Wednesday, September 06, 2017
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Municipal Pension Boards
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - UN Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists Collective Pop Up Show
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - 5 Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority
7:30 p.m. - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
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Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight voted 29 to 0 with 3 abstentions on a nonbinding, sense-of-meeting resolution to commit Westport’s best efforts to become a Net Zero environmental impact community by 2050.
The resolution presented by the town’s Green Task Force and endorsed by First Selectman Jim Marpe and other town officials shows the town’s commitment to be sustainably managed, dramatically reducing its effects across energy, water and waste.
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg was one of the first members of the public to speak urging the RTM endorse the resolution.
“Across the state we are known as being progressive in terms of environmental sustainability,” Steinberg said. “I urge you to support this resolution.
The owners of 54 Wright St., in the Kings Highway North Historic District, are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Tricia Wentworth, co-owner of the property with her husband Mark Fagan. According to Weingarten, the barn, known as the Bradley Barn was built in c.1842 behind the Jesse Bradley house built in c.1840. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Deputy Tax Collector Harry Whiteley, Jr. was promoted to tax collector today, replacing Peggy Klein, who retired Sept. 1 after 30 years of service, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced.
“I am very pleased to promote Harry Whiteley to tax collector,” Marpe said. “Over 10 years ago, Harry joined the Town of Westport as a part-time tax data processing clerk. Since then, he has displayed leadership qualities and has grown with the department.”
Marpe said Whiteley was promoted to deputy tax collector in 2014, “and has been instrumental in forming a team environment committed to customer service and internal improvements.”
Most of Whiteley’s career has been in information technology (IT), programming systems and performance management. For 35 years he worked for UST Inc. in Greenwich as IT manager for its corporate headquarters.
Public Works Director Steve Edwards announced today that effective immediately, PaintCare, a no fee, paint recycling program will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.
Westport residents can now bring latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac, but no spray paint, to the Westport Transfer Station at 300 Sherwood Island Connector.
The transfer station is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.
Edwards said there is no charge for recycling paint for Westport residents, nor are any local tax dollars expended.
By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has offered a major compromise to end the state budget standoff, scaling back his proposed shift of teacher pension costs to cities and towns by half.
Malloy, who originally suggested communities cover one-third of the fastest-growing expense in the state budget, told The Mirror today he would accept their contributing only the costs tied to present-day teachers.
The massive-and-rapidly growing unfunded liability — compensating for decades’ worth of contributions not made by past governors and legislators — would remain the state’s responsibility.
And while the governor said he remains committed to a new, two-year state budget that does not “lead with revenue” to close major projected deficits, he is willing to discuss revenue options to hasten an agreement.
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Pop Up artist Howland Blackiston (r) and his wife Joy put the finishing touches today on his work, “Welcome home your lordship,” a silicone and mixed media work that is 67 inches tall It is one of the items in the Westport Artists Collective Fall Pop Up show on Wednesday at the Westport Arts Center. The show opens with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception, and works can be viewed through Saturday. There will be artists’ talk on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Sue and Jackie Marshall, owners of Party Harty, the Westport-based 28-year-old party supplies business, celebrated the grand opening today at their new location, 578 Post Road East with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Participants included (l-r) - First Selectman Jim Marpe, Sue Marshall and her daughter Jackie, staff member Michele Bloch, and property owners Joan and Doug Hyde. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state emergency management officials today reminded Connecticut residents that the tropics remain very active and people should take the needed steps to prepare well in advance of any storm threatening the state.
The reminder came as Hurricane Irma, now one of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record, is targeting the Leeward Islands and Florida.
In Westport, Fire Chief Rob Yost, the town’s emergency management director, said he was keeping close watch on Irma but that it was too early to make specific storm preparations.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the principle threat period for Connecticut occurring between mid-August and mid-October. the governor’s office said.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Saint John Place, off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1936, the one-story ranch has 1,145-square feet, is situated on a .25-acre property and last exchanged ownership, according to assessor records, in April 1991 for $195,000. 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
Officers arrested an employee of a Westport salon for pocketing money that should have gone into the register, police said today.
Shereen Pascal, 29, of Bridgeport, was charged with sixth-degree larceny upon her arrest Monday after she turned herself in on an outstanding warrant, according to Lt. David Farrell.
The incident dates back to July 2016 when Officer Scott Morrison responded to Supercuts, 1799 Post Road East, on the report of a larceny.
“The manager stated that employee, Shereen Pascal, was seen on the surveillance video putting $20 into her pocket on two occasions,” Farrell said.
UPDATE A large power outage hit Norwalk late Monday night and spilled over into Westport.
Eversource said 2,850 customers, or 9 percent of Norwalk, were affected. By 1 a.m. today, the company said all had been restored.
In Westport, the company said shortly after 11 p.m. that 111 customers were without power. Westport Police said western portions of the town were impacted.
Cause of the outages was not immediately known.
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Summer Reading Celebration Party
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Boating Advisory Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, September 04, 2017
The Westport Police Marine Unit late today assisted Fairfield Marine officers off Southport shores after a sailboat ran aground on a sunken island. Six persons and two dogs were aboard, and all “are reported to be okay,” the department said in a Facebook posting. Officers were challenged by 3-foot plus waves and had to utilize Westport’s WaveRunner, a type of small personal watercraft, to get a line in due to rocks. Sea Tow, a marine assistance provider, was on scene and assisted as well, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo
Cars lined up on Compo Beach Road today awaiting entry into Compo Beach. At one point, entry was closed to paying day visitors as parking had reached capacity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among those gathered this Labor Day today at the Longshore pools on the last day of the season was Westport resident Mike Sheehan and son, Henry, 3. Sheehan, an attorney, said he and his family, formerly residents of Baltimore, moved to Westport in June as a result of a company transfer to its New York office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
There are no surprises in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” a buddy action-comedy. Two established American stars (one Caucasian, one African-American), supported by some stalwart, foreign character-actors, engage in lots of violence, peppered with profanity.
Disgraced Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is an elite private security guard — aka bodyguard — who botched an assignment when a Japanese arms-dealing client succumbed to sniper fire.
So when his former girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Young), asks him to safeguard a witness, promising to restore his “Triple A” reputation, he accepts the assignment.
Bryce is to provide protection for convicted hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who is going from Manchester, England, to The Hague to testify in International Criminal Court against the deposed “ex-Soviet Union” Belarusian president, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman).
It was clean up and take down day today at the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent Westport Library parking lot following the two-day 10th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed.
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Sunday, September 03, 2017
Scenes from day two of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (r), 14, performed as Taz and Friends today at the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. As the longest-running cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock: The Musical,” for over two years, Taz treated audiences to his energized and advanced guitar stylings as the character “Zach.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo