West Hartford – In a televised debate tonight, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley met in a political Twilight Zone, each unable or unwilling to recognize the reality of the other’s Connecticut.
Malloy defied polls that show a dispirited and disapproving electorate. He claimed progress, pronouncing himself proud of resolving an inherited $3.67 billion deficit without gutting municipal aid. Foley all but suggested he was mad, seeking votes in a different dimension.
“Sometime, I wonder if he’s living in the same state,” Foley said, prompting titters. Later he said, “It’s simply not true what you’re telling people.”
But Foley joined Malloy in downplaying non-partisan projections of a significant deficit in the coming year, albeit one far smaller than what confronted the first-term Democratic governor after he defeated Foley in 2010. To do otherwise would require Foley to promise more than his proposed budget freeze.
Grant Sirlin (shown in photo) returned to action against New Canaan today, following a layoff with a broken nose. Nate Argosh’s goal, off Graham Gudis’ free kick, helped the Staples boys soccer team earn a 1-1 draw with the Rams. The Wreckers, now 3-2-2, host Central on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Bagel Maven, 538 Post Road East, closed today after owner Alex Perdomo said he was unable to get a new lease. Although the business has been there since 1990, he has been the owner for only the past six years. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2014) In a statement, Perdomo said: “Even though I must leave today, I am grateful for the time I had here. The customers have been wonderful to me, they became my friends and it is my hope to stay in Westport if I can find another space soon. God bless everyone. Thank you!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today swore in Ruta Pratt, 39, one of two new members of the Westport Police Department. A 1995 graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Pratt was a police officer with the Waterbury Police Department since October 2002. She most recently held the rank of detective. Both officers fill vacancies caused by retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Daniel Paz, 27, of Bridgeport gets his new Westport Police badge pinned on today by wife Brittany as nephew Colton, 3, watches following a swearing in ceremony at police headquarters. Paz served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq, and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Prior to his hiring by Westport, Paz was a police officer in Bridgeport since April 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The designated section of the Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street has been fenced off for the relocation of the Kemper-Gunn House from Church Lane, expected to take place in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The children’s library at the Westport Library was overflowing today for a “pirate party.” Australian educator and author Hugh Kingsley (l) read passages from his book “Pirates in the Yard.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission today took a field trip to 333 Post Road West where a plan is under review to convert a commercial office building (rear) to a medical facility. The plan includes demolition of the structures at 335 Post Road West (foreground) (see WestportNow Teardown of the Day, Dec. 17, 2013) which would be converted to a parking lot to meet the parking requirements for medical facilities, according to P&Z Director Larry Bradley. Owner Linda Mandell, who was on the excursion, said Internal Medicine Associates of Westport will leave its longtime home at 162 Kings Highway North to be one of the new tenants. Performance Physical Therapy, currently at 333 Post Road West, will remain, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at Westport’s 163 Compo Road South was demolished today. Built in 1912, the two-story colonial had 1,545 square feet, was situated on a 1.55-acre property, and changed ownership last month for $850,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 28, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com