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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Animé Night
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special Board of Finance Budget Meeting (Selectman’s Budget) (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

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Monday, March 23, 2009

New in Westport: Ron’s Barber Shop

By Dave Matlow

Ron Provenzano, a Bridgeport native who has been a barber for 17 years, says “it’s always been a dream of mine to open a shop in Westport.”WestportNow.com Image
Paul Mignone of Trumbull is in the barber chair at Ron’s Barber Shop. “Ron has been my barber since 1992,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Now that dream has come true.

Despite the difficult economy, Provenzano has opened Ron’s Barber Shop at 26 Railroad Place across from the Metro-North railroad station in the Saugatuck area.

Provenzano, who lived in the Saugatuck area in the 1980s for six years, said he currently operates a shop in Trumbull on Tuesdays and will open the Westport shop Wednesday through Saturday.

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Baby Seal Comes Under Watchful Eyes of Staples Students

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A baby seal that appeared to be stuck came under the watchful eyes of three 17-year-old Staples High School students Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. “It was during low tide, so we just walked out into around ankle deep water and stuck around while the tide came in to make sure it was able to swim away,” said Ross Gendels, a Staples senior. “The water was very cold.” He said he was accompanied by David Silverstein, also a senior, and Annie Bandanny, a junior.” It was very calm, and it appeared to be young,” Gendels said of the seal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ross Gendels for WestportNow.com

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Safely Headed Out From Compo

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A baby seal swims away from Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday after apparently getting stuck during low tide. Three 17-year-old Staples High School students—seniors Ross Gendels and David Silverstein and junior Annie Bandanny—waded into the cold water to keep watch on the seal to make sure it could get free when the tide came in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ross Gendels for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 23, 2009


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 - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Screening of “Under Our Skin” documentary about Lyme Disease
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Maintenance Study Committee
7 p.m. – Staples High School Conference Room 333 – Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 104 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Buffett Biographer Addresses Westport Audience

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Alice Schroeder, author of “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life,” was guest speaker today at the Westport Public Library. Her story of one of the world’s richest men attracted a large audience. Among her insights: “While it doesn’t seem like it, Warren Buffett has a sense of humor.” Schroeder, who lives in Greenwich, was a noted insurance industry analyst and writer who was a managing director at Morgan Stanley. She first met Buffett when she published research on Berkshire Hathaway. Her grasp of the subject and insight so impressed him that he offered her access to his files and to himself. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Noted Jazz Musician at Pequot

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John Paul “Bucky” Pizzarelli, a noted classical jazz guitarist and banjoist, and his musical friends today wowed the toe-tapping audience at the Pequot Library with their melodic jazz concert presented by the Westport Arts Center and the Pequot Library. For more than half a century, Pizzarelli, 83, has been a part of the fraternity of musicians who have kept mainstream and traditional jazz alive. Playing with him on cello was Jesse Levy; Jerry Bruno, bass; Aaron Weinstein and Sara Caswell, violin; and Olivia Koppell, viola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Time Out

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A young lady and her dog enjoy the first full day of spring Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances” (last day)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy (last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Alice Schroeder, “Snowball” (bio of Warren Buffet)
2 p.m. - Senior Center - Kit McClure All-Women Jazz Band (doors open 1 p.m., complimentary refreshments 1:30 p.m.)
3 p.m. - Staples High School Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “12 Angry Men”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center presents Bucky Pizzarelli & Friends
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lacrosse Excitement

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Boys of all ages had a great time with the Powell brothers, Mikey and Casey, during a spring warm up clinic for the forthcoming Westport PAL lacrosse season Friday night and today at PJ Romano Field. Cool temperatures and bright sunshine added to the upbeat atmosphere and the excitement of having the U.S. National Team players coaching. Contributed photo

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“Seussical!” Coming to Coleytown Middle School

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Youngsters at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School rehearse for the forthcoming musical production of ‘Seussical.” Directed by Ben Frimmer, the Coleytown Company production opens Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. with additional performances Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and   7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the school on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Seussical,” which combines some of the best known and loved Dr. Seuss classics, opened on Broadway in 2000 and has subsequently enjoyed two national tours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Young Sounds at the Library

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Westporter Suzanne Sherman Propp delighted a Westport Public Library audience full of young people today as she played selections from her new CD “Play” and other songs. She was accompanied by fellow Staples graduate Josh Margolis. Propp is a music teacher at Green’s Farms Elementary School and choral director. A former cheerleader at Staples as well as an Orphenian and a member of the orchestra, she studied English and music at Colgate University and obtained her MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is daughter of Ruth Sherman, well known for teaching classes at the Senior Center and Family Y as well as at Longshore during the summer. Mom helped sell copies of “Play” to the crowd which can also be ordered at www.suzanneshermanpropp.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Discarded Fireplace Ashes Touch Off Fire at Westport Home

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Westport and Weston firefighters joined forces today to battle a house fire at 5 Lyons Plains Road near the Weston town line. The blaze began from what the homeowner—who had left about 90 minutes earlier—said was discarded fireplace ashes placed in a container next to a garage. Flames heavily damaged portions of the exterior and interior second floor above the garage. The house was unoccupied except for a Labrador dog named Cody who was quickly rescued by firefighters.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Flames Damage Westport Home

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Weston firefighters responding to a 911 call of a house fire today at 9 Lyons Plains Road in Weston found no fire there but did spot smoke coming from 5 Lyons Plains Road just over the town line in Westport. They were first on the scene, quickly followed by Westport firefighters as flames damaged the exterior of a garage and the second floor and roof of the structure. The homeowner returned home a short time later and said she had put some fireplace ashes into a garbage bin before heading out for some errands. Firefighters found the home unoccupied except for a Labrador named Cody who they quickly rescued. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Observing the Westport Scene

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A resident of Westport’s Viking Green spotted this creature observing goings on in his neighborhood today. He believes it’s a hawk but is not sure what kind. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com

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