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Comings & Goings: New Wine Shop on PRE

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Westport Wine and Spirits will open soon at 877 Post Road East at the intersection of the Sherwood Island Connector. Owner Paul Sherman (above) explained that the Purple Feet banner currently on display above the storefront is temporary. The 32-year-old 2000 Staples High School graduate said he purchased the now defunct Purple Feet store, which was located at Playhouse Square and closed in November 2013. He said its liquor license will shortly be transferred to Westport Wine and Spirits at which time the Purple Feet banner will be removed. The site is the former location of Game Stop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Learnings About Thermal Imaging of Homes

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Westport’s Earthplace tonight hosted a workshop with the Westport Green Task Force to allow Westporters to learn more about the Westport Thermal Imaging and Energy Efficiency Program. The program offers Westporters free thermal images of their homes and the opportunity to learn about what kinds of energy efficiency opportunities are available. Westporters can visit WeGreenWestport.org to access their home thermal images. Pictured is David Mann, chair of the Westport Green Task Force, addressing the audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Top Dog 2014 Named

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Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) today named Cali, a lab-mix rescue from California, as Westport’s Top Dog 2014. Owner Valerie Malin and her children, Brandon, 10, and Madison, 14, posed with First Selectman Jim Marpe at a Town Hall ceremony. The family has owned Cali for four years and estimate her age as 4-1/2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

They’re All Top Dogs

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Finalists and winner in the Westport Top Dog 2014 competition posed on stage today at Westport Town Hall with First Selectman Jim Marpe and his dog Madison (“First Dog”), a Bernese Mountain Dog who turns 9 on Saturday. They are (l-r) Julie Laporo, WASA president, Top Dog Cali with Brandon and Madison Malin, Paul Tolentino with Suzy, Susan Silver with Gabby, and Cindy Schneider with Lurch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Metro-North Officials: Timeliness Interfered with Safety

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Efforts to ensure trains ran on time likely contributed to the accidents and other safety-related mishaps that plagued the Metro-North commuter railroad last year, the service’s top brass told state lawmakers today.

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Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the MTA (l), and Joseph J. Giiulietti, president of Metro-North, appeared before a legislative panel today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

And efforts to enhance safety could lead to more delays in the future.

But administrators also said the nation’s second-busiest commuter line is in the midst of a historic overhaul of safety and maintenance programs, and pledged to keep Connecticut officials apprised of that process in the months to come.

“Metro-North had a terrible 2013, with derailments, a major power outage, a drop in on-time performance and other problems,” Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told the legislature’s Transportation Committee during a special hearing. “And as a public transportation professional for over 35 years now, I know – as well as anyone – that you’re only as good as your last rush hour.”

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Comings & Goings: Cru Restaurant Closes

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Cru Restaurant, which opened last June in the lower level at 125 Main St., home of GAP Inc., with its entrance on Parker-Harding Plaza, has closed. The restaurant featured American, Mediterranean, and Pacific cuisine. It was owned by Steve Prokop and Todd Rose, owners of Cuvee, an upscale restaurant in West Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Duff’s Quiet Campaign for Majority Leader Goes Public

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

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Sen. Bob Duff: Setting sights on leadership post. Contributed photo

Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, was described today by a variety of political sources as the likely successor to Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, as majority leader, the result a quiet campaign waged in preparation for the day the job became open.

That day has arrived.

Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams, D-Brooklyn, surprised his colleagues Wednesday with the news he will not seek another term, clearing the way for Looney to assume the top leadership post.

In an instant, a private campaign by Duff to move into leadership became public.

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Weather Service: Frigid Temperatures Tonight

The National Weather Service said an Arctic front will cross the Westport area early this evening.

Scattered snow showers, which may be briefly heavy, are expected with the frontal passage. In its wake, 20 to 30 mph westerly winds and gusts of 35 to 45 mph are expected this evening.

The winds will gradually weaken after midnight but not before ushering in a frigid air mass, the Weather Service said.

Temperatures will drop into the teens through this evening, bottoming out in the single digits by daybreak Friday.

Van vs. Bicyclist Sends Rider to Hospital

UPDATE A 52-year-old Westport man was injured today when his bicycle collided with a van at the intersection of Hillandale Road and West Parish Road, police said.

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The bicycle involved rests at the intersection of Hillandale and West Parish Roads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo

Alix Boyer of Hales Court was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries following the 10:50 a.m. accident, police said.

A preliminary investigation determined that Boyer was riding his bicycle eastbound on Hillandale Road and failed to yield to opposing traffic at the stop sign at the intersection of West Parish Road, police said.

He collided with a van driven by Michael Troiano, 22, of New Fairfield, who was traveling north on West Parish Road, striking the left side of the van, police said.

National Merit Scholarship Finalists Named

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Nine Staples High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  As Merit Scholar finalists, they will have a chance to earn one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $35 million. Pictured are (back row l-r) Katherine Zhou, Steven Sobel,Charles Jersey, Mrinal Kumar, Sarah Fox and Ben Goldschlage; (front row) Warren Schorr, Amanda Mezoff and Eliza Llewellyn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo