Thursday, May 30, 2024


CT Budget Talks Remain Gridlocked

By Keith M. Phaneuf

State budget talks continued to stall today as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and Democratic legislative leaders remained at odds over how to resolve a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Image
House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey’s tweet on the final Saturday of the legislative session captured the mood between his caucus and the governor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

And though talks — which bogged down late Friday — remained in limbo, Democratic legislative leaders insisted they are ready to resume talks with the governor at any time.

Still, both sides in the standoff concede time is running short as the General Assembly nears its constitutional adjournment deadline of midnight on Wednesday.

“We are absolutely still ready to talk,” Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, said around 3 p.m. today. “We’ve said we will go over the budget line by line.”

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WWC Arts Show Pays Tribute to Howard Munce Image
The annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show for local artists opened today in the club’s newly refurbished Bedford gallery. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (above) curated the show, and among works displayed was his lenticular image of Howard Munce, the dean of Westport artists who died in March at age 100. The show, which continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. , was dedicated to Munce’s memory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Howard Munce (the Younger) Honored Image
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today looks at an image of Howard Munce as a young man in a lenticular work honoring the late Westoirt artist, who died in March at age 100. The work is among those on display at the annual Westport Woman’s Club Art Show, which opened today and continues Sunday. Burroughs was curator for the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Supporting Female Soldiers Image
More than 120 persons gathered at a private Westport residence tonight to support the Bridgeport-based PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home, Connecticut’s first female-only transitional housing for women veterans. Shalini Madaras of Wilton, mother of Nicholas Madaras who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006, addressed the gathering.The event, organized by locally-based women’s organization, Aware, generated funds for the home as well as the Kick for Nick Foundation. The charity, according to Shalini Madaras, “spreads Nick’s love of soccer and his dedication to the children by sending soccer balls to the soldiers in the field to distribute them personally to children worldwide.” Guests were requested to bring a soccer ball to tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Anne S. Timm, 92

Anne Stovall Timm of Longboat Key, Fla., died March 28. She was 92. Image
Anne S. Timm: real estate broker. Contributed photo

She was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Arizona. She left for New York City to pursue a career with Mademoiselle magazine. She spent much of her life in Weston and Westport where she was a top real estate agent for 23 years.

She was featured on “Women’s Watch” show for her real estate achievements. She was a member of Aspetuck Country Club, where she golfed and organized the tennis team.

She and her husband Ralph moved to Longboat Key to retire in 1995. She enjoyed duplicate bridge, and became a life master.

A GFA Lacrosse Win and Charity Support Image
The Greens Farms Academy (GFA) girls varsity lacrosse team today scored a lopsided 16-3 victory over the visiting Storm King, N.Y. team on Senior Day at GFA.  In addition, a series of other athletic matchups plus a students’ car and dog wash offering helped raise funds for Pink Aid, which supports breast cancer treatment costs. Pictured are senior Ingrid Backe (white head band) and junior Kate Paliotta hugging as fellow junior Caroline Rintoul looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

One Seriously Injured in Post Road East Crash Image
UPDATE and CORRECT A two-car crash today in the area of 980 Post Road East seriously injured one person and closed the roadway from West Parish Road to Church Street, Deputy Police Chief Sam Arciola said. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Church that the injured person in the red car (rear) was Westporter Mildred Bunche, 83, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition. (A parishioner who initially said there was a church announcement later corrected herself and said there no announcement but that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche at the hospital.) Arciola said the accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. and that the driver of the other car declined medical attention. Police said Bunche was exiting Bank of America, 980 Post Road East, and collided with the SUV traveling eastbound on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Crash Investigation Image
UPDATE and CORRECT A Westport police officer conducts an investigation into a two-car crash today in the vicinity of 980 Post Road East. One of the cars came to rest across the street from where it exited a Bank of America branch, according to witnesses. On Sunday, word spread at Christ & Holy Trinity Church that the the driver of the red car was Mildred Bunche, 83, of Westport, a church member and former president of the Y’s Women of Westport, and that she was in critical condition at Norwalk Hospital. (A parishoner initially reported that there was an announcement at the church but later corrected herself to say word spread that a nurse at the church had visited Bunche in the hospital.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for