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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Words of Praise

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal today offers words of praise for Westport pianist Frederic Chiu for his efforts over the years to use music as a bridge for cross-cultural communication and peace. He spoke at a special reception and concert by Chiu at his Weston Road home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Morning Music

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Westport pianist Frederic Chiu plays musical selections today at a morning ceremony at his home where he was honored with a special commendation by Sen. Richard Blumenthal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Police Holiday Toy Drive Under Way

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Matthew Librandi (l), a junior at Holy Cross College, assists his dad, Officer Dave Librandi, and Officer Mike Gudzik today as the Westport Police holiday toy drive got underway. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Local Union 2080 effort continues at the Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, until 5 p.m. and resumes Sunday as well as next weekend. According to Sgt. Jill Ruggiero, the program is designed for underprivileged children “throughout Fairfield County and beyond ...allowing for thousands of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Saugatuck Center Tree Prepared for Lighting

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The Saugatuck Center Christmas tree was strung with lights today by the Coastal Tree and Landscapes firm for the lighting of the tree on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) BoB Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday,  December 5, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Holiday Book & Gift Sale
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 1560 Post Road East - Westport Police holiday toy drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Pet Supplies Plus (1870 Post Road East) - “Pet Photos with Santa” benefit for Save Our Strays
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Christmas tree and greenery sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes Company’s “The Nutcracker”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Upcycle Your Gift Wrapping!
2:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Improv for Writers
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Academy of Dance’s “The Nutcracker”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Caleb Scharf on “The Copernicus Complex”
4:30 p.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Christmas tree lighting ceremony
6:30 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club “In the Mood” Sadie Hawkins Big Band BYOB Dinner-Dance-Demo
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker”
8 p.m. - Unitarian Church Voices Café - Let the River Run

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Friday, December 04, 2015

Gallery: Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree at Lillian August in Norwalk. Larry Untermeyer, Lynn U. Miller, and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

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Historical Society Holds Holiday Soiree

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The Westport Historical Society tonight held its Holiday Soiree at the Lillian August Design Center in Norwalk in advance of its annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday. Travis Worrell (l) of Westport Auction and Ed Gerber of the WHS presided over the live auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

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Dems’ Deficit Plan Going to Legislature Tuesday

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Leaders of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives affirmed today they expect to vote Tuesday on a bill to mitigate state budget deficits, restore some cuts to hospitals and social services and offer modest tax relief to businesses.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, also said they expect the Democrat-controlled Senate and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to support it as well.

The administration, Democratic leaders and top GOP lawmakers had been meeting for the past month on a deficit-mitigation plan. That ended late Thursday when Republican leaders left the talks, saying they couldn’t reach agreement with Democrats on structural reforms to control state spending in the long-term.

And while Sharkey and Aresimowicz said today that a major structural issue divided leaders from both parties, multiple sources told The Mirror it was a battle over implementing the constitutional spending cap — which recently has fallen into legal limbo.

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Teen ‘Music Slam’ at Arts Center

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Members of the Westport Arts Center’s Teen Advisory Council held their first Music Slam! event tonight. The acoustic jam session involved local teen musicians who were encouraged to bring their own instruments and jump in for an improvisational song or two. Teens enjoyed live music, pizza and community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lindsay Heffernan for WestportNow.com

   

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Comings & Goings: Cottage Restaurant Opens

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The Cottage Restaurant opened today at 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green in space formerly occupied by LeFarm (see WestportNow, Oct. 2, 2015).  Chef/owner Brian Lewis (above) describes the cuisine as “locally inspired, cultivated over the years with European and Japanese influences” and his 12 years of experience in California. A Culinary Institute of America graduate with honors, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in business management from Johnson and Wales University. He formerly was owner and chef of New Canaan’s elm restaurant. In addition to dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), Lewis said the 40-seat Cottage will soon offer a 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday brunch and a 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. supper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Tunnel Art Features Historic and Modern Westport Scenes

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today installs a light box featuring an historic postcard of Compo Beach in the newly painted and renovated east tunnel at the Metro-North Westport station at Saugatuck. The art installation is a cooperative venture of the Westport Arts Center and its artistic director emeritus, Helen Klisser During, and the Westport Police Department, which oversees the railroad property. Burroughs created lenticular images of historic Westport scenes and their modern counterparts in 16 light boxes, which are available for sponsorship. Contact the Arts Center for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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A New Look to Greet Train Riders

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs puts the finishing touches on one of 16 light boxes being installed in the east tunnel at the Metro-North Westport station at Saugatuck. The boxes feature his lenticular images combining historic Westport postcards with their modern images. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Police: Man Arrested Attempting to Return Stolen Goods

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Damian Bullock: held on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport police today arrested a Hartford man after he tried to return stolen merchandise to a Main Street store, police said.

Damian Bullock, 27, was taken into custody at about 1 p.m. at the Allen Edmonds store, 69 Main St., after a call from an employee that one of two males who allegedly made off with merchandise from the store on Monday had come back and attempted to return the goods, police said.

Bullock, who initially gave a false name, was taken to police headquarters where he was found to be in possession of two counterfeit $100 bills, police said.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, first-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, and interfering with an officer and held in lieu of $25,000 bond, police said. Police were seeking the second suspect who was seen on a surveillance video.

   

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Westport Post Office Open Sundays Until Christmas

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The Westport Post Office at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square will be open on three Sundays before Christmas, Postmaster Kevin Hogan announced today. In past years, the Post Office has seen an increase in customers as days shortened until Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Deadline is Monday for Charity Balls Registration

Deadline for registering for the Red & White Charity Ball on Friday, Jan. 22, and the County Assembly Charity Ball on Saturday, Jan. 23 is Monday, organizers announced.

The balls are sponsored by The County Assembly, Inc. of Fairfield County, which is celebrating its 78th year of raising funds for local charitable organizations serving children and teens in Fairfield County.

The balls, which also promote inter-town friendships among high school students, will again be held at the Stamford Marriott Hotel. 

Public high school junior and senior girls from Fairfield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton have been extended an invitation to attend, an announcement said.

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Making More Progress

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Work is progressing on the Bedford Square development in Westport’s center. Crews today were pouring more concrete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Floor by Floor

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Floor by floor work is progressing on the Bedford Square development in Westport’s center. Crews today were involved in concrete pouring operations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Getting Ready for Library Book Sale

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Westport Library volunteers today prepared the Great Hall for the 11th annual holiday book and gift sale. Heli Stagg, library retail manager, said all the books are “gift quality” and include many categories including children’s cooking, art, fiction adn no-fiction. She said during the two-day sale an additional 10 percent discount applies to all gift merchandise. “We have lots and lots of shrink wrapped CDs and DVDs too - all discounted,” she said.  All proceeds go to the library. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 16 - 20, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 16 - 20, 2015:

Jeffrey and Candace Halpern to 41 Little Fox LLC, 41 Little Fox Lane, $700,000WNproperty.jpg

Robert E., John P. and Richard E. Pedersen to 14 Bauer Place LLC, 14 Bauer Place, $518,000

Loretta A. Frimpter Estate to Eaton Investments LLC, 33 Hickory Drive, $280,000

W. Douglas Healey Trust to Alexander C. and Jessica Robinson Papp, 1 Heron Lake Lane, $686,750

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Orphenians Entertain Seniors in Darien

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As part of their holiday offerings, the Staples High School Orphenians performed Wednesday at Atria Senior Living in Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Janet Kempner for WestportNow.com

   

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David F. Hartigan, 90

David Francis Hartigan Jr. of Norwalk, a former longtime Westport resident, died Dec. 3 after a brief illness. He was 90.

He was born to the late David F. Hartigan Sr. and Ann Devaney Hartigan on Oct. 5 1925 in Westport, where he attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Junior High School and Staples High School. 

He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class aboard the USS James O’Hara. As pilot of amphibious landing craft, he was awarded five battle stars for his participation in assaults at Iwo Jima, Leyte, Peliliu, Saipan and Luzon.

After the war, he returned home to Westport and worked with his cousin John Hartigan as an auto trimmer at Riverside Motors in Westport.

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Bad Check at Auto Dealership Leads to Arrest

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Erica Labrador: free on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport detectives arrested a Bridgeport woman in New Haven Tuesday for issuing a $1,000 check from a closed account to a local auto dealership, police said today.

Erica Labrador, 31, was charged with issuing a bad check and released after posting a $1,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 10.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Labrador had been given the opportunity to make restitution for the bad check written on Nov. 10, but she did not do so.

“The check was returned to the dealership as a closed account,” said Arciola. “After the complaint was filed, contact was made with Labrador to make restitution to the dealership.

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Friday,  December 4, 2015


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Microsoft Excell 2013
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - “The Healing Power of Mindfulness—Meditation as Medication”
Noon - Westport Library - Photographing Pets & Other Animals
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Democrat Hodge Hands P&Z Chair to GOP’s Stephens

By James Lomuscio

Westport Democrats were flummoxed tonight when the newly configured Democratic majority Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 4 to 3 to reelect Republican Chip Stephens chairman.

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The vote by Democrat Alan Hodge allowed Republican Chip Stephens to retain his P&Z chairmanship. David Lessing was a Democrat nominee for chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Democrat Alan Hodge, who was elected two years ago to a four-year term with the fewest votes among Democratic candidates, put forth Stephens’ nomination. It was seconded by Republican Catherine Walsh who participated by phone.

“I’m disappointed in the vote, I’m disappointed in Alan Hodge’s vote, and I’m also disappointed that a majority of the board did not listen to the voters,” said Keith Stein, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) after the vote.

Stephens, however, was beaming.

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Gallery: Tree Lighting and Holiday Street Festival


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Town Hall Christmas tree lighting ceremony and the holiday festival on Main Street which followed. Dave Matlow and Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Going for the Treats

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Popcorn and food vendors were among the most popular attractions at tonight’s holiday festival on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Caroling on Main Street

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Carolers entertained on Westport’s Main Street tonight in a holiday festival sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. Individual nonprofits set up tables in stores along Main Street in lieu of the community gathering in one place that has occurred for the past several years in Christ and Holy Trinity Church’s Branson Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sparse Turnout for Holiday Street Festival

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The street was cleared of parked cars and closed to traffic for tonight’s holiday festival on Westport’s Main Street. But with nonprofits taking up positions inside individual stores, something that most people did not know, the newly laid brick sidewalks under new decorated street lights were uncrowded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Shining Bright

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The newly lit Westport Town Hall Christmas tree shines brightly tonight after a lighting ceremony on the Town Hall steps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Moment of Silence for San Bernardino Shooting Victims

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe tonight presided over the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall for the third successive year. In his remarks, Marpe asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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