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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Playhouse Sets “All About Us” for 2007 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse will produce John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Thornton Wilder-inspired musical “All About Us” during its 2007 season, along with six other plays.WestportNow.com Image
Tazewell Thompson: will direct “The Heidi Chronicles.” Contributed photo

Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson also announced the titles of two other plays to be produced in his second season—a new production he will direct of the late Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Heidi Chronicles,” and a world premiere of Westport playwright-in-residence David Wiltse’s “Sedition.”

Four other plays are to be announced later. The Playhouse said among those under consideration are “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams; “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “The Innocents Abroad” by William Archibald, and “Auntie and Me” by Morris Panych.

Also, “The Entertainer” by John Osborne; “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” by Michael Tremblay; “Time of My Life” by Alan Ayckbourn, and “Mixed Company” (working title) with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conceived by Billy Porter.

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See How They Run

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After the drenching rains of the morning, the sun came out this afternoon and Coach Ralph Unker of the Staples Women’s Field Hockey team put his players through their paces for strength and conditioning at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Rotary Clubs Send Three Staples Students Abroad

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The Westport Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs gave a sendoff today to three Staples students they are co-sponsoring for a scholastic year abroad. The Westport clubs have hosted inbound students each year and this year are sponsoring outbound students for the first time. Pictured (l to r) are: Cindy Shuck, who is going to Spain; Margaux Sarin and Emilie Blaine, who are going to Ecuador; Charlie Haberstroh, president of Sunrise Rotary Club; Lois Schine, president of Westport Rotary Club, and Sandra Urist, district youth exchange outbound chair. The deadline for applications for the 2007 outbound program are due by Oct. 15 and should be directed to Urist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Libertarian Enters Shays-Farrell Race

Libertarian Phil Maymin has entered the 4th Congressional District election, making it a three-person race, he said today.WestportNow.com Image
Phil Maymin: “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” Contributed photo

The Russian-born, Harvard-educated former hedge fund trader from Greenwich will face off against incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, former Westport first selectwoman.

Officials in the state’s Secretary of the State’s office certified that Maymin, 31, collected enough signatures on a nominating petition to appear on the ballot.

In his announcement at a Greenwich news conference, Maymin said the two ruling parties, and the two other candidates in the race, are “as different as night and later that night.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Crooked Mile Road

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Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 7 Crooked Mile Road. The 1934 house, which is off of Newtown Turnpike, sold last week for approximately $2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools to Turn Back $32,707

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The Westport Board of Education is set to turn back $32,707 from its 2005-06 budget into the town’s General Fund despite high costs in fuel, electricity and special education.nancyharris100.jpg
Nancy Harris: turnback comes despite high costs. WN photo

Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris said during Monday’s school board meeting that the school district spent 99.7 percent of the $78.6 million 2005-06 budget.

The school board’s purchased property, which includes heating fuel and electricity, other purchased services, which includes special education costs, equipment, and other expenses accounts, were all over budget.

The board will need to vote to transfer surpluses from other accounts to cover the deficits but did not take action during its meeting Monday night.

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Preservation Award Winner: 19 Evergreen Ave.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Richard and Maura Gaenzle, owners of the house at 19 Evergreen Ave., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures.  Known as the Elizabeth Bradley House, this 1914 Colonial Revival has earned its owners the award in recognition of the superior preservation of this important early asymmetrical Colonial Revival Home. According to the Historic District Commission, “the structure’s high integrity is enhanced by a period appropriate cedar roof.” “Also commendable is the special attention paid to the original garage which significantly contributes to the architectural and cultural value of this property.”  This is the ninth in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Catch and Release

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A youngster caught a striped bass along Westport’s Mill Pond on Monday. The fish, however, was not big enough per state regulations for him to keep, so he had to release it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “The Sky Unwashed”
5 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 2063 – School Building Committee
7:30 p.m. – Community Room, 5 Canal Street – Westport Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -  Pat Bowen’s Society Jazz Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”

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Parents Concerned with Class Sizes

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King’s Highway Elementary fifth grade parents are concerned about the sizes of their children’s classes this fall, and brought their issues to the Westport Board of Education tonight.

Two parents attended the meeting expressing concern that there will be three sections with 24 students each for the fifth grade rather than four sections.

Karen Fernandez, one of the parents, said having classes with 24 or 25 students—which is within the district’s class size guidelines—is not good for the students.

“We’re going to have a situation in the classrooms that is not ideal, and it’s not what Westport is known for,” she said.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Suprintendent to Speak Friday

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Elliott Landon: “abused school superintendent.” WN photo

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon will speak to the Friday session of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.

The session will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant.

Landon’s subject will be “The Life of an Abused School Superintendent” in which he will discuss the challenges of his line of work.

Those wishing to attend should call a Sunrise Rotary member or call (203) 454-6446.

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Dingee, Yost Promoted at Fire Department

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The Westport Fire Department has a new training officer and lieutenant.WestportNow.com Image
Posing for photorgraphers following today’s promotion ceremony were (l-r) Lt. Rob Yost, Chief Christopher Ackley, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Assistant Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

William Dingee, a 16-year department veteran, was promoted to assistant fire chief and Robert Yost, an 18-year department veteran, was made a lieutenant during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters today.

It is the first of what will be several ceremonies promoting and hiring new firefighters.

Dingee will fill the training officer role, a position left vacant the last year after being reinstituted with the department, and Yost will slide into Dingee’s former lieutenant spot.

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Compo Scene

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Temperatures in the 80s and sunny skies made for good morning swiming today at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Close Call

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The driver of this car escaped with non-life threatening injuries today following a three-vehicle accident at exit 18 of I-95 in Westport. The driver of a second car was also injured following a crash with a tractor-trailer on the northbound side. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Early Morning I-95 Accident in Westport Snarls Traffic

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Traffic backed up northbound at Westport’s I-95 exit 18 after a three-vehicle accident shortly before 6 a.m. today. Westport firefighters and EMS personnel tended to drivers of two cars involved in the accident with a tractor-trailer. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Norwalk Hospital. Firefighters closed all northbound lanes for 25 minutes while they worked on the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 1 Beachside Ave.

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Machamux LLC, owners of the house at 1 Beachside Ave., at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. Known as the William Couch/S.Sydney Smith House, the 1782/1840 Federal/Greek Revival Home has earned its owners the award in recognition for “your respect for the architectural integrity, scale, and massing of the building.” “Moreover, this landmark property possesses a rich and interesting history – one that would have very likely been lost but for your efforts.” This is the eighth in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bathed in Color

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The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach was bathed in color at sunset Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Clear Sailing

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It was clear sailing Sunday in waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Aug. 14, 2006


7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School, Room 130 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School cafeteria - Board of Education
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Teen Movie Night presents “Robin Hood Men in Tights,” a Mel Brooks film (1993)

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday Crowd at Compo

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Westport’s Compo Beach had one of its biggest crowds of the summer season today as visitors took advantage of sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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On Tour

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Participants in a Westport Historical Society Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour make their way across the Old Mill/Sherwood Pond today. Twenty-five kayakers and canoeists took part in the afternoon event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com

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Getting a Close-Up View of Nature

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Wildlife enthusiasts in 25 kayaks and canoes took part today in the Westport Historical Society’s Sherwood Mill Pond Salt Marsh Water Tour, part of the group’s Destination Westport series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 162 Greens Farms Road

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Jill and Stephen O’Shea, owners of the house at 162 Greens Farm Road, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. Known as the Jesup Wakeman House/Wakeman Vineyard – 1785/1845/1895 this Federal/Greek Revival has earned its owners the award because “the historic and cultural significance of this property combined with its prominent location and previous uncertain future make this project especially noteworthy,” according to the commission. It said the owners’ efforts should serve as an inspiration to others. The house was featured in a 2005 WestportNow photograph when the O’Sheas posted a sign telling neighbors the work they were doing on the house was not part of tearing it down. This is the seventh in a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rockin’ Docs

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With many of their patients cheering and dancing, the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) musical group had BobbyQ’s on Westport’s Main Street rocking Saturdfay night.  The musicians are mostly doctors who love to play music together. They also perform for many benefits to raise funds to combat disease. Two doctors who practice in Westport are Dr. Robert Altbaum on the keyboard and Dr. Fred Kaplan on drums. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006


2:30 p.m. - Mill Pond - Westport Historical Society Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Doc Wallace Trio

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