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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Color on the Sound Image
Entrants in the Cedar Point Yacht Club 2017 OneDesign Regatta today provided a parade of colors on Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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OneDesign Regatta Underway Image
Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club 2017 OneDesign Regatta got off to a fast start today as 67 boats crewed by more than 400 sailors competed in day one of the weekend classic, held at Saugatuck Island. Pictured is Velocity (skippered by Kevin Marks of Darien) in ultra-close competition with Wings (skippered by Mike Bruno of Armonk) in the J88 races. The sailors will return for day two on Sunday. The boats in each class with the best overall finishes will be the winners. There are up to three races per day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Gordon for


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John A. Creatura, 84

John Anthony Creatura of Westport died June 3. He was 84.

He was born in Bridgeport, the son of Grazio and Lena Creatura. He was a graduate of Fairfield Prep, of Yale College and of the Yale School of Medicine.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. 

He spent his medical career with Bridgeport Radiology Associates and retired as chief of nuclear medicine at Bridgeport Hospital. 

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Video: Martha Stewart Recalls Early Years in Westport Home

Martha Strewart today returned to her former Westport home, an 1805-built farmhouse, for a charity event and talked about her early years at the home. video


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Gallery: Martha Stewart Leads Tour of Former Westport Home

Scenes from today’s tour by Martha Stewart of her former home and gardens on Turkey Hill Road South as part of a benefit for Westport’s Positive Directions. photo


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Martha Stewart Back for Nostalgic Tour of Former Westport Home Image
Martha Stewart today made a nostalgic return to her former Turkey Hill Road South home to lead a house tour and give a garden talk to benefit Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Counseling. The Westport-based not-for- profit is primary provider of alcohol and substance misuse prevention and individual counseling services. Stewart told guests the house, which she and her husband purchased for $29,000, “was the best investment I ever made besides Google.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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House, Garden, Dogs on Martha Stewart Tour Image
One of Martha Stewart’s dogs was a tourist attraction today as she returned to her former Turkey Hill Road South home to give a house tour and garden talk. The benefit for Westport’s Positive Directions raised more than $30,000, according to Lynn Abramson, board chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Crossing the Finish Line Image
The winning duck in today’s Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center is gathered up at the finish line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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All Set for Great Duck Race Image
Large crowds turned out today for the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club s annual Great Duck Race. Dark clouds brought a bit of rain but skies soon cleared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Large Turnout for Duck Race Image
There was a large turnout today along the Saugatuck River in Westport for the Westport Sunrise Roatary Club’s annual duck race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Old Mill Scene Image
Late day scene at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Saturday, June 3, 2017

8:15 a.m. - Sherwood Island - CT Trails Day Kayak Paddle
8:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island - CT Trails Day Bird Walk with A.J. Hand & Tina Green
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - Sherwood Island - CT Trails Day Wonder of Flight Interactive Air Show
11 a.m. - 3 -p.m. - Eileen Fisher (160 Main St.) - Pop Up Westport Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road East) - Little Black Dog Adoption Event
11 a.m. - Sherwood Island - CT Trails Day Archaeology Walk
11 a.m. - 50 Turkey Hill Road South - Martha Stewart house/garden tour to benefit Positive Directions
11:30 a.m. - Parker Harding Plaza - Westport Sunrise Rotary Great Duck Race
2 p.m. - Sherwood Island - CT Trails Day Ecology and Environment Walk
2:30 p.m. - Westport Library - “Catch of the Day” Family Art Workshop
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Norm Bloom & Son Copps Island Oysters (7 Edgewater Place, Norwalk) - Cocktails & Clams Harbor Watch Benefit
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 43 Wells Hill Road, Weston - Party in the Pasture benefit by AWARE-CT for Malta House
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Garden (65 Adams Road, Easton) - Jane Green Farm Dinner benefit for Pink Aid
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Saugatuck Rowing Club (521 Riverside Ave.) - Summer Night on the River benefit for Project Return
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Lettice & Lovage” opening night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Friday, June 02, 2017

Connecticut Joins Alliance Committed to Paris Climate Accord

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut became one of the early states to rebuke President Trump’s disavowal of the Paris climate accord with a decision today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to join a fast-growing coalition of states, cities, businesses and universities intent on ensuring the U.S. still acts to reduce greenhouse gases.

