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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Cleaning Up Dead Man’s Brook

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Staples High School seniors Nathan Francis, Taylor Jacobs, and Rachel Labarre today helped out in the clean uo Dead Man’s Brook near the Westport Woman’s Club. It was one of the activities planned this weekend as part of the GreenDay initiative by the Staples Green Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Saturday,  May 3, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church - 20th annual Water Rat Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m. - noon - Westport Woman’s Club - Volunteer Clean Up of Dead Man’s Brook
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - TEDxWestportLibrary Conference on Rethinking Libraries
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earthplace - Greenday
10 a.m. - noon - 4 Elaine Road - Tours and open house at Westport Water Pollution Control Facility
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Green Day Celebration with Square Foot Gardening Workshop & May Pole Dance
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “The Fantasticks”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Song at Twilight” Opening Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Clive Davis: Not Aware ‘Westport a Rock & Roll Hotbed’

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Music industry legend Clive Davis was guest tonight at the Westport Library’s Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Bedford Middle School. Davis, scanning the sold out audience of more than 800, quipped, “I was never fully aware what a rock and roll hotbed Westport is.” Davis, 82, delighted the audience with anecdotes and occasional music from his career that has won him five Grammys and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Questioning a Music Industry Legend

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Audience members line up tonight to question record industry producer Clive Davis at the Malloy Lecture for the Arts at Bedford Middle School sponsored by the Westport Library. Davis appeared in conversation with Anthony DeCurtis, co-author with Davis of the producer’s memoir, “The Soundtracks of My Life,” published last year.The Brooklyn-born Davis attributed to his success to his education, noting that he was a scholarship student at New York University and Harvard Law School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Signing a Book for a Fan

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Clive Davis, the legendary music producer who was featured at tonight’s Malloy Lecture for the Arts at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, chats with a fan while signing copies of his memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Clive Davis Brings Along Latest ‘Find’

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Among those in the audience tonght for the Malloy Lecture in the Arts with legendary music producer Clive Davis was his latest “find,” Branden “Avery” Wilson, 18. Wilson, a Hamden native, wowed judges on NBC’s hit reality talent show “The Voice” and later auditioned for Davis, who signed him to a contract and played a short excerpt of his singing tonight for the audience. Avery is pictured with his father, Gramen Wilson, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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A Sell Out for Clive Davis in Westport

Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library Malloy Lecture in the Arts featuring famed record producer Clive Davis at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. The event was sold out with more than 800 in attendance. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Friday, May 02, 2014

GreenDay Events Set for Weekend

Club Green at Westport’s Staples High School is sponsoring GreenDay this weekend with a variety of events to promote sustainable living.

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The effort is a successor to the club’s Ecofest, a festival held the past several years at the Levitt Pavilion to promote sustainable living while featuring local music, food, vendors, and businesses.

Because of construction of a new Levitt Pavilion and loss of use of that site, the club decided to retire Ecofest and instead put a new spin on promoting sustainability in Westport.

On Saturday, the day will kick off with a 9 a.m. to noon clean up of Dead Man’s Brook near the Westport Woman’s Club. Volunteers are asked to report to the lower parking lot at 44 Imperial Ave.

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Westport Property Transfers April 14 - 18, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 14 - 18, 2014:

Barton Waxman Revocable Living Trust to James C. and Laura C Pendergast, 15 Rumpenmile Ave., $450,000WNproperty.jpg

Cynthia N Heinze and Susan R. Scharf Trusts to Daniel W. and Kelly Merton, 26 Vani Court, $346,000

Robert G. Brody to Amy M. Ruda, 217 North Ave., $1,020,000

Susan E. Filonuk to Lisa Lampert, 10 Compo Hill Ave., $1,705,000

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Celebrating a Life Saved at Bedford Middle School

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Westport’s Bedford Middle School today hosted an event celebrating the saving of the life of Adam Greenlee (l), 11. On Jan. 14, the sixth grader fell ill while in gym class and was unresponsive. Two school nurses responded and began CPR while Principal Adam Rosen grabbed the school’s AED defibrillator. Following the protocols they learned in training, they shocked Adam’s heart back into rhythm. Two Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiologists honored the school staff as well as police, fire, and EMS personnel who responded to the call. With Adam are his parents, Adam Sr. and Rene, and siblings Alex, 8, and Abby, 11 both Long Lots Elementary School students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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A Thank You for Life-Saving Efforts

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Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital cardiologist Robert Elder (l) presents a proclamation to Adam Rosen, principal of Bedford Middle School, today honoring the school’s staff, a police officer, two firefighters, and EMS personnel for their life-saving efforts for 11-year old Adam Greenlee. The sixth grader went into cardiac arrest at the school on Jan. 14 but was revived through team efforts using an AED. Elder and fellow cardiologist Alan Friedman cared for Adam at the hospital. They addressed the importance and growing need for AEDs in schools and proper training so children remain safe in the school environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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All the Training Pays Off

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Adam Greenlee, 11, poses with Westport Police officer Casey Mezerewski today at Bedford Middle School where Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital cardiologists honored school staff and first responders for saving Adam’s life last January when he went into cardiac arrest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Commemorating a Life Saved

Scenes from today’s Bedford Middle School ceremony honoring school staff and first responders for saving the life of Adam Greenlee, 11, after he went into cardiac arrest in January. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Getting Ready for Castles in the Sand

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Members of Westport’s Homes With Hope committee and volunteers for the 13th annual Castles in the Sand fundraiser gathered at Compo Beach today to organize final details for the Saturday, May 10 event noon to 4 p.m. Homes with Hope president Jeff Wieser (2nd r) said the event sponsors are Gault Energy and Stone,which provides the sand, Kowalsky Brothers, which provides the “heavy lifting,” and Joey’s by the Shore, which provides the ice cream and water. Wieser said lots, priced at $100 and $300, are available at http://www.hwhct.org. Pictured with Wieser are (l-r) Megan Donaher, Gwen Baker, Meredith Donaher, Bill Hess, Jeanie Gurnari and Erin Falvey. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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New CT Budget Deal Delays Tax Breaks, Dumps Keno

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Arielle Levin Becker, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders today announced a tentative budget deal that postpones tax relief for teachers and consumers, repeals the launch of keno and relies on tens of millions of dollars in questionable assumptions about savings.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, and Senate President Don Williams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Full details of the agreement –- the product of hectic last-minute negotiations to counter shrinking tax revenue projections this week—were not released during a late morning press conference at the Capitol. Malloy’s budget director, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, confirmed that the agreement preserves $70 million in new grants to cities and towns, but that it suspends a new, $9 million tax break for municipalities.

The deal also cuts about $20 million over several years from a new initiative to shore up the finances of the merged public college and university system.

And this year’s budget surplus, once projected at $505 million but reduced this week to $43 million, would be deposited in the emergency reserve, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

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Water Rat Pancake Breakfast Set for Saturday

The 20th annual Water Rat Pancake Breakfast take place on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Branson Hall at Christ and Holy Trinity Church (next door to the Family Y).

Members of the Water Rat Senior Team will be the servers for the all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee/tea/hot chocolate breakfast.

Proceeds go to the 2014 Water Rat Y National Team.

The cost is $8 per person for adults and children 13 and over; $5 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children 5 and under.


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Levitt Sets Sail

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Construction of a sail-like structure over the stage of the new Levitt Pavilion for the Peforming Arts was under way today. Completion is still on schedule for a July opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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May Debuts With a Clear Sky Sunset

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Thursday’s first day of May sunset as viewed from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com


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Friday,  May 2, 2014

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artist Talks
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Friday Film Series: “Wonderful World of Westport”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Tiny Miracles Foundation “A Night of Miracles” Gala
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) - Westport Library Malloy Lecture in the Arts: Clive Davis
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 100 - Probate Judge Lisa Wexler: Mental Illness & the Probate Court
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “The Fantasticks”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Song at Twilight”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Enjoying ‘A Taste of Westport’

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- Alex Rosado, executive chef of Westport’s Post 154 Restaurant offers, samplings tonight to guests at the 10th annual Taste of Westport fundraiser event for CLASP Homes at the Westport Inn. The Westport-based nonprofit serves persons with autism and related developmental disabilities in group homes in Westport and neighboring towns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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A Taste of Sushi for First Selectman

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight samples some sushi from Westport’s Matsu Sushi restaurant at the Taste of Westport CLASP Homes fundraiser at the Westport Inn. Marpe read a proclamation at the event marking the 10th anniversary of the popular chance to sample food from Westport restaurants.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Sampling for a Good Cause

Scenes from tonight’s Taste of Westport benefit for CLASP Homes at the Westport Inn. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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P&Z Clears Another Hurdle in Kemper-Gunn House Move

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight by a vote of 6 to 0 with 1 abstention (Chairman Chip Stephens) approved a special permit and site plan application to move the Kemper-Gunn House from 35 Church Lane to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. The action clears another regulatory hurdle to move the 1895-built house in August to make way for the Bedford Square development of the current Westport Weston Family Y building. Picture is a computer rendering of how the house will look on its new site.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic


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GOP Relies on Malloy ‘Gimmick’ to Balance its Budget Plan

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Faced with shrinking state tax receipts, minority Republican legislators today grudgingly used one of the largest “gimmicks” they had chastised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for in their latest budget proposal.

The GOP caucuses in the House and Senate unveiled a plan that relies on refinancing the state’s 2009 operating debt to remain in balance – an option they refused to include in a budget they proposed just two weeks ago.

Republican leaders defended their new budget, noting that regardless of what they proposed, Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the legislature’s majority already have begun refinancing that debt.

“Governor Malloy’s budget has come apart at the seams, sending everyone back to the drawing board with just one week remaining in the legislative session,” said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Smoke Eating at Country Gardens

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A firefighter inspects a greenhouse where flames broke out late today at Izzo & Son Country Gardens, 1431 Post Road East. The fire was quickly knocked down and damage was confined to plastic sheeting and its frame.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Garden Center Fire Causes Slight Damage

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Quick work by Westport firefighters late today limited damage when flames broke out and Izzo & Son Country Gardens, 1431 Post Road East. The fire was contained to a rear greenhouse and plastic sheeting above the flowers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Flames Among the Flowers

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Westport fireifghters late today quickly extinguished flames which broke out in a nursery greenhouse at Izzo & Son Country Gardens, 1431 Post Road East. The fire damaged plastic sheeting hanging over flowers in the greenhouse, causing the sheeting to drop on the flowers.The fire was traveling across the ceiling upon arrival, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. He said first arriving firefighters from Engine Co. 5 in Greens Farms quickly knocked down the flames. Cause of the blaze was under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. Post Road East from Turkey Hill to Maple Avenue was shut down while firefighters were on the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Official Start to Beach Season—Car Emblems Required

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The rain finally gave way to sunshine today, just in time for the official May 1 start of the Westport beach season. Car emblems are required for beach entry beginning today. They may be purchased online here or in persons and the Parks & Recreation office at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Westport-Based Travel Series Gets 3 Emmy Nominations

Westport-based television travel series “Born to Explore with Richard Wiese” today was nominated for three Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The weekly travel/adventure series, produced on Westport’s Main Street, is featured on ”Litton’s Weekend Adventure” and airs Saturday mornings on ABC stations.

The show was recognized with nominations in three categories: Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel Program; Outstanding Special Class Writing, and Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program. The 41st Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards gala will be held on June 20 in Los Angeles.

The Emmy nominations came after the series won 11 Telly Awards last month and its second consecutive Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Award in January. In 2012 and 2013, the series earned three Daytime Emmy nominations and won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Cinematography. 


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Jane D. Doucette, 95

Jane Frances DeMaria Doucette of Milford, formerly of Westport and Bridgeport, died April 30 at the Golden Hill Care Center in Milford. She was 95.

She was born and raised in Westport’s Saugatuck area and moved to Bridgeport after completing her education to become a licensed practical nurse.

She retired from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport with more than 30 years of service. Through the years, she gave comfort and care to many friends and relatives in time of need applying her nursing skills, her family said.

She is survived by one son; Leonard Mobilio of West Yarmouth, Mass.,, two grandchildren; Lisa Gallegan and her husband Joseph and Deanna Flanagan, four great grandchildren Taylor and Morgan Gallegan and Megan and Brian Flanagan, two sisters; Gloria Licari and Angie Macaluso, one brother; Samuel DeMaria and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Carrie DeMaria, her daughter-in-law Jane Mobilio, one sister; Nettie Rietano and four brothers; Frank, Joseph, Jack and Nicholas DeMaria.

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