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Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Shellfish Commission Special Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Solitary Confinement in Connecticut, “The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

05/22/17 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Himes: Trump ‘is Not Acting Like an Innocent Party’

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes’  job as a minority member of the House Intelligence Committee usually wasn’t a path to the political spotlight – but all that changed with the election of Donald Trump and allegations his campaign may have colluded with the Russians to influence U.S. elections.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Now Himes is a regular on CNN, MSNBC and other television networks, valued because he voices Democratic concerns about the Russia probe — which Trump derides as a “witch hunt — with a minimum of partisan histrionics.

The House Intelligence Committee, along with its counterpart in the Senate, took the lead in Congress’s investigation of Russian meddling in American politics. But Congress’s involvement in the probe is spreading – the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee have begun their own investigations. Congressional investigators are seeking documents and information from Trump consultant Roger Stone, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former NSA chief Michael Kelly and others.

The panels looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia expanded their reach this week and are now also investigating the circumstances under which Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

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05/21/17 09:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Five Saugatuck Rowing Boats Qualify for Youth Nationals

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Five boats from Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today qualified at USRowing’s Northeast Youth Regionals in Worcester, Massachusetts for the USRowing Youth Nationals next month in Sarasota, Florida. Of the five SRC qualifying boats, two earned first-place finishes: the women’s varsity youth 8+ (above) and women’s varsity youth 4+. Finishing second in a photo finish was the men’s varsity youth 4+. Also qualifying for nationals by placing third in their races were the women’s lightweight youth 4+ and the men’s lightweight youth 8+. Pictured are (l-r) Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Grace McGinley (Westport), Tatiana Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, coxswain; Willemijn ten Cate (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport) and Noelle Amlicke (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/21/17 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Learning the Colonial Way

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today hosted Colonial Family Fun Day, a series of demonstrations and activities that emulate children’s lives in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pictured are WHS intern/volunteers Tristan St. Germain, 18, (2nd r), a Weston High School senior, and Robert Ciamei, 18, a Staples High School senior, demonstrating how flax was converted to yarn. Watching are members of the Saperstein family (l-r)  of Westport: Sam 12, mom, Amy, Max, 10, and Myla, 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/21/17 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wakeman Town Farm Seeks Farm Director

The Town of Westport is seeking a new farm director for Wakeman Town Farm.

“This visionary farm educator will oversee the farm’s mission and programs, while living in a newly renovated farmhouse and enjoying full benefits, as well as the opportunity to send any children to the Westport Public Schools,” an announcement said.

Full job posting is available at www.wakemantownfarm.org.

   

05/21/17 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off on Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour

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Hundreds of cyclists participated today in the 40th anniversary 2017 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour starting at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The event uses a staggered start and many cyclists would be seen on Westport roads through about 2 p.m., according to police. Cyclists chose either a 40-km (27-mile), 60-km (48-mile), or 100-km (63-mile) route. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/21/17 09:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Easy Riding

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Riders make their way today along the Sherwood Island Connector after starting the 40th anniversary Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/21/17 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Soccer

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Playing late day soccer Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, May 21, 2017


8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 2017 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Health Districts’ Healthier for Life Project “Eat Well Program” launch party
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Rowing Club Boathouse Restaurant - Westport Youth Commission Student Creation Market
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Colonial Family Fun Day
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - An Afternoon of Bingo
3 p.m. - Westport Library - History Book Discussion: “Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Miller

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gallery: Arts Center ‘Martini Madness’ Gala


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center “Martini Madness” gala at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The gala paid tribute “to the role Westport played during the creative heyday of the 1950s and 1960s, celebrating Westport’s distinctive identity as a creative center steeped in a long history of artists, illustrators and creative executives,” according to organizers. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 11:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score: ‘I Was Pretty Surprised’

Julia Feldman, a junior at Staples High School, has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 on her first try.

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Julia Feldman: she babysits, too. Contributed photo

The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions produced by ACT, a nonprofit of the same name.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

“When I checked the scores and saw that I had gotten a 36 on the ACT, I was pretty surprised,” Julia said.

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05/20/17 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sprucing Up Compo

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Westporters Michelle Cardello (l) and Kristin Purcell were among the board members of the Compo Beach Improvement Association today who replaced contents of the plant barrels on Soundview Drive and the surrounding area. “Every year we place fresh plants in the barrels and take care of them throughout the season as well as other flowers and plants such as the Compo Gardens at the entrance to the beach entrance,” said Cardello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 06:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

In the Water

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Members of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today launched mascot Sunny into the Saugatuck River to promote the club’s annual Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom

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Staples High School juniors gather today at a home on Peach Lot Place before tonight’s junior prom at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom (2)

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Staples High School juniors gather today at a home on Deerwood Lane before the junior prom tonight at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/20/17 05:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Junior Prom (3)

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Another pre-prom picture taking session today at a home on Clapboard Hill Road before the Staples High School junior prom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/20/17 05:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Not a Good Beach Day

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A day after summer-like temperatures in the 90s, today saw about a 25-degree cool off. The cooler temperatures and mostly overcast skies kept most people away from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 04:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Four Dads Lead Fundraising Effort

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Four Westport dads today led an effort to raise funds to find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Peter Bassler, David Baker, David Popkin and David Kaplan clipped their bikes to the trainers at Total Training and Endurance, 772 Post Road East, and invited Westporters to join them until 6 p.m. The fathers are all parents of children who suffer from Crohn’s. Their event is called “12 Hours 4 $12K” with the goal to raise $12,000 each and hopefully $50,000 overall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/20/17 02:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joined By a Common Goal

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Four Westport fathers of children who suffer from Crohn’s Disease today were pedaling toward of goal of raising $50,000 to combat it and colitis. Their effort at Total Endurance, 772 Post Road East, continues until 6 p.m., and they invited supporters to join them. Organizers (l-r)) are David Kaplan, David Popkin, Peter Bassler and David Baker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

05/20/17 02:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Angel-Ade’ Stands Support Al’s Angels Charity

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The fourth annual “Angel-Ade” charity fund drive was underway today with 30 stands offering lemonade throughout Fairfield County to support Westport-based charity Al’s Angels. Members of the Staples High School Al’s Angels Club volunteered in front of Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave. They are: (front) Bridget French, president of the club, (rear - l-r) Meaghan Johnson, Camryn Radland and Erin Lynch. All are 17 and juniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 12:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Explaining the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

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The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today hosted a workshop on the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, which is designed to encourage new homeownership and to assist existing homeowners in maintaining or rehabilitating their property. Pictured are Alyssa Lozupone of the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, who explained the application process and examples of rehabilitation work, and Ed Gerber, past WHS president, who lives in a 1764-built home on Cross Highway. For more information on the program, click HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

05/20/17 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Haven Delays

Metro-North said it will operate regular New Haven Line service this weekend. Customers should anticipate delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to track work in the vicinity of Rye.

   

05/20/17 11:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Seems Like Summer

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Guests enjoy the summer-like weather on the lawn of Westport’s Inn at Longshore.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, May 20, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - Noon - Westport Historical Society - Workshop: Tax Credit for Historic Preservation
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Benefit Cosmetics sidewalk (22 Main St.) - WASA Lemonade on Main Street
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Adams Academy (15 Morningside Drive North) - Westport Historical Society Adams Academy Open House
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Group Canoe Paddle
4 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Cinema Initiative & Westport Library: “Sweet Liberty”
5:30 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - Westport Arts Center “MARTini MADness” Fundraiser Gala

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Westport Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Westport police today arrested a Westport man on child pornography charges resulting from a search of his home more than a year ago.

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Daniel Krulewitch: free on $100,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Daniel Krulewitch, 52, of Compo Road South, turned himself in on an active warrant and was released after posting a $100,000 bond for a court appearance on May 25, said Lt. Jillian Cabana, detective commander.

She said in March 2016, the Westport Police Department received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a residence in Westport had uploaded child pornography.

“An investigation into the source led to the home of Daniel Krulewitch,” Cabana said.

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05/19/17 06:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fun in the Woods

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Beckett Coe, a Sugatuck Elementary School kindergartener, and Charles Speciale, a Kings Highway School fourth grader, today enjoy the first after school enrichment program river romp of the season at Westport’s Earthplace this afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

   

05/19/17 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police: Woman Wrote $21,707 in Stolen Checks to Support Drug Habit

Officers arrested a Westport woman who allegedly stole checks from a local man and wrote them out to herself in an amount totaling $21,607 to support her drug habit, police said today.

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Jennifer Madrid: held on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Jennifer Madrid, 32, of 455 Riverside Ave., was charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary and 35 counts of first-degree forgery as she had written 35 of the stolen checks to herself, Lt. David Farrell said.

She was arrested at the Orange Police Department where she was being held Monday.

The investigation began on March 15 when the victim came to Police Headquarters “to report that he had multiple bank checks stolen from him, which were fraudulently cashed,” Farrell said.

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05/19/17 03:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

40th Annual Bloomin’ Metric Tour on Sunday

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This is the route for the 40-km (27-mile) tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Westport police today advised that the 40th anniversary 2017 Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour will be starting at Sherwood Island State Park on Sunday. 

The event uses a staggered start, but the majority of riders will be on the road between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Lt. Eric Woods. Riders can choose either a 40-km (27-mile), 60-km (48-mile), or 100-km (63-mile) route.

The route takes riders on multiple roads on the east side of Westport, he said. See route maps HERE.

“Bicyclists are reminded to ride to the right and single file, while motorists are encourage to use caution and share the road,” Woods said.

   

05/19/17 03:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers May 1 - 5, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 1 - 5, 2017:

Marilyn Pozzuto Trust to Suzanne Fehrenbaker Bell, 11 Berndale Drive, $1,275,000WNproperty.jpg

Christopher S. and Elise M. Hynes Trust to David Rosenberg and Karen L. Fechter, 144 Compo Road North, $1,995,000

c/o Galy L. Starzyk Estate to Christopher E. G. Saxe and Gary M. Shelton, 22 Drumlin Road, $537,500

Samuel Small to Jerome Barton and Samuel Zales Trusts, 64 Terra Nova Circle, $1,235,000

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05/19/17 01:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Screening Saturday of Alan Alda’s ‘Sweet Liberty’

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Westport Cinema Initiative will host a screening of the 1968 film, “Sweet Liberty,” starring Alan Alda on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Town Hall auditorium.

The screening is being held in partnership with the Westport Library’s signature fundraiser, BOOKED for the Evening on Monday, June 5, which is honoring Alan Alda. The event is sold out.

Screening tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for charter members.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at westportcinema.org. For additional information, visit http://www.westportcinema.org.

   

05/19/17 11:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

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