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11 a.m. - Westport Library - Viewing of inauguration of President Trump
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

WestportREADS Author Draws Large Crowd

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George Hodgman, author of the 2017 WestportREADS selection “Bettyville,” addressed a large audience tonight in the WestporREADS keynote talk at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The 2015 book tackles questions about the author’s identity as a gay man, as a writer and as a son. Though there were serious moments in the book and in the events that made up the memoir, Hodgman was able to fill the hall with witty humor as he shared many of his life’s events and the words his mother spoke. The event was sponsored by the church and the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Getting a Signed Copy

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Author George Hodgman signs copies of his book “Bettyville” tonight followingn his WestportREADS keynote address at the Saugaatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Will Send 250 to 300 to Washington March

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Some of the signs prepated by Democratic women in Westport for Saurday’s march on Washington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Between 250 and 300 Westport women are set to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, Melissa Kane, chairman of Democratic Town Committee, said today.

“We are going to make a very loud statement that we are watching, and that we are not going to stand for the overturning of any of the rights we have fought so hard for,” said Kane, who added that a sign making session was held on Monday.

She is one of Connecticut’s 20 women organizers who expect to turn out 5,000 to 6,000 women statewide for the rally. She said that about 200,000 women from across the country are expected.

Kane said two buses are set to leave from Westport at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but she declined to disclose the location(s).

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Westport Arts Center Becomes Jazz Lounge

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The Westport Arts Center tonight was transformed into a jazz lounge as Darren Litzie and the Saxtet played a tribute to jazz legends Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.  They performed their own arrangements of songs such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Flyin’ Home,” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”  Guests enjoyed high top tables, appetizers and wine, and enjoyed a sneak peak of the exhibition “As We Are!,” opening Friday, Jan. 27. The next jazz performance at the Center will be the jazz jam, open to local musicians and students, on Sunday, Feb. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubrey Grodin for WestportNow.com

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Staples Players Join in Ghostlight Project

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Members of Staples Players tonight joined in the nationwide Ghostlight Project collective action by members of the theater community. “Staples Players has always strived to be an inclusive and supportive community,” said Brooke Wrubel, a senior who is Staples Players co-president. “Our participation in the Ghostlight Project reaffirmed these long-held values.” Participants made a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lighting Up at Ghostlight Project at Playhouse

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About 100 persons tonight lit lights at the Westport Country Playhouse as part of the nationwide Ghostlight Project, a shared, ongoing commitment to social justice by the theatrical community. To simulate a collective ghostlight, a theatrical tradition, attendees were requested to bring a light source they lit in unison, When theaters go dark at the end of the night, a ghostlight is turned on, offering visibility and safety for all who might enter.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Tonight is Not Anti-Anything’

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Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, told a courtyard crowd tonight at the Playhouse’s Ghostlight Project event: “Tonight is not anti-anything. Tonight we celebrate the commitment by theaters nationwide to greater inclusion, participation, and compassion.” With him is Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Her Thoughts

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Elizabeth Salem of Weston tonight shows off a form she filled out at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lighting Her Light

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Kerry Maloney of Fairfield was among those lightng a light tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CT’s Jobless Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent Despite December Job Losses

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut posted a mixed jobs report for December as the unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 percent to 4.4 percent, despite the loss of 1,700 jobs that month and the downgrading of November’s job gain, the state Department of Labor said today.

The November report of 2,100 new positions was downgraded by 1,900.

Despite these drops, Connecticut’s unemployment rate for December was one full percentage point lower than one year ago at that time. The state lost 2,000 jobs in the 2016 calendar year.

“Connecticut’s December employment numbers continued the recent trend of mixed signals from the two monthly employment series produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

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Driver Smashes Into Utility Pole

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An 18-year-old Weston female escaped serious injury late today when she lost control of her car and crashed into a utility pole at 88 Newtown Turnpike. The extent of her injuries was not known. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: ‘Smart Home’ Technology Coming

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

We can expect new construction homes in Westport to include more “smart home” technology as practical usage becomes more commonplace sooner than expected.

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Featured Home: This home at 18 Sturges Common is listed at $3,499,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group

Smart home technology is functional automation by voice, phone, computer or remote of integrated home components, such as heating, lighting, audio systems, security and more.

Just a few short years ago, new construction utilizing “green building practices,” as well as Energy Star-rated homes, and geothermal heating were not so common either. However, our marketplace is becoming more environmentally conscious.

Today, there are 24 homes available that include one or more of these green features, and 30 have sold within the last year at an average price of over $2.2 million.

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Thousands From CT Heading to D.C. to Celebrate – and Protest – Inauguration

By Ana Radelat

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Washington – The inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and related events may bring a record number of Connecticut residents to Washington, both to support the swearing in of the 45th president and to protest policies they expect him to implement.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation has distributed more than 1,500 tickets to those who want to be up front on the Capitol lawn to see Trump take the oath of office on Friday.

“It’s going to be a tremendous honor to witness the peaceful transfer of power,” said Rep. Anthony D’Amelio, a Republican who represents Waterbury in the General Assembly.

D’Amelio was the first elected state representative to endorse Trump and was honored by the president elect during a rally last April in Waterbury.

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Staples Students Participate in Music Festival

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Thirty students from the Staples High School Music Department recently participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival. The festival, hosted by Staples, involved 30 schools and close to 400 students from the western part of the state. Pictured are members of the the concert band​. Staples students participating included: orchestra - James Gikas, Chloe Hankey, Angela Ji, Lauren Schmidt, Jack Whitten, Jessica Xu, Justin Berg, Michael Fording, Melanie Lust, Maya Namasivayam, Anella Lefebvre, Sophia Thomas, Seohyun Hong, and Samantha Atlas; chorus - Madison Malin; jazz band - Declan Harding, Joseph Williams, Nick Rossi, and Joshua Sigal; and concert band - James Mudholkar, Woongki Hong, Benjamin Schussheim, Preston Lust, Justin Lovro, Zachary Gurahian, Andrew Badeski, Jacob Kitchner, Michael Woods, Will O’Halloran and Sophia Han. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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