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Up Close Encounter With a Tractor

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Westporter Eric Agovino guides his daughter Alice, 4, and Michael Brennan, 4, as they climb down from the cockpit of a Geiger Nursery tractor at today’s Touch A Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, March 23, 2013


9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Coleytown Elementary School (65 Easton Road) – 8th Annual Touch-A-Truck
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “William Wegman: The Traveler”
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Earthplace – Kite Day
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
3 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players present “Chorus Line”
7 p.m. – Westport Inn – A Better Chance of Westport 10th Annual Dream Event
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players present “Chorus Line”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Property Transfers Mar. 4 – 8, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 4 - 8, 2013:

Sherwood Homes LLC to Matthew and Crystal Galati, 263 North Ave., $2,117,500WN property.jpg

Piekarski Investments LLC to Matthew, Ian and Rebecca Slocum, 5 Norport Drive, $2,625,000

Heidi Mitchell to Benjamin S. and Emily S. Fischer, 5E Gorham Ave., $1,360,000

Siew Hui Terence Oh and Mei Dee Lim to Andaleeb M. Hossain and Sara Melendez-Hossa, 2 Gilbert Lane, $1,025,000

Comings & Goings: Rive Bistro Opens Next Week

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Rive Bistro will open Wednesday at 299 Riverside Ave., the former site of the River House Tavern, according to co-owner Vivi Torres. River House closed in January after a 10-year run. (See WestportNow Jan. 12, 2013) Chef and co-owner Eric Sierra, a native of Biarritz, France, was associated with Westport’s Bistro des Amis from 1991 to 2001 and Il Palio, a Shelton restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine. He also was at Martel’s in Farfield. A news release said the new restaurant features a “menu that is French all the way –- sans pretense, with a hint of flavor from various French speaking territories. Chef Sierra has created a casual menu that instead focuses on the better ingredients, bigger flavors, and heartier dishes associated with French country cuisine, with a nod to more refined and classic preparations, without the higher price tag.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A Health Clinic is Favored, and the FBI Asks Why

By Mark Pazniokas

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It is a mystery that the FBI is trying now to unravel: On the last day of the 2012 session, how did legislators come to create a $15 million pool of bond money exclusively for a chain of nonprofit clinics operated by Mark Masselli, a political supporter of then-House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan?

On April 3, the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee endorsed a $199 million bond package that included $20 million for a competitive grants program to finance the renovation and expansion of community health centers that serve more than 300,000 patients annually.

But by the last night of the session on May 9, that $20 million pool open to all 14 of the state’s community health organizations had morphed into $30 million, divided into equal pools of $15 million. The bond package won final approval minutes before midnight on the final night.

One $15 million pool was open to the 13 members of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.

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Linda McMahon & ? Gift $1M Each to Family Y

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The Westport Weston Family Y said today it has received two $1 million gifts – from the Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation and from an anonymous donor. To commemorate the McMahon gift, Family Y leaders presented the twice unsuccessful Republican senate candidate with a stained-glass sculpture. The Family Y said these gifts, along with several other significant recent donations, increase the total contributions to the Y’s capital campaign to $12 million with less than $3 million remaining to be raised in order to fully fund its $38.5 million facility being built at its Mahackeno property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Malloy’s Plan to Merge Watchdog Agencies in Trouble

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to further consolidate state watchdog agencies—and shift oversight of their most crucial functions into his administration—could be facing a big roadblock in the state legislature’s budget-writing panel.

Though the Appropriations Committee isn’t expected to release its budget proposal for another month, members speaking during and after today’s public hearing on the governor’s merger plan were openly skeptical.

Also today, a new coalition of powerful social services, open government and civil rights advocates announced its formation to oppose the governor’s plan.

“Each one of these individual offices represents something that is necessary, that protects people,” Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, said of the nine watchdog agencies currently aligned in a loose confederation known as the state Office of Governmental Accountability.

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