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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Skiing the Longshore Course

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The golf course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park attracted cross-country ski fans on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island Park 2nd-Wednesday Nature Walk
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:15 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Fire Department Strategic Planning Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
12:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Westport Domestic Violence Task Force
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BOF Looks at Ambitious Parks & Rec Budget

Westport’s Board of Finance took an informal second look tonight at First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91,639,626 budget for 2016-17, a $727,396 or .8 percent increase over the current year.

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Restoring the riverwalk along the Saugatuck River near the Westport Library was cited as one of the proposed 2016-17 Parks and Recreation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Tonight’s focus—the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments’ budgets, general government departments and the Wakeman Town Farm.

Combined with the Board of Education $113.5 million proposed budget, Marpe’s municipal forecast would bring the overall town budget to $205,588,568, a 1.49 percent increase.

The Public Works proposed budget of $9,716,717 shows a modest 1.4 percent increase over the current year’s $9,583,246 operating budget.

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Briefing the Board of Finance

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe makes a point to members of the Board of Finance tonight in the second round of informal workshops on his proposed $91.6 million budget for 2016-17, an .8 percent increase over the current year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Riverside Barber Returns

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Riverside Barber Shop, 231 Post Road West, above Greg & Tony salon, has opened under new ownership. Continuing a tradition, owner Tammy Stefanidis of Westport said the shop will soon celebrate the 90th anniversary since founded on Riverside Avenue in 1927 by John Santella, followed by his son Lou Santella and then owned by Pat Vigilio since November 1999 when he relocated the business to its current location. (See WestportNow Aug 29, 2009, Feb. 22, 2010 and March 27, 2010) Vigilio recently retired and relocated to Florida, according to Stefanidis. She said she worked for Vigilio for seven years until 2006 and then spent the past 10 years as a homemaker raising her family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Sola Salons ‘Empowers Stylists’

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Sola Salons will open this month on the ground floor level at 495 Post Road East, adjacent to the Steinway store, according to co-owners and Westport residents Rich and Holly Bobrow (above). Rich Bobrow said the 6,000 square feet facility has 26 “studios,” each available for “experienced hair stylists and other beauty professionals to open their own business in a turnkey, fully equipped setup.”  He added, “Sola empowers its stylists to develop their businesses and realize their dreams.” The Westport site, the fifth in Connecticut, is one of 250 location throughout the country. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Flooding

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Low-lying Westport roads were flooded again at today’s late morning high tide. View is of Compo Beach Road near Compo Road South.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Davidson for WestportNow.com

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Malloy Moves to Reduce DMV Wait Times

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE Wethersfield — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to help the beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles by getting the agency out of the municipal debt collection business and by expanding transactions that can be done at private businesses like AAA offices.

“We’re not a collection agency,” Malloy told reporters today. “I think this idea we should be everyone’s collection agency is one of the things that contributes to the difficulties in Connecticut. You go to the motor vehicle department, you wait in line, you get up there, somebody tells you you can’t register your car.”

Under current law, residents cannot register a motor vehicle if they owe property taxes or unpaid parking tickets to a municipality – a strong incentive to pay municipal debts in a state where most residents are reliant on automobiles.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities says it finds the proposal “very problematic.”

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Winter Weather, Coastal Flood Advisories

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport for snow, which is in effect from 6 p.m. today to noon Wednesday.

It said to expect accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and again 10 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Women Entrepreneurs Group: Being There for Everyone
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
Noon - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advance Writing Class
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - HDC Golden Shadows/Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2016: Black Heroes of D-Day
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Board of Finance Has First Look at Budget

Westport’s Board of Finance tonight pored over First Selectman Jim Marpe’s proposed $91,639,626 budget for 2016-17, a .8 percent or $727,396 increase over the current year.

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Westport Board of Finance members meet in an informal workshop session tonight to review the 2016-17 proposed budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It was the first of the finance board’s three-night informal review of the budget, with tonight’s focus on the police and fire department budgets, plus the town’s contribution to pensions and the OPEB (other post employment benefits) account.

“A lot of these numbers are new to us, and we’ll be meeting this week with all the town departments,” said Michael Rea, finance board vice chairman.

Marpe’s proposed budget combined with the Board of Education’s would amount to an overall town budget of $205,588,568, a 1.49 percent increase.

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Stars Out at Playhouse

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Patricia Kalember and her husband Daniel Gerroll, who played two of the four roles in the Westport Country Playhouse script in hand play reading tonight of “Scotland Road,” spend a moment together following the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police Chief Dale Call to Retire This Year

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Westport Police Chief Dale E. Call (c) tonight informed the Board of Finance he intends to retire this year after 32 years on the force. He made the announcement at a Town Hall budget review session. Call, 53, was appointed chief by former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in 2011, replacing Alfred Fiore, who retired. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2011).The son of the late Westport Police Department Inspector George E. Call and Marjorie Call, Call joined the department in January 1984, was promoted to sergeant in May 1993, inspector in June 2001, administrative lieutenant in 2004, and detective commander in 2006 before becoming deputy chief in September 2007. Pictured with him are First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Depty Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Good Morning Love

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Students at Westport’s Staples High School and two middle schools were greeted today by new messages of love on the often seen “Happy Birthday” sign at school entrances. Their appearance came following two Staples suicides and concerns about bullying. It is not known who rented the signs, but several students said they made them smile as they passd by. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sledding

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Some teens today found Westport’s Compo Beach a fun place to go sledding, with the help of friends in a car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Early Dismissal

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Seventh graders from Westport’s Bedford MIddle School enjoyed the early release from school today by going sledding in Winslow Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Garra for WestportNow.com

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The Show Must Go On

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Workers clear the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot today for guests attending tonight’s play reading of “Scotland Road”  The performance begins at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Play Reading

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The cast of tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse Script in Hand reading of “Scotland Road” pose during a rehearsal with director Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. The mystery thriller, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, involves a woman who may be a survivor of the Titanic. Pictured are (l-r)  Keefe (director), Liv Rooth, Daniel Gerroll, Beth Fowler and Martha Stout (stage directions.)  Patricia Kalember, a cast member, is absent from the photograph. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Scene

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Westport’s North Pasture Road off of North Avenue as another snow passed through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Wipers Raised

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Many cars at the Metro-North Westport station had their windshield wipers raised by commuters anticipating today’s snowfall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At Garage Level

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Water was up to the garage of this home on Westport’s Canal Road today during the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Canal Road Under Water

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As is the norm during coastal flooding, Westport’s Canal Road was under water today at the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Spriteview Flooded

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Spriteview Avenue in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area was among roads flooded at the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools on Early Dismissal

Westport schools will close early today because of the weather, school officials announced.

It said all evening activities have been canceled.

Staples High School will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., Bedford Middle, Coleytown Middle, and Saugatuck Elementary at 12:15 p.m., and Coleytown Elementary, Greens Farms, Kings Highway, and Long Lots at 1 p.m.

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Westport’s Bridge Water Rises

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Water under Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town center today rose to just under the structure during the late morning high tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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