Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Malloy Re-Nominated, Won’t Let GOP ‘Short-Change Connecticut’

By Keith M. Phaneuf


Connecticut Democrats poured into their state convention today, pledging that whatever it lacked in drama it would make up for in passion.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addresses the state convention today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

The more than 1,800 delegates at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford re-nominated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who vowed to battle energetically for a second term.

And Malloy, who has taken some heat over a sluggish economy and ongoing deficit projections for state finances, said that while there is more work to do, he would celebrate a track record filled with successes.

Malloy, entered the stage with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” blaring throughout the hall, touted his efforts to grow jobs, to improve conditions for labor, to reform health care and state finances, and to control gun violence in the wake of the December 2012 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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Sunrise Rotary Honors Five Westporters

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored five Westporters for their community service at its Paul Harris Fellowship breakfast at the Westport Inn. They included (top row, l-r) Dan Woog “for being Westport’s best publicist, among other accomplishments;” Tod Keenan for 30 years service as a Westport Volunteer Emergency Service crew chief; Robin Tauck for the contributions the Tauck Foundation makes to youth development in the area; (bottom row, l-r) Miggs Burroughs, “who never says ‘no,’ for a career of artistic creations and contributions to local charities”, and Dick Lowenstein for “making the Westport Library book sales happen for 20 years.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hal Levy for WestportNow.com

GOP Convention: Debicella in 4th CD, Greenberg in 5th

By Mark Pazniokas


Uncasville —Like a political assembly line, the Republican Party today simultaneously churned out endorsed candidates for Congress in all five districts, overwhelmingly backing two repeat candidates, Dan Debicella in the 4th and Mark Greenberg in the 5th.

The 4th District of Fairfield County and the sprawling 5th of Western Connecticut are considered to be the GOP’s two best chances to win a congressional race here for the first time since 2006. In both districts, the party is up against well-funded and well-prepared incumbents.

Debicella, 39, of a Shelton, a former two-term state senator who lost to U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th, in 2010, accepted the endorsement with a sharp attack on the state of the U.S. economy, the administration of Barack Obama and Himes’ role as a fundraiser for congressional Democrats.

“Jim is so focused on raising money for his party that he is willing to trade legislation for it,” Debicella said. He won easily over two other candidates and appears to face no primary.

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Flash Flood Watch Continues Through Tonight

The National Weather Service said a Flash Flood Watch continues for Westport and area through late tonight.

A slow moving cold front will move across the area this evening through tonight. Rain will increase in coverage late this afternoon and become heavy at times this evening and overnight with the potential for thunderstorms.

Total rainfall is expected to range between 1 and 2 inches with localized amounts up to 3 inches in the heavier showers and areas of convection, the Weather Service said.

Additionally, the heaviest rain is expected to coincide with high tide on the Atlantic and western Long Island Sound tonight which could exacerbate flooding along the South Shore of Long Island and southern Fairfield County.

Westport Property Transfers April 28 – May 2, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 28 - May 2, 2014:

Priscilla K. Boyle and J. Gilbert Plantinga to Matthew Spring and Elizabeth Walchuck, 22 Timber Lane, $850,000WNproperty.jpg

David J. Kappos and Leslie Y. Kimball to Adam Matthew Magsig and Lily Ross Conner, 30 Charcoal Hill Road, $1,715,000

Homes Of Westport LLC to First Ct Capital LLC, 3 Grays Farm Road, $1,900,000

Thomas H. Shrager to Luguang Yang and Jason Carter, 169 Riverside Ave., $740,000

Last Academic Day for Staples Seniors: Basketball in Courtyard

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Seniors at Westport’s Staples High School today play basketball in the courtyard during their last academic day at school. Starting next week, seniors will start the senior internship program, helping prepare them for joining the workforce and college. Principal John Dodig told students to make the right choices on their last day. Security appeared heightened in preparation for any senior pranks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Delays Result in Coffee Break on Metro-North

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A Metro-North conductor let passengers out at Westport today to get coffee after hearing that wires were down, causing 60-90 delays. The train engineer gave several horn blasts as promised to warn passengers that the train would be resuming its trip into New York so they would have time to reboard. After service resumed, Metro-North warned of 30-60 minute delays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com