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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Parade Set for Thursday, Oct. 26

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. have announced that the annual Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26. Image
Westport’s Main Street was crowded for the 2014 Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Children and parents will meet at Main Street and Post Road East at 3:30 p.m. This event is for all children, especially those 8 and under.

The parade will proceed up Main Street, turn right onto Avery Place, then turn left on Myrtle Ave to Town Hall and Veterans Green.

Children may trick-or-treat along Main Street and in Town Hall.  Entertainment, refreshments and a small gift will be provided on Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 4 p.m.

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Monday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robin Tauck for


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee
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”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “The Memory of Running” by Ron McLarty
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Westport Architect Brown Bag Lunch Series: David Waldman & Frederick Hoag
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
7 p.m. - Shorehaven Golf Club (14 Canfield Ave., Norwalk) - Project Return Gather ‘Round the Table Cocktail Party
8 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society - A peek into the future of astronomy from LSST to Urban Science, Dr. Federica Bianco

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, October 16, 2017

For P&Z, 5 Candidates, 3 Parties, Multiple Issues

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s new town plan, traffic, affordable and senior housing, businesses friendly regulations and zoning enforcement dominated tonight’s debate among five Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) candidates. Image
P&Z candidates participating were (l-r) Michael Cammeyer, Greg Rutstein, John Olefson, Jennifer Johnson and Danielle Dobin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

The P&Z Town Hall auditorium debate sponsored by the Westport League of Women Voters (WLWV) capped tonight’s two earlier presentations for four unopposed Board of Education members seeking reelection and three candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The P&Z debate was also the most heated as Democrats Danielle Dobin, Michael Cammeyer and Greg Rutstein squared off against Republican John Olefson and Jennifer Johnson, a third party candidate endorsed by the Coalition for Westport.

Johnson threw down the gauntlet at the start, calling the town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) recently approved by the P&Z “a grave disappointment” that had little public input and for which she had to employ the Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) to review a copy of a draft.

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Staples Boys Soccer Earns Draw With Fairfield Ludlowe Image
Fairfield Ludlowe came to Loeffler Field today with the fewest losses in the FCIAC boys soccer league. After 80 minutes of battle, they left with a 0-0. Staples got excellent defense from Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Gabe Baltierra, strong goalkeeping from Ry Cohen, and solid midfield play by Matt Engler and Will Birch. The Wreckers’ best chance came a minute before halftime, when Vaughan Sealey (shown in photo) knocked Engler’s free kick off the inside of the goal post. Staples — now 6-4-4, in strong contention for an FCIAC playoff berth -— travels to New Canaan’s Conner Field for a 4 p.m. match on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for


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Elm Street Land Swap Amendments to be Heard Thursday

Text and map amendments designed to implement the Elm Street land swap between the town and local developer David Waldman are scheduled to be heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, it was announced today.

According to Planning and Zoning Director Mary Young, the text amendment aims to modify the zoning regulations to create a new Business Center Retail Residential (BCRR) district.

Simultaneously, the P&Z is set to review a map amendment rezoning property adjacent to the Kemper-Gunn House at 35 Elm St., the town’s exchange parcel, and 36 Elm St. to the BCRR designation, Young added.

She said that if the applications are approved, the next step in the approval process will require a site plan for development of the “exchange parcel” and 36 Elm St.

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Budget Fight Threatens Credit for a Third of CT Municipalities

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Wall Street today issued its loudest warning to date that Connecticut’s budget impasse will threaten credit to nearly one-third of all cities and towns. Image

Moody’s Investors Service announced measures that could lead to lower bond ratings — and higher interest costs — for 51 municipalities and six regional school districts, affecting nearly $7 billion in outstanding debt. [Westport was not among them.]

The credit rating agency placed ratings for 26 cities and towns and three regional school districts under review for downgrade, potentially affecting $3.5 billion in outstanding debt.

At the same time Moody’s also assigned negative outlooks — often a precursor to a bond-rating downgrade — to an additional 25 municipalities and three more regional school districts that collectively have another $3.45 billion in outstanding debt.

