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Republicans Seek Municipal Candidates

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) is seeking candidates interested in running for the various Westport boards and commissions in November’s local elections.

The RTC’s Municipal Boards Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Board of Finance member Ed Iannone, and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance, an announcement said.

Candidates interested in being interviewed for the Board of Education and Board of Finance should contact Ed Iannone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, June 9.

The RTC’s Land Use Nominating Committee will be chaired by former Planning and Zoning Commission member Jack Whittle and will interview and recommend candidates for nomination for the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Appeals.

Westporter Arrested in Insider-Trading Scheme

A hedge fund employee from Westport was among four persons arrested today in connection with an insider-trading scheme prosecutors said converted government secrets into hedge fund profits.

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Theodore Huber: hedge fund employee. File photo

Theodore Huber, 55, was arrested on conspiracy, securities fraud and other charges contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said.

At the same time, it was revealed that another hedge fund employee, Jordan Fogel, 33, of Sands Point, New York, pleaded guilty on Friday and is cooperating with investigators in the case against the other four.

According to court documents, Huber was a partner and analyst at Deerfield Management Co., a healthcare-focused hedge fund in New York, along with Robert Olan, 46, of Rumson, New Jersey, who was also arrested.  Also arrested were David Blaszczak, 41, of Isle of Palms, South Carolina and Christopher Worrall, 39 of Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

House Dems Say ‘Budgetary Relief’ is the Price of a New Casino

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

If the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes want the House to join the Senate in granting them the right to build a casino off tribal lands, they must pay for the privilege and give Connecticut a measure of “budgetary relief,” House Democratic leaders said today.

“The bill that passed the state Senate cannot pass the House as currently written,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford.

The Senate bill imposes a 25-percent tax on gross gaming revenues, but no licensing fee or other upfront payments, a disappointment to House Democrats who were hoping for as much as $100 million in new gambling dollars to help balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said a majority of House Democrats support the expansion of casino gambling, but they believe the state should extract a licensing fee from whomever is granted development rights, whether it is the tribes or their competitor, MGM Resorts International.

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area from 10 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

It said to expect tidal departures around 1 foot above astronomical tides tonight and 1- to 1.5 feet Thursday morning and Thursday night.

The advisory said there would be minor flooding around the times of high tide Thursday night.

Also, there would be brief and localized minor flooding possible with tonight’s and Thursday morning high tide.

New Look to Playhouse Entrance

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Workers today erected a new entrance sign to the Westport Country Playhouse. Kevin Kane, owner of the Darien-based Hung Well Sign company, said the sign, designed by Westport architect Peter Cadoux, will be completed by the weekend. Kane said the structure will be topped off with the installation of a cedar roof. Pat Blaufuss, a Playhouse spokeswoman, said a dedication for the new sign will be held at a later date. The 2017 season begins on Tuesday with the comedy “Lettice and Lovage.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Woman’s Club Awards Annual Grants

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today presented $30,000 in community services grants to 28 local nonprofit organizations. Also awarded were Bedford Hall grants, which allow a one time per year free use of the hall by nonprofits for fundraising or friend-raising purposes. Recipients posed with First Selectman Jim Marpe (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Davae Matlow for WestportNow.com

Library Reception for ‘Signs of Compassion’ Exhibit Set for Friday

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Westport Library’s exhibit team paused during installation of Miggs Burroughs’s “Signs of Compassion” photo exhibit, which opens Friday in the Great Hall with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will be the last major art exhibit in the library before renovations are completed in 2019, and celebrates the end of Burroughs’ one-year term as artist-in-residence. The exhibit is a tribute to a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson, expressed word by word in American Sign Language, as portrayed in 30 lenticular (animated) images of members of the community. Pictured (l-r) are Carole Erger-Fass, Sue Kirby, Elizabeth Devoll, Ellen Naftalin, Chris Timmons (curator of library exhibits). Anne Levine, and Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cocktail Party to Discuss Threats to Long Island Sound, Other Topics

Threats to Long Island Sound and how shoreline residents can take action to protect and restore are among topics to be discussed today at a Westport sunset cocktail party.

The event, open to the public, is hosted by Westport real estate agent Judy Michaelis and Westport attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug. It will feature presentations by Save the Sound and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). 

Curt Johnson, executive director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound, will discuss threats to the Sound, an announcement said. Jennifer Sherratt of FEMA’s National Flood Services will talk about managing flood risks and coastal living. 

The event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 32 Edgewater Hillside will include light refreshments and entertainment. Donations to support Save the Sound’s work to stop polluters and restore coastal habitats are encouraged but not required. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

Tribes Win Casino Fight in Senate, Face Battle in House

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes early today won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.

The bill that now goes to an uncertain fate in the House of Representatives would allow the tribes to build a casino off I-91 in East Windsor in an effort to blunt the loss of gambling dollars to Massachusetts once MGM opens a gambling resort under construction in Springfield.

“We did what we had to do. We stood up for Connecticut workers,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said shortly before the final vote at 12:35 a.m.

The Senate unexpectedly took up the bill shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, a day when MGM intensified its opposition, buying $400,000 in television time to air a commercial saying the state would be forgoing millions of dollars in license fees and other revenue if it cut a no-bid deal with the owners of the tribal casinos.