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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Sunset

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A winter sunset as seen from the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 23, 2019


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2019: Explore Your Genealogy
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Design-a-Puzzle Craft
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - “Storytime” with Choral Chameleon
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Road to Mecca”

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Friday, February 22, 2019

‘Ale to the Chief’ Celebrates Washington’s Birthday

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Westport Historical Society (WHS) board members and guests gathered tonight at the WHS headquarters to commemorate President Washington’s 287th birthday with ale made from Washington’s own recipe as well as Madeira — his drink of choice. Historians say Washington made five visits to Westport, then part of Fairfield, including two as president in 1789. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Marlow for WestportNow.com

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Most School Districts Improve in Statewide Testing

By Kathleen Megan and Jake Kara

www.ctmirror.org

Nearly three-quarters of the state’s school districts improved their performance on the state’s latest annual assessment, showing higher scores in 143 of 202 districts during 2017-18, according to the state Department of Education.

Among schools that were scored in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, 779 saw increases, while 456 declined.

In its fourth year, the state-administered Next Generation Accountability System takes a holistic approach in its assessment of schools and districts, relying on data from a dozen indicators including test scores, academic growth, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, college readiness, and arts access.

The state assigns different weights to those factors then calculates a single “accountability index” number for each school and district.

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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 4-8, 2019

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 4-8, 2019:

William M. Shaner III Trustee & Gregory Griffin Trustee to Mary F. & Suzanne M.F. Tanner, 35 Bridge St., Unit 107, $156,000Westport Property Transfers

Div Riverside Loan LLC to HTA-Westport Center LLC c/o Healthcare Trust of America Inc., 321-329 Riverside Ave., $18,750,000

Zoltan & Andrea Toth to Justin Mahoney, 34 Little Fox Lane, $1,550,000

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Minor Flooding at Burying Hill Beach

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Today’s afternoon high tide caused some minor flooding on the entrance roadway at Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Scene

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The lockers at Compo Beach on Thursday after the overnight snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 22, 2019


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”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Ale to The Chief
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Road to Mecca”

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Granger at the Movies: Handicapping the Oscars

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Beneath all the glitz and glamour, the Academy Awards have become a national touchstone for America’s increasingly energized awareness of sexism, racism and our place in the international community. And this year’s Best Picture competition may be the most confusing, contradictory race in Oscar history.

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Joining the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Netflix has finally been recognized for its meditative, black-and-white, Spanish-language feature “Roma” garnering 10 nominations, including Alfonso Cuarón’s direction, original screenplay and cinematography. Plus, acting nods for Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Not only did “Roma” win BAFTA’s Best Picture in London but it’s also backed by the most expensive Oscar campaign in history ($50 million), headed by publicist Lisa Taback. But only once in the last 38 years has a movie won the top award with without an Editing nomination.

Diversity characterized the other Best Picture nominees: “Black KkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” A Star Is Born,” and “Vice.”

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Real Estate Report: Don’t Underestimate Photos

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Preparing your home to be on the market in Westport is not so simple anymore, and one should not ever underestimate the power of a photo when selling a home.

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Featured Home: This home at 2 Melwood Lane is listed at $2,199,999. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group Westport (replaces an incorrect photo mistakenly posted earlier)

There are currently 290 homes available, and more homes are expected to enter the marketplace in the coming weeks. In other words, competition is about to get tougher.

Years ago when a homeowner decided it was time to sell, they would hire an agent by filling out paperwork which would get their home included on the MLS.

While that is still true, staging a home for sale has become much more of a standard in order to effectively compete in the marketplace.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

3 Hills Lane               $355,000->$347,500
9 Tiffany Lane             $690,000->$670,000
6 Lyndale Park             $749,000->$729,000
4 Wake Robin Road       $999,000->$899,000
5 Marsh Road             $975,000->$925,000
45 Marion Road         $1,065,000->$995,000
29 Blue Ribbon Drive $1,349,000->$1,299,000
20 Pequot Trail         $1,499,000->$1,450,000
30 Grassy Plains Rd   $1,539,000->$1,495,000
4 Tamarac Road       $1,599,000->$1,575,000
3 Eno Lane             $1,875,000->$1,798,000
6 The Mews             $2,395,000->$1,895,000 *
3 Pleasant Valley Lane $2,299,000->$2,099,000

*While it is very rare that a single price adjustment is more than 10 percent,  a 21 percent price reduction was instituted at 6 The Mews.

—Judy Szablak

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Power Company Sets Outage for Sunday, March 3

By James Lomuscio

Residents and business owners along Westport’s Main Street, Elm Street, and the Post Road might want to make sure their phones and computers are charged Saturday night, March 2 — maybe even think of a place to go out for breakfast.

Eversource has scheduled an outage in the area from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 3.

“It’s a 12-hour block just in case the crews run into any issues,” Mitch Gross, Eversource Connecticut spokesman, said today. “We’ll work as quickly and as safely as we can, as we always do.”

Gross said the outage is necessary as the crews work on an electrical upgrade for the town.

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Comings & Goings: The Row House to Compo Acres

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The Row House, a boutique rowing-based fitness studio, will open in the spring at 380 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center. According to Redding resident Rob Montefusco, co-owner with his wife Dana, the studio is the first in the state and is part of a rapidly expanding organization, Xponential Fitness, based in Irvine, California.  Montefusco said the studio offers individual and group memberships and, in addition to rowing, the boutique offers strength and calisthenics classes. The site was previously occupied by Happy Nails.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cleaning Up

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Workers clean a sidewalk on Compo Road South after the snowfall Wednesday and early today. Predicted temperatures reaching 50 were helping with the snow clearing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Power Outage Hits Town Hall Area

UPDATE A fire in a transformer outside of Westport Town Hall early today led to a loss of power for hundreds of customers in the area.

Eversource said shortly before 3 a.m. that 445 Westport customers were without power. It said a short time later that power had been restored to all but a couple of customers.

A passing police patrol car noticed a fire in the transformer at 110 Myrtle Ave. at about 2:30 a.m. and notified the fire department.

A responding engine company in turn notified Eversource and said while lights were on in Town Hall, which has auxiliary generator power, the lights appeared to go out a short time later.

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Pavilion View

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A white coat covered Compo Wednesday in this view from the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 21, 2019


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”
12:45 p.m. - Suzuki Music School (246 Post Road East) - WestportWRITES: Advanced Writing Class

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Governor to Small School Districts: Regionalize or Risk Penalty

By Kathleen Megan

www.ctmirror.org

As part of his plan to cut state spending, Gov. Ned Lamont is proposing a plan that would strongly encourage certain small school districts to regionalize or face a possible reduction in the state’s education cost sharing grant.

“Small local school districts that choose to have inefficient governance structures and too many expensive superintendents can no longer expect the state to bear the costs of these decisions,” Lamont’s budget document says. “Under this budget, a small local district’s decision to retain rather than share a superintendent may result in a reduction of a district’s [Education Cost Sharing] grant, after July 1, 2020.”

Lamont’s budget would establish a School Services and Redistricting Commission “to engage stakeholders in a thoughtful and structured process which will achieve greater economies of scale,” the budget document says.

Lamont expects that some savings at the local level could be achieved this year and continue for several years.

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Mill Pond View

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Falling snow made it difficult to see the house on Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Slippery Sipperley’s

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A coating of snow made for slippery roads around Westport late today, including Sipperley’s Hill Road off of Weston Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Snow Begins Falling

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Snow began falling in Westport in early afternoon today but was predicted to quickly turn to sleet and rain later. View is of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Lamont Presents $43 Billion, Two-Year Plan to Legislators

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Clarice Silber

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Ned Lamont today proposed a $43 billion, two-year state budget that lays the groundwork for tolls, shifts more pension debt onto future taxpayers, deals another blow to hospitals, but also closes a multibillion dollar shortfall without raising the income tax.

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Gov. Ned Lamont addressing the state legislature today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ryan Caron King/Connecticut Public Radio photo

Lamont’s plan would dramatically broaden the sales tax, and raise an array of “sin” taxes and fees and boosts the admissions tax on movies.

Although the new governor opted not to propose two items many were expecting — the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana and new fees on sports betting — he mentioned them in his speech to lawmakers, calling for them to be instituted in the future.

Lamont gives businesses one promised tax break — but then takes almost two-thirds of the relief back with a fee increase.

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Comings & Goings: Meatball to National Hall

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New York-based The Meatball Shop will open at Westport’s National Hall, 2A Post Road West, in the spring. Specializing in meatball variations, the chain’s earlier locations include four in Manhattan, one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and one in Washington, D.C. The 4,000-square foot area was previously occupied by The ‘Port, which closed in June 2018, as well as earlier restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Text: Gov. Lamont Budget Address

Following is the text as prepared for delivery of Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget address today:

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Senator Fasano, Representative Klarides, my fellow state officials, members of the General Assembly, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, honored guests and the people of the great State of Connecticut.

Today, I am presenting you a budget which gives us the best chance to get this state growing again. Connecticut has been a jobs laggard for many years, which depresses opportunity and hits our budget every year. If we had grown jobs at the same rate as other states, we would be talking about how to invest our surplus or cut taxes. Instead we are staring down the barrel of a $3.7 billion dollar deficit over the new two-year budget cycle.

I will not allow this budget to be another scene from Groundhog Day, where I come to you year-after-year hat-in-hand lamenting the fact that we still haven’t addressed our structural deficits.

The fiscal crisis before us is not just a short-term hole in the budget. We are digging that hole deeper by $400-$500 million annually, due to fixed costs such as pensions, state employee health care and bonded debt — all growing faster than our economy. Most of these fixed costs pay for the past rather than investing in our future.

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Earthplace Footprints

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Footprints in an icy path at Westport’s Earthplace on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com

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