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Saturday, May 28, 2016

All Decked Out for Memorial Day

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A house on Westport’s Main Street is alll decked out for the Memorial Day celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the Westport Night Scene

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Sunny, the Westport Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race mascot, enjoys the Friday night lights on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. The 23-foot tall duckie is promoting the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doris Ghitelman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 28, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art” (last day for “Art”)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Pearl at Longshore Patio Bar Debuts

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Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and warm weather, the patio bar at the Pearl at Longshore Restaurant at Westport’s Longshore Club Park opened for business today. The WMD band kicks off the Sunday music series from 4 to 8 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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River Run for Sunny

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A giant, China-made rubber duck nicknamed Sunny took to the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center today to promote the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Sunny was being moved to the Black Duck restaurant in Saugatuck, where club members will gather for cocktails and dinner next Thursday before being returned to her center Westport perch for the race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Bond Panel OK’s $22M for Hedge Fund Expansion

By Keith M.Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The State Bond Commission today approved $22 million in financing to help Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, one of the nation’s largest hedge funds, to expand in Fairfield County.

But Democratic state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2018, joined with a prominent Republican state representative to oppose assistance for Bridgewater.

Both Lembo and Rep. Chris Davis, R-Ellington, argued it was imprudent to dedicate scarce state resources to a firm that manages more than $130 billion in global investments.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who chairs the 10-member bond commission, countered that Connecticut competes daily with neighboring states for businesses and jobs.

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Terex Shares Plunge after China Deal Unravels

Westport-based Terex Corp.’s talks with a Chinese suitor broke down today after disagreement on terms.

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The breakdown cleared the way for Terex’s planned $1.3 billion disposal of a ports lifting-gear business to competitor Konecranes Oyj of Finland.

Shares of Terex closed down just over 14 percent at $20.89 on the news, after dropping 18 percent at the opening of trading.

Recent negotiations with Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co. hit an impasse over “crucial terms” despite joint efforts to find a solution, the Chinese company said in a statement early today, without giving further details.

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Flying the Flags

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American flags flew on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westpor’s center today to mark Memorial Day on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers May 9 - 13, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 9 - 13, 2016:

2 Pine Drive LLC to Joshua and Maegan Gaffey, 2 Pine Drive , $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

SIR-4 Melon Patch LLC to Brian G. and Stacey Herbst, 4 Melon Patch Lane, $3,361,300

Yvette A. Wildman Revocable Trust to The Chester LLC, 16 Minuteman Hill, $5,830,000

Holly J. and Kevin J. McCarthy to Stephen L. and Stephanie S. Shackelford, 250 North Ave., $2,365,000

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Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today awarded college tuition grants to 11 seniors among Staples High School Class of 2016. Recipients posed for a group photo with club officials, parents, and invited guests. The recipients and college each will attend: Joseph Bairaktaris (Johnson & Wales), Jimmy Ray Stagg (UConn), Douglas Raigosa (Harvey Mudd College), Melissa Alvarado (UConn), Daniel Brill (James Madison University), Devon Debalsi (Rice University), Helena Leskow (Bentley University), Gracyn Levenson (Cornell University), Emily Rambarran (UConn), Carolynn Van Arsdale (University of Vermont), and Michael Van Der Merwe (Purdue University). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cops: Thief Preyed on Sports Clubs

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man Thursday for stealing a wallet from a member of the Westport Tennis Club and cash from a handbag hanging at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, police said today.

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Ronald Garafolo: arrested on warrant. Westport Police photo

Ronald Garafolo, 61, was arrested on an active warrant for the larcenies in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the first larceny took place on Oct. 5 at the Westport Tennis Club located at 1696 Post Road East.

“Garafalo was observed throwing a wallet in the parking lot of the tennis club,” Farrell said. “A witness picked up the wallet and returned in to the victim, who left the wallet in her duffle bag at the receptionist counter at the Tennis Club. The victim reported missing $200 cash from her wallet.”

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Letter: Thanks P&Z Commission and Staff

To the Editor:

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission and Planning Director Steve Palmer and his staff for all of their hard work and efforts to help save the character and heritage of our town.

My wife Julie and I have lived in Westport for 24 years and during this time we raised our three children and built our business. We have always appreciated the unique nature of Westport and tried to help retain the character that makes Westport a special place that it is. 

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This 1782-built house on Center Street was saved by a text amendment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

We recently submitted a zoning amendment, along with our architect Bill Achilles to save a house built in 1782 on Center Street. The neighbors rallied behind us along with the help of many departments in town including Historic District Chairman Francis Henkels and Coordinator Carol Leahy. As we all know everything changes but it is how we manage the change that matters.  It was the diligence and forward thinking planning of the Planning and Zoning Commission that will enable us to save the antique house.

We hope that the amendment that we initiated will encourage builders and homeowners throughout the town to save historic buildings and maintain the unique and wonderful history of Westport.

Robert Haroun
SIR Development, LLC
Westport

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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”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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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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