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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Police: Canal Road Flooded

Westport police late tonight said flooding has covered Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores and urged drivers to avoid the area.

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Westport Democrats Open Election HQ

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Melissa Kane (l) Democratic candidate for first selectman, with other candidates at her side, addresses supporters tonight at the official opening of the Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) election headquarters at 1757 Post Road East opposite Stop & Shop. She and other party leaders said the key to a Democratic victory in November is turning out Democratic voters who normally do not vote in municipal elections.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Comings & Goings: PPG Paint Store Closing

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The PPG Paint Store, 413 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close at the end of the month according to store manager Bill Hagan (above). He said the location has been the site of a series of paint stores for more than 20 years, starting as Brandman Paints in 1994 followed by Painter’s Supply in 2003 and then PPG three or four years ago. Longtime Westporter Katie J. Phillis, who shares space and rent with PPG, said she would now have to move her wallpaper/design business to her Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ray Dalios’s ‘Principles’ in Bookstores

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The book “Principles: Life and Work,” authored by Ray Dalio, founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, was released today to bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East. Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs.  According to the book flyer, “the book shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fishing With Jose

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A fisherman tries his luck today at Westport’s Compo Beach amid wind-whipped waves from Tropical Storm Jose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Exhibit Envisions Town 50 Years from Now

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Friday will mark the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now.

The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

The architects’ visions include: compact smart homes with elevators; a high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan; a bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station; and out-of-the-way lots for self-parking, driverless cars, according to WHS officials.

Barbara Peck, WHS assistant director, said the participants range from independent architects to member of large firms.

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Himes: ‘My Head Buzzing’ Over Trump U.N. Speech

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes today told a meeting of the Westport Rotary Club that “the political environment in Washington today is utter upheaval, confusion, and unpredictability.” Referring to President Trump’s U.N. speech today, he said, “I’m walking around my head buzzing a little bit because going in front of the General Assembly and threatening to destroy a country indicates an absence of prudence in the enormous (war-making) power the president has.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Discuss “Submission” by Michel Houellebecq
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Alexander Platt Pre-Concert Lecture
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos, Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Malloy: It’s Time for ‘the Courage to Compromise’ on Connecticut’s Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today reaffirmed his opposition to the new state budget, arguing it would raid the pension funds, decimate higher education and leave the City of Hartford vulnerable to fiscal insolvency.

And while the Democratic governor urged all sides to compromise — and said he probably would have to accept some GOP proposals he opposes — Malloy also said he would not accept a plan to scale back scheduled payments into the state employees’ pension fund.

“This is serious hard work to put the state back in balance with respect to its unfunded, long-term obligations,” Malloy told reporters. “And what do we get? We get an invitation to make it worse.”

That “invitation,” according to the governor, was included in the two-year budget that the Senate and House approved on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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MGM Pitches Bridgeport Casino as Feds Delay Tribes’ Expansion

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Bridgeport UPDATE MGM Resorts International launched a glitzy new campaign today to expand into Connecticut, an effort that curiously coincides with the Trump administration, at least temporarily, halting the state’s two federally recognized tribes’ from building a casino in East Windsor to compete with a new MGM resort in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Mayors Toni Harp of New Haven and Joseph Ganim of Bridgeport talk to MGM CEO James Murren. At left, Uri Clinton of MGM.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) CtMirror.org photo

The Nevada-based gaming giant, after telling legislators for two years they would be foolish to approve the tribes’ plan without an open competition, now is seeking legislation in special session granting it exclusive rights to build a waterfront casino resort in Bridgeport, a gateway to the lucrative New York City gambling market.

“We’ve spent time, we’ve invested money, and we’ve come up with partners that will give them the best project, a project that really is shovel-ready, a project that really is already funded, a project that really already has partners and momentum,” said Uri Clinton, a counsel and senior vice president at MGM.

Led by James Murren, the Bridgeport-born chairman and chief executive of MGM, the company demonstrated its political support at a waterside news conference attended by legislators, Mayors Joseph P. Ganim of Bridgeport and Toni Harp of New Haven, union members and a local partner who owns the site, Robert W. Christoph.

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Video: Minimal Impact So Far of Tropical Storm at Compo


There were minimal effects of Tropical Storm Jose at Westport’s Compo Beach late today at low tide. The National Weather Service late today dropped Westport and Fairfield County as well as Westchester and Nassau Counties from its Tropical Storm Watch area as Jose moved northward. It said some coastal flooding was still possible and issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area. WestportNow.com video

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Small Whitecaps at Compo

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There were small whitecaps at Westport’s Compo Beach at low tide at about 6 p.m. today as Tropical Storm Jose moved up far off the coast. The low tide revealed a shoe left behind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Stairway to Veterans Green Closer to Reality

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Work neared completion today of a pedestrian stairway to Westport’s Veterans Green from Main Street. It is part of a $237,270 sidewalk improvement project that offers pedestrian access to Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘mother,’ ‘Home Again,’ ‘American Assassin’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you needed proof of the adage “Love is blind,” look no further than “mother!” in which Jennifer Lawrence stars in her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky’s macabre horror/melodrama that’s tinged with increasingly hysterical, pseudo-religious overtones.

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Writer/director Aronofsky blends “Rosemary’s Baby” with “Requiem for a Dream,” making the cynical assertion that — for the artist — creative inspiration is more important than love or life itself.

