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Friday, May 27, 2016

Trying Out the New Sidewalk

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A Compo Beach family Thursday tries out the new sidewalk despite a sign saying it’s closed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, May 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Fiona Garland on Andrea Mantegna & Giovanni Bellini
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

WN Wins 17 Citations in State Competition

WestportNow won 17 citations, including six first place prizes, in the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in Wallingford.

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WestportNow’s five-part series last August on seniors and housing won a first place prize. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

It was the most awards won by WestportNow since the competition was opened to online journalism in 2007. This year, in a reshuffling of categories and competitors, WestportNow for the first time competed against not only other small news websites but also small circulation newspapers.

James Lomuscio won five of the first place prizes for: (shared with photographer Dave Matlow) a five-part “Seniors and Housing” series; for his “Westport Key to ‘Great Gatsby?’” story about a documentary exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Westport, his coverage of a memorial service for slain Jeannette and Jeffrey Navin; for his continuing coverage of their murders, and for his profile of interim Staples principal Mark W. Karagus.

Matlow won a first prize for his photo of passersby aiding a bicyclist accident victim.

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Making the Award

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Author Ron Chernow receives the Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening award tonight from Bill Harmer, library executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Einarsen for WestportNow.com

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Multiple Chernows

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow addresses a sold-out Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening event tonight. Among Chernows’s books is the 2004 “Alexander Hamilton,” on which the current Broadway hit “Hamilton” is based. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Historic Debate

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With actor James Naughton moderating, characters from Ron Chernow’s books engaged in a debate tonight as the Westport Library honored Chernow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Hamilton’ Fans Recite Songs

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Author Ron Chernow was pleased tonight when two Westport elementary school students recited musical segments of “Hamilton” to him.  Jocelyn, 10, (l) and Sophie, 12, Kessler said they listen to the “Hamilton” album every day. Their mother, Elizabeth said the words inspired the girls’ understanding of the founding fathers (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: BOOKED for the Evening


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library BOOKED for the Evening honoring author Ron Chernow. Dave Matlow, J.C. Martin, and Pam Einarsen for WestportNow.com

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Sprucing Up for Memorial Day

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Town employee Paul Byron today prepares Westport’s Veterans Green speakers platform for the post-Memorial Day parade ceremony on Monday. World War II Navy veteran Joseph Schachter will preside as Grand Marshal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pearl at Longshore Patio Bar Opens Friday

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Workers apply finishing touches today to the outdoor patio at Pearl at Longshore, which opens Friday at 4 p.m., at The restaurant, formerly Splash, is located at Longshore Club Park and opened last February. Pearl announced the launch of a new Live@Pearl Summer Music Series Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. Kicking off on Sunday is the New York City band the WMDs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Looking Pretty

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The flower gardens outside the patio bar at Pearl at Longshore got some sprucing up today in advance of Friday’s 4 p.m. opening of the patio bar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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An Officer and a Gentleman, Grand Marshal Joe Schachter

By James Lomuscio

Longtime Westporter Joe Schachter, 90, is a sailor through and through, a World War II Navy ensign who served in the Pacific only to return to Westport to do battle years later to save Cockenoe Island from a seven-story high nuclear power plant.

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Joe Schachter: self-proclaimed water rat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

A self-proclaimed water rat, Schachter is the quintessential old salt, though the term old doesn’t seem to fit so much. He becomes animated, youthful almost, talking about his buddies at the Y’s Men, their weekly luncheons at the VFW, his wife Irma of 50 years whom he married after his first wife Carol died in 1964 leaving him with three little boys.

He’s also big, barrel-chested, a presence that belies inner sensitivity.

“I was overwhelmed; tears came to my eyes,” he says about the phone call from William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, asking him to be this year’s grand marshal in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

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Getting Ready for BOOKED for the Evening

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The Westport Public Library is closed today while workers prepare for the annual BOOKED for the Evening event tonight honoring Ron Chernow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of “Alexander Hamilton,” the inspiration for the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”  The event is sold out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Court Lets Stand Repeal of CT Death Penalty

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The state Supreme Court today declined to reverse itself in a 2015 ruling that eliminated the last vestige of capital punishment in Connecticut – the sentences facing 11 men on death row when the legislature repealed the death penalty for future crimes.

The 5-2 ruling means an end to death penalty, a punishment the General Assembly prospectively repealed in 2012 at the urging of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. It was delivered in a terse two-paragraph per curiam decision, with three longer concurrences and two dissents.

In a 4-3 decision in August, the court lifted the death sentences of the 11 men who had been sentenced prior to the legislative repeal, concluding that carrying out the sentences “would violate the state constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.” They wrote that the death penalty “no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency.”

The retirement of one of the four justices and an appeal brought by the state led to an unusual reconsideration of a major decision by the court.

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Retired Teacher Recalls ‘The Voice’ Winner

By Jonathan Turner

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, Moline, Ill.

Like many people who watched Alisan Porter win NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night, Judy Luster wasn’t surprised. The retired Moline, Ill. teacher directed Ms. Porter in high-school musicals in Connecticut in 1996-97.

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“It was impossible to believe she would grow because she was already so good,” Ms. Luster said. “She’s a triple threat—actor, singer and dancer.”

Ms. Porter, now 34 and a mother of two, was 5 when she became the youngest “Star Search” participant to win that competition. When she was 10, she played the title role in the 1991 John Hughes movie, “Curly Sue.”

Ms. Luster said the first time she saw her former student on stage was when Ms. Porter was a freshman at Staples High School in Westport, Conn., and portrayed Anita in “West Side Story.” “She blew everybody away.”

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Compo Sunset

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworh for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 26, 2016


Westport Public Library is closed for benefit.
9 a.m. - Earthplace - Nature-infused Yoga
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Avenue - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw May
7 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKED for the Evening 2016 Benefit: Ron Chernow
7 p.m. -  Town Hall Auditorium - Senior Housing Subcommittee of the P&Z Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LWV Forum on ‘Getting Money Out of Politics’

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The League of Women Voters of Westport tonight sponsored a Town Hall forum, “Getting Money Out of Our Politics: Returning Our Democracy to We the People,” about the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The panel consisted of James H. “Jim” Dean (l), chair of Democracy for America (DFA), which was founded in 2004 after the presidential campaign of Dean’s brother, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and Jeffrey Clements, president of American Promise and co-founder of Free Speech for People. The forum was moderated by John Hartwell of Westport, a former chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee. The LWV is working on trying to overthrow Citizens United which held that corporations should be treated as individuals and should be able to give high amounts of money to politicians without restraint or having to identify.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘X-Men Apocalypse,’ ‘Sing Street,’ ‘The Meddler’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Celebrating Memorial Day weekend, Bryan Singer once again wrangles Marvel’s mutants through another adventure, “X-Men Apocalypse,” set 10 years after “Days of Future Past” (2014).

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This time, the super-villain is Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first and most powerful mutant, invincible/immortal En Sabah Nur, who ruled ancient Egypt circa. 3600 B.C. before being entombed in an immense pyramid - until he awakens in 1983 at the height of the Cold War in the Reagan era.

After hibernating for 5,500 years, the petulant Pharaoh is not a happy camper, now that “the weak have taken over.”

Vowing to “wipe clean this world,” he solicits disillusioned Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and his colleagues Warren Worthington/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp) into becoming his legendary “four horsemen.”

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Dancing the Night Away

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About a dozen girls and moms from the National Charity League of Westport tonight joined the folks served by CLASP Homes, to dance the night away at their annual Spring Dinner Dance. They also brought homemade cupcakes and others scrumptious desserts It was a great chance for everyone to mix and mingle—one of many opportunities the young women from NCL have chosen to become involved with CLASP. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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PBA Awards Scholarships

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The Westport PBA Scholarship Foundation tonight awarded 10 high school graduates from Fairfield County college scholarships. The recipients and supporters pictured are (top row, l-r) Dr. Joan Poster, Dennis Poster, Emily Montoya, PBA President Officer Brendan Fearon, Lindsay Samson, Brittney Kelley, Mathew Librandi (bottom row) Logan Rice, Joseph Bairaktaris, Caroline Wolf, Alyson Librandi, Mariah Ventrella and Sam Arciola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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State to Unveil Cribari Bridge Report June 15

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) representatives are scheduled to unveil the rehabilitation study report (RSR) of the historic Bridge Street Bridge on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, town officials said today.

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The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge swings open for river traffic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The 1884-built bridge, formally known as the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River, is Connecticut’s oldest, surviving, moveable, hand-cranked swing bridge and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was last refurbished in 1991, with the hand-crank requiring four people to operate upgraded to an electric motor.

“The RSR has been a much discussed topic over the past several months given the existing and proposed historic designation of the bridge,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

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Air Quality Alert

UPDATE The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Westport and area for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The latest alert followed one issued for today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The alert means that ground level ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

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A Taste of Summer

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Sunbathers headed to Westport’s Compo Beach today as temperatures soared, with a reading of 91 at Westport Fire Headquarters in late afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bikini Time

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Today’s summer-like weather brought out the bikinis to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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