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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Cyclist Injured in Post Road East Accident

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A collision between a cyclist and an SUV at the entrance to the Westport Country Playhouse today resulted in injuries to the cyclist who was transported to Norwalk Hospital. According to Bruce Miller, a Playhouse staff member who said he saw the accident from the Powers Court entrance to the Playhouse, the cyclist was riding on the sidewalk, traveling west on Post Road East when the driver of an SUV, also traveling west, turned right onto Powers Court, resulting in the collision. Police said he was wearing a helmet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/06/16 11:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Alice V. Goodman, 89

Alice V. Goodman of Westport died Oct 2. She was 89.

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Alice Goodman: fashion designer.  Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 21, 1927 to the late Jules and Louise Florent van der Becq of Manage, Belgium, where she grew up during World War II.

Her entire family and village were used as human shields by the French Army in a forced march for six weeks as the army retreated through Belgium at the start of the war.

Following this six-week period, the German Army caught up with the French Army and took her and her family and others, loading them on to trucks, which they thought were on their way to the concentration camps, despite being Catholic. Instead, they were returned to Manage and instructed to return to their homes.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Center for Senior Activities Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Friends of Connecticut State Parks Annual Meeting Fall 2016
5 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - “Swept Away” WCI Foreign Film Series I
7 p.m. - Westport Library - College Students & Mental Health: from MTV to GPAs and STDs
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Monica Lewinsky: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Resilience and Reclaiming Your Narrative
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

HDC Honors WestportNow’s Dave Matlow

The Westport Historic District (HDC) Commission announced today it is honoring WestportNow photographer and associate editor Dave Matlow with an award of special recognition for photojournalism.

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Dave Matlow: honored for photojournalism work. Contributed photo

An announcement said Matlow, a longtime Westport resident, was being honored “for more than a decade of photojournalism that documents the trends of Westport’s residential and commercial structures.”

It cited Matlow’s popular WestportNow Teardown of the Day series, which highlights the properties currently slated for demolition. 

“For many years, Matlow has assisted the Historic District Commission by photographing the collection of Annual Preservation Award houses which are displayed at Town Hall,” the announcement said.

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Historic District Commission Names 2016 Winners

The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) today announced the winners of its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards. 

The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, HDC Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the HDC at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Town the Hall Auditorium. 

Following is a list of the nine recipients and an HDC narrative explaining why these properties were selected.

25 Cavalry Road (Preservation)
Alva Finch House, c. 1837
Greek Revival
Deborah and Kevin Dorsey

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Sean K. Romano, 41

UPDATE (adds services) Sean Kelly Romano of Indeo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Sept. 18. He was 41.

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Sean Romano: golf was his passion.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He was born in Norwalk on April 27, 1975, the son of Patricia (Kelly) Romano and the late Joseph “Bo” Romano. He attended Assumption School in Westport, Fairfield County Day School, and Staples High School.

He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. Having grown up at Longshore, it easy to tell why golf became his passion in life.

His passion became his career leading him to Florida and eventually California where he was general manager at the Indian Palms Country Club and Resort.

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10/05/16 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Boys Soccer Earns 4th Straight Shutout

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Spencer Daniels’ two goals today paced the Staples boys soccer team to a 5-0 shutout of Brien McMahon at Loeffler Field. Teddy Lawrence, Thomas Nealon and Jannis Dietze added goals, while assists came from Luca Cocito (two), Matteo Broccolo, Ziggy Hallgarten and Sam Kantor. The whitewashing –- the Wreckers’ fourth in a row –- was earned by keeper Hallgarten, defenders Lawrence, Kantor, Chris Martenson and Josh Berman, and a host of others. Daniel Reid (above) contributed a strong effort at midfield. Staples is now 5-2-3. The squad travels to Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday, for a 5 p.m. match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Former Westport Broker Jailed in $1M Swindle

A former Westport wealth management advisor today was sentenced to 41 months in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from an elderly Weston client.

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Robert Tricarico: sentenced to 41 months.  LinkedIn photo

Robert N. Tricarico, 60, of Milford and formerly of Darien, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 41 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, said Deidre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.

Until April 2015, Tricarico, a registered securities broker, was associated with RNT Wealth Management at 181 Post Road West, prosecutors said. His LinkedIn profile said from 1992 to 2009 he had worked in Westport for Wells Fargo, Smith Barney, and Merrill Lynch.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office release said he had previously worked for or been associated with firms that included Northstar Wealth Partners, LPL Financial, and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.

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10/05/16 06:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library Adds Electric Vehicle Chargers

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Two electric vehicle chargers have been installed on the upper level parking lot at the Westport Library.  According to Library Facility Manager Paul Mazzaccaro, the chargers are now operational and are funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Also, two electric vehicle chargers were installed in the parking lot of Staples High School, adjacent to the Nistico Sports Complex. According to Pippa Bell Adar, vice chair, Westport Green Task Force, the Staples chargers were also funded by a DEEP grant. The four chargers bring to 16 the number of EV stations in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

State Legislature Candidates Face Off

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of the 136th Assembly District and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh faced off today in a forum at the Westport Library hosted by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

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State Democratic Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh faced off at the Westport Library in a session moderated by Alan Nevas, retired senior U.S. district judge and one-time holder of the 136th Assembly District seat.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Steinberg, 60, who is seeking his fourth two-year term to represent the district that includes most of Westport, and Walsh, 61, chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), both portrayed themselves as having the experience to help the state out of its fiscal woes.

Retired senior U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas of Westport, who held the 136th seat for six years in the 1970s, served as moderator and posed questions to the candidates before a noontime McManus Room audience of about 50 persons.

Steinberg, a former member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), touted his first-time endorsement by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and efforts on behalf of the moderate caucus among legislative Democrats to make the state more business friendly.

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Comings & Goings: The Flat Opens on Railroad Place

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The Flat, a home furnishings, accessories, contemporary lighting and vintage furniture store has opened at 24 Railroad Place, opposite the Saugatuck train station, according to owner Becky Goss, a Westport resident for over 20 years. With contiguous retail neighbors Indulge by Mercene and Eleish Van Breems this segment of Railroad Place is emerging as a boutique fashion area. The space was formerly occupied by Casa Ryan and Olivette. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. or by appointment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 02:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Bustling Condo Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Westport’s bustling condominium market seems to come in waves, and is currently a very active segment with only 12 units available and four under the beginning stages of deposit.

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Featured Home: This home at 155 Regents Park is listed at $899,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/Westport

Transient ownership contributes to overall complex turnover, or the rate of sales within a given period of time.

Over the past five years, the turnover rate has been highest at Lansdowne with 33 sales as reported by our Multiple Listing Service, which equates to one-third of all units within that complex.

Both Regents Park and Harvest Commons are at 20 percent, which is still considered very strong.

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Ronald A. Grasso, 75

Ronald Allen Grosso of Westport died Oct. 2. He was 75.

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Ronald Grasso: fashion industry executive.  Contributed photo

Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Baltimore, he was the son of Silvis Grosso and Bertha Hightowitz. Hw discovered his true passion within the fashion industry while working at the Hecht Company and pursued his dream by moving to New York City in 1968, where he had a long and successful career developing and producing outerwear products for many prominent companies.

Fond of saying, “I traveled the world,” he spent his early 30s shopping the world’s fashion capitals for the latest trends. He had a gift for predicting trends. In 1975, he joined Utex Fashion Group as sales manager where he worked until he retired in 2012.

In 1992, he moved to Westport with his wife and oldest daughter. Soon after, his second daughter and son were born. Throughout his life he often mentioned how his children were three of the best things that happened to him.

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10/05/16 11:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday Dusk

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Dusk on Tuesday as viewed from near the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 11:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ ‘Queen of Katwe,’ ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home…’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

I’m incredibly conflicted about “The Birth of a Nation.” Writer/director/actor Nate Parker has created a searing, powerful Civil War drama, revolving around an 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

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Set on cotton plantations in Southampton County, Virginia, it reveals that, as a child, Nat (Tony Espinosa) was recognized by an African tribal shaman as a potential prophet/leader. And he’s encouraged to read the Bible by his master’s wife (Penelope Ann Miller).

Years later, Nat (Nate Parker) becomes a Baptist preacher. Amid rumors of insurrection, he’s rented out by his alcoholic owner (Armie Hammer), travelling to neighboring plantations to spread his gospel of subservience and peace.

That’s before brutal acts of traumatic violence turn soulful Nat into a mythic crusader, experiencing intense religious visions and viewing a solar eclipse as a sign from God to lead a ferociously bloody uprising that claimed 60 white families and led to the slaughter of 200 blacks in retaliation.

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10/05/16 11:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marking Walk to School Day

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About 250 Kings Highway Elementary School (KHS) students today joined schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. The event began at 8:10 a.m. with students, parents teachers, and staff walking from Westport Board of Education Technology Center on Riverside Avenue, arriving at KHS five minutes later. Organizers said the events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 09:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Edward Hopper Visits Westport’

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Reader Bill Hart submitted this photo with the note: “I was sitting this afternoon in Starbucks on the Parker Harding Plaza and thought this view could well be titled ‘Edward Hopper visits Westport.’” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Hart for WestportNow.com

   

10/05/16 08:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

RTM Okays $70K for Compo South Beach Design

After almost 90 minutes of debate, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Tuesday night approved by a vote of 24 to 2 with 1 abstention $70,000 for design and engineering services for a walkway and restrooms at the South Beach at Compo Beach.

The approval followed an attempt led by member Catherine Calise to amend the resolution by reducing the amount to $49,000, which would not include the walkway. That failed by a vote of 24 to 3.

During the debate, a number of members expressed disappointment that funds were not being appropriated for upgrading the bathhouses.

