Friday, May 08, 2009
Laurie Woodard, Ph.D., lecturer in the History Department of Yale University, talked about the literature of the Harlem Renaissance tonight at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. She brought to life characters who had an influence on the Renaissance such as W. E. B. Du Bois, probably the most important, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Zora Neale Hurston. Woodward said the Great Depression was one of the main factors in the ending of the Harlem Renaissance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Westport Garden Club were hard at work today arranging plants for their 85th annual plant sale which begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. The sale features a wide variety of about 3,000 colorful plants, all grown by Garden Club members, each of whom is responsible for growing a minimum of 20 plants. Would-be plant buyers are advised to arrive early for the best selection, as this popular sale traditionally sells out quickly. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Town of Westport and the Board of Education tonight formally requested the Planning & Zoning Commission to make a text change in its regulations that would permit limited lighting on town-owned athletic fields. A large crowd was on hand as First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff opened the the application hearing by saying: “In the year 2009, the 51st year Staples has been at North Avenue, it’s past time to turn on the lights on a very controlled basis.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
In honor of Mother’s Day and spring, Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center is hosting a family day all about baby animals on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will learn about the new wild babies in their gardens, woods and ponds; examine insect larvae (baby insects) under a microscope; learn why baby birds need a nest; why a mother deer might leave her faun in your back yard, and what you should do with the young rabbits your dog has found.
There will be games, make-and-take crafts, and stories to learn about baby animals. The activities are included with regular admission, $7 adults and children over 12, $5 children 2-12 and seniors.
Earthplace is located at 10 Woodside Lane. For more information, visit http://www.earthplace.org or call 203-227-7253.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
The Westport Historical Society is offering a “Paddle to the Pass” kayak/canoe tour up the Saugatuck River on Saturday.
The tour beginning at noon will be guided by Sally Harold, project director of the Nature Conservancy’s Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership.
The tour, co-sponsored by the Nature Conservancy, will depart from the I-95 boat launch off of Compo Road South and is expected to last about two hours
Kayak rentals will be made available by the Longshore Sailing School.
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 10 Elizabeth Drive off Westport’s Old Road. Built in 1954, the one-story split level has 1,801 square feet and is situated on a .54-acre property. Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission at its meeting on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) confirmed today in remarks to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston what had been widely expected—that he will be seeking re-election in November. Joseloff said he and Selectman Shelly Kassen will make the official announcement May 28 at a meeting of the Democratic Town Committee. He is pictured with Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss (c), who also addressed the group, and Bill Balch, president of the Y’s Men. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Despite the rain, members were busy today setting up for Friday and Saturday’s 25th annual League of Women Voters of Westport tag sale. The sale will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Winnie Balboni, 62 Cross Highway. Proceeds will benefit the LWV’s annual grant to a high school student through Staples High School Tuition Grants, as well as other educational, environmental and political activities held throughout the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “Hollywood Sings: Stories Behind Oscar Nominated Songs” with Bill Messenger
4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Nonprofit Grantseekers Seminar with JuWon Choi
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - SpokenWord: “Literature of Harlem Renaissance” by Laurie Woodward
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days” Talkback
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program will again be offered this year as the program marks its sixth anniversary.
The program is in response to requests from school staff for assistance in purchasing new clothing for graduating middle and high school students
“Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Westport community and the schools’ PTAs, 30 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school,” said Butler.
Butler said the Human Services Department had received numerous heartfelt notes of thanks and the photographs of the proud young people as they walked across the stage or stood with their relatives on this special day.
There are new dogs in town—hot ones. They can be found at Westport’s Winslow Park where Mark Lutz of Monroe is manning his Firehouse Hot Dog stand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that on Saturday the Community Support and Counseling Team, a group of community agencies that works with members of the Westport Emergency Management Committee, will sponsor a forum on “Navigating the Economic Storm.”
The panel presentations will be held in the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Available throughout the event will be area resources concerning housing, financial and banking issues, career resources, volunteer and recreation opportunities to help residents deal with the new economic reality. Butler said.
Representatives from the financial sector will include local banking experts, the Connecticut Department of Banking, and the FBI who will discuss financial scams.
Audrey Rabinowitz, president of the Westport Woman’s Club, announces the names of the recipient organizations of the club’s 2009 grants at a breakfast today. The grants went to 38 area nonprofit organizations from eight towns in southwest Fairfield County. The grants are funded through the annual Yankee Doodle Fair, Curio Cottage proceeds, and other fundraiser events which take place throughout the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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