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Saturday, March 28, 2015

NY Times Columnist Takes on College Admission Mania

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There was a standing room only crowd at the Westport Library today for a talk by bestselling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. He challenges the importance many place on attending elite colleges in his new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.”  Bruni, who noted the crowd contained more parents and grandparents than college-bound youngsters, said that students today are working to get into the best schools and not focusing on what they are hoping to achieve in their education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Focus on College Admissions

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Today’s Westport Library talk by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Jr. drew a standing room only crowd. His latest book examines many parents’ and students’ obsession with elite colleges and explodes the myth that getting into a highly selective school is key to success later in life. Bruni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He graduated second in his class with a M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Prior to becoming an op-ed columnist in 2011, he was the chief restaurant critic of the Times from 2004 to 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Run Like a Mother Takes a Pause

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The Run Like a Mother group was at Compo Beach today for a photo shoot by Irene Penny from Silver Penny Photography.  She is having a photo exhibit at Athleta on Westport’s Main Street in May. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Al’s Angels Prepare Easter Baskets

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Amanda Day of Stamford was one of the Al’s Angels volunteers preparing an Easter basket today at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk. More than 200 volunteers for the Westport-based charity assembled more than 2,000 Easter and Passover baskets for distribution to the homes of children with cancer, rare blood diseases or whose families suffer from financial hardships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting to Know You

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Kung Fu Panda makes friends with Cooper Chalker, 4, a Westport pre-school student, at today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fun at Touch-A-Truck Event

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Despite snow showers and temperatures around freezing, today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School sponsored by the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School drew a large crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Getting a Tour

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Jack Bowers, 4, and sister, Charlotte, 2, of Westport get a tour of the Red Cross disaster mobile unit at today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School sponsored by the Westport Cooperative Nursery School. Michael Burke of Fairfield, a Red Cross disaster leader, gave the tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Learning About an Ambulance

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Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Explorers Deanna Hartog of Westport and Ben Muller of Weston today explain the workings of an ambulance to young guests at the Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Up Close Look

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Blake Hofmeister, 3, of Westport gets some help from mom, Lisa, in getting a close up look today at a Westport police car at the Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. Dad, Casey, looks on.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Saturday Fun


Scenes from today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

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Off to the Short Course Swimming Championships

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Eleven Westport Weston YMCA Water Rats and two coaches gathered today to travel together to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the 2015 YMCA National Short Course Championships. By team tradition, four “rookies” on the trip don pink bunny ears until they reach Greenboro. The swimmers who have qualified for this prestigious meet include Bryce Keblish, Tommy Gannon, Michael Deluca, Daniel Williams, Justin Summers, North Woods, Alex Rigione, John Whiteside, Willow Woods, Sarah Grinalds, Aileen Coyne and Ethan Hunter. The rookies with the ears are North Woods, Willow Woods, Aileen Coyne and Alex Rigione. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Four Trapped in I-95 Double Rollover

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Westport and Fairfield firefighters worked together early today to free four occupants from two vehicles, which rolled over on I-95 northbound on the Westport-Fairfield border between exits 18 and 19. One victim was in one vehicle and was uninjured, and three in the second vehicle suffered moderate to serious injuries, said Fairfield Assistant Chief George Gomola. “This was a serious accident and a very complicated extrication,” he said. “The high level of professionalism and cooperation demonstrated by the Fairfield and Westport Fire Departments during this extrication helped to saved lives and reduced the impact of this accident on the victims. This was a job well done by all.” Two of the injured were transported to Bridgeport Hospital and one to Norwalk Hospital following the 1:55 a.m. crash, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fairfield Fire Department photo

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Going Nuts Waiting for Spring Weather

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A squirrel waits for spring weather Friday on Westport’s Kings Highway North. But he may have to wait a bit longer. Today’s forecast for Westport calls for a chance of snow showers before 3 p.m., then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North winds 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  March 28, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library Great Hall - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015” by Westport photographer Larry Silver
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary -  WWCN 10th Annual Touch-a-Truck
11:30 a.m. - 153 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee & RTM Site Visit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Wetport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “The Addams Family”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Frank Bruni, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”
7 p.m. - Birchwood Country Club - Dream Event 2015 Westport A Better Chance fundraiser

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Miggs Burroughs Birdhouse Goes for $7,200

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A lantern birdhouse by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs called “Inside Out” with lenticular pieces built into the window frames went to a top bidder for $7,200 at tonight’s Project Return Birdhouse auction in Wilton. Burroughs, who won the lantern at last year’s Birdhouse Auction raffle, said each of the four window panes depicts images of North American birds. They all turn into one image of a young girl’s face peering out of her “prison” of despair.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honored at Birdhouse Auction

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More than 350 persons attended Project Return’s 20th annual birdhouse auction at the Rolling Hills Country Club, Wilton tonight. Westporter Totney Benson was honored for her dedication to Project Return and her creation 20 years ago of the birdhouse auction concept. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Time to Fly’

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Bobbie Herman of Fairfield shows off her “Time to Fly” artwork contribution to tonight’s 20th annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Electronic Bidding Comes to Birdhouse Auction

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This was the first year the annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction was set up for electronic bidding according to Mary Vickery, Project Return volunteer. Guests gathered around a table and prepared their electronic bids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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For the Birds


Scenes from tonight’s 20th annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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Self Portrait

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Audrey Seo, 17, a junior at Westport’s Staples High School, poses tonight in front of a self-portrait on display at the Westport Arts Center in its Project Space. She was selected as the winner of the first Tracy Sugarman Award to a promising young local artist. The award is sponsored by Westporter Alan H. Nevas, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, and Janet Nevas in honor of the Westport artist who died in January 2013 at age 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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‘Happy Father’s Day’

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Katie Craymer of Westport poses tonight in front of her painting “Happy Father’s Day ” at the Westport Arts Center. She is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Thank You From Leonard Everett Fisher

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, 90, thanks friends and supporters for attending the opening reception tonight of the Westport’s Arts Center’s “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” exhibit. The collection of 38 works reflects Fisher’s ability to blur the lines between design, illustration and art, and reveals the long-lasting impact that he has made in his lifetime, according to Helen Klisser During (l), WAC’s artistic director who curated the exhibit. “I don’t even remember painting some of them,” Fisher quipped. The show runs through April 25.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Arts Center Honors Leonard Everett Fisher and Students


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center opening reception for “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” and an exhibit of student artists’ works submitted for the first Tracy Sugarman Award to honor the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in 2013 at age 91. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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In Fashion

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Tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn. Among senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players showing off the latest fashions from Westport’s South Moon Under were Sarah Ellman and Jack Marsilio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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PAL Cheerleaders Entertain

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The PAL cheerleaders entertained at tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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