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Friday, May 26, 2017

Sunnyside Up Again

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Thursday’s gusty winds and rainstorm caused Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, to go sunnyside up against the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. The giant rubber duck publicizes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 26, 2017


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist Reception: “Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

WN Wins 16 Citations in State Competition

WestportNow won 16 citations, including seven first place prizes, in the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in Orange.

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One of the photos in Dave Matlow’s first-place photo essay of the 2016 Easter Parade in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James Lomuscio won four of the first place prizes for: “Church Filled as Homeless Tina is Laid to Rest;“Old Saugatuck’s Last Neighborhood Fights for Future;” “School Bus Monitor Cut Raises Fears,” and “At 95, Ed Vebell Still Drawing on History.”

The other first-place winners were Dave Matlow for his photo essay “WN on the Scene: NYC Easter Parade;” Gordon Joseloff for “Temple Israel Declares Itself ‘Gun Safe Congregation,’” and Lynn U. Miller for her feature photo “Jetty Walk.”

Lomuscio also won three second-place prizes: “15 Years Later, 9/11 Still Evokes Pain;“Thinking ‘Outside the Bubble’ on Race,” and “Heroin Scourge Affects Westport, Too.” His third-place winners included: “To Dramatize Message, Drunk Driving Victim Turns Playwright,” and “With Saugatuck Booming, Finance Board Oks Master Plan Funds.”

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Parks & Rec Commission Seeks Public Input

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight addresses a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at which it sought input for previously publicized beach improvements Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava led the discussion to determine whether to repair and renovate the current Compo Beach bathhouse and pavilion structure or replace the structure with a new facility. The meeting was sparsely attended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Clearing the Road

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Crews work today to clear a tree which fell on power lines on Prospect Road. Power was knocked out for several hours to about 180 customers in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Unexpected Visitors at Library

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The Westport Library today welcomed some unexpected visitors — about 60 second graders from the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies, an elementary magnet school in Danbury. They were supposed to be at Sherwood Island State Park to perform science experiments and studies, but the wind and rain kept them from going. “So they called us, and we put up some tables and chairs,” said Rachel Reese, the library’s director of communications and marketing. “Lots of kiddos.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Rainy Farmers Market

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Despite rain, winds, and temperatures in the 50s, some hearty shoppers made it to the Westport Farmers Market today at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Selectmen Decline to Approve New Signage Contract

By James Lomuscio

There was little sign of support today at the Westport Board of Selectmen to approve a $50,000 study to improve signage in the town, also known as “wayfinding.”

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Signs such as these on Riverside Avenue near the intersection with Post Road West were cited as an
example why improved signage is needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The board declined to act on the study costing $50,000 after there was no second to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s motion to approve the agreement.

“Then we rethink it,” Marpe said of the request made by Melissa Kane, co-chair of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee on behalf of the Downtown Westport Master Plan.

The Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting had approved the appropriation in December and January.

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Lights Out

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UPDATE Traffic lights at the busy intersection of Post Road East and Roseville Road/Hillspoint Road were out today because of a tree down on Prospect Road, which pulled down power lines. Eversource said repairs would take several hours, according to police who erected temporary stop signs at the intersection. Eversource said 184 Westport homes were without power at 2 p.m., but most were restored about an hour later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Downed Trees Block Roadways, Cause Power Outages

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UPDATE A tree lies across Cross Highway today in the area of No. 140, one of numerous trees downed in gusty winds and rain. The roadway was reopened at about 12:30 p.m. Eversource said 184 Westport customers were without power at 2 p.m., but most were restored about an hour later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sewer Use Rate Jumps $25

Westporters with homes connected to sewers will pay an extra $25 on July 1 as the minimal sewer use charge goes from $325 to $350 with a unanimous vote today by the Board of Selectmen acting as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards made the request, which translates into a rate of $6.10 per 100 cubic feet of effluent, saying that it will encourage homeowners to use less water the same way they would economize with any other utility.

When Selectman Avi Kaner asked why the town needed the increase, Edwards said that excess water usage “is taking up capacity of the sewage treatment plant.”

“It’s a very low price to pay to have the benefit of a sewer operation,” Edwards said.

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Golf Course Visitor

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UPDATE This visitor was spotted Wednesday on Westport’s Longshore golf course. WestportNow reader Colin Livingston, however, believes this is not a visitor but a Longshore resident. He said he spotted two pups just last week just to the left of the ninth hole where the wood piles are and provided a link to his video HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
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. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Sherwood Mill Pond Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PBA Awards Scholarships

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The 11th annual Westport Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Wilbur Scholarship Fund grants were presented today to 10 recipients by Officer Brendan Fearon, PBA president, at police headquarters.  The Wilbur Scholarship Fund grants program was founded in 2007 by Dennis and Joan Poster who were also the principal sponsors of this year’s awards. Bill Mitchell, a sponsor and long-time member of the Wilbur Scholarship board, also attended the event. Each recipient received a check in the amount of $3,500. Pictured are (l-r) Bill Mitchell, Logan Rice, 20, of Trumbull, Charlie Sampson, 18, of Derby, Officer Brendan Fearon, Mariah Ventrella, 19, of Norwalk, Dennis Poster, Christopher Wolf, 18, of Oxford and Joan Poster. Three recipients were unavailable to attend the event—Brittany Kelley of Shelton, Matthew Librandi of Stamford, and Amber Myer of Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Discussing Coastal Flood Risks

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More than 60 persons tonight attended a reception at a waterfront home on Edgewater Hillside to hear about threats to Long Island Sound and managing flood risks and coastal living. Jennifer Sherratt (r) of National Flood Services, was among the speakers. The event was organized by real estate agent Judy Michaelis and attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug (2nd r), who is moderator of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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