Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Gathering Before “The Last Journey”
Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss (l) and Sarah Grace Wilson (r) trade casual conversation before the start of the performance of “The Last Journey” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith and actors Patricia Conolly, Laila Robins and Molly Ward share conversations in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, January 22, 2007
Talking about “Skinned Knees”
The Rev. Janet Waggoner (c) spoke to the Y’s Women of Westport Weston today on “Coping with Skinned Knees, Hard Work and Other Challenges.” She explained how Jewish teachings have helped the women in her Presbyterian/Episcopalian women’s group examine their own values and find answers to practical questions in their lives. The “skinned knees” reference comes from the 2001 book by clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel titled “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children.” Waggoner is the rector at St. Paul’s in Shelton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Schools to Hold Internet Safety Workshops
Westport school officials are ensuring parents are up to date on how to keep teens safe on the Internet by holding several workshops on the topic, which start this week.
For the second year in a row, the Westport school district will hold the Internet security classes. Six sessions will be held on Wednesday and Jan. 31.
Lynne Shain, assistant schools superintendent for curriculum and staff development, said the sessions are almost completely booked.
“We did them last year and wondered if we would have full participation,” she said. “It’s an ongoing issue. I’m happy parents find the information useful.”
Playhouse to Hold Love Poem Fund-Raiser
The Westport Country Playhouse will feature Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Eartha Kitt, Charles Grodin and others to be announced reading classic, contemporary and humorous love poems in “Come Be My Love. . .Love Spoken Here,” on Saturday Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman: reciting love poems. Photo by Miggs Burroughs
The performance will support the playhouse’s educational programing, and a reception of champagne and desserts will follow the performance.
Tickets are $300, of which $225 is tax deductible, and $175, of which $100 is tax deductible.
The group will read poems from authors that include Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams and Noel Coward.
For more information and tickets, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529 or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.
Author to Discuss Segregation in Education
Susan Eaton to discuss her new book. Contributed photoJournalist Susan Eaton tackles if separate can ever be equal in education in her new book “The Children in Room 4E: American Education on Trial” and will discuss the topic at the Westport Public Library on Wednesday at noon.
The book analyzes the inequities in American public schools through the inner-city schools in Hartford.
Eaton, a former reporter for The Advocate in Stamford, will talk about her book, the students she followed for four years, and the 18-year landmark Connecticut civil rights case Sheff v. O’Neill that changed the Hartford School District.
For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Town Receiving $4,080 for Traffic Tickets Issued
A new law means Westport will receive more than $4,000 from the state from traffic tickets.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he received notice the town will receive $4,080 under a new law that went into effect in October that adds a $10 surcharge to some traffic tickets. They money covers the first quarter the new law was in effect.
Westport is third in the state in how much money it is receiving back from the state, he said, with Greenwich and Trumbull the only two communities that rank higher.
Police Chief Al Fiore said nearly 30 years ago, the town would receive a portion of each traffic ticket fine the police issued, but that changed and all of the money goes back to the state now.
Clouds floated over Compo Beach in Westport Sunday, but no rain fell from the sky. A weather advisory, though, is in effect from 6 a.m. to noon today for freezing rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Last Journey”
7 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
Westport Property Transfers Jan. 8-12, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 8-12, 2007:
Bernard P. Roesch and Dorothy E. Curran to 29 Burr Farms LLC, 29 Burr Farms Road, $1,025,000
Frances and Roger Newman to Mary C. and Mark L. Friedman, 59 Compo Road North, $1,330,000
Andrea Toth to Kenneth M. Young and Heloisa Ulon, 3 Norport Drive, $2,220,000
Adam and Jennifer Goldberg to Rene Rensch and Nadja Kapellen, 1 Wild Rose Road, $558,500
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Welcoming Exhibit Visitors
Cynthia Wallace stands in front of her painting today with her grandchildren at the opening of the new exhibit “Art and the Good Earth” at the Westport Historical Society. The society opened the new exhibit this afternoon with a gala. The exhibit features the work of many prominent Westport artists including The Pink House Painters who meet in the studio of Arlene Skutch. It runs through May 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Freezing Rain Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service today issued a freezing rain advisory for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. It is in in effect from 6 a.m. to noon Monday.
A weak weather system is expected to spread light precipitation in the form of drizzle and very light rain across the region Monday morning from the west, the advisory said.
“At this time it appears that this precipitation will fall as liquid,” the advisory said. “Unfortunately surface temperatures will be well below freezing and this precipitation is expected to freeze on impact.”
It said the result is that extremely treacherous travel conditions will develop during the morning rush hour.
Westport to Mark Wear Red Day
Westport will participate in the American Heart Association’s National “Wear Red Day for Women” on Friday, Feb. 2 with a number of events, including health screenings at the Westport Weston Health District.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will issue a proclamation at 9 a.m. on the front steps of Town Hall on that day.
