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Explaining the Problems at Coleytown Middle School

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Ted Hunyadi (r), Westport school system facilities director, points out some of the maintenance issues today at Coleytown Middle School (CMS) to members of the CMS Task Force and the town’s Maintenance Study Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


8 a.m. – Coleytown Middle School – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. – Coleytown Middle School – CMS Task Force Work Session
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Pension Investment & 401k Investment Committees
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – UN Hospitality Committee
Noon – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Play With Your Food
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Board of Finance Executive Session
7 p.m. – 5 Canal St. – Housing Authority
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

RTM Writes Final Chapter for Police Pension Saga

By James Lomuscio

Text of arbitration decision (PDF)

By a vote of 31 to 1 tonight, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) closed the book on a new police pension contract that has been in negotiations since 2016.

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Floyd Dugas, town labor counsel, addresses the RTM tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com.

The pension agreement had been the subject of heated debates, town approval, rank and file rejections and ultimately state-mandated binding arbitration that ended Dec. 7 with the arbitrators mostly siding with the town (14 decisions in favor of the town, five for the union) — and the union not happy.

The RTM vote was to not reject the arbitrators’ decision. Catherine Calise was the lone dissenter, arguing that the RTM should reject it, so the town could make good on its promises to officers when they signed on to work in Westport.

Police Local 2080, hoping to get the defined contributions down to 8 percent after the town had agreed to go to 9 from 10 percent, got an unwelcome surprise. Arbitrators bumped it back to the original 10 percent.

Thomas A. Foy, 93

Thomas A. Foy of Topsham, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 5 at home. He was 93.

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Thomas Foy: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

The husband of Edna (Pat) Foy, he was a son of Thomas A. and Stella M. (Bressett) Foy. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Hartford, a city for which he always felt close ties.

He attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C, and was employed by Western Electric and then by IBM for 33 years. He traveled around the world and to many locations in the U.S during his successful career.

He served his country during World War II in the Navy stationed aboard the USS Omaha. He was a member of the VFW Post# 399 in Westport for many years. He was also a member of the Norwalk American Legion Post#12.

House GOP Vows to be a Check on Democrats’ Spending

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

House Republicans pledged today to remain focused on reforms to shrink state spending in 2019, saying initiatives to expand government or raise revenue via tolls, sports betting or new taxes should wait.

Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby and Deputy Minority Leader Vincent J. Candelora of North Branford also said the House GOP would push for stronger deterrents to youth vaping and to redirect some resources from an underutilized New Britain-to-Hartford busway into highway, bridge and rail upgrades.

“Revenue grabs — whether it is higher tax rates, tolls, sports gambling or (legalization and taxation of) recreational marijuana — will not solve our underlying financial problems,” Klarides told reporters during an afternoon briefing in her Capitol caucus room.

“Implementing those revenue initiatives outside of the overall budget debate will not work, and we would not support them in that context because there are significant rippling social and fiscal consequences associated with each.”

Dorothy Lothrop, 95

Dorothy Elizabeth Zuck Lothrop, a former 30-year resident of Westport and wife of the late James Denny Lothrop, died Jan. 2 in her home at Atria Darien. She was 95.

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Dorothy Lothrop: 30-year Westport resident. Contributed photo

She was born on June 15, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois to Ralph Everett and Marion Ethel Patterson Zuck. She spent her childhood living in the same home, next door to her best friend, and surrounded by a large extended family.

Ever energetic, resourceful and spirited, she was appropriately nicknamed “Flash” by her father. At the University of Illinois, she met her fellow Evanstonian and future husband, Jim Lothrop.

Throughout her life she embraced travel, reading, gardening, the arts, dance, yoga, sailing, golf, and deep friendships wherever she lived. Quilting and the study of metapsychology and spiritual growth were particular passions. 

Steinberg: New Governor, Old Problems

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On the eve of his—and Ned Lamont’s—swearing in, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) told the Westport Rotary Club today he looks forward to working with the new governor to find solutions to some of Connecticut’s old problems. “We need to double down and get passionate,” said the native Westporter who will be serving his fifth two-year term. Steinberg said finding creative solutions are a necessity in addressing Connecticut’s financial woes and they could include instituting tolls and approving sports betting. Also helpful would be continuing to build the state’s biosciences industries and regionalizing municipal services, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Lisa Wexler Sworn In for Probate Judge Term

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Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss (l) today performs the swearing in for Lisa Wexler as probate judge in Westport-Weston while First Selectman Jim Marpe observes at a ceremony in Town Hall. Wexler was first elected in a special November 2013 contest to finish out a one-year term, again in November 2014 for a four-year term, and in November 2018 for a four-year term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Services Set for Tommy Ghianuly

(UPDATE The following is based on an obituary supplied by the Ghianuly family)

Thomas G. Ghianuly of Bridgeport, husband of Carolyn Campbell Ghianuly, died Jan. 7 in his home. He was 83.

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Tommy Ghianuly: loved the barber shop. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Tom was born in Bridgeport on July 19, 1935, son of the late George and Edith Proxa Ghianuly and had been a lifelong Bridgeport resident.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Bahamas, Africa and Newfoundland where he learned the trade that he would work at for the rest of his life. Tom went on to be the owner and operator of the Compo Center Barber Shop in Westport where he worked for nearly 60 years.

Tom enjoyed caring for his garden and greenhouse, collecting antiques and decorating his home. More than anything he loved the barber shop and more so his clients who he cared for over generations or those that he just met last week.