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Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Parking Pattern on Railroad Place

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There is a new morning parking pattern on Westport’s Railroad Place effective today. All passenger drop-offs are on the left side and the commercial delivery vehicles are on the right side of the street. Signs on the right say delivery vehicles only from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Mario’s Not Only Railroad Place Change

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Effective today, morning drop-offs on Westport’s Railroad Place are on the left and delivery truck parking is on the right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 30, 2015


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Letter Box”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 104 - Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to police activity in the vicinity of Fairfield where a woman was struck and killed by a train.

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Getting Ready for Golf Season

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Some golfers were out on the practice green at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today getting some shots in as they awaited the course opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Compo Catch

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A young girl leaps into her father’s arms today at the children’s playground at Compo Beach. Despite the temperature in the 40s, there were clear blue skies and plenty of visitors wishing for more spring-like warmth. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Into the Swing at Compo

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The Compo Beach playground was a busy place today as visitors enjoyed themselves under bright blue skies with temperatures in the mid-40s.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Another Sign of Spring

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In another sign that warm weather is coming, Joey’s By the Shore was open for business at Westport’s Compo Beach today, but there were few customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Last Dog Day Afternoon Weekend for a While

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today as dogs and their masters enjoyed the last weekend before dogs are banned from beaches beginning Wednesday, April 1 until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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‘Community Conversation’ at the Library

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About 40 persons today attended the first of two “Community Conversation” forums at the Westport Library’s McManus Room to explore strategies and gather feedback on how the Library can enhance its facilities, services and programs to meet the community’s needs, now and in the future A second forum will be held on April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Kelle Ruden, community relations manager, welcomed the attendees.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full House for a Cantor Playing a Cantor

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There was a full house at Westport Town Hall today for a performance sponsored by Temple Israel of Westport and Temple Shalom of Norwalk for “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher.” Luck, a cantor in Evanston, Ill, starred in the production about the life of Oysher, an unorthodox cantor of the 1930s and ‘40s who played in Yiddish theater and films. He died in 1958 at age 51. Luck appeared with his sister-in-law, Sari Greenberg, who played Oysher’s wife and performance partner. Cantor Dan Sklar of Temple Israel led the accompanying band and marveled at the turnout. “Can you believe we are in Westport Town Hall?,” he asked at the outset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Young Actors in the Making

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Children attending today’s Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities series production of “Curious George” were entertained in a preshow acting workshop conducted by Norwalk resident Jennifer Katona, director of the graduate program on educational theater at The City College of New York. They await the rise of an imaginary stage curtain before acting out their roles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Lot Off the Top and Sides

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Father and son team Joe Rainis, Sr, a Fairfield firefighter and son Joey, 9, a third grade student at Fairfield’s Roger Sherman Elementary school, were among those taking part today at the Westport Weston YMCA in the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. Joey’s mother said her son has participated in the event every year since he was 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shaving Their Heads to Fight Childhood Cancer

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More than 300 men, women and children had their hair shaved today at the Westport Weston Family Y, which hosted the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shaved Look

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Westport Firefighters (l-r) Sean McGuire with son Matthew, 4, Larry Conklin and Todd Demke sport their shaved look after taking part today in the 11th annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s benefit at the Westport Weston YMCA to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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National Honor for Laddie Lawrence

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Laddie Lawrence: another honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the induction of longtime Staples High School coach Laddie Lawrence into its National Hall of Fame.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place June 19 at the group’s national convention in Rochester, Minn.

The 2015 class includes 30 coaches from 16 states. His state’s high school coaches’ association selected Lawrence, an announcement said.

Lawrence was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from teaching at Staples in 2013 after almost half a century but continues his running and track and field coaching duties.

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Nominees for WeGreenWestport Awards Sought

Westport’s Green Task Force is seeking nominations for the 2015 WeGreenWestport Awards.

Green Task Force Chairperson David Mann said Westport continues to make great strides towards a sustainable future.

“Each year, the WeGreenWestport Awards Program recognizes the contribution of Westporters – individuals, businesses and non-profits - whose work has made a substantial difference in bettering our community through a commitment to protecting and improving the environment,” he said.

Nominations from the public are crucial to this program, Mann said, and will be accepted through Friday, April 17. Nomination forms may be obtained online here or from the Selectman’s office, Town Hall Room 310, 110 Myrtle Ave.

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Last Girl Scout Cookies for Sale

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Not even barely above freezing temperatures and flurries Saturday could stop Brownie Troop 50678 of Saugatuck Elementary School from holding its annual cookie sale outside Pottery Barn on Main Street. It was the last cookie sale in Westport for the year.  Girl Scout cookies will not come around again until next March. The third graders earned enough money to go horseback riding in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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No Animals at Beaches Effective April 1

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Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy has reminded citizens that as of April 1 the “no animals at the beaches” regulation will be in effect. It includes Compo, Burying Hill and Old Mill Beaches.

“Animals will not be permitted on any beach property, which includes all grass, sand, and the parking areas, except Soundview parking lot at Compo Beach, as well as the roads within the beach area,” said McCarthy.

“This regulation will be in effect until Oct. 1.”

Parking emblems will be required on all vehicles entering town beaches beginning Tuesday, May 1.

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Sunday,  March 29, 2015


11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - 11th Annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s Celebration
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities: “Curious George”
3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “An Expert in Murder,” Nicola Upson
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Community Forum on the Future of the Library

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Staples Orphenians Burst Into Song in San Francisco


The Staples Orphenians are in San Francisco for the National Youth Choral Festival and traveled to the Twin Peaks overlooking the city and burst into “Dominus Vobiscum” by Sydney Guillaume, a young Haitian-American composer of contemporary classical music and film music. The Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer chose the Orphenians to be part of the festival based on a performance a year ago. The Orphenians, who also serenaded their Jet Blue crew on arrival (see video here) are the only East Coast group to be invited. More than 200 student singers in 10 high school choirs from across the country are participating. The four-day choral immersion will place the visiting choirs in close, intensive interaction with the members of Chanticleer, who will coach them in all areas critical to the choral art. The final event of the trip is a concert on Monday at Davies Symphony Hall conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, in which the Orphenians will perform. Martin Gitlin/YouTube.com

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NY Times Columnist Takes on College Admission Mania

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There was a standing room only crowd at the Westport Library today for a talk by bestselling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. He challenges the importance many place on attending elite colleges in his new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.”  Bruni, who noted the crowd contained more parents and grandparents than college-bound youngsters, said that students today are working to get into the best schools and not focusing on what they are hoping to achieve in their education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Focus on College Admissions

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Today’s Westport Library talk by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Jr. drew a standing room only crowd. His latest book examines many parents’ and students’ obsession with elite colleges and explodes the myth that getting into a highly selective school is key to success later in life. Bruni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He graduated second in his class with a M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Prior to becoming an op-ed columnist in 2011, he was the chief restaurant critic of the Times from 2004 to 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Run Like a Mother Takes a Pause

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The Run Like a Mother group was at Compo Beach today for a photo shoot by Irene Penny from Silver Penny Photography.  She is having a photo exhibit at Athleta on Westport’s Main Street in May. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Al’s Angels Prepare Easter Baskets

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Amanda Day of Stamford was one of the Al’s Angels volunteers preparing an Easter basket today at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk. More than 200 volunteers for the Westport-based charity assembled more than 2,000 Easter and Passover baskets for distribution to the homes of children with cancer, rare blood diseases or whose families suffer from financial hardships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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