Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In 2nd Debate, Malloy is Proud and Foley Incredulous
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
West Hartford – In a televised debate tonight, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.
Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension.
“Sometime, I wonder if he’s living in the same state,” Foley said, prompting titters. Later he said, “It’s simply not true what you’re telling people.”
But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.
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Staples Boys Soccer Ties New Canaan 1-1
Grant Sirlin (shown in photo) returned to action against New Canaan today, following a layoff with a broken nose. Nate Argosh’s goal, off Graham Gudis’ free kick, helped the Staples boys soccer team earn a 1-1 draw with the Rams. The Wreckers, now 3-2-2, host Central on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Bagel Maven Closes
The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Joining the Westport Police
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today swore in Ruta Pratt, 39, one of two new members of the Westport Police Department. A 1995 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Pratt was a police officer with the Waterbury Police Department since October 2002. She most recently held the rank of detective. Both officers fill vacancies caused by retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pinning the Badge
Daniel Paz, 27, of Bridgeport gets his new Westport Police badge pinned on today by wife Brittany as nephew Colton, 3, watches following a swearing in ceremony at police headquarters. Paz served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Prior to his hiring by Westport, Paz was a police officer in Bridgeport since April 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fenced Off for Kemper-Gunn House Move
The designated section of the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street has been fenced off for the relocation of the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane, expected to take place in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pirate Party at Library
The children’s library at the Westport Library was overflowing today for a “pirate party.” Australian educator and author Hugh Kingsley (l) read passages from his book “Pirates in the Yard.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Pirates Ahoy at Library
Scenes from today’s “pirate party” at the children’s library at the Westport Library. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
P&Z Members Inspect Site of Planned Medical Office
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert a commercial office building (rear) to a medical facility. The plan includes demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (foreground) (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 163 Compo Road South
The house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1912, the two-story colonial had 1,545 square feet, was situated on a 1.55-acre property, and changed ownership last month for $850,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Starbucks in Center to Reopen Wednesday
Good news for coffee aficionados. Starbucks at Parker-Harding Plaza, temporarily closed during renovations, will reopen Wednesday, according to workers on the premises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Henry Lehr Closes on Main Street
UPDATE and CORRECT Henry Lehr, the iconic, high end women’s apparel store at Westport’s 21 Main St., has closed. The closure follows the death in July of owner Camilla Lehr of Westport who died at Norwalk Hospital at age 44. Other Lehr outlets, including those on Long Island, remain in business, according to Camilla Lehr’s husband. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck River Dawn
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “So Where do I Begin?” Workshop
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Prospective Member Social
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Library, Museum & Arts, IT, Finance Committees
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tide of Opposition to Proposed Compo Beach Plan
By James Lomuscio
One after another, they came to the podium at Westport Town Hall tonight to tell the Parks and Recreation Commission that a plan to improve Compo Beach would not polish the town’s jewel but shatter it.
Andy Moss, chair of the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee, tonight explains the master plan process. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The opposing sentiment was shared by many of the hundreds who for almost four hours jammed the auditorium to protest the proposed Compo Beach Site Improvement Plan. The top reason: Plan A calls for the removal of waterfront parking in the South Beach and East beach areas, making seniors and parents with small children walk more than 120 feet from distant lot to find a place on the sand.
Other concerns were that the plan would eliminate more than 300 parking spaces, cause traffic problems on nearby Bradley Street and eliminate the skateboard park.
Stephen Temlock of 8 Appletree Trail went so far as to suggest First Selectman Jim Marpe, who was present, consider putting the planned beach improvements to a referendum.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport