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Friday,  October 10, 2014


10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – Art Cafe
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Arts Center –  “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
Noon – Westport Library – Sybil Steinberg: Best New Books
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. – Westport Library – ChessClub (grades K-12)
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Middle School Book Club
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Karaoke Night
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Intimate Apparel”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Pirate Plays”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Towns Plead for More Aid to Fix Roads & Bridges

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Recent increases in state funding for municipal road and bridge repair haven’t been enough to reverse decades of shrinking assistance, or to prevent the steady deterioration of local infrastructure, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities reported today.

In its latest state campaign season position paper, the chief lobby group for Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns, said skyrocketing maintenance costs threaten local taxpayers across the state.

“The passage of time and the slow recovery from an historic recession have created a perfect storm for the deterioration of Connecticut’s local roads and bridges,” said CCM President Matthew Galligan, South Windsor’s town manager. “While the state has made strides to increase investments to improve and maintain the state and local transportation network, the additional funding has not kept pace with the declining state of our transportation infrastructure.”

The CCM report cites an American Society of Civil Engineers estimate that about 73 percent of Connecticut’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

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Comings & Goings: New Home for Patio.com

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After 25 years at 645 Post Road East, Patio.com, the outdoor furniture and patio accessories store, has relocated to a new retail building at 919 Post Road East at the intersection of Cedar Road and near the Sherwood Diner. The site until 2010 was home to the Cedar Brook Café, said to be the nation’s oldest, continuously operating gay bar, which closed after 71 years. Westporter Phil Ross, co-owner of Patio.com with his older brothers David and Mitch, said he decided to relocate when the new owners of its former location doubled the rent. “Even though our new space, 4,000 square feet, has about 25 percent less square footage than our former location, we are very pleased to remain on Post Road East,” he said. Ross said Patio.com, which first opened in Westport in 1980, has since expanded to 13 locations in Connecticut, New York, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

With Thanks

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The Westport Garden Club celebrated its 90th anniversary today at its annual meeting at the Birchwood Country Club.  According to club president Joni Andrews, the club, founded in 1924, is among the oldest garden clubs in the country. At the luncheon, Andrews honored Sally Balch for her 20 years of service as a member of its board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Voter Registration Hours, Deadlines

With Election Day less than a month away, Westport’s Office of the Registrars of Voters announced today that the office will be open Monday through Friday except for holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.for voter registration.

The deadline for in-person registration is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The office will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 28, until 8 p.m. for special enrollment sessions.

Registrars said that registration applications hand-delivered by persons other than the applicants must be by in Tuesday Oct. 21, to qualify, and mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 21 and received by Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Westporter’s Sculptures Auctioned off in Stamford

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Westport artist Nina Bentley shows off two of her bench art pieces auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. The benches among 40 on display this summer on Stamford streets and were auctioned off to support local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sitting Pretty

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“Rearview Mirror” by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs was one of the sculptures auctioned off Wednesday night in Stamford as part of the 21st annual sculpture exhibit, “Street Seats in Stamford Downtown. Hundreds of bench ideas were solicited from artists last winter, from which a few dozen were selected by the Stamford Downtown Association to be decorated by the artists and displayed on Stamford streets all summer, culminating in the auction as a fundraiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Thursday,  October 9, 2014


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
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 Avenue – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: beginning Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
1 p.m. – Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen: Tech Hangout
6:30 p.m. – Fire Department Headquarters – Blight Prevention Board
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Gabrielle Selz, “Unstill Life”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Intimate Apparel”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Pirate Plays”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar