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Monday, November 03, 2014

Preparing for Pop-Up Art Show

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Members of the Westport Artists Collective were busy at the Westport Arts Center today preparing for the annual Member Pop-up Show opening with a reception on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.  The show will feature smaller works (18-inches by 18-inches or less) from artists from Fairfield County. The works will be on display until Sunday at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/14 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Crumbs Bake Shop Reopens

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Crumbs Bake Shop has reopened on Westport’s Taylor Place opposite the Westport Library after having suddenly closed in July when the firm declared bankruptcy (see WestportNow, July 8, 2014.)  An employee said that a grand reopening celebration is planned but the date has not yet been announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/14 04:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Perfect Day for Stroll

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It was a perfect day today for a stroll at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/14 03:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cops: Motor Vehicle Stop Nets Jewel Thief

A motor vehicle stop on the Sherwood Island Connector Friday morning led to the arrest of a Cos Cob man for stealing jewelry from a Stamford woman, Westport Police said today.

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Kristopher Chimblo: released on promise to appear. Westport Police photo

According to Capt. Vincent Penna, Kristopher Chimblo, 26, was charged with fifth-degree larceny following a motor vehicle stop after the officer spotted the “a quantity of jewelry,” some of which had information identifying its owner. Penna said the owner was contacted, confirming that the jewelry had been taken.

Penna said Chimblo was released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court today on the larceny charge.

However, he was immediately held on a “remand to custody” order put in place by Connecticut Department of Corrections’ Parole Division, police said.

   

11/03/14 01:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Bonjo Coffee Bar to Railroad Place

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Bonjo Coffee Bar opened today at Railroad Place across from the Westport Metro-North station in the space previously occupied by Cocoa Michele. The new eatery will serve coffee from freshly roasted beans plus pastries and bagels. Hours are Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.bonjocoffee.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/14 01:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Leads Foley by 3 in Final Quinnipiac Poll

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Buoyed by a solidifying Democrat base and divided unaffiliateds, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened a three-point lead today over Republican Tom Foley in a Quinnipiac University poll that’s likely to be the last word on Connecticut’s race for governor until the polls close Tuesday night.

The poll released this morning had the first-term Democratic incumbent leading 47 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, with seven percent undecided. Eleven percent of voters who expressed a preference said they could change their mind.

Malloy’s lead is within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 28 through Sunday, the day that conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti quit the race to endorse Foley, so the poll does not reflect the race’s changing dynamic.

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11/03/14 11:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Geraldine Munce, 92

Geraldine Munce nee Conover of Westport, wife of well known artist Howard Munce, died Oct. 18 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.

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Geraldine Munce: married 64 years. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

She had lived in Westport with her husband for 60 years.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 28, 1922, she attended Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, and Junior College. She lived with her family on Avenue T until she married.

The couple met at the Young & Rubicam advertising agency. He was a cub copywriter and she was the head secretary for the copy department. They were married May 20, 1950 in Brooklyn, moved to New York City, then to Westport where they raised their family.

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11/03/14 11:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

David D. Doran, 62

David D. Doran, Jr. of South Sutton, N.H., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 30. He was 62.

He was born in Summit, N.J. on May 5, 1952 the son of David D. and Patricia (Culbertson) Doran, Sr. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and attended college in Boston.

He was an independent contractor working in the Lake Sunapee Region. He was also a talented bass player with the local band, Night Kitchen. He had resided in Sutton since 1969.

He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia and a sister, Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Christine (Dunphy) Doran of South Sutton; a son, Jason Doran of Sutton; a granddaughter, Hayle; his father and stepmother, David and Elaine Doran, Sr. of Florida; a sister and her husband, Deborah and Mark McCowen of San Diego, Calif.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Sage and Lee Morton of Orange; a stepson and his wife, Stephen and Christine Makowsky of Anchorage, Alaska; six step-grandchildren; a niece, Patricia Scala; cousins; a stepsister, Allison Nussbaum McCoy and a stepbrother, Jonathan Nussbaum.

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11/03/14 10:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Uh-Oh

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The 6:55 a.m. train out of Westport to Grand Central Terminal today stopped at East Norwalk where only doors on the center cars are supposed to open because of the short platform. But doors on at least one car not at the platform opened as well. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Charles Carey for WestportNow.com

   

11/03/14 08:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Fall Colors

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Westport’s Longshore Club Park was still retaining its fall colors on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, November 3, 2014


10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Center for Senior Activities Policy & Planning Board
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Commission Parking Sub-committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Special Board of Selectmen Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long-range Planning Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

High Winds Bring Down Trees, Power Lines

UPDATE High winds today brought down trees and power lines across Westport.

Connecticut Light and Power Company reported 89 Westport customers without power at 11 p.m., down from a high earlier of 302.

Police and fire units responded to downed trees and power lines on Greens Farms Road, Cross Highway, and Compo Road North, among others.

A National Weather Service Wind Advisory for Westport and area expired at 7 p.m.

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11/02/14 11:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wreckers Second in East Shore Fall League

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After two months of baseball, the Westport Wreckers 12s placed second out of a 19-team division in the East Shore Fall League. Pictured are: (front row): Derrick Adelkopf, Justin Lessing, Josh Lapping, Cameron Manna, Matt Flynn and Carter Kelsey; (second row): Ethan Selby, Mark Roskowski, Jake Gersh, Mitch Price, Justin Rothenberg, and Quinn Jumper; (back row): Assistant Coach Ian Burns and Head Coach Dennis Accomando. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/02/14 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Obama’s Here, Visconti’s Gone and Polls open Tuesday

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Bridgeport—President Obama dropped in on Connecticut’s race for governor today, a day when the political winds shifted: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got a bump in two polls, and independent Joe Visconti dropped out to endorse Republican Tom Foley.

