Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Westport voting places were busy late today with voters heading to the polls after work. This was the scene late today at Coleytown Middle School. Final results showed 62 percent of Westport registered voters went to the polls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
By Mark Pazniokas and Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE Two Hartford polling places will stay open an extra half hour tonight, a Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled.
Judge Carl Schuman’s order came after a number of Hartford polling places reported delayed openings this morning, preventing some voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic capital city from casting ballots.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign filed suit, asking that Hartford polls stay open an extra hour. An attorney for GOP challenger Tom Foley objected to extending the voting hours.
The two polls that will remain open are at Batchelder School, 757 New Britain Ave., and the United Methodist Church, 571 Farmington Ave.
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A glimpse of the moon late today at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport minutes before the park closed at 4:45 p.m.. Land lovers and boaters were out enjoying the summer-like temperatures in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Voter turnout remains strong with 6,558 of Westport’s 16,191 registered voters casting ballots at the town’s five polling places by 4 p.m., said Marla Cowden, Democratic Registrar of Voters.
“That’s 45 percent including the about 700 absentee ballots,” said Cowden.
She said her office had estimated a 55 to 59 percent turnout by the time the polls close tonight at 8.
“It’s been pretty consistent,” she said about the turnout. “If we hit 60 percent, that will be 5 percent more than the last time.”
The last gubernatorial race in 2010, when Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, now the incumbent governor, had a 55 percent voter turnout in Westport.
Charles Pritchard of Westport died at home Oct. 25. He was 54.
Born Jan. 14, 1960 in Hout Boy, South Africa, he grew up and resided there until moving to Westport in the early 1990s.
He was an avid seaman, sailor and boating expert and spent a few of his Westport years living on his sailboat in the Saugatuck River. He could usually be found working on a boat or out on the water near Cockenoe Island with his daughter, Schuyler, 13.
He was an artistic craftsman and inventor. His company, Pritchard Guitars, made professional, creative and very unique electric archtop guitars.
Voting turnout today at the Westport Library, one of five Westport voting venues, “has been very steady all day,” according to Wally Meyer, polling place moderator. This is the third year the library has been voting venue, replacing Kings Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Voter turnout in Westport today has been strong with about 25 percent of the electorate having voted by noon at the town’s five polling places, according to election officials.
Marla Cowden, the Democratic Registrar of Voters, said 4,181 out of the 16,191 registered voters voted by noon, “and that doesn’t include the absentees.”
There were 690 absentee ballots that had already arrived, she said.
“I would say it’s been healthy, brisk,” said Cowden. “And, the turnout projections are running in the over 50 percent range for the end of the night from what we’re seeing.”
Those who have not previously registered to vote in today’s election got their chance in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium today. Among them was Anna K.M. Godick (l). Democratic Registrar of Voters Marla Cowden (2nd l) said there were 32 day of election registrants today through mid-day. Some had gone to a polling place to vote and found they were not registered, she said, and were directed to Town Hall. This was the second year Connecticut has permitted same day voter registration. Cowden said turnout was heavy at polling places and predicted a 50 to 55 percent voter turnout in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley stopped by Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School today to greet voters and boost local Republican candidates. Pictured are (l-r) Republican Town Committee Chairman Desiree Soli, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Selectman Avi Kaner, Foley and his wife Leslie, state Rep. Gail Lavielle and state Rep. candidate Brandi Briggs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Republican Tom Foley, with polls putting him neck-and-neck with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, seemed confident today as he met with Westport Republicans outside the Saugatuck Elementary School polling place.
“Things seem to be good,” said a relaxed Foley in the company of First Selectman Jim Marpe and Second Selectman Avi Kaner. “The turnout seems to be strong, and the people in Connecticut seem to want change.
“It’s a beautiful day for change,” he added.
Foley, who voted when the polls opened in his hometown of Greenwich, said his next stops would be Fairfield, Oxford “and then back to Greenwich for a victory party.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley speaks on his cell phone today during a visit to Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School where he greeted voters and local Republicans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
James E. Myer Jr., a lifelong Westport resident who served 30 years as a Westport firefighter, died Nov. 1. He was 58.
Myer was first diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer, 10 years ago. He lost an eye to the disease and retired a short time afterward.
In a 2009 article he wrote for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he was being treated, he maintained an upbeat view and talked of his love for his vintage deluxe 1938 Ford woodie wagon he had owned since college.
In the essay, headlined “A Bump in the Road,” Myer said: “I do feel fortunate that I’m in the care of the best and the brightest doctors in the country. I still believe the best is yet to be. Go forward with your life hold your head up high, and if you see me going down the highway of life in my vintage Ford give me a wave and a thumbs-up!”
Republican challenger Brandi Briggs, seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Jonathan Steinberg in Westport’s 136th Assembly District, was out early today seeking votes at Long Lots Elementary School with two of her three children, William, 6, and Emerson, 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (c) gets some help in last minute campaigning today from (l-r) Neil Phillips, Brett Aronow, and Keith Stein outside of Saugatuck Elementary School. He is seeking his second term in the 136th District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A rainbow was sighted early today over Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond as Election Day voting got underway. Westport schools were closed today as many of the schools are polling places. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com
Election Moderator Arlene Gertzoff said there were about 20 persons waiting in line before the polls opened today at 6 a.m. at Long Lots Elementary School. “One was standing there from 5:40 a.m.,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mark Jacobs was first in line at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School waiting for the polls to open. He said he was voting early and then hoped to catch the 6:20 a.m. train to New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
With Democrats defending five open seats, Republicans have a chance to capture control of the Connecticut Senate tonight for the first time since 1994, when John G. Rowland won his first term as governor and the GOP captured a 19-17 majority.
The GOP could win the Senate, now controlled by a 22-14 Democratic majority, by capturing five Democratic seats. A GOP pickup of four seats would produce an 18-18 tie to broken by the lieutenant governor.
Winning four seats would give Republicans the Senate if the GOP ticket of Tom Foley and Heather Bond Somers also wins. In that case, Somers would break ties, presumably in favor of her fellow Republicans.
With a Democratic majority of 98-53, the House is not considered in play.
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Westport Public Schools are closed.
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - various locations - Polls are open; click here to find your polling place
8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Writing From Life: a Memoir Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Adoptive Parents Committee Teen Panel Talk
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, November 03, 2014
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Board of Selectmen, acting in its role of the town’s Traffic Authority, voted unanimously tonight against a petition to install a speed hump on Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores area.
Their decision at an unusual evening meeting of the board came after more than two-and-a-half hours of emotional, sometimes contentious input from parties on both sides of the issue. The topic drew about 50 to the Town Hall auditorium.
Petition supporters said the humps, actually termed speed tables, would slow down drivers who put children and adults at risk by going more than 40 mph in the 25 mph zone.
Speed tables are different from old styled speed humps in that they are 10 feet wide and have six-foot rises and declines on both sides. The result is less of a jolt for drivers doing the speed limit, explained Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.
Janet Tutusko of 8 Harbor Road (at podium), the lead petitioner for a speed hump, points out the desired Saugatuck Shores location on a map at a special Board of Selectmen meeting tonight. The board rejected the request on a 3-0 vote. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jeera, Little Thai Kitchen, will open at 165 Post Road East, next to Finalmente Trattoria, within a month, according to owner Darapon Souri Vong (above). A Branford resident who said her friends call her by her nickname, Pook, she said she also operates a restaurant by the same name in New Haven, which she opened three years ago. “I learned my cooking skills and the restaurant business from my parents,” she said, adding she worked for 10 years at their Thai restaurant in Guilford. Souri Vong said the 900-square foot restaurant will, in addition to have seating for 20 to 30, offer take-out and catering services. “Our specialties are curry and noodle dishes,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy (l) and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (c) enjoy a laugh tonight with Westport Democratic Town Chairman John Hartwell at an election eve rally at Westport Democratic headquarters, 68 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Democrats held an election eve rally tonight at their headquarters, 68 Post Road East, boosted by visits from U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, as well as local legislative candidates. All said that turnout was the key to victory in Tuesday’s election and urged supporters to get out the vote until 8 p.m. when the polls close. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Staples Boys Soccer team shut out East Hartford 3-0 at East Hartford today to advance into Wednesday’s second round of the Class LL tournament. Wrecker Josh Berman scored two goals –- both headers, and both off long throws from Gabe Pensak -– while Nate Argosh added another in the tourney opening round. The Wreckers’s win over higher-rated East Hartford was accomplished with excellent defense from Michael Reid, Patrick Beusse, Kenji Goto, Jack Zeldes, Berman and Pensak, plus fine goalkeeping from Noah Schwaeber. The victory vaults No. 19 Staples into Wednesday’s second round, against No. 3 West Haven (tentative time, 2 p.m.in West Haven). The photo shows striker Daniel Perez Elorza as the match winds down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
The Westport Center for Senior Activities today hosted a concert by Westporter Sarah Ferro, which she titled “Autumn in New York.” It included songs by Kander and Ebb, Sammy Cahn, Kurt Weill and Harry Chapin, among others. Fellow Westporter Heather Hamilton from the Saugatuck Church staff accompanied her on the piano. They told the audience that this was like a dress rehearsal for their show on Saturday at Manhattan’s The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com