Friday, October 21, 2016
Mike Krysiuk (l) of Westport tonight greets actor Cooper Ramsey who plays Krysiuk in Krysiuk’s and co- author Frank S. Petrilli’s play “I Don’t See My Shadow” presented tonight at the Westport Historical Society. The one-act play recounts Krysiuk’s experiences as the victim and ultimate survivor of a drunk driver when he was a Staples High School student in 1974. He hopes the play, directed by Jason Howard and produced by Suzanne Sheridan and Rozanne Gates, will be performed before teens to warn of the dangers of drinking (and, as he says “now texting”) while driving. (See WestportNow Sept. 22, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
There was a strategy session Wednesday at the Westport-Weston Family YMCA involving the Y, Westport Library, Westport schools, and Westport Parks and Recreation Department. The informal conversation was about leveraging existing resources to better serve Westport and enhance opportunities for learning together, a library announcement said. Pictured (l-r) are YMCA CEO Pat Riemersma, Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer, Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jen Fava, and Westport Public Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, October 20, 2016
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Full Disclosure: My son, Don Granger, produced “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”
When novelist Lee Child’s stoic hero, ex-Military Police Major Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), learns that Army Maj. Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads his old investigative unit, has been arrested for espionage, causing the death of two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, he knows she’s innocent.
But trying to prove that is another matter. When he appeals to a Judge Advocate in Washington D.C., Reacher discovers a paternity claim against him, revealing that he may have a delinquent teenage daughter, Samantha (Danika Yarosh).
Basically a lone wolf, a laconic, hitchhiking vigilante who lives off-the-grid, Reacher must work with Susan Turner, whom he breaks out of a high-tech military prison, and rebellious Samantha to unravel a nefarious government conspiracy, involving a sneering contractor (Patrick Heusinger) and smarmy General Harkness (Robert Knepper).
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The ABC TV sitcom “American Housewife” set in Westport, stumbled in the ratings in its second outing Tuesday night.
The half-hour comedy staring Katy Mixon pulled a 1.6/6 share and 5.7 million viewers, down 16 percent among the coveted 18-49s from its premiere last week, according to Deadline.com.
CBS ‘s “NCIS” and NBC’s “The Voice,” both hour-long entries in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot did better.
An ABC news release about “American Housewife” noted that actor Diedrich Bader, who plays Mixon’s husband, has spent plenty of time in real life Westport.
Cecilia Hart Jones, wife of actor James Earl Jones, died Oct. 16 after a year of battling ovarian cancer. She was 68. She is pictured with actor Paxton Whitehead when they played husband and wife roles in the Westport Country Playhouse 2015 production of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy “Bedroom Farce.” Whitehead and Hart said they have played stage roles of husband and wife five times in four plays over the years. Hart met her real husband while working on the TV series “Paris” in 1979. She appeared twice on Broadway; in “Dirty Linen” in 1977 and played Desdemona to Jones’ Othello in 1982. In addition to her husband, their son, Flynn, and her brothers James A. V. Hart and William F. Hart III, survive her. Donations may be made in Cecilia’s name to: The Actors Fund https://donate.actorsfund.org/donate or Hudson Valley Hospice https://www.hvhospice.org/index.php/foundation/donate/. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Members of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee today make final preparations for Sunday’s TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at 2 p.m. at Town Hall. This fourth TEA Talk, “Portrait of the Artist: Earnings vs Yearnings,” will explore the career challenges and rewards artists face today. Panelists include writers Jessica Bram and Tommy Greenwald; artists Miggs Burroughs and Sooo-z Mastropietro; pianist Frederic Chiu and composer Ryan Lester. Stephanie Plunkett, deputy director at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will offer opening remarks. A reception will follow at the Westport Historical Society. The Westport Library is a community partner. For more information, visit http://www.westportarts.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, October 17, 2016
Former Westporter Roni Beth Tower (l) was at the Westport Library tonight where she was in discussion with friend Sybil Steinberg about her memoir “Miracle at Midlife.” She and now husband David met and fell in love in Paris in the spring of 1996, both in their 50s, established professionals, and parents. He was a divorced American attorney living on a converted barge moored in the center of Paris. She was a clinical and research psychologist working from her Westport home. “Both of us had signed off on loving again,” she said. She delighted the packed audience with her tale of a trans-Atlantic romance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport developer David Waldman tonight addresses the annual Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony at Town Hall. Waldman and members of his team as well as public officials and private citizens behind him were honored for saving the 1890s-built Kemper-Gunn House on Church Lane and moving it to 35 Elm St. where it is now home to Serena & Lily, the national home furnishings, bedding and decor outlet. In all, nine awards were handed out. (See WestportNow Oct. 5, 2016) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
WestportNow associate editor and photographer Dave Matlow thanks the Westport Historic District Commission tonight for honoring him at its annual Preservation Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. The HDC cited Matlow for his work in helping chronicle Westport homes preserved over the years as well as documenting those lost through his popular WestportNow Teardown of the Day feature. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos accepts The Acting Company’s John Houseman Award at the group’s annual gala tonight at New York’s Metropolitan Club. The award honors Lamos’s commitment to the development of actors and arts education in the United States, including numerous alumni of The Acting Company. The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by Oscar winner John Houseman and producer Margot Harley. Bruce Miller for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Steve Katz, former guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, today kicked off the Westport Arts Center’s 2016-17 Jazz Series. Katz also talked with attendees and signed his book “Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?” after the concert. Blood Sweat & Tears, originally formed in 1967, is notable for fusing rock, blues, pop, horn arrangements, and jazz into a hybrid that came to be known as “jazz-rock.” The next jazz concert will be Atla and Matt DeChamplain on Thursday, Nov. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adriana Reis for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Best selling author, Hollywood actor and renowned hypnotist James Mapes of Westport talks today about his new book, “Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance” at Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East. Mapes told the attendees how he drew from his 30 years experience as a researcher, speaker and personal coach to help readers lead “an exceptional life.” Founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, Mapes said the book “dives deep into topics as diverse as reframing thinking patterns, shattering self-limiting myths, hypnosis, stretch goals and transforming fear into love and forgiveness.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Multiple Connecticut mystery authors today were featured along with panel discussions, forensic, police experts and more at the Westport Library’s CrimeCONN all day mystery conference. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
One of the many events today at the Westport Library’s CrimeCONN all day mystery conference was a panel on “What makes an anti-hero heroic?” Pictured (l-r) David Rich, mystery, film and TV writer; Karen Olsen, mystery writer; Tom Straw, an Emmy nominee for TV writing and current collaborator with mystery novelist James Patterson, and Joe Meyers, a recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for crime fiction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 14, 2016
The photographic work of Westport-based photographer Richard Frank was on display tonight at the opening of his exhibit, “Always Looking,” at the Westport Library’s Great Hall. A freelance photographer for 40 years, Frank specializes in shooting people on location and depicting them in a natural, authentic style. Among his prized photographs is one of world heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali at Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio in 1969. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wetport artist and illustrator Miggs Burroughs was guest speaker today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, tracing his career, which has been intertwined with Westport for decades. He showed some of his designs, including a t-shirt for Save the Children in support of the children of Kosovo. He has produced award-winning designs for the American Red Cross, covers for Time magazine, a U.S. Postage stamp, an Easter Egg for the White House, and the the Town of Westport flag among many others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The house at 35 Elm St. is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Chris Moran, Moran Construction Management. Known as the Queen Anne style Kemper-Gunn House, circa 1885, the structure was relocated from 35 Church St. in 2014. The HDC cited the owners for its “adaptive re-use and restoration. A link to the historic center of Westport, it was shifted across the street, sensitively renovated and endowed with a new purpose.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A house at 96 Kings Highway North is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the presentation of the Helen Muller Award for An Outstanding Property in a Local Historic District will be presented to Marc Lotti, owner of the house, known as the David Judah House, circa 1760. The HDC cited the owner and the Lotti family “who purchased the house in 2014 and have since gone through a meticulous restoration, preserving every nail and piece of timber possible.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
If you were expecting “The Girl on the Train” to be an enticing psychosexual thriller, like “Gone Girl,” forget it!
This grim screen adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s best-selling novel dissatisfies in every way, except one: Emily Blunt delivers a powerhouse performance as the pathetic protagonist, Rachel Watson.
Lonely Rachel Watson is a deeply depressed alcoholic who rides Metro North train back and forth from suburban Ardsley-on-Hudson to Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, pretending she still has a job.
A bleary-eyed divorcee sipping cheap vodka from a designer water bottle, Rachel projects her vicarious fantasies onto suburbanites living in the stylish houses that run along the tracks near her old home.
A house at 79 Kings Highway North is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Laura and Cormac Treanor, owners of the house, known as the Charles Cutler House, circa 1920. The HDC cited the owners for their example of “how the sensitive reconstruction of a deteriorated historic structure can accommodate contemporary needs while continuing to contribute to the character of the historic district.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
“American Housewife,” the ABC-TV sitcom set in Westport starring Katy Mixon, debuted tonight with 12 mentions of “Westport,” no scenes shot in Westport, and a Connecticut map that misspelled the town’s name as “Wesport.”
The 30-minute episode –- originally named “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”—was actually 21 minutes and 12 seconds of program with the rest devoted to commercials and network promotions of other series.
“It’s the kind of town where people have big houses and tiny butts,” says Mixon’s character, Katie Otto. “Where every idiot has a boat and a labra doodle.”
To give viewers an idea where Westport –- mentioned 12 times by name—is located, it showed a map with a ribbon across part of it that said “Greetings From Connecticut.”
Executive Chef and part owner Luis Arias of Boca Restaurant, 43 Main St., today welcomes lunch guests Matthew Mandell (c) executive director Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, and First Selectman Jim Marpe during the second week of the chamber’s annual Restaurant Week(s) promotion which runs through Sunday. Boca, operating in the space previously occupied by Acqua Mediterranean Restaurant for two decades, opened one week ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A house at 25 Cavalry Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Kevin M. and Deborah L. Dorsey, owners of the house known as the Alva Finch House, circa 1837. The HDC, citing the owners for their preservation efforts, wrote “after the owners purchased the homestead for their young family they meticulously restored the house to its former splendor.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 10, 2016
A house at 18 West Parish Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Elizabeth and William Rubidge, owners of the house. known as the Thomas Nash III House, circa 1770. The HDC cited the owners “for their rehabilitation and appropriate addition” to the house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 09, 2016
A house at 41 Turkey Hill Road South is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Stephen and Kim Penwell, owners of the house known as the Sumner-Rapallo House, circa 1860, 1920. The HDC cited the owners"for their excellence in ongoing care and maintenance” having modified it in the Colonial Revival style since assuming ownership in 1998. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 08, 2016
The cast of “Camelot” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse thanks Music Director Wayne Barker on opening night. Directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, the play was adapted by David Lee, choreographed by Connor Gallagher and based on the book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe. The last presentation of the 2016 season, it runs through Nov. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A stone ice house at 1 Red Coat Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Albert and Sandra Cordts, owners of the structure, known as the Stone Ice House, circa 1858-1867, “probably built by Frederick H. Nash” and used for storage of ice harvested at Nash’s Pond. The HDC cited the owners “for maintaining and valuing the structure as one of only three known ice houses to have survived in Westport.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 07, 2016
The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of its exhibit “Art to the Max” featuring original art that graced the windows of the now shuttered Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014. Curators were Westport artists Nina Bentley (c) and Miggs Burroughs (r) who posed with Max’s owner Shirley Mellor. A portrait of her late husband, Max Kaplan, is at right. The sign is the original from the store, which closed in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A large crowd tonight attended a Westport Historical Society reception marking the opening of “Art to the Max” featuring art that appeared in th windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to its closing in 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Historical Society opening reception of “Art to the Max” featuring art displayed in the windows of Max’s Art Supplies from 1975 to 2014, when the Post Road East business closed. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com