Saturday, October 24, 2009
Westporter Seth Bienstock helps daugher Zoe, 2, hold her head steady as she has her face painted at today’s Westport Country Playhouse “Our Town, Your Playhouse” open house event. Hundreds turned out for a variety of free activities on a rainy Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The rain ended at dawn today at Westport’s Compo Beach as local environmental advocates participated in the International Day of Climate Action sponsored by 350.org. The towels spell out 350, the number scientists say is the safe upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere. Westport’s gathering was one of more than 5,200 events planned in 181 countries today to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laureen Vellante for WestportNow.com
Chef Bob LaBrusciano gives some cooking tips on how to make stew at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The cooking lessons are held monthly in the center’s kitchen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Make a Difference Day volunteers gathered at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today to assemble gift packets for the United Way and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. The “day” was extended to a week in Westport and involved almost two dozen projects. Heading the effort was Barbara Pearson Rac, (back row, 3rd r), Make a Difference Day chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport oyster man Alan Sterling tied up his boat securely to the dock Friday at Westport’s Edward Strait Marina at Longshore Club Park in advance of predicted stormy weather. He has been has been working oyster beds for 30 years for his Saugatuck Oyster company aboard his 26-foot vessel Gloria named after his late wife. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
7 a.m. - Compo Beach (by the cannons) - Unitarian Church Environmental Action Group marks the 350.org International Day of Climate Action (open to all)
8 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Rabbit Hill Festival: Saturday Symposium, Small Group Lectures, Book Signing
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Our Town, Your Playhouse” free festival for families
10:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Trends in Technology: “Introduction to Windows 7,” Richard Frisch
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Compo Beach (next to basketball courts) - Westport Animal Shelter Advocates Top Dog Show fundraiser Postponed to Sunday
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
4:30 p.m. - Willowbrook Cemetery - Westport Historical Society Sixth Annual Lantern Tour
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Vines and Vibe fundraiser: wine, food, live music, silent auction
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Battle of the Bands
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Jodi & Friends: The Big Cat Concert & Silent Auction, Make a Difference Day benefit for C.A.T.S.
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Angela Marroy Boerger, education and community program coordinator at the Westport Country Playhouse, applies final touches to the stage costumes that are on display for the “Our Town, Your Playhouse” event Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The free special community celebration will be filled with activities throughout the day for children, families, teens and adults. Events will include storytelling with books featured in the 2010 Family Festivity shows, behind the scene tours, stage combat workshops for young adults and teens, directing workshop with “tick,tick…BOOM!” director Scott Schwartz, and much more. The day will conclude with a 7 p.m screening of the Playhouse stage version of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In its best team effort of the season, the Staples High School girls varsity soccer team today stunned FCIAC powerhouse St. Joseph of Trumbull 1-0 at Loeffler Field.
The Lady Wreckers improved to 7-5-1 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Moss for WestportNow.com
The Lady Wreckers, who improved to 7-5-1 on the season, were led by sophomore Shannon Lesch, the (Wo)Man of the Match.
The lone goal of the game came when Abbey Lake received a pass at the top of the penalty area and drew two defenders before slipping a beautifully timed pass to Jaclyn Katz.
Katz received the pass with one touch and then beat the St. Joe’s keeper to the lower left corner for the game winner.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The staged reading will reunite original cast members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The original Broadway cast of “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley, including former Westport resident Mia Dillon, will be reunited at the Fairfield Theatre Company on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a staged reading of the Southern comedy.
Westporter Rozanne Gates is producing the event along with Miles Marek of FTC.
In addition to Dillon, the original cast members of this 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play are MaryBeth Hurt, Lizbeth Mackay, Sharon Ullrick, and Ray Baker.
Audience members are invited to remain after the performance for birthday cake. Tickets can be purchased by calling (203)259-1036 or online at www.fairfieldtheatre.org.
Authors attending the Westport Public Library Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature delighted Westport students today with visits to classrooms. Candace Fleming delivered a presentation on her new book, “The One and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum,” before a sixth grade class at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 5 - 9, 2009:
Pennie Ellen Davis to Richard J. and Audrey Harrow Anastasi, 13 Strathmore Lane, $169,000
Herbert Oppenheimer Est. to 4 Thomas Road LLC, 4 Thomas Road, $650,000
Atsushi Watanabe to Yoko Watanabe, 23 Pin Oak Court, 1/2 Int., $800,000
Philip J. and Marilyn H. Kennedy to Walter L. and Elena M. Perez Chudowsky, 5 Turkey Hill Circle, $1,290,000
There has been an increase in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in the Westport schools, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said today.
Elliott Landon: CES experiencing higher absentee rates. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
“Consistent with what is now being seen across the State of Connecticut, Westport Public Schools are seeing an increase in ILI activity,” he said in an early afternoon e-mail message to parents.
“This increased activity is substantiated by: reports by parents of ILI in students sick at home; data from school nurse assessments of students who are presenting with ILI in school; and reports by parents of laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1.”
He said the laboratory-confirmed cases are also reported by the laboratory to the Westport Weston Health District.
Saturday’s predicted rainy weather may be okay for dogs, but the Westport “Top Dog” event scheduled for Compo Beach nevertheless has been postponed until Sunday. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will take place in the grassy area near the basketball courts. The sponsor is the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) which is raising funds for the renovation of the Westport Animal Control facility. Pictured is Julie Loporo, WASA president, with 5-month-old Melky who is seeking a home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporters promoting awareness of the need to reduce global warming will gather at Compo Beach at dawn on Saturday as part of International Day of Climate Action.
The Unitarian Church’s Environmental Action Group is organizing the 7 a.m. event at the cannons that mirrors events involving people from 170 countries around the world.
“It is open to all faiths and community members,” an announcement said, adding that coffee will be provided.
For more information visit the Westport event “Sunrise at the Beach” at the official Web site for the International Day of Climate Action.
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