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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


9 a.m. - Westport Library - Business: The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2018 Movie: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Young Woman’s League Tea for Seniors
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Fusion360 CAD Workshop Series for Grades 6-12
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Environment Committee
7:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Fusion360 CAD Workshop Series for Adults

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Himes Votes Against ‘Inadequate and Dangerous’ Funding Bill

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) today voted against the three-week funding bill passed by Congress, calling it “inadequate and dangerous.”

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes addresses the Westport Rotary Club last September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This afternoon, I voted ‘no’ on the latest of a series of short-term, inadequate and dangerous funding bills,” he said in a statement. “Congress has few more important jobs than funding the government in a long-term, stable way.

“The Republican majority has failed to do so, as they have failed to provide resources to fight the opioid crisis, for disaster-relief funding for ravaged communities, for Community Health Centers, and failed to find a solution for almost a million DREAMers facing deportation.

“While it is very important that we fund CHIP to bring health insurance to children in need, it’s vital for our country that we vote on comprehensive legislation that addresses all of these issues.

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Comings & Goings: Bel Mondo Relocates to Post Road East

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Bel Mondo, a home furnishings, accessories and interior design services store, has relocated from 222 Post Road West to 993 Post Road East.  The space was formerly occupied for seven years by Then Again, an upscale women’s consignment store. “We wanted to locate in a cozier environment and this building lends itself to that,” said Australia-born owner Heidi Thrun, a former Westport resident. “And it was good timing with our lease expiration on Post Road West.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Reckless Passing Leads to DUI Arrest

A Trumbull woman was arrested for drunk driving after she passed at high speed another vehicle while traveling through an intersection, police said today. 

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Sheila Fabrizio: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident occurred just past midnight Saturday when an officer observed a vehicle recklessly pass another at the intersection of Post Road West and Riverside Avenue.

“The vehicle continued northbound at a high rate of speed on Wilton Road, where a motor vehicle stop was conducted,” Cabana said. “Upon approach, the officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on the operator’s breath.”

The driver, Sheila Fabrizio, 57, was taken to Police Headquarters after she failed a standardized field sobriety test. At headquarters, she was administered a breath test, which found her to be over the legal limit.

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Study Time

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Many Staples High School students gathered today in the Great Hall of the Westport Library to prepare for mid-term exams. According a library staff member, the number of students coming to the library to study for mid-terms has grown steadily since around Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Mid-term exams began Friday and go through Wednesday with Thursday open for make-up exam situations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Saugatuck Scene

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A view across the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laura Brown for WestportNow.com

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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

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Compo Afternoon

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Milder weather today helped attract numerous visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Cool Skating

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Claire Murphy-Petri, 16, of Darien was among the skating crowd today at the P.A.L. ice rink at Longshore Club Park. Attired in a tank top in the relatively mild, 40-degree weather, she said, “The temperature rarely affects me. I dress like this for skating even when it’s in the low 30s.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Florida Power to the Polls

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Westporters Ellen Bowen (l) and Yvonne Claveloux today joined thousands in Florida to celebrate Miami Day of Action: Power to the Polls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Readying for ‘The Curious Case of Ed Vebell’

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Westport Historical Society staff members (l-r) Mimi Burroughs, Ramin Ganeshram, and Nicole Carpenter hang a banner promoting the new exhibit “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell,” which opens with a reception Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and runs through April 16. Carpenter curated the show with Nick Foster of the Wilton Historical Society. The exhibit showcases the peculiar and remarkable life of famed Westporter Ed Vebell, known internationally as an illustrator, Olympic fencer, and adventurer. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Honoring a ‘Green’ Office Building

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An office building at 500 Post Road East is the first recipient in Westport’s new Sustainable Design and Construction Awards program, part of an effort to become a NetZero community by the year 2050. Making the presentation to Timon Malloy (2nd r), president of building owner Fred F. French Investing LLC, were First Selectman Jim Marpe and Green Task Force members. The 37,800-square foot building includes 247 solar panels that Green Task Force Chair David Mann (l) says generates energy equal to what is required of eight large Westport residences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Marina Sunset

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

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Sunday, January 21, 2018


1 p.m. & 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nugget & Fang” (ages 4-8)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2018: History Book Discussion: “My Fellow Soldiers”

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sell-Out Crowd for Julliard String Quartet

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The Juilliard String Quartet performed tonight to a sold out crowd at the Westport Arts Center. They played a program of Hadyn, Beethoven, and modern Scottish composer James MacMillan. The classical music string quartet, founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York by William Schuman, has received numerous awards, including four Grammys and membership in the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame. In February 2011, the Juilliard Quartet received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for its outstanding contributions to recorded classical music. The next performance in the 2017-18 Concert Series is the Calidore String Quartet on March 2. Tickets are available at http://www.westportartscenter.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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No Injuries in Car Into Building

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A driver tonight lost control of his BMW and slammed into a vacant storefront at the Compo Shopping Center, 427 Post Road East, formerly occupied by New York Sports Club. No injuries were reported. It was the second time in 15 months that a car went into the space. (See WestportNow Oct. 27, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rally to Empower Women Draws Thousands to Hartford

By Clarice Silber

www.ctmirror.org

A year after thousands of Connecticut marchers took to the streets wearing pink hats and carrying homemade signs of resistance in the first Women’s March in Hartford, residents returned today to again issue calls for action—this time to empower women at the ballot box.

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Police estimated 10,000 persons attended the Hartford march. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Clarice Silber for CTMirror.org

A crowd police estimated reached 10,000 gathered outside the State Capitol as marchers around the country protested President Donald Trump’s policies, and highlighted the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

This year’s event was focused on motivating women to vote and run for positions of power, rally organizers said.

“This year is about the power at the polls,” West Hartford Deputy Mayor Beth Kerrigan said. “We understand that we need to have women in positions of power so that we can see changes we want to see.”

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Marching in Hartford

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Westporter Melissa Kane (c) helped organize Westporters who marched in Hartford today. She estimated 20 to 30 Westporters attended that she knew of, having shared a bus with Fairfielders. She is flanked by Nicole Klein (l) of Westport and Debra Marone of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Marching in NYC

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Today’s New York City march attracted many Westporters and friends. Pictured top row: Eileen Barrecca, Molly Barrecca, and Mary Himes, (wife of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes); second row: Suzanne Sherman Propp, Ruth Sherman, and Leslie Hyman; third row: Rose Propp, Jill Bicks, and Olivia Bicks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Happy 100th, Lee Greenberg

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Longtime Westporter Lee Greenberg today celebrated her 100th birthday (which actually falls on Monday) with family and friends at Maplewood Senior Living in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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