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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Penn State Cancer Fundraiser Returns to Westport

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Students from Penn State will be back in Westport this weekend raising funds for children with pediatric cancer. Taylor Harrington (c), Staples Class of 2015, will be here with Delta Gamma sorority sisters Cailyn McCutcheon (l) and Sarah Domino. Called THON, it is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon. The students will be collecting donations outside of The Granola Bar, The Westport Library (rear entrance), and Dunkin’ Donuts in Bridge Square on Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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GOP, Dems Both Lack Solution to CT’s Cycle of Budget Deficits

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Despite their many disagreements over how the next state budget should look, Republican and Democratic legislators have one key element in common.

Neither of their respective plans would spare Connecticut from grappling with another massive budget deficit two years from now.

The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says the two-year budget crafted by Republican legislators and passed in the House and Senate late last week would balance the state’s books this fiscal year and next — wiping out a $3.5 billion deficit in the process.

But that same plan, unless adjusted, would run $3.31 billion in the red between 2019 and 2021.

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Winslow Sunset

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Winslow Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Rosh Hashanah


Wesport Public Schools are closed.
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. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Just for Women Support Group
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Enjoying the View

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach late today enjoys the sunset view.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sand Play

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Some Compo Beach visitors late today get in some sand play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Making Progress

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Despite high tide flooding of the nearby Canal Road, workers were making progress today on the new Saugatuck Island Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Police-Youth Club Seeks Students Members

Eighth and ninth grade students are invited to join Westport Police-Youth Club now in its second year, Westport Police Department and Westport Youth Services officials announced today.

Established last fall to encourage a better understanding between police and youths, the program is funded through the state Office of Policy and Management and its Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

According to local officials, club activities include monthly meetings, team building, and community service opportunities for youth and Westport police officers to work side by side.

“By bringing students and police together in a non-enforcement capacity for meaningful discussion, the group hopes to continue building off the success of the first year,” the announcement says. “Together we can further strengthen a healthy community with a foundation of mutual respect.”

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Flooding on Canal Road

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Flooding on Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores just before the mid-day high tide today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Coleytown Area is Hot

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Sales activity levels in Westport are currently favoring buyers, however deposits in one particular neighborhood are strong.

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Featured Home: This home at 3 Pheasant Lane is listed at $1,999,999.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis Southport/Fowler & Company

The Coleytown area is by far the most active in town, with homes in varying stages of deposits representing 22 percent of the buyer activity townwide.

According to the SmartMLS, there are currently 54 homes available with an average list price of $1,704,387. These homes are 5,014-square feet on average and have 1.76 acres of property.

New construction accounts for 10 of these homes and their average price is $2,352,300. Five have closed in the past year and were listed on average at $2,264,600.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

60 Clinton Ave.          $489,900->$449,900
103 Cavalry Road           $585,000->$529,000
8 Saint George Place         $659,000->$639,000
102 Bradley Lane             $685,000->$679,900
9 Vineyard Lane               $725,000->$699,000
132 Regents Park             $755,000->$752,000
1 Evergreen Parkway         $799,000->$759,000
296 Main St.              $848,000->$838,000
9 Old Orchard Road         $1,100,000->$997,500
4 Christmas Lake Lane     $1,025,000->$999,999
14 Darbrook Road         $1,295,000->$1,100,000
4 Jonathan Lane         $1,295,000->$1,195,000
55 Colony Road           $1,399,000->$1,279,000
12 Hedley Farms Road   $1,999,000->$1,695,000
79 Coleytown Road       $1,795,000->$1,775,000
12 Sandhopper Trail       $1,995,000->$1,829,000
3 Michele Lane           $1,990,000->$1,890,000
4 Mayfair Lane             $1,999,000->$1,925,000
98 North Ave.            $2,100,000->$2,295,000 *increased
41 North Ave.            $2,200,000->$2,300,000 *increased
312 Compo Road South   $2,695,000->$2,648,000
4 Mimi Lane               $2,799,000->$2,699,000
2 Brightfield Lane         $2,875,000->$2,799,000
18 Sturges Commons     $3,398,000->$3,298,000
—Judy Szablak

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Waiting for a Train?

WestportNow.com ImageA praying mantis makes an appearance late Tuesday at the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Police: Canal Road Flooded

Westport police late tonight said flooding has covered Canal Road at Saugatuck Shores and urged drivers to avoid the area.

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Westport Democrats Open Election HQ

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Melissa Kane (l) Democratic candidate for first selectman, with other candidates at her side, addresses supporters tonight at the official opening of the Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) election headquarters at 1757 Post Road East opposite Stop & Shop. She and other party leaders said the key to a Democratic victory in November is turning out Democratic voters who normally do not vote in municipal elections.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Comings & Goings: PPG Paint Store Closing

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The PPG Paint Store, 413 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close at the end of the month according to store manager Bill Hagan (above). He said the location has been the site of a series of paint stores for more than 20 years, starting as Brandman Paints in 1994 followed by Painter’s Supply in 2003 and then PPG three or four years ago. Longtime Westporter Katie J. Phillis, who shares space and rent with PPG, said she would now have to move her wallpaper/design business to her Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ray Dalios’s ‘Principles’ in Bookstores

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The book “Principles: Life and Work,” authored by Ray Dalio, founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, was released today to bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East. Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs.  According to the book flyer, “the book shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fishing With Jose

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A fisherman tries his luck today at Westport’s Compo Beach amid wind-whipped waves from Tropical Storm Jose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society Exhibit Envisions Town 50 Years from Now

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Friday will mark the opening of “06880+50,” a futuristic exhibit based on area architects’ imaginings of the town 50 years from now.

The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

The architects’ visions include: compact smart homes with elevators; a high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan; a bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station; and out-of-the-way lots for self-parking, driverless cars, according to WHS officials.

Barbara Peck, WHS assistant director, said the participants range from independent architects to member of large firms.

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Himes: ‘My Head Buzzing’ Over Trump U.N. Speech

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes today told a meeting of the Westport Rotary Club that “the political environment in Washington today is utter upheaval, confusion, and unpredictability.” Referring to President Trump’s U.N. speech today, he said, “I’m walking around my head buzzing a little bit because going in front of the General Assembly and threatening to destroy a country indicates an absence of prudence in the enormous (war-making) power the president has.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners Discuss “Submission” by Michel Houellebecq
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Alexander Platt Pre-Concert Lecture
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos, Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Malloy: It’s Time for ‘the Courage to Compromise’ on Connecticut’s Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today reaffirmed his opposition to the new state budget, arguing it would raid the pension funds, decimate higher education and leave the City of Hartford vulnerable to fiscal insolvency.

And while the Democratic governor urged all sides to compromise — and said he probably would have to accept some GOP proposals he opposes — Malloy also said he would not accept a plan to scale back scheduled payments into the state employees’ pension fund.

“This is serious hard work to put the state back in balance with respect to its unfunded, long-term obligations,” Malloy told reporters. “And what do we get? We get an invitation to make it worse.”

That “invitation,” according to the governor, was included in the two-year budget that the Senate and House approved on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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MGM Pitches Bridgeport Casino as Feds Delay Tribes’ Expansion

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Bridgeport UPDATE MGM Resorts International launched a glitzy new campaign today to expand into Connecticut, an effort that curiously coincides with the Trump administration, at least temporarily, halting the state’s two federally recognized tribes’ from building a casino in East Windsor to compete with a new MGM resort in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Mayors Toni Harp of New Haven and Joseph Ganim of Bridgeport talk to MGM CEO James Murren. At left, Uri Clinton of MGM.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) CtMirror.org photo

The Nevada-based gaming giant, after telling legislators for two years they would be foolish to approve the tribes’ plan without an open competition, now is seeking legislation in special session granting it exclusive rights to build a waterfront casino resort in Bridgeport, a gateway to the lucrative New York City gambling market.

“We’ve spent time, we’ve invested money, and we’ve come up with partners that will give them the best project, a project that really is shovel-ready, a project that really is already funded, a project that really already has partners and momentum,” said Uri Clinton, a counsel and senior vice president at MGM.

Led by James Murren, the Bridgeport-born chairman and chief executive of MGM, the company demonstrated its political support at a waterside news conference attended by legislators, Mayors Joseph P. Ganim of Bridgeport and Toni Harp of New Haven, union members and a local partner who owns the site, Robert W. Christoph.

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Video: Minimal Impact So Far of Tropical Storm at Compo


There were minimal effects of Tropical Storm Jose at Westport’s Compo Beach late today at low tide. The National Weather Service late today dropped Westport and Fairfield County as well as Westchester and Nassau Counties from its Tropical Storm Watch area as Jose moved northward. It said some coastal flooding was still possible and issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area. WestportNow.com video

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Small Whitecaps at Compo

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There were small whitecaps at Westport’s Compo Beach at low tide at about 6 p.m. today as Tropical Storm Jose moved up far off the coast. The low tide revealed a shoe left behind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Stairway to Veterans Green Closer to Reality

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Work neared completion today of a pedestrian stairway to Westport’s Veterans Green from Main Street. It is part of a $237,270 sidewalk improvement project that offers pedestrian access to Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Granger at the Movies: ‘mother,’ ‘Home Again,’ ‘American Assassin’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you needed proof of the adage “Love is blind,” look no further than “mother!” in which Jennifer Lawrence stars in her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky’s macabre horror/melodrama that’s tinged with increasingly hysterical, pseudo-religious overtones.

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Writer/director Aronofsky blends “Rosemary’s Baby” with “Requiem for a Dream,” making the cynical assertion that — for the artist — creative inspiration is more important than love or life itself.

Opening with the image of a huge Victorian country house burning, along with its female inhabitant (Lawrence), it relates the tortured tale of a nameless, archetypal couple (Lawrence, Javier Bardem).

He’s a famous, self-absorbed poet who craves adoration and idolatry. Serving as his self-sacrificing “inspiration,” she’s renovated and restored his idyllic old house, which burned down before they met. Like a radiant Earth Mother, she’s determined to “make a paradise” for him, even while self-medicating.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Pine Tree Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Pine Tree Drive, off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1966, the two-story colonial has 2,420-square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. 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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MGM Announces Plan for Bridgeport Casino Complex

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A rendering of the MGM Bridgeport casino complex.Contributed photo

Almost 15 years after former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell led a Fairfield County coalition opposing a casino in Bridgeport, the possibility of gambling in the state’s largest city took on a new life today.

MGM Resorts International announced ambitious plans for a $675 million casino and entertainment complex in Bridgeport’s Steelpointe Harbor area that it said would create thousands of jobs.

The announcement came despite current state law that bars building a casino in Bridgeport as gaming is currently limited to the two federal Indian reservations. However, the General Assembly has approved a plan for a third casino in East Windsor that would be jointly operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

That did not seem to dissuade MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Office James Murren, a Bridgeport native, from announcing his plan.

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Sunday Sunset

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Sunday’s sunset as seen from South Beach at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com

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