Malloy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, joins the Democratic governors of California, New York and Washington state in the United States Climate Alliance, a group quickly organized Thursday by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others in the wake of Trump’s announcement the U.S. would stand apart from the world’s nations on the issue of climate change.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who declined to support Trump or attend the Republican National Convention, signed on later today, according to the Boston Globe.

The decision was an easy one for a governor in Connecticut, a state with a long history of bipartisan support of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Gina McCarthy, a top advisor to the Obama administration on the issue, was the state’s top environmental regulator under Malloy’s predecessor, Republican M. Jodi Rell.

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Is 2017 CT Legislature on the Brink of Gridlock?

By Keith M. Phaneuf

The 2017 legislative session teetered on the brink of gridlock today as House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz accused Republicans of unfairly dodging all tough choices amid a huge state budget crisis.

And while Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, did not say majority House Democrats would block GOP bills, he reflected on that option as one of the few alternatives to stop Republican political posturing.

“It’s hard for me right now to go out there and … run bills that will allow people to move forward their proposals and their goals while my caucus continues — continues — to sacrifice things they care about for the greater good of the state but there’s no accountability on the other side,” the speaker said during a news conference in his Capitol office.

He made his comments after House Democrats failed Wednesday and Thursday to take up a bill to establish tolls — something Democratic leaders said was impossible because House Republicans offered virtually no support.

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Smash and Run on Soundview Drive Image
One of the planters intended as a traffic calming device to slow down drivers on Westport’s Soundview Drive at Compo Beach was smashed today by a hit and run driver. “It was actually pushed for 20 feet before the driver noticed and then sped off,” said resident Matt Finkle. “This planter could just have easily been a baby carriage. Please use this as a reminder for everyone to please drive slow in the beach area.” He said the Compo Beach Improvement Association put out the planters two weeks ago,  and they are “real wood and very expensive” to replace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Finkle for


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Sunny’s Ups and Downs on Eve of Great Duck Race Image
Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, had some ups and downs today during an afternoon of winds and some rain on the Saugatuck River. Sunny promotes the club’s Great Duck Race set for Saturday on the river. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Gallery: Westport Fire Department Promotion Ceremony

Scenes from today’s Westport Fire Department promotion ceremony for 13 officers at Westport town Hall. They are filling vacancies created by a wave of retirements in advance of expiration of the current union pension contract. Dave Matlow for and photos


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Pinning Daddy Image
Newly promoted Westport Fire Assistant Chief Matt Cohen gets his gold badge pinned on today at a Town Hall promotion ceremony by daughter Madison, 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Family Affair Image
Brett Kirby receives congratulations from wife Lynn and daughters Sydney 10, and twins Alexis and Melanie, 8, at today’s Westport Fire Department Town Hall promotion ceremony. Kirby was among three lieutenants promoted to assistant chief. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Fire Department Promotes 13 Image
Following a wave of retirements, the Westport Fire Department today promote 13 firefighters in a Town Hall ceremony. Family, friends, and fellow firefighters, active and retired, from Westport and surrounding communities gave them a standing ovation. Pictured (l-r) Tobias Ostapchuk, Dan Mascolo, Michael Grasso, Kevin Dumas, Brendan McHugh, Nick Marsan; Joe Arnson, Todd Denke, (lieutenants); Brett Kirby, Jeff Gootman, Matt Cohen (assistant chiefs), Rich Calabria (hidden, fire inspector), and Nate Gibbons (fire marshal).  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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New Fire Marshal: ‘For Every Dollar, You Get $1.25 in Return’ Image
Newly promoted Westport Fire Marshal Nate Gibbons told fellow firefighters today he is at their call 24 hours a day and their safety is his prime concern. A lifelong Westport resident and Yale University graduate who began his fire career as a volunteer in 1987, he praised fire department members and told fellow Westport residents: “For every dollar of taxpayers’ money, you got $1.25 in return.” Fire Chief Rob Yost is in background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Property Transfers May 15 - 19, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 15 - 19, 2017:

Richard Thomas and Margaret M. Davis Himes to Sonia Zurita, 6 Underhill Parkway, $515,000WNproperty.jpg

Warren D. and Seymour Shlomchik to Richard T. and Margaret M. Davis Himes, 9 Hitchcock Road, $1,312,500

Douglas T. and Jeanette H. Dryburgh to Julia and Colin Felleman, 4 Forest Drive, $1,125,000

Lawrence and Kathleen Schwartz to Frank E. Percell, 117 Lansdowne, $760,000

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Brian R. Orrico, 60

Brian Richard Orrico of Bloomingdale, Georgia, a former Westport resident, died March 21 at home. He was 60. Image
Brian Orrico: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 1, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey to James and Marion (Brooks). As a child, he lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey and Westport. He is a graduate of Staples High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

He worked for the last decade for the Economic Opportunity Authority in Savannah and was a Deacon at the Guyton Christian Church. He was an avid volunteer. 

He was a kind and caring person with a strong faith and work ethic in everything he did. He had a wonderful sense of humor and wit, along with an incredible memory and intelligence.

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Eversource to Buy Aquarion for $1.675 Billion

Two utility companies serving Westport are about to become one. Image

In an acquisition that will combine New England’s largest energy company with the region’s largest private water company, Eversource Energy today announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Aquarion Water Company for $1.675 billion, comprised of $880 million in cash and $795 million of assumed Aquarion debt.

“This transaction combines two companies that are leaders in providing the critical infrastructure New England residents and businesses need to grow and thrive,” said Jim Judge, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Eversource.

“Both companies’ dedicated employees work relentlessly to put customers first, and that commitment to reliability and customer service will remain paramount.”

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A Great Egret spotted off of Westport’s Hillspoint Road scratches an itch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Friday, June 2, 2017

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Fire Department promotion ceremony
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Staples Players Studio: “Angie!”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Lettice & Lovage”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

P&Z Approves Medical Marijuana Facilities

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight unanimously approved its own text amendment allowing no more than two medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial districts.

Commissioners have stressed that amendment 735 is for medical, not recreational, marijuana and for people in serious pain for maladies ranging from glaucoma to cancer, as an alternative to opioids.

At the P&Z’s public hearing on May 18, commissioner Chip Stephens said he thought that the number of dispensaries be limited to one, so that the police department could monitor it to see if there were any adverse effects.

But tonight that number jumped to two following a discussion about the need for price options for those who require cannabis pharmaceuticals.

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Freedom Tower View From Compo Image
A view tonight of New York’s Freedom Tower from Westport’s Compo Beach. Said photographer Robert Hermenze: “I was standing just west of the cannons on the small jetty. The freedom tower is clearly visible from Compo Beach to a good eye. It’s even better viewed with a pair of binoculars. It turns out Sherwood Island is not the only good viewing spot if you know where on the horizon to look.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Hermenze for


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With GOP Opposed, Tolls Stall in Divided House

By Mark Pazniokas

By taking up the issue of highway tolls late in the session and linking it to the state’s desperate need for revenue, the House Democratic majority has muddied a complex public-policy debate over how Connecticut might maintain crumbling infrastructure as its Special Transportation Fund staggers towards insolvency.

The House adjourned for a second consecutive day today without an expected vote on a bill authorizing the Department of Transportation to implement a system of electronic tolls, a concession to the difficulty of tackling major controversial issues without bipartisan support in a closely divided General Assembly.

Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker and his chief of policy and planning, Thomas J. Maziarz, spent an hour briefing House Republicans on changing federal policy that allows the state to establish tolls on interstate highways as part of a pilot program to provide much-needed funding for infrastructure and to test how congestion pricing can change driving habits.

Their explanation of how tolls could be implemented did not overcome the GOP’s objections to a plan by Democrats to effectively borrow against the new revenue stream to help close a budget gap — even if the first toll might not be collected for another three or four years.

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Staples Boys Track & Field Captures Class LL Championship Image
The Staples High School Boys Track and Field team today won the 2017 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class LL championship at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. The Wreckers edged defending champion Danbury in a close final margin of 81 points to 78.50. Zakeer Ahmad led a 1-2 finish in the 1600m run with teammate William Landowne as they finished in 4:18.44 and 4:19.63 respectively. It was the third Staples Boys team title in the CIAC Class LL, and the first since 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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