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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lessons from Ancient Rome Kick Off Library Series

By James Lomuscio

A slide of a map of the Ancient Roman Empire superimposed on a map of the continental United States caught the attention of the audience gathered at the Westport Public Library Image
When in Rome: Professor John Matthews tells a Westport Public Library audience today of the lessons of history and how they related to today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

“You see, they’re pretty much the same size,” Professor John F. Matthews, who teaches history and classics at Yale University, told about 100 persons in the McManus Room.

“Are we Rome?” asked one man at the end of the presentation.

His question seemed appropriate since Matthews, who taught at Oxford before coming to Yale a few years ago, spent most of the hour referring to Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

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Big Band Sound at Senior Center Image
Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities today closed its indoor music series with the popular big band Fairfield Counts. The large turnout enjoyed the big band sounds of the music series sponsored by the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westport Sketchbook: Longshore Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Longshore Club Park where she sketched the park area near the pool. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


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Chiara String Quartet Performs Today Image
The Westport Arts Center today presents a chamber music concert by the exciting, young Chiara String Quartet – called a “superb quartet” by The New York Times - at 4 p.m., at the Pequot Library, Southport. The musicians will perform music by Haydn, Beethoven, and the outstanding young New York composer Jefferson Friedman, a protégé of former Westport composer John Corigliano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Inch Worm Friend Image
A visitor to the Green Earth Fair at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center on Saturday shows off an inch worm made from recycled materials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Up Close and Personal With a Horseshoe Crab Image
A young visitor to Saturday’s Green Earth Fair at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discover Center gingerly helps put a horseshoe crab in the touch tank in the Harbor Watch/River Watch tent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Going Green Image
Staples High School Club Green members Ben Meyers and AJ Kiefer were among those participating in the Green Earth Fair on Saturday at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Heading Home Image
Áqua–Holic appears to be an appropriate name for this nifty boat heading into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Hound of the Baskervilles”\
2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Fairfield Counts Big Band Sound (doors open 1 p.m.)
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - SpokenWord: “An Overview of Ancient Rome,” Prof. John F. Matthews
3 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “Doubt”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “She Loves Me”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center: Chiara String Quartet

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bicycle Built for Two Image
Today was a perfect day for a bicycle spin along Soundview Drive at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Sunday Times Spotlights Westporter and His 1948 Chevrolet

Sunday’s New York Times spotlights Westporter Bill Scheffler and his 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan coup, which it describes as “a woody, in surfer parlance, painted the color of a Bing cherry.” Image
Westporter Bill Scheffler and wife Ann Sheffer with his recently acquired ’48 Chevy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Scheffler purchased the car at RM Auctions in Phoenix, Ariz., for $46,750, at the low end of the estimate.

“I got it at a fair price, maybe a little bit of a bargain,” Scheffler told the Times, as the Chevy was equipped with the rare dealer-installed Country Club wood trim package. “I’ve been looking for one of these for 5 or 6 years.”

Scheffler, who owns a small collection of post-World War II collectibles and serves as the chairman of the Fairfield County Concours d’Élégance, said he was born in 1948, so there was an emotional connection.

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From Westport to Meadville, Pa.: A Jewish Meal from Home

The care packages college student Sam Moritz got from his mom in Westport were not the ordinary kind—challah, babka and black and white Image
Jane Moritz serves some Jewish favorites to her son’s fraternity brothers at Allegheny College. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

They came from Jane Moritz’s Westport-based business, Challah Connection, an online Jewish gift and gourmet kosher gift basket company.

His brothers at Allegheny College’s Phil Delta Theta fraternity in Meadville, Pa. were not sure what to make of the kosher missives from Westport, but that quickly changed.

“When I moved into my fraternity house this year, all my friends, my brothers looked at me as ‘the Jew,’ said Sam.

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A Long Way for Brisket

Scenes from a Jewish meal prepared by Westport mother Jane Moritz for her son Sam and his fraternity brothers at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.  Contributed video


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Coleytown El Student Goes to Work With Dad Image
This week’s “Take Your Child to Work Day” found Westporter Mia Fraas (2nd r), a student at Coleytown Elementary School, at work with Dad Charlie Fraas at 1-800-Flowers.Com in Carle Place, N.Y. Mia was among youngsters who enjoyed a fun-filled day learning about the inner workings of the business. From pitching their ideas for products in the coming seasons to creating their own unique arrangements, the youngsters met with executives in a casual environment where they were encouraged to share their visions of their futures as well as what they would like to see at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs showed his Time cover of Spiro Agnew during a talk Friday at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. This was his first major commercial job which led to several other Time covers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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