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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Outnumbered

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American flags usually dominate Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in warm weather months —except today when the Stars and Stripes are joined by United Nations member states for jUNe Day. Today is the 50th anniversary of the world-comes-to-Westport celebration of the United Nations.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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50th Annual jUNe Day: ‘Peace Begins in Our Hearts’

By James Lomuscio

Westport today marked its 50th jUNe Day, a world-comes-to Westport event celebrating the United Nations and providing a day of rest, relaxation, and a touch of hometown America for U.N. member families.

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U.N. official Carole Wainaina (l) hands the Oneness-Home Peace Run torch to runner Natabara Rolloson at today’s jUNe Day 50th anniversary celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

As many of the 193 U.N. member flags colorfully billowed under cloudy skies on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge—named after the late Westporter who organized the first jUNe Day in 1965—a welcoming ceremony was held in the nearby Saugatuck Elementary School cafeteria.

There, scores of U.N. delegates, staff and their families, many arriving on an early morning train from Grand Central Terminal, gathered for a breakfast and anniversary ceremony prior to the annual day of cultural and recreational events throughout town.

Activities included trips to downtown, Compo Beach, Longshore Club Park, and Earthplace as well as a soccer match, Westport vs. U.N.

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Honored Guest

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Among honored guests at today’s 50th anniversary jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School was William Steinkraus, 89, brother of jUNe Day founder Ruth Steinkraus Cohen. An accomplished equestrian, Steinkraus won a gold medal in individual jumping at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City. He obtained two silver medals in Team Jumping, first in 1960 and again in 1972. Steinkraus also won a bronze medal in Team Jumping at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Peace Runners Join JUNe Day Celebration

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Participants in a “Peace Run” going from state to state were among those taking part in today’s 50th annual jUNe Day at Saugatuck Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Half Century of Westport Support of the UN


Scenes from today’s 50th Westport jUNe Day in support of the United Nations. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Librarians Honor Bleiweis in San Francisco

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Maxine Bleiweis, retiring director of the Westport Library, was honored in today with the prestigious national Charlie Robinson Award at the American Library Association annual convention in San Francisco.. Several library staff members were also there. The Charlie Robinson Award honors a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Brightening a Cloudy Day

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Brightly colored flags of United Nations members brightened a cloudy day today as they welcomed guests for Westport’s 50th jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Shores View

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Friday night’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Saugatuck Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  June 27, 2015


10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - 170 Riverside Ave. - 50h annual jUNe Day kickoff
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes” (last day)
Noon - 5 p.m. - Rolnick Observatory - 182 Bayberry Lane - Westport Astronomical Society Amateur Radio Club Field Day
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Westport Rotary Club Passes the Gavel

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Outgoing Westport Rotary Club president Steve Lewine passes the gavel to incoming president Jane Sherman tonight at the club’s annual passing the gavel lobster bake at the clubhouse at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. She will preside over the club for the 2015-2016 one-year term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Summer Tradition

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About 65 members and guests attended the Westport Rotary Club pass the gavel celebration lobster bake party tonight at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thanks to Former Rotary Club Presidents

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Former Rotary District Governor Rick Benson (r) tonight thanks Rotary Club past presidents who were in attendance at the pass the gavel ceremony at Compo Beach. They are (l-r) Bruce Knowles,Ted Hampe, Marty Resnick, Stan Glick, Mark Owades, Lois Schine, Dave Matlow, Viveka Kjellgren, Julia Broder and outgoing president Steve Lewine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday Night Service at Beach

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Westport’s Temple Israel tonght held its Friday night Shabbat service on Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Adds Veteran Officer to Its Ranks

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A veteran police officer, David Perez, 41, was sworn-in today as Westport’s newest recruit by First Selectman Jim Marpe at Westport Town Hall as Chief Dale Call looked on. Perez comes to Westport from the Metro Nashville Police Department where he served for 18 months following 14 years in the West Haven Police Department.  He and wife, Nikki, a native of West Haven, are the parents of three children.  Among the attendees at the ceremony was Chief John Karajanis of the West Haven Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Arrest in Jogger Hit and Run

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Richard Goldberg: released on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

UPDATE Westport Police today announced the arrest of a Weston doctor awaiting prison for bribery in connection with the May 14 hit and run of a female jogger on Riverside Avenue near Charles Street.

Richard Goldberg, 65, of 95 Davis Hill Road, surrendered at Police Headquarters Monday, where an arrest warrant for evading responsibility was served, said Lt. Arthur Belile.

He said a description of the black sedan that struck the 48-year-old Westport woman “determined that Goldberg was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.”

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Emergency workers tend to a Westport woman hit by a car while jogging on Riverside Avenue on May 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The woman, who was treated on site for non-life threatening injuries, was later transported to Norwalk Hospital.

At the hospital, she was found to have suffered a broken leg and a broken ankle, according to a family friend.

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Staples Interim Principal Picked, More Searches Needed

By James Lomuscio

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Mark Karagus: Trinity Catholic principal takes interim job. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

An educator with 37 years experience has agreed to serve as interim principal of Staples High School for one year while the administration continues its search to replace John Dodig, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced today.

Mark W. Karagus, 64, of Trumbull most recently served as principal of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, and has many years experience as a guidance counselor, assistant principal and housemaster, Landon said.

“He has the background and experience that I believe should serve Staples High School well during this transitional interim period,” Landon said.

The transitional period, however, is not limited to finding a Dodig replacement.

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CT Reacts to SCOTUS Upholding Gay Marriage

By Mark Pazniokas

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision today declaring same-sex marriage to be a right under the Constitution was celebrated by politicians and activists in Connecticut, a state that banned housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1991 and legalized same-sex civil unions in 2005 and marriage in 2008.

The decision was handed down on Pride Day, an annual observance in the gay community. It will be celebrated at 5 p.m. at the Hartford Pride observance at the Old State House in Hartford.

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Paying Tribute to Susan Malloy

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Friends and family today paid tribute to the late Westport artist Susan Malloy at the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director and longtime friend, described the philanthropist and art patron as vibrant and eager to try new things right up until her death in April at age 91. Klisser During showed a slide presentation of scenes from Malloy’s life, including her at age 87 sitting atop the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach, which she had climbed as a youngster. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (r) toasted Malloy, also a longtime friend whom he frequently accompanied to Westport events, and said she enabled him to realize his longtime ambition of becoming a male escort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Champagne and Purple Candy Tribute

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There was a gathering of friends and family at the Westport Arts Center today to pay tribute to the late Westport artist Susan Malloy. Helen Klisser During, artistic director, showed a slide display of scenes from Malloy’s life as champagne toasts were made and guests snacked on candies wrapped in purple, Malloy’s favorite color.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Remembering a Good Friend


Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Center tribute to artist Susan Malloy, including some of the photos shown in a slide show highlighting her life.. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Westport Property Transfers June 8 - 12, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 8 - 12, 2015:

Dana Ann Griffin Trust to Scott and Susan N. Foushee, 23 Sturges Commons, $2,250,000WNproperty.jpg

RB Properties LLC to Healthy and Happy LLC, 10 Pond Edge Road, $2,599,000

JD Real Estate Investment LLC to 4 Whitney LLC, 4 Whitney St. Ext., $964,500

Amy K. Wilfert and Barbara L. Kosnik Trusts to David and Marsden Kline, 22 Pequot Trail, $1,331,715

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Op-Ed: Steinberg Explains ‘No’ Budget Vote

By Jonathan Steinberg

I voted against the budget, just as I did four years ago, dissenting from Governor Malloy and the majority of my fellow Democrats.

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Jonathan Steinberg:  against “gimmicks and fudges.” Contributed photo

I don’t like voting against budgets, but I will continue to place sound fiscal policy ahead of partisanship and will press for sensible reforms. We need to proactively manage our budgets, not just paper them over each year through the use of gimmicks and fudges.

The initial budget proposed by the governor indiscriminately cut critical social and health programs, leaving the state’s most vulnerable with nowhere to turn. 

Both Democrats and Republicans resolved to restore some of the most draconian cuts, but the resulting budget was only balanced by new taxes and increases on existing ones.

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Compo After Summer Storms

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Westport acclaimed photographer Stephen Wilkes (best known for his hours-long exposure shots of Coney Island and Central Park) did a quickie Tuesday night at Compo Beach after the storms. He posted the photo on Instagram where it was picked up in the National Geographic feed @NatGeo. Said Wilkes of the photo:  “I was fortunate to see this remarkable sunset from Compo Beach, after days of summer storms.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ©Stephen Wilkes 2015

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Friday,  June 26, 2015


10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks, SOLOS 2015 Artists; 11 a.m. “toast” to artist Susan Malloy
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dawn Fishing

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Some early risers got in some dawn fishing today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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