Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tai Chi enthusiasts met at Westport’s Winslow Park today to go through their routines as international Tai Chi celebrations took place worldwide. Many women were from the Westport Center for Senior Activities Tai Chi class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
More than 20 volunteers took part in today’s Saugatuck River shoreline cleanup near the Levitt Pavilion. The event was organized by Patagonia Westport and Save the Sound. More volunteers are expected Sunday at the same location between 9 a.m. and noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Volunteers collected more than 30 bags of debris weighing several hundred pounds in their Saugatuck River shoreline cleanup today near Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. The event was organized by Patagonia Westport and Save the Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse opens its 79th season tonight with “Around the World in 80 Days,” adapted from the book by Jules Verne. Pictured are (l-r) Andrew Grusetskie, Jeff Biehl, Evan Zes (above), and Mark Shanahan. In its successful off-Broadway run last year, the whirlwind, global adventure was hailed by The New Yorker as “a riveting testament to the ingeniousness of the human imagination,” and heralded by The Associated Press as “a clever, action-packed production skillfully directed by Michael Evan Haney.” The show runs through May 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson photo
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - 54 Bayberry Lane - Westport Arts Center: “House Project”
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
12:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Chris Coogan Live in concert (after lunch)
1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Special: Energizing Your Interviewing Skills, with Karen Elizaga
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - 54 Bayberry Lane - Westport Arts Center: “House Project” opening reception
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days” opening
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The cast of “The Little Dog Laughed” was greeted with enthusiastic applause tonight following the play reading at the Westport Community Theatre production at Westport Town Hall. Pictured (l-r) are Ryan Hendrickson of Stamford, Priscilla Squiers of Danbury, Matthew LaBanca of New York, Dainelle Testori-Gartner of Norwalk and Director Scott R. Brill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 24, 2009
Hearst Corp., publisher of The Westport News and other local newspapers as well as dailies in Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport and Danbury, eliminated 44 jobs at the company’s Connecticut newspapers today, according to a Web report by The Advocate of Stamford, one of Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers.
The company plans to eliminate another 80 positions within three months as part of a consolidation and cost-cutting effort, the report said. It said the affected employees met with management throughout the day.
The rest of the workforce at Hearst’s four daily newspapers, the Connecticut Post, The Advocate of Stamford, Greenwich Time, The News-Times of Danbury and the six weeklies of the Brooks Community Newspaper group, including The Westport News, was told of the plan in an e-mailed letter, The Advocate said.
“Beginning today, we will take the first step toward structurally changing the cost base of our business to ensure its long-term viability,” Mark E. Aldam, senior vice president and group publisher of Hearst Newspapers, said in the letter.
An unoccupied Westport home at 54 Bayberry Lane is the venue of a weekend art exhibit called “House Project” by the Westport Arts Center. The effort is being held in conjunction with the current “Home” exhibit at the Center’s gallery. The home is open to the public Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for a $5 entry fee with a Saturday 5-7 p.m. free reception.The “House Project” exhibit includes individual artworks and “hopes to expand the idea of how home can influence, enrich, and perhaps complicate the artistic process,” according to the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that Westport has been designated to receive $101,756 in federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency projects.
The money is part of $9 million in federal stimulus funds sent to 143 Connecticut municipalities for the projects under a block grant plan the Rell Administration is submitting to the legislature for review.
The governor said the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) are in addition to almost $15 million in stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that the federal government directly awarded to 26 of the state’s largest municipalities last month.
“From our biggest city to our smallest town, every municipality in Connecticut will receive resources to help make their communities more energy efficient,” Rell said.
Eleven stone benches along the riverwalk along the Saugatuck River next to the Westport Public Library were damaged or destroyed Thursday night by a car driven by a 23-year-old Monroe man who admitted to police he had been drinking at a friend’s house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A 23-year-old Monroe man drove his car the wrong way down Westport’s Main Street Thursday night, struck a parked car, and eventually careened through the library riverwalk, damaging or destroying 11 stone memorial benches before stopping short of plunging into the Saugatuck River, police said.
A bench honoring members of the Westport Woman’s Club was among those damaged in Thursday night’s incident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Travis M. Cuddy was charged with driving under the influence, reckless operation, and evading responsibility and was held on $1,500 bond pending a court appearance on May 7, police said. He told officers he had been drinking at a friend’s house.
Town officials were assessing the damage to the granite benches which had been installed about 10 years ago as part of a riverwalk fundraising drive and had donors’ inscriptions on their surface.
Sergeant Sam Arciola said he was outside police headquarters at about 10:40 p.m. when he heard a vehicle racing its engine and spinning its wheels. He said he went to the entrance to the Levitt Pavilion where he spotted a car over the embankment.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 6 - 10, 2009:
Joan H. Wright to Kim Marie Welch, 26 Sherwood Drive, $1,025,000
14 Old Orchard Road LLC to Adam J. and Kimberly Gazes Bard, 14 Old Orchard Road, $1,750,000
Philip/Suzanne Johnson to Paragon Relocation Resources Inc., 8 Evergreen Ave., $1,675,000
Paragon Relocation Resources Inc. to Michael Robert and Kathleen Boyle Kerby, 8 Evergreen Ave., $1,675,000
UPDATE Robert’s LLC, located at 1869 Post Road East in Westport at the Fairfield line, has announced that it is closing at the end of May. Owner Robert Mazzucchelli said the men’s clothing store has been in its current location for three years and in its prior location at 127 Post Road East for four years. “The luxury business in Westport has evaporated,” he said. “People have been cutting back for seven or eight months now.” He added, “There’s so much uncertainty as when and how they (his customers) will come out of it.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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