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Monday, January 16, 2017

Installing ‘Smart’ Traffic Lights

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Workers today install “smart” traffic lights at the intersection of Main Street and Avery Place. They will soon replace the current traffic lights, which will remain active until the electronic installation is completed and the power supply is connected. A similar traffic light replacement will be done at the intersection of Main Street and Myrtle Avenue, one block away. The traffic lights at these two intersections are the only town-owned traffic lights. (See WestportNow, Jan. 4, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sunday

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Some people walked and at least one man read in Sunday’s sunny but cool—mid-40s—weather at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 16, 2017 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed.
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Staples Fieldhouse - Basketball clinics for grades 2 -8
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Special Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children’s Program Canceled

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Celebrating Martin Luther King

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Students from the Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull participated today in the 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse. They performed a spoken-word piece,“A World That Listens,” written by the performers, based on King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and directed by Wilheimine Hartog and Katier Sparer. Performers included Jahmelia Jarrett, Kaitlyn Oliva, Christina Boyle and Sarah Williams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Tricia Rose, a Brown University professor, was keynote speaker today at the 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse. She spoke on “What Would Martin Do in the Era of Post-Race Racism.” The event was organized by TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism), the Playhouse, and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council. Rose is the Brown University Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Large Turnout for MLK Day Celebration

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There was a large turnout today at the Westport Country Playhouse for the 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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A Welcome from TEAM Westport Chair

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Westporter Harold Bailey, chair of TEAM Westport, welcomes guests today to the 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse. A former IBM executive, Bailey is a trustee emeritus of Brown University, his alma mater, from which he also received an honorary Ph.D. He is also a board member of the Playhouse, and a founding member of the Stamford chapter of 100 Black Men. Bailey received the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Leadership award in 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Martin Luther King Day Celebration


Scenes from today’s 11th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse.  Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

 

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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said the New Haven Line is operating on or close to schedule following earlier delays caused by a transformer fire above the tracks in South Norwalk.

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Enjoying Longshore Skating

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A large crowd today enjoys the Longshore Park Ice Rink on a sunny Sunday with temperatures in the mid-30s on the long Martin Luther King , Jr holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Under Dad’s Careful Watch

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Rob Hyland of Wilton today watches over daughter Chloe, 5, on her second time on skates at the Longshore Club Park PAL Ice Rink in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bird’s Eye View

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A seagull checks out the view today near the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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Sunday on the River

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The overight snow turned to bright sunshine today along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Morning sub-freezing temperatures gave way to temperatures later in the upper 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, January 15, 2017


2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS: Looking Through the Window—Voices of the Excluded
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Westport Arts Center: Horszowski Trio
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - 11th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Comings & Goings M-EAT to Bedford Square

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M-EAT, an upscale butcher shop, will open in the new Bedford Square development in the spring, according to those involved. “It will be impressive aesthetically and offer non-antibiotic, non-chemical, organic meats with highly affordable prices,” said Tom Febbraio, Staples ’71, restaurateur, real estate broker, and co-owner of Spotted Horse Tavern across the street. Kellie Lehn, vice president, North American operations for M-EAT, a business entity of Southport-based Fair Trade International, said the Westport location is the first of five planned on the East Coast. She said its parent company distributes fine meats imported from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Light Snow, Sub-Freezing Temps Lead to Accidents

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Light snow late today, combined with sub-freezing temperatures, contributed to multiple accidents in Westport, including on I-95 (above, looking southbound from the Hales Road overpass) and the Merritt Parkway. The accidents sent many vehicles on to Westport streets looking for ways around the tie-ups. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Greens Farms Road Backup

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Westport’s Greens Farms Road between Hillsppint Road and Compo Road South was bumper-to-bumper southbound late today as drivers sought to avoid backups on I-95 following an accident on the highway in light snow and slippery conditions. The National Weather Service said snow will continue to fall across the region into early evening with accumulations of up to 1 inch and between 1 and 2 inches in some spots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Homecoming Explored in WestportREADS Talk

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It was a full house at the Westport Library today as Mark Schenker, dean of academic affairs in Yale College, addressed the theme of homecoming in “Bettyville,” the 2017 WestportREADS selection by George Hodgman. The book tackles questions about the author’s identity as a gay man, as a writer and as a son as he travels home to care for his irascible mother. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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‘Story Explorers’ Launches at Library

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Hope Ventricelli of the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) today read a book in the popular “Biscuit” series to children at the Westport Library. It was the launch of a page-to-stage initiative by the Westport Country Playhouse, the library, and WYWL of a new, free-of-charge program, “Story Explorers,” which is intended to promote childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows. A musical production of “Biscuit” will be staged at the Playhouse on Sunday, Jan.  22, at 1 and 4 p.m., which is recommended for ages 4 to 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Birds of a Feather

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A WestportNow reader spotted these birds on a house on Maple Avenue North (he said there were 11 but coudn’t get them all in one shot) and said they appeared to be hawks. However, Mark Molesworth, a WestportNow contributing photographer who often photographs birds, said they looked to him more like turkey vultures, which do occasionally congregate like this, unlike hawks, which do not.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Gendell for WestportNow.com

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25K Gift Aids Acquisition of Bomb Detection Dog

Westport police will soon acquire a bomb detection dog, thanks to an anonymous $25,000 donation.

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A Stamford bomb detection dog patrolled during the 2016 Westport fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police Chief Foti Koskinas told the Board of Selectmen this week that he has already identified a Black Lab for the program.

The board accepted $25,100 in donations for the department’s K-9 unit, which runs primarily through donations.

Koskinas, who first disclosed to the board in September that he was seeking a bomb detection dog (see WestportNow Sept. 28, 2016), said a K-9 unit officer would handle the dog as a second dog.

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Playhouse Event Sunday Will Mark MLK Day

Westport will mark Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday with a Sunday celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse.

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Attendees at last year’s Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Westport Country Playhouse held hands during the program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The 11th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Tricia Rose, a Brown University professor, will be held at 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the celebration is presented in partnership with TEAM Westport, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council. TEAM stands for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.

“In a year of increased conflict and violence, and at a time of an alarming growth in hateful speech and actions across our divided nation, people of good will and all faiths need to come together to listen and learn from one another and to stand together in our commitment to building the ‘beloved community’ that Dr. King envisioned,” said the Rev. Ed Horne of United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, chair of the celebration organizing committee.

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Compo Silhouettes

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A couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach enjoy a walk on Friday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 14, 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 - Westport Artists Collective Pop Up Exhibition
Noon - 2:30 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road East) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Story Explorers interactive reading & activities: “Biscuit”

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Malloy to Attend Inaugural

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democratic supporter of Hillary Clinton from her announcement through the primary season to her defeat on Nov. 8, said today he has decided after “much consideration” to attend the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, where he will be seated with other governors.

“While my first inclination was to decline, I’ve decided to accept the invitation,” said Malloy, who also is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

A 200-word explanation of the rationale for accepting an invitation to witness a presidential inauguration itself is a comment on how little has been routine about the transition from the administration of Barack Obama to Trump, a billionaire developer and reality-TV star who once lived in Greenwich.

Since Trump’s victory, there have been a steady stream of stories about celebrities, A-list and otherwise, who have declined invitations to perform or attend the inauguration. Republican governors opposed to Trump, such as Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland and John Kasich of Ohio, have come under extra scrutiny.

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