Opening with the image of a huge Victorian country house burning, along with its female inhabitant (Lawrence), it relates the tortured tale of a nameless, archetypal couple (Lawrence, Javier Bardem).

He’s a famous, self-absorbed poet who craves adoration and idolatry. Serving as his self-sacrificing “inspiration,” she’s renovated and restored his idyllic old house, which burned down before they met. Like a radiant Earth Mother, she’s determined to “make a paradise” for him, even while self-medicating.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Pine Tree Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Pine Tree Drive, off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 2,420-square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. 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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MGM Announces Plan for Bridgeport Casino Complex

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A rendering of the MGM Bridgeport casino complex.Contributed photo

Almost 15 years after former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell led a Fairfield County coalition opposing a casino in Bridgeport, the possibility of gambling in the state’s largest city took on a new life today.

MGM Resorts International announced ambitious plans for a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor area that it said would create thousands of jobs.

The announcement came despite current state law that bars building a casino in Bridgeport as gaming is currently limited to the two federal Indian reservations. However, the General Assembly has approved a plan for a third casino in East Windsor that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

That did not seem to dissuade MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Office James Murren, a Bridgeport native, from announcing his plan.

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Sunday Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset as seen from South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 18, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks Advisory Committe
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

NWS: High Winds, Costal Flooding Possible

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The National Weather Service issued this graphic tonight about Tropical Storm Jose, warning that high winds and costal flooding are possible. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NWS graphic

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Football Wreckers Hold Dueling Car Washes

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The Staples Gridiron Club held dueling car washes today to benefit the Staples football team. The event, held at ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East, and Dragone Classic Motorcars, 176 Post Road West, raised more than $2,000 in support of team expenses and scholarships.  Contributed photo

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Dems’ Solution to Combat Alt-Right: Win Elections

There was a packed Westport Library audience today for a Democratic Women of Westport forum on “How to Fight the Alt-Right” featuring U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and social media political specialist Melissa Ryan.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes addresses today’s forum while fellow panelist Melissa Ryan and moderator Rob Simmelkjaer listen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

With Rob Simmelkjaer, running mate of Melissa Kane for first selectman on the Democratic ticket, moderating the discussion, Himes said the emergence of the alternative right movement “has upturned politics in Washington.”

“President Trump is not a Nazi though he is on the alt-right spectrum,” he said.

The Democrat, who is serving his fifth term and is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the alt-right movement has resulted in the “shunting aside” of the Republican Party, minimizing the influence of leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Tropical Storm Watch Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Westport and area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means Tropical storm wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

The latest local forecast is for below tropical storm force wind with peak wind forecast of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph

The Weather Service said emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for tropical storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph.

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Stage Star Brenda Lewis, 96

Stage star Brenda Lewis died Sept. 16 in her Prospect Road home in Westport. She was 96.

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Brenda Lewis: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Her death was reported by The New York Times and confirmed by her son Michael Asen.

She was best known for starring as alcoholic Birdie Hubbard in the original operatic adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” titled “Regina,” at New York City Opera and on Broadway, as well as her role in “Lizzie Borden” by Jack Beeson.

She was a regular performer with The New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera performing in such productions as “Die Fledermaus” and “Carmen.”

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Church Rededicates New ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner

By James Lomuscio

The ceremony at the Unitarian Church today was short but firm in its resolve that Westport remain a community of tolerance and acceptance, to hear church and local officials tell it.

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The Rev. John Morehouse addresses today’s ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Following the Sunday service, the Rev. John Morehouse surrounded by congregants in the church’s atrium rededicated a new Black Live Matter banner to replace the one installed roadside last October but ripped down Aug. 23, torn in half and left on the side of the road. (See WestportNow Aug. 25, 2017)

“The outpouring of support for this has been absolutely incredible,” said Morehouse, adding that the church received so many donations for a new banner, he had “enough for another if this one comes down.”

“When we say black lives matter, we’re not saying black lives matter more than others; we’re not saying they matter more than blue lives,” Morehouse added. “We’re not saying it’s against something else, but for those who feel marginalized. It’s with that spirit that we will rededicate this banner.”

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Cleaning Up

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Members of the Staples High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys) were among volunteers assisting today in the Westport Rotary Club clean up following Saturday’s LobsterFest. The event attracted more than 1,200 persons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Morning Wash Up

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Pitching in today in cleaning up after Saturday’s LobsterFest at Compo Beach were members of Builders Beyond Borders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 17, 2017


12:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Rededication of Black Lives Matter banner
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Electronics Surprise Workshop
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”
2:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Democratic Women of Westport Discussion: How to Fight the Alt-Right with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes
3 p.m. - Westport Library - History Book Discussion: “Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gallery: Sixth Annual Westport Rotary Club LobsterFest


Scenes from today’s sixth annual Westport Rotary Club LobsterFest at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow and J,C. Martin for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Cracking the Lobsters

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Volunteers crack lobsters today at the sixth annual Westport Rotary Club LobsterFest at Compo Beach. Several thousand Maine lobsters were imported for the event, the club’s largest fundraiser with proceeds donated to local nonprofits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Digging In

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Lobster lovers had a field day today at the sixth annual LobsterFest at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Rotary Club. More than 1,200 attended the event under sunny skies with the temperature in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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