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Arrest Follows Clothing Theft and Return for Gift Card

Officers arrested a Hyde Park, New York woman today for participation in the theft of more than $300 worth of clothing from a downtown merchant, police said.

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Kathy Deacon: free on $25,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Kathy Deacon, 65, was arrested at Police Headquarters where she turned herself in on a warrant. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the arrest dates back to Oct. 24. when a first woman, who was not identified, stole the merchandise.

“A second woman later entered the store and returned the stolen items and received a gift card for the items’ value,” Cabana said.

Blumenthal, Murphy Oppose Move to Reopen Government

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Saying the deal was not good for Connecticut, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today voted against advancing a short-term spending bill that would reopen the government.

The Connecticut senators were in the minority of those opposed to the bill, known as a continuing resolution – or CR – that would end the three-day shutdown of the federal government. The legislation was advanced on a 81-18 vote, and the government is expected to reopen late today.

“Senator Blumenthal and I came to the conclusion that another CR is bad for Connecticut,” Murphy said.

Murphy said the temporary spending measure, the fourth stopgap measure proposed since the federal fiscal year began on Oct. 1, is “disastrous” to the state because it fails to fund a number of key programs, including grants for the state’s community health centers.

Senior Center’s Super Bowl Party Set for Feb. 4

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities is set to host the 11th annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., center officials announced.

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Some of the entertainment at last year’s party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The event open to community members of all ages also will honor the Staples High School’s boys’ cross country track and the girls’ field hockey team. 

Middle and high school varsity cheerleaders are scheduled to perform, and as in past years, there will be a “guess the final score” contest, plus games and prizes.

In addition, the gathering will feature a “Service to the Senior Center” award presented to an individual “who makes an outstanding contribution through volunteer service, demonstrating commitment, attitude and dedication to the center,” the announcement said.

State Legislative Update Set for Wednesday

A discussion titled “Where is the State Going?” is the thrust of a legislative, breakfast update set for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Westport Library’s Reading Room.

Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) in association with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the event will feature conversations with state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and Sen. Tony Hwang (R134). Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) has been invited but has not yet confirmed, WWCC officials said.

“Our state certainly has issues with regards to finances and infrastructure,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director, who is scheduled to moderate the talk.

“This is a great opportunity for our business people and residents alike to ask questions and find out more about how our elected representatives are going about dealing Hartford’s ills.”

Jacqueline Bloom, 67

Jacqueline Bloom of Westport, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts, died Jan. 20. She was 67.

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Jacqueline Bloom: social worker. Contributed photo

She was a clinical social worker practicing in Connecticut and New York.

She was the devoted mother of Gregory Wagman, fond sister of Patricia Bloom-McDonald, Phyllis Meinners, Barry, James and Robert Dichter.

Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 26 at noon at the Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Proud Mary’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

A few years after his first adventure, “Paddington 2,” the red-hatted, blue-raincoated, marmalade-scarfing bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has settled into a new life in London’s Windsor Gardens with his adoptive parents, the Browns (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins).

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Since his beloved Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton), an Anglophile who still lives in Darkest Peru, is celebrating her 100th birthday, Paddington wants to send her a rare book of famous London landmarks, described as a “popping book” by Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent), the antiques dealer.

But before Paddington can earn enough money, the expensive book is stolen by prissy Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), an aging actor who has been reduced to doing dog food commercials.

What dastardly devious Phoenix knows that Paddington doesn’t is that the seemingly innocuous pop-up book is really a secret treasure map, so he frames Paddington for the theft.

Monday, January 22, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Public Arts Collection
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
Noon – Westport Library – Dig into Databases: Medical Edition
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Parks Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar