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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Staples Players Join in Ghostlight Project Image
Members of Staples Players tonight joined in the nationwide Ghostlight Project collective action by members of the theater community. “Staples Players has always strived to be an inclusive and supportive community,” said Brooke Wrubel, a senior who is Staples Players co-president. “Our participation in the Ghostlight Project reaffirmed these long-held values.” Participants made a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Lighting Up at Ghostlight Project at Playhouse Image
Dozens of persons tonight lit lights at the Westport Country Playhouse as part of the nationwide Ghostlight Project, a shared, ongoing commitment to social justice by the theatrical community. To simulate a collective ghostlight, a theatrical tradition, attendees were requested to bring a light source they lit in unison, When theaters go dark at the end of the night, a ghostlight is turned on, offering visibility and safety for all who might enter.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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“Tonight is Not Anti-Anything’ Image
Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, told a courtyard crowd tonight at the Playhouse’s Ghostlight Project event: “Tonight is not anti-anything. Tonight we celebrate the commitment by theaters nationwide to greater inclusion, participation, and compassion.” With him is Michael Barker, Playhouse managing diector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Showing Her Thoughts Image
Elizabeth Salem of Weston tonight shows off a form she filled out at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Lighting Her Light Image
Kerry Maloney of Fairfield was among those lightng a light tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse Ghostlight Project event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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CT’s Jobless Rate Falls to 4.4 Percent Despite December Job Losses

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut posted a mixed jobs report for December as the unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 percent to 4.4 percent, despite the loss of 1,700 jobs that month and the downgrading of November’s job gain, the state Department of Labor said today.

The November report of 2,100 new positions was downgraded by 1,900.

Despite these drops, Connecticut’s unemployment rate for December was one full percentage point lower than one year ago at that time. The state lost 2,000 jobs in the 2016 calendar year.

“Connecticut’s December employment numbers continued the recent trend of mixed signals from the two monthly employment series produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

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An 18-year-old Weston female escaped serious injury late today when she lost control of her car and crashed into a utility pole at 88 Newtown Turnpike. The extent of her injuries was not known. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Real Estate Report: ‘Smart Home’ Technology Coming

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

We can expect new construction homes in Westport to include more “smart home” technology as practical usage becomes more commonplace sooner than expected. Image
Featured Home: This home at 18 Sturges Common is listed at $3,499,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of The Riverside Realty Group

Smart home technology is functional automation by voice, phone, computer or remote of integrated home components, such as heating, lighting, audio systems, security and more.

Just a few short years ago, new construction utilizing “green building practices,” as well as Energy Star-rated homes, and geothermal heating were not so common either. However, our marketplace is becoming more environmentally conscious.

Today, there are 24 homes available that include one or more of these green features, and 30 have sold within the last year at an average price of over $2.2 million.

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Thousands From CT Heading to D.C. to Celebrate – and Protest – Inauguration

By Ana Radelat

Washington – The inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and related events may bring a record number of Connecticut residents to Washington, both to support the swearing in of the 45th president and to protest policies they expect him to implement.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation has distributed more than 1,500 tickets to those who want to be up front on the Capitol lawn to see Trump take the oath of office on Friday.

“It’s going to be a tremendous honor to witness the peaceful transfer of power,” said Rep. Anthony D’Amelio, a Republican who represents Waterbury in the General Assembly.

D’Amelio was the first elected state representative to endorse Trump and was honored by the president elect during a rally last April in Waterbury.

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Thirty students from the Staples High School Music Department recently participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival. The festival, hosted by Staples, involved 30 schools and close to 400 students from the western part of the state. Pictured are members of the the concert band​. Staples students participating included: orchestra - James Gikas, Chloe Hankey, Angela Ji, Lauren Schmidt, Jack Whitten, Jessica Xu, Justin Berg, Michael Fording, Melanie Lust, Maya Namasivayam, Anella Lefebvre, Sophia Thomas, Seohyun Hong, and Samantha Atlas; chorus - Madison Malin; jazz band - Declan Harding, Joseph Williams, Nick Rossi, and Joshua Sigal; and concert band - James Mudholkar, Woongki Hong, Benjamin Schussheim, Preston Lust, Justin Lovro, Zachary Gurahian, Andrew Badeski, Jacob Kitchner, Michael Woods, Will O’Halloran and Sophia Han. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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First Selectman Jim Marpe today addressed the first meeting of the Commission on People with Disabilities at Westport Town Hall. The seven-member group will meet the third Thursday at 8:30 a.m. monthly to discuss advocacy and support for people with disabilities living in Westport.Members include Diane Johnson, Evan Levinson, LuAnn Giunta, Marina Derman, Stacie Curran, Tom Holleman and Jim Ross, chairman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Weavers”
5;30 P.M. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ghostlight Project
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - The Saxtet, directed by Darren Litzie
7 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS 2017: Keynote Talk with George Hodgman
7 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Fun-Raiser: Harvard Din & Tonics
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) - Blight Prevention Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Large Turnout for John Skinner Funeral Image
An overflow crowd today attended the funeral of Westporter John Skinner, former airline pilot and a founder of the Builders Beyond Borders charity, at the Southport Congregational Church. He died Jan. 13 at age 80.  (See WestportNow Jan. 16, 2017) Said son Chris Skinner: “My father had a blue collar attitude and wore the white shirt of professionalism. He was a man’s man, a regular guy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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CERT Prepares to Welcome New Volunteers Image
Volunteer members of Westport CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) gather tonight at the home of Ernie Heidelberg (l), CERT president, to prepare the annual training course for new members to be held Feb. 24-26. To volunteer for the service, which aids town first responders in emergencies, contact Heidelberg at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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New Expanded Commuter Lot Stairway Opens Image
A new stairway connecting Westport commuter Lot No. 6 on Riverside Avenue and the recently expanded Lot No. 7 on Franklin Street opened today. Police Chief Foti Koskinas said commuters can now park in Lot 7, which now has 44 additional spots, walk down the stairs to the lower level (Riverside Avenue), and walk to the train station. He said the lots are available for merchant parking at night and weekends. “This is a win-win for the local business community and for commuters,” he said. Koskinas said the Gault family paid for construction of the stairs, and Westport real estate investor Roger Leifer paid for the staircase rail. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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