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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tesla Sales Ban in Connecticut Stands

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The effort by Tesla to win legislative approval to directly sell its electric cars to consumers in Connecticut has failed for the second consecutive year in the face of opposition from car dealers and competing manufacturers, a Senate leader said early today.

“I think the car dealers and others have been very effective in lobbying in their favor,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, the sponsor of this year’s Tesla bill, told the Connecticut Mirror. “We’ll come back again and try in another year.”

A similar bill passed the House last year, but never came to a vote in the Senate. Duff signing on as lead sponsor this year gave Tesla an influential ally in the upper chamber, but Duff told The Mirror his caucus was divided.

“I didn’t go into this to twist arms to pass it that way,” Duff said. “My job is to protect the caucus and the interests of the state.”

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Riverside Colors

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Spring colors on the banks of the Saugtuck RIver Friday near the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, April 30, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library & Jesup Green - 5th Annual Westport Mini Maker Faire
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek the Library photo session
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Malloy Says Budget Talks Have Hit the Wall

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

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A somber Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared late tonight that budget negotiations with legislators “are hitting a wall,” and he predicted the General Assembly would adjourn Wednesday without adopting a budget he could sign, thereby failing to avert a nearly $1 billion deficit.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state of budget negotiations tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

And unlike recent statements when the governor warned he would force lawmakers into special session indefinitely until they agreed to cut spending, Malloy struck a more uncertain tone about Connecticut’s fiscal future.

“Unless something changes dramatically in the next few hours, I supposed what I’m saying is I don’t think we can get to a negotiated settlement” on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the governor told reporters in his Capitol office.

“In which case,” Malloy continued, “folks can either decide to come back to the table or take whatever steps they need to take.”

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Kid Band Rocks Westport Venue

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The kid band, Abby & the Roadsters, entertained tonight at Westport’s 323 Restaurant to the delight of a packed crowd. The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 13, started as winners in the 2015 BandJam at Ridgefield Playhouse, where they will appear again on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. The group plays a brand of classic rock that ranges from The Beatles to The Who, Led Zeppelin and others. Members include lead singer Abby Giansiracusa, 13, of Danbury; drummer Vincent Fontenelli of Danbury; bassist Owen Hughes of Katonah, N.Y.; lead guitarist Anton Klettner of South Salem, N.Y.; his brother Joseph, who plays keyboard, and Jack Reynolds of New Fairfield, who plays rhythm guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Sunny’ Makes Westport Debut

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Westporter Rob Hauck (above) worked with fellow Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members tonight to install the club’s newest member outside the Westport Library. “Sunny,” a 42-foot inflated duck, arrived from China and took approximately 90 mintues to inflate. Making its debut at Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire, Sunny will be bringing attention to the Sunrise Rotary Duck Race event set for Saturday, June 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Mini Maker Faire Saturday to Attract Thousands

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Members of the organizing committee for Saturday’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire pose for a photo in advance of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event at the Westport Library and Jesup Green. Click here for a guide to making the most of the event, which is expected to attract 10,000 visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Celebrating Cuban Art

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Local business owner Dania Carine, born in Cuba, poses tonight at the Westport Arts Center in front of Jacqueline Brito’s “The Fleet (La Flota).” The work is featured in the Center’s new exhibit, “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art,” which opened tonight and showcases contemporary Cuban art from the collection of Terri and Steven Certilman of Greenwich. The works collectively represent the country’s unique artistic talent. Curated by Arianne Faber Kolb, the exhibit will be on display through June 4. The Center will continue to celebrate Cuba at its annual gala, called “Club Havana,” on Saturday, May 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Guests at Cuban Art Exhibit

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Among those at tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception marking the opening of its “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition were (l-r) Jill Sarver, the Center’s visual arts manager, Steven Certilman, the Greenwich collector who with his wife Terri assembled the works, curator Arianne Faber Kolb, and Amanda Innes, the Center acting executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Cuban Look on Westport Street

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A retro automobile supplied by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport was outside the Westport Arts Center tonight in support of its “Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition, which opened tonight, and its Saturday, May 7 Club Havana annual gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Readying for Weekend Art Show

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Westport Woman’s Club volunteers today apply final touches for the club’s Arts Show fundraiser to be held Saturday 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The artwork of 14 Westport area artists will be displayed and available for purchase. Curator Miggs Burroughs said he will display seven art pieces, including his newest one, “Piet Pollack,” a lenticular creation based on a Mondrian and a Jackson Pollack painting.  This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of legendary local artist Howard Munce, whose wife, Gerry, was a longtime WWC member and avid community volunteer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking Arbor Day

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Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay hands out seedlings today as the Westport Tree Board marked Arbor Day with its third annual tree seedling give-away at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, 2 Woodside Lane, adjacent to Earthplace. Said Lindsay, who handed out 400 seedlings (200 Flowering Dogwoods, 100 Norway Spruce and 100 River Birch): “This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of Arbor Day and the recently upgraded Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum.” He said the 12-acre property, donated by Westporter Wadsworth in 1958, was cleaned up with funds from a grant the Tree Board received last June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Arboretum Advocates

