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Friday, October 20, 2017

Food Drop

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A seagull makes a food drop late Thursday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Friday, October 20, 2017

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Servies
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”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Oysters in Our Own Backyard
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre (70 Sanford St., Fairfield) - Band Together to benefit CLASP
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th & 8th Grade Movie Night: “Ghostbusters”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Actress Describes Weinstein’s Advances at His Westport Home

Actress Lupita Nyong’o detailed her encounters with Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed published tonight, including advances he made at his Westport home.

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Acrtess Lupita Nyong’o appeared on a Ms. Magazine cover in 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

Nyong’o, 34, was a Yale Drama School student at the time and said Weinstein sent a car to New Haven to bring her to Westport.

“The driver and I met Harvey in the little town of Westport, where he informed me that we would be having lunch at a restaurant before getting to his home,” she wrote.

The actress added that not only did Weinstein attempt to ply her with alcohol when she met with him at the restaurant, but after they moved the meeting to his Beachside Avenue home to watch a film screening, tried to give her a massage.

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Opioid Addiction Subject of Library Discussion

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A large crowd was present at the Westport Library tonight to hear from experts on opioid addiction. Those participating in a panel discussion included (l-r) Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport EMS; Police Lt. Eric Woods, Denique Weidema-Lewis, director of prevention at Positive Directions, and Elaine Daignault, Westport’s director of human services. The program was introduced by Gary Mendell, Shatterproof CEO, who lost his son to addiction in 2011. He then founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his family had suffered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Night Flight

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A Compo Beach scene late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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New Budget Might End Property Tax on Vehicles

By Keith M. Phaneuf


State legislative leaders say they are strongly considering eliminating local property taxes on motor vehicles in the state budget they hope to adopt next week.

But while they have proposals to help cities and towns cut costs, leaders conceded communities might have to offset most of the lost revenue simply by boosting taxes elsewhere — on homeowners and businesses.

“You’re being taxed one way or another,” said House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, who called the motor vehicle levy a “nuisance tax” that is difficult for towns to administer. “We believe that not taxing a motor vehicle is a good policy.”

“Towns and cities manage their budgets way better than state government ever could,” House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said.

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Riding the Wind

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A brisk and steady windy attracted about a dozen kite surfers to Compo Beach late today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Firefighters in ‘Man Vs. Machine’ Training

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Westport firefighters this week have been engaged in specialized “Man vs. Machine” training, the process of rescuing victims stuck in a potentially dangerous machine that could cause serious injury. Pictured are Neil Perrotti (l) applying an angle grinder to cut though a meat grinder as firefighter Joe Arnson assists. The process involves dismantling and cutting the grinder and housing to free the trapped hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Examining the House at 1 Wilton Road

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Town officials today visited 1 Wilton Road, at the intersection with Post Road East, to determine whether work being done on the 1830-built structure exceeded previously granted approvals. Among them were Randy Henkels, chair of the Historic District Commission (HDC), Carol Leahy, administrator of the HDC, and Steve Smith, building official. After surveying the site, Henkels determined that indeed more than 500 square feet of the building had been removed and surpassed the demolition threshold. Lucian Vita, principal of the group that owns the house, will now have to appear before the HDC to seek a partial demolition approval to be able to continue the renovation of the house. Smith said at this point, the house is unstable and “a good wind could bring it down.” He asked that sheathing be place around the exterior. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Market Lunch

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Visitors to the Westport Farmers Market today enjoy a lunch from Greenwich’s Boxcar Cantina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Seeing Red

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Colorful sweet bell peppers were on display today at Roxbury-based River Bank organic vegetable farm’s stand at the Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Historic Preservation Awards Announced

The Westport Historic District Commission has announced the recipients of its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. 

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Late day sunlight splashes the Bedford Square courtyard as diners enjoy drinks and food from the Amis Trattoria restaurant. Bedford Square is one of the award recipients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Auditorium. 

As in past years, WestportNow will carry photos and full details of the award recipients before the ceremony. They include:

6 Clover Lane; 190 Cross Highway (rehabilitation/special permit for historic residential structures); 383 Greens Farms Road (preservation); 8 Charcoal Hill Road (preservation); 101 Compo Road South (rehabilitation); Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway (rehabilitation); 37 Evergreen Ave., Helen Muller Award for an outstanding local historic district property; 159 Post Road East, Bedford Square (rehabilitation).


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Bipartisan Budget Would Tax Teachers, Working Poor and Smokers

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas


Republican leaders have agreed to raise taxes as part of the bipartisan budget framework announced Wednesday, sources say, with several of the levies hitting what typically are seen as Democratic constituencies: public school teachers, the working poor and smokers.

Sources close to the state budget talks told CT Mirror that Republicans, who relented last month on their no-tax stance to vote for a budget that raised taxes on hospitals and hit the working poor by reducing the earned income tax credit, are being asked to also raise cigarette taxes and impose a special levy on teachers.

Both parties also have discussed raising income taxes on the middle class by reducing the property tax credit. And sources said the deal would restrict access to that $200 credit, making it available only to the elderly and to households with dependents.

Whose constituencies will pay more taxes or give up more services to help end Connecticut’s 16-week budget impasse is certain to be part of the closed-door discussions that will begin today when House leaders present the details to the Democratic and Republican caucuses. The two Senate caucuses are to meet Monday, with the hope of voting a budget later in the week.

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Beachside Dawn

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Wednesday’s dawn as seen from Westport’s Beachside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
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”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Gene Madera, history of aviation in Connecticut
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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