Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - February Vacation Days: Waiting for Spring
Kitt, Hensley and Huffman Cast in Playhouse Opener
Eartha Kitt: stars as fortune teller. Contributed photoThe Westport Country Playhouse announced today that Grammy, Emmy and three-time Tony Award nominee Eartha Kitt, and Tony Award winners Shuler Hensley and Cady Huffman will appear in the new Kander and Ebb musical, “All About Us,” which opens the Playhouse 2007 season, April 10 through April 28.
“All About Us” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder. Book is by the legendary Joseph Stein, author of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m.
Music and lyrics are by John Kander and Fred Ebb, one of the foremost songwriting teams in Broadway history. The famed duo wrote a string of long-running musicals, including “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”
Kitt, a Weston resident, will play Esmeralda, the fortune teller. With an enduring international career that spans theater, cabaret, television, and the recording industry, Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for an Emmy Award, twice for a Grammy Award and three times for a Tony Award.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Part of Imperial Avenue Closed
A portion of Westport’s Imperial Avenue from Jesup Road to Thomas Road is closed to through traffic for sewer construction work related to installation of the high voltage Middletown to Norwalk power line. Over the next two to three weeks, traffic will also be closed on Imperial Avenue from Post Road East to Jesup Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers Feb. 12-16, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb.12-16, 2007:
Robert F. Sproulis and Lisa A. Vahdat to Zachary M. and Amanda Behrman Zeitlin, 11 Darbrook Road, $3,475,000
Marjorie H. Minor to Morton and Phyllis Silverberg, 205 Lansdowne, $812,500
Westport-Post LLC to Westfield Main Associates LLC, 333 Post Road West, $1,503,770
Granger to Speak to Y’s Men
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear about the Hollywood scene during its next meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Westporter Susan Granger, nationally known movie critic, will give a talk titled “Susan Granger’s Hollywood.”
For more than 25 years Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate.
For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679.
Floating on the Saugatuck
Problem With Wires Snarls New Haven Line Service
New Haven Line trains to and from Grand Central Terminal were subject to lengthy delays this morning because of problems with the overhead “catenary” wire in the vicinity of Rye, Metro-North said.
While the railroad said the delays to Grand Central were 15-20 minutes, a WestportNow reader messaged from one train shortly after 8 a.m.: “My train is already 30 minutes late, and it was the train that ran into the line. They are lining up trains on a single track into the city.”
A Metro-North spokesperson said New Haven Line service leaving from Grand Central Terminal was suspended for about an hour due to the problems but resumed later in the morning.
An advisory did warn, however, that outbound delays from Grand Central could be 60 to 90 minutes. A later advisory said delays were down to 10 to 20 minutes.
WestportNow Teardown (Sort of) of the Day: 156 Easton Road
A demolition permit was required for today’s WestportNow Teardown of the Day at 156 Easton Road and that technically makes it the shortest life from construction to demolition of any teardown featured on WestportNow. But there are unusual circumstances. The previous house on the property was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 2, 2005. A developer purchased the .75-acre property for $680,000 in September 2005 and built a modular home there. In May 2006, the owners of an adacent (smaller) property on Catamount Road (where their house was built in 1924) purchased 156 Easton Road for $1.3 million and asked the developer to remove the new home. The builder began taking down the house Tuesday and moving it to an empty one-acre site at 6 Barry Lane, which was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 26, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Breaking the Ice
Tuesday’s warmer temperatures—in the mid-40s—caused some of the ice on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center to break up. Today’s temperatures are also forecast to be in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - February Vacation Days: Dinosaurs
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Days
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Conservation Commission anticipated executive session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
Post Road East Scene
A Westport police officer stands watch over an injured deer tonight in front of Mitchells on busy Post Road East after it was struck by a car. The deer had to be destroyed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Library to Celebrate “Cat in the Hat” Anniversary
The Westport Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” through Friday, March 2, which is Read Across America Day.
The book was written in 1957 in response to a challenge in a Life magazine article by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey titled “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” Hersey theorized that one key reason was that reading primers were boring, and challenged Seuss to write a story that first graders couldn’t put down. Seuss did just that in 236 words that became “The Cat in the Hat.”
Through March 2, children who visit the children’s section of the library can decorate the room with the 236 words from the book.
To celebrate Read Across America Day, which is a program that promotes literacy and “The Cat in the Hat’s” birthday, children can hear readings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., which is geared for children ages 4 and 5.
Temperatures moderated today and were expected to climb into the 40s. Despite the early morning chill, walkers were out early at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Library to Host Talk on Stoppard’s Dramas
The Westport Public Library will host a talk on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Tom Stoppard’s 2002 epic trilogy of plays “Coast of Utopia.”
The work, which focuses on 19th century Russian intellectuals dreaming of revolution, had its American debut last year at Lincoln Center. While the plays received critical praise, many theatergoers were apprehensive about the density of the philosophical debate at the heart of the plays.
Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, says, however, the average, literate reader and theatergoer can approach such dense plays as dramas and will explain how in a talk entitled “Who’s Afraid of Tom Stoppard? Navigating The Coast of Utopia.”
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Slightly Warmer Temperatures Forecast for Today
Monday’s sub-freezing weather will give way to milder temparatures today with highs in the mid-40s. View is of the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309- Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
Monday, February 19, 2007
Kowalsky Farm Selling for $16.2 Million; Town Has Interest
The 12-acre Kowalsky family farm in Westport’s Greens Farms section—known as Peaceful Valley Farm—is on the market for $16.2 million and the Town of Westport has expressed an interest in acquiring it.
Peaceful Valley Farm is for sale for $16.2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The mostly open property nestled among multimillion dollar residences went on the Multiple Listing Service last week. The offering said it was suitable for a “gentleman’s farm or possible subdivision.”
“All I can say at the moment is that we have been in contact with representatives of the family and have expressed an interest in possibly acquiring it,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “But it’s a steep price.”
Complete with wandering goats, farm buildings and a small man-made pond, the property is in the heart of Greens Farms at 109 Morningside Drive South and is bordered by Clapboard Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road South.
Frozen in Time
The Westport Public Library as viewed today across the ice-covered Saugatuck River. While today’s temperatures barely got into the 20s, Tuesday’s high is predicted to be in the mid-40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Public Open House
The Westport Country Playhouse will host three public open houses beginning Sunday to preview its 2007 season and offer guided tours of the recently renovated historic theater, the Playhouse announced today.
The open houses, which are free and include refreshments, will be held on Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tazewell Thompson, artistic director, and Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director, will host.
The first hour will include a discussion of the season’s eight productions by Thompson, followed by a question and answer session. The second hour will offer guided Playhouse tours, taking participants behind the scenes of the theater.
Monday, Feb. 19, 2007
Westport Town Hall closed in observance of Presidents’ Day - Transfer Station Will be Open
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Presidents’ Day Workshops: Illuminated Manuscripts (ages 5-7 10-11:30 a.m.; ages 8-10, 1-2:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Westporter Susan Lucia Palmieri in NYC Grand Opera Benefits
Susan Lucia Palmieri: soprano soloist. Contributed photoSusan Lucia Palmieri, a 1993 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will perform in a special “Singers of Today and Tomorrow” benefit concert for the New York City Grand Opera Company at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, March 3.
A soprano, she will also perform as a soloist in a Thursday, March 8 benefit for the company at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Palmieri, who once worked as a cook as Westport’s VFW Post and started her own restaurant, My Place, was accepted into New York’s famed Julliard School opera program in September. She started rehearsing with the New York Grand Opera chorus in October.
Palmieri, who goes by the professional name Lucia Palmieri, has strong Westport roots. Her maternal grandfather is retired longtime Westport firefighter Joe Valiante.
Westport Names Community Inclusion Task Force
Westport has established a Community Inclusion Task Force to address issues of concern to those with disabilities.
The task force was established by Rochelle Field, chair of the Westport Human Services Commission, and Lynn Abramson, president of Westport-Weston United Way.
The task force will focus on improving the quality of life for all Westport and Weston residents by ensuring that the needs of residents of all ages with disabilities are addressed so they may participate fully in community life, an announcement said.
“The task force hopes to identify those gaps in current programs and services that prevent full inclusion of the disabled in community life, including such concerns as the availability of after school programs for students with special needs and support for caretakers,” said Barbara Butler, director of Westport’s Human Services Department.
Catch of the Day
Bob Mystrom of Stratford hauls in one of a dozen fish he caught today on Westport’s Lee’s Pond. Mystrom has been coming to Westport to ice fish for about 25 years. He was one of about 15 fishermen on the ice today. The long snap of freezing temperatures has given Lee’s Pond a coating of thick ice—about 10 inches—making it safe for the fishermen to be on the ice, although the snow-covered surface is not conducive to ice skating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Rotary Exchange Students Visit State Capitol
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Rotary Youth Exchange students met in Hartford last week with state legislators, including Westport Sen. Judi Freedman and Rep. Joe Mioli. Among them were Westporter Stefania Urist, who is going to Brazil, and Westport-hosted Anita Joaquin, who is from Argentina, and Tony Huang, who is from Taiwan. Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity for short (summer) and long-term (academic school year) exchanges around the world. Westport Rotary and Sunrise Rotary have sponsored Anita and Tony for the school year, placing each student with Westport families for three-month periods. Stefania Urist will be living in Brazil and another Staples senior, Jeremy Lawrence, will live in Japan for the 2007-08 school year. The Westport Rotary clubs are seeking Westport families willing to host students from April through June. For more information, contact Dan Long (203) 454-2194. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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