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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Gallery: Chowdafest 2016


Scenes from today’s Chowdafest at Sherwood Island State Park. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Earthplace Fall Fest 2016


Scenes from today’s Fall Fest 2016 at Westport’s Earthplace. Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Ride ‘Em Cowgirl

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Faye Bailey, 9, a fourth grade student at Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School, rides the mechanical bull today at the Earthplace Fall Fest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Fall Fest Hay Ride

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Families today enjoy a hay ride around the Earthplace sanctuary at Fall Fest 2016. The event was held at their 10 Woodside Lane property and included games, activities, and crafts for all ages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Slinging Apples

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Earthplace Executive Director Tony McDowell today assists Rainia Razzano, 6, in using the apple slingshot at Earthplace’s Fall Fest 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Not Child’s Play

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Westport was represented at this weekend’s World Maker Faire New York. Mark McCrate (l) of Norwalk with Yoe Nunez (c) and Orlando Fonseca (r) both of Westport, built and raced their “Power Racer” at the event that promoters say attracted close to 100,000 attendees. Power Racers are miniature electric cars that are built using children’s toy vehicles. The teams can spend no more than $500 on each car and are limited to the amount of electricity they can use.  The World Maker Faire New York continues today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 2, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Festival
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - ChowdaFest
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Planning Your Novel
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Enjoying a Compo Drive-In Movie

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About 100 cars and their passengers tonight enjoyed the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters” drive-in style at Compo Beach, courtesy of the Westport Cinema Imitative (WCI) and Homes With Hope. Among them were members of the Gusick family and their friends. Sandy Lefkowitz, WCI executive director, said the evening was a success thanks to those who attended, the Parks and Recreation Department, and Joey’s By the Shore, which supplied the popcorn. “The one sad note was some young person dropped a stuffed elephant in the parking lot and the elephant is waiting to be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Soccer Shuts Out Westhill

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Disciplined, strong, smart and creative soccer today earned Staples a 2-0 victory over Westhill of Stamford. A large Loeffler Field crowd enjoyed an entertaining match, highlighted by Anton Mahr’s one-touch finish of Daniel Reid’s cross, and Spencer Daniel’s powerful shot off Thomas Nealon’s feed. Pictured is sophomore Gabe Baltierra, who along with Chris Martenson, Sam Kantor, Teddy Lawrence and Matteo Broccolo make up the Wreckers’ back line. Staples, now 4-2-3, hosts Brien McMahon on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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They’re Back

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Dogs and their owners returned to Compo Beach today with a new walkway to greet them. Dogs have been banned from the beach since April 1.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Dogs Allowed Back at Compo

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Carrie Shope, a resident in the Compo Road South area, today walks Daphne, a 1-1/2 year old golden retriever, on the first day of the season that dogs are allowed on Compo Beach. “During the summer we’re regulars at Winslow Park,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Parkinson Disease Fundraiser Walk at Sherwood Island

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More than 100 persons participated today in the third annual Connecticut American Parkinson Disease Assoociation (APDA)  Optimism Walk at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park, according to Marlane Argianas (l) of Shelton, event co-chair. With her is Lynn Hagerbrand of New Canaan, co-chair, who said she is afflicted with Parkinson Disease.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Riding the Waves

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Chris Lawler of Norwalk enjoys paddle boarding in the Compo Beach waves today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Starting Sunday, Restaurant Week(s) Seen as ‘Win Win’

Designed so that Westport’s restaurants can showcase their fare at customer friendly prices, Restaurant Week (actually two weeks) opens Sunday and runs through Oct. 16.

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This year 25 eateries are participating, offering fixed price meals and cocktails “to suit any foodie’s interest and pocketbook,” says Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s all part of the continuing ‘Eat Local’ campaign to promote area restaurants, which began two weeks ago with the Slice of Saugatuck,” Mandell said.

“Our restaurants have embraced this event wholeheartedly, making it very robust,” he added about the participating moderate, family style to high end establishments. “People will need the two weeks.”

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Saturday, October 1, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
11 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 3rd Annual CT APDA Parkinsons Disease Optimism Walk
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Woodside Bash
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Clusterfunk w/ E2 & TBA
7 p.m. - Compo Beach - Homes with Hope/Westport Cinema Initiative “Ghostbusters” Drive In
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, September 30, 2016

CT Budget Closes in Deficit Again; Little Reserves Left for This Year

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut today officially closed its second consecutive fiscal year in deficit, shrinking its budget reserve to a low level as threats of another shortfall loom.

