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Friday, September 04, 2009

P&Z Clears Way for Creation of Paul Newman Nature Preserve

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight cleared the way for creation of a 38-acre nature preserve named after Paul Newman on town-owned land adjacent to the late actor’s Image
Paul Newman’s daughter, Melissa, addresses the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight as her mother, Joanne Woodward, and First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“I think my father would really approve of this,” Melissa Newman told members who voted 7-0 to approve a town request for a new open space/passive recreation zone that would allow creation of the preserve.

Joanne Woodward, standing next to her daughter at the podium, raised her hand in support of ensuring the land is never developed.

“One minute you turn around and there’s something gone that you live with all your life,” she said. “And so I am just putting a hand up…hopefully, hopefully we can keep it (the land) with us.”

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Paul Newman’s Family OKs Nature Preserve to Honor Him Image
Joanne Woodward Newman, widow of Paul Newman, raised her hand tonight at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to show support for rezoning a 38-acre town-owned parcel adjoining the late actor’s home as a nature preserve and naming it after him. Looking on are Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and her daughter, Melissa Newman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Dick Berg, TV Producer and Former Westporter, Dies at 87

Dick Berg, a longtime television and motion picture writer and producer who lived in Westport for a time where he ran an art gallery and an art supply store while writing scripts, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Berg was a pioneer of the made-for-television movie format that revolutionized network programming in the 1970s and helped launch a generation of young directors, including Sydney Pollack and Stuart Rosenberg.

In Westport in the 1950s between stints in Hollywood, he ran the Paint Bucket, a one-time art supply store, and Poor Richard’s Art Gallery. He also became good friends with fellow Westporter and TV writer Rod Serling of “Twilight Zone” fame.

He and Serling would play paddle tennis and gin rummy every Saturday morning, said Serling’s widow, Carol. “They told each other jokes and kidded each other a lot,” she said. “It was a very deep and mutual friendship that lasted for many, many years.”

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Noted Cookbook Author Sheila Lukins, Staples ’60, Dies at 66

Sheila Block Lukins, a former Westporter and 1960 Staples High School graduate whose “The Silver Palate” cookbook helped popularize gourmet cooking in America’s home kitchens, has died. She was Image
Sheila Block Lukins: co-author of “Silver Palate” cookbook. File photo

Lukins, who also operated a pioneering gourmet takeout shop, died Sunday at her home in New York City, announced Parade magazine, where she had been food editor.

Lukins was diagnosed with brain cancer three months ago.

“The Silver Palate” is one of the top 10 best-selling cookbooks of all time. She wrote it with her business partner, Julee Rosso, in 1979, two years after they opened one of the nation’s first gourmet takeout shops, in New York City.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Dancing the Night Away Image
Darien residents Matthew Millar and Penny Evans dance to the big band rhythms of the Fairfield Counts tonight in the 2009 season finale of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion.  Millar said they have been to the Levitt many times and love to dance here but were disappointed that repeated rain limited their visit this summer to four or five. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Levitt Season Finale Image
The 17-piece Fairfield Counts orchestra conducted by Dick Buriant performed its big band repertoire for a large crowd tonight on the final night of the Levitt Pavilion’s 2009 season. The audience was entertained with favorites such as “Little Brown Jug,” “South of the Border,” “You Made Me Love You,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and many others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Opening Night for “That Championship Season” at Playhouse Image
It was opening night tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse for “That Championship Season,” the one act Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play which runs through Sept. 12. Taking their bows are (l-r): Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach), Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Opening Night Crowd Image
There was a reception for the opening night audience tonight following the debut of the Westport Country Playhouse’s current production of “That Championship Season,” directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, August 28, 2009

“The Breath of Life” is Playhouse Final Play of 2009 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse announced today that its sixth and final play of the 2009 season will feature Jane Alexander and Stockard Channing in Sir David Hare’s “The Breath of Life,” running Sept. 29 through Oct. 17. Image
Jane Alexander and Stockard Channing will star. Contributed photos

Mark Lamos, named artistic director in February at the Playhouse, will direct.

“The Breath of Life” was first produced at the Theatre Royal in London in 2002 in a production directed by Howard Davies and starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

“I saw ‘The Breath of Life’ when it premiered in London and was seduced by its quietly profound and wonderfully intelligent depiction of two women who share an obsession that has deeply affected their lives,” said Lamos.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“That Championship Season” Begins Playhouse Previews Image
The cast takes a bow tonight following the debut preview performance of “That Championship Season,” the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play at the Westport Country Playhouse. Pictured (l-r) are Skipp Sudduth, Robert Clohessy, John Doman (who plays the role of coach),  Lou Liberatore and Tom Nelis. The play runs through Sept. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve Auction Items on Exhibit Image
The first floor of Westport’s Town Hall is the venue for an exhibit of art works and photographs by local artists that will be available for bidding or sale at a fundraiser Aug. 29 for the new Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve. Among the works is this one, “Late Summer at Mill Pond” by Caroline Gantz, which has a minimum bid of $200. The new park, to cost $100,000 and to be paid for with private funds, is on the former Allen’s Clam House property. For more information about the fundraiser, call (203)227-7413. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Jazz at the Levitt Image
Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet entertained a large crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion despite a classic hot, muggy August night. The sextet performed many oldies including Benny Goodman’s “Memories of You” and Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” in addition to selections made famous by Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and other musical greats of the 1930s and ‘40s. Pictured (l-r) are Lasprogato on drums, Jim Tutunjian of Stratford, bass; Gim Burton of Ridgefield, guitar; Bobby Day of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., piano; Paul Boehmke of Trumbull, clarinet, and Fred Mariano of Shelton, trumpet. When he is not performing, Lasprogato serves as a Westport selectman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday Night at the Levitt Image
There was an appreciative crowd on hand tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion to hear Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Playhouse Date Night: “Summer Valentine’s” Image
The Westport Country Playhouse was a sellout Friday night as it hosted “Summer Valentine’s,” the first in the Playhouse’s new Date Night Series. It featured champagne, wines, exquisite cuisine from the new Manolo Restaurant of Westport, romantic music, chocolates, spa giveaways, roses and a performance of the comedy, “How The Other Half Loves.” “Who said that you can only celebrate your relationship on February 14th,” said Jenn Bond, Playhouse community relations liaison. “This evening, exactly six months from the traditional Valentine’s Day, we help celebrate that special someone in your life since we never tell one another enough.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westport Arts Center Opens Non-Juried Group Show II Image
.A large crowd of art lovers gathered tonight at the Westport Arts Center to view the 81 pieces of art on display in the second half of the Non-Juried Group Show. Pictured is an appreciative visitor examining the first prize entry, a woodcut entitled “Silk Road” created by Deborah Weiss.  The interesting composition seems to depict the setting sun against a colorful although hazy horizon. The artist’s delicate use of color lends a mystic allure to the abstract landscape. Running concurrently with the group show in the main gallery is an exhibit of the distinctive and unusual work of Weston artist Nancy Reinker in the Back Gallery. Both exhibits will remain on view through Sunday, Sept. 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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