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Finance Board Picks Stern Chairman, Rea Vice Chair

In the spirit of nonpartisanship in its new session, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight unanimously elected Democrat Brian Stern as chairman and Republican Michael Rea as vice chairman.

The reconstituted, seven-member board previously under Republican control currently has a 4 to 3 Democratic majority.

Democrat Lee Caney nominated Stern, and it was seconded by former Republican chairman Jennifer Tooker.

Stern, who had served as vice chairman, nominated Rea, praising his lifelong commitment to the town, and his work on the finance board, as well as his previous post chairing the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) Finance Committee.

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86

Bror V. Ingvarson, 86, of Asheville, N.C. a former Westport resident, died Nov 4. He was 86.

The son of Brig. Gen.l Nils Ingvarson and his wife Anna Karin, he was born on Aug. 17, 1929, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and obtained a JD degree from the University of Stockholm and later an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

He made his career in international banking and finance in Brazil, Sweden and New York City, where he started the first Scandinavian commercial bank and established several subsidiaries of Scandinavian banks.

Bror and his family moved to Westport in 1975. Each winter, they hosted legendary Christmas parties featuring a Swedish smorgasbord and spirits. Always a gracious host, Bror warmed friends’ holidays with his delicious homemade glogg and generous pours of akvavit.

Food Blogger at Library on Thursday

Food blogger Elissa Altman, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog, will be guest Thursday at the Westport Library.

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Elissa Altman: learned fancy is always best. Contributed photo

At the 7 p.m. event, she will speak about her book, “Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.” Altman’s book grew out of her blog of the same name.

Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and a food-fanatical father, she learned early that fancy is always best.

After a childhood spent dining at fine establishments she devoted her life to the gastronomical world. Then, she met and fell in love with a woman named Susan—a frugal, small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living.

Aging Connecticut Ups Demand for Rental Housing

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

An annual assessment of housing affordability in Connecticut finds market forces blunting the impact of the more than 7,000 affordable apartments developed with state aid during Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 4½ years in office.

A desire by aging Baby Boomers to downsize contributes to a soft market for single-family homes and increased demand for rental apartments, according to HousingInCT 2015, a study published today by the Partnership for Strong Communities.

“Right now, the market is being driven by demographics – all these boomers wanting smaller, denser, more affordable, walkable neighborhoods,” said David Fink, the group’s policy director. “Their kids, the millenniala, have a lot of education debt and a lifestyle that doesn’t connect with a four-bedroom Colonial on a two-acre lot.”

Overall, despite steady progress in reducing chronic homelessness and developing rental housing, Connecticut remains one of the nation’s most expensive places to live, ranking 6th in median monthly housing costs.

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Orphenians to Perform at Tree Lighting

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Thursday’s 5 p.m .Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westport Town Hall will include singing by the Staples High School Orphenians, First Selctman Jim Marpe announced today. The event will be followed by a holiday festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Main Street. Pictured is an earlier tree lighting in front of Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Whole Foods Joins Police Holiday Toy Drive

Westport’s Whole Foods Market has joined the Westport Police holiday toy drive, which kicks off this weekend, organizers announced today.

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A youngster makes a donation to an earlier Westport Police holiday toy drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

It said the store at 399 Post Road West would accept donations of new, unopened, and unwrapped toys during normal store hours 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 13.

Donors will automatically be entered into a drawing for a holiday roast or ham of their choice, an announcement said.

In addition, for the second year in a row, Renato’s Jewelers, 1765 Post Road East, will also be accepting donations during store hours through Saturday Dec. 12.

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Hunger Games…: Part 2,’ ‘Secret in Their Eyes’

By Susan Granger

In “Brooklyn,” the emotionally tempestuous, Irish immigrant experience serves as the basis for a sweetly poignant, assimilation story.

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In 1952, the local Roman Catholic Church arranges for demure, 20’ish Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) to reluctantly leave her widowed mother (Jane Brennan) and older sister (Fiona Glascott) in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, to live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Naïve and bewildered after her long ocean voyage, she arrives at a small boardinghouse run by stern, sharp-tongued Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters) and starts to work at a local department store, where her shy, prim demeanor doesn’t exactly encourage customers.

Wretchedly lonely and homesick, Eilis is sponsored by a sympathetic priest (Jim Broadbent), who suggests that she take night courses in accounting and attend church dances. That’s where she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), an impetuous Italian-American plumber who has a penchant for Irish girls.

Main Street Gets New Lights Just in Time for Holidays

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New lights have been lit on Westport’s Main Street just in time for the Hanukkah and Christmas holiday season. Adorned with holiday decorations and lighted snowflakes, the lights replace standard street lights as part of the downtown sidewalk and streetscape upgrade. The Westport Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday celebration on Main Street on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. following the 5 p.m. lighting of the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – TEAM Westport
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar