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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - WHS Holiday Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - International Games Day
Noon - 3 p.m. - Branson Hall (75 Church Lane) - 2016 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players: “The Music Man”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Dawns w/ Kill The Chill

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, November 18, 2016

State Agencies Offer More Painful Budget Cuts

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Arielle Levin Becker

Some DMV offices could close. Housing subsidies for those with AIDS could be cut. And hundreds more state jobs could be eliminated by privatizing services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Residents could have to pay more for a state police background check on a potential employee or babysitter, and nursing homes found to present an imminent danger could be fined $10,000 instead of the current $5,000.

The fire department at Southbury Training School, which serves people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, is proposed for elimination to save $1.6 million.

These are just some of the options for making cuts and generating revenue that state agencies have offered Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office as it prepares a 2017-18 budget proposal to put before legislators.

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Blue Gull Image
This blue gull was spotted today at sunset on the Saugatuck River near the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Three Fire Recruits Undergo Live Fire Training Image
Three new recruits for the Westport Fire Department today took part in a live fire training exercise at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks as they prepared for graduation next month. Joining them in support were four Westport firefighters. Pictured (l-r) Assistant Chief Rob Yost, mechanic Tim Reilly, recruits Joshua Gamble and Chris Balich, Chief Andrew Kingsbury, recruit Liz Ferguson, and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The live fire training is one of the final tests as the recruits prepare to return to Westport in early December to join the firefighter ranks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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A Taste of Honey Image
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today hosted a Holiday Market and among the events was a presentation by Marina Marchese (l), who owns Weston artisan honey producer Red Bee Honey. Tasting some of her samples were Barbara Peck (2nd r) and Sue Gold of the WHS. The market continues Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Gallery: WHS Holiday Market

Scenes today from the Westport Historical Society’s Holiday Market, which continues Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. photos


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Woman Nabbed for Car Burglaries at Saugatuck El

Officers arrested a Norwalk woman for burglarizing unlocked cars at the Saugatuck Elementary School and stealing GPS units, police said today. Image
Jessica Sullivan: held on $5,000 bond.Westport Police photo

Jessica Sullivan, 40, was arrested Tuesday after officers received a call from the Fairfield Police Department that a woman involved in an accident had admitted to breaking into several cars at the school at 170 Riverside Ave.

Lt. David Farrell said a Fairfield officer investigating the accident spotted several GPS units and various electronic accessories in plain view. When questioned, Sullivan gave evasive answers.

Upon examination, it was deteremined that one of the GPS units belonged to a party who lived in Westport, Farrell said.

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Cops: ‘Family Friend’ Nabbed in Thefts

Officers arrested a Westport woman who on several occasions had sneaked into her friend’s Clinton Avenue home during the early morning hours and helped herself to cash in the victim’s purse, police said today. Image
Elizabeth Rose: caught on camera. Westport Police photo

Elizabeth Rose, 50, of 67 Old Road, upon her arrest Tuesday was charged with sixth-degree larceny and first-degree burglary for four incidents going back to March.

After the first incident, the victim and her husband installed video surveillance that eventually identified the suspect, police said.

“Upon checking the surveillance footage, the complainant observed a female enter the home office at 4:43 a.m. and take money from the purse,” Lt. David Farrell said about an incident that had occurred in June.

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Three-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital Image
A three-car crash today in front of Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic at the busy intersection of Bulkley Avenue and Post Road East was tied up following the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Routine Stop Nets Narcotics Arrest

An Easton man was arrested for narcotics possession, drug paraphernalia and interfering with an officer after his vehicle was stopped on Myrtle Avenue, police said today. Image
Cavan Devine: held on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Cavan Devine, 24, tried to run from the scene while his vehicle was being searched early Tuesday morning, but he was quickly apprehended, according to Lt. David Farrell.

“As the driver, identified as Cavan Devine, was looking for the paperwork, registration, proof of insurance requested by the officer, a second officer noticed a glass smoking pipe in plain view,” Farrell said.

“The pipe in question is of the type routinely used to smoke illegal narcotics.”

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016:

Jayne Nesbitt Millard to David and Jennifer Harvey, 154 Hillspoint Road, $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

10 Gray Lane Assoc. LLC to SSR Properties LLC, 10 Gray Lane, $1,525,000

Ralph and Tina Deangelis to Mark Belcarz and Pamela Valentino, 40 Old Road, $920,000

Elizabeth S. Lewin to 22 Long Lots Lane LLC, 22 Long Lots Lane, $550,000

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Town’s Holiday Giving Program Underway

Westport Human Services Director Sarah Heath announced today that her department will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.   

“Over the years, the generosity of volunteer donors has made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children, families and seniors in our town,” said Heath.

“We hope that Westporters will continue to support their neighbors, as our department continues to see residents coping with foreclosures, layoffs and reduced work hours.”

Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - WHS Holiday Market
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Tumblr
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Fanfiction Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub: Grades K-12
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - SPED Movie Night: “School of Rock”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players: “The Music Man”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Special Touchdown Image
It was a special night tonight for Dylan Curran, 16, a special needs student at Staples High School, where he is freshman football team manager. During the halftime break in a freshman home game against Greenwich, teammates gave a suited-up Dylan the football and he scored a touchdown, much to the delight of all who watched. It was a highlight for the Wreckers, who fell to Greenwich 34-13. Dylan had a similar special experience a year ago as a student at Bedford Middle School. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


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Star Treatment for Team Manager Image
Staples High School freshman football players carry off the field assistant team manager Dylan Curran, 16, tonight during halftime in a home game against Greenwich. The players had Dylan, a special needs student, suit up for the game, and he scored a touchdown in a special play they arranged. Proud parents Staci and Jim Curran were among a joyous crowd that watched the doings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


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