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Monday, May 5, 2008


8 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Longshore Golf Course - Westport Firefighters 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - PlayClub: discuss “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Budget Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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River Visitor

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As temperatures felt more like spring today, people visited the Riverwalk along the Saugatuck River in Westport. Temperatures were in the low 60s today with clearer skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Discussing Twain

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Every seat was filled at the Westport Public Library today for the first of five lectures on Mark Twain. Shelley Fisher Fishkin, a Westport native, spoke on “Mark Twain and African-American Voices.” She is an English professor and director of American Studies at Stanford University. “All modern American literature came from Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn,” she siad. “A lesson that Mark Twain learned was that satire could be used in the service of truth. Satire allowed blacks to encode criticism of their masters.” She said “Huckleberry Finn” is more about racism than it is about slavery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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In Bloom

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Cherry trees are blooming throughout Westport, including along Compo Road South. Spring-like temperatures in the 60s were the order of the day today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Hide and Go Seek

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A young visitor to the Westport Riverwalk played hide and go seek with her brother among the flowers on Saturday. Temperatures were only in the 40s on Saturday, but they are expected to creep closer to 70 today with rain in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 4, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Israeli Art Exhibition & Sale
9 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - free full-body cancer screening
11:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - STAR Third Annual Walk, Roll & Stroll benefit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - Silvermine African Violet Show
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
1 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut School presents “Charlotte’s Web”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Harry the Dirty Dog”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Spokenword: Mark Twain and African-American Voices by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
3 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Spring Lecture Series: “Is American Religion Destroying American Values?” by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Library Talk on Mideast Draws Small Crowd

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A controversial Westport Public Library talk today on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drew about 40 persons. The discussion was led by retired university professor and Westport resident Dr. Alfred Gerteiny (at podium), author of “The Terrorist Conjunction: The United States, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and al-Qu’ida.” Also presenting was Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan…Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle.” Qumsiyeh told the audience that the media does not project the whole story of the Israeli-Palestine conflict which he described as a process of ethnic cleansing in a land where 70 per cent of Palestinians are unemployed largely because its resources for opportunity have been removed. The Anti-Defamation League has portrayed Qumsiyeh as having “a long record of propagating a distinctly biased view of Israel through his speaking engagements and writings.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Congressional Art Award Winner

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U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays today presented Sarah Steinmetz, a Staples High School senior, first prize in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for her pastel artwork “Laura.” The two runner-up prizes were awarded to Staples senior Flora Greenberg for “Dreadlocks” and Norwalk High School freshman Lorena Sferlazza for “Take Your Pick.”  Steinmetz’s winning artwork will hang for one year beside works from other congressional districts in the passageway between the House of Representatives office buildings and the U.S. Capitol. A panel of judges from the Westport Arts Center reviewed submissions from high school students throughout the 4th Congressional District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Nearing $4

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Premium gasoline is just under the $4 line at the Country Store at the corner of Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike. Those who use premium are paying $3.99 per gallon. Michael Connelly, the station owner, said it is the highest price ever posted at the station. “We’ve never reached the $4 price yet, but by the time you put this on your Web site it may no longer be that way,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playground Maintenance Day

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Suzanne Dodge, Compo Beach Playground Committee chairwoman, directed a staff of more than 75 in today’s annual maintenance day effort to prepare the playground for the summer. Shannon Hanley, a member of the committee, said the days is the playground’s “yearly health check.” Rebecca Ellsley, also a committee member, said volunteers check and repair chains, bolts, and rearrange the sand to make the playground safe, especially in advance of the heavy summertime use. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Game Must Go On

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With their images reflected in a large mud puddle, two Westport Babe Ruth Baseball teams played ball under a steady drizzle early Friday evening at Long Lots Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 3, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 19th Annual Great Strides Walk-a-thon: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - Silvermine African Violet Show
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut School presents “Charlotte’s Web”
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theater - “Romeo and Juliet”
3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “U.S. Policy & Israel-Palestine” with Dr. Alfred Gerteiny and Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Street Credit w/ Frankie and His Fingers, Red Seal, and Johnny Blaster
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Israeli Art Exhibition & Sale

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Magic at Long Lots

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Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School held its annual fifth grade “read-in” tonight. One of the many activities was an exuberant round of Simon Says, followed by a magic show—both led by Long Lots parent (and New York Times tech writer) David Pogue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Artist Einsel Details Her Commercial Illustrations

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Westport Artist and Illustrator Naiad Einsel addressed an audience of more than 75 who attended “Meet the Artist” today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Einsel presented a history of her commercial illustrations, many of which she collaborated on with her late husband Walter. It was the the first of a five-part series, and it continues each Friday from 1:30-3 p.m. through June 6. Westporrt artists Arlene Skutch, Alberta Cifolelli, Laura Wilk and Ann Chernow are the scheduled presenters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Sunrise Road Closed for CL&P Project

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Sunrise Road from Indian Hill Road to Saugatuck Avenue was closed today. The road is closed as part of the $1.4 million Connecticut Light & Power project to upgrade the electricity distribution system in Westport (See WestportNow April 28) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Firefighers to Hold Golf Tournament Monday

The Westport Fire Department will hold its 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday at Longshore Golf Course.

The tournament will benefit the Connecticut Burns Care Summer Camp for Children and other local charities.

The tournament will be a shotgun format with tee off at 8 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Inn at Longshore, along with a charity raffle.

Prizes for the top three foursomes, two closest to the pin holes, the longest drive, and closest to the line hole will be presented at the conclusion. There will also be “win a new Volvo with a hole in one” on Hole 15 and a putting contest.

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Coleytown Elementary Museum Night Is Tonight

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Coleytown Elementary School will hold its annual Museum Night today at 7-9 p.m. at the school, which is on Easton Road. The night is the culmination of the Art Smart program at the school. The program, which is run by volunteer parents, exposes elementary school students to art from throughout the world. Museum Night features the children’s work. Contributed photo

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Two Westporters Chairing Cancer Walk

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Two Westporters are co-chairing the fifth annual “Walk This Way ... With Us” event for the Whittingham Cancer Center.

The walk will take place at Calf Pasture Beach Park in Norwalk, on Saturday, May 17. Registration takes place at 11 a.m. and the walk takes place at noon.

Tammy Zelkowitz and Amy Schafrann are serving as the events co-chairs.

Zelkowitz has volunteered on the planning committee for this annual event since its inception five years ago. Her husband, Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, chief of hematology and oncology at Norwalk Hospital, has also been a major supporter of this walk and has seen the direct impact of this event on the programs and services of the Cancer Center.

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Westport Scene

Watching the Waves
A couple sits at Compo Beach during Thursday’s sunny weather, watching the waves along Long Island Sound. Temperatures struggled to hit 60 degrees. Rain is in the forecast for today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Long Lots Students Participate in Read In

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Fifth graders at Long Lots Elementary attended the annual Read In on Friday night. Students played Simon Says and saw magic tricks with parent David Pogue, who is also the technology writer for the New York Times.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 2, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road) - Israeli Art Exhibition & Sale
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Spring Market Day plant and gardening event
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Hugo w/ Koala Ninjas, Laura Meyer, Bess Rogers, and Lions in Winter
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theater - “Romeo and Juliet”

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Wilder Speaks on Acting, Writing at Westport Library

Gene Wilder interviewed at Westpot Public Library
Gene Wilder spoke about his career in acting and his current love for writing tonight at the Westport Public Library. Alison Freeland, of National Public Radio, interviewed him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Phyllis Groner

Gene Wilder spoke about his career as an actor and his new book during a talk at the Westport Public Library tonight.

Alison Freeland, of National Public Radio, interviewed him about his book “The Woman Who Wouldn’t.”

Wilder described how his mother’s doctor got him into acting when he was about 7 years old.

“My mother’s doctor told me, ‘Don’t ever get angry with your Mother because you might kill her. Try to make her laugh,’” he said.

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Newtown Turnpike Accident Sends One to Hospital

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The driver of a 1999 Subaru Forester was taken to Norwalk Hospitall tonight after he drove his car into a tree on Newtown Turnpike, fire officials said. Westport police, EMS, and firefighters responded to the scene. The accident, which happened near 140 Newtown Turnpike, was reported just before 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Fragrant Pines Court

9 Fragrant Pines Court, Westport CT 06880
The Westport Building Department is processing an application to demolish the house at 9 Fragrant Pines Court off Main Street. Built in 1949, the one-story ranch has 1,256 square feet and is located on a .25-acre lot. Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the permit process requires review by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse to Hold “A Taste of Tuesdays”

The Westport Country Playhouse will hold “A Taste of Tuesdays” on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

The $25 ticket includes the theatrical performance and pre-show wine, appetizers and live music. The first “A Taste of Tuesdays” in April attracted more than 200 people.

“With this initial success and growing popularity, we plan to continue scheduling ‘A Taste of Tuesdays’ for each Tuesday preview performance this season,” said Jenn Bond, Playhouse community relations liaison. “The evening offers a fun and social atmosphere—a complete package at an affordable price to enjoy after a work day.”

A preview performance of “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright will start at 8 p.m. “The Pavilion,” a 2005-2006 Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play, is a funny and touching look into human relationships on a cosmic scale.

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