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Monday, June 03, 2013

All Gone: 8 Danbury Ave.

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The house at Westport’s 8 Danbury Ave. in the Compo Beach section, was demolished today. Built in 1928, the 1 1/2-story bungalow had 1,452 square feet, was situated on a .1-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 25, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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GMO Labeling Advocates Turn Focus to Other States

By Arielle Levin Becker


Shortly after the bill they endorsed got pulled “out of the legislative graveyard,” the grass-roots network of advocates pushing for labels on genetically engineered food gathered today to cheer about it.

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Advocates for labeling genetically engineered food declare victory today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reminds them what’s next. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed up and congratulated them. But, characteristically, he pointed to the next thing on the agenda.

“You better go win in some other states right now,” Malloy told the crowd.

Advocates lauded the bill’s passage in the Senate Saturday and the House today as a groundbreaking win. But under its terms, the requirement that food containing genetically modified organisms be labeled won’t occur until a “trigger” is met: Four other states in the Northeast with a population of 20 million must pass a similar law, and one of those four must border Connecticut.

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Lautenberg Funeral Set; Daughter a Westport Resident

Funeral services for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey will be held Wednesday at a New York City synagogue. His survivors include a daughter, Ellen Lautenberg Hendel of Westport.

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Westporter Ellen Lautenberg Hendel with her father. File photo

The 89-year-old Lautenberg, a multimillionaire businessman and the last World War II veteran remaining in the Senate, died early today at a New York hospital after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

The funeral is planned for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan.

Then Rabbi David Lincoln of Park Avenue Synagogue performed Lautenberg’s 2004 wedding ceremony to Bonnie S. Englebardt. (See WestportNow Jan. 28, 2004)  Lautenberg’s first marriage ended in divorce. It was also the second marriage for Englebardt, a widow.

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Lawmakers Want Slot Machines in Their Cities

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


Tired of watching neighboring states expanding gambling while Connecticut’s revenue from the casinos steadily declines, a handful of Democratic legislators today threw their support behind allowing 7,500 slot machines to open in Bridgeport, New Haven and Windsor Locks.

“The tide of competition has just begun to rise,” said Sen. Andres Ayala Jr., D-Bridgeport, the vice chairman of the Public Safety and Security Committee. “This is about us being proactive.”

But gambling opponents seized the group’s press conference to vent about the state budget approved by the House over the weekend, which expands gambling in the state by allowing Keno games for the first time in facilities outside the state’s two casinos.

“We feel thrown under the bus… No one has looked at the social cost,” Mary Drexler, the executive director of the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, told the six legislators during the press conference at the state Capitol.

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06/03/13 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wet Going

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Heavy rains today flooded the Metro-North underpass on Westport’s Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Heavy Rains Flood Roadways

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Traffic on Post Road East in front of The Fresh Market was down to one lane today because of flooding caused by heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Westport and area until 11:30 a.m.


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Backyard Stroll

Westport resident Luke Foreman took this video of a black bear in a backyard near Westport’s Bayberry Lane on Saturday. Luke Foreman for WestportNow.com


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Monday, June 3, 2013

10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Center for Senior Activities Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
7 p.m. – Staples High School Room 1025C – Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - David Burstein, “Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World”
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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WN on the Scene: Istanbul Protests

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WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During was on the scene today in Istanbul, Turkey where violent protests are posing the most serious challenge yet to the decade-long rule of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “There was tear gas, a cacaphony of beeping horns, and red flags draped over cars,” she said. Having just arrived from Venice where she attended the 2013 Venice Biennale art fair, Klisser During said as her car got caught up in demonstrations, “I felt a bit out of place—dressed for dinner in a white dress, gold jewels, and with two cameras and a cell phone.” But following her journalistic instincts, she managed to get a few shots. She was not the first WestportNow photographer to get caught up in foreign street protests.Two years ago, Dave Matlow was on the scene in Athens as protesters demonstrated as Greece’s parliament prepared to vote on new austerity measures. (See WestportNow June 15, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Turkish Troubles

Street protests went into their third day today in Istanbul,Turkey where WestportNow contributing photograher Helen Klisser During found herself caught up in the action. The mood at the protests in Taksim Square was one of celebration for much of the day, until the police fired tear gas on protesters in the Besiktas neighborhood. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During


06/03/13 02:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fun at Toast the Tour After Party

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Following Sunday’s Westport Historical Society 22ndannual Hidden Garden Tour today, there was a Toast the Tour After party in the greenhouse at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens. Click here for more photos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, June 02, 2013

A Garden Hidden No Longer

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Guests of the Westport Historical Society visited this garden and others today on the 22nd annual Hidden Garden Tour. Click here for more pictures of gardens on the tour.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Black Bear Visits Tupelo Road

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A black bear visits a home on Tupelo Road Saturday night. Police urged residents to refrain from feeding or making contract with the bear. “Just leave it alone,” said a CodeRed emergency telephone notification.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeff Gray for WestportNow.com


06/02/13 06:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bayberry Visitor

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A resident justt off Westport’s Bayberry Lane spotted this black bear in her yard at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Claire Saracena for WestportNow.com


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Class of 2013 at United Methodist Church

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The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston held its Senior Recognition Banquet today for the church’s Class of 2013. Pictured (l-r) along with the schools they will be attending are: Will Horne (Boston University), Brittany Brown (UCONN), Katie Hickson (Durham University UK), Harriett Jones (University of South Carolina), Olivia Stanley (Cornell University), and Jenna Klaassen (Duke University). With them is the Rev. Edward Horne. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com


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Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium Opens Season

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TThe Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium (WAVE) opened its second season today in the commuter parking lot off of Park Street near the Saugatuck train station. Organizer Debroah Press said 71 merchants have signed up to display their wares this season. Additional markets will be held on the following Sundays: June 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. Proceeds benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Buttons, Buttons

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Buttons of all kinds were for sale at the Westport Antiques and Vintage Emporium today at the Saugatuck train station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Bargains Galore

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There was plenty to choose from today at the season opener of the Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium at the Saugatuck train station. Five more markets are set through August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Blast from the Past

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The Newtown Lions Club was at the Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium today selling $10 raffle tickets to win this 1965 Ford Mustang. Proceeds will go to aid families of the Sandy Hook shootings as well as other Lions charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contrbuted photo


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Many Dealers Came Back

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Treasures of all kinds were for sale at the Westport Antiques & Vintage Emporium today. Many dealers returned from last year, pleased with their sales record during the inaugural season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Riding the Bloomin’ Metric

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Several thousand riders took part today in the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club’s Bloomin’ 2013 Metric bike ride. Riders had a choice of three routes—25 miles, 75 kilometers (47.6 miles) or 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) along scenic roads of Fairfield County Connecticut. All stared and ended at SherwoodI Island State Park in Westport. view is of riders on North Avenue in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/02/13 02:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Difficult Choices

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A visitor to toa’s garden marketplace at the Westport Historical Society had some difficult choices to make. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Harvey L. Koizim, 86

Harvey L. Koizim of New Haven, formerly of Westport where he was a well known attorney and municipal judge, died May 31 at home. He was 86.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of Moses and Beatrice (Bernstein) Koizim. He graduated from Colby College and the Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

He practiced law in the Westport area, served as a municipal judge, and founded County Federal Savings & Loan Association. Following his retirement as CEO of County Federal, he devoted himself to numerous New Haven community nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiaries of his guidance include Artspace New Haven, CitySeed, Edgerton Park Conservancy, HOME, Inc., the Long Wharf and Shubert Theaters, New Haven Farms, and the Historic Wooster Square Association.

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06/02/13 02:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

WHS Garden Marketplace on Veterans Green

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Westport’s Veterans Green was busy early today as the Westport Historical Society hosted its garden marketplace in conjunction with its 22nd annual Hidden Garden Tour.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Browsing at Garden Marketplace

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There was much more than garden-related items at today’s westport Historical Society garden marketplace on Veterans Green.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Bridge Street Bridge Closed to Let Boat Pass

UPDATE Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge, whose formal name in the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge, was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for and hour and 45 minutes today to let a boat through, police said.

The bridge, which has been undergoing repairs, was closed to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and reopened at 10:15 a.m.

Because of the repairs, the swing bridge had to be opened and closed manually to let the boat through, police said.

This prolonged the closure to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, police said. There is no repair work being performed today.


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Bear Wanders Coleytown Area

UPDATE A black bear first spotted Saturday night in Westport’s Bayberry Lane area near Highland Road and Tupelo Road early today was tracked to Silver Brook Road in the Coleytown area, police said.

He was seen at about 6:05 a.m. around 28 Silver Brook Road, according to reports from the scene.

In an updated advisory to residents at 6:40 a.m., police said: “Black bear actively roaming in the Weston Rd area seeking residential garbage. Bear is not aggressive. Do not approach, be aware of your surroundings when outside. Take caution when letting your pets out.”

In a CodeRed telephone message to area residents Saturday night, police advised people to refrain from feeding or making contract with the bear. “Just leave it alone,” the message said.

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House Adopts $37.6 Billion Budget — Or Is It $44 Billion?

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


After an exhausting debate that began after midnight Sunday and wrapped at sunrise, the House of Representatives adopted a $37.6 billion, two-year budget that preserves municipal aid, meets a rising demand for social services, and shifts an unprecedented $6 billion out from the constitutional spending cap.

The Democrat-controlled House passed the budget 95-48 in a vote along party lines at 5:15 a.m.

The budget expands the education reform initiatives adopted last year while launching a major science and technology expansion plan at the University of Connecticut. It calls for expenditures of $18.6 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1 and $19 billion the next.

If not for a dramatic new interpretation of how Medicaid spending is counted, the bottom line next fiscal year would fall just shy of $21.5 billion, representing a 6 percent hike in the state’s operating budget. In 2014-15, the total spending would be $22.5 billion, up another 4.6 percent. Over two years, the new budget would spend $44 billion, based on the current method for reporting Medicaid spending.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

7 a.m - 9:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Sign-in for Bloomin Metric 2013 bicycle ride
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Veterans Green - Westport Historical Society Garden Marketplace
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 22nd Annual Hidden Garden Tour
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Train Station - Westport Antique & Vintage Emporium
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013” (last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Jeffrey Frank, “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage”
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Garden - Westport Historical Society Toast the Tour Party

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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