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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Another Spring Day That Feels Like Summer

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The temperature climbed into the 80s in Westport on Monday and the day ended with a summer-like sunset as seen from Compo Beach. The temperature dropped late in the day and waves kicked up as winds gusted to 23 mph. Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Cinco de Mayo


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Films: “Unbroken”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Jobseeker Special: Good at Your Job but Not Good at Your Job Search?
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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Monday, May 04, 2015

In Approving Town Budget, RTM Restores Transit Cut

By James Lomuscio

After restoring a cut by the Board of Finance in the Westport Transit District (WTD), Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously approved a $78.9 million municipal budget for 2015-16.

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First Selectman Jim Marpe details the 2015-16 budget for RTM members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It was a 2.51 increase over the current year.

When added to the Board of Finance recommended school budget scheduled to be voted on Tuesday night, Westport’s total budget for next year is expected to be $202.8 million, a 2.8 increase percent increase over the current year.

John Pincavage, chair of the Board of Finance, told the RTM tonight he expected that once increased revenues are factored in, the tax increase effective July 1 will be somewhere between 0 and 1 percent.

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Stamford Republican to Challenge Blumenthal

By Ana Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – Sen. Richard Blumenthal will have at least one challenger if he runs for re-election next year, Republican August Wolf of Stamford.

The 53-year-old investment executive is the first person to step forward willing to take on a Democrat with a 64 percent approval rating and a track record of raising money.

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Comings & Goings: Bogey’s Reopens in Norwalk

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The popular Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room, formerly located at 323 Main St., Westport until it closed in August 2011 after 17 years (see WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011) has reopened in Norwalk at 2 Wilton Ave. at the intersection of Cross Street, near Cablevision’s main office. According to James Stablein, (r), co-owner with his brother John, “The new location retains the golf motif atmosphere with an early American, Ireland and Scotland touch. It’s like a grill room of a country club.”  He added that “many of our old customers tell us they didn’t know we just reopened in Norwalk and found out by driving by on Cross Street.” The new Bogey’s seats 110 in the dining room and 62 in the tap room. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch is planned.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Castles in the Sand Should be ‘Biggest One Ever’

Jeff Wieser, president and CEO of Homes With Hope, said he expects Saturday’s 14th annual Castles in the Sand fundraiser at Compo Beach to “be the biggest one ever” because his organization has teamed up for the first time with Builders Beyond Borders (B3). The weather is supposed to be great, too.

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One of the entries from last year’s competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“We’re hoping for a banner year,” said Wieser, noting that there will be at least 50, beachfront sand lots leased, so sand sculptors, about 250 in all, can ply their craft.

Leased lots go from $100 for a 10 feet by 10 feet size and $300 for a 20 feet by 20 feet one.

In past years, Wieser said, sand artists have stretched the limits of their creative process, and he expects no less this year.

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Suburban Schools See Student Poverty Growing

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

The number of students from poor families attending suburban schools in Connecticut is rising.

Numerous legislators say these increases justify providing $14.2 million in additional state aid over the next two fiscal years to help several suburban districts cover the cost of educating these high-need students.

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CLASP Homes Hosts Taste of Westport on Thursday

CLASP Homes hosts its 11th annual Taste of Westport event Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westport Inn.

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Neil Fuentes: “singing chef.” Conributed photo

A feature of the event is a pre-party with “The Singing Chef,” Neil Fuentes, a recent winner on Food Network’s “Rewrapped” and executive chef at Jojoto in Branford, described as Connecticut’s only Venezuelan restaurant.

The evening includes tasting specialties from choice area restaurants, accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and cocktails, and ends with desserts, cappuccino and gelato.

The pre-party begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for this party and the full Taste of Westport are a $95 donation to CLASP. The Taste event alone is $75.

