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Thursday, August 24, 2017

John Fogerty Delights Levitt Fundraiser Crowd

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A sell out crowd tonight watched John Fogerty in the Levitt Pavilion’s summer benefit fundraiser. The founder of the Credence Clearwater Revival band delighted the crowd with some of his greatest hits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/24/17 09:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Out of Their Seats

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John Fogerty had the Levitt Pavilion crowd tonight repeatedly out of their seats with music that included hits from his time with the Credence Clearwater Revival band, which he founded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 09:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sell Out Crowd for Fogerty Concert

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A sell out crowd of more than 2,000 jammed the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight for the Levitt summer fundraiser concert with John Fogerty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/24/17 09:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Helping Pay for Free Entertainment

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Tonight’s ticketed John Fogerty concert, a sell out, helped pay for more than 50 free nights of Levitt Pavilion entertainment this season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Perfect Summer Concert Weather

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Perfect summer weather helped sell out tonight’s Levitt Pavilion annual fundraiser concert headlined by John Fogerty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/24/17 09:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Defends His Track Record on Aiding Cities and Towns

Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today tried to defend his efforts to shift more costs onto cities and towns, releasing a report asserting that municipal aid has grown 21 percent over the last five years.

The administration also said it would release a follow-up analysis soon on the financial health of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns, including information on mill rates, budget reserves, bond ratings and the value of taxable property.

“As a former mayor, former member of local boards of finance and education, and as a father who raised three children here, I know just how important state funding is for every city and town in Connecticut,” said Malloy, who was mayor of Stamford from 1995 through 2009. “That’s why my administration has been highly protective of municipal aid over the past six years, as this report makes clear.”

Keeping a promise he made during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Malloy refused to cut municipal aid — as his counterparts in New York and New Jersey did — during his first year in office in 2011 as the region climbed out of the Great Recession.

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Connecticut Theater Dance Opens on Ketchum Street

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There was an official ribbon cutting ceremony today for the opening of the Connecticut Theater Dance at 15 Ketchum St. with local dignitaries taking part. Connecticut Theater Dance provides professional dance training and classes for all ages, genres and levels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 05:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Norwalk Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Norwalk Ave. in the Compo Beach area is in process. Built in 1929, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,665-square feet, is situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in September 2014 for $1,085,000. 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

   

08/24/17 04:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mark P. Labazzo, 65

Mark Phillip Labazzo of Westport died Aug. 22 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.

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Mark Labazzo: hospital employee. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk on Oct. 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Frank James and Katherine Elizabeth Langer Labazzo.

He worked in the kitchen at Norwalk Hospital for over 20 years, also worked for Stop & Shop in Wilton for 25 years and part time for the S.T.A.R. organization.

He was a resident at CLASP Homes in Westport for 22 years and enjoyed bowling and especially swimming where he was a recipient of many gold medals in the Special Olympics.

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08/24/17 03:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Volunteering to Clean Up 9/11 Memorial

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Workers from Westport’s T. Palmer Landscaping Company today clean up the 9/11 Memorial site at Sherwood State Park. Owner Tony Palmer said many concerns had been expressed over the state’s budget-challenged lack of maintenance of the area. “So we took over the responsibility, pro bono, two years ago,” he said. Palmer said Gault contributed mulch and other supplies without charge and JR Luncheonette, Riverside Avenue, provided breakfast and lunch for the workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 01:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

On the Job for Setup

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About 2,000 chairs were set up today for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion John Fogerty concert. Stuart McCarthy (lime colored shirt), former Parks and Recreation director and currently a member of the Levitt governing board, was on hand to supervise the preparations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 11:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for John Fogerty Concert

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Preparations were underway at the Levitt Pavilion today for tonight’s concert featuring John Fogerty, a founder of the Credence Clearwater Revival band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 11:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Taylor Place Closed in Advance of Levitt Reception

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Westport’s Taylor Place was closed off today in advance of the Levitt Pavilion fundraiser reception tonight before the John Fogerty concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/24/17 11:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Aquarion to Begin Post Road East Water Main Installation Monday

A day after Westport revoked a permit for Aquarion Water Company to install new water mains on Myrtle Avenue, the company today announced work will begin Monday on installation at Myrtle Avenue and Post Road East.

The nighttime installation will progress easterly along Post Road East — a state roadway so no town permission is needed — to Compo Road with work expected to be completed by the end of the year, the company said. Final road paving will occur in 2018.

“The project will install approximately 1,500 feet of new 16-inch water main and will greatly improve water distribution capacity,” an announcement said.

On Wednesday, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to revoke the company’s work permit for Myrtle Avenue. (See WestportNow Aug. 23, 2017) Members pushed the company to schedule the work for next spring as it would be less disruptive for residents, merchants, and school buses.

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08/24/17 10:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

John Fogerty Sleeps In Before Tonight’s Concert

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A rock bus for a rock star - the star sleeps in today while load-in and setup is underway for tonight’s Levitt Pavillion 2017 gala and fundraiser headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty. The musician has formed a solid solo career in the 45 years since the band broke up. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. with a wait list for tickets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, August 24, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Magical Thinking
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - An Evening with John Fogerty (ticketed benefit event)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gallery: Levitt Children’s Series Comes to End


Scenes from tonight’s Levitt Pavilion children’s series finale with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

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Onstage Finale

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Melissa & Doug children’s series headliner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo invited audience members on stage to join in his performance. It was the finale for the children’s series this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

08/23/17 09:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finale for Levitt Pavilion Children’s Series

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, 2017 Grammy winner for best children’s album, tonight closed out the Levitt Pavilion’s Melissa & Doug’s children’s series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

   

08/23/17 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Citizens Police Academy to Begin Sept. 29

Building on the program’s success last year, the Westport Police Department will again offer a Citizens Police Academy beginning Friday, Sept. 29, police said today.

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Graduates of last year’s Citizens Academy posed for a group picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of the police department in the community,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana

She said the nine-week academy can accommodate up to 24 community members ages 21 and older in classes designed to take them through the various aspects of law enforcement.

“They will learn about the different divisions and specialized units of the department as well as how the department operates,” Cabana said.” Participants will observe demonstrations and get hands on experience with some of the equipment we use every day.”

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08/23/17 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Leifer, Waldman Buy Sconset Square for $5 Million

Sconset Square off Myrtle Avenue, the tucked away commercial center marked by a signature flagpole that had been the mast of a yacht owned by the mall’s late owner B.V. Brooks, has changed hands for $5 million.

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Sprucing up of Sconset Square was underway today, one day after its $5 million sale was completed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport real estate owners and developers Roger Leifer and David Waldman, for years commercial real estate neighbors, teamed up for the first time, recording the sale Tuesday at Town Hall from Sconset Square LLC.

Sconset Square LLC is owned by the Frazer family, the children of Kathryn Frazer Brooks, Brooks’ widow who died in November at 82. Brooks was former publisher of the Westport News, which had an office at the square.

“It’s a very successful shopping center as it is,” said Waldman, who developed and co-owns nearby Bedford Square on Church Lane.

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08/23/17 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 32 Woods Grove Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 32 Woods Grove Road is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1,109-square feet, is situated on a .23-acre property and changed ownership in September 2016 for $520,000. 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

   

08/23/17 04:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Selectmen Order Aquarion Work Permit Revoked

UPDATE After lengthy discussion, the Westport Board of Selectmen today ordered revocation of a work permit for Aquarion Water Company to upgrade century-old water mains on Myrtle Avenue.

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The company had originally wanted to do the work at night — something Police Chief Foti Koskinas vetoed because it was not an emergency — and instead proposed that it be done in the daytime beginning Sept. 18.

But the board members balked at the timing. They said a start next spring was preferred because it would cause less disruption for nearby residents, school buses, and merchants.

Aquarion representative Alan Huth, manager of utility programs, told the board he was not sure his company would authorize such a change in the schedule because of logistics and budgetary considerations.

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08/23/17 12:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

House Democrats Offer Modest Town Aid Shift in New Budget

Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

Majority House Democrats today unveiled a new budget that matches the town aid proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy while redistributing education funds more modestly from wealthy and middle-income towns and into poorer communities.

But the House Democratic plan, which still features a sales tax increase and surcharges on restaurant and hotel transactions, avoids taxing hospitals and billing cities and towns for teacher pension costs as proposed by the governor.

The caucus proposal also would reduce income tax credits for middle-income families and for the working poor, and defer a third consecutive income tax break for retired teachers.

Democrats, who hold a 79-72 edge in the House, say their plan would reduce overall municipal aid in the budget by 5 percent to help close major projected deficits in each of the next two fiscal years.

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08/23/17 12:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Newman’s Own Donates $35K to 5 Westport Nonprofits to Mark 35th Anniversary

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Newman’s Own Foundation is donating $35,000 to five Westport nonprofits, the Foundation announced today.

They are among 15 nonprofits receiving $35,000 donations to mark the founding of Newman’s Own on Aug. 25, 1982 by the late Westport actor and philanthropist Paul Newman.

The Westport recipients include: CLASP Homes, Homes With Hope, Westport Historical Society, the Westport Library, and Westport Volunteer EMS.

The Foundation said the 15 nonprofit organizations were originally funded and have been supported for more than three decades.

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08/23/17 12:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Meghan E. Gannon, 19

Meghan Elizabeth Gannon of Westport died Aug. 21 at the Gaylord Rehabilitation Facility in Wallingford. She was 19.

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Meghan Gannon: 2016 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

She was born Feb. 17, 1998 in Greenwich and lived most of her life in Westport. She was a 2016 graduate of Staples High School.

She was diagnosed with a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease at an early age, and through determination and strength was able to lead a normal life, with the help and support of a large network of family, friends and the local community.

She never allowed her disposition to keep her from enjoying her life and affecting so many others in the process.

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08/23/17 11:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Letters: Westporters Speak Out on Proposed Coyote Ordinance

To the Editor:

As a Westport voter, I take pride that we ban hunting and trapping. We are the only town in Connecticut that does, due to special statutory authority granted many years ago.

Other towns should be able to ban hunting trapping if they so choose. I was happy to hear that this year, for the first time, a bill was introduced that would allow municipalities to ban trapping.

The bill, proposed by a Fairfield County Representative, the Honorable Fred Camillo, was blocked from even having a public hearing by DEEP, and now DEEP is working hard right here in Westport to try to overturn our community’s long-standing ban on trapping.

The head of DEEP’s trapping program even showed up at our last ordinance committee meeting (in his DEEP uniform), despite the fact that this meeting provided no opportunity for his input.

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08/23/17 10:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Scene

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Compo Beach scene early Tuesday afternoon as temperatures climbed into the 90s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate”
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z and ZBA Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Library Collaborates with WHS to Safeguard Files

The Westport Library announced today it is collaborating with the Westport Historical Society (WHS) to transfer and protect the library’s historical files during its transformation project.

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Westport Historical Society volunteers Eve Potts (l) and Marion Morra (r) at work sorting through archival documents and photos in the Westport Library’s collection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The 18 to 21 months of construction is set to begin Sept. 14.

Select materials will be moved to the WHS, library officials said, where they will be on long-term loan during the renovation project.

“The library is fortunate to have a wealth of unique records that provide an unparalleled look back into Westport’s history,” said Library Executive Director Bill Harmer.

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