Sunday, May 16, 2004
Board of Finance member Rick Benson and Westport News editor Christina Hennessy were among dozens who performed in the Westport Rotary Clubs’ “Forbidden Westport 2044” tonight at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Cast members of “Forbidden Westport 2044,” a combined production of Westport’s two Rotary Clubs, sing the finale tonight at Bedford Middle School. First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell is third from left. More photos on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Sunny skies and a mid-afternoon temperature in the low 80s in Westport was just right for Miranda to do a little Saturday afternoon sunbathing. Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) representatives Brian Mayer and Chris Casey sell tickets on Main Street today for the first youth film festival being held at the Fairfield Community Theatre May 22. Tickets also will be on sale Sunday from 12-4 p.m. and are available online at www.wyff04.org. Proceeds will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Contributed photo
Westport police question a woman who reported she was robbed of an unknown amount of cash today by a man with a gun at the rear of Fleet Bank. 980 Post Road East. Police were looking for a 6-foot black male wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants, and a New York Yankees baseball cap. The woman was not injured. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Rotary Clubs present “Forbidden Westport 2044”
8 p.m. - Greens Farms School - Westport Arts Center presents acoustic folk artists Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey
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Judith Schindler, a 1984 Staples grad, has been installed as rabbi at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, N.C.
Among those attending the installation service today was Schindler’s mother, Rhea, who still lives in Westport, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Schindler, 37, had been associate rabbi at the temple for five years. She is married and the mother of two.
Being a rabbi runs in the family. Schindler’s father, Alexander, was one of the most influential leaders in modern Reform Judaism before he died in 2000 at age 75.
Of the 920 Reform Jewish congregations in North America, Temple Beth El is one of about a half-dozen with more than 1,000 families to be led by a woman, the newspaper said.
Friday, May 14, 2004
A jackknifed tractor trailer at Westport’s exit 17 on I-95 backed up traffic for miles today in both directions. View of the accident in the southbound lane is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. There were no reported injuries. DOT photo
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal plans to issue his opinion on the legality of same-sex marriage in Connecticut on Monday, the same day Massachusetts is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples to comply with a court order.
The opinion will be watched especially closely in Westport. The five ministers at Westport’s Unitarian Church have recently performed marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples in New Paltz, N.Y.
And First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who is also a justice of the peace, has said she will perform same-sex marriages if Blumenthal gives the goahead.
“The issues are really historic and profoundly significant,” Blumenthal said today, according to an AP report.
Lisa Bastoni does clubs and corners. Andy Haer/lisabastoni.com Today’s Boston Globe spotlights 1994 Staples grad Lisa Bastoni and the singer-songwriter’s odyssey from performing for spare change on Boston street corners and subway stops to a just-released CD.
Now living in Somerville, Mass., Bastoni, 27, grew up in Westport as “the troubled daughter of parents who are now recovering alcoholics,” the newspaper said.
“Performing for spare change on corners and in T stops has taught her about the healing powers of songs and the redemptive joy of sharing your art with others,” according to the Globe.
“The hard lessons have come from other places.”
For the second time in three days, federal and state health officials say they expect elevated levels of fine particles today with unhealthy levels expected in southwestern Connecticut.
A similar advisory was issued Wednesday.
An advisory from the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection said when fine particle concentrations in the ambient air are elevated, people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are the groups most at risk.
Maps showing real-time particle levels throughout New England are available at the EPA Web site. Updated air quality forecasts are also available at this Web site.
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