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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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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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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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. 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

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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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Himes Opposes U.S. ‘Locking Down’ Mideast Chaos

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said today he does not back an increased U.S. military presence in Iraq and “will not support the role of the United States locking down chaos in the Middle East.”

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes addresses today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Addressing the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club, Himes said the United States must be very skeptical about creep in U.S. military commitment in the region.

He said the 1,200-year-old history of Middle East conflicts make defining long-term U.S. strategy in the area difficult.

While the United States has achieved victories in removing Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi from power and killing Taliban leaders, he added: “We’re not very good at the next day.”

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Legislature Votes to Roll Back a Share of CT Business Tax Hikes

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE The General Assembly sent a revised biennial budget to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy early today, rolling back $178 million of the $1.5 billion worth of tax hikes built into the original plan.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed the changes 78-65 shortly after 1 a.m. after a nearly three-hour debate.

They included a series of last-minute adjustments that canceled planned tax hikes on data processing and web development services and delayed for one year a controversial shift to unitary reporting within the corporation tax.

To pay for these changes, lawmakers ordered several spending cuts. But their chief move was to scale back payments into a sales tax revenue-sharing program with municipalities – placing even more pressure on state finances two years from now, when a major deficit already looms.

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He’s Back

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An albino squirrel given the name of Snowball by neighbors has again returned to Westport’s Oakwood Lane. Although gray squirrels are not supposed to live much longer than a year or so,  this is the fifth summer that Snowball has returned to his favorite spot under the bird feeder at the home of Jan and Mark Marcus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - More Oscar-worthy Films: “American Sniper”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Kenn Morr Band
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee and RTM Finance

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Hirschfeld’s Paul Newman and Robert Redford

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David Leopold, creative director the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, tonight discusses a work by the legendary theatrical artist depicting Paul Newman and Robert Redford from the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at a dinner celebration of Hirschfeld at the Westport Country Playhouse. It was followed by the showing of an Oscar winning film on the artistry of Hirschfeld’s legendary caricatures of Broadway and film actors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Al Hirschfeld


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse celebration of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. He died in 2003 at age 99. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 25 Westfair Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 25 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,366-square feet and is situated on a .29-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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