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9 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Exhibit: “MORE Than Words: As We Are!”
3:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – EK Theater Video Game Puppetry Class
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Ordinance Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment & Treatment
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 104 – Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – CMS Coleytown Company: “Cinderella”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Gallery: Full House for Holocaust Survivor Talk


There was a full house tonight at the White Barn Center at the Westport Country Playhouse for “From Hate to Hope: A Conversation With Holocaust Kindertransport Survivor Ivan Backer.” The Playhouse, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity committee, sponsored the event. Backer, 87, read from his book, “My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism.” The event was presented in conjunction with the Playhouse’s April 5-9 production of the musical memoir, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” In the play, a young Jewish girl escapes the Holocaust via Kindertransport, the “children’s trains” organized by Sir Nicholas Winton who almost single-handedly rescued 669 children. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Police Service Dog to Get Protective Vest

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The Westport Police Department’s police service dog Atlas will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The department said Atlas’s vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Sebastian and Maggie.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks. Atlas, a German Shepherd acquired last summer, is the third narcotic detection police service dog to join the department’s K-9 Unit. His handler is Officer David Scinto. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

Speaker Offers Phase-in Compromise on Teacher Pensions

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz today offered a compromise on one of the stickiest points in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget: asking communities to gradually assume a portion of skyrocketing teacher pension costs.

Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, suggested cities and towns assume one-third of these pension costs — or possibly less — but do so in stages over the next five fiscal years.

The speaker offered this alternative during a panel discussion on state finances with House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, and Malloy budget director Ben Barnes.

The panel was the opening event at state Treasurer Denise L. Nappier’s 2017 Public Finance Outlook Conference at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Jr., 83

Erwine Theodore Buckenmaier, Jr., known as “Ted,” a 47-year Westport resident, died March 24 at home after fighting sarcoma for almost a year. He was 83.

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Ted Buckenmaier, Jr:  longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Oceanside, New York on Sept. 4, 1933, he was the son of Erwine T. Buckenmaier, Sr. and Helen (Haas) Buckenmaier. 

“Teddy” was the adored younger brother of sisters Rosanne and Carol.  He exceled in sports and academics, graduating as valedictorian from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, New York.

He then went on to study engineering with a ROTC scholarship to Cornell University, graduating with a B.S. Ch. E. in 1956.

News-12 Connecticut: A Bit Less Local

UPDATE Cablevision’s News-12 Connecticut, whose slogan is “as local as local news gets,” is a bit less local now.

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Ton Appleby, veteran news director of News-12 Connecticut, lamented the rise of social media as the primary source of news for Americans at a Westport Chamber of Commerce dinner last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

As announced last October, new owner European telecom company Altice effective this week has moved production work from its Norwalk Cross Street facility to Edison, N.J.

While the news assignment desk, reporters, and videographers remain, familiar anchor faces, including almost 34-year veteran Tom Appleby, are gone.

Westporter Appleby, 72, has been with Cablevision since 1984, serving as vice president, general manager, and news director.

Suspected Car Burglars Call Cops for Accident Help, Get Arrested

Officers arrested two men and a woman suspected in a vehicle theft early today who called for help after the vehicle they were in was rear ended near Coleytown Elementary and Coleytown Middle Schools, police said.

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Arrested: (l-r) Reginald Sharp, Alexis Haythe, and Rashad Spain. Westport Police photos

According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident began at 1:15 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the report of a crash on North Avenue between Easton Road and Coleytown Road.

“The caller reported that the suspect vehicle struck the rear of their vehicle, causing the suspect vehicle to roll over,” Farrell said.

The caller reported the suspect vehicle operator, described as a black male, then fled the scene on foot, he added.

Replacement of Saugatuck Island Bridge Finally Underway

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Work was underway today on replacement of the 1929-built Saugatuck Island one-car-at-a-time, timber-and-pile bridge. Patchwork repairs over the years sufficed until it was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Working in concert with the Saugatuck Island Taxing District (SITD), which owns the bridge, the town in 2015 won a $1.3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replace the bridge. It will cover 75 percent of the cost, which will be supplemented by state funds. A slightly longer bridge with steel pilings and a concrete deck is planned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Irene Penny for WestportNow.com

Granger at the Movies: ‘Life,’ ‘The Red Turtle,’ ‘Wilson’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Seeing “Life” reminded me that renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking has cautioned that contact with alien life could spell disaster for the human race: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the American Indians.”

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But Hawking’s grim warning has not deterred cosmic exploration.

After Mission Specialist Rory Adams’ (Ryan Reynolds) risky retrieval of a damaged capsule containing valuable soil samples from Mars, the crew of the International Space Station’s Pilgrim 7 has reason to celebrate.

Along with Adams, astronauts Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada), Ekaterina Golovinka (Olga Dihovichnaya), and Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) are concluding their eight-month exploratory mission.