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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Marijuana Arrest Follows Vehicle Stop

Officers arrested a Norwalk man early Monday for possession of a controlled after a vehicle stop yielded 1.5 ounces of marijuana, police said today.

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Samuel LeBlanc: posted $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Samuel LeBlanc, 20, was pulled over at 12:30 a.m. after an officer observed his black Honda sedan traveling in the middle of two lanes on Post Road West, said Lt. David Farrell.

He said that based on the officer’s observations, a K-9 unit was dispatched, discovering marijuana in a backpack and in the trunk.

Released after posting a $500 bond, LeBlanc is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 21.


02/07/17 11:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Analysts: Big Pot of Money Awaits CT if Marijuana Legalized

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


Connecticut could bring in $45.4 million to $104.6 million a year in revenue if the legislature legalizes marijuana in the same way Massachusetts or Colorado have, Connecticut’s nonpartisan fiscal experts say.

The estimates, by the legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis, were for the second full fiscal year after legalization of the drug and varied depending on which state’s model for taxes and licensing fees was followed.

If the legislature allowed municipalities to also apply a 2 percent sales tax to marijuana, cities and towns could collectively bring in $9 million by the second full year of legalization, OFA estimated.

The revenue would be smaller in the first full year of legalization, between $30 million and $63.9 million for the state and $5.6 million for municipalities. The growth from year to year reflects that experienced in Colorado since legalization in 2014.

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02/07/17 10:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lawmakers Discuss Issues at Chamber Breakfast

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On the eve of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget address to the legislature, five local lawmakers today discussed issues facing Connecticut at a session at the Westport Library. The breakfast gathering, attended by about 30 persons, was sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce in association with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and the Wilton Chamber. Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Chamber, served as moderator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/07/17 10:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Gazing

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A couple of sunset gazers watch the sun go down Monday night from South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach.  Less than six weeks until spring.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Legislative Update
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play with Your Food
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Countdown to College: You Be the Admissions Officer
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Monday, February 06, 2017

Palmer: ‘Still Time to Work Out’ Child Development Program

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said tonight that she would seek every avenue to continue Staples High School’s child development program, while honoring the service of long time, beloved teacher Linda McClary.

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Colleen Palmer: “concerned about loyal soldier.”  Dave Matlow / WN file photo

Palmer told a Board of Education meeting she had discovered in November after concerns from preschool parents that McClary, who for years has been synonymous with the program, is not certified to teach the course.

Palmer said she chose not to go public until she was assured that McClary’s retirement would be protected. She said she was concerned that a teacher who had taught in an area for which she was not certified would not gain points toward retirement benefits.

“I probably did not come out to the forefront and really talk about a lot of this publicly because I was very, very concerned about a loyal soldier in our school district who might have her retirement at risk,” she said.

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Post-Performance Get-Together

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There was a reunion of Westport Country Playhouse theater veterans tonight at a post-performance gathering of a script in hand play reading of “The Supporting Cast.” Pictured with director and curator Anne Keefe (2nd l) are Kiera Naughton (l), who read the role of Sally; her real-life father, actor James Naughton, and actress Cynthia Wallace. Wallace performed in the Paul Newman production of “Our Town” at the Playhouse in 2002. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/06/17 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Proposes Shaking Up State Education Aid

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Keith M. Phaneuf


New Britain – Standing in the library of an elementary school that was at the center of a recent school-funding trial, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today released his plans for redistributing existing levels of state education aid in ways he said would help the most impoverished school districts.

“There will be a shift. There will absolutely be a shift,” Malloy, a Democrat, told reporters when releasing his plans at Smalley Academy. “We are failing children because their parents are poor.”

His plan overhauls the highly criticized Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula by changing how student poverty is determined and creating a grant pool of roughly $575 million to help towns pay for special education.

The new pool of money – for educating physically or developmentally disabled students – would be funded almost entirely by redirecting nearly one-quarter of the $2 billion in state dollars that currently go toward the ECS grant and all of the so-called Excess Cost grant, which helps school districts pay for services for severely disabled students.

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02/06/17 07:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Set for Tonight’s Play Reading

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Actors paused today during a rehearsal for tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse Script In Hand reading of “Supporting Cast” by the late George Furth, American librettist, playwright, and actor. The play, a comedy, revolves around the wife of a successful author who has written a book about friends who are spouses of celebrities and what it is like to be married to somebody famous. The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Pictured: (seated, l-r) Deirdre Madigan, David Beach, Maggie Lacey and Keira Naughton. Kathleen McNenny was not available for the photo. Standing, Martha Stout, stage directions, and Anne Keefe, director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/06/17 02:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Applications Being Accepted for State and Local Tax Relief Programs

The Westport Assessor’s Office and the Human Services Department have announced that applications for the state and local tax relief programs are now being accepted.

The application deadlines are: town and state credit programs - May 15; town deferral program for real estate - July 28, and town deferral program for sewer - Nov. 15.

As in the past, all applications will be taken by appointment only. Prior to calling, taxpayers must have 2016 tax returns completed for both personal (federal and Connecticut) and/or business along with a copy of the 2016 Social Security earnings statement.

To set up an appointment with the Assessor’s Office, call (203)341-1070. Those residents unable to come into the Town Hall may call Human Services at (203)341-1050 to schedule a home visit. Note that all applicants must appear in person to file for tax relief.


02/06/17 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Stars in WCT Production of ‘Doubt: A Parable’

The Westport Community Theatre production of “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, takes the stage from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Susan Stanton: plays Sister Aloysius. Contributed photo

Kevin Pelkey directs the local cast of Kristen Gagliardi, Tondrea Mabins, T. Sean Maher and Westport resident Susan Stanton.

Stanton portrays Sister Aloysius in the show that has received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Stanton’s recent roles include Anna in “Two, Nat in Rabbit Hole“ and “All My Children.” Her film, “Letting Go.” premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and she has performed in Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” and Gogol’s “The Nose” and “Hey Big Spender” at Play With Your Food.

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02/06/17 01:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flu Cases on the Rise; WWHD Still Has Vaccine

The Westport Weston Health District, (WWHD) noting that flu activity continues to increase throughout the nation and is widespread in Connecticut, says it still has vaccine available.

If you have not received your annual flu vaccination, you are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible, an announcement said.

“The flu season will peak around February and March but the season can continue until May, so it is not too late to get vaccinated,” said Mark Cooper, WWHD director of health.

And Monica Wheeler, registered nurse, said the district has seen a significant spike in locally reported cases.

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02/06/17 01:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Registration Open for Special Olympics Compo Plunge

Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT)  has launched its fundraiser for a Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday, March 25.

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Connecticut Special Olympics boosters take part in last year’s Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Registration is now open for the annual fundraiser that begins with registration at 11 a.m. and the plunge 1 p.m.

SOCT encourages communities to come together and take the plunge to support its more than 13,000 athletes of all abilities who participate in sports training and competition year-round, an announcement said.

All are invited to participate, including individuals, friends and families, and teams representing schools, businesses, organizations and clubs. Register online to reserve your official Plunge t-shirt at http://www.soct.org.

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02/06/17 12:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Names Students of the Month

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Staples High School has announced its latest Students of the Month. The award program recognizes students who help make the school a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are nominated by their teachers, who are asked to select all-around good school citizens. Pictured: (back row, l-r) Kion Bruno, Donald Macaluso, Jack Beck, and Aidan Reilly; (middle row) Jack Nealon, Colin Willigan, Andie Pines, Celia Block, Anne Machata and Carrick Keenan; (front row) Conrad Mann and Valentina Rozo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, February 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Qi Gong with Susan
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Script in Hand Playreading Series: “The Supporting Cast”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Greens Farms Church Parlor (71 Hillandale Road) - How to Talk to Your Kids About Empathy”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Entertaining at Super Bowl Tailgate Party

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The Staples High School cheerleaders were on hand to entertain today at the Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Guests dined on hot dogs and fixings as well as cake at the afternoon pre-game event, now in its 11th year.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Honored at Senior Center

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (r) honored Westporter Dana Johnson today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities Super Bow tailagate party as Johnson was chosen the first recipient of the Service to the Senior Center Award. It honored an individual who makes an outstanding contribution through volunteer service, demonstrating commitment, attitude and dedication to the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Gallery: 11th Annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party

Scenes from today’s Westport Center for Senior Activities 11th annual Super Bowl tailgate party. Among those honored were the highly successful Staples High School Boys Cross-Country Track team and Girls Field Hockey team. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photos


02/05/17 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Busiest Day of the Year at Calise’s

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Carmine Cenatiempo (l)), owner of Calise’s Deli. 734 Post Road East, and Alex Guerra, cook, today look over some of the pre-ordered platter arrangements for Super Bowl Sunday parties. “Today is the busiest Sunday of the year for us,” said Guerra. “The most popular orders are for our antipasto platter, the cheese-meat-crackers platter, the cold cuts platter, and we sold seven 6-foot grinders.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Ronald J. Swenn, 81

Ronald J. Swenn of Fairfield, a former Westport resident and a retired Westport firefighter, died Feb. 3. He was 81.

Born March 13, 1935, he was the only child of Joseph and Stefania Swiencicki. A former head of Westport Fire Fighters Local 1081, he retired as a lieutenant after 24 years service.

He grew up in Westport, starting his first landscaping business when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Staples High School and Nichols College in Massachusetts with a business degree.

While on the Fire Department, he continued his landscaping business and also owned and operated the Carvel Ice Cream Store in Strawberry Hill, Norwalk for two years with his wife by his side.

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02/05/17 11:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Amateur Super Bowl Sub Makers

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The Youth Group at Saugatuck Congregational Church today continued its annual tradition of making Super Bowl subs as a fundraiser for its annual mission trip. This year, the group will go to Colorado to work with homeless people and immigrant communities. The subs were made for sale after the worship service. Suggested donation was $10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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TEAM Westport Issues Essay Contest Fact Sheet

After its student essay contest on white privilege stirred controversy and brought international attention, TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity committee, has issued a fact sheet about the issue.
It made these points, beginning with the prompt for the competition:

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Harold Bailey Jr,, chair of TEAM Westport, makes a point at a committee-sponsored discission last month on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

1. “White privilege, surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election. In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege.’ To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life—whatever your racial or ethnic identity—and in our society more broadly?”

2. Our challenge asks students to research the concept of “white privilege” and tell us to what extent they think it exists.

3. Our challenge does not:

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WN Flashback: Feb. 5, 2016

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Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge shovels snow outside his deli on Main Street. He said he preferred to do it himself so heavy machinery does not damage the new brick sidewalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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End to Frigid Day

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A frigid afternoon at Compo Beach Saturday came to a close with a spectacular fiery- looking sunset over South Beach (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Super Bowl Tailgate Party
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Sunday
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportSPEAKS
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “And Then There Were None”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - History Book Discussion: “Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Staples Relay Team Sets School Record

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The Staples High School Boys 4x800-meter relay team today competed at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City, placing second in a school record time of 7:54.37. This time is currently the second fastest high school time in the country this year, putting the team in a good position for indoor track national championships in early March. Pictured (l-r) are Will Landowne, Ben Seiple, Brian MacCordy, and Zak Ahmad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Marpe: Malloy’s Pension Plan to Cost Westport $6 Million

By James Lomuscio

Westport will need an extra $5 to $6 million in its total budget for next year if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to have towns pay one-third of teacher pensions becomes a reality, First Selectman Jim Marpe said today.

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Jim Marpe: “a real surprise.” Larry Untermeyer/WN photo

“The governor’s announcement comes as a real surprise, and it will require us to take a hard look at our budgets,” Marpe said. The state is scheduled to pay $17.6 million in 2018 for Westport teacher retirees.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its proposed $115.35 million 2017-18 operating budget, a 2.44 percent increase, on Monday, and Marpe’s proposed $79 million municipal budget, a 1.29 percent decrease, is scheduled to be finalized in five to six weeks, he said.

While seemingly painless fiscal belt tightening has been de rigueur for the school board and the town due to the Board of Finance’s zero-based budgeting directive, Malloy’s proposal has thrown serious concern into the budget process, as an extra $5 to $6 million might have to be factored into the total town budget for 2017-18.

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Jumping for Air

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Despite the brisk wind and chilly temperatures, Angela Whitney of Norwalk brought her dog Tucker to Compo Beach late today for some playtime. An avid and enthusiastic ball fetcher, the 6-year-old Parson’s Russell achieved some impressive air time as he leapt for the ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. MIller for WestportNow.com


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Compo Photo Op

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Some young Compo Beach visitors used the locale late today for some photo ops. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Dog Day Saturday Afternoon

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Dogs and their owners were out at Compo Beach today despite temperatures that barely got above freezing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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