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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Family Art Day Crowd at Arts Center

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Families got creative together today at the Westport Arts Center’s bi-annual Family Art Day, designing family crests, personalized planters, and other hands-on projects. The Family Art Day: Create Your Family’s Modern Crest projects introduced artistic processes and techniques, helped youngsters explore their imaginations, and provided context for the Arts Center’s current exhibition. The backdrop for the event was the Arts Center’s “As We Are!” exhibition, on view through April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Xenia Gross for WestportNow.com

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Shorn for a Good Cause

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Aarti Khosla, owner of Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates by Aarti on Westport’s Main Street, was a last minute addition to today’s 13th Annual Team Brent St. Baldrick’s Celebration fundraiser at the Westport Weston Family YMCA. Khosla decided only three days ago to take part in the annual head shaving event to raise money for child cancer research. She said she raised $6,700. Contributed photos

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Democracy March Draws Hundreds, U.S. Legislators

By James Lomuscio

From Jesup Green to Veterans Green, today’s March to DefenDemocracy drew hundreds brandishing myriad anti-President Trump placards, a show of force from Democrats.

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March organizer Darcy Hicks addresses today’s Veterans Greens rally as fellow organizers Nita Prasad, Lauren Soloff, and Lisa Bowman look on.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Unabashed, they appeared energized by Friday’s Trumpcare defeat, and they were cheered on at Veterans Green by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, all Democrats, as well as by Republican First Selectman Jim Marpe.

DefenDemocracy was co-founded by Westporters Darcy Hicks, Lauen Soloff, Lisa Bowman and Nita Prasad, and the event drew support from Westport’s Democratic Town Committee (DTC).

“We founded this right after the march,” Hicks said referring to women’s Washington, D.C. march protesting the election and inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. “The reason for today is to unite the community and all the grassroots groups that have formed since the election to defend our democracy.

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Gallery: Democracy March in Westport


Scenes from today’s democracy march in Westport. Bob Eckman and Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com, WestportNow.com photos, and contributed photos.

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Video: Westport’s March for Democracy


Marchers from Westport and surrounding communities took part in today’s protest march in Westport’s downtown officially called “CT on the Move March to Defend Democracy — One Small State, One Big Voice.” WestportNow.com video

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Thanks to Westporters

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, flanked by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, and the Westport organizers of today’s march for democracy, thanks the crowd for their participation in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Signs Aplenty

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There were signs of all kinds in today’s democracy march through Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Marching Through Westport

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Participants in today’s march through Westport move along Post Road East to the rally point at Veterans Green across from Westport Town Hall. The protest took place under cloudy skies in 40-degree weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Hundreds Take Part in ‘March to Defend Democracy’

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Several hundred persons today took part in a march through downtown Westport called “CT on the Move March to Defend Democracy — One Small State, One Big Voice.” Demonstrators walked from Jesup Green to Veterans Green across from Westport Town Hall for a rally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Letter: BOF Members Say Tell State Westport Is Not Its Piggy Bank

(Editor’s note: The following letter is from six Board of Finance members. Member John Hartwell decided not to participate)

Dear Westport Resident:

Westport has worked hard to prudently manage its finances and tax base. All branches of our town government, many elected officials and volunteers, have worked collaboratively, on behalf of all residents, to ensure we have a high quality of life at a cost all residents and businesses can afford. Sadly, maintaining this balance will be more difficult in the future.   

Today we are faced with grim economic news from the State of Connecticut. This is not a one-off problem and it will continue for years to come. Because of our state government’s inability to manage its budget and to control spending resulting in a projected deficit of over $1.5 billion next year alone, Westport finds itself in a difficult position.

Instead of tackling a state government that has grown too large and too expensive for the residents of Connecticut, the state is largely trying to solve its budget problems by shifting costs to towns. 

First, the state is decreasing or totally eliminating payments it has made to Westport for either education or other services which equals $3 million-$4 million in 2018 alone. We assume this revenue from the state, which directly supplemented our operating budgets, is permanently gone.

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Westport Students Perform in Boston

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Westport’s Staples High School and Bedford Middle School Chamber Music students performed at Symphony Hall in Boston on Friday. Students performed and had a master class with the Boston Symphony Orchestra members.  It was the same day that the Superintendent Colleen Palmer’s latest budget message mentioned the possible elimination of individual music lessons in grades 4 to 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 26, 2017


Noon - Jesup Green to Veterans Green - CT on the M.O.V.E. March
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Family YMCA - St. Baldrick’s for TeamBrent: Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer
1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Family Art Day: Create Your Family’s Modern Crest
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Harvest Wine Bar - Uncorked Wine Tasting benefit for Whittingham Cancer Center

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Downtown Restaurant Busy in Pre-Opening

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Amis Trattoria, the Roman eatery from Philadelphia-based Vetri Family of Restaurants, was busy with customers tonight in the new Bedford Square development in Westport’s downtown. It doesn’t officially open until Friday, March 31, but the soft opening drew Saturday night crowds. Owned by Urban Outfitters, which also owns the adjoining Anthropologie, it features seasonally-driven small plates, handcrafted pastas, local seafood and antipasti selections from Executive Chef Brad Spence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Working Late at Anthropologie

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Anthropologie employees were working late tonight to get the new store ready for its official opening on Friday, March 31. The company said 150 full and part-time workers were employed to get the new Bedford Square in shape for opening day.  The store, owned by Urban Outfitters, is the anchor tenant in the building that formerly was home to the Westport Weston YMCA. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Remembering ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ 49 Years Later

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Actor Keir Dullea chats today with WestportNow film critic Susan Granger following the Westport Cinema Initiative screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Westport Town Hall. Dullea, 80, a Fairfield resident, is best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman, whom he portrayed in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick-directed film. He delighted the audience by reciting from memory a complicated dialogue from the film that was full of numbers and obscure words. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Video: Keir Dullea on Stanley Kubrick: ‘Always Aware in Presence of Genius’


Actor Keir Dulllea tells a Westport Town Hall audience today how director Stanley Kubrick selected him for his most famous role as astronaut David Bowman in Kubrick’s 1968 now cult classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Asked what it was like working with Kubrick, Dullea said: “You were aware you were in the presence of genius.” He appeared with WestportNow film critic Susan Granger following a screening of the film by Westport Cinema Initiative WestportNow.com video

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The Port Prison Penguins on the Move

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Members of the Port Prison Penguins from the Bridgeport Correctional Institute take part today in the Special Olympics Connecticut annual penguin plunge at Compo Beach. The plunge supports more than 13,000 athletes of all abilities who participate in sports training and competition year-round.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Head First

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One of the participants in today’s Special Olympics Connecticut penguin plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach goes in head first in the water.  Temperatures in the 50s under overcast skies made the plunge a little more palatable this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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In Action

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Members of Kohl’s Associates in Action were among those taking part in today’s Special Olympics Connecticut penguin plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Taking the Plunge

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Participants run to the water today at Westport’s Compo Beach as part of the Special Olympics Connecticut annual fundraiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Special Olympics Penguin Plunge


Scenes from today’s Special Olympics Connecticut penguin plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com photos

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Marina Sunset View

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Friday’s sunset as seen from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, March 25, 2017


10:30 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Daniel Hemphy: “Irish Potato Famine & Effect on American Immigration”
11:15 a.m. - Westport Library - MathsAmazing - A Comedy Duo
1 p.m. - Compo Beach - Special Olympics Connecticut penguin plunge
4 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Cinema Initiative “2001” screening & talkback with Keir Dullea
6:30 p.m. - Birchwood Country Club - Dream Event: A Better Chance of Westport
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Urinetown, The Musical” (last show)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Community Barn Dance Benefits Wakeman Town Farm

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Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm tonight hosted a community barn dance at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave. The event featured contra dance caller Bill Fischer and The Fiddleheads, who provided the music. All proceeds benefit the classroom and kitchen addition to the farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Oliver Gaffney for WestportNow.com

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Westport Fire Assists at Weston House Fire

UPDATE Westport fire units tonight provided mutual aid to Weston at a fire in a house under renovation.

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Flames were shooting out from the rear of the house on arrival of the first firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Weston Volunteer Fire Department photo

The alarm came in shortly after 8 p.m. for the fire at 8 White Birch Road just over the Westport line in Weston.

No injuries were reported.

Weston fire reported heavy fire on the second floor of the structure on their arrival.

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