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Comings & Goings: Top Drawer to Close After 37 Years Image
Top Drawer, a women’s boutique at 1537 Post Road East, is closing. Owner Joan Rotman (above) and manager Mickey Kleefield and their staff have delivered personalized service to Westport customers for more than 37 years. A closing sale is in progress, and Rotman said she plans to be out before the end of the year. “It’s time,” she said, adding that she and her staff will miss their many customers with whom they have developed very close ties over the years. “Thank you for all your loyalty, caring and friendship,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 3 – 7, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 3 - 7, 2014:

SAJ Ventures LLC to Christopher and Andriene Johnson, 6 Cardinal Lane, $2,499,500WNproperty.jpg

Kristin R. Harvey to SIR-14 Peaceful LLC, 14 Peaceful Lane, $670,000

7 Turtleback Lane LLC to Brian S. Mass and Felise G. Cooper, 7 Turtleback Lane, $2,350,310

Wendy P. Harris to Kevin D. and Leslie A. McNiece, 8 Cross Brook Lane, Tax paid in Norwalk, $590,000

Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

By Susan Granger

Writer/director Damiel Chazelle draws on memories of his music student days to create “Whiplash,” a compelling, coming-of-age drama about a prodigy who yearns to be a celebrated drummer. Image

Enrolling at a prestigious Manhattan conservatory, Andrew (Miles Teller) impresses embittered Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an impatient, sadistic perfectionist who belittles his pupils and pits them against one another. Succumbing to Fletcher’s monstrous “practice” imperatives, Andrew relinquishes all semblance of a normal life.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Whiplash” is an abusive yet electrifying 8, defining the parameters of artistic sacrifice.

On a three-month hiatus from Comedy Central, Jon Stewart made “Rosewater,” adapted from Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari’s memoir, “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”

Tunnel Walk Image
A man makes his way Thursday through the tunnel linking Westport’s Main Street to Parker-Harding Plaza. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs created the art installation, “Tunnel Vision,” which was unveiled last May. It features 16 lenticular images (Images that change when viewed from different angles) of the hands of Westporters. A website,, shows the images along with portraits of those whose hands are featured along with brief biographies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

Friday,  November 21, 2014

9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Perception, Illusion, Magic”
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Curio Cottage Thrift Shop-wide Half-price Sale
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen Minecraft Meetup
4 p.m. – Westport Library – ChessClub (grades K-12)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Opening reception for annual juried members exhibition “Perception, Illusion, Magic”
7 p.m. – Barnes & Noble –  Linkee Trivia Tournament
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – The Next Generation w/ Alec Chambers
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players, “Hello, Dolly!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Obama Actions Help Some CT Immigrants, But Not Others

By Ann Radelat

Washington – President Obama’s controversial move announced tonight to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants will help thousands of undocumented people living and working in Connecticut, but bypasses thousands of others.

The president said his use of executive action to change immigration regulations would help as many as 5 million migrants. The number of immigrants that would be helped in Connecticut is difficult to determine.

Connecticut has a diverse immigrant community with peoples from South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and Africa. Many are here legally, but an estimated 55,000 to 100,000 are undocumented.

Of those undocumented, the largest group that will be helped belong to “mixed families,” where some members are citizens or legal residents and others are not.

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Volunteers Sought for Thanksgiving Feast

More than 160 volunteers are preparing to serve hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners at Westport’s 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Image
Volunteers serve at last year’s Thanksgiving Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and again be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, while Saugatuck Congregational Church completes its reconstruction from a November 2011 fire.

“The Feast is a wonderful expression of community,” said Frank Basler, Feast coordinator. “Ecumenical partners plan and manage it together. Local businesses donate goods and financial support.”

He said more than160 persons volunteer their time and talents, and the diversity of the guests who attend is extraordinary.

Malloy’s Emergency Budget Cuts Fall on Social Services, Education

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today ordered almost $48 million in emergency budget cuts, imposing the deepest cuts on social services, education and culture and tourism promotion.

The cuts, which do not require legislative approval, whittle the nearly $100 million deficit Malloy projected last week down to $52 million.

The governor also asked the Legislative and Judicial branches, whose budgets he cannot reduce unilaterally, to accept another $6.9 million in cuts. If granted, those potential reductions, along with $66,000 in reductions volunteered by the state’s watchdog agencies—which also are exempted from mandatory rescissions—would lower the deficit to $45 million.

And while the remaining shortfall represents only one-quarter of 1 percent of the state’s general fund – which covers the bulk of operating costs in this year’s overall $19 billion state budget, the potential for more red ink remains.

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Despite GOP Opposition, Senate Confirms New CT Judge

By Ann Radelat

Washington – New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today to a federal judgeship in Connecticut on a narrow 49-46 vote. Image
Victor Bolden: former ACLU lawyer. New Haven Independent photo

All Senate Republicans opposed the nomination of Bolden, 49, who has served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Four moderate Democrats also voted “no” on the nomination. They were Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Heidi Heitcamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana.

Bolden’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut had been controversial since it was considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. All eight Republican members of the committee voted against Bolden’s nomination, all 10 Democrats on the panel, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., voted for it.

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CT Gains Jobs in October but Unemployment Rate Remains Fixed

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut’s jobless rate remained fixed at 6.4 percent in October, despite the addition of about 3,600 new jobs, the state Department of Labor reported today.

The agency’s latest report also downgraded job growth estimates it had released two weeks before Election Day. Back on Oct. 20, labor officials said Connecticut gained 11,500 jobs in September, it’s single-largest monthly gain since April 1994. But Thursday it revised the September gain downward by 1,000 jobs to 10,500.

“Connecticut’s job market continues to steadily add jobs this year at its best pace since the recovery began, and that growth seems to be drawing more people into the labor force,” said Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research.

“These numbers are another sign of progress,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today.  ” … We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure Connecticut remains on a path towards an economic revival.  By working with the business community on expanding their operations or relocating to our state, we are putting Connecticut on the path to long-term prosperity.”

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