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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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A bird’s eye view of Monday’s sunset at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Ethan Frome” & “Zeena”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “Kubo & the Two Strings”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
7 p.m. - Westport Library - New Hospice Care Legislation
7 p.m. - 323 Main St. Bar - Westport Library Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Wilson Cauley: Planet or Star?

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Westporter Playing with the Globetrotters: ‘A Dream Come True’ Image
Westport resident Chris Dobransky (c), a physical education teacher at a New York City high school, warms up with Harlem Globetrotters today at New York’s Madison Square Garden before joining in as a guest player. Dobransky, 33, who has mastered an array of basketball trick shots, was surprised with the invite last week. (See WestportNow Nov. 13, 2017) “It’s the mecca,” he said of the Garden venue. “It’s a dream come true for any sports fan ... My heart’s still racing.” He brought along his kids, adding: “They’ve never been here — and the first time they see their daddy play, you can’t write a better story.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo from WNBC-TV


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Presidents Day is Dog Day at the Beach Image
Dogs and their owners were out in force today on this Presidents Day holiday. The weather was not as warm as Sunday—only in the 50s—but that did not seem much of concern to the Compo Beach visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for


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The run of winter warm weather attracted visitors of all ages to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Danny Cohen for


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Malloy Proposes Bill Reducing Liquor Prices

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has submitted a legislative proposal to the Connecticut General Assembly that will update an antiquated state law that currently forces the owners of certain retail stores to sell their products at artificial prices set by liquor wholesalers, resulting in unnecessarily high prices for consumers.

Connecticut is the only state in the country that has a law mandating that the retailers of alcoholic beverages sell their products at a minimum price above wholesale cost determined by the wholesaler industry, Malloy said in an announcement.

This means that – unlike everywhere else in the nation – these retailers cannot set the prices of the products that they put on the shelves in their own stores. he said.

As a result of this law, which the state adopted in 1981, the artificially determined prices typically end up being higher than the prices that these products sell for in nearly every other state in the country, forcing Connecticut residents to either pay more money or travel to a bordering state where the identical products are sold at a lower price.

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Services Set for Mike Connors, 58

Services have been set for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at the Black Duck Cafe in Westport, former Staples High Schoool football player and coach, who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 58. Image
Mike Connors: popular bartender, football player, coach. Contributed photo

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m., meeting directly at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Rd. East, with The Rev. Alison Patton officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East,

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to Staples High School Scholarship in his honor to Staples Gridiron Club, 606 Post Road East,, Suite 619, Westport, CT 06880. See obituary HERE.


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The American Witch Hazel plant at Earthplace is in bloom in the butterfly garden. The plant, which is known widely for its medicinal/healing purposes, has a varied bloom time and is commonly the only plant flowering during the northeastern U,S, winter and early spring seasons. The warm temperatures also brought along local honey bees, which were active Sunday throughout the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


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Monday, February 20, 2017 - Presidents Day

Westport Town Hall, Library and Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sal Gilbertie Honored on 80th Birthday Image
Family, friends, and local politicians today honored Sal Gilbertie, (c) owner of Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, on his 80th birthday. The event was hosted by the founders of the Green Village Initiative, who noted his generosity and commitment to the environment and to sustainable agriculture and business practices. Gilbertie’s, a fourth generation family-owned business that has been operating in Westport for 90 years, provides certified organic products all over the Northeast. Contributed photo


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Artistic Pet Image
Westport artist Nina Bentley today caresses one of her artistic animals from her “Adopt-A-Pet” collection on the final day of a three-artist exhibit at the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan. The exhibit, “Flights of Fantasy and Games Changes” also includes works by former Westport resident Jane Lubin, and Kim Hanna of Delaware. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Helping Hand Image
Fynn Cringle, 1 1/12,  got a helping hand today from him mom, Marissa Cringle, of Westport as they walked along the rocks on the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Beach Football Image
Some late day visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today tossed a football in the spring-like weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktari for


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Daisy Shake Image
Daisy, a Golden Retriever, shook herself dry today after an afternoon swim at Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Too Warm to Skate Image
The P.A.L. Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park was shut down today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. because of melting ice causing wet surfaces. According to staff member Connor Murray, 15, a Fairfield Prep School sophomore, “There were a good amount of skaters when we opened at 11 o’clock, but then the water started to build up.”  Tempratures were in the 60s in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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