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Malloy Shrinks Deficit Cutting Social Services, Colleges

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Arielle Levin Becker, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Connecticut’s social services safety net and its public colleges and universities took the brunt today of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first effort to whittle down a $363 million state budget deficit.

The administration released $123 million worth of emergency cuts ordered by the governor, including nearly $70 million aimed at health care and social service agencies and $25 million more at public colleges and universities.

Technically, the governor used his emergency authority to slice $170 million off the books. But because about $47 million of the cuts announced today involved spending the administration had planned to cancel to meet miscellaneous savings targets built into the budget, the overall deficit shrank to about $240 million.

“Many of these cuts are very difficult to make, especially now when so many residents continue to struggle in a tough economy,” the governor’s budget director, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, said today. “But as painful as they are, cuts are necessary to keep this year’s budget in balance. State government needs to live within its means.”

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Comings & Goings: Bel Mondo to Post Road West

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Bel Mondo, an interior design and accessories business, has opened at 222 Post Road West, according to Australian-born co-owner Heidi Lyme. She said she grew up in Sydney, Australia where her mother, Pamela, owned a successful high end fashion and interiors shop, Mondo Vogue, for 45 years until her death a year ago The store is co-owned by Easton resident and Belgium native Georg Peters. “Opening this business is a dream come true,” Lyme said. “My mother’s former store, Mondo Vogue, means world of fashion and Bel Mondo means beautiful world. This venture is in memory of her.” She added, “We have lovely holiday gifts including pillows, furniture and home accessories.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 5 – Nov. 9, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 5 - 9, 2012:

Brian R. and Janet S. OLeary to Nicholas and Runa Knapp, 6 Nappa Drive, $850,000WN property.jpg

Echo Valley LLC to Christopher D. Cocco, 6 Pond Edge Road, $2,000,000

Goodwill Of Western and Northern Connecticut to Echo Valley LLC, 1568 - 1572 Post Road East, $1,950,000

US Bank NA - TR to Madhurya and Eymard J. Chitty, 216 Bayberry Lane, $1,500,000

Presenting the Colors

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At a ceremony at Westport Police Headquarters today, Police Officer Michael Ruttenber, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve staff sergeant, presented the U.S. Marine Corps Colors to Chief Dale Call, on behalf of the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Bravo Company. During their deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, they were the recipients of donated foods, snacks and personal hygiene items collected at the Westport Police Department and shipped to Bravo Company. Public Safety officer, Chris Proudfoot, also a former Marine, led the collection drive. According to officer Pete Biagiotti the colors, bearing the commemoration to Bravo Company, will be permanently displayed in the Police Headquarters classroom. Pictured (l-r) are Public Safety Officer Chris Proudfoot, Chief Dale Call, Police Officer and Staff Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Michael Ruttenber, Police Officers Sean Kelley, Don Rice, and Pete Biagiotti. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 163 Compo Rd. S.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South is in process. Built in 1912, the two-story colonial has 1,545 square feet and is situated on a 1.55-acre property. 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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission Study Report Committee
10 a.m. –  4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present”
1 p.m. – Westport Police Department – Presentation of the U.S. Marine Corps Colors
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission Study Report Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Special Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church – Navigating Through the Aftermath of Sandy public meeting (for Westport residents & real estate agents)
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Business Special: “Computers, Tablets, & Smartphone—What Works for You?”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Citizens Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Marc Elliot: “What Makes You Tic?”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Committee Aims to Make Foresight 2020

By James Lomuscio

Though the date is more than seven years away, Lou Gagliano, chairman of the Downtown 2020 Committee, says “the time is now” for Westport to plan its future.

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Downtown 2020 Chair Lou Gagliano tonight with committee member Craig Rebecca Schiavone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

“We have a unique opportunity here,” Gagliano told about 20 persons assembled in the Town Hall auditorium tonight at the committee’s first evening public meeting. “The time is now, so we’re here tonight to hear from you, the members of the community, to tell us what your concerns are because it’s an important path we’re walking together.”

Formed by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in March to plan the revitalization of the downtown while integrating planned projects such as Bedford Square, National Hall’s redevelopment, the library’s planned expansion and a cinema, the seven-member committee is now in the process of raising $150,000 to hire a consultant to draw up a master plan.

To reach that amount, Gagliano says the committee plans to raise $75,000 by Jan. 1 and seek the rest from the town. He said Downtown 2020 already has $17,000 in its coffers, including today’s $10,000 gift from the Westport Chamber of Commerce.