Saturday, February 24, 2024


A New Poll and a Little Trash Talk in Governor Race

By Mark Pazniokas

Bridgeport -– On a day of cold rain and hot rhetoric, a new poll and a bit of trash talk, the campaigns of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley intersected today in Connecticut’s largest city, where the final votes were counted in 2010.

The first-term Democrat and his Republican challenger each rallied supporters before crossing paths downtown at an NAACP luncheon, where Malloy won strong applause at each mention of common victories: a higher minimum wage, a law mandating paid sick days and strong gun controls.

“We’re moving,” Malloy said. “Let’s keep going.”

Foley said urban policy would be a major priority of a Foley administration. He acknowledged Mayor Bill Finch, a Democrat who shared a table with Malloy.

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Westport U11 Blue Team Finishes 2nd in Tourney Image
The boys of Westport U11 Blue soccer team finished in second place today in the Connecticut Cup Tournament. Sevent-four teams started out in September, and two remained for today’s match in Farmington.  Wilton beat Westport 3-2 in a hard fought battle in the pouring rain Pictured are (l-r, top) Gabe Chinitz, Coach Kelvin Mutambo, and Albert Yang; (middle): Jaden Mueller, Max Udell, Logan Blend, Jackson Hochhauser, and Caleb Tobias; (bottom): Chase Hynes, Spencer Levine, Max Gordon, Oliver Clachko, and Thomas Dean. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Post-Concert Reception at Tiffany & Co. Image
Tiffany & Co., lead sponsor of today’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts special performance, hosted a post-concert cocktail party in celebration of the new pavilion. Pictured (l-r) are are Mike DelGuidice, who along with his group the Big Shots performed a tribute to the Music of Billy Joel earlier at Saugatuck Elementary School, Bill McGuinness, Tiffany & Co. store director, and Carleigh Welsh, the Levitt’s marketing and development director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Billy Joel Sounds at Levitt Fundraiser Image
Hundreds turned out today for the ticketed performance of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts concert featuring Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, celebrating the music of Billy Joel. Big Shot bandmates, who are members of Billy Joel’s touring band, included Tommy Byrnes (guitar), John Scarpulla (sax), Nick Dimichino (bass), Carmine Giglio (synthesizer) and Chuck Burgi (drums.)  The event was moved indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium because of inclement weather.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

F.D. Urges Battery Change as Clocks Turned Back Tonight

The Westport Fire Department is urging residents to change batteries in smoke detectors as they change their clocks back one hour tonight to Eastern Standard Time.

The “change your clock, change your batteries” appeal was accompanied by a statement that “the most tragic loss of life is the one that could have easily been prevented with the installation of a new battery.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 1871 individuals have lost their lives in U.S. fires this year, the department said. Many of those individuals have died in incidents which specifically listed “had no working smoke alarms” in their report, it said.
The department said if any Westport resident needs assistance changing batteries, they may call (203)341-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home at no cost. Due to limited quantities, there will be a limit of three batteries per household, an announcement said.

Special Hours for Absentee Ballots Image
About 20 absentee ballots were issued today during Saturday morning special hours at the Westport Town Clerk office, according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.  For Tuesday’s election, Strauss said 836 ballots have been issued and 629 returned so far. She said this compares to 2010, the last gubernatorial election, when there were 1,125 absentee ballots and a 55 percent voter turnout. There is one business day remaining before the election for voters to acquire absentee ballots. “The final day usually has a steady stream of ballot issuance,” Strauss said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Al’s Angels Readies for Holiday Season Image
More than 50 volunteers for Westport-based charity Al’s Angels wrapped about 1,000 holiday toy gifts today in a space provided by Kowalsky Brothers at their office complex at 1175 Post Road East. Westporter Al DiGuido, Al’s Angels founder and leader, said the group was in the early stages of the season’s toy gift wrapping, which will be distributed to 6,000 children who suffer from cancer, blood diseases or severe financial hardships. He said many more volunteers will be on hand on Nov.15 at the Gault warehouse in Bridgeport when Thanksgiving meals will be assembled for distribution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Saturday,  November 1, 2014

9 a.m. – noon – Town Hall Room 105 – Town Hall open for Absentee Ballots
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks” (last day)
2 p.m. – Saugatuck Elementary (170 Riverside Ave.) – Levitt Pavilion: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: the music of Billy Joel
4 p.m. – Westport Library – The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Science Writer Carl Zimmer
7:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Movie Night: “Mean Girls”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Intimate Apparel” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar