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Patricia A. Hurley Coley, 86

Patricia A. Hurley Coley, a former Westport resident, wife of James E. Coley 3rd of Clinton, died Feb. 23 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford after a long illness. She was 86. Image
Patricia Coley: Staples graduate.  Contributed photo

She was born in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. to the late Roy T. Hurley and Ruth A. Hurley and previously resided in Westport before settling in Clinton.

She was a graduate of Bedford Jr. High and Staples High School in Westport, attended Simmons College of Boston and Columbia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics.

She was a longtime member (1941-1970) of the Cedar Point Yacht Club of Westport as treasurer, manager of junior sailing, served on the race protest committee, and taught sailing.

Tree Warden: Still Determining Main St. Tree Locations Image
Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay told the Downtown Steering Committee Technical Subcommittee today that he does not yet know the location of new trees for Main Street. He said his main concern is soil, its root health and soil health. The trees need to be resilient in the event of flooding with a minimum 24-inch soil depth requirement, he said. Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r ) said his priority is replacement of roadside curbing, then light posts, and tree replacements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Off the Wall Image
Workers today removed the eight-panel, 32-foot wide mural from the wall of the tunnel that connects Westport Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza. Dedicated on Dec. 4, 1994 in honor of the First Night New Year’s celebration in downtown Westport, the panel was created by Westport artist Kassie Foss and Westport school children. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs has been commissioned to create a new art installation which will be dedicated in May during the Downtown Merchants Association annual Art About Town festival. The mural will go into storage and reappear as part of the Bedford Square development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Previewing Tunnel Vision Image
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (r) looks over a temporary banner that will replace an eight-panel mural removed today from the tunnel connecting Westport’s Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza. Burroughs has been commissioned to create a new art installation in its place to be unveiled during the May Downtown Merchants Association Art About Town event.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

House Speaker: Make CT Colleges and Hospitals Pay Property Taxes

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becker

Connecticut has long spared most colleges and hospitals from local property taxes and reimbursed their home communities with state grants worth a fraction of the lost tax revenue.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, says it’s time to effectively reverse that. The speaker’s proposal would subject the nonprofits to property taxes. And colleges and hospitals—not municipalities—could seek state grants to offset a portion of the cost.

Sharkey said the proposal is rooted in concerns about local taxes and the loss of taxable property as hospitals and colleges buy up real estate to use as outpatient facilities or faculty offices. Local taxpayers can’t afford to fund the police, fire and other services needed to support the nonprofit institutions without more help, he said.

“We already rely so heavily on the property tax,” Sharkey said Tuesday. “When they lose so much revenue from major institutions like this, the costs outweigh the benefits.”

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Thursday,  February 27, 2014

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Downtown Steering Committee Technical Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Movies for the Heart: “Royal Wedding”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – 5th Annual Westport Animal Shelter Advocates Top Dog 2014
6:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Thermal Imaging/Energy Efficiency Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Minecraft (grages 6-12)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Environment Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Staples Boys Hoopsters Defeat Trumbull 64-61 Image
The Staples boys basketball team tonight ended its season with a 64-61 win over Trumbull at home as the Wreckers honored four seniors—David Katz (15), Andrew Felman (20), Darryle Wiggins (23), and Todd Goldstein (30). The seniors, seen on the court with their families, finished their high school careers in style with Katz’s 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Wiggins’s 15 points and eight rebounds, Goldstein’s eight points and Felman’s five. Junior Jake Melnick also had 11 points in the win. The Wreckers ended the season with a record of 5-15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Obama to Visit Connecticut Next Week

Has Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s defense of President Obama’s minimum wage proposal played well at the White House?

The apparent answer came today: Obama plans to visit Connecticut March 5 to promote a minimum-wage increase with Malloy.

Video of Malloy’s jousting with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal outside the White House has gone viral, prompting invitations for Malloy to appear on national news programs.

It also prompted this sharp exchange between a Republican candidate for governor and one of the governor’s advisers.

Blumenthal Gets Key Senate Post on Rail Safety

By Ann Radelat

Washington – Sen. Richard Blumenthal was a surprise witness today at a House hearing aimed at improving rail safety that served as a forum to discuss Metro-North’s problems.

Connecticut’s Democratic senior senator, who has led a campaign against accident-prone Metro-North, was asked to testify at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing because Senate leaders today gave him the chairmanship to a key subcommittee.

Blumenthal now chairs the Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on surface transportation, which has jurisdiction over several federal agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

“My appearance is my first official act as chairman of the subcommittee,” Blumenthal said.

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