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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Surf Road

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UPDATE (adds sale last month)  An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Surf Road, off Bermuda Road in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1966, the one-story raised ranch has 1,469-square feet, is situated on a .52-acre property and last changed ownership for $1,675,000 last month.. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Granger at the Movies: ‘Snowden,’ ‘Morgan,’ ‘The Disappointment Room’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Timed to coincide with the release of Oliver Stone’s docudrama “Snowden,” the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International launched an initiative to get Edward Snowden a presidential pardon from President Obama.

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So is whistleblower Snowden a 21st century hero or traitor?

Director Stone (“The Walk,” “World Trade Center”) believes that knowing the backstory of the contractor who leaked classified documents about the National Security Agency’s enormous invasions of privacy will influence your opinion.

If you’ve seen Laura Poitras’ incisive, Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” you’re familiar with much of Snowden’s tale. Stone’s begins in 2013, when Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets with Poitras (Melissa Leo) and journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewan MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson) in a Hong Kong hotel room.

Joan Malloy, 80

Joan Lee Malloy of Wilmington, N.C., , a former Westport resident, died Sept. 2. She was 80.

Born in Pittsburgh to Leo and Margaret Prendergast, she had three sisters, Luanne, her twin sister Jane, and Shelia. She attended St. Anslem’s grammar school and St. Thomas High School in Braddock, Pa., and graduated from Duquesne University, magna cum laude, with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Upon graduating, she was hired by Alcoa Corporation’s CEO John Harper in Pittsburgh, the largest aluminum company in the world. While at Alcoa, she was instrumental in the advancement of women in the workforce and providing relief to underprivileged American families through her efforts with the newly formed Alcoa Foundation and the Mellon Family.

She married the love of her life John T. Malloy, also of Pittsburgh, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Sept. 5, 1964. She was happily married for 27 years, many of them spent in Westport. Following the death of her husband, she relocated to Wilmington.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. – Sherwood Island – Friends of Sherwood Island Park 2nd-Wednesday Nature Walks
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
6:30 p.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Heart Healthy Eating For Life
6:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Appalachian Mountain Club: “Gabon – West African Journey”
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Downsizing Your Home
7 p.m. – Painting with a Twist (1460 Post Road East) – Painting for Paws! benefit for Connecticut Humane Society

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Malloy, a Plaintiff and Then a Defendant, Hedges on School Appeal

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he agreed with the “core” of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s finding last week that Connecticut’s distribution of education aid was so irrational as to be unconstitutional, but the ruling raises so many legal and practical complexities that he will defer a decision on an appeal to Attorney General George Jepsen.

The governor’s embrace of Moukawsher’s central finding should shock no one: As mayor of Stamford, Malloy was part of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding that sued the state 11 years ago; and as governor, Malloy has tried and largely succeeded in funneling the majority of new education aid to the state’s 30 lowest-performing school districts.

“If we are talking about the portion of the decision that had things to do with actual funding or how we disperse the funds that we spend, I am largely in support of what the judge was saying,” Malloy said. “I think he made very valid points. You know why I think he’s making very valid points? Because I’ve been making the same points for the last five years.”

He refused to join Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, who urged Jepsen today to appeal Moukawsher’s conclusion that the state’s funding formula was unconstitutional and his order that the state devise a new funding formula and remedies for other shortcomings in 180 days.

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Teens Honored at Westport Arts Center

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Harrison Burke, 16, of Westport and his mother, author Jane Green, were among guests tonight at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) as it celebrated Moffly Media’s “Teens to Watch.”  Harrison was among members of the U.S. Junior National Team who won a bronze medal Aug. 28 at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam, (See WestportNow Aug. 28, 2016) The teens were selected for their achievements and for breaking boundaries in academics, athletics, volunteering and the arts. The teens, their families, teachers and counselors had an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and to view the current WAC “MORE Than Words” exhibit, which examines bullying in a broad cultural context. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

Leone K. Griffith, 87

Leone (Kulak) Griffith, of Pittsboro, N..C. a former teacher in the Westport school system, died Sept. 11. She was 87.

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Leone Griffith: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

She was an exemplary educator, creative expressionist, ardent adventurer, and beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was born Oct. 21, 1928 in New Britain, Conn.

According to family lore, her parents Mary (Mae) and Joseph Kulak recognized that their first-born child was curious and precocious.

Mae had Leone tested so that she could skip kindergarten and start the first grade while just on the cusp of turning 5. Leone aced the test and entered the first grade at Smalley School in 1932.

More Work on Compo Road North Realignment

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Work continued today on the realignment of Compo Road North and Main Street with no word on whether the promised 30-day closure of a portion of Compo Road North between Cross Highway and Main Street is on schedule. The road was shut down on Aug. 22 for replacement of culverts under the roadway. Meanwhile, new sidewalks have been put down on Main Street as part of the project. View is looking from Cross Highway toward Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Kyle Navin Case Continued Again

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A Bridgeport Superior Court judge today continued until Nov. 1 the case of Kyle Navin. accused of murdering his parents and burying their bodies at a friend’s home in Weston, after his attorney said more time was needed for psychiatric tests to determine if there would be an insanity defense. Judge Robert Devlin also put off a request by prosecutors for new fingerprints from Navin pending demonstation that evidence seized from crime scenes has unknown prints. Navin, 28, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, 31, of Westport, are being held in lieu of bonds of $2.5 million and $2 million respectively. She is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution for allegedly helping him plan and cover-up his parent’s deaths. Jeffrey Navin, 56, president of Westport refuse company J & J Refuse, and his wife, Jeanette Navin, 55, a Weston school library paraprofessional,  disappeared from their Easton home Aug. 4, 2015. Their bodies were found buried beneath debris in Weston on Oct. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo