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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Perfect Beach Day

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It was a perfect day at the beach today for visitors to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Westport Rotary Helps Out in Bridgeport

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Westport Rotary Club volunteers, in support of the Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, today assisted in the construction of a house at 677 Noble St., Bridgeport. Frank Bakos, Habitat project manager, said his organization is currently building 11 houses in Bridgeport and, with the assistance of volunteers, has constructed 180 residences to date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lending a Hand

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Susie Basler (r), Westport Rotary Club president, and homeowner Kathleen Rosa assist in a Bridgeport construction project organized today by Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Westport Rotary volunteers spent the day helping in the project at 677 Noble St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 265 Main St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the barn at Westport’s 265 Main St. is in process. Built in c.1900, the two-story barn has 480-square feet and is situated on a .33-acre property. The barn was heavily damaged in a fire in September 2016. (See WestportNow, Sept. 1, 2016)  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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Saturday, August 19, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Noon - Westport Senior Center - Cool Summer Lunch with Chef Mia Constanza
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Ice Cream Social & Trivia Contest
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Peterson Brothers Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Malloy Would Reduce, Dramatically Redistribute School Aid in October

Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would reduce grants to school districts by 28 percent in October — if no state budget has been adopted —  and would dramatically shift funding away from wealthy and middle-income communities and into poorer ones.

Absent a new two-year budget, the governor’s plan would eliminate Education Cost Sharing funding entirely for 85 school districts [Westport would be cut from $465,334 to zero] and reduce funding somewhat for another 54. Grants to the 30 lowest-performing school systems, also known as Alliance Districts, would remain unchanged.

The governor, who released an updated plan today for running state finances by executive order, also announced he is in the process of restoring $40 million out of $100 million in reductions made since July 1 to private, nonprofit social services.

Malloy affirmed an earlier warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in non-education grants won’t be released this fall unless the General Assembly adopts a new budget for this fiscal year and next.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Bridge St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Bridge St. is in process. Built in 1932, the one-story cottage has 572-square feet, is situated on a .51-acre waterfront property and last changed ownership, according to assessor records, in July 1995 for $140,000.. 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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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the forecast of heavy thunderstorms, the Levitt Pavilion will move tonight’s show, the Paula Boggs Band, into Saugatuck School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave.

Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is free.  Please note—with the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed.

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Fire Department Welcomes Five New Firefighters

Before five new firefighters were sworn in today by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe,  Fire Chief Robert Yost told them to “expect to hear the endless barking of orders, relentless demands and the highest expectations.”

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First Selectman Jim Marpe swears in new firefighters (l-r) Robert Wargo, Vincent DelVechhio. Andrew Ponticiello, Joshua Taylor, and Francis Oldham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Why?” asked Yost. “Because I, along with your fellow officers, are here to make you the best firefighter you can be. To be prepared for when the tones sound and the sirens wail.”

The five new firefighters sworn in and had badges pinned on them by family members are: Francis Oldham, 31, of Bethel; Andrew Ponticello, 23, of Mamaroneck, N.Y; Vincent DelVecchio, 28, of Stratford; Robert Wargo, 37, a Hamden resident; and Joshua Taylor, 37, of New Fairfield.

“I’m very excited,” said Ponticello prior to the ceremony’s start. “This has got be one of the best things to happen to me.”

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Family Souvenir

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New fire recruit Robert Wargo with his mother, Anne, of Stratford today poses with son Luke, 7, nephew Jake, 4, niece Emily, 6 and son, Charlie, 5, after swearing in a fire headquarters. Wargo, 37, was born and raised in Stratford and now lives in Hamden. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pinning His Cuz

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Westport Firefighter Scott DelVecchio pins the recruit badge today on cousin Vincent DelVecchio at a fire headquarters ceremony. He was one of five new recruits added to the department whose ranks have been depleted by retirements.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Offering Her Congratulations

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Melissa Kane, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Public Protection Committee and Democratic nominee for first selectman, today congratulates Westport’s newest firefighters after their swearing in at fire headquarters. They include (l-r) Andrew Ponticiello, Joshua Taylor, and Francis Oldham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Watch in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Westport and area until 9 p.m. and a Flash Flood Watch until 11 p.m.

