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Monday, June 05, 2017

Gallery: BOOKED for the Evening Honors Alan Alda

Scenes from tonight’s BOOKED for the Evening event at the Westport Library honoring Alan Alda. Helen Klisser During, Lynn U. Miller, Phyllis Groner, and J.C. Martin for


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Library Presents BOOKED for the Evening Award to Alan Alda Image
Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer tonight presented actor, author, director Alan Alda with the library’s BOOKED for the Evening Award. The annual event attracted about 550 persons, all of them subjects during Alda’s remarks of his lessons in improving communications. All attendees received a copy of Alda’s new book, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Sellout Crowd for BOOKED for the Evening Image
A sellout crowd of 550 persons jammed the Westport Library Great Hall tonight for its BOOKED for the Evening event honoring Alan Alda. Executive Director Bill Harmer announced the groundbreaking for the library’s transformation project is set for Aug. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Alan Alda Delighted With Westport Library Tribute Image
Alan Alda reacts to a tribute paid to him at the Westport Library tonight where he was honored with the library’s annual BOOKED for the Evening Award. Alda said he was delighted with a video review of his career produced by Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola and wondered how he was able to obtain some of the material. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


06/05/17 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Woman’s Club Installs New Board Image
The Westport Woman’s Club today installed its new board at the June Club Day luncheon. Pictured (seated, l-r) Kim Reichert and Christina McVaney, Yankee Doodle Fair co-chairs; Dorothy M. Packer, president; Jeannette Tewey, first vice president; Suzan Murphy and Karen Kleine, third vice presidents ways and means; (back row) Dorothy Curran, past president; Mira Auxier, rentals chair; Robin Clark, membership chair; Ana Hitri, programs chair; Deb Fratino, house chair, Cornelia Olsen, grounds chair, Sarah Menchacka, community services chair; Susan Loselle, Curio Cottage chair, and Ann Hunt, communications chair. Missing from photo: Barbara Stemmer, second vice president finance; Barbara Szefc, treasurer; Adriana Cvetkov, rentals co-chair, and Susan Fox, parliamentarian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


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Bernard W. Pianka Sr., 93

Bernard W. Pianka Sr. of Westport died June 2 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Wilton. He was 93. Image
Bernard W. Pianka Sr.: Navy veteran. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Dolores R. Pianka was born in Troupe, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1923 and was the son of the late Walter and Stella Fiedorczyk Pianka.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served on the South Pacific forward air base in Okinawa. 

He retired after a several decades career at ExxonMobil. He is also fondly remembered for his time working as a waiter at the Arrow restaurant during the 1960s. 

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Manuel Diaz, Jr., 63

Manuel Diaz, Jr. of Norwalk died June 4 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after battling Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. He was 63. Image
Manuel Diaz, Jr. : former synagogue employee. Contributed photo

Born Oct. 4, 1953 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Manuel and Angela Diaz-Zayas. He was a retired facilities manager for The Conservative Synagogue of Westport and was currently employed with ShopRite, Norwalk, in the produce department.

A hard-working family man, he was an avid Yankee fan and took great pride in watching his children participate in all of their sports.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lori (Milici) Diaz and their three sons, Joseph (Bibiana Yoguez), Michael, and Daniel Diaz all of Norwalk. He is also survived by his daughter, Carmen Diaz of Long Branch, New Jersey and his son Manuel (Allison) Diaz III of Atlanta, Georgia, his brother, Efrain (Migdalia) Diaz, seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his sister, Carmen Milagros Diaz.

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Hearst Buys Westport Minuteman

UPDATE Hearst, publisher of the Westport News, announced today it has acquired the Westport and Fairfield Minuteman.

Acquisition of the Westport newspaper was part of a deal in which Hearst said it had purchased three daily and eight weekly newspapers and their accompanying websites from Digital First Media, including the New Haven Register and Connecticut Magazine.

No sale price was disclosed, and it was not clear from the announcement whether the Minuteman, published Thursdays, will continue as a separate publication. A source at the newspaper said staffers have not been informed about the newspaper’s future.

The Minuteman published as usual on Thursday, but the issue made no mention of the sale of the newspaper.

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Chamber Donates $7,000 to Dog-Related Nonprofits

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce said today it donated $7,000 to dog-related nonprofits from last month’s Westport Dog Festival. Image
TAILS received a $4,000 donation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Recipients ranged from the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to the Westport Police Department’s K-9 unit to TAILS, the Westport-based spay-neutering organization.

Donations are up $2,500 from last year, according to Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, key organizer of the event

“Not only was this a fun event for the 2,800 people and 700 plus dogs who attended, but we also get to help so many organizations with these donations,” Mandell said.

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Pot Legalization Measure Bogs Down in Partisan Feud

By Keith M. Phaneuf

The legislature provided the latest example from a dysfunctional session today as a bipartisan effort to legalize recreational marijuana broke down minutes before its public announcement.

Reps. Josh Elliott, D-Hamden, and Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam, engaged in an argument a few feet from the podium in the Legislative Office Building hearing room where a news conference was scheduled to make the announcement. After 10 minutes, Ziobron left and Elliott conceded the marijuana measure was stalled — but not dead.

“We were going to try to do that first thing,” Elliott told reporters. “I was not aware of all of the different moving pieces, so I did not include Melissa in the initial conversations … We’re trying to include her now.”

Ziobron said she didn’t get a copy of the marijuana legalization amendment until 9 a.m. today — one hour before the press conference — at which time she also learned Elliott and other Democrats had been crafting the measure since Friday.

