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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Getting to Know You

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Mathis Iacono, 18 months, of New Canaan offers a friendly hand today to Zoey, a 5-year-old Greyhound retired racer, who is now a certified therapy dog. The get-to-know-you session with therapy dogs took place in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse following the 1 p.m.  performance of “Dog Loves Books.” It was arranged in conjunction with the Reading to Rover program at the Westport Library. Lynne Perrigo, a children’s librarian and facilitator of the Reading to Rover program, a library staple for the past 10 years, said that as many as 20 certified therapy dogs are brought to the library multiple times each year so that children can improve their reading capabilities by reading to the empathetic therapy dogs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sam Gault Shows Off His Dancing Energy

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Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance inctructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Dancing With the Stars Gala Benefit for ElderHouse


Scenes from tonight’s Inn at Longshore Dancing With the Stars gala benefit for ElderHouse of Norwalk. The not-for-profit adult day center serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information, visit www.elderhouse.org. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Mimi Sheraton: Today’s Critics Focus More on Writing Than Food

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An overflow, standing room only crowd gathered today at the Westport Library McManus Room to hear Mimi Sheraton, 89, award-winning author, grande dame of food journalism and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discuss her newest book, “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.” She was in a conversation with Westport-born Matt Storch, partner and chef of both Match Restaurant in Norwalk’s SoNo District and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Sheraton said in 1983, her last year with the Times, she had dinner at home only five times that entire year. Her opinion of today’s food critics? Many of them focus too much on the writing than the food, she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full Plate for Mimi Sheraton Talk

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It was a standing room only crowd today at the Westport Library for a talk by renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton. Asked about her favorite comfort food, she replied “fried eggs—I’ve been making my own since age 7.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy 91st

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Westport artist Susan Malloy, who celebrates her 91st birthday on Saturday, was surprised with a cake today at the Westport Art Center’s ArtCafé. It featured a Renaissance lecture on Michelangelo by Westport art historian Fiona Garland. WAC’s Jill Sarver served up the cake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Special Guest for Staples Players

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Staples Players were treated to a visit today by actress, musician, songwriter, and singer Lauren Molina who appeared as the cello-paying Johanna in the original cast of the 2005 critically acclaimed revival of “Sweeney Todd," the Tony award-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Staples Players are presenting “Sweeney Todd School Edition -- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Staples High School Auditorium. She is pictured with director David Roth. For further information, go to http://www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ ‘Two Days, One Night,’  ‘Mr Turner’

By Susan Granger

When British director/producer Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”) wanted to make a James Bond movie, he was rejected by the Broccoli family that controls the franchise. So he made “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” spoofing the concept of dapper gentlemen involved in international intrigue.

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In the prologue, British superspy Harry Hart (Colin Firth) - a.k.a. Galahad - is involved in a botched Middle East mission that costs the life of one of his cohorts.  Seventeen years later, Hart comes to the rescue of that cohort’s son, Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton), a troubled South London street kid.

Hart is a member of an elite, super secret spy organization, known as Kingsman, based in a swank Saville Row tailor. They operate beyond the purview of any government, taking their code names from the legendary Knights of the Roundtable.

When a Kingsman dies, inscrutable Arthur (Michael Caine) holds a competition for his replacement. Hart nominates Eggsy. Vying with aristocratic snobs, Eggsy is tested by Merlin (Mark Strong), as a batty tech-billionaire (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a bizarre scheme to cull Earth’s population by offering free cellphone and Internet service.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doggie Book Lovers

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Westport Country Players staff members ham it up today with their pups in anticipation of Sunday’s two performances of “Dog Loves Books, a new musical based on The New York Times bestseller by Louise Yates about a dog who loves books so much that he decides to open his own bookstore.The play, in the Playhouse’s Family Festivities series, has performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with running time one hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Library Finalist in National Service Competition

The Westport Library is among 30 U.S. libraries and museums named as finalists in a national competition chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities, the Library announced today.

It said it is a finalist for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

The award is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities, an announcement said.

The winners will be named this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at an award ceremony.

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Library’s Bleiweis to Receive National Honor

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Maxine Bleweis: honored for being a “risk-taker.” Contributed photo

Maxine Bleiweis, executive director of the Westport Library for the past 17 years, will be honored by the national Public Library Association (PLA) in June for being “a risk taker, an innovator and/change agent in a public library,” library officials announced today.

Each year since 1997, the Chicago-based PLA , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has given the prestigious Charlie Robinson Award to a library director “known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the need of community residents,” according to the PLA.

The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is scheduled to be presented to Bleiweis, who is scheduled to retire July 1 (see WestportNow Jan. 7, 2015), at the ALA’s annual conference in San Francisco in June.

“By every measure, Maxine was instrumental in ushering our library into the new millennium and guiding us through a dynamic period of change,” said Mike Guthman, president of the Westport Library’s Board of Trustees. “Through the gift of her imagination, visionary thinking and ability to motivate others, our library is now recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world.”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Senior Center Concert Rescheduled for Sunday

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities has rescheduled its music concert “Eight to the Bar” for Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m.

The concert was postponed from Sunday.

The Sunday Music Series is programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave.. For further information, call 203.341.5099. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Trivia

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Westporter Susan Granger, film critic for WestportNow and other media, spoke about the Oscars and posed some trivia questions today at the Westport Cinema Initiative’s fourth annual n’Oscars party at Oscar’s Deli on Main Street. The gathering was held hours in advance of today’s Oscars award ceremony in Los Angeles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Films and Oscars

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Actor Scott Bryce of Westport (r) addresses film fans today at the fourth annual n’Oscars party sponsored by Westport Cinema Initiative at Oscar’s on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lynsey Addario Addresses Hometown Crowd

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Westport award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario addresses as an overflow crowd today at Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East, as she promoted her new book “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.”  The 1991 Staples High School graduate, who is on a nationwide book tour, admitted it was a little more difficult speaking to her hometown crowd. Addario’s proud mom, Camille, is on the left in the first row. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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