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Westport Property Transfers July 31 - Aug.4, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 31 -  Aug. 4, 2017:

Jean M. Hill to N. David and Nancy Z. Bloom, 57 Whitney Glen Drive, $499,000WNproperty.jpg

Alice E. Burd to Mordecai and Noelle Slomich, 19 Wedgewood Road, $1,265,500

Elizabeth M. Sacksteeder and Peter C. Harrar to Leslie L. Wolf and Harriet Weitzman, 54 Whitney Glen Drive, $410,000

N. David and Nancy Z. Bloom Trusts to Stephen M. Cavazuti, 21 Maple Ave. North, $720,000

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Police Make Undercover Drug Arrests

Officers arrested a man and a woman on narcotics charges following the sale of purported drugs to undercover officers, police said today.

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Diana Balkun and Dean Wayton: arrested on Imperial Avenue. Westport Police photos

Accordingt to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident began on Wednesday when undercover officers observed two suspicious persons in Saugatuck.

“They struck up a conversation with the individuals, identified through previous police interaction as Dean Wayton and Diana Balkun,” Cabana said.

Wayton, 29, has no formal address and Balkun, 29, is a resident of Northford.

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Gray’s Creek Sunset

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Sunset as seen above Westport’s Gray’s Creek near Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Mcglynn for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 18, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave. - Paula Boggs Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Malloy Scolds CT Republicans for Silence on Trump

By Kyle Constable and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today denounced Republicans for suggesting they were too focused on Connecticut’s fiscal issues to repudiate President Trump’s mixed message about the hate groups that marched in Virginia last weekend and the demonstrators who opposed them.

“If you are silent you are complacent,” Malloy said. “And if you are complacent, you are complicit.

“Any elected official who says they are focusing only on Connecticut issues is abdicating their responsibility as an elected official. This is a Connecticut issue. And even if it were not, does anyone seriously believe we are incapable of working on our state budget while also standing united against bigotry?”

Malloy read his statement to reporters hours after a hastily planned vigil at the State Capitol drew about 75 people. It was organized by a Democratic candidate for governor, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.

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Police Take Two Into Custody on Drug Charges

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UPDATE Westport police late today took two persons into custody on Imperial Avenue near Baker Avenue. Police later said Dean Wayton, 29, no formal address, and Diana Balkun, 29, of Northford, Connecticut, were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges after selling what was purported to be narcotics to an undercover officer. Both were held in lieu of bond for court arraignment on Friday. Balkun was also arrested July 29 at the Saugatuck train station on on drug and drug paraphernalia charges. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Record-Tying Score at Longshore

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Longshore’s Assistant Club Pro Chris Davies shot a course record-tying 59 on Wednesday.  Davies’s 59 was his career low, beating his previous low of 63 by four strokes and tying the course record held by former Head Professional John Cooper and local standout player Andrew Ga,i who is now a professional competing on the Mini Tours. The round was highlighted by a sizzling stretch where Davies made the turn going eagle-birdie-eagle on holes 8 thru 10, including an ace on the short par-3 8th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings & Goings: Japanese Gastropub to Vigilante Firehouse

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Chef Brian Lewis, owner of The Cottage in Colonial Green, today announced plans to open a second eatery in Westport at the landmark former Vigilante Hose Co. No. 3 firehouse, 6 Wilton Road. Lewis describes the cafe as “a modern Japanese Izakaya meets Omakase restaurant.”  Izakya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub that are casual places for after-work drinking. Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you” (from Japanese “to entrust.”) Lewis said it is slated to open in late fall. The space was formerly occupied by Neat Coffee and Craft Cocktails, which closed in January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Regional Planners Agree to Remove $42 Million for Cribari Bridge

By James Lomuscio

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe’s decision to reject $42 million in Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) money for the William F. Cribari Bridge restoration won unanimous support today from members of the Housatonic Valley & South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

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John Suggs, Westport Representative Town Meeting member, addresses today’s meeting in Ridgefield as Westport First Selectman (l) Jim Marpe listens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

After public comments from four Westporters for and against, the MPO at its monthly meeting in Ridgefield voted unanimously to remove the money in five line items from the draft of its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2018-21.

