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Public Safety Professionals Honored

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The Westport Rotary Club today presentedi its annual public safety awards to (l-r) Officers David Scinto and Sam Sabin and Firefighters Earl Hill and Ted Crawford. Scinto and the firefighters were honored for their efforts to save a woman in the Saugatuck River in February. Sabin was honored for helping former Police Chief Ron Malone escape a house fire in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Honored With Rotary Community Service Awards

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The Westport Rotary Club today honored three Westporters for their service to the community with its Community Service Awards and Honorary Paul Harris Fellowships. They are (l-r) Sam Gault, president, Gault Family Companies, Gordon Joseloff, former first selectman and founding publisher-editor of WestportNow.com, and David Waldman, president of David Adam Realty, who has developed numerous buildings in Westport, including the new Bedford Square development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Palmer Raises New Threat of Bus Drivers Strike

Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer told parents today there is a renewed threat of a bus drivers strike on Thursday.

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School buses at the Dattco lot on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The district and drivers from Dattco Bus Company represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, have been in negotiations since the current contract expired at midnight April 26. On May 3, drivers voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike if needed.

“Negotiations are continuing, but we have been advised by Dattco to prepare for a possible strike on Thursday morning this week if negotiations on Wednesday are not sufficiently productive.” Palmer said in an email to parents.

“With that in mind, I want to remind you that in the event of strike, our schools will be open.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
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 – PageTurners: “Man in the Wooden Hat” by Jane Gardam
Noon – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Ordinance Committee
7 p.m. – 323 Main St, Bar – Pub Trivia Night: Summer Reading Edition

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

P&Z to Hear Medical Marijuana Amendment Thursday

Westport’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday will hear a text amendment to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial districts.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

The topic has been on the P&Z’s agenda since 2013, and the commission has since extended a moratorium on making such a decision.

Text amendment 735 carries the provision that such a dispensary be located 1,000 feet away from protected areas, including schools, day care centers, parks, public buildings and houses of worship.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Born in China,’ ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,’ ‘The Dinner’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Disneynature’s “Born in China” focuses exclusively on animal species unique to China: pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, Chiru antelope and red-crowned cranes.

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Educational, it’s filled with spectacular landscapes and extraordinary close-ups of animal activity, centering on three specific families over the span of a year.

In Sichuan Province’s Wolong National Nature Reserve, attentive Ya Ya is a first-time mother, raising her curious cub Mei Mei in a forest habitat, where solitary adult pandas consume 40 pounds of bamboo each day. Until Mei Mei can climb a tree, making her safe from predators, Ya Ya must watch over her.

Nearby, there’s a mischievous troop of golden snub-nosed monkeys. Tao Tao is an adolescent male being forced out of his family fold to fend for himself.

New Westport Art Landmark

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Artsits Jahmane West and Duvian Montoya, members of the Westport Artists Collective, today installed their new artwork at the end of the alley leading from Main Street to the Bedford Square courtyard. The artwork was recommended and its installation overseen by Helen Klisser During, artistic director emeritus at the Westport Arts Center (and WestportNow contributing photographer.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com