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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Keyser Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Keyser Road, at the corner of Imperial Avenue, is in process. Built in 1947, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,637-square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and last changed ownership in January, 2016 for $920,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Parks & Rec Friends

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More than 90 golfers gathered at Longshore Park today in support of the fifth annual Club House Cup tournament fundraiser to benefit Friends of Westport Parks & Rec. According to co-organizer Chuck Haberstroh a goal of the event is to “raise awareness of the need for a new clubhouse.” Pictured is volunteer Kim Ebbesen handing a gift bag to Haberstroh.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police Deputy Chief Penna to Retire Oct. 1

Deputy Chief Vincent Penna, a 23-year full-time officer of the Westport Police Department who served in multiple roles and helped earn the department’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council accreditation, is set to retire Oct. 1, police officials said today.

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Deputy Chief Vincent Penna: retiring after 23 years. Contributed photo

In his career, Penna, 47, headed the detective bureau, and still as deputy chief oversees Westport EMS, building maintenance, internal affairs, public affairs, animal control, the training division and information management.

“Deputy Chief Penna takes with him a great deal of experience and knowledge,” said Chief Foti Koskinas. “We worked together for many years.  We came up through the ranks together, navigated through difficult times and shared countless laughs.

“He’ll certainly be missed by the men and women that worked with him,” he added. “We all wish him the best in his retirement.”

Friday, September 22, 2017 – Autumn Begins


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4:02 p.m. – Northern Hemisphere – Autumnal Equinox
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit Opening: “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Del Water Gap w/ Copilot
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “A View from the Bridge”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Oct. 1 Playhouse Symposium Features Playwright

Laura Eason, writer-producer on the Netflix drama “House of Cards,” will be guest speaker at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium Oct. 1 following a 3 p.m. performance of her play “Sex with Strangers.”

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Laura Eason: “House of Cards” writer-producer. Meredith Zinner photo

The program is free and open to the public.

According to theater officials, Eason will discuss her play with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

“Sex with Strangers” explores the complicated new world in which every past relationship lives forever on the web, providing an entertaining, up-to-date take on love in the digital age,” says Patricia Blaufuss, Playhouse spokeswoman.

Route 136 Resurfacing Set for October

Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns next month as Westport’s Route 136 from the Post Road East-Compo Road South intersection all the way to the William F. Cribari Bridge to Charles Street is scheduled for resurfacing.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) project is expected to take one week from Wednesday, Oct. 18, through Wednesday, Oct. 25.

He added that CDOT officials told town officials during a preconstruction meeting that the intention is to commence work at 8 p.m. and to work continuously until 5 a.m. Edwards said traffic patterns will be set up each night beginning at 7:30.

The 2.14-mile section of road handles an average daily traffic count of 8,800 vehicles, Edwards said.

Penn State Cancer Fundraiser Returns to Westport

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Students from Penn State will be back in Westport this weekend raising funds for children with pediatric cancer. Taylor Harrington (c), Staples Class of 2015, will be here with Delta Gamma sorority sisters Cailyn McCutcheon (l) and Sarah Domino. Called THON, it is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy and culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon. The students will be collecting donations outside of The Granola Bar, The Westport Library (rear entrance), and Dunkin’ Donuts in Bridge Square on Saturday and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

GOP, Dems Both Lack Solution to CT’s Cycle of Budget Deficits

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Despite their many disagreements over how the next state budget should look, Republican and Democratic legislators have one key element in common.

Neither of their respective plans would spare Connecticut from grappling with another massive budget deficit two years from now.

The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says the two-year budget crafted by Republican legislators and passed in the House and Senate late last week would balance the state’s books this fiscal year and next — wiping out a $3.5 billion deficit in the process.

But that same plan, unless adjusted, would run $3.31 billion in the red between 2019 and 2021.