As part of the day’s events, the health district will offer cholesterol screening and blood pressure testing at 9 a.m. to noon in Town Hall Rooms 201/201A. Screenings include total, LDL, and HDL, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and triglyceride levels. Fasting and an appointment are required for cholesterol screening.
The cost for the screening is $20 with only cash payments accepted. Call (203) 227-9571 ext. 242 before Feb. 2.
Dressed for the weather, one child was the first one to hit the ice this morning at the PAL Ice Skating Rink at Longshore. Temperatures were in the 20s in Westport today, and there is a chance for snow on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The wind was blowing on Saturday with temperatures in the upper 20s in Westport. Tmperatures are expected to climb to the mid-30s today. View is of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Lucky Stiff”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Periscope Film Series: “Glory”
3-5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening reception: “Art and the Good Earth”
Getting Ready for Opening
Westport artist Howard Munce examines one of his paintings that will be included in the new Westport Historical Society exhibit “Art and the Good Earth: As Seen Through the Painter’s Eye.” The exhibit opens with a reception on Sunday at 3-5 p.m. at the Westport Historical Society on Avery Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Visitors to the Westport Weston Family Y got to get a taste of badminton today as three world class champions played. Yie San Eun, a former member of an elite Korean cvic team, and Kevin Cunningham, longtime Westport resident, partnered for the game. Emi Tollefson, Westport resident who was the top player in Japan a few years ago, and Kang Kye Bun, a former national Korean badminton team member, also played in the game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporter Featured in Norwalk Symphony Concert
A student at Westport’s Staples High School will be featured in the Norwalk Symphony’s “Three Prodigies Concert” on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Carlyn Kessler: Staples sophomore plays the cello. Contributed photo
Sophomore Carlyn Kessler, 15, who plays the cello, is the oldest of three young musicians performing in the event. Also playing are violinist Jenny Liu, 13, of Orange and pianist Ann-Frances Rokosa, 10, of Rhode Island.
In 2005, Kessler was awarded the Stamford Symphony Orchestra Roger Nierenberg Young Musician Commendation Award. From 2001 to the present, she has been a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony and served as the principal cellist of the Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
At Staples, she has performed as part of the Staples High School Symphonic Orchestra.
After the Snow
By late morning Friday, the snow had melted and temperatures had risen into the 40s—warm enough for spending some time watching the waters of Long Island Sound at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Snowy Day
7:30 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Lucky Stiff”
Sportswriter Describes Boxing Days of the 1920s
By Dave Matlow
Veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh described for Westport Sunrise Rotary Club members today the colorful days of the 1920s when boxers Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey transfixed the nation.
Veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh addressed the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today about his biography of fighter Gene Tunney. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“He was the greatest Irish athlete who ever lived,” the former New York Times journalist and longtime Wilton resident said of Tunney.
“Tunney,” Cavanaugh’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of the legendary athlete, was published by Random House in November and has won widespread positive reviews.
The author reviewed Tunney’s stunning boxing career in which he notched a 77-1 record as a prizefighter, including 48 knockouts. His only loss was a 15-round decision in 1922 to a fearless and unorthodox fighter named Harry Greb.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Westport Fifth Graders Graduate from DARE Program
Westport’s elementary schools in recent days have been hosting graduation ceremonies for fifth grade students who participated in the town’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program sponsored by the Westport Police Department. Today’s ceremony was at Saugatuck Elementary School and Police Chief Al Fiore (at microphone) participated along with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon. DARE officers Chris Proudfoot and David Wolf (seated) presided over the ceremonies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Annual Music Festival Canceled
Westport school officials have canceled the annual all-town band and orchestra festival, but they are seeking alternatives to the event that could include smaller concerts at individual schools.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he decided to cancel the event—which features bands and orchestras from all of Westport’s schools—for a variety of issues, but he has asked for recommendations on how to move forward.
“I’ve asked the teachers how we should proceed,” he said. “We could have a showcase at each school.”
One of the issues with the annual event was its size and the number of people who attend, he said.
Science and Engineering Foundation Seeks Support
The Westport Science & Engineering Foundation (WSEF) is seeking to raise $50,000 to support the annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (SCISEF).
This year’s fair is scheduled for Feb. 3 at Staples High School, and it is open to students from the region.
In the past, there have been entries from Westport, Darien, Greenwich and Wilton.
“We’re delighted that SCISEF continues to grow and that’s why we’re looking for donations in many forms – financial contributions and corporate sponsorships, food for the event and printing of materials,” said William M. Foster II, WSEF President. “And, we have a need for additional judges. In the last five years, we’ve gone from 10 to 60 and still we require more.”
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