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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Young Sounds at the Library Image
Westporter Suzanne Sherman Propp delighted a Westport Public Library audience full of young people today as she played selections from her new CD “Play” and other songs. She was accompanied by fellow Staples graduate Josh Margolis. Propp is a music teacher at Green’s Farms Elementary School and choral director. A former cheerleader at Staples as well as an Orphenian and a member of the orchestra, she studied English and music at Colgate University and obtained her MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is daughter of Ruth Sherman, well known for teaching classes at the Senior Center and Family Y as well as at Longshore during the summer. Mom helped sell copies of “Play” to the crowd which can also be ordered at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Birdhouse Exhibit Under Way at Historical Society Image
Westport artists Howard Munce and Nina Bentley look over one of the birdhouses on display in the Little Gallery at the Westport Historical Society. Bentley curated the exhibit, “The Art of the Birdhouse,” along with Totney Benson and Jeannette Salfeety. Included in the collection is a variety of birdhouses designed for Project Return’s annual birdhouse auctions with this year’s event being held at The Inn at Longshore on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Playhouse Hosts Connecticut Theater Reps Image
The Westport Country Playhouse Thursday night hosted a reception for about 60 guests, mostly representing Connecticut- based “live” theaters. For many it was their first visit to the Playhouse, and they went on guided tours of the recently rebuilt structure. Pictured (l-r) are Pat Blaufuss, public relations director; Michael Ross, managing director; Anne Keefe, board member; Mark Lamos, artistic director, and Ann Sheffer, board member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

“12 Angry Men” Opens at Staples Black Box Theater Image
The Staples Players production of the jury room drama, “12 Angry Men,” opens tonight in the Staples High School Black Box Theater. Pictured (l-r) are Noah Witke, Peter Molesworth, Chris McNiff (back to camera), Whitney Andrews, Zoe Apoian, Riley Andrews, Max Stampa-Brown, Alex Wismer, Hannah Shaffer, Glenn Leo (partially obstructed) and Max Samuels. The production runs for eight performances over the next two weekends. To purchase tickets online visit or call 341-1310 for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Playhouse Gets Associate Artistic Director

The Westport Country Playhouse today announced the appointment of David Kennedy as associate artistic director. 

He will join recently appointed Mark Lamos, artistic director, and Michael Ross, managing director, in guiding programming and production for the theater now entering its 79th season.

A producer, director and educator, Kennedy most recently served as associate artistic director at Dallas Theater Center. 

He is a founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He was artistic director of The Summer Cabaret in New Haven.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

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The Staples High School Jazz Ensemble won second place at the 17th annual Norwalk High School Jazz Festival—the second trophy during the past month for the band. In February, Staples was chosen as one of the top three bands, out of 15 competing schools, at the Jazz Festival at Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk. On Saturday, March 27, the Staples Jazz Ensemble will be participating at the annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Greenwich High School. The event is sponsored by Wynton Marsallis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Staples Jazz Ensemble includes Tom Burhill, Mitch Feinberg, Matt Takiff, Willys DeVoll, Jason Lustbader, Emily Messina, Kevin Copeland, Ole Vaagen, Ellen Kempner, Sam Wilkes, Joe Genetti, Evan Lester, Alex Okon, Cory Bacon, Will Kniffen, Alan Southworth, Jordan Ratner, Cameron Bruce, John Solder, Will Hagen, Cole Manley, and David Haswell. Director is Nick Mariconda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

“Refusenik” Documentary Draws Large Crowd Image
There was a full house at the Westport Public Library today for the screening of the documentary “Refusenik,” the story of dissident Jews seeking to emigrate from the Soviet Union. Among those on hand was Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, a former Moscow correspondent for United Press International and CBS News who covered the dissident story in the 1970s and 1980s. The screening was followed by a conversation highlighting the significance of documentaries to society with teacher Kyle Seaburg (l) of Norwalk High School and two of his seniors in his “History in the Making” documentary class, Gillian Hensen and Gaby Cappo.This was the last in this season’s series of documentary films sponsored by the Westport Public Library and the Westport Arts Center. Larry Lefkowitz for

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Westport Author Promotes New Book Image
Westport author (and WestportNow contributor) Jessica Bram appeared on the “Sunday Today in New York” broadcast today with co-host Pat Battle to talk about her new book, “Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey.” Bram will be at Westport’s Barnes & Noble on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. for a book signing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Erica Jong Tells Y’s Women of the Importance of Poetry Image
Author Erica Jong addressed a packed Y’s Women group today at the Unitarian Church. She read excerpts from her new poetry collection, “Love Comes First: A Collection of New Poems,” published this year. “At the most important moments of our lives, we reach out to poetry,” she said. “People think they don’t like poetry until something important happens—a death, love, romance, a happy event…then they ask their resident poet…me for a poem.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Author Erica Jong to Address Ys Women on Monday Image
Erica Jong: will discuss new poetry book.  Larry Untermeyer WN file photo
Poetry will be the subject on Monday when author Erica Jong speaks at the Y’s Women of Westport Weston weekly meeting.

The session at the Unitarian Church on Lyons Plains Road begins with coffee and conversation at 11 a.m. followed by the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

Jong, a former Westport resident who now lives in Weston and New York City, will discuss and read selections from her poetry collection, “Love Comes First: A Collection of New Poems” published this year.

This is her seventh book of poetry and the 21st book she has published. Jong writes for the Huffington Press and is known for her firm commitment to women’s rights, authors’ rights and free expression. 

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Westport Students Debut Art in Bridgeport Image
Four students from Westport’s Staples High School received guests at the opening reception Friday night of their art work at the Day One Skate Shop and Art Space, 605 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Consisting of photos and paintings, the exhibit will be on display through the end of March. Pictured are (l-r) Luke Clerkin, Caleb Weiss, Russell Barsanti, DayOne Skate shop owner Jeff Walsh, and Harry Moritz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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GFA Art Show Opens at Westport Arts Center Image
Studio Art students from Westport Green’s Farms Academy opened their show of altered books, called “Second Edition,” at the Westport Arts Center tonight.  Both a capella groups from GFA performed, along with pianist Zach Huffman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Library Volunteers Ready for Weekend Winter Book Sale Image
Volunteers from Westport’s Friends of the Library were busy today setting up for the annual winter book sale which opens Saturday and runs through mid-day Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Library Book Sale Set for Weekend Image
The signs are up all over town. The Westport Library will be holding its annual winter book sale this weekend. The sale, which will take place indoors on the lower level of the library, will feature more than 15,000 items. Opening on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sale will run through Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sunday’s hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday when all items will be half price, the hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  On Tuesday, while all items are free, a cash donation is always appreciated. Visitors who buy five of the same item get a sixth one free. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Cole Dies at 75 Image
Playwright and screenwriter Tom Cole (l), whose 2003 Westport appearance with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and neighbor Arthur Miller was a sellout, has died at the age of 75. Cole lived in the Roxbury, Conn. house where Miller lived when he wrote “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible.” Miller died in 2005 at at the age of 89. Cole and Miller appeared in Westport as part of the Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Saugatuck Elementary School which was presented by the Westport Public Library in cooperation with the Westport Arts Center. photo

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