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Getting Ready for SOLOS 2015 Exhibit

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The Westport Arts Center’s SOLOS 2015 exhibition featuring works of its members opens Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pictured are Richard Klein, the juror of SOLOS 2015 and exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, with Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director, helping to install artist Rick Schaefer’s oversized, “Gelbvieh” charcoal on vellum mounted on aluminum (42in x 65in). The exhibit runs through June 27 and is sponsored by the Sun Hill Foundation in remembrance of Westport artist and art patron Susan Malloy, who died last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow. com

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Monday, May 4, 2015


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
3:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z Commission Parking Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z Commission Open Space Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee Special Meeting
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Summer-Like With Three Weeks to Memorial Day

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With temperatures climbing into the 70s, many people today headed to Westport’s Compo Beach. Only three weeks remain before Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Busy Weekend for Staples SLOBS

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It was a busy day today for the Staples High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys), one of the largest clubs at the high school, founded in 2008. It had more than 180 volunteers, including boys and parents, spending well over 400 hours on community service projects around Westport. The SLOBs took on 11 community service projects today—weeding, planting, mulching, picking up garbage, painting and cleaning at Bacharach House, the Gillespie Center, Compo and Burying Hill Beaches, Wakeman Town Farm, Linxweiler House, Powell House, Project Return, ABC House, and Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Green With David Pogue

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Westport personal tech expert David Pogue marked Green Day today with a Westport Library talk. Host of PBS’s NOVA “Making Stuff” series, he highlighted the episode on “Making Stuff: Cleaner.” He later autographed copies of his newest book, “Pogue’s Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life.” He said it was his first book to make The New York Times best seller list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Sweet Sounds

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Vivace, the senior string ensemble of the Suzuki Music School of Westport and Orange, today serenades customers of Saugatuck Sweets by the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Conversations on ‘Healing Through the Arts’

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Nancy Diamond, co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, today welcomes guests to its second TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. The event, called “Healing through the Arts,” featured professionals in the visual and performing arts who utilize music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, and prison inmates and their families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Arts Therapy

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Evie Lindemann (l), associate professor in the arts therapy program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, discusses the healing power of the visual arts today at the TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. With her are Nell Bernegger, Westport artist and mother of three who volunteers at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Jahmane West, an artist who works with Homeless Veterans, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and other “WAC Gives Back” programs at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Day of Service for Temple Israel Members

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Members of Westport’s Temple Israel led by its Social Action Committee today engaged in a Day of Service with the Gillespie Center/ Homes with Hope. About 50 congregants were involved at three different sites, including a kitchen project involving making lasagnas and more than 150 sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Clam Bake at Black Duck

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The Fairfield County chapter of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club celebrated its 9th annual Spring Breakout Clambake fundraiser today at the Black Duck, 605 Riverside Ave. Funds raised by the group made up of active and retired public safety officers are donated to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center as well as to public safety charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Electric Vehicles Take to the Road

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Car Club, wave the starting flags today at the Westport Metro-North station at the start of the club’s Third Annual Electric Vehicle Rally. There were 21 entries, according to Rally Master Larry Liesner of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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First Car Off

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First vehicle at the start of today’s Westport Electric Car Club Electric Vehicle rally had Richard Jordan at the wheel accompanied by BreAnna Nygren, both of Vernon, in his Tesla Model S. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking Green Day at Earthplace

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, celebrated Green Day today with a variety of activities for the family, including a pond study, a Long Island Sound Touch Tank, guided trail walks and encounters with Earthplace animals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Learning Hands-Only CPR

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Hands For Life Westport Weston Wilton, a free, community-wide hands-only CPR and AED training event, is taking place today until 4 p.m. at the Westport Weston Family YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport. The 15-minute training process teaches community members how to take action when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Not Too Young to Learn

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A young visitor to the Westport Weston Family YMCA today learns hands-only CPR. The event, which runs until 4 p.m., was sponsored by the Westport Weston Wilton Medical Reserve Corps, Westport, Weston and Wilton EMS, Westport Weston Family YMCA, Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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STAR Walk Attracts Large Crowd to Sherwood Island

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The 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park today attracted an estimated 800 walkers and volunteers, according to organizers. The Walk and Family Fun Day is a celebration and fundraiser to benefit individuals who have intellectual disabilities and programs offered by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way. The event raises funds for programs serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwestern Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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STAR Walk Raises More Than $100,000

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The 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park today generated more than $100,000 toward support of the STAR organization, according to Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR. She addressed guests at the start of the event at the park’s Nature Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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