colangelo, Jr.: top prosecutor. Contributed photo

Colangelo succeeds David I. Cohen, who is retiring effective today after serving 37 years as a prosecutor in Stamford and as State’s Attorney for the Stamford-Norwalk district since November 2001.

Colangelo was appointed by a unanimous vote of the commission to complete the remainder of the eight-year term for which Cohen was last appointed as State’s Attorney in 2010.

“The Criminal Justice Commission congratulates Attorney Colangelo on his appointment as State’s Attorney,” said Richard N. Palmer, chair of the Criminal Justice Commission. “We are confident that he will be a strong addition to the senior management of the Division of Criminal Justice. We also wish to thank all of the outstanding prosecutors who stepped forward and sought this important position.”

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Some Trains Running Late

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Commuters wait for a New York-bound train early today at the Metro-North station in Westport. Metro-North said travelers may experience delays up to 30 minutes—later reduced to 15 minutes—due to mechanical difficulties to the Devon Bridge in the vicinity of Stratford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Up A Tree

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A Great White Egret was spotted up a tree Tuesday overlooking Round Pond off of Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Justin Roberts
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Howard Munce Views ‘Howard Munce at 100’

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Westport artist Howard Munce, who turns 100 on Nov. 27, today visited the Westport Historical Society (WHS) with family and a small group of WHS committee members to view the new exhibit, “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration” in the Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery. Dedicated to Munce’s late wife Geraldine, the exhibit continued through Sept. 14. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Memories

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Howard Munce, often called the dean of Westport artists, visited the Westport Historical Society today to view its new exhibit, “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebraton.” It runs through Sept. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Studying His Works

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Westport artist Howard Munce today studies some of his works in the new Westport Historical Society exhibit “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Paul Newman to Appear on U.S. ‘Forever’ Stamp

WestportNow.com ImageThe U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman of Westport will be honored on a “Forever” stamp. The stamp will go on sale Sept. 18. The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman accompanied by text that reads “Actor/Philanthropist.” Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.“ (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo/© Steve Schapiro/Corbis
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Smaller Crowd Tonight at Levitt

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The crowd was smaller tonight on the second night of the season of the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts than the Sunday opening. Headlining tonight was the Ken Morr Band starring singer-songwriter Ken Morr, one of the 50 nights of free entertainment at the Westport arts landmark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Zach During for WestportNow.com photo

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A Gordon Lightfoot Inspiration

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Ken Morr (2nd r) and his band performed at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The Levitt schedule said this about his music: “Ken’s song have an elemental quality—water, earth, relationships, seasons, time, change, loss—like the great songwriters who inspired him early on: Dylaan, Simom, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, and especially Gordon Lightfoot.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fireworks Tickets Going Fast

At $35 per vehicle, tickets for Westport’s Independence Day fireworks Friday night are selling fast, with only 450 of the 2,000 printed left, event planners say.

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Compo Beach visitors watch an Independence Day fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

And if any remain by Friday, latecomers will have to buy them at Police Headquarters since the Parks and Recreation Department will be closed for the long holiday weekend beginning Friday.

Before Friday, tickets for the Compo Beach show orchestrated by Fireworks by Grucci can be purchased via cash or check either at Police Headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or at the Parks and Recreation offices in Longshore Club Park.

Once the tickets run out, a limited number of shuttle bus tickets will go on sale for the same price, said Dan DeVito, Parks and Recreation operations supervisor.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Warnock Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Warnock Drive, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1956, the two-story split has 2,113-square feet, is situated on a 1.01-acre property and changed ownership in May for $750,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Signs, Then Promotes, Newly Tweaked Budget

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the budget bills in Hartford today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“Massachusetts doesn’t have a budget. Maine doesn’t have a budget. Illinois doesn’t have a budget. New Hampshire doesn’t have a budget,” Malloy said after signing the documents at a ceremony attended by the legislature’s top leaders and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “We got a budget.”

The budget includes tax increases that violate a pledge the Democratic governor made during last fall’s close re-election campaign, and its passage exposes Democratic legislators in swing districts to attacks as they seek re-election in 2016, a campaign that the GOP already is waging.

Malloy did not directly answer a question about how he can reconcile the budget he signed with his campaign pledge. Instead, he said the GOP offered no practical alternative.

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