Sunday, June 06, 2004
Members of Westport’s United Methodist Church choir perform today at Temple Israel as part of “Make a Joyful Noise,” a community concert benefiting A Better Chance of Westport, Inc. The concert was presented by the Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. Sponsored by the Westport-based U Thant Institute, proceeds of the event went to combating the trafficking of women and children in Asia. Among the attendees was Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, UN Under-Secretary General. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com
Today’s Sunday Hour of Norwalk features Westport D-Day veteran Robert Loomis in its coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy.
Robert Loomis rides in the Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally/ WestportNow.com
As a native Parisian, Loomis, 79, could have taken a relatively easy assignment as an interpreter, the newspaper reported. But he chose the infantry instead.
“They had plenty of French interpreters, and I wanted more action,” he said.
Loomis was 19 when he found himself off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, when the naval bombardment began.
“I was with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, 32nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division,” he recalled. “We landed at H-Hour plus 90 minutes.
“The tide was so low we jumped off the landing craft into four feet of very cold water and had to wade and swim ashore.”
As first reported by WestportNow on March 30, the annual Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display this year is set for Friday, July 2 at Compo Beach.
The rain date is Tuesday, July 6.
The renowned fireworks family Grucci will again produce this year’s show, the 49th year the PAL has sponsored the event.
Tickets are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Dept. office at Longshore Club Park and the Westport police station. The price through June 14 is $25 per car and will increase to $30 after that.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Bedford Middle School presented its annual student entertainment show Saturday night. Riley Andrews and Alex Herbertson sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Duncan Raab was one of the Bedford Middle School students performing some juggling Saturday night, thanks to instruction from Vice Principal Tricia Raneri. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour
Noon - Inn at Longshore - U Thant Institute’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon
2 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Temple Israel - Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston presents “Make a Joyful Noise”
5 p.m. - Continental Manor, Norwalk - Staples Scholar Athlete Dinner
Saturday, June 05, 2004
A landscaping truck burns on the I-95 exit 17 southbound off-ramp today. Westport firefighters quickly doused the flames but not before the truck was heavily damaged. The occupants managed to escape without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historical Society presents is 13th annual Hidden Garden Tour Sunday, including this seaside beauty above. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and advance tickets are on sale at the WHS today from noon to 3 p.m. for $22 for WHS members and $30 for non-members. Day-of-tour tickets are $35. Details are available at the society’s Web site. Contributed photo
7:30 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
A controversial play about the murder of a gay student in Laramie, Wyo., will be the focus for a community discussion by Westport’s diversity commission known as TEAM Westport.
The group is sponsoring the discussion June 18 immediately following that evening’s performance of “The Laramie Project” at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall.
Director David Roth and several cast members will join audience members in an exploration of the play’s themes, and its applicability to Westport.
“The Laramie Project” explores the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998, and that Wyoming cowboy-and-college town’s reaction to it. Ten actors portray 84 roles, including Shepard’s two killers, his father and friends.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Westport-based Music Theatre of Connecticut presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Funny Girl” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield. The production features students ages 11-16. Details at the MCT Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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