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Police Alert: Black Bear Spotted

UPDATE Westport police tonight alerted residents in the Bayberry Lane area of a black bear spotted near Highland Road.

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A black bear spotted last year in Stamford.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Police said they received three or four calls about the bear.

A CodeRed telephone notification to area residents said: “The Westport Police Department has received several reports of a black bear sighting in the northeast section of town.

“The bear has been sighted roaming between the area of Bayberry Lane, Highland Road, and Tupelo Road.

Westport Artist’s Baseball Works Go On Display

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, who was the grand marshal of the Westport’s Memorial Day parade on Monday is one of three artists featured at a new exhibit, “Play Ball!!” at the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. The other two artists are Glenn Callahan and Busch (identified professionally by one name). Seven of Fisher’s paintings on display in the exhibit include (l-r) “The Closer,” “The Second Baseman,” “The Starter,” “The Manager and Coaches,” “The Shortstop,” “The Third Baseman,” and “The First Baseman.” The baseball-oriented artwork is on display through July 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

‘I Was Born With a Baseball in My Mouth’

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher addresses a reception tonight at the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery where some of his baseball-related paintings went on display as part of a new exhibit, “Play Ball!!.” Fisher, who was this year’s grand marshal at the Westport Memorial Day parade, welcomed the crowd and said,“Let’s all sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’”  And they did. Explaining his love of baseball, he said, “I was born with a baseball in my mouth.” Click here to see some scenes from the reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

House Drops Energy Auction from Budget

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The Connecticut General Assembly staggered into the final weekend of the 2013 session today, trying to close an elusive budget deal among majority Democrats, who forced the Malloy administration to give up on a plan to raise $80 million through an energy auction.

Sources in the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said the tentative budget deal would redirect proceeds from a cap-and-trade, anti-pollution program to make up some of the lost revenue. And for the second time in recent days, lawmakers scaled back a controversial tax extension on electricity generators.

Malloy administration officials and legislators conducted impromptu negotiations Friday in Capitol corridors turned sticky from the first hot breaths of summer, often with lobbyists and reporters straining to hear.

Arms folded, House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, stood outside the House, warning Mark Ojakian, the governor’s chief of staff, that the GOP was unhappy with proposed election legislation. He threatened a filibuster.

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Comings & Goings: Westport Invitations Closing & Moving

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Westport Invitations, 793 Post Road East near Westport Wash & Wax,featuring invitations, party and packaging supplies, and online computer shopping and custom gifts, is closing its Post Road East store on June 7 and moving, according to its website and store sign announcements. There was no word on the new location and the owner, Valerie Smith, could not be reached. On opening in 2011, Smith said Westport was the 10-year-old online business’s first retail location. (See WestportNow Nov. 23, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Oscar Found a Good Home

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Oscar. Westport Animal Control

Oscar is a 3 1/2-year-old pure German Shepherd abandoned by a breeder at a CT animal control facility after he became aggressive with the new unaltered breeder male in the home.  He is very well trained and affectionate with people of all ages.  He does appear to get along with other female dogs.  We need to find a good home for him asap as he is devastated by not being around people.  He is currently recuperating at a veterinary hospital following his neutering surgery done courtesy of WASA.  For additional information about this WONDERFUL fellow, please call (203)557-0361 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sweet Logan Has A Home

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Logan. Westport Animal Control

Logan is a young, approximately one-year-old, male blue-pit mix at Westport Animal Control (Elaine Road, (203-341-5076).  He is very sweet and affectionate and does appear to get along well with other dogs. Logan walks well on a leash, is housebroken and knows his basic commands.  He’s a very handsome boy with soft fur and warm brown eyes.  He was an instant hit when he arrived at animal control, and we know you’ll feel the same when you meet him.  Logan has been neutered and brought up-to-date on his vet care courtesy of WASA.

Senate OKs GMO Labeling Compromise Bill

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

With a deal that revives a bill requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, Connecticut’s legislative leaders today acknowledged a movement that has muscled its way from the scientific fringe to political mainstream.

Senate and House leaders announced a bipartisan compromise that is expected to make Connecticut the first state to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

It passed the Senate unanimously with little debate and was sent to the House, where the leadership promises final passage before the adjournment deadline of midnight Wednesday.

A week ago, the measure appeared dead. Then a grass-roots group, GMO Free CT, used social media to focus the movement’s ire on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, whom activists deemed responsible for the apparent defeat.

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