UPDATE The General Assembly sent a revised biennial budget to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy early today, rolling back $178 million of the $1.5 billion worth of tax hikes built into the original plan.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed the changes 78-65 shortly after 1 a.m. after a nearly three-hour debate.
They included a series of last-minute adjustments that canceled planned tax hikes on data processing and web development services and delayed for one year a controversial shift to unitary reporting within the corporation tax.
To pay for these changes, lawmakers ordered several spending cuts. But their chief move was to scale back payments into a sales tax revenue-sharing program with municipalities – placing even more pressure on state finances two years from now, when a major deficit already looms.
An albino squirrel given the name of Snowball by neighbors has again returned to Westport’s Oakwood Lane. Although gray squirrels are not supposed to live much longer than a year or so, this is the fifth summer that Snowball has returned to his favorite spot under the bird feeder at the home of Jan and Mark Marcus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
David Leopold, creative director the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, tonight discusses a work by the legendary theatrical artist depicting Paul Newman and Robert Redford from the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at a dinner celebration of Hirschfeld at the Westport Country Playhouse. It was followed by the showing of an Oscar winning film on the artistry of Hirschfeld’s legendary caricatures of Broadway and film actors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse celebration of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. He died in 2003 at age 99. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 25 Westfair Drive, off Post Road East, is in process. Built in 1946, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,366-square feet and is situated on a .29-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Area legislators will discuss the recently finished 2015 Connecticut General Assembly session at a “Legislative Wrap Up” set for Tuesday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.
Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) in association with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the event which runs to noon, will feature state Sen. Toni Boucher, Sen. Tony Hwang, Rep. Gail Lavielle and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg.
“This is a great opportunity to hear directly from your state representatives,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director. “It will be an informal discussion, so attendees will be able to participate.”
Mandell stressed the relevance of the forum to the business community, noting that state legislators considered many bills “impacting business and company bottom lines in this year’s session in Hartford, including the budget.”
Westport Police arrested a Westport man convicted in 1995 of assaulting a youth over a two and a half year period for failing to register with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, police said today.
David Page: convicted in 1995 assault on youth. Westport Police photo
According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, David Page, 52, of 36 Westfair Drive, turned himself in Friday on an arrest warrant and was charged with failure to register for the conviction listed as a “sexually violent offense.”
Arciola said that on June 9 the Detective Bureau received notification from the state registry that Page “was in non-compliance with the mandated verification process for a convicted sex offender.”
“The investigation into the violations confirmed that Page had failed his mandated reporting and an arrest warrant was issued,” Arciola said.
The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its second season in its new home tonight. Orleans a pop-rock band best known for its 1975 hit “Dance with Me” (1975) headlined the event and had guests dancing near the stage. Intermittent light rain fell during the performance but most people seemed to have come prepared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo