10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt” 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport” 11 a.m. – Westport Library – PageTurners Book Discussion: “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman 2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – WestCOG Main to Train Technical Committee Work Session 8 p.m. – Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) – Dr. Meg Urry: “Black Holes & the Galaxies They Grow In”
Norwalk-based AV Tuchy building contractors were busy this Presidents Day in its efforts to stay on schedule for construction of the new restrooms at the South Beach section of Compo Beach. Town officials project the work will be finished in time for the summer season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples senior George Harrington (2nd l) is a Class LL Connecticut state wrestling champion for the second year in a row. After winning the 2018 LL state championship as a heavyweight, he cut over 40 pounds this season to win the 220-pound title in the competition over the weekend at Trumbull High School. Staples placed overall fifth place under new coaches (l-r) Alex Kappel, Fred Mills, and Paulo Freitas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
It was Westport day today on the food segment of NBC’s “Today” show. Co-host Craig Melvin, a Westport resident, welcomed Brian Lewis, chef and owner of The Cottage and OKO restaurants in Westport to demonstrate cooking of a ragu short rib cottage pie dish, “the perfect comfort food recipe.” Melvin described both places as “two of the hottest restaurants in Westport” and said he and his wife had enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner at the OKO Japanese-themed restaurant on Wilton Road. Lewis said the cottage pie dish will be on the Cottage menu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Today.com photo
Gov. Ned Lamont will give with one hand and take with the other in the budget he proposes Wednesday.
Lamont will naturally stress the giving, as he did during the campaign last fall. But when it comes to taxes and fees, the scales will tip toward the taking — at least for the next two years — as the new governor attempts to wipe out about $3.5 billion in inherited red ink off Connecticut’s books.
For example, Lamont said this weekend he would consider lowering gas taxes and boosting income tax relief for the poor — but only to mitigate the pain of restoring tolls to Connecticut’s highways.
Many lawmakers expect Lamont to propose a repeal of the estate tax, something he called “an enormous giveaway to the very wealthiest” days before the November election. But they also expect him to recommend a statewide property tax on motor vehicles — which would cut taxes for most communities but boost them in affluent towns.
This animal was spotted tonight on Cross Highway between Roseville and Weston Roads. It “had no fear of our car or our noises,” wrote Barbara Helenius Lampugnale in a Facebook post. Westport Animal Control Officer Gina Gambino, responding to the post, said it was a “healthy coyote with a thick winter coat. The eastern coyotes here in New England look much larger than the yellow western ones you typically see in movies and on TV.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barbara Helenius Lampugnale/Facebook