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Susan Granger at the Movies: Halloween Offerings

By Susan Granger

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the gruesome, sadistic horror thriller “Saw” is back in theaters for a week, and the only other scary stories are “Nightcrawler,” “Dracula Untold” and “Ouija.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller “Nightcrawler” as a sociopath who prowls Los Angeles at night with a video camera, doing accident and crime-reporting and selling his footage to a TV news director (Rene Russo), who’s hungry for ratings.

Problem is: instead of remaining a passive bystander, he brazenly begins to stage his own roadside carnage -– until he stumbles onto an apparent home invasion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Nightcrawler” is a dark, cynical 7, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence.

Michelle Obama Attends Raucous Malloy Rally

By Mark Pazniokas

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New Haven –- Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally today in the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or finds safe harbor.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in New Haven today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“We’re in New Haven for a reason,” Malloy told a capacity crowd of 1,600 from a stage in the gym of Wilbur Cross High School, whose teams are nicknamed the Governors.  “If you want to know why I’m on this stage, it’s because people like you never stopped. You never gave up.”

The last votes for Malloy in 2010 may have been counted in Bridgeport, the scene of a chaotic Election Day, but more of them came from New Haven, the city whose voting list were double-checked for days by Republicans astonished at the turnout that gave Malloy a narrow win.

“New Haven is the linchpin,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat elected to his first term that same day, albeit by a comfortable margin.

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Westport Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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First Selectman Jim Marpe today read a proclamation on the steps of Town Hall commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Domestic violence is a serious crime that affects people of all races, ages, gender and income levels,” he said. Marpe pointed out “coincidentally, and not ironically, just last week, when WestportNow ran the press release announcing this very ceremony and the activities devoted to raising awareness, the post just below the announcement recounted an incident of domestic violence here in Westport.”  He added, “As first selectman, I have the ability to peruse the weekly police blotters, and I am well aware of the fact that our police officers are on the front line dealing with this problem.” Residents interested in becoming involved in the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force should contact the chairperson, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com

Special School Performance of ‘Intimate Apparel’

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The Westport Country Playhouse today hosted 510 students from five local schools for a special mid-morning performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nattage’s “Intimate Apparel.” The students, transported to the theater in 10 buses, included representation from St. Luke’s School (New Canaan), Notre Dame High School (Fairfield), Trumbull High School, Staples High School and Norwalk Community College. The love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, runs through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Wheels Open on Post Road East

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Wheels Convenience Store, owned by Trumbull-based Consumers Petroleum, has opened at its CITGO-branded location at 786 Post Road East. (See WestportNow Sept. 8, 2014) An announcement said the business tries to support other area businesses and entrepreneurs and noted it would offer products from Westport-based snack food company Nothin’ But Foods. It said it invites the community for a sampling on Nov. 7. Westport is Wheels’ 20th outlet in the state with other nearby sites in Norwalk, Wilton, and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Scheduled Marina Project to Limit Beach Access

Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced today that a months’ long dredging and shoreline stabilization project at Compo Beach’s Ned Dimes Marina will begin in three weeks.

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Large boulders have been moved into the Compo Beach marina area as part of the project.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

He said during the construction over the winter months, vehicle and pedestrian access to the west end of the beach will be restricted.

“We know residents enjoy the beach all year around; however, a temporary restriction of vehicle traffic to the west end is required for the safety of the public as the construction progresses,” said McCarthy.

He said pedestrians will still be able to access the west end via South Beach, but they will be restricted from the roadway and construction area.

Thursday,  October 30, 2014


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Village District Steering Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. – Town Hall Steps – Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen: Tech Hangout
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Parks & Recreation Commission/Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee Work Session
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Under Milk Wood: a Play for Voices”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Good News for Some Westport Commuters

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The evening commute from Grand Central Terminal to Westport should improve for some commuters beginning Nov. 9. A Metro-North flyer left on train seats tonight outlined schedule changes announced this week. One is aimed at relieving overcrowding on the 6:31 p.m. train which will no longer stop in Stamford. The train is popular with Westport commuters because it runs express, stopping only in Stamford and East Norwalk before reaching Westport and Green’s Farm. The schedule changes provide for the first time for new half-hourly service between New Haven and New York in the off-peaks and on weekends. View is of commuters departing the train that arrived at 7:37 p.m. today in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

Staples Girls Soccer Celebrates FCIAC Co-Championship

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The Staple Girls Soccer team celebrates its FCIAC co-championship after tonight’s 1-1 tie with Fairfield Warde at Norwalk High School. This is the first FCIAC championship for the team since 1995. Staples will start the state tournament Tuesday with a bye for the first round due to its record (12-2-5) and No. 4 ranking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacy Jagerson Fowle for WestportNow.com