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Wednesday, September 28, 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)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – 44 Imperial Ave. – Westport Woman’s Club Wine & Cheese Hour for potential members
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Scrivener Writing Software 101—Part 2
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee

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Family Winners in Photo Competition

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The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers Market tonight announced the winners of the second annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition at a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives Restaurant, Norwalk. The competition, jointly sponsored by the two Westport nonprofits, was designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the market.The winners included Claire Langdon (c), first place for “Fungal Forrest,” ages 15-18, and Emma Langdon (r), fan favorite, “Untitled,” for ages 11-14. At left is mom, Lori Langdon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

Melissa Joan Hart Backs Gary Johnson

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Melissa Joan Hart: wants to “break away from two-party system.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by ABC Family/Bob D’Amico

Westporter Melissa Joan Hart has joined Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign as the Connecticut chairperson, People Magazine reported today.

“I want to break away from this two-party system, and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” said the actress, who is a registered Republican.

“I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”

Johnson, 63, is the former governor of New Mexico – a position he held from 1995 to 2003. He previously ran for president in 2012.

‘Watch Out, Westport, You Could Be Next on the Hit Parade’

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Transportation advocate Jim Cameron, whose “Talking Transportation” columns appeared for more than 11 years on WestportNow, warned Westporters today that the planned $1 billion Metro-North reconstruction of the railroad’s 120-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, involving state taking of property, could be followed by a similar costly construction plan for the 1905-built railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport with similar eminent domain issues. “Watch out, Westport, you could be next on the hit parade,” Cameron told the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club. The founder of The Commuter Action Group and Darien Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member said Connecticut residents should brace themselves for additional taxes in one form or another to pay for transportation upgrades as the state’s gasoline tax revenues continue to decline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Usual Suspects”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Sugar & Olives (21 1/2 Lois Street, Norwalk) – Westport Arts Center/Westport Farmers Market Young Shoots Exhibition & Reception
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Writing the College Essay: from Blank Page to Story
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals [ADDITION]
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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At Library, Debate Doesn’t Sway Dug-In Voters

By James Lomuscio

They didn’t know what to expect in the presidential debate that had been billed with all the hype of Pay Per View boxing and with 100 million viewers worldwide.

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Former Fox News media watcher and author Eric Burns led the library discussion. He blasted debate moderator Lester Holt flor “a shameful exhibition the way that man let himself be bullied.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

And when it was over many of the more than 100 who filled the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight to see Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton square off at Hofstra University in the first of three debates -– the one touted as a make or break event -– felt the dial hadn’t moved much in either one’s favor.

“Both of them acted the way they have been acting over the past year,” said Westporter Bruce Paul. “I don’t think there was anything that would have changed anybody’s vote.”

Westporter Michael Calise, a Republican, gave a similar evaluation about the big screen broadcast co-sponsored by the library and the League of Women Voters of Westport.