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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gratitude Sunday Service

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Today is the fifth anniversary of the fire that ravaged Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church and there was a Gratitude Service today to mark the anniversary. In addition to remarks by the Rev. Alison Patton, parishioners put their grateful thoughts into the baskets of church youngsters. Chris Coogan and his Gospel Choir also joined the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com

   

11/20/16 12:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Five Years Ago: Flames Heavily Damage Westport Church

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Firefighters battle to save Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church on Nov. 20, 2011. The fire broke out late on a Sunday night and gutted the rear portion of the 1832-built church. After an extensive investigation, the cause of the fire was ruled undetermined. The church reopened for services in February 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Florence Wokanovicz, 89

Florence M. Hiznay Wokanovicz of Westport died Nov. 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 89.

She was the daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Dina) Hiznay. She was a graduate of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Commercial High School and attended the University of Bridgeport. She worked for many years at CBS Records and retired from the Sony Music Corp.

She was a former president of the St. Anthony of Padua Women’s Guild and also served as the guild’s recording secretary for many years. She was also a member of the St. Anthony’s Seniors.

Sewing, reading and cooking were among her favorite leisure activities, but she mostly enjoyed gettogethers with family and friends.

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11/20/16 11:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Ford Road Reflections

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The Saugatuck River as seen along Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, November 20, 2016


11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Family Art Day: Art of Kindness
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - TheatreWorks USA: “The Mixed-up Fairy Tale”
3 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Westport School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Concert

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Here’s Looking at You, Westport

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Former Westport resident Claus Murmann said he happened to be passing by today overhead and sent this aerial view of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Claus Murmann for WestportNow.com

   

11/19/16 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

CNN Anchor to Address Y’s Women

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, a Westport resident, will be guest speaker at the meeting of the Y’s Women on Monday, Nov. 28 at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road. 

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Alisyn Camerota: Westport mom. Contributed photo

She will share her experience in covering the 2016 election, an announcement said.  The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. 

As CNN anchor and co-host with Chris Cuomo on CNN’s morning show “New Day,” Camerota has covered breaking news stories, both internationally and domestically and interviewed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as many other politicians and personalities.

Before joining CNN in 2014, she was at Fox News Channel for 16 years. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., she lives in Westport with her husband, Tim, and their twin daughters and son.

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11/19/16 03:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Video: Staples Ties Darien 0-0 in Field Hockey Championship


Highlights of foday’‘s Staples vs Darien field hockey Class L championship game at Wethersfield. They tied 0-0 with both named co-champions. Courtesy of WWPT

   

11/19/16 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Co-Champions With Darien

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The Staples High School field hockey team today won its first state championship in program history, becoming co-champions after a 0-0 tie against Darien in the Class L final at Wethersfield. Coach Ian Tapsall raises the trophy as team members cheer. (See video here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/19/16 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Reflections

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Reflections Friday on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunset Stroll

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A couple of visitors stroll Compo Beach at sunset on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, November 19, 2016


10 a.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - WHS Holiday Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - International Games Day
Noon - 3 p.m. - Branson Hall (75 Church Lane) - 2016 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players: “The Music Man”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Dawns w/ Kill The Chill

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Friday, November 18, 2016

State Agencies Offer More Painful Budget Cuts

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

Some DMV offices could close. Housing subsidies for those with AIDS could be cut. And hundreds more state jobs could be eliminated by privatizing services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Residents could have to pay more for a state police background check on a potential employee or babysitter, and nursing homes found to present an imminent danger could be fined $10,000 instead of the current $5,000.

The fire department at Southbury Training School, which serves people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, is proposed for elimination to save $1.6 million.

These are just some of the options for making cuts and generating revenue that state agencies have offered Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office as it prepares a 2017-18 budget proposal to put before legislators.

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11/18/16 10:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blue Gull

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This blue gull was spotted today at sunset on the Saugatuck River near the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

11/18/16 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three Fire Recruits Undergo Live Fire Training

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Three new recruits for the Westport Fire Department today took part in a live fire training exercise at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks as they prepared for graduation next month. Joining them in support were four Westport firefighters. Pictured (l-r) Assistant Chief Rob Yost, mechanic Tim Reilly, recruits Joshua Gamble and Chris Balich, Chief Andrew Kingsbury, recruit Liz Ferguson, and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The live fire training is one of the final tests as the recruits prepare to return to Westport in early December to join the firefighter ranks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

11/18/16 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Taste of Honey

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today hosted a Holiday Market and among the events was a presentation by Marina Marchese (l), who owns Weston artisan honey producer Red Bee Honey. Tasting some of her samples were Barbara Peck (2nd r) and Sue Gold of the WHS. The market continues Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/18/16 05:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: WHS Holiday Market


Scenes today from the Westport Historical Society’s Holiday Market, which continues Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. WestportNow.com photos

   

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Woman Nabbed for Car Burglaries at Saugatuck El

Officers arrested a Norwalk woman for burglarizing unlocked cars at the Saugatuck Elementary School and stealing GPS units, police said today.

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Jessica Sullivan: held on $5,000 bond.Westport Police photo

Jessica Sullivan, 40, was arrested Tuesday after officers received a call from the Fairfield Police Department that a woman involved in an accident had admitted to breaking into several cars at the school at 170 Riverside Ave.

Lt. David Farrell said a Fairfield officer investigating the accident spotted several GPS units and various electronic accessories in plain view. When questioned, Sullivan gave evasive answers.

Upon examination, it was deteremined that one of the GPS units belonged to a party who lived in Westport, Farrell said.

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Cops: ‘Family Friend’ Nabbed in Thefts

Officers arrested a Westport woman who on several occasions had sneaked into her friend’s Clinton Avenue home during the early morning hours and helped herself to cash in the victim’s purse, police said today.

