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Soul Sounds at the Levitt

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The Mighty Soul Drivers entertained tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. They brought the classic soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and points South, taking their inspiration from the giants of Southern Soul—O.V. Wright, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Artist Tom Kretsch ‘Harbor Moods’ Exhibit Opens Aug. 11

“Harbor Moods,” images by Westport artist Tom Kretsch, opens Thursday, Aug. 11 at Rockwell Art and Framing, 236 Post Road East.

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One of the images of Tom Kretsch going on display beginning Aug. 11.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

There will be a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with the exhibit continuing until Oct 7.

From the colorful boats in Nice Harbor, to the hard scrabble shores of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Maine, and docks along the shores of Connecticut, Kretsch has followed his passion for observing life by the harbor.

The photographic exhibition is a collection of images created over many years of observing life near the edge of the harbor.

DOJ, Connecticut Settle ‘Motor-Voter’ Registration Complaint

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The U.S. Department of Justice and Connecticut announced Friday that an enhanced online voter registration system will launch Monday at the Department of Motor Vehicles in response to a civil rights investigation that concluded the state was in violation of the so-called “motor-voter” provisions of the National Voting Rights Act of 1993.

Under a settlement negotiated by the Justice Department, the secretary of the state’s office and the DMV, a voter registration system will be electronically integrated into the licensing system so that every application for a license, renewal or photo ID “shall function as an application to register to vote, unless the customer chooses to opt out.”

“This is a major step toward ensuring that every eligible citizen is registered to vote. It also just represents good customer service to the people of Connecticut, who will be able to register to vote or update their registrations while conducting business with the DMV. It will help them carry out two tasks in a single transaction, removing the need to go to town hall or mail in updated information,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said.

“A robust, inclusive democracy requires ensuring that eligible voters can easily and conveniently register to vote,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “State officials worked cooperatively with the Justice Department to quickly provide eligible Connecticut voters an integrated one-stop opportunity to register through the DMV, as the law requires.”

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Saturday, August 6, 2016


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Themed Craft for All Ages
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Invisible Hand” (last day)
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Mighty Soul Drivers

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Palmer: State Mandated SAT Results Not Full Picture

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said today that the scores from this spring’s state mandated SATs for juniors are not accurate indicators of future student success. She said she puts more stock in official College Board reports to come.

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Colleen Palmer,: “I would put more stock in College Board report.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Palmer made this comment despite the fact Westport’s scores released in a state report Wednesday are in line with other school systems in the district reference group (DIRG).

Of the 431 graded tests, the average score for English and language arts in Westport was 598, 599 in math.

Palmer said the College Board report expected in mid-September for the Class of 2016 would offer a better assessment of student achievement.