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Town Committees Plan Social Events

Westport Democrats and Republicans have announced pre-summer social events.

First up is the Democratic Town Committee’s fourth annual Summer Social on Thursday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at th Boathouse Restaurant at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Ave. Click HERE for ticket information.

The next evening, Friday, June 16, is the Republican Town Committee annual Spring Gala from 7 to 10 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church’s Branson Hall.

This year’s dinner and awards ceremony will honor First Selectman Jim Marpe with the Excellence in Leadership Award as well as Westport Board of Education member Jeannie Smith, and Former Westport Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Wolgast.

Picnic Lunch at Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum

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There was a picnic lunch today at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, 2 Woodside Lane, hosted by Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Lou Mall (c). The goal of the get together with members of the RTM, Tree Board, and Town Clerk’s Office was to celebrate the newly opened and accessible piece of town-owned open space. Tree Warden Bruce Lindsey (r) spoke about trees and plants observed in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Emergency Preparedness Tips as Hurricane Season Begins

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state and local emergency management officials reminded Connecticut residents that today is the first day of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

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(CLICK TO ENLARGE) National Weather Service graphic

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring from mid-August to mid-October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2017 is predicting an above average season with 11 to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 major hurricanes.

“One single hurricane or tropical storm can have a lasting impact,” Malloy said. 

‘Boy With Medal’ on Exhibit Sunday

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This image by Westport award-winning photographer Larry Silver, “Boy With Medal” taken in 1995 at the Special Olympics at Yale, will be exhibited at the “Giving Voice Through the Arts to Stories Among Us!” at Westport’s Beechwood Arts Spring Arts Immersion Salon in Westport on Sunday from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. For more information, click HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Larry Silver

Steinberg: ‘Public Service’ Precludes First Selectman Run

By James Lomuscio

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg said today that he was ending his exploratory committee for first selectman in order to remain focused on the state, which “is going through very, very tough times.”

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State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg:  Not this time. Contributed photo

The state’s fiscal malaise with a $1.4 billion deficit appeared heightened Wednesday with reports that Aetna, a Connecticut mainstay for 164 years, is looking at leaving Connecticut.

“I see myself as a public servant,” said Steinberg, a Democrat, adding that voters had re-elected him because they believed in his arguments as to what was best for the state. “So, how could I walk away because things are getting sketchy.”

Steinberg is now in his fourth term, which has more than a year left. His exploratory committee titled Jonathan for Westport was posted on the State Election Enforcement Committee site in early March.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Downtown Plan Implementation Committee CANCELED
10 a.m. – Westport Library – RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Special Sub-Committee of P&Z and ZBA
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Workshop for the June Artist-in-Residence Challenge
5:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Task Force
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Library – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee CANCELED
7 p.m. – Westport Library – The Empty Nest: From Blues to Blueprints
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Staples Players Studio: “Angie!”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Lettice & Lovage”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar