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Starting Longshore Bunker Improvements Image
Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava and others gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at the 12th green of th Longshore Club Park golf course for the start of the construction phase of the Bunker Improvement project. “We’re starting the project on the 12th and 13th greens and will complete all 18 by June,” she said. The project consists of the redesign, elimination and addition of bunkers for improved playability and maintenance, installation of bunker liners, and the installation of new sand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Talking Business Image
More than 50 persons today attended the inaugural Chamber Morning Meet, a breakfast networking session conducted by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) at the Terrain Garden Cafe, 561 Post Road East. Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director said, “We’re trying to give business people an opportunity to find synergies and an outlet to discuss what’s up with their company, the business climate, the town and even the state … the goal is to find how to make our town even better for business and foster new collaborations while doing so.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set for Sept. 23

Westport’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport-Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, rain or shine, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today.

The regional program serving Westport, Weston, Greenwich, Darien, Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton residents is designed to provide a safe, no charge option to keep household hazardous waste out of the municipal solid waste stream, protecting land and water from potential contamination, Edwards said.

He said that many items used around the home are classified as hazardous since they may contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. Items include cleaners, gasoline and pesticides.

Edwards said that before bringing hazardous household items to the collection site, residents should make sure they are clearly labeled, and to never mix chemicals, as incompatible products may react, ignite or explode, as well as lose their ability to be recycled.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
Noon – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregation Church (245 Post Road East) – Appalachian Mountain Club Speaker/Dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Racquets Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, &

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Bipartisan CT Budget Talks Run Out of Steam Again

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Sputtering bipartisan state budget talks, which hadn’t produced any unified plan over the past four months, appeared to have broken down for good — around the same issues that have plagued them in recent years.

Republican legislative leaders said today that their Democratic counterparts effectively ended any bipartisan talks by meeting Sunday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — a meeting to which the GOP wasn’t invited.

But Democratic leaders have questioned openly for months whether Republicans ever would support the hard choices needed to close major deficits in the next two-year budget. And the GOP had sharp criticism for the compromise proposal Malloy, a Democrat, unveiled on Friday.

“If you don’t invite somebody to a room to have negotiations, you can’t have negotiations,” Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven said during a mid-day press conference. “It seems to both of us they’re not interested in having those conversations anymore.”

Teacher of Year: Award Not About Her But People Who Helped Her Image
Westport Teacher of the Year Courtney Ruggiero, Bedford Middle School social studies teacher, told the Board of Education tonight that her award “is not about what I have done, but the people who have helped me do it.” She added: “I work with the best teachers, and I am honored to represent them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Teacher of Year With Fellow Nominees Image
Westport Teacher of the Year Courtney Ruggiero posed tonight with peer nominees at the Board of Education meeting where she was officially introduced. Pictured (l-r) Michael Gordon (BOE chairman), Peter Alfano (Coleytown El and Middle), Tanya Kaplan (Coleytown Middle), Allison Beggs (Coleytown Middle), Cecilie Schachte (Long Lots), Linda McClary (Staples), Heidi Howden (Staples), Lisa Weand (Bedford Middle), Courtney Ruggiero, Bedford Middle,Teacher of the Year, Emily Soler (Greens Farms), Nicole Moeller (Greens Farms), Eric Lawrence (Saugatuck), Karen DeFelice and John Horrigan (Westport Education Association co-presidents) and Superintendent Colleen Palmer. Absent from the ceremony: Lenny Klein (Staples) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Malloy Lecture Features ‘Falsettos: In Conversation’ Image
The Westport Country Playhouse tonight hosted “Falsettos: In Conversation,” the Westport Library’s Susan Malloy Lecture in the Arts. The event featured Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn, Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine, plus the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block. Moderator was Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of “Live from Lincoln Center.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Wrecker Booters, Danbury Draw 0-0 Image
An early season matchup of Staples and Danbury—two of the top teams in the FCIAC ended with a fair result: a 0-0 draw. Midfields and defenses dominated, with Chris Martenson excelling at center back for the Wreckers, and Teddy O’Kane earning the shutout in goal. Staples, now 1-0-1, travels to Fairfield Warde on Wednesday (4 p.m.). In the photo, sophomore Tadeo Messenger pressures the Hatter backs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for

Josephine Purcell, 90

Josephine Festa Purcell of Westport died Sept. 9 at home. She was 90.

She was born in Norwalk in 1927 and has been a Westport resident for 65 years.

Mainly a homemaker and mother, she also worked in many local restaurants, including Skippers, Blue Moon, The Clambox, and retired from the Patterson Club after 22 years of service.

Her passion was food, whether preparing for her family, catering for large events, including her outstanding professional wedding cakes, or her memorable Italian cookie assortments. Her family will remember her especially for her true Italian homemade pizzas and pierogies.