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Riding the Bloomin’ Metric

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Several thousand riders took part today in the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club’s Bloomin’ 2013 Metric bike ride. Riders had a choice of three routes—25 miles, 75 kilometers (47.6 miles) or 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) along scenic roads of Fairfield County Connecticut. All stared and ended at SherwoodI Island State Park in Westport. view is of riders on North Avenue in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Harvey L. Koizim, 86

Harvey L. Koizim of New Haven, formerly of Westport where he was a well known attorney and municipal judge, died May 31 at home. He was 86.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of Moses and Beatrice (Bernstein) Koizim. He graduated from Colby College and the Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

He practiced law in the Westport area, served as a municipal judge, and founded County Federal Savings & Loan Association. Following his retirement as CEO of County Federal, he devoted himself to numerous New Haven community nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiaries of his guidance include Artspace New Haven, CitySeed, Edgerton Park Conservancy, HOME, Inc., the Long Wharf and Shubert Theaters, New Haven Farms, and the Historic Wooster Square Association.

Bridge Street Bridge Closed to Let Boat Pass

UPDATE Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge, whose formal name in the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge, was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for and hour and 45 minutes today to let a boat through, police said.

The bridge, which has been undergoing repairs, was closed to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and reopened at 10:15 a.m.

Because of the repairs, the swing bridge had to be opened and closed manually to let the boat through, police said.

This prolonged the closure to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, police said. There is no repair work being performed today.

Bear Wanders Coleytown Area

UPDATE A black bear first spotted Saturday night in Westport’s Bayberry Lane area near Highland Road and Tupelo Road early today was tracked to Silver Brook Road in the Coleytown area, police said.

He was seen at about 6:05 a.m. around 28 Silver Brook Road, according to reports from the scene.

In an updated advisory to residents at 6:40 a.m., police said: “Black bear actively roaming in the Weston Rd area seeking residential garbage. Bear is not aggressive. Do not approach, be aware of your surroundings when outside. Take caution when letting your pets out.”

In a CodeRed telephone message to area residents Saturday night, police advised people to refrain from feeding or making contract with the bear. “Just leave it alone,” the message said.

House Adopts $37.6 Billion Budget — Or Is It $44 Billion?

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

After an exhausting debate that began after midnight Sunday and wrapped at sunrise, the House of Representatives adopted a $37.6 billion, two-year budget that preserves municipal aid, meets a rising demand for social services, and shifts an unprecedented $6 billion out from the constitutional spending cap.

The Democrat-controlled House passed the budget 95-48 in a vote along party lines at 5:15 a.m.

The budget expands the education reform initiatives adopted last year while launching a major science and technology expansion plan at the University of Connecticut. It calls for expenditures of $18.6 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1 and $19 billion the next.

If not for a dramatic new interpretation of how Medicaid spending is counted, the bottom line next fiscal year would fall just shy of $21.5 billion, representing a 6 percent hike in the state’s operating budget. In 2014-15, the total spending would be $22.5 billion, up another 4.6 percent. Over two years, the new budget would spend $44 billion, based on the current method for reporting Medicaid spending.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013


7 a.m – 9:30 a.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – Sign-in for Bloomin Metric 2013 bicycle ride
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Veterans Green – Westport Historical Society Garden Marketplace
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – 22nd Annual Hidden Garden Tour
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Saugatuck Train Station – Westport Antique & Vintage Emporium
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2013” (last day)
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Jeffrey Frank, “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage”
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Gilbertie’s Herb Garden – Westport Historical Society Toast the Tour Party

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

House Gears for Overnight Debate on $37.6 Billion Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

The House of Representatives was expected Sunday to adopt a $37.6 billion budget for the next two fiscal years that preserves municipal aid, meets a rising demand for social services, and shifts an unprecedented $6 billion out from the constitutional spending cap.

The budget bill expands the education reform initiatives adopted last year while launching a major science and technology expansion plan at the University of Connecticut. It calls for expenditures of $18.6 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1 and $19 billion the next.

If not for a dramatic new interpretation of how Medicaid spending is counted, the bottom line next fiscal year would fall just shy of $21.5 billion, representing a 6 percent hike in the state’s operating budget. In 2014-15, the total spending would be $22.5 billion, up another 4.6 percent.

The budget includes a major raid on the transportation fund, shifting its resources to general-fund expenditures, just as motorists prepare for one of the largest gasoline tax hikes in history. It also refinances operating debt from the last recession, spends over $220 million from the current year’s surplus and launches a new Keno lottery game.

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