Both Jen Fava, director of Parks and Recreation, and Charlie Haberstroh, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said a majority of the public had clearly indicated that a South Beach walkway and restrooms were top priorities.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
Noon - Westport Library - Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce State Representative Debate
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Social Ventures Partners CT Info for Prospective Grantees
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Dewey Knit: Grade 4 to Adults
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Paul Ferrante, “The Rovers: A Tale of Fenway”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - 5 Canal Park - Housing Authority
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

RTM Votes Not to Overturn P&Z’s Approval of Four-Story Housing

By James Lomuscio

A Representative Town Meeting (RTM) petition to overturn the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Sept. 1 vote approving a four-story, 94-unit rental property on the Post Road East failed tonight by a vote of 23 to 9.

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Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Catherine Walsh and fellow P&Z members tell the RTM tonight why they approved the 1177 Post Road East project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

During the two and a half hour debate, developer Philip Craft showed a redesign of the proposed project at 1177 Post Road East, which he said had a “more residential look” than the previous one with more metal. He said the P&Z requested the redesign while several RTM members said the more acceptable redesign was the result of the overturn attempt.

After hearing from RTM lead petitioner John Suggs and other members, Town Attorney Ira Bloom, P&Z members, Craft, and members of the public, the majority of the legislative body conceded that overturning the P&Z was not in the town’s best interest in the face of the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g.

The 8-30g statute allows a developer to override local zoning laws if a town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable, which Westport does not.

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Redesign Cited in RTM Sustaining P&Z Affordable Housing OK

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Developer Philip Craft of Easton shows off a redesign of his proposed four-story affordable housing complex at 1177 Post Road East which he presented to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight. By a vote of 23 to 9, the RTM rejected an effort to overturn Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approval of the project. (See WestportNow Sept. 1, 2016) Several members cited the overturn effort as helping produce a more acceptable design, which Craft said had a “more residential look” than the previous metal design. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/04/16 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Camelot’ Previews Tonight at Playhouse

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The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse production of the reimagined version of Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot” rehearses for tonight’s first preview at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, the classic musical features Tony Award-winner Robert Sean Leonard as King Arthur, Britney Coleman as Guinevere and Stephen Mark Lukas as Lancelot. Opening night is Saturday and it runs through Oct. 30. Pictured is Coleman with members of the cast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Man Arrested for Facebook Threat Against Officer

A Westport man who used a library computer on which he posted threats to bury alive a Westport Police officer—only to forget to log out—was arrested for threatening, police said today.

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Lawrence Kozar: third arrest this year. Westport Police photo

It was the third arrrest in three months for Lawrence Kozar, 58, whose last known address was the homeless shelter at 45 Jesup Road.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with second degree threatening, police said. Held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 6.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers were dispatched to the Westport Library on Sept. 10 on a report that a threatening message was found on a computer screen. 

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Newtown Man Nabbed for Heroin

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Christopher Evans: turned over to Newtown Police. Westport Police photo

A Newtown man wanted by police in his hometown for larceny was arrested by Westport officers Monday after he was observed riding as a passenger in a car, police said today.

Upon being taken into arrest, officers discovered that Christopher Evans, 31, had 10 small folds of heroin in his wallet, said Lt. David Farrell.

Police charged Evans with possession of narcotics, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 16.

After being processed, Evans was handed over to the Newtown Police, Farrell said.

   

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 11 Burr Farms Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Burr Farms Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1952, the one-story ranch has 1,554-square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/04/16 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Rainbow Patch at Compo

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Rain in the clouds at sunset Monday produced a rainbow patch visible from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
8:45 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Memento”
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Greens Farms Garden Club “Pollinator Victory Garden: Winning the War on Pollinator Decline”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist-in-Residence Challenge: Logo of Person’s Name Workshop
6 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Personal Review of Your College Essay
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Camelot”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Steinberg, Walsh Square Off Wednesday at Library

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican challenger Catherine Walsh will square off in a debate Wednesday for the 136th Assembly District.

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Republican challenger Cathy Walsh and incumbent Democrat Jonathan Steinberg traded high fives at last month’s shorefest dinner at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is sponoring the event at noon in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.

Both will field questions submitted from WWCC members and the public, according to WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and others to hear what their current and potential representatives have to say about the economy, jobs, transportation and taxation,” said Mandell.

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Motor Club to End DMV Services to Non-Members

AAA Northeast has informed the state it will discontinue offering driver licensing services for people in southwest Connecticut who are not members of its motor clubs.

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The AAA office in the Compo Shopping Center before it closed in 2015. Previously it had been on Saugatuck Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The decision brought an angry response today from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who called the action “unacceptable” and threatened legal action to resolve the issue.

AAA Northeast has offered this service to all Connecticut residents since 2001, regardless whether they were members. 

Eight AAA Northeast offices are affected. They are in Branford, Danbury, Fairfield, Hamden, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, and Waterbury. The Westport office closed in 2015.

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10/03/16 08:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rosh Hashanah Ritual at Compo

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Members of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport gathered at Compo Beach late today for the Rosh Hashanah ritual of tashlikh in which Jews traditionally proceed to a body of water and symbolically cast off their sins. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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