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Monday, October 20, 2014

Preservation Award Winner: 56 Sylvan Road North Image
The house at 56 Sylvan Road North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to Jennifer and A. Morris Tooker, owners of the Clark Nash House circa 1790 house, is in recognition of “the meticulous care of this property, purchased by the owners in 2008, coupled with its sympathetic addition to the rear of the property for use as a mudroom and breakfast room.” It noted after a succession of owners, H. Daniel Webster, sculptor of Westport’s Minute Man statue, purchased the house in 1906. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Morningside Drive South Closure Image
Morningside Drive South is closed at Center Street to Hilltop Trail from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. for approximately six to eight days for installation of sewers, according to the Westport Public Works Department.  Motorists are rerouted to Morningside Drive South via Center Street and Hillandale Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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CT Jobs Report Before Election Shows Big Gains

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

The last jobs report before Election Day showed today that Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.4 percent, the lowest its been since November 2008 after the start of the recession.

The Labor Department reported that Connecticut rebounded strongly from a weak August, gaining 11,500 jobs in September. The agency also downgraded the August decline from 3,600 jobs lost to 1,200.

The unemployment rate in September reached its lowest point since shortly after Connecticut entered the last recession in November 2008 and September’s numbers represent the single-largest monthly gain April 1994.

“September employment numbers are very encouraging, with strong gains in estimated payroll employment,” Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research, wrote in a statement today.

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Early Morning Rowing Image
An early morning rower today on the Saugatuck River in Westport. Temperatures dipped below freezing at daybreak. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Construction Delays on Greens Farms Road

The Westport Public Works Department has announced that Greens Farms Road between Sherwood Island Connector and Hillspoint Road will be under construction from Tuesday through Nov. 26.

There will be alternating one-way traffic during the daytime and raised structures in the road for the duration of construction, an announcement said.

Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes, the department said.

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Pumpkin Power Image
Jack-o’-Lanterns outside Saugatuck Sweets at Saugatuck Center on Sunday night following carving sessions there earlier in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Martin for

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Monday, October 20, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
1:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Fire Pension Board
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Executive Session (ADDITION)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winning the Gold Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today won the gold in the women’s youth eight at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Pictured are Nica Wardell, Lelia Boley, Alison Morrison, Lexi Bralver, Will ten Cate, and Katherine Ratcliffe (all from Westport), Amra Sabovic and Margaret Manley (from Wilton) and Genevieve Esse (New Canaan) with coach Chase Graham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eugenie ten Cate for

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Earthplace Fall Festival Draws Crowds Image
More than 1,500 persons attended the Earthplace Fall Festival today. There were games, trail walks, and up close looks at some of the Earthplace creatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Not a Hands-On Event Image
The donut on a string event was a popular attraction at today’s Earthplace Fall Festival. Contestants had to completely eat the donut without using their hands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Earthplace Paint Job Image
Ella Bughman of Westport gets her face painted today at the Earthplace Fall Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Earthplace Fun

Scenes from today’s Earthplace Fall Festival. Tony Riggio and Julia Mally for

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Preservation Award Winner: 111 Kings Highway North Image
The house at 111 Kings Highway North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to John Koren and Patti McGovern, owners of the circa 1911 house, is in recognition of the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house, which “was restored without departing from the original design and appearance of the house. New exterior items include a new roof, masonry foundation repairs, shoring up the front porch and removing mid-century alterations, and extensive new landscaping, once again a contributing element of the Kings Highway North Historic District.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Y Water Rats Host First Meet in New Home Image
The Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team meet today hosted its first meet in its new home waters, Strittmatter Family Aquatics Center, in the Y’s new facility at its Mahackeno campus. The meet, for 8 and under swimmers, included 10 other swim teams from around the area. Family and friends cheered the young competitors from the Cameron Lewis Bruce Observation Gallery as well as the large windows in the gymnasium, overlooking the 10-lane lap pool.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thousands Take Part in Sherwood Cancer Fundraiser Image
An estimated 5,000-7,000 persons participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk today at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, according to Kristen Welton, walk manager. Similar events, attracting thousands of breast cancer survivors, caregiver, volunteers, businesses and community members, occurred simultaneously in Hartford, Waterbury and New Haven according to Stephanie Balesano, media relations manager. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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