Monday, May 02, 2016
The installation of upgraded fiber optic cables began today and will require alternating one lane traffic on Myrtle Avenue between Avery Place and Post Road East most of the week, according to contract workers on site. The Todd Cable Construction company is performing the work for fiber optic cable owners, Lighttower, formerly known as Fibertech. A Todd worker said the cable installation project, concurrently being installed in Norwalk, extends to other communities in Fairfield County. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The life of Howard Munce, the “dean of Westport artists,” is set to be celebrated Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center (WAC), event planners announced today.
A Westport resident since 1935 and a spry, ubiquitous presence in town arts circles, Munce died at his Westport home on March 5 at 100. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)
He was revered as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer, as well as a living link to the town’s time-honored arts history.
“Howard Munce was an incredibly generous and talented man, whose guiding influence helped shape the Westport Arts Center, as well as the larger arts community of Westport,” said said Amanda Innes, WAC executive director.
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - BOF Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Bookshare: a Resource for Children With Reading Challenges
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
The Westport Library today hosted the Altruistic Band performing soul, jazz, gospel, R&B and pop. Altruistic is a band comprised of musicians from many different walks of life. According to the band’s website, its sound “can be described as ‘Gumbo,’ combining the musical styles of Latin, Contemporary, Fusion, and Straight-ahead Jazz with Funk, R&B and Gospel rhythms.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of SLOBS, the Staples High School Service League of Boys, help out today on one of of numerous projects as part of their annual Service Sunday. On this single day, SLOBS contributed more than 500 hours of service to the community and donated about $4,000 in supplies getting the job done, according to a news release. During this school year, SLOBS have volunteered at more than 100 community events throughout Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport, providing more than 4,000 hours of service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
i2robotics, a team made up of nine Staples High School students, competed last week at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to increasing interest in science and engineering among elementary, middle, and high school students.
The championship included the top 128 teams out of approximately 4,500 from around the world.
i2robotics was recognized as one of six finalist teams for the PTC Design Award for industrial design, and for the THINK Award for best documenting the team’s design process and journey in their engineering notebook.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Westport Electric Car Club President Leo Cirrino (r) wave the starting flags today at the Westport Metro-North station for the start of the club’s fourth annual electric car rally. Pictured taking off is a Tesla Model X, the latest from the electric car company. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members and guests of the Westport Electric Car Club gathered in the eastbound stationhouse at the Metro-North Westport station prior to the start of today’s fourth annual club electric car rally, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Prticipants in the 11th annual STAR Walk & Run gathered at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today. Star, Inc., Lighting the Way, a Norwalk-based not-for-profit, serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Avi Kaner joined Miss Connecticut, Tiffany Teixeira, and members of the Westport Fire Department in serving up hot dogs today at the 12th annual STAR Walk and Run at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) fires the starting pistol today at Compo Beach at the start of the 5K race at the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man race. See race results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Participants in the 10K race of today’s 38th annual Minute Man Race make their way along Compo Road South. Meg Hines, president of sponsoring Westport Young Woman’s League, said about 1,000 persons were registered for the event, which took place in rain with temperatures in the 40s. See race results here. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A new sidewalk today greeted participants and watchers at Compo Beach for the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race. Work on the sidewalk extending from the pavilion to the cannons will resume this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Some Compo Beach visitors go kite flying Saturday. Beginning today, emblems are required on vehicles entering the beach. Morning activities include the 38th annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Young Woman’s League 38th Annual Minute Man Race
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Free Skin Cancer Screening
9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 11th Annual STAR Walk & 5K Run
Noon - Metro-North station at Saugatuck - Westport Electric Car Club Rally begins (cars begin to gather at 10 a.m.)
Noon - 4 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Altruistic Band performs soul, jazz, & gospel
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects Book Discussion: “From Doon with Death” by Ruth Rendell
7 p.m. - Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - Jonathan Sarna on “Lincoln & the Jews”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
State budget talks continued to stall today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders remained at odds over how to resolve a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
And though talks — which bogged down late Friday — remained in limbo, Democratic legislative leaders insisted they are ready to resume talks with the governor at any time.
Still, both sides in the standoff concede time is running short as the General Assembly nears its constitutional adjournment deadline of midnight on Wednesday.
“We are absolutely still ready to talk,” Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, said around 3 p.m. today. “We’ve said we will go over the budget line by line.”
The annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show for local artists opened today in the club’s newly refurbished Bedford gallery. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (above) curated the show, and among works displayed was his lenticular image of Howard Munce, the dean of Westport artists who died in March at age 100. The show, which continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. , was dedicated to Munce’s memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today looks at an image of Howard Munce as a young man in a lenticular work honoring the late Westoirt artist, who died in March at age 100. The work is among those on display at the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show, which opened today and continues Sunday. Burroughs was curator for the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s opening of the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show featuring local artists. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
More than 120 persons gathered at a private Westport residence tonight to support the Bridgeport-based PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, Connecticut’s first female-only transitional housing for women veterans. Shalini Madaras of Wilton, mother of Nicholas Madaras who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006, addressed the gathering.The event, organized by locally-based women’s organization, Aware, generated funds for the home as well as the Kick for Nick Foundation. The charity, according to Shalini Madaras, “spreads Nick’s love of soccer and his dedication to the children by sending soccer balls to the soldiers in the field to distribute them personally to children worldwide.” Guests were requested to bring a soccer ball to tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Greens Farms Academy (GFA) girls varsity lacrosse team today scored a lopsided 16-3 victory over the visiting Storm King, N.Y. team on Senior Day at GFA. In addition, a series of other athletic matchups plus a students’ car and dog wash offering helped raise funds for Pink Aid, which supports breast cancer treatment costs. Pictured are senior Ingrid Backe (white head band) and junior Kate Paliotta hugging as fellow junior Caroline Rintoul looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE and CORRECT A two-car crash today in the area of 980 Post Road East seriously injured one person and closed the roadway from West Parish Road to Church Street, Deputy Police Chief Sam Arciola said. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Church that the injured person in the red car (rear) was Westporter Mildred Bunche, 83, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition. (A parishioner who initially said there was a church announcement later corrected herself and said there no announcement but that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche at the hospital.) Arciola said the accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. and that the driver of the other car declined medical attention. Police said Bunche was exiting Bank of America, 980 Post Road East, and collided with the SUV traveling eastbound on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE and CORRECT A Westport police officer conducts an investigation into a two-car crash today in the vicinity of 980 Post Road East. One of the cars came to rest across the street from where it exited a Bank of America branch, according to witnesses. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Trinity Church that the the driver of the red car was Mildred Bunche, 83, of Westport, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition at Norwalk Hospital. (A parishoner initially reported that there was an announcement at the church but later corrected herself to say word spread that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche in the hospital.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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