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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two Hour Rescue Effort Saves Kitty in Engine Compartment

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It took two hours, but Westport firefighters today successfully rescued a kitty who had found its way inside an engine compartment of a car headed to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for the June Benefit Horse Show. The kitty apparently entered the car when the driver, a Hunt Club employee, stopped at a Dunkin’  Donuts in Norwalk, said Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost. A passerby told the employee she saw a kitty go under the car while the driver was inside the store. Finding nothing at the store, she continued to the Hunt Club where she heard meowing from the enginge compartment. A Westport fire crew on standby duty summoned the rescue truck. The stow-a- way kitten had crawled up into a space between the front bumper and the radiator. Crews worked for over two hours raising up the vehicle and removing various car parts to access the area where the kitten was hiding, Yost said. Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino was called to the scene to assist in the rescue and take care of the cat after it was extricated. Gambino and horse show staff took the kitten to a veterinarian who was already on the premises. Yost said later Hunt Club staff intended to keep the kitty, who they reportedly named Bumper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Munce Sale: From Pen and Inks to Boxing Gloves

By James Lomuscio

Treasure hunters who happen upon the estate sale at Westport’s 5 Rockyfield Road this weekend can expect more than the usual high-end furnishings and assorted tchotchkes, but a unique window into Westport’s artistic past.

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Some of Howard Munce’s drawings up for sale on Saturday and Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

For 61 years the house was home to Howard Munce, the Westport artist whose career as illustrator, art director, teacher, sculptor and author spanned generations earning him the sobriquet “dean of Westport artists.” Munce, 100, died here March 5, leaving behind a treasure trove of paintings, illustrations and other items detailing the life of the tall, thin, spry, seemingly ageless and energetic presence ubiquitous in town arts circles. (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

Among the inventory are: a couple of Munce’s paintings; numerous pen and ink drawings of all sizes that appeared in national and local magazines and newspapers; wooden flat files; “and an incredible architectural table,” says Mary Brewster, Munce’s daughter who lives in Redding and is organizing the sale.

“I didn’t realize what this table was,” Brewster said. “It’s been in this house 61 years, and my father always had it covered with things. It’s a very large table, and you can tip the top; it’s made of solid wood.”

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A Chance to Own a Piece of a Westport Artistic Legend

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Items from legendary Westport artist Howard Munce’s home up for sale include those from his studio. The estate sale at 5 Rockyfield Road runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Munce died at age 100 in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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June Benefit Horse Show Underway

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The June Benefit Horse Show is underway at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It winds up Saturday with the $30,000 Grand Prix at 1 p.m. preceded by Family Day activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judy Katz
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

RTM Approves $8.2 Million Energy Savings Initiative

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approved an appropriation that First Selectman Jim Marpe said would have a positive impact on budgets and on the town’s carbon footprint—$8,245,000 to implement an energy savings initiative.

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Iain Bruce, head of the town’s Energy Performance Committee: “This is a sweet spot.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The total cost of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Westborough, Mass.-based NORESCO, LLC, which targets Westport’s eight schools and four municipal buildings, would be $6,715,000 after utility incentives, Marpe said.

Marpe has touted the contract as a perfect example of the school system and town government working together to reduce energy costs.

The investment grade audit report was prepared by NORESCO, a firm that the year-old Energy Performance Committee (EPC) hired after a competitive bid.

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Yankees Honor for Orphenians

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For the second consecutive year, the Staples High School Orphenians tonight sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. The appearance followed a moment of silence for the Orlando massacre victims. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for WestportNow.com

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On the Field

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Members of the Staples High School Orphenians take to the field tonight at Yankee Stadium to sing the National Anthem. Pictured (l-r) Colin McKecknie, Oliver Smith, Daniel Pauker, Keenan Pucci, and Wells Baumann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for WestportNow.com

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Staples Fans on Big Screen, Too

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The large video screen at Yankee Stadium tonight showed some Staples fans as it featured the Orphenians singing the National Anthem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joe Pucci for WestportNow.com

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Post 154 Auction: Everything Goes

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Everything was up for sale today at a crowded auction at the shuttered Post 154 Restaurant at 154 Post Road East. As reported by WestportNow earlier this month (see WestportNow June 8, 2016), a real estate source said the former Westport main post office, occupied until January by the restaurant, will be the new Westport home of furniture retailer Design Within Reach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Up for Auction

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Dinner plates await the auctioneer’s gavel today at the Post 154 auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Including the Kitchen Sinks

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Items up for sale today at the Post 154 Restaurant auction included kitchen sinks as well as other kitchen equipment, furniture and fixings. Furniture retailer Design Within Reach is expected to open here in the next six months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Southbound Parkway View

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Drivers heading southbound today on the Merritt Parkway in Westport had this view of work on the problem-plagued North Avenue Bridge. The bridge closed Monday to all traffic, and Connecticut Department of Transportation officials say they are aiming for an Aug. 25 completion date for the $2.85 million repair project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staying Late for Summer Solstice

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Crowds stayed late at Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer officially began at 6:34 p.m. and sunset was at 8:29 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Nora Webster” by Colm Tóibín
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series:  “45 Years”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
7 p.m. - Westport Library - How to Grow Your Email List & Expand Your Reach
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Supplemental Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Westport Connection in Powerful Story of ALS-Stricken Footballer

Many Westporters tonight attended an invitation-only Norwalk Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema screening of “Gleason,” the emotionally powerful story of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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Michel Gleason addresses an audience tonight at an invitation-only screening of “Gleason,” a feature-length documentary about her football husband’s battle with ALS.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

After debuting to standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the hit feature-length documentary was sold to Amazon Studios and Open Road Films in a unique partnership for a wide theatrical release beginning July 29.