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Malloy Counters With Lean, No-Frills, No-Nonsense’ Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

In a bid to end Connecticut’s budget stalemate and persuade legislators to abandon a legally questionable deferral of contributions to the state’s underfunded pension system, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled his fourth budget proposal for the new biennium. It asks lawmakers to reduce tax increases by accepting deeper cuts to town aid, education and social services. Image
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlines his budget revisions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for

The governor’s new plan would reduce spending by an additional $144 million, over this fiscal year and next combined, compared to a budget endorsed by Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders that fell short of passage when a three Democrats in the Senate and five in the House balked and voted for a GOP version.

Malloy’s revisions to the September plan maintain emergency relief for distressed municipalities by including a revised formula for redistributing education aid. It still shifts funding from wealthy communities to poorer ones, but not to the degree originally sought by the governor.

“This is a lean, no-frills, no-nonsense budget,” Malloy said. “Our goals were simple in putting this plan together: eliminate unpopular tax increases, incorporate ideas from both parties, and shrink the budget and its accompanying legislation down to their essential parts. It is my sincere hope this document will aid the General Assembly in passing a budget that I can sign into law.”

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First Selectman Jim Marpe joined with town employees today in wearing pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Westport. He read a proclamation urging the community to wear pink to help raise awareness and to provide support and encouragement for those battling the disease. He also urged residents to join in activities that will increase awareness of measures everyone can take to prevent breast cancer. For more information, visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contrbuted photo


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Public Works Announces Annual Leaf Collection Program

Westport’s Department of Public Works today announced its annual leaf collection program begins Monday, Oct. 30 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 3. Image
Bagged leaves await pick up on Westport’s North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected, the announcement said. Plastic bags will not be picked up because the compost process does not handle them, official said. In addition, residents on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

The announcement also encouraged homeowners to consider backyard composting, “a viable alternative to either carting the leaves to the town yard waste site or filling paper bags for the town’s curbside pickup.”

Those interested in learning more about composting can contact the Conservation Department at (203) 341-1170 or Earthplace at (203) 227-7253 for relevant information.

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Granger at the Movies: ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,’ ‘Stronger,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” is the most kinky, provocative comic-book superhero ‘origin’ story — and it’s true. Image

It begins with a public burning of “Wonder Woman” comics and the stern interrogation of Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) by Josette Frank (Connie Britton) of the Child Study Association of America, who grills him about his subversive obsession with bondage, which Marston maintains symbolizes his motivational theory.

Flash back to when Marston and his even-more-erudite wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall), were fascinated by human behavior, specifically the manipulative dynamics of his DISC theory (dominance-inducement-submission-compliance).

“Are you normal? What is normal?” Marston quizzes Radcliffe undergrads, noting, “Men’s minds are far too limited, That’s why we need women.”

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Firefighters Extinguish Small Fire at Olympia Sports

Westport firefighters today extinguished a small bathroom ceiling fire at Olympia Sports, 403 Post Road East.

According to Assistant Chief Matthew Cohen firefighters responded to an activated alarm at the store at about 6:45 am., forced the front door, and found the fire in the bathroom.

“The fire was quickly extinguished and the fire was isolated to the bathroom ceiling,” he said.

“Firefighters worked to remove residual smoke from the building. The scene was turned over the Fire Marshal’s Office for investigation at 0733.”


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Monday, October 16, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Master Plan Steering Committee
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”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Leonard Everett Fisher on “Artists of Westport”
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission Work Session
4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Flu Clinic
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters: Candidate Debate (Planning & Zoning, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, & Zoning Board of Appeals)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Music on the Hill at Unitarian Church Image
The festival chorus of Wilton-based, nonprofit Music on the Hill entertained today at the Unitarian Church in Westport. David Connell, conductor, and Ellen Dickinson on piano supported the musicians. Connell is pictured playing an African bass guitar from Uganda, accompanying a piece by Ysaye Barnwell from Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. The strings are made from heavy fishing line. The instrument is made by hand with goatskin and bent nails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for


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Funky Dawgz Brass Band Kicks Off Library Music Series Image
The Westport Library today launched its fall music series with a performance by Connecticut’s own Funky Dawgz Brass Band at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The library is partnering with the church to host the series while under construction for its Transformation Project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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