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Clearing the Way for BOOKED for the Evening Image
The Westport Library’s Great Hall was being cleared today for tonight’s annual BOOKED for the Evening event honoring Alan Alda. Event coordinator Kelle Ruden said the layout “is also sort of a sneak preview of the Transformation Project which includes the stage location and the unobstructed view despite the large attendance.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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WCT Presents “The 39 Steps” Opening Friday

Westport actors Samantha Pattinson, Richard Holmes, and Bill Johnston are cast in the latest production from the Westport Community Theatre (WCT), “The 39 Steps” opening Friday. Image
“The 39 Steps” cast members include Bill Johnston, Richard Holmes, David Victor, and Samantha Pattison. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The comedy by John Buchan and directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant runs through June 25.

The fast-paced whodunit masterfully mixes the suspense of a Hitchcock masterpiece and a spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python humor, to produce a comedy of nonstop laughs, an announcement said.

The cast plays over 150 characters with on-stage antics including handcuffs, missing fingers, a plane crash and some good old-fashioned romance.

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Dog Licenses Available

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss has announced that dog licenses for 2017-2018 may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office.

All dogs over six months must be licensed. Last year, 2,777 dog tags were issued.

“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date since the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss.

“Wearing its license will help identify your dog if it becomes lost or runs away so it can be returned home.”

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Westport Library is closed for BOOKED for the Evening event
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. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Half-price Sale at Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage
7 p.m. - Staples - Staples and Bedford Middle School Jazz Concert
7 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKED for the evening 2017, Alan Alda
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Video: Westport Rally to Protest U.S. Pullout From Paris Climate Accord

About 60 persons took part in a rally tonight to protect the environment and protest the U.S. pullout from the Paris Climate Accord. video


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Gallery: Rally to Protect Environment

Scenes from tonight’s Westport rally to protect the environment and protest the U.S. pullout of the Paris Climate Accord. About 60 persons took part in the event, which began on Jesup Green and ended with participants holding a candlelight vigil on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. photos


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Protesting the U.S. Pullout of Paris Climate Accord Image
Westporter Darcy Hicks (l) was one of the organizers tonight of a protest against the U.S. pullout of the Paris Climate Accord on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westporters center. About 60 persons attended the rally, which began at Jesup Green and continued on the bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Faces in the Crowd Image
Among about 60 persons taking part in a rally tonight supporting the Paris Climate Accord and against the U.S. pullout were Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (6th r) and Selectman Avi Kaner (3rd r). State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg also participated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Raising Funds for Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Image
The Westport Police Department and Mental Grit Fitness of Fairfield County today hosted the eighth annual Push Against Cancer for Kids event at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Individuals and teams from across Connecticut showed their strength and determination as they raised donations for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Up and Down Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Selectman Avi Kaner were among those doing push-ups today at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Gallery: Push Against Cancer for Kids

Scenes from today’s eighth annual Push Against Cancer for Kids at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to Raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. Dave Matlow for


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Gallery: Staples Senior Prom

Scenes from the Staples High School senior prom Saturday night at the Stamford Marriott. J.C. Martin for


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Fishing Success Image
A fishing success late Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

9:30 a.m. - Noon - Levitt Pavilion - Push Up Against Cancer
2 p.m. - 5 -p.m. - Beechwood Arts (52 Weston Road) - “Giving Voice”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Lettice & Lovage”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Saugatuck Rowing Club (521 Riverside Ave.) - Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County “Rock the Boat” benefit featuring DNR Band
5:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Staples Players Studio: “Angie!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Playhouse Opens 87th Season Image
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight celebrated the start of its 87th season with the opening night performance of “Lettice & Lovage,” the Tony Award-nominated comedy written by Peter Shaffer, author of “Amadeus,” and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. The play runs through June 17. Pictured taking a bow: (l-r) Sarah Manton, Mia Dillon, Kandis Chappell and Paxton Whitehead. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Comings & Goings: Meliora Education Opens Image
A ribbon-cutting ceremony today marked the official opening of Meliora Education, a college admission preparatory tutoring service at 38 Post Road West . It is owned by Yearsley Winkler, a graduate of Staples High School, class of 2003, and Yale University, class of 2007, who earned an M.A at the University of Warwick (England) and is now pursuing his Ph.D. at Temple University. He also provides pro bono tutoring at magnet schools such as Bridgeport’s Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering & Physical Sciences. Pictured are Matthew Mandell, executive director, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Winkler, and Jay Lipp, principal, Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering & Physical Sciences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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House Passes Plan to Let Towns Adjust Tax Bills

By Keith M. Phaneuf

The House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bill to help cities and towns adjust their property tax bills as the state’s budget crisis plays out in the coming weeks or months.

The measure, which now heads to the Senate, would allow communities to more easily revise tax bills to reflect changes in state aid ordered later this year.

The product of a compromise between House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, the bill comes three months after another measure to offer communities budget flexibility bogged down in the Senate amid a partisan dispute.

The two leaders say they and their colleagues have been pressed constantly by municipal leaders for more guidance about how much aid their communities can expect from the state over the next two fiscal years.

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Sellout for Earthplace’s Cocktails and Clams Image
It was a sellout tonight for Westport Earthplace’s Cocktails and Clams benefit at Norm Bloom & Son, Copps Island Oysters on the water in East Norwalk. The event aids Earthplace’s Harbow Watch effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Off to the Senior Prom - 2 Image
Staples seniors gather today for a photo shoot at a Red Coat Road home before the senior prom in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn Shmaruk for


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Off to the Senior Prom Image
Staples High School seniors gathered at a Westport home on Indian Point Lane late today for a photo session prior to tonight’s senior prom in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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