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo certified a $170.4 million deficit for the 2015-16 fiscal year, a gap equal to 1.5 percent of General Fund spending. (Though the last fiscal year ended June 30, the comptroller cannot close the books until late September, since certain tax receipts received over the summer are applied to the prior budget.)

Lembo must again cover the deficit by drawing from the rainy day fund, which will be left with just $235.6 million. The new reserve is less than half of what Connecticut had before the consecutive annual deficits. More importantly it leaves Connecticut with a fiscal cushion equal to just 1.3 percent of annual operating costs.

The comptroller recommends a rainy day fund of 15 percent, given the large fluctuations in state income tax receipts Connecticut traditionally faces in very good and very poor economic times.

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Comings & Goings: Boca Restaurant Opens Monday

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Boca Restaurant & Bar, 43 Main St., will officially open on Monday, according to Chef Luis Arias (above).  The wide ranging menu of Italy, Spain and France cuisine includes tapas, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, paella, seafood, chicken and meat plates. The new establishment is located in the space formerly occupied by Acqua Ristorante Mediterraneo for 20 years. Owned by East Norwalk resident Revision Bonfim, the daily hours are 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. -10:30 p.m. for dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 12 - 16, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 12 -16, 2016:

James A. and Armelle Pouriche-Daniels Jr. to David and Kerri Rosenthal, 287 Sturges Highway, $1,780,000WNproperty.jpg

Leonard and Cathleen Sherman to David and Suzanne Knesich, 2 Gordon Lane, $1,240,000

Arthur S. Tolentino to Vanbrodt Estates LLC, 5 Ridgewood Lane, $575,000

Richard M. and Lura Paschal to Marcia Lesser, 3 Charcoal Hill Common, $1,375,000

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Friday, September 30, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Balance Day: Learn about fall prevention
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Twitter
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Teen Gaming Night w/ WPL
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Camping with Henry & Tom”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

P&Z Says Yes to Elm Street Land Swap

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight voted 6 to 0 with 1 abstention to give a positive report on a planned Elm Street land swap that would net the town nine additional parking spaces downtown.

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This building housing the Villa Del Sol Restaurant at 35 Elm St. would be razed and swapped for part of the town-owned parking lot across the street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The positive report is the first step allowing developer David Waldman to put up a $7 million building on a piece of the town’s Baldwin Parking Lot at 36 Elm St. in exchange for property he has an option to buy at 35 Elm St. across the street.

Waldman, principal of David Adam Realty who is heading the nearby Bedford Square Pproject, also owns the historic Kemper Gunn House relocated to the town lot three years ago.

Frist Selectman Jim Marpe has been supporting the land swap and two weeks ago requested a positive P&Z endorsement. Marpe has been bullish on the plan since the town would gain nine parking space in the parking-stressed downtown.

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Reception Marks Opening of Political Memorabilia Display

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At a reception tonight, Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen look at a dispay of some of Larry’s poliircal memorabilia, which has gone on display in the Riverwalk display cases on the ground level near the McManus Room. The collection is called “Remember to Vote November 8” and will remain on display through Nov. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joan Lunden Welcomes Guests to Pink Aid Luncheon

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Television personality Joan Lunden, a breast cancer survivor, today was featured speaker at the sixth annual Pink Aid luncheon and fashion show. at Mitchells of Westport. She told the crowd: “I’m cancer-free every day of the week. I fought like a warrior. I wanted to hold on.” Pink Aid’s mission is to help underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening to women in financial need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Warm Welcome From the Ladies

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The fashion show was the highlight of today’s sixth annual Pink Aid luncheon at Mitchells of Westport to support breast cancer patients and survivors. The male models received an especially warm welcome. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: 2016 Pink Aid Luncheon and Fashion Show


Scenes from today’s sixth annual Pink Aid luncheon and fashion show at Mitchells of Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chowdafest Set for Sunday

Five Westport restaurants will square off against scores of others from throughout the state and region in the eighth annual New England Chowdafest competition set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Roz Carpentieri helped out son Steve at the Dunville’s booth last year. The Westport restaurant won first place in the traditional chowder competition with its Manhattan chowder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s nice to see Westport so well represented” said Jim Keenan, director of the event designed to raise funds to fight regional hunger.

“Chowdafest started in Westport eight years ago, and the town loves getting up for some great chowder, soup and bisque,” he added.

Keenan said that each year the event has attracted “thousands of discernible foodies from all over the tri-state and New England area.”

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