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Among those marking Arbor Day today with a seedling giveaway at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretuum, 2 Woodside Lane, were First Selectman Jim Marpe and (l-r) Tree Board members Dick Stein and Dick Fincher, Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay, and Lou Mall, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, who worked with the board to revitalize the arboretum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Beginning to Look Like a Sidewalk

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Pouring of concrete on the new sidewalk at Westport’s Compo Beach is underway. More concrete will go in next week, according to a contractor on site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Beach Emblems, Required Beginning Sunday

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Customers were in line late today at the Westport Parks and Recreation office at Longshore Club Park, mainly to acquire beach parking emblems, which are required effective Sunday. Barbara Vornkahl, manager of customer service, said about 75 persons applied today for parking emblems “but we expect a lot more in the final hour since we’ve had a lot of phone call inquiries today.”  She said a majority of beach goers previously acquired their parking emblems through the online system, introduced in 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 785 Post Road East

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 785 Post Road East, next to the New Country Toyota dealership, is in process. Built in 1910, the 2-1/2 story apartment house has 4,768-square feet, is situated on a 2.41-acre property and changed ownership in September 2015 for $1.2 million. 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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Westport Property Transfers April 11 - 15, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 11 - 15, 2016:

Anthony W. Luciano to Michael D. Labella and Jenna M. Kurek, 9 Turkey Hill Road North, $575,000WNproperty.jpg

Bertha F. Wakeman Estate to 27 Westfair Drive LLC, 27 Westfair Drive, $500,000

Frederick H. and Greer D. Kneip to Steven Ginsburg and Lori Strasberg, 12 Juniper Road, $1,450,000

Christopher Bourassa and Brittany A. Coale to Christopher J. and Elizabeth A. Harris, 120 Imperial Ave., $835,000

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Cutting the Ribbon at Serena & Lily

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (c) is joined today by Lily Kanter (purple) and Serena Dugan (beige) at the official opening of the Serena & Lily store in the former Kemper-Gunn house at 35 Elm St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - Arbor Day


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Saugatuck Bridge Study Subcommittee
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. -  Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum (2 Woodside Lane) - Westport Tree Board celebrates Arbor Day with seedlings giveaway
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week: Financial Planning & Investment Basics for Teens

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Water Main Puncture on Compo Road North

UPDATE Workers punctured a water line today during construction in the Compo Road North and Clinton Road area, the Aquarion Water Co. said.

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Workers late tonight complete repairs on a punctured water main on Compo Road North.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Five to seven homes in the area were left without water and about 300 customers experienced discolored water, company officials said.

An 8-inch pipe was reportedly punctured by digging during the expansion of the problem intersection of Compo Road North and Main Street.

Workers on the scene said repairs were completed just before midnight. But the company said discoloration of water may persist.

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Ospreys at Work

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Ospreys at Westport’s Longshore Club Park engage in a littie nest building while awaiting for eggs to be hatched. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating After Baby Birth at Home

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It was celebration time today at Norwalk Hospital for Westporters Kate and John Procaccini,  their newly born daughter Mila and Westport police, fire, and EMS personnel who helped deliver her at home on Wednesday. (See WestportNow April 27, 2016). Police Lt. Eric Woods, shift commander, said he was proud of all responding units, and how they worked together seamlessly. “This is a once in a career opportunity for our guys,” he said. “I could not be happier for them, but even more excited for the family.”  John Procaccini, now a father of two, said, “I just wanted to thank you all for everything you did. This is the stuff that goes above and beyond typical duties. We are beyond grateful.” Mom and baby are healthy and happy, a police news release said. Pictured (l-r) are: Westport Police Detective George Taylor, Westport Police Lt. Eric Woods, Westport Firefighter Christopher Carroll, EMT Yves Cantin, Kate Procaccini, baby Mila Joy Procaccini, John Procaccini, Westport EMS Crew Chief Mark Blake, Norwalk Hospital Paramedic John Chapdelaine, Westport Police Officer David Perez, Westport Firefighter Justin Harelik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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All Smiles

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Westporters Kate and John Procaccini are all smiles with daughter Mila today at Norwalk Hospital, a day after she was delivered at their Westport home by first responding fire, EMS, and police personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Making Saugatuck Site Visit

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The Westport Historic District Commission, with the assistance of Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, paid a site visit today to the area of the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge in Saugatuck. The visit was to conduct a field investigation of the preliminary district boundary for the proposed National Register of Historic Places Nomination form for a historic district in the vicinity of Bridge Street. Town official submitted an application to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) in January (see WestportNow Jan. 11, 2016) requesting the state’s Scenic Road Advisory Committee review the Westport scenic road application for a 1.2-mile portion of Route 136—from Compo Road South to Bridge Street and over the Bridge Street Bridge to Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Official Handing Over of Ambulances

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Representatives of the Westport Police Department and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) were present today as WVEMS presented First Selectman Jim Marpe with the keys to two new state of the art ambulances at Westport Town Hall. The two ambulances replace 2002 and 2009 models, according to Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS. The new ambulances are valued at more than $200,000 each and were paid for with funds raised by WVEMS. Pictured are (l-r) Deputy Police Chief Vincent Penna, Marc Hartog, deputy director, WEMS, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Yves Cantin, president, WVEMS, WVEMS Crew Chief Martin Iselin, and Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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