“I am requesting that we delete those five line items until the current environmental assessment project is complete, and we have a better understanding of the recommended preliminary design and preferred design,” Marpe told the group..

He said the environmental assessment, which includes the historic and cultural significance of the 1884-built swing bridge currently on the National Register of Historic Places, could take a year-and-a-half to complete. Meanwhile, he said he had serious concerns “about the potential consequences of a major replacement or rehabilitation.”

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Burying Hill Beach Has No Weekday Lifeguards

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There were no lifeguards on duty today at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. The Parks and Recreation Department announced Wednesday that lifeguards only will be on duty at the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Compo Beach will continue to have lifeguards on duty daily through Sept. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Job With: Sandy Cooper, Cooper’s Auto Parts

By James Lomuscio

For 44 years, seven days a week, Sandy Cooper has come to his same shop in the same location, opening at 6 a.m. and using the same cash register.

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Sandy Cooper: on the job every day since 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The register at Cooper’s Auto Parts at 1763 Post Road East across from Stop & Shop was a gift from a friend the night before he first opened Sept. 1, 1973.

“I was ready to use a shoe box,” he recalled, adding that his friend who had owned a gas station had an old McCaskey register.

Though some of the register’s keys saying gas, tires, ethyl and tubes have never been used, Cooper says it’s served him well. So has the narrow, tight parking strip mall that houses his business.

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A Look at Another Sunset as Summer Days Going Fast

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Visitors to South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach enjoy Wednesday’s sunset. Summer is fast coming to a close with Westport students returning to school two weeks from today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Annual Lobster Clambake
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Film Screening: “Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World”
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters- Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Anthem Reggae
8:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Parks & Recreation Movie Night: “Boss Baby”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fun at the Levitt

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Steve Roslonek (r) of SteveSongs delighted youngsters tonight as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s Melissa & Doug weekly children series.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Up Close

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Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs gets up close and personal tonight with youngsters at the Levitt Pavilion childrens series. He is recognized by the young set as “Mr. Steve,” co-host of the “PBS KIDS” preschool destination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Letter: Summer Noise Makes Resident ‘Pray for Winter’

To the Editor:

The noise in my neighborhood between Long Lots and Cross Highway over the past few years has become unbearable. Being outside during the summer before 7 p.m. is pretty much a no-hoper, at least where I live.

It is either a chain saw, a huge tree shredder, the reverse alarm on a large truck, a leaf blower, a lawn mower or somebody getting their septic drained. It never seems to stop and has me eager to get out of town or praying for winter, which is weird.

Maybe we have just had some bad luck and it will change. Maybe it is not so bad in other parts of Westport. But it seems a helluva way to live, particularly given the price of living here.

I am curious if others have a similar experience and if there is anything that might be done.

Gerard MacDonell,
Westport

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Granger at the Movies: ‘The Glass Castle,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘Detroit’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“The Glass Castle” is a dysfunctional childhood recollection that makes the anti-Establishment patriarch “Captain Fantastic” (2016) look like a candidate for Father-of-the-Year. At least he never starved or tortured his children.

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In Destin Daniel Cretton’s screen adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir, Walls’ abusive, alcoholic father Rex is seen all-too-often through rose-colored glasses, or perhaps that’s Woody Harrelson’s colorful, manipulatively roguish interpretation.

Working as a Manhattan gossip columnist in the 1980s, riding in a taxi after a posh restaurant dinner with her financier fiancé (Max Greenfield), Jeanette Walls (Brie Larsen) spots her grubby, itinerant parents dumpster-diving on the Lower East Side. Which ignites a series of flashbacks.

Nomadic Rex and Rose Mary Walls were free spirits. An intelligent but self-destructive bohemian, Rex (Harrelson) was unable to hold a job or cope with authority, while self-centered Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) would rather paint than cook for her hungry kids. Which is why, as a 3-year-old, Jeannette suffered serious burns trying to boil hot dogs.

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