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Monday, February 20, 2017

Earthplace Bloomer

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The American Witch Hazel plant at Earthplace is in bloom in the butterfly garden. The plant, which is known widely for its medicinal/healing purposes, has a varied bloom time and is commonly the only plant flowering during the northeastern U,S, winter and early spring seasons. The warm temperatures also brought along local honey bees, which were active Sunday throughout the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 20, 2017 - Presidents Day


Westport Town Hall, Library and Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sal Gilbertie Honored on 80th Birthday

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Family, friends, and local politicians today honored Sal Gilbertie, (c) owner of Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, on his 80th birthday. The event was hosted by the founders of the Green Village Initiative, which noted his generosity and commitment to the environment and to sustainable agriculture and business practices. Gilbertie’s, a fourth generation family-owned business that has been operating in Westport for 90 years, provides certified organic products all over the Northeast. Contributed photo

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Artistic Pet

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Westport artist Nina Bentley today caresses one of her artistic animals from her “Adopt-A-Pet” collection on the final day of a three-artist exhibit at the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan. The exhibit, “Flights of Fantasy and Games Changes” also includes works by former Westport resident Jane Lubin, and Kim Hanna of Delaware. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Helping Hand

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Fynn Cringle, 1 1/12,  got a helping hand today from him mom, Marissa Cringle, of Westport as they walked along the rocks on the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Beach Football

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Some late day visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today tossed a football in the spring-like weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktari for WestportNow.com

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Daisy Shake

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Daisy, a Golden Retriever, shook herself dry today after an afternoon swim at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Too Warm to Skate

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The P.A.L. Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park was shut down today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. because of melting ice causing wet surfaces. According to staff member Connor Murray, 15, a Fairfield Prep School sophomore, “There were a good amount of skaters when we opened at 11 o’clock, but then the water started to build up.”  Tempratures were in the 60s in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Summer-Like Parking in Winter

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Beachfront parking spaces were at a premium today as hundreds headed to Westport’s Compo Beach to enjoy the brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

 

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Chilling Out

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As temperatures soared into the 60s, Westport’s Compo Beach was thronged with visitors today. Some dogs romped in the sand and water, but this pooch was satisfied just chilling out in the brilliant sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday Sunset

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Saturday’s sunset over Gray’s Creek in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Warm Winter Day: No. Golf, No Cross-Country Skiing

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The temperature reached into the mid-50s during the afternoon today, but there was no golf and no cross-country skiing at Longshore Club Park. But there was ice skating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Pay Tribute to One of Their Own

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Under an American flag held aloft by the Westport (r) and Wilton Fire Department ladder trucks, the Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drums today joined firefighters from Westport, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Wilton to pay tribute to Philip Reeves, a former Westport, Wilton, and Bridgeport firefighter and U.S. Army veteran who died Feb. 7 at age 57. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2017) The funeral service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton, was followed by a burial ceremony with a 21-gun salute and presentation of the folded casket flag to his wife, Robyn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Orangetheory Fitness to PRE

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Orangetheory Fitness opens at 645 Post Road East sometime before May, according to the manager of its Norwalk studio. The Florida-based franchise business has more than 500 locations nationwide. Wilton residents Mark and Fred Molina are the franchise owners of locations in Fairfield, which opened in 2014, Norwalk, which opened last year, and the Westport location. The Fitness center offers one-hour group classes tailored to the individual participant.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”
8 p.m. - Voices Café at Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Abbie Gardner

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Comings & Goings: Stanton Miles to 1803 Post Road East

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Stanton Miles, a Westport mainstay for 65 years as purveyor of home decorating and power vacuum service and sales, has relocated to 1803 Post Road East across from Stop & Shop. It was formerly located at 1620 Post Road East. Current co-owner Mike Roland said, “In our type of business, our customers might visit us only once a year or even less than that. So far, we’re happy to say, most customers are finding us here at our new location.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hazy Sunset

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It was a hazy sunset late today as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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At 95, a New Career — Poet

Irene Backalenick, a former longtime Westport resident, has entered a new career at 95 — poet.

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Irene Backalenick with her new book of poetry, “Rueful Reflections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Cynthia Mcguire

A former freelance journalist (New York Times, etc.) and noted 30-year theater critic, she calls herself a “beginner poet” and has just published her first book, “Rueful Reflections,” available at Amazon.com.

Now a resident of Bridgeport’s Watermark senior living facility, Backalenick said, “I’d never written a poem in my life until I moved here.”

Her profile on the back on the book elaborates: “It proved to be the perfect genre for retrospection.

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2016:

Laura Lee Simon to James O. and Laura W. Hourican, 3 Hawthorne Lane, $915,000WNproperty.jpg

Paul Kirsh to Gary G. Lynch and Katharine A. Hall, 79 Richmondville Ave., $2,200,000

Clair A. and Charles M. Mason to Matthew O’Hara, 6 Oxbow Road, $1,800,000

Bonnie J. Hanna to Drew and Jade Dewitt, 15 Woods Grove Road, $755,000

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Comings & Goings: Skin Care & Laser Spa to PRE

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Greenwich Skin Care and Laser Spa will open in March at 645 Post Road East, next door to Free People women’s trendy clothing, which also opens in March. According to a staff person at its Greenwich location, the Westport location is the first expansion of the business, which opened in Greenwich 11 years ago. The spa services include laser treatments, skin and body care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pink Sky

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The post-sunset sky Thursday as seen from the entrance road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 17, 2017


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

S&P Worried About Proposed Cost Shift Onto CT Towns

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

A major Wall Street credit rating agency has issued back-to-back critical analyses of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new, two-year budget proposal.

S&P Global Ratings warned today that Malloy’s proposals to shift one-third of the cost of the teachers’ pension program onto cities and towns, and to realign other grants, “creates budgetary uncertainty for local governments.”

“If implemented, these proposals will create winners and losers,” said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Victor Medeiros.

“Although we view the ability of a state to pass budget pressures on to lower levels of government in times of state budgetary stress as a credit positive for the state, the credit impact on local governments could be negative should they not be able to adequately adjust to this new funding paradigm.”

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Comings & Goings: Free People to Post Road East

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Free People, a trendy clothing and accessories store, opens at 645 Post Road East in March, according to workers on site. Owned by Urban Outfitters, it has more than 100 locations nationwide in more than 30 states. Other Fairfield County locations are at the Danbury Fair Mall and in Greenwich. The new store opposite Mitchells is the former home of Patio.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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