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Saturday, April 30, 2016

CT Budget Talks Remain Gridlocked

By Keith M. Phaneuf

State budget talks continued to stall today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders remained at odds over how to resolve a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Image
House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey’s tweet on the final Saturday of the legislative session captured the mood between his caucus and the governor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

And though talks — which bogged down late Friday — remained in limbo, Democratic legislative leaders insisted they are ready to resume talks with the governor at any time.

Still, both sides in the standoff concede time is running short as the General Assembly nears its constitutional adjournment deadline of midnight on Wednesday.

“We are absolutely still ready to talk,” Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, said around 3 p.m. today. “We’ve said we will go over the budget line by line.”

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04/30/16 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Woman’s Club Art Show Opens Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today welcomes guests at the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show, which continues noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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WWC Arts Show Pays Tribute to Howard Munce Image
The annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show for local artists opened today in the club’s newly refurbished Bedford gallery. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (above) curated the show, and among works displayed was his lenticular image of Howard Munce, the dean of Westport artists who died in March at age 100. The show, which continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. , was dedicated to Munce’s memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Howard Munce (the Younger) Honored Image
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today looks at an image of Howard Munce as a young man in a lenticular work honoring the late Westoirt artist, who died in March at age 100. The work is among those on display at the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show, which opened today and continues Sunday. Burroughs was curator for the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/30/16 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show

Scenes from today’s opening of the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show featuring local artists. Phyllis Groner for


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Supporting Female Soldiers Image
More than 120 persons gathered at a private Westport residence tonight to support the Bridgeport-based PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, Connecticut’s first female-only transitional housing for women veterans. Shalini Madaras of Wilton, mother of Nicholas Madaras who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006, addressed the gathering.The event, organized by locally-based women’s organization, Aware, generated funds for the home as well as the Kick for Nick Foundation. The charity, according to Shalini Madaras, “spreads Nick’s love of soccer and his dedication to the children by sending soccer balls to the soldiers in the field to distribute them personally to children worldwide.” Guests were requested to bring a soccer ball to tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Anne S. Timm, 92

Anne Stovall Timm of Longboat Key, Fla., died March 28. She was 92. Image
Anne S. Timm: real estate broker. Contributed photo

She was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Arizona. She left for New York City to pursue a career with Mademoiselle magazine. She spent much of her life in Weston and Westport where she was a top real estate agent for 23 years.

She was featured on “Women’s Watch” show for her real estate achievements. She was a member of Aspetuck Country Club, where she golfed and organized the tennis team.

She and her husband Ralph moved to Longboat Key to retire in 1995. She enjoyed duplicate bridge, and became a life master.

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04/30/16 06:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

A GFA Lacrosse Win and Charity Support Image
The Greens Farms Academy (GFA) girls varsity lacrosse team today scored a lopsided 16-3 victory over the visiting Storm King, N.Y. team on Senior Day at GFA.  In addition, a series of other athletic matchups plus a students’ car and dog wash offering helped raise funds for Pink Aid, which supports breast cancer treatment costs. Pictured are senior Ingrid Backe (white head band) and junior Kate Paliotta hugging as fellow junior Caroline Rintoul looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/16 05:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

One Seriously Injured in Post Road East Crash Image
UPDATE and CORRECT A two-car crash today in the area of 980 Post Road East seriously injured one person and closed the roadway from West Parish Road to Church Street, Deputy Police Chief Sam Arciola said. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Church that the injured person in the red car (rear) was Westporter Mildred Bunche, 83, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition. (A parishioner who initially said there was a church announcement later corrected herself and said there no announcement but that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche at the hospital.) Arciola said the accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. and that the driver of the other car declined medical attention. Police said Bunche was exiting Bank of America, 980 Post Road East, and collided with the SUV traveling eastbound on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Crash Investigation Image
UPDATE and CORRECT A Westport police officer conducts an investigation into a two-car crash today in the vicinity of 980 Post Road East. One of the cars came to rest across the street from where it exited a Bank of America branch, according to witnesses. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Trinity Church that the the driver of the red car was Mildred Bunche, 83, of Westport, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition at Norwalk Hospital. (A parishoner initially reported that there was an announcement at the church but later corrected herself to say word spread that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche in the hospital.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/16 04:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Crash Scene Image
UPDATE and CORRECT Police said a car (rear) exiting a bank branch at 980 Post Road East today collided with an SUV traveling eastbound. The driver of the red car, according to parishioners at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, was Mildred Bunche, 83, of Westport, a church member. A nurse at the church said she was transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was reported in critical condition. (A church member had earlier reported incorrectly that there had been an announcement at the church service.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/16 04:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire

Scenes from today’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire at Jesup Green and the Westport Public Library. Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer, David Dreyfuss for and photos