Special guest for tonight’s screening was Gleason’s wife, Michel, who weeks after her husband’s 2011 diagnosis revealed that she was expecting their first child.  Now no longer the sole caretaker of her husband, she appeared relaxed but a bit bewildered by all the attention now focused on her family’s very painful but gripping story.

“To see us on the big screen, it’s weird, strange,” she told the audience at the screening. At a reception afterwards at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant, she repeated “strange” and “weird” to describe her feelings about being involved in the Hollywood whirlwind of activities in advance of the film’s wide release.

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A Video Journal For An Unborn Son

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An invitation-only audience at the Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema in Norwalk tonight watches a screening of “Gleason,” the Sundance Film Fetival hit documentary about the battle waged against ALS by former New Orleans Saints defense back Steve Gleason. Most of the footage came from 1,300 hours of a video journal made by Gleason. An executive producer of the film, set for wide release on July 29, is Westporter Mark Shapiro, who tonight hosted Gleason’s wife, Michel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Strawberry Moon’ Viewing

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The full moon rising on the summer solstice, often callled a “starwberry moon,” delighted visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. It last occurred in 1967 and won’t happen again until 2062.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Hyman for WestportNow.com

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‘Strawberry Moon’ Over Westport

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Today’s summer solstice coincided with a full moon tonight, seen here over Westport. It is sometimes referred to as a “strawberry moon,” a rare occurrence last seen almost half a century ago. The solstice, which is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer, occurred at 6:34 p.m. Astronomers said this is the first time since 1967 that a full moon has risen on the summer solstice and that it will not happen again until June 21, 2062. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Westport Thanks to U.S. Congressional Delegation

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A group of Westporters, organized by Melissa Kane, chair of the Westport Democratic Town Committee, gathered for a photo at Compo Beach today to thank U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for their action and leadership on gun violence prevention. Kane said the photos will be sent to the representatives on behalf of Westport families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Pam Einarsen

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Honoring Shirley Mellor

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The Westport Woman’s Club today honored longtime Westport patron of the arts Shirley Mellor (l), owner of former Max’s Arts Supplies. Club president Dorothy Curran, presented her with a red rose in appreciation for her financial support for the framing of three Bedford family portraits hanging in the club’s recently renovated Bedford Hall. Behind them is one of them, a portrait of Mary Ann Dingee Bedford, wife of Edward T. Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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For First Time, Legislators Override a Malloy Veto

By Mark Pazniokas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suffered his first veto overrides today, marking a turning point in the Democratic governor’s six-year partnership with the General Assembly’s Democratic majority.

In an election-year distancing of a governor whose approval rating recently sank to 24 percent, the General Assembly overrode the vetoes of three bills and sustained five others. The House was willing to do four more overrides, but the Senate stood with Malloy on others, including one increasing legislative oversight over tax breaks for economic development.

House voted in rapid succession to override the vetoes of five House and one Senate bills. The Senate overrode vetoes of two Senate and two House bills.

An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

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Outgoing CT Budget Deficit Swells

By Keith M.Phaneuf

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Eroding state income tax receipts identified today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration not only widened the deficit in the outgoing fiscal year, but threatened to punch a hole in the new state budget 12 days before it begins.

Malloy’s budget office announced the red ink in the 2015-16 finances worsened over the past month by $56.7 million — a problem driven largely by a $75 million drop in projected income tax receipts.

And since prior year’s income tax receipts are a crucial factor used to project likely revenues in the following year, the new forecast raises questions about the stability of the $19.76 billion budget Malloy and legislators approved recently for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

“We’re facing a sustained period of slower-than-normal growth as we adjust to this new economic reality,” Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, the governor’s budget chief, wrote in a statement. “… We are committed to making difficult choices to reduce spending throughout the end of this fiscal year and into the next.”

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Installing ‘SOLOS 2016’

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The Westport Arts Center (WAC) today installed works of art for its “SOLOS 2016” exhibit opening Friday with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception. It features more than 40 works from eight regional artists. Douglas Hyland (2nd l), former director of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, was juror, selecting from more than 160 entries. Joining him for a photo were (l-r) Amanda Innes, WAC acting executive director; Jill Sarver, WAC visual arts manager; exhibiting artist Nina Bentley, and WAC board member Michael Loeb. At left is Bentley’s work, “There Are No Words,” reflecting the moments in life that are so overwhelming, there truly are no words. The exhibit runs through Aug. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Greenwich Woman Nabbed for Pocketbook Swap

Westport officers arrested a Greenwich woman Friday for switching her pocketbook with a $900 Burberry one at a second-hand store almost three years ago, police said today.

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Regina Murphy-Dixon: released on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Regina Murphy-Dixon, 50, was arrested on an active warrant and charged with fifth-degree larceny.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the crime occurred in September 2013. Dixon was contacted the same day of the theft from the high-end, second-hand Roundabout store at 606 Post Road East.

She denied swapping the bags, even though the theft had been caught on video surveillance, Farrell said.

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