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Elizabeth Rose: caught on camera. Westport Police photo

Elizabeth Rose, 50, of 67 Old Road, upon her arrest Tuesday was charged with sixth-degree larceny and first-degree burglary for four incidents going back to March.

After the first incident, the victim and her husband installed video surveillance that eventually identified the suspect, police said.

“Upon checking the surveillance footage, the complainant observed a female enter the home office at 4:43 a.m. and take money from the purse,” Lt. David Farrell said about an incident that had occurred in June.

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11/18/16 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital

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A three-car crash today in front of Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic at the busy intersection of Bulkley Avenue and Post Road East was tied up following the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

11/18/16 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Routine Stop Nets Narcotics Arrest

An Easton man was arrested for narcotics possession, drug paraphernalia and interfering with an officer after his vehicle was stopped on Myrtle Avenue, police said today.

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Cavan Devine: held on $1,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Cavan Devine, 24, tried to run from the scene while his vehicle was being searched early Tuesday morning, but he was quickly apprehended, according to Lt. David Farrell.

“As the driver, identified as Cavan Devine, was looking for the paperwork, registration, proof of insurance requested by the officer, a second officer noticed a glass smoking pipe in plain view,” Farrell said.

“The pipe in question is of the type routinely used to smoke illegal narcotics.”

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016:

Jayne Nesbitt Millard to David and Jennifer Harvey, 154 Hillspoint Road, $1,675,000WNproperty.jpg

10 Gray Lane Assoc. LLC to SSR Properties LLC, 10 Gray Lane, $1,525,000

Ralph and Tina Deangelis to Mark Belcarz and Pamela Valentino, 40 Old Road, $920,000

Elizabeth S. Lewin to 22 Long Lots Lane LLC, 22 Long Lots Lane, $550,000

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11/18/16 12:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town’s Holiday Giving Program Underway

Westport Human Services Director Sarah Heath announced today that her department will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.   

“Over the years, the generosity of volunteer donors has made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children, families and seniors in our town,” said Heath.

“We hope that Westporters will continue to support their neighbors, as our department continues to see residents coping with foreclosures, layoffs and reduced work hours.”

Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016


9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - WHS Holiday Market
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Tumblr
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Fanfiction Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub: Grades K-12
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - SPED Movie Night: “School of Rock”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players: “The Music Man”

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Special Touchdown

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It was a special night tonight for Dylan Curran, 16, a special needs student at Staples High School, where he is freshman football team manager. During the halftime break in a freshman home game against Greenwich, teammates gave a suited-up Dylan the football and he scored a touchdown, much to the delight of all who watched. It was a highlight for the Wreckers, who fell to Greenwich 34-13. Dylan had a similar special experience a year ago as a student at Bedford Middle School. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

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Star Treatment for Team Manager

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Staples High School freshman football players carry off the field assistant team manager Dylan Curran, 16, tonight during halftime in a home game against Greenwich. The players had Dylan, a special needs student, suit up for the game, and he scored a touchdown in a special play they arranged. Proud parents Staci and Jim Curran were among a joyous crowd that watched the doings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

   

11/17/16 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Westport Eyecare in New Office

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Westport Eyecare Associates celebrated its grand reopening tonight in a new location at 212 Post Road West. The practice, established in 2002, had been at 500 Post Road East. Principals Barbara Manion (r) and Jessica Yu, both optometrists, posed for a picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe. Westport Eyecare Associates offers comprehensive eye exams, glasses and designer frames, all types of contact lenses, diagnosis, management and treatment of eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, LASIK and cataract surgical co-management, and binocular vision evaluations. Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

11/17/16 08:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marpe: Treat All With Mutual Respect & Civility

In a Thanksgiving message he said was also a response to a letter from Westport Democrats, First Selectman Jim Marpe said today Westport “has always been and will continue to be” a place that embraces “equality, inclusiveness and open-mindedness.”

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First Selectman Jim Marpe addresses the annual Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

“We hold fast to these ideals regardless of political party, religious affiliation, social strata, gender, or age,” said Marpe, who added that he had expressed similar thoughts in his Nov. 11 Veterans Day address.

In his message, the first selectman did not specifically mention the Westport Democratic Town Committee. Its letter, released Wednesday night, called on Marpe to reaffirm that Westport will continue to be “a bastion of openness and tolerance.” (See WestportNow Nov. 16, 2016)

Instead, Marpe said “a recent ‘open letter’ to me as the First Selectman of this great community called for a response to the events in our nation related to the 2016 presidential election.”

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WHS Hosts Holiday Market Friday & Saturday

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) will host its Holiday Market Friday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be refreshments on Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with complimentary wine, an announcement said.

The Holiday Market will feature vintage gifts, antique prints and handmade jewelry, soaps and letterpress cards.

“This is a holiday boutique that is an opportunity for small, local businesses to show their products and for residents to see our Wheeler House,” said Sue Gold, WHS executive director. “It’s a win-win event.”

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Mixed Signals on CT Jobs Outlook

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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Connecticut’s unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a point to 5.1 percent in October, despite the loss of 7,200 jobs, the state Department of Labor reported today.

Over the last 12 months, non-farm employment has now grown by just 3,200 jobs, or 0.2 percent.

“Connecticut’s two monthly measures of labor market health continue to send mixed signals,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

“Payroll job counts have declined for four consecutive months, indicating a significant slowing of recent job growth trends. However, the residential employment survey and model continue to show increasing employment, decreasing unemployment and a significant drop in the unemployment rate. We will have to await further data to see which direction our labor markets are headed.”

Private sector employment fell by 4,200 jobs, or 0.3 percent, in October while the public sector lost 3,000 jobs, dropping 1.3 percent.

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