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Truck Accident Shuts Down Wilton Road at Merritt

An accident involving a truck into a utility pole forced closure of Wilton Road near Exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway, police said.

No injuries were reported but the truck brought down utility wires, according to reports from the scene.

Traffic on the Merritt Parkway also was slowed in the area.

Thursday,  June 4, 2015


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Dowtown Steering Committee
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes””
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – Westport Library – Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Creative Coders: Javascript
7 p.m. – Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park – Annual Meeting, Friends of Sherwood Island
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Staples Players: “Metamorphoses”
7:15 p.m. – Compo Beach Marina Boathouse – Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Senate Dems Threaten ‘Nuclear Option’ to Pass Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

Senate Democrats late today took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion.

With less than an hour until the midnight adjournment deadline, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney stood to call the question, a move to end debate that is considered the nuclear option in legislative process, to stop a five-hour debate that had morphed into a Republican filibuster to kill the proposed two-year budget.

The process was last used at the State Capitol in 1978, also to end a budget debate, according to one senior legislative staff member.

After a brief discussion, Looney yielded to Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, who rose and announced he would conclude debate, but not before criticizing the Democratic leadership for muscling passage of a much-maligned budget through both chambers in little more than 12 hours on the last day.

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Chamber to Honor Bleiweis, Gault

Maxine Bleiweis, the Westport Library’s executive director who is retiring after 17 years, and Sam Gault, president of Gault Energy, will be honored with the First Citizen Award to be presented by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) at a gala dinner Tuesday, June 9 at the Westport Inn.

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Honored: Sam Gault and Maxine Bleiweis Contributed photos

Keynote speaker will be Ron DeFeo, CEO of the Westport-based Terex Corp., a Fortune 500 company.

“I could not think of more deserving people to get this award,” said Matthew Mandell, chamber president and executive director. “They represent what is best in our town for their work ethic, generosity and how they approach business. They are a cross section, non-profit and traditional, and embody what makes our communities prosper.”

Mandell credited Bleiweis with transforming the library into a “highly-awarded, world class destination, which boasts new and innovative programs that now set the standard for libraries everywhere.”

RTMers Discuss Bus Operations and Needs Study

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The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Transit and Long-Range Planning Committees tonight heard from Dave Sampson (c) of AECOM Technical Services, the company which helped prepare the long-awaited Westport Bus Operations and Needs Study. The South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) sponsored the study with the help of the Westport Transit District (WTD) and Norwalk Transit District, which operates the Westport service. Sue Prosi (l) of SWRPA also presented. With the WTD co-chairs in attendance, the group discussed a number of topics, including a railroad to downtown shuttle mid day service, use of Westport railroad parking funds, and senior and American Disability Act door-to-door service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Going Down: 38 & 40 Old Mill

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The piece-by-piece dismantling of the houses at Westport’s 38 and 40 Old Mill Road, in the Compo Mill Cover area, is under way.  Built in 1920, the house at No. 38 is a one-story ranch, had 1,008-square feet and was situated on a .23-acre property. Built in 1900, the house at No. 40 is a one-story ranch, had 660-square feet and was situated on a .01-acre property. In January the Board of Finance unanimously approved a Town of Westport proposal to purchase the two flood-damaged homes for $1,111,650, funded by a grant from FEMA, demolish them, and leave the land as open space. (See WestportNow Jan. 7, 2015) The houses were the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 8, 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport First Selectmen Honor One of Their Own

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There was a festive gathering at the Saugatuck Congregational Church today to honor Martha “Marty” Hauhuth (2nd r) on her retirement as executive director of Westport-based nonprofit counseling center Positive Directions since 1991. Hauhuth was Westport first selectman from 1985 to 1989. Joining in honoring her were (l-r) current First Selectman Jim Marpe, former First Selectman Jacqueline Heneage (1973-1981) and former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (2005-2013). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sunday Bow-Hunting Passage Ends a Political Saga

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

One of the Connecticut General Assembly’s epic lobbying campaigns, a 20-year story of close calls, colorful personalities and hardball politics, concluded today with final passage by the Senate of legislation allowing the bow hunting of deer on private property on Sundays.

[If the legislation becomes law, it would not include Westport as the town is the only one in the state authorized by a Special Act of the legislature In 1933, to “regulate, limit or prohibit hunting and trapping,” which is currently banned.]

Passage was a personal victory for Robert Crook, 77, the longtime lobbyist for sportsmen, and a reflection of how the spread of Lyme disease has made suburban legislators more sympathetic to calls by state environmental officials for a more aggressive attitude toward the explosion of the deer population.

“I told someone the other day I’d like to see it passed before I passed,” said Crook, who watched the debate from the Senate gallery, holding the cane he’s used since returning to the Capitol after a stroke and back ailments. “I’m happy, and I think many sportsmen are going to be happy, too.”

The Senate voted 28 to 8 to approve the bill. It now goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose Department of Energy and Environmental Protection favored passage. The House endorsed it last week, 132 to 32.

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