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Friday, April 28, 2017 – Arbor Day


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Evernote
Noon – Westport Library – Media Matters 2017: Media & Politics, a Panel Discussion
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Fiona Garland: Titian
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s Tribute to Bob Dylan

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Celebrating Jazz

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On hand tonight as the Jazz Society of Fairfield County (JazzFC) celebrated its formation as a nonprofit with an initial concert at Westport’s 323 Restaurant were (l-r) Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, and musicians Richard Epstein and Greg Wall. Marpe and Lavielle read proclamations heralding the group whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Fairfield County by promoting the performance and appreciation of Jazz music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

JazzFC Celebrates Debut as Nonprofit


The Jazz Society of Fairfield County (JazzFC) tonight celebrated its formation as a nonprofit with an initial concert at Westport’s 323 Restaurant. Among those performing were singer Melissa Newman of Westport and Greg Wall, known as the “jazz rabbi,” who is a celebrated musician and recording artist. He is rabbi at the Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport. WestportNow.com video by Helen Klisser During

State Rep. Tong: CT Needs Growth, Not Cuts or Increased Taxes

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State Rep. William Tong, who represents Stamford’s 147th District and is House chair of the Judiciary Committee, told the Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight at Town Hall that Connecticut can only improve its fiscal woes through growth -– not through cuts or increased taxes. Tong, who is also co-chairman of the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness, said Fairfield County needs a “marquee” university to attract top talent. He also urged sustained conversations between the public and private sectors at senior levels to find ways to stimulate growth. At left is State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Comings & Goings: Savannah Bee to Bedford Square

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Savannah Bee Company, known for its premium artisanal honeys, honey-based health and beauty products, and mission to educate people about the wonders of the Honeybee and preserving the art of beekeeping, will open in Bedford Square this summer. It will offer daily honey tastings and an extensive health and beauty section featuring luxurious products made with ingredients straight from the hive, according to the Savannah, Georgia-based-company. The Westport boutique will be Savannah Bee’s first store in the Northeast. To date, it has four locations in Georgia, one in Florida, and two in South Carolina, with three more locations opening this summer, including Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

GOP Offers Alternative Budget — But Has Much Work Still To Do

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Mark Pazniokas

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Republican legislators today unveiled a two-year budget plan that rejected controversial proposals to pass teacher pension costs onto towns and to expose nonprofit hospitals to local taxation.

But the GOP plan, which also would eliminate a program to share sales tax receipts with municipalities, is out of balance by more than $1 billion because of recent, massive erosion in state income tax receipts.

The budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered in early February and the proposal majority Democrats on the Appropriations Committee crafted but did not vote on this week also face similar massive shortfalls.

Still, Republicans insisted their $35.7 billion plan offers a valuable template legislators could follow to close a major projected deficit — probably approaching $4.7 billion over two years — while minimizing impact to taxpayers.”

It’s a Setup for Woman’s Club Art Show

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Installation was underway today for the weekend Westport Woman Club’s Art Show fundraiser. Curator Miggs Burroughs (2nnd r) worked with participating Westport area artists (l-r) Julie Leff, Dorothy Robertshaw and Nina Bentley for the event, which runs on Saturday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (opening reception) and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of recently deceased local artist Naiad Einsel and features multiple works by 14 artists across an array of media. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

CT Tax Revenue in Free Fall, Adding $1.1B in Red Ink for Next 2 years

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Plummeting state income tax collections are experiencing their worst decline since the last recession, falling $450 million below anticipated levels for April — one-and-a-half times the free fall projected just one day ago.

More importantly, the escalating erosion means income tax projections for the next two fiscal years must be downgraded by $500 million and $600 million, respectively, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration said today.

That adds $1.1 billion to an already daunting $3.6 billion deficit forecast, all but shattering hopes of avoiding tax increases or big municipal aid reductions in the next budget.

The new trend also means the state probably will close its third successive fiscal year in deficit and deplete its $235.6 million emergency budget reserve.

Palmer Seeks to Assure Parents on Bus Driver Strike Situation

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer sought to assure Westport parents today that the threat of a bus drivers’ strike is not imminent.

In an afternoon email, she said, “We continue to keep our lines of communication open with Dattco regarding the status of their negotiations with their drivers. 

“We are pleased that there was no disruption to service today, and we have assurances from Dattco that this level of service should continue as both sides continue to negotiate next week.”

A contract with the drivers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, expired at midnight Wednesday. Negotiations are set to continue on Monday.

In 1950s and ‘60s Fashion

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It was a 1950s and ‘60s look today at a Westport Arts Center (WAC) fashion show. Models walked the runway wearing vintage dresses and accessories provided by Vintage Virtuosa and Vintage by Sue Harmon, in preparation for the Westport Arts Center’s Martini Madness gala on May 20. The backdrop for the event was the “Main Street to Madison Avenue” exhibition focused on the advertisers and designers of the time period. Pictured (l-r) Price Snedaker, Dana Harmon, Lisa Lampert, Erika Miller, WAC Executive Director Amanda Innes, Orly Angerthal, Leslie LaSala, Deborah Murphy, Xenia Gross and Silvia Durno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com