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President Obama and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at the Bridgeport rally today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Obama weathered heckling by immigration activists, holding up his hand for silence, allowing them to be heard –- for a while. And he began to laugh at the noisy, joyous interruptions by those who came to see him at Bridgeport’s Central High School and answer his call to turn out Tuesday for Malloy.

“Hold on a second. This is a rowdy crowd today,” Obama said, leaning forward and laughing. “Hold on, hold on.  Quiet down.  Quiet down.”

Democrats hope the president’s visit will deliver a jolt of energy to a nasty, yet strangely listless campaign that’s pitted a struggling Democratic incumbent against a Republican whose major message has been that he is not Malloy. Polls over the weekend showed Malloy with a narrow lead.

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11/02/14 05:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Presidential Visit to Bridgeport


Scenes from President Obama’s visit to Bridgeport today to rally support for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 05:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arts Center Celebrates Ella and Billie

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted a concert by the Nicole Pasternak Quartet celebrating the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Pasternak was accompanied by pianist Pete Malinverni, bassist Rusty Holloway, and drummer Tom Melito. The concert was part of the Art Center’s Lineage Jazz Series created by the late Chris Brown, local trumpeter and recording engineer. Brown had been scheduled to perform with the Quartet before his death Sept. 24. The show was dedicated to his memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Hall Focus on ‘American Jewish Story Through Cinema’

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Eric Goldman, an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and noted film educator, today led a discussion on “The American Jewish Story through Cinema” at Westport Town Hall. It was presented by the Westport Cinema Initiative in partnership with the Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County and the UJA/Federation – Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Eastern Fairfield County, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 03:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Darien Antisemitism in 1947 Film Cited at Forum

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One of the films highlighted in today’s talk on “The American Jewish Story through Cinema” at Westport Town Hall by lecturer Erc F. Goldman was the 1947 drama “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” The film is about a journalist (played by Gregory Peck) who goes undercover as a Jew to conduct research for an exposé on antisemitism in New York City and the affluent community of Darien. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won three: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm), and Best Director (Elia Kazan). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 03:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wind Advisory Extended

The National Weather Service today extended a Wind Advisory for Westport and area until 7 p.m.

It had been set to expire at 6 p.m.

The Weather Service said winds will be northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

   

11/02/14 02:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Victim

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A small shack on Westport’s Clinton Avenue today was a victim of a falling tree. No injuries were reported. Julia Gershowitz for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 02:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Juniper Road at Caccamo Lane Blocked

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A tree brought down power lines at Westport’s juniper Road at Caccamo Lane today, knocking out power to the neighborhood. But many generators powered up in the area and their hum could be heard over a wide area, said resident Mark Mathias. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 02:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Visconti Quits Race for Governor, Endorses Foley

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Joe Visconti, the conservative petitioning candidate who had allied himself with the Tea Party and gun owners, quit the race for governor today and endorsed Republican Tom Foley.

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Joe Visconti: “I thought I could make a difference.” Ctmirror.org photo

“I saw it slipping away from Tom, and I thought I could make a difference,” Visconti said.

Visconti has been vilified by Tea Party and gun activists for being a possible spoiler in a three-way race with Foley and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but he denied acting out of pressure.

“We get pressure all the time. It wasn’t the pressure that got to me. It was the polling,” he said. “These two are neck and neck. I saw Tom appear to be sliding in a couple of polls.”

The right-leaning Rasmussen Reports released a poll today showing Malloy leading Foley, 48 percent to 47 percent. On Saturday afternoon, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, said its latest poll had Malloy with a three-point lead.

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11/02/14 01:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree on Wires on Greens Farms Road

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A tree rests on wires on Westport’s Greens Farms Road at No. 251 today, one of numerous trees that fell on wires during today’s wind storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

11/02/14 12:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Detour at Compo Road North

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Cars turn around at Westport’s Compo Road North and Cross Highway today after a wire came down at Compo Road North and Janson Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/02/14 12:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Culprit

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A wire across the road at Westport’s Compo Road North and Janson Drive caused a detour of traffic there and at Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/02/14 12:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mayflower Parkway Blocked

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A tree blocks Westport’s Mayflower Parkway at Mayfair Lane today after being downed during a wind storm.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/02/14 11:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Detour Off of Cross Highway

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Cars detour from Westport’s Cross Highway on to Punch Bowl Drive today after a wire came down on Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/02/14 11:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

CT Voters to Decide Early Voting Issue

By Ann Radelat

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It began as an effort to allow Civil War soldiers who were far from home to cast ballots in state and local elections, but that provision in Connecticut’s constitution has also kept voters from enjoying the right to cast an early ballot shared by voters in 34 other states.

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Connecticut voters will now decide whether to allow the state legislature to amend the state’s restrictions on absentee or early voting.

The question on the ballot on Tuesday is: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?”

Whether voters will support the amendment is unclear, as is the kind of change it would lead to.

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11/02/14 05:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Freeze Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning ifor Westport and area from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday.

An advisory said a freeze warning means below freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely.

These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

   

11/02/14 04:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Fishing

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A fisherman tries his luck Saturday on the Saugatuck River off of Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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