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Himes Will Side With Obama on Key Pacific Trade Deal Vote

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Rep. Jim Himes, targeted as a key swing vote, has decided to back President Obama on legislation that would help the president negotiate a controversial trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

“Passions are very high on this, but at the end of the day my responsibility is to my district and to my constituents,” Himes said.

The decision provoked a strong reaction from the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which has been battling the proposed trade pact, saying it will kill U.S. jobs and lower wages.

“Rep. Himes’ decision today to support Wall Street profits over Main Street jobs will live long in the memory of 4th District working men and women,” said Lori Pelletier, head of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

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Staples Girls’ Golf Team is FCIAC Runner-Up

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The Staples Girls’ Golf Team were FCIAC runner-Up for the second year in a row to rival Greenwich under sunny skies today at Fairchild Wheeler in Bridgeport. Sophomore Alex McMahon fired a career-low 82 to pace the Wreckers. Pictured (l-r) are McMahon, Co-Captains Marry Bennewitz and Anelise Browne, Emily Lane, Abigail Miller and Head Coach Patty Kondub. Missing from photo are Olivia Wood and Erika MacDonald. Staples is ranked No. 3 in the state and heads to Orange Hills Country Club on Tuesday for the state championship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathie Bennewitz for WestportNow.com

Three Escape Injury in I-95 Exit Ramp Crash

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Westport firefighters today responded to a three-vehicle accident at the bottom of the southbound I-95 exit 17 ramp at Saugatuck Avenue. They and EMS personnel evaluated three of the occupants who refused transport to the hospital, said Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. The accident tied up traffic in the area just before noon. Two of the three vehicles had to be towed from the scene, he said. Contributed photo

LWV of Westport Awards a Scholarship

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The League of Women Voters of Westport today held its annual meeting at the Norwalk Inn and presented a Staples Tuition Grant Scholarship Award of $2,000 to Staples High School senior Jacqueline Chappo. She will be attending Boston University in the fall and hopes to go on to law school. Pictured are (l-r) First Selectman Jim Marpe, Jacqueline and mom, Anne Chappo, and Celeste LeCrox, Westport LWV president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Mary E. Hynes, 93

Mary Elizabeth Hynes of Westport died May 30 in Norwalk Hospital. She was 93.

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Mary Hynes 49-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Commander USN (ret.) Edward J. Hynes was born March 27, 1922 in Providence, R.I. and was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary H. McManus.

She was a resident of Westport for 49 years and retired as the assistant treasurer from the Bigelow Tea Company in Fairfield at age 90.

She enjoyed playing bridge, Scrabble, and global traveling. She was a member of the Women’s Club of Weston and former secretary of the Western Connecticut Retired Officers Association.

Westport Kiwanis Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Kiwanis Club today awarded more than $8,500 to 10 graduating Staples High School seniors in recognition of their scholastic excellence and service to the community.The awards were made at the weekly Wednesday lunch meeting at the VFW in Westport. Scholarship funds are raised through the Kiwanis Club’s annual Minute Man Triathlon Race at Compo Beach. Pictured are (l-r) Michael Laux, past Kiwanis president; Michael Bottone; Jack Baylis; Rachel Doran; Gabriella Marone; Taylor Harrington; Lauren Reedy; Killian Jampierre; Matt Jacowleff, and Sharon Kriz, current Kiwanis president. Recipients missing from photo are North Woods and Mehar Kirmani. Contributed photo

House Adopts Controversial State Budget Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s long-running budget drama began drawing to a close early today as the House of Representatives adopted a $40.3 billion, two-year package that largely restores deep cuts to social services and expands municipal aid while bolstering tax revenues by almost $2 billion.

Just after 10:30 a.m. the House approved the plan in a narrow 73-70 vote following a five-hour debate. Eleven Democrats sided with all 59 Republicans present to fall just short of defeating the package. [Westport State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg was one of 11 Democrats siding with the Republicans, including Westport State Rep. Gail Lavielle.]

The debate followed a marathon House session as Democratic leaders kept the members in all night as they struggled to lobby enough support for the controversial plan. Leaders originally hoped to debate the budget around mid-day on Tuesday.

The budget, which was negotiated by Democratic majorities in both chambers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office, now moves on to the Senate, which has until the legislative session hits its adjournment deadline at midnight to act.

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Part of Greens Farms Road to be Closed for Paving

The Westport Public Works Department announced today that due to paving operations, Greens Farms Road between Prospect and Hillspoint Roads will be closed to through traffic on Thursday and Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Rain dates are Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9. 

Local traffic and residents within this section of road will be allowed access to their property.

All other general traffic will be detoured, an announcement said.