04/30/16 02:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Maker of Beach Pals Image
Samantha Henske, 9, of Westport was at the Mini Maker Faire today at Jesup Green selling her Beach Pals with all proceeds going to the Westport chariity Al’s Angels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Thousands Attend Mini Maker Faire Image
Thousands of guests today attended the fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green and at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Greeting a Robot Image
A young visitor today to the fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Westport’s Jesup Green meets a robot at one of the exhibits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Helping Club Pink Image
Johanna Haka, 15, (l), and Agnes Holm, 14, both of Westport, were at the Mini Maker Faire today promoting Club Pink at Staples High School which helps raise money for breast cancer research.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Learning the Cello Image
Wallingford resident Ute Brinkmann today mentors Michael Bediakoh, 9, a Waterbury fourth grade student, in the elements of playing a cello at the Westport Library at the Mini Maker Faire.  Brinkmann, who specializes in the repair and restoration of violins, violas and cellos, is associated with Westport-based Suzuki School of Music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/16 10:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Making Music Image
Brooklyn-based musician Nick Demopoulos today shows off his unique string modeling midi device at the Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for


04/30/16 10:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

State of Innovation License Plate Offered Image
Mark Mathias, head of the Mini Maker Faire today on Jesup Green, shows off a sample of a State of Innovation license plate available to guests signing up at today’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Innovative License Plates Image
Some of the local dignitaries at the opening of today’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green show off samples of license plates offered to guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


04/30/16 10:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tesla Sales Ban in Connecticut Stands

By Mark Pazniokas

The effort by Tesla to win legislative approval to directly sell its electric cars to consumers in Connecticut has failed for the second consecutive year in the face of opposition from car dealers and competing manufacturers, a Senate leader said early today.

“I think the car dealers and others have been very effective in lobbying in their favor,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, the sponsor of this year’s Tesla bill, told the Connecticut Mirror. “We’ll come back again and try in another year.”

A similar bill passed the House last year, but never came to a vote in the Senate. Duff signing on as lead sponsor this year gave Tesla an influential ally in the upper chamber, but Duff told The Mirror his caucus was divided.

“I didn’t go into this to twist arms to pass it that way,” Duff said. “My job is to protect the caucus and the interests of the state.”

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Riverside Colors Image
Spring colors on the banks of the Saugtuck RIver Friday near the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library & Jesup Green - 5th Annual Westport Mini Maker Faire
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek the Library photo session
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Malloy Says Budget Talks Have Hit the Wall

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

A somber Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared late tonight that budget negotiations with legislators “are hitting a wall,” and he predicted the General Assembly would adjourn Wednesday without adopting a budget he could sign, thereby failing to avert a nearly $1 billion deficit. Image
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state of budget negotiations tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

And unlike recent statements when the governor warned he would force lawmakers into special session indefinitely until they agreed to cut spending, Malloy struck a more uncertain tone about Connecticut’s fiscal future.

“Unless something changes dramatically in the next few hours, I supposed what I’m saying is I don’t think we can get to a negotiated settlement” on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the governor told reporters in his Capitol office.

“In which case,” Malloy continued, “folks can either decide to come back to the table or take whatever steps they need to take.”

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04/29/16 11:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kid Band Rocks Westport Venue Image
The kid band, Abby & the Roadsters, entertained tonight at Westport’s 323 Restaurant to the delight of a packed crowd. The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 to 13, started as winners in the 2015 BandJam at Ridgefield Playhouse, where they will appear again on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. The group plays a brand of classic rock that ranges from The Beatles to The Who, Led Zeppelin and others. Members include lead singer Abby Giansiracusa, 13, of Danbury; drummer Vincent Fontenelli, 13, of Danbury; bassist Owen Hughes, 12, of Katonah, N.Y.; lead guitarist Anton Klettner, 12, of South Salem, N.Y.; his brother Joseph, 11, who plays keyboard, and Jack Reynolds, 12, of New Fairfield, who plays rhythm guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


04/29/16 10:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Sunny’ Makes Westport Debut Image
Westporter Rob Hauck (above) worked with fellow Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members tonight to install the club’s newest member outside the Westport Library. “Sunny,” a 42-foot inflated duck, arrived from China and took approximately 90 mintues to inflate. Making its debut at Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire, Sunny will be bringing attention to the Sunrise Rotary Duck Race event set for Saturday, June 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


04/29/16 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mini Maker Faire Saturday to Attract Thousands Image
Members of the organizing committee for Saturday’s fifth annual Mini Maker Faire pose for a photo in advance of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event at the Westport Library and Jesup Green. Click here for a guide to making the most of the event, which is expected to attract 10,000 visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/29/16 09:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating Cuban Art Image
Local business owner Dania Carine, born in Cuba, poses tonight at the Westport Arts Center in front of Jacqueline Brito’s “The Fleet (La Flota).” The work is featured in the Center’s new exhibit, “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art,” which opened tonight and showcases contemporary Cuban art from the collection of Terri and Steven Certilman of Greenwich. The works collectively represent the country’s unique artistic talent. Curated by Arianne Faber Kolb, the exhibit will be on display through June 4. The Center will continue to celebrate Cuba at its annual gala, called “Club Havana,” on Saturday, May 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


04/29/16 08:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Guests at Cuban Art Exhibit Image
Among those at tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception marking the opening of its “The Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition were (l-r) Jill Sarver, the Center’s visual arts manager, Steven Certilman, the Greenwich collector who with his wife Terri assembled the works, curator Arianne Faber Kolb, and Amanda Innes, the Center acting executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


04/29/16 08:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cuban Look on Westport Street Image
A retro automobile supplied by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport was outside the Westport Arts Center tonight in support of its “Two Steps Forward: Cuban Contemporary Art” exhibition, which opened tonight, and its Saturday, May 7 Club Havana annual gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for


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