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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Chase, Crash, Foot Pursuit, Caught

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UPDATE Police take a suspect into custody today after he led police on a chase along Post Road East, down Main Street, Church Lane,, and past police headquarters on Jesup Road before crashing his vehicle on Imperial Avenue near Harborview Road. Police broke off the chase downtown as speeds reached 50 mph. They then found the car crashed on Imperial Avenue and after a brief foot chase arrested him. Two officers suffered minor injuries as the suspect kicked and punched them as they were arrested him, said Lt. David Farrell. A search using a police dog for a second suspect did not find anyone. Farrell said the man, identified as Tracey Edwards 44, of Bridgeport, was wanted in connection with a theft of sunglasses at Opticare,  877 Post Road East. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation. Farrell said charges include larceny, engaging in a pursuit, assault on an officer, evading responsibility, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, and possession of a Hallucinogen after one ounce of PCP was found in the vehicle, He was held in $100,000 bond. He is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals for violation of supervised release. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/05/17 10:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Suspect Crashes Vehicle After Police Chase

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UPDATE A vehicle lies off of Imperial Avenue today after a suspect who was earlier involved in a police chase crashed the car near Harborview Road. Police were not in pursuit of the car at the time. The suspect was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and taken to Norwalk Hospital. Police said two officers suffered minor injuries as the suspect punched and kicked them during the arrest. Lt. David Farrell said the suspect, identified as Tracey Edwards, 44, of Bridgeport, was wanted in connection with the theft of sunglasses from Opticare, 877 Post Road East. He was charged with larceny, engaging in a pursuit, assault on an officer, evading responsibility, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, and possession of a Hallucinogen after one ounce of PCP was found in the vehicle, Farrell said. He was held in $100,000 bond . He is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals for violation of supervised release. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/05/17 10:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Police Pickup Flips on North Avenue

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Emergency workers, including Police Chief Foti Koskinas (r, blue jacket) inspect a police pickup truck after it flipped on its side today at 17 North Ave. The traffic agent driver suffered a minor arm injury. Cause of the incident was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/05/17 09:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Back on All Fours

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Westport firefighters get police pickup truck back on all fours today after it flipped on its side in the area of 17 North Ave. at about 8:20 a.m. The traffic agent driver suffered a minor arm injury. No other vehicles were involved and cause of the incident was under investigation.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/05/17 09:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Granger at the Movies: ‘The Zookkeeper’s Wife,’ ‘Saban’s Power Rangers,’ CHiPs’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

As years go by, more and more poignant survival stories that have been buried in Holocaust history are surfacing.

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“The Zookeeper’s Wife” begins on a beautiful day in 1939 at Poland’s Warsaw Zoo, where Antonia Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) is helping her husband Jan (Belgian actor Johan Heldenberg) tend the animals. That afternoon, she resuscitates a newborn elephant calf who cannot breathe - with its distraught mother’s at her side.

But then German aircraft appear overhead, and bombs reign down, killing many of the terrified beasts, while others escape to roam the city’s streets.

Led by Berlin’s chief zoologist, sinister Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), the Nazis commandeer the grounds, saving only “prize specimens” for selective breeding, savagely slaughtering the rest.

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04/05/17 08:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Beach Stroll

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The waves were rolling in at Westport’s Compo Beach Tuesday during windy, rainy weather early in the day. More bad weather was on the way for later in the week with the National Weather Service issuing a Flood Watch for Westport and area from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 212D - Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - United Nations Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play with Your Food
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Pianist of Willesden Lane”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Artist to Artist: Charles Reid & Miggs Burroughs Talk
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - 5 Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Westporter to Face Senate Scrutiny of His Bid to Head FDA

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington– Sen. Chris Murphy will introduce Scott Gottlieb, a Westport resident and candidate to head the Food and Drug Administration, to fellow members of the Senate panel that’s key to his confirmation – but that won’t keep the nominee from having a bit of a rough ride among Democrats.

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Scott Gottlieb: Westporter awaits Senate confirmation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) American Enterprise Institute photo

At Wednesday’s confirmation hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Murphy is expected to talk about Gottlieb’s career as a doctor – he once practiced at Stamford Hospital – and of his prior experience at the FDA.

Fellow Democrats on the HELP Committee say they will scrutinize possible financial conflicts. The 44-year-old Gottlieb serves on advisory boards for several major pharmaceutical companies. President Donald Trump chose Gottlieb to head the FDA last month.

In his recent financial disclosure letter to the Department of Health and Human Services counsel for ethics, Gottlieb disclosed financial relationships with over 25 companies, many of them giants in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, including GlaxoSmithKline.

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04/04/17 07:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Protesting Education Budget Cuts

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Parents opposed to cuts in Westport’s proposed 2017-18 education budget of $115.3 million — a 2.44 percent increase over the current year — have taken to attaching scissors to mailboxes with red tape in protest. They have also mounted an online petition. The Board of Finance, which cut $1.67 million from the education budget, will meet Wednesday night to consider a Board of Education request to restore $700,000 of the cut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/04/17 06:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Westport and area from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.

It said rainfall with an approaching system may be heavy at times through Thursday before gradually decreasing from west to east Thursday night.

Thunderstorms with locally heavier rainfall rates are possible, especially during the afternoon.

Previous rainfall has led to saturated conditions, with any new rainfall expected to exacerbate already swollen rivers, the Weather Service said.

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04/04/17 03:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

TEAM Westport Essay Winner Makes News

Just as word about TEAM Westport’s white privilege essay contest spread around the world in February, announcement of the winner has attracted similar worldwide attention.

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The New York Daily News website used a WestportNow photo and video of Chet Ellis at the Monday night ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

News websites throughout the United States as well as abroad today picked up an Associated Press story about Chet Ellis, 15, a Staples High School sophomore, being named the winner in a Westport Library ceremony Monday night.

The New York Daily News ran a WestportNow.com photo of Chet with his parents as well as a WestportNow.com video of Chet reading his winning essay. DailyMail.com also posted the video.

“A black 15-year-old has won a hotly debated essay contest about white privilege in a largely white Connecticut town,” the newspaper said.

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04/04/17 03:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Critic Granger: Silicon Valley Biggest Threat to Hollywood

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WestportNow film critic Susan Granger today told the Westport Rotary Club that the biggest threat to the U.S. film industry is Silicon Valley. Citing electronic delivery platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and others, she said people want to sit at home and watch original content on their televisions. “The most endangered species are local theaters,” said Granger, who autographed copies of her latest book, “150 Timeless Movies” for club members and guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/04/17 02:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

John M. Lupton III, 69

John Mather Lupton III of Washington, D.C., a former resident of Westport and Weston, died March 30 following a battle with cancer. He was 69.

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John M. Lupton III: Staples ‘66 president. Contributed photo

He was founder of PCa Blue, a prostate cancer awareness organization, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and former executive director of the Westport Historical Society.

The son of John and Mavis Lupton, he was born June 24, 1947 in Connecticut. His father was a Connecticut state senator. He attended Weston public schools, and then Staples High School in Westport, where he was elected president of the class of 1966.

Known as Johno to his friends, he remained “class president for life,” helping to organize reunions and raising funds for gifts to the school.

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04/04/17 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport School System Seeks Public Feedback

The Westport school system wants your feedback on how it is doing.

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The Board of Education’s Strategic Planning Committee is leading the effort as part of its development of a “multi-year comprehensive strategic plan for the district,” an announcement said today.

The committee has developed an online survey that requests people’s opinions regarding the strengths and areas of growth for the Westport Public Schools.

All community members, including parents, faculty, alumni, and residents without children in the school system, are invited to participate, the announcement said.

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04/04/17 10:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Back at Longshore

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Two pairs of Ospreys were spotted back at Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Monday, building nests on special platforms built for the birds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
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
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Arrival”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Earthplace - Adventures in Animal Hall
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Post-Secondary Transition Challenges for Students with ADHD & LD
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Racquets Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Information Technology Committee

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Schools to Seek $700,000 Restoration from Finance Board

By James Lomuscio

After three hours of grueling numbers crunching, Westport’s Board of Education tonight voted unanimously to ask for a $700,000 restoration from the Board of Finance when it meets Wednesday night.

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Members of the Board of Education take a vote at tonight’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

On March 16 the finance board cut $1.674 million from the school board’s $115,351,346 proposed school budget for 2017-18, a 2.44 percent increase over the current year.

At the beginning of tonight’s meeting the Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to offset the Board of Finance’s cut by $480,000 by reducing its health reserve fund from 8 to 5 percent, which had been recommended by Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer.

While all who voted said it was not an ideal move and it posed risks, they agreed it was a needed short-term fix. That reduced the finance board cut to $1.194 million.

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04/03/17 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

TEAM Westport Essay Winner ‘Super Excited’

See full text of winning essays HERE in pdf format and below as text

The winner of the TEAM Westport diversity essay contest on white privilege said tonight he was overwhelmed to be chosen the winner for his essay “The Colors of Privilege.”

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Chet Ellis: ‘My body froze ... I sat stunned.” WestportNow.com photo

“I’m super excited,” said Chet Ellis, 15, a Staples High School sophomore and track team member who moved to Westport from New York City six years ago with his college professor parents and two sisters.

“I think a lot of Westport is a friendly community and not as vocal (about race relations) as some news reports say.”

Chet was referring to the national and international controversy stirred up by the essay’s prompt: “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.’”

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Video: TEAM Westport Teen Reads Winning Diversity Essay


Chet Ellis, 15, of Westport today reads his TEAM Westport teen diversity essay contest winning entry at a ceremony at the Westport Library. The contest’s white privilege theme attracted international attention. The Staples High School sophomore called his essay “The Colors of Privilege.” WestportNow.com video

   

04/03/17 07:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

TEAM Westport Teen Diversity Essay Winner

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Staples High School sophomore Chet Ellis, 15, tonight shows off his winning first place certificate in the TEAM Westport teen diversity essay contest whose white privilege theme attracted international attention. He won his $1,000 prize for his essay “The Colors of Privilege” in which he said, “Honestly, I never really thought much about white privilege until I moved to Westport ...  We need to make sure there is an open discourse that includes a more diverse history and sensitivity to each other.” With him are parents Trey Ellis and Amanda Freeman, both college professors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/03/17 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Runners-Up Applaud TEAM Westport Essay Winner

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The runners-up in the TEAM Westport teen diversity essay contest tonight applaud first place winner Chet Ellis. Pictured are Josiah Tarrant (l), 16, whose $750 second place essay is titled “White Privilege and Me,” and Claire Dinshaw, who won $500 for her third place essay “The Privilege of Ignorance” in which she said “white privilege is like a trust fund.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

04/03/17 07:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: TEAM Westport Essay Ceremony


Scenes from tonight’s TEAM Westport diversity essay contest ceremony at the Westport Library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/03/17 07:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 43 Clinton Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 43 Clinton Ave., off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1820, the two-story colonial has 2,412-square feet and is situated on a .35-acre property. It is listed for sale for $559,000. 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

   

04/03/17 05:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police April Campaign Targets Texting Drivers

Beginning Tuesday through the end of the month the Westport Police Department will have stepped up enforcement for distracted drivers as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, police announced today. 

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According to Deputy Chief Sam Arciola, the campaign is a high visibility effort to enforce distracted driving laws.

“Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, and everyone knows they shouldn’t be doing it, but we see it happen all the time,” said Arciola.

“Beginning April 4, you will see stepped up law enforcement efforts,” he added. “Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.”

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04/03/17 01:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three Staples Students Headed to July Singapore Summit

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Three Staples High School students have been chosen to represent the school at July’s Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit in Singapore. Hwa Chong Institution invites only the top student leaders from some of the best schools around the world to the summit. For the past five years, Westport has been invited to send three juniors who are both high performing students and interested in world affairs with a special interest in Asia. This year’s attendees include (top row, l-r)  Samantha Ginzberg, Staples English teacher and chaperone and Jackson Delgado; (bottom row) Marshall Heiser and Jessica Xu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/03/17 10:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sailor’s Delight

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Stiff winds made for good sailing off of Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, April 3, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Workshop for April Artist-in-Resident Challenge
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Award Ceremony, TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on “White Privilege”
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)

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Circle of Friends Honors Its Volunteers

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The Circle of Friends Evening of Recognition Gala fundraiser tonight at the Inn at Longshore in Westport honored its 150 teen and adult volunteers. They posed with Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. and Freida Hecht, Center, director. Norwalk-based Circle of Friends Connecticut, with many Westport participants, reaches out to children, teens, young adults and adults with autism and disabilities and involves them in a full array of inclusive social experiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Regina Madwed

   

04/02/17 10:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Rowing Club Double Gold Winner

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club’s junior girls today brought home two gold medals from the San Diego Crew Classic in California.  It was the third consecutive win for the girls first varsity 8+ crew. The second varsity girls 8+ won the JV category in an exciting finish. Both crews are coached by Gordon Getsinger. Pictured is the SRC girls varsity 8+ crew (l-r): Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Tati Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Grace McGinley (Westport) and Willemijn ten Cate (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/02/17 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bringing Home the Gold

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club girls second varsity 8+ boat today won the gold in the girls JV race at the San Diego Crew Classic. Pictured (l-r) are Camila Meyer-Bosse (Westport), Parker Cuthbertson (Westport), Brooke Schwab (Westport), Bonnie Pushner, Isabelle Grosgogeat (Westport), Kate Johnson (Westport), Justine McGuire, Clara Everett, and Hope Weismann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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