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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Young Artist at WACky Family Day Image
This youngster was one of the more than 300 children, parents, and grandparents who filled the Westport Arts Center today for its final WACky Family Day of the season. Local artists facilitated art activities in which families worked collaboratively on art that will be presented as part of an exhibit at the Arts Center through March 21. An opening reception for the exhibit, “Found, Making Art from the Material World,” will be held Sunday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Artists in the Making Image
Parents and children worked together today to make art for the Westport Arts Center new exhibit “Found, Making Art from the Material World,” set to open nesxt Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday Family Fun

Today’s WACky Family Day at the Westport Arts Center was a sell out as children made art from found material. video


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Stop & Shop Workers Accept Contract Offer

Workers at Stop & Shop today accepted a new three-year contract proposal, ending the threat of a strike at the supermarket chain.

The 5,000 members of Westport-based Local 371 voted in New Haven while those of Local 319 based in Farmington with 10,000 members voted in Hartford.

The two sides had been negotiating for weeks and late Saturday company officials and union negotiators announced they had reached a tentative agreement.

The company employs 36,000 workers in New England.


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Heartbreak Hotel: Inn at National Hall Set to Close Monday

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Inn at National Hall closes indefinitely on Monday and like the murals and tapestries adorning its high walls, wallpapered and framed with decorative cherry moldings, certain memories remain imprinted on the mind of Marco Degl’Innocenti, the inn’s manager for 13 Image
Marco Degl’Innocenti, resident manager of the Inn at National Hall, looks over the Turkistan Room, the $695 per night, two-level, balconied suite where President Clinton stayed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

One easily recalled is the first of President Clinton’s several visits to Westport for Democratic National Committee fundraisers in 1998.

“We had Secret Service agents everywhere, a guy at every corner on every floor,” said Degl’Innocenti,  a native of Florence, Italy. The streets were also blocked off, and frogmen patrolled the adjacent Saugatuck River.

“We’ve had Clinton stay here, Al Gore stay here, and Monica Lewinsky stay,” he added, catching himself. “But not all at the same time.”

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WABC-TV Goes Dark on Cablevision, New Haven Down Briefly Image
UPDATE Westport customers of Cablevision were unable to access the New York ABC television station, WABC-TV, early today after Cablevision and ABC owner Walt Disney apparently failed to resolve a financial dispute over monthly subscription fees. In addition, ABC’s New Haven affiliate, WTNH-TV, which has not been part of the ABC-Cablevision dispute, went black on Cablevision customer screens at midnight as well but returned an hour later. Unlike on the channel 7 screen which carried audio and video messages concerning the dispute, channel 8, where WTNH-TV is normally seen, was dark for the period with undecipherable sounds. photo


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Sap Time Image
A large crowd gathered at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, on Saturday to learn how maple trees are tapped in early spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


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Sunday, March 7, 2010

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found: Making Art from the Material World”
1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - V-Day Westport 2010 presents “The Vagina Monologues”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music@the Library: Bonefide Brass
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - WACky Family Sunday

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, March 06, 2010

First Responders Take the Plunge Image
Members of the Westport Police and Fire Departments, including Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (r), were among those taking the plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach today in a fund-raiser for Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Westport police officers and firefighters get set for their Penguin Plunge today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Into the Water for a Good Cause

Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with participants and spectators today for the Penguin Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. video


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Plunging for Special Olympics Image
Hundreds of persons from throughout the area took part in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach to benefit the Special Olympics. Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50s brought out crowds of onlookers for the annual event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Super Plunger Image
Superman was among costumed plungers at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Organizers said they expected the event to raise almost $100,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Bedford Middle School Plungers Image
Students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School were among those participating in the Penguin Plunge today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Promoting World Peace Image
Some of the plungers at the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge today at Westport’s Compo Beach had another cause to promote—world peace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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