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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saugatuck River Sunset

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Monday’s sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - Westport Library - Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Personal Information Safe
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - DEEP/UCONN Long Island Sound Nitrogen Strategy
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - 323 Main Street Bar - Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Club III
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Marpe: ‘Disappointed” Over Trump Charlottesville Remarks

A week after President Trump touched off a firestorm with his amended remarks on the Charlottesville violence, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today expressed “disappointment” with the president’s response.

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe talks about President Trump’s Charlottesville remarks in a YouTube video. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) From YouTube.com video

In an email to Westport voters linking to a YouTube video of him making a statement along the Saugatuck River, Marpe said: “I want to express my personal disappointment with the president and his response to the white nationalist march in Charlottesville.”

He added: “There can be no ambiguity on this issue. It is incumbent on all of us to forcefully disavow those who stand for hate and intolerance.”

Marpe, a Republican who is seeking a second term as Westport’s leader in November, said, “Westport has always been a place where we live by and teach our children the values that we cherish, values that embrace equality, inclusiveness, open-mindedness and respect for each other.”

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Library Honors Miggs Burroughs

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The Westport Library tonight honored Westport artist Miggs Burroughs at a reception in its Great Hall. The event titled “Bravo & Thank You, Miggs!” caps Burroughs’ yearlong artist-in-residence role at the library. Bill Harmer (r), executive director, praised Burroughs as the library’s ambassador to the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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T-Shirt Gift

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs tonight shows off a t-shirt gift from the Westport Library as it honored him at the end of his yearlong artist-in-residence role at the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Police: Serial Bank Robber Arrested

Officers today arrested a Bronx, New York man for the July 2 robbery of the TD Bank at 1111 Post Road East, police said.

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Alpha Jalloh: held on $100,000 bond.  Westport Police photo

Alpha Jalloh, 24, was arrested in Norwalk Superior Court on robbery, conspiracy and larceny charges, held in lieu of a $100,000 bond and arraigned at the time of his arrest.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, Jalloh had also robbed the Chase Bank at 454 Post Road on June 13 in Darien, as well as having robbed banks in Waterbury and Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

“The suspect had passed a note to the bank employee telling him a robbery was occurring and he had a gun,” Cabana said about the Westport robbery.

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Eclipse 2017: The Sun, the Moon and the People

By James Lomuscio

From 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. today an estimated 1,000 persons came to the Westport Astronomical Society (WAS) and its Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane to watch the eclipse.

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Gul Lesnick of Norwalk watches the partial eclipse today at the Rolnick Observatory on Westport’s Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Many expected to see their world go dark, or at least 70 percent of it, as the 2017 solar eclipse was set to make history. The next one is not until April 2024.

Sections of the country in the eclipse’s “totality” zone, such as Oregon and Kansas City, saw darkness fall. But not this region.

“It’s possible it might get a little bit dark,” Alex Kukn, WAS treasurer, said diplomatically.

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Eclipse: Compo View

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Today’s partial eclipse as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Westport Views the Eclipse


Scenes in Westport today as hundreds gathered at the Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane and elsewhere to view the partial eclipse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Longshore Eclipse Watching

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With eclipse glasses and beer in hand, guests today viewed the partial eclipse from the lawn of the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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View From Atop Observatory

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A view of the eclipse viewing crowd today from atop Westport’s Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Long Lines for Eclipse Viewing

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There were long lines today at the Westport Astronomical Society’s Rolnick Observatory for a chance to view the eclipse through telescopes set up by the group’s members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Joining in the Viewing

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those viewing the eclipse today at the Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Party Atmosphere for Westport Eclipse Watching

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There was a party atmosphere today at Westport’s Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane as hundreds of persons turned out for eclipse viewing. Bayberry Lane and adjoining streets were jammed with parked cars as people made their way to the observatory behind the Westport-Weston Health District office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Sky Watching for the Eclipse

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Hundreds of persons descended on Westport’s Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane today for a glimpse of the eclipse. Among them were Aiden Schachter (back), 11, Logan Penske (l), 8, and Rebecca Schachter, 8. Though Westporters were not able to view the total solar eclipse, they were able to to see about a 70 percent one. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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