Tuesday, October 24, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Flu Clinic
12:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Brown Bag Lunch Series - Architects: John Rountree & Michael Greenberg
3:30 p.m. - Town Hall - UN Day Ceremony
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters: Candidate Debate (Board of Selectmen & Board of Finance)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, October 23, 2017
Students from the Westport Youth Commission and Teen Awareness Group met tonight at Toquet Hall Teen Center for a joint leadership training with Donn Reid, chief values officer from the Domus Foundation in Stamford. The students worked on developing skills to lead meetings, set group norms, and facilitate productive discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s Toquet Hall Teen Center tonight hosted the Westport Youth Commission and Teen Awareness Group for a joint leadership training session. Donn Reid, chief values officer from the Domus Foundation in Stamford, led the students in learning skills to lead meetings, set group norms, and facilitate productive discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Board of Education took time at its meeting tonight to honor Elio Longo, director of school business operations, with a cake presented by Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools. Longo recently received the honor of 2017 Fairfield County CFO of the Year from Westfair Communications. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Will Birch, Anton Mahr and Azam Plummer scored today as the Staples boys soccer team topped St. Joseph 3-1 on Senior Day at Loeffler Field. Mahr, Matt Engler and Patricio Perez Elorza assisted.The Wreckers end the regular season 8-4-4. They turn their attention now to the FCIAC tournament when Staples plays at Greenwich on Thursday at a time to be determined. Pictured is goalkeeper Teddy O’Kane and the Staples defense mixing it up in intense goalmouth action. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) has teamed up with the charity Pink Aid CT to hold the town’s first Pink Day on Thursday, drawing attention to the needs of area women with breast cancer, it was announced today.
According to Jean Lepore, Pink Aid spokeswoman, the event featuring pink ribbons tied along Main Street is designed to highlight the importance of local merchants’ support to the charity that provides care to women in financial need.
“The local merchant community has been an incredible source of financial support to Pink Aid over the last seven years,” Lepore said. “Many merchants, salons and fitness studios have contributed to the organization’s annual fundraiser, provided sponsorship or held sales events that benefit Pink Aid.”
Formed in Westport in 2011, Pink Aid CT provides “compassionate care to women in financial need undergoing diagnostic testing, treatment or recovery from breast cancer,” said Lepore.
By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Senate Democratic leaders hinted today that plans to eliminate property taxes on motor vehicles next year as part of a new state budget would be scaled back or scrapped altogether — just two business days after legislative leaders announced the initiative.
And while lawmakers from both parties declared nearly one week ago they had agreed on a “balanced” budget framework for this fiscal year and next, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said that all of the numbers still don’t add up.
“I still remain very much in favor of repealing the car tax,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said. “It’s something that I think is a nuisance tax, and something working families across Connecticut would like to see go away. But again we’re dealing with negotiations with three other caucuses and we have to work on an agreement that would bring votes.”
Looney, who also met with reporters after briefing Senate Democrats on the tentative budget deal during a three-hour caucus, said the plan to eliminate the property tax starting July 2018 now faces “an adjustment.”
Firefighters late today had to extricate the driver of a car who was trapped after it crashed into a utility pole at 399 Post Road West in front of Whole Foods. Assistant Chief Brett Kirby said hydraulic tools had to be used to open the car so the driver, trapped by the legs, could be removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman employed as a house cleaner for pocketing a ring valued at $1,000 from a Marion Road master bedroom, police said today.
Margarita Mendez Gutierres, 39, was charged with fifth-degree larceny upon her arrest at Police Headquarters Friday where she turned herself in an active warrant.
According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident was reported on Sept. 19.
“The only persons having access to the master bedroom during the time frame of the theft were the cleaning woman and her assistant, identified as Margarita Mendez Gutierres,” Cabana said.
Officers arrested a Trumbull man for assault after he repeatedly punched in the face an employee of a medical facility, police said today.
Akieme Murdock, 26, was arrested on a warrant at the Naugatuck Police Department, where he was in custody on another matter.
According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident dates back to April 1, 2016 when officers were dispatched to the medical facility on a report of an assault.
“The victim stated that Murdock punched him six times in the face with a closed fist, resulting in minor injury,” Cabana said.
In a much anticipated opening, Rye Ridge Deli welcomed customers today at 159 Main St., the longtime home of Oscar’s Deli. It is the third Rye Ridge Deli for partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino, who also have outlets in Stamford and Rye Brook, New York. Oscar’s closed in August 2016, a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The classic mural from Oscar’s is prominently displayed in the new Rye Ridge Delicatessen on Westport’s Main Street, which opened today. Lee Papageorge, the late Oscar’s owner, is pictured at left in the mural. Paying tribute to him are (l-r) busser Yenifer Vera, returning (and much beloved) server Imis Medina, and busser Melvin Garcia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Millwe for WestportNow.com
It looked like old times today behind the counter as the Rye Ridge Deli opened in space formerly occupied by Oscar’s Deli at 159 Main St. Several former Oscar employees are working at the new deli. Unlike Oscar’s, Rye Ridge has a full kitchen in the basement and is open until 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Romanacci Pizza Bar opened today at 50 Railroad Place, across from the New York-bound side of the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. The eatery features takeout and delivery service and is open early in the morning to accommodate commuters with a “breakfast pizza.” Co-owner Graziano Ricci is pictured preparing a Romanacci-signature flatbread pizza. Hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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