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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Westport’s Justin Paul Gets Two Oscar Nominations

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Westport’s Justin Paul (c), composer Justin Hurwitz (l) and fellow lyricist Benj Pasek won two Oscar nominations today for best original song award for “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” in the film “La La Land.”  “La La Land” had a total of 14 nominations, including best original score—a tie with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history. Paul, a 2003 Staples High School graduate, also won a Golden Globe (above) last month for best original song for “City of Stars.” The Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from NBC-TV

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WN Flashback: Jan. 24, 2016

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One year ago today, Westport and the New York metropolitan area were digging out from a massive snowstom. Westport unofficially received 13 inches while New York’s Central Park got 26.8 inches, making it the second largest snowstorm since 1869 in New York City..The record setter was 26.9 inches in February 2006. View is in Westport’s Sconset Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winds Down Trees, Cause Power Outages

UPDATE High winds downed trees and caused some power outages in Westport Monday and today as a nor’easter moved through the area.

Eversource Energy reported 106 Westport customers were without power at 1 a.m. today (Tuesday) but the number was down to one at 8 a.m.

Trees were reported down in the area of 315 Bayberry Lane, Hillspoint Road at Burnham Hill, and on Greenbriar Lane on Monday.

The National Weather Service said the storm could produce winds of up to 60 mph and drop up to 2 inches of rain before ending. However, the rainfall total was little more than half an inch at Bridgeport on Monday with highest wind gusts officially recorded at 40 mph there.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Noon - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Subcommittee
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2017 Movie: “The Boy Friend”
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7 p.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Waves Pound Compo Beach

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Waves pounded Compo Beach tonight in heavy rain but there was sign of flooding at the 8:10 p.m. high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Almost Horizontal Walkways

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Tonight’s high tide water level elevated the docks on their pilings at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach, turning the downward ramps into nearly horizontal walkways. Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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New Haven Line Sets Ridership Record Again

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the New Haven Line, Metro-North’s busiest, had another exceptional year in 2016, with 40.5 million annual rides, surpassing last’s year’s record by approximately 20,000.

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New Haven commuter rail line ridership in 2016 had 40.5 million passenger trips, a record.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com

The New Haven Line remains the busiest commuter rail line in America.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, commenting on the figures said: “Our future economic growth depends on the vibrancy and vitality of an efficient transportation system that attracts workers and businesses and moves goods and services as efficiently as possible.

“For too long, our state did not make the needed investments to keep up with our transportation needs, and now we are making the long overdue steps to make our bold vision of a modernized transportation system into a reality.

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Surf’s Up Ahead of Storm

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The surf was up at Westport’s Compo Beach today as a nor’easter moved up the coast. Forecasters said gusts up to 60 mph could occur and a coastal flood advisory and flood watch remained in effect until late tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Cops: DUI Arrest after Running Red Light

Officers arrested a Norwalk man for drunk driving after he went through a red light at the Jesup Road intersection, police said today.

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James Ribaudo: posted $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, the officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol when she stopped the vehicle at about 7 p.m. on Friday. The driver, James Ribaudo, 47, has slurred speech and his eyes appeared to be glossed over, Farrell said.

Following a standard field sobriety test, which he failed, Ribaudo was taken into custody and given a brethalyzer test which showed his alcohol content was over the legal limit.

Charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to obey a control signal, Ribaudo was released after posting a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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Early Morning Fog

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The sun tried to break through over Gray’s Creek in Westport early Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 23, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Noon - Westport Library - WestportSPEAKS
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Website Redevelopment Steering Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us) Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Calm Before the Storm

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The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach today was quiet before Monday’s forecasted rain and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning, coastal flood watch and advisory for the Westport area. It said up to 4 inches of rain and gusts to 70 mph are possible, especially along the coast.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Puppy Love

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Joker, a 3-month-old puppy from the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society, today gives kisses to one of the guests at the Westport Country Playhouse Story Explorers presentation of the new musical “Biscuit.” Part of the Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series, the ArtsPower play about a puppy is based on the book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli with over 17 million copies in print. The Playhouse is partnering with the Westport Library and Westport Young Woman’s League to promote childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows. On Jan. 14, there was a reading of “Biscuit” at the library. (See WestportNow Jan.14, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Documentarian Bill Buckley, 88

By James Lomuscio

Bill Buckley, the longtime Westport, award-winning documentarian who created campaign films for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson plus a television series with Harry Truman, worked up until his death Friday at 88.

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Bill Buckley: filmmaker, jazz lover. Dave Matlow /WN photo

“The day he died he got a request for a film,” his wife Judith Hamer said tonight at Meadow Ridge Senior Living Community in Redding, where they have lived since 2008.

Buckley said Meadow Ridge was close enough to Westport, a town where he wanted to be but said had little senior housing.

His film company B&B Productions, which closed upon his death, was his bread and butter. It produced legal, medical films for litigating plaintiffs to show damages they incurred.

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Bill Buckley, 88, Documentary Filmmaker


Scenes from the life of award-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Buckley, a longtime Westport resident. He died Jan. 20 at age 88. He most recently lived at Meadow Ridge in Redding with wife Tracy Hamer, also a longtime Westporter. Many of his documentaries involved the civil and human rights movements. He worked closely with the late Westport author and illustrator Tracy Sugarman (his death coming four years to the day after Sugarman’s.) He helped to create campaign films for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and worked with Harry Truman on the award-winning television series, “Years of Decision.” Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer and Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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