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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Perfect Beach Day

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It was a perfect day at the beach today for visitors to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Westport Rotary Helps Out in Bridgeport

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Westport Rotary Club volunteers, in support of the Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, today assisted in the construction of a house at 677 Noble St., Bridgeport. Frank Bakos, Habitat project manager, said his organization is currently building 11 houses in Bridgeport and, with the assistance of volunteers, has constructed 180 residences to date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lending a Hand

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Susie Basler (r), Westport Rotary Club president, and homeowner Kathleen Rosa assist in a Bridgeport construction project organized today by Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Westport Rotary volunteers spent the day helping in the project at 677 Noble St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 265 Main St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the barn at Westport’s 265 Main St. is in process. Built in c.1900, the two-story barn has 480-square feet and is situated on a .33-acre property. The barn was heavily damaged in a fire in September 2016. (See WestportNow, Sept. 1, 2016)  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 19, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10:30 a.m. - Noon - Westport Senior Center - Cool Summer Lunch with Chef Mia Constanza
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Ice Cream Social & Trivia Contest
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Peterson Brothers Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Malloy Would Reduce, Dramatically Redistribute School Aid in October

Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would reduce grants to school districts by 28 percent in October — if no state budget has been adopted —  and would dramatically shift funding away from wealthy and middle-income communities and into poorer ones.

Absent a new two-year budget, the governor’s plan would eliminate Education Cost Sharing funding entirely for 85 school districts [Westport would be cut from $465,334 to zero] and reduce funding somewhat for another 54. Grants to the 30 lowest-performing school systems, also known as Alliance Districts, would remain unchanged.

The governor, who released an updated plan today for running state finances by executive order, also announced he is in the process of restoring $40 million out of $100 million in reductions made since July 1 to private, nonprofit social services.

Malloy affirmed an earlier warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in non-education grants won’t be released this fall unless the General Assembly adopts a new budget for this fiscal year and next.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Bridge St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Bridge St. is in process. Built in 1932, the one-story cottage has 572-square feet, is situated on a .51-acre waterfront property and last changed ownership, according to assessor records, in July 1995 for $140,000.. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the forecast of heavy thunderstorms, the Levitt Pavilion will move tonight’s show, the Paula Boggs Band, into Saugatuck School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave.

Showtime is 8 p.m., and admission is free.  Please note—with the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed.

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Fire Department Welcomes Five New Firefighters

Before five new firefighters were sworn in today by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe,  Fire Chief Robert Yost told them to “expect to hear the endless barking of orders, relentless demands and the highest expectations.”

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First Selectman Jim Marpe swears in new firefighters (l-r) Robert Wargo, Vincent DelVechhio. Andrew Ponticiello, Joshua Taylor, and Francis Oldham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Why?” asked Yost. “Because I, along with your fellow officers, are here to make you the best firefighter you can be. To be prepared for when the tones sound and the sirens wail.”

The five new firefighters sworn in and had badges pinned on them by family members are: Francis Oldham, 31, of Bethel; Andrew Ponticello, 23, of Mamaroneck, N.Y; Vincent DelVecchio, 28, of Stratford; Robert Wargo, 37, a Hamden resident; and Joshua Taylor, 37, of New Fairfield.

“I’m very excited,” said Ponticello prior to the ceremony’s start. “This has got be one of the best things to happen to me.”

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Family Souvenir

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New fire recruit Robert Wargo with his mother, Anne, of Stratford today poses with son Luke, 7, nephew Jake, 4, niece Emily, 6 and son, Charlie, 5, after swearing in a fire headquarters. Wargo, 37, was born and raised in Stratford and now lives in Hamden. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Pinning His Cuz

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Westport Firefighter Scott DelVecchio pins the recruit badge today on cousin Vincent DelVecchio at a fire headquarters ceremony. He was one of five new recruits added to the department whose ranks have been depleted by retirements.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Offering Her Congratulations

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Melissa Kane, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Public Protection Committee and Democratic nominee for first selectman, today congratulates Westport’s newest firefighters after their swearing in at fire headquarters. They include (l-r) Andrew Ponticiello, Joshua Taylor, and Francis Oldham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Watch in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Westport and area until 9 p.m. and a Flash Flood Watch until 11 p.m.

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Westport Property Transfers July 31 - Aug.4, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 31 -  Aug. 4, 2017:

Jean M. Hill to N. David and Nancy Z. Bloom, 57 Whitney Glen Drive, $499,000WNproperty.jpg

Alice E. Burd to Mordecai and Noelle Slomich, 19 Wedgewood Road, $1,265,500

Elizabeth M. Sacksteeder and Peter C. Harrar to Leslie L. Wolf and Harriet Weitzman, 54 Whitney Glen Drive, $410,000

N. David and Nancy Z. Bloom Trusts to Stephen M. Cavazuti, 21 Maple Ave. North, $720,000

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Police Make Undercover Drug Arrests

Officers arrested a man and a woman on narcotics charges following the sale of purported drugs to undercover officers, police said today.

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Diana Balkun and Dean Wayton: arrested on Imperial Avenue. Westport Police photos

Accordingt to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident began on Wednesday when undercover officers observed two suspicious persons in Saugatuck.

“They struck up a conversation with the individuals, identified through previous police interaction as Dean Wayton and Diana Balkun,” Cabana said.

Wayton, 29, has no formal address and Balkun, 29, is a resident of Northford.

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