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Monday, April 26, 2010

Interning at the Wakeman Town Farm Image
Students from Westport’s Staples High School were “interning” over last week’s April vacation by breaking ground at the new demonstration edible gardens at Wakeman Town Farm. Pictured with shovels ready are (l-r) Petey Menz, Andrea Sherman, Catherine Coughlin, and the youngest helper, Ethan Aitkenhead.  Ethan will be living at the farm with his parents Michael and Carrie Aitkenhead. Michael is a teacher at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Monique Bosch for


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The Crew Image
After a hard week’s work, the new edible gardens at Wakeman Town Farm are ready for planting. Interns from Staples High School worked over last week’s spring break with farmer Dina Brewster from The Hickories Farm in Ridgefield and Staples teacher Michael Aitkenhead, Carrie Aitkenhead and son Ethan. Pictured (l-r) are: Danny Cooper, Emily Cooper, Petey Menz, Jesse Sussmane, Mike Aitkenhead, Dina Brewster, Carrie Aitkenhead, Ethan Aitkenhead, Andrea Sherman, and Ian Palmer. Missing from the photo are Catherine Coughlin and Matt Brill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Monique Bosch for


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Planting the First Seeds Image
Carrie and Ethan Aitkenhead work with Andrea Sherman and Ian Palmer to plant the first seeds (peas in this case) for the edible gardens at Westport’s new Wakeman Town Farm. These gardens will be demonstration gardens for Westport residents wanting to learn how to grow their own food at home. Mike Aitkenhead, Westport’s Teacher of the Year last year and currently teaching at Staples, will be moving into the farm with his family once renovations are complete in June.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Monique Bosch or


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Before the Rains Came Image
There were a series of pretty sunsets in recent days above the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach before Sunday’s rain. The marina is gearing up for the summer boating season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Monday, April 26, 2010

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Special Board of Education Meeting (Anticipated Executive Session)
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Historic District Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Finding Stolen Art: A Detective Takes on the Nazis”
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Westport Arts Center Presents Chiara String Quartet Image
The audience at Southport’s Pequot Library gave a warm welcome to the Chiara String Quartet presented under the auspices of the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Remembering Jean M. Boyd Image
Today’s Westport Arts Center chamber music presentation of the Chiara String Quarter at the Pequot Library in Southport was the first Jean M. Boyd Memorial Concert honoring longtime Westporter Jean Boyd. Jean Boyd, who died last year, had a special and deep love for the classical repertoire and dedicated much of her life to educating children at the Westport School of Music and supporting the South Shore Music Club. Attendees at the concert included her husband John M. Boyd, 93, former state representative from Westport and former town attorney, and daughters (l-r) Nancy Boyd, Barbara Sternau, and Frances Boyd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Hearing from the Original Artistic Team of “She Loves Me” Image
Today’s matinee performance of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “She Loves Me” was followed by a discussion with the artistic creators of the 1963 award-winning play. Pictured are (l-r) David Kennedy Playhouse associate artistic director; Sheldon Harnick, 86, lyricist; Joe Masteroff, 90, playwright and author of the book “She Loves Me,” and Jerry Bock, 81, who wrote the music. Harnick and Bock are the Tony Award-winning team who also created the music and lyrics for the Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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A Broadway History Lesson Image
Many of those attending today’s Westport Country Playhouse matinee performance of “She Loves Me” stayed on for a discussion with the original artistic team of the 1963 production. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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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.”

More "Lessons from Ancient Rome Kick Off Library Series"


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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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