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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday,  December 21, 2014 - Winter Solstice

5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Christmas Lessons & Carols
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - See the Winter Solstice Live!
6:03 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Winter Solstice

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

18 More Spaces Added to Green’s Farms Station

By Dave Matlow

Monday morning, commuters out of Westport’s Green’s Farms train station will have 18 more parking spaces to choose from, local officials say. Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe and his dog Madison check out the new parking spaces at Green’s Farms station with Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The new spaces, which were completed on Friday, bring the total parking spaces added to Green’s Farms this year to 30, according to First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Marpe, accompanied by his dog Madison, toured the station today with Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who heads the police Railroad Parking Division. Koskinas noted that of the new spaces, 14 are designated for permit holders and four are for commuters paying the daily $5 fee.

“This will make a big difference for some commuters,” Marpe said of the new area that replaces an island he said offered neither aesthetic nor practical use.

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For the second weekend in a row, the Westport Downtown Merchants Association today provided horse-drawn carriage rides for downtown shoppers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westport’s Main Street was crowded with holiday shoppers today on the last weekend before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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All Gone: 39 Spicer Road Image
The house at 39 Spicer Road, off Hillspoint Road, was demolished today.  Built in 1940, the two-story conventional had 1,668 square feet, was situated on a .5-acre property and changed ownership last month for $620,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 8, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday,  December 20, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Workshop in Engineering Design using “Solidworks”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Magic The Gathering Night
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Youth Night at the Y (4th & 5th Grades)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Shooting, Chase Closes I-95 Off Ramp; Westport on Alert

A police chase tonight involving Norwalk, Stamford, and State Police with shots fired forced the closure of the northbound Exit 16 off ramp in Norwalk, adding to traffic exiting at Exit 17 in Westport.

The shooting incident began in Stamford, spilled on to I-95—paralyzing traffic—and ended with a car crashing at Penny’s Diner in East Norwalk, according to Norwalk police. Three suspects were later reported in custody and three persons were treated at Stamford Hospital.

Westport police were put on alert at Exit 17 and in the Duck Pond area of Saugatuck Shores, which borders East Norwalk, in case those involved crossed into Westport.

The Exit 16 off ramp was opened shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to State Police.

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Westport Unemployment Drops to 4.3 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in November was 4.3 percent, the lowest in six years, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

The rate had edged up in October to 4.7 percent after falling to 4.5 percent in September.

The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent was in December 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.

The town’s labor force in November was 12,971, down from 12,922 in October. The number of unemployed in November was 563, down from 609 in October, the department said.

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Dinardo Ending a Decade as Democratic State Chair

By Mark Pazniokas

Nancy DiNardo is ending a decade as Democratic state chairwoman next month and is expected to be succeeded by her vice chair, Nick Balletto, with the backing of the recently re-elected Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

DiNardo, 65, of Trumbull, one of the nation’s longest-serving state chairs, is leaving on a high note, but her departure also comes at a time of sweeping transition since Jonathan Harris, the executive director, also is leaving.

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Santa and Firefighters Set Out on Gift Delivery Run Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe joined Santa and Westport firefighters tonight as they set out to deliver gifts to Westport neighborhoods in an inaugural event of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Special Delivery Image
The first visit tonight on the inaugural run of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation’s Santa delivery event was to the de Lasa household on Raymond Place.  Caroline de Lasa (3rd l), holding Hale, 1, said, she was grateful to Westport firefighters for saving her life when she went into cardiac arrest last month during a fitness session at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. She spent a week in Yale-New Haven Hospital and was discharged with a clean bill of health.She is pictured with husband Carlos holding Marinna, 2 1/2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Santa and his accompanying firefighting crew were warmly welcomed tonight at the Kiev residence on West Branch Road.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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People Magazine Award: The Westport Connection

The inaugural People Magazine Award presentation Thursday night broadcast on NBC had a special Westport connection. Image
A designed-in-Westport winner: People Magazine Award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Jerry Kuyper Partners of Westport was selected to design the exclamation point-looking trophy despite never having designed an award before.

“Dick Clark Productions was interested in having a fresh approach to the award design and selected us based on the creativity shown with our brand identity design work and art/sculptures,” said Kuyper, head of the Westport ad agency.

He said as a first step, his firm established the award criteria: more on the fun side than serious; edgy, not traditional; distinctive, memorable; enduring, appropriate to be used over many years; relegenic, photogenic; easy-to-hold and display in a case or on a shelf, appropriate weight, size and materials.

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Fire Department Issues Holiday Safety Tips

The Westport Fire Department has issued some holiday safety tips. They include:

Use candles with extreme caution -– keep clear of combustibles and ensure they are in a solid, tip-resistant base.  Never leave burning candles unattended.

Check that all holiday lights and cords are in good condition and use only as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keep Christmas trees well watered and remove when needles begin to drop excessively.  Never allow a tree to restrict access to escape routes.

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Staples Radio Broadcasts ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Image
Staples Players director David Roth introduces today’s WWPT Staples Wrecker radio live broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The production was based on the March 10,1947 original radio broadcast of the 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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