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The Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach late on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Friday, June 23, 2017

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Art Gottlieb Architecture Lecture: Manhattan Bridge
Noon - 8 p.m. - Bedford Square (Church Lane) - CT contemporary art fair
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Malloy: Even a Temporary CT Budget Must be Balanced

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had a warning today for legislators considering enacting a temporary budget to guide state finances after July 1 in lieu of the real thing.

Do it right or don’t do it at all.

The governor “will not consider any budget — short or long term, that adds to our fiscal challenges in the coming biennium,” Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said.

With Connecticut just nine days away from entering the fiscal year without an approved spending plan — for the first time since 2009 and just the second time in 15 years — gridlocked legislators are seeking to buy more time to craft the next two-year budget.

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Calling All Hams to Observatory This Weekend

Westport Astronomical Society’s (WAS) Amateur Radio Club, KB1WLW, has been appointed a temporary emergency operations center (EOC) for National Field Day this weekend. Image

Bridgeport’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security City has selected WAS for the training drill that runs from Saturday noon to noon on Sunday.

WAS hams are scheduled to conduct the field day at the observatory with members of the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club and the Housatonic Amateur Radio Club.

WAS officials said all who are interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend the event

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Unsafe Roof Shutters Compo Pavilion

UPDATE Saying that the Compo Beach pavilion poses roof safety risks, the Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the pavilion will remain closed immediately for roof work to begin Monday for five days until work is completed. Image
An emergency roof replacement will cause immediate closure of the Compo Beach pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“We have been made aware that the roof structure that covers the enclosed brick pavilion at Compo Beach potentially poses a safety risk,” the department said.

“We know how important this shaded area is to our beach users and have been looking to find ways to make repairs to the roof structure, so that we can keep it up through the summer season.

“Unfortunately, that is not the case, so in the interest of safety, we must take it down,” the statement added.

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Students Tell Staples Grads ‘Be Yourself,’ ‘Help Each Other’

By James Lomuscio

The two student speakers at Staples High School 130th commencement exercises today seemed polar opposites when discussing their academic experiences over the past four years. Yet upon closer examination, their themes could not have been more in sync. Image
Staples valedictorian Emily Hope Schussheim talked of her love of elephants. She will attend Yale in the fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Megan Patricia Hines was first to speak to the 428 graduating seniors in the Staples Field House before an estimated 4,000 parents, relatives and friends. The first class speaker in a Staples graduation ceremony, her slot was an honor innovation by first year Staples Principal James D’Amico.

Megan, who will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall, gave an upbeat and bubbly overview of Staples, despite putting all of her struggles on the table. Megan came right out saying that unlike others, she never took an AP or honors class.

She also spoke about the stress of trying to keep up with high academic expectations around her and the depression that followed during the spring of junior year. 

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Gallery: Staples High School Class of 2017 Graduation

Scenes from today’s Staples High School Class of 2017 graduation ceremony. Dave Matlow for


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Members of the Class of 2017 at Staples High School toss their mortarboards into the air today at the end of the graduation ceremony in the Staples Field House. About 4,000 persons attended the ceremony for the 428 graduates.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples High School Music Director Nick Mariconda carried the scepter at today’s Staples graduation ceremony as the senior faculty member.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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First Quarter Taxes Due July 1

Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein today reminded residents that first quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle taxes and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due July 1.

She said bills will be mailed next week and taxpayers have until Aug. 1 to pay taxes without penalty.

If paid late, accounts will be subject to an 18 percent annual, 1.5 percent per month, penalty. The minimum interest charge is $2.

Klein stressed that failure to receive a bill does not negate charges or interest. She added that all tax ills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account on-line at

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A fisherman tries his luck late Wednesday on the jetty at South Beach at Compo Beach as a drone drops down for a close look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples Fieldhouse - Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Leonard Sherman on “If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!—Strategies for Long-term Growth”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gallery: Baccalaureate Ceremony for Staples Class of 2017

Scenes from tonight’s baccalaureate ceremony for the Staples High School Class of 2017, Dave Matlow for


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Former Staples High School Principal John Dodig had a role in the Class of 2017’s “Car Pool Karaoke” shown at the end of the baccalaureate ceremony tonight.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples High School salutatorian Christopher Scherban told 2017 classmates tonight that on his move to Westport in the 10th grade he heard from other students of a Staples culture of competition. He said he soon adapted by being an “extremist competitor” but not in the usual way. He learned at Staples, competition does not fracture, “it is the very thing that draws us together,’ he said. “You learn to compete with yourself,” His advice to classmates: “Your time is running out. Stop wasting it fretting about brands and branding, cults and clothing, There is no room for half measures and nor will there ever be. Go out to your colleges and to your universities and live deliberately. Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, compete and live fully.” Christopher will attend Georgia Tech in the fall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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