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National Honor for Laddie Lawrence Image
Laddie Lawrence: another honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the induction of longtime Staples High School coach Laddie Lawrence into its National Hall of Fame.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place June 19 at the group’s national convention in Rochester, Minn.

The 2015 class includes 30 coaches from 16 states. His state’s high school coaches’ association selected Lawrence, an announcement said.

Lawrence was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from teaching at Staples in 2013 after almost half a century but continues his running and track and field coaching duties.

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Nominees for WeGreenWestport Awards Sought

Westport’s Green Task Force is seeking nominations for the 2015 WeGreenWestport Awards.

Green Task Force Chairperson David Mann said Westport continues to make great strides towards a sustainable future.

“Each year, the WeGreenWestport Awards Program recognizes the contribution of Westporters – individuals, businesses and non-profits - whose work has made a substantial difference in bettering our community through a commitment to protecting and improving the environment,” he said.

Nominations from the public are crucial to this program, Mann said, and will be accepted through Friday, April 17. Nomination forms may be obtained online here or from the Selectman’s office, Town Hall Room 310, 110 Myrtle Ave.

More "Nominees for WeGreenWestport Awards Sought"

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No Animals at Beaches Effective April 1

Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy has reminded citizens that as of April 1 the “no animals at the beaches” regulation will be in effect. It includes Compo, Burying Hill and Old Mill Beaches.

“Animals will not be permitted on any beach property, which includes all grass, sand, and the parking areas, except Soundview parking lot at Compo Beach, as well as the roads within the beach area,” said McCarthy.

“This regulation will be in effect until Oct. 1.”

Parking emblems will be required on all vehicles entering town beaches beginning Tuesday, May 1.

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Sunday,  March 29, 2015

11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - 11th Annual TeamBrent St. Baldrick’s Celebration
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities: “Curious George”
3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “An Expert in Murder,” Nicola Upson
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Community Forum on the Future of the Library

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Staples Orphenians Burst Into Song in San Francisco

The Staples Orphenians are in San Francisco for the National Youth Choral Festival and traveled to the Twin Peaks overlooking the city and burst into “Dominus Vobiscum” by Sydney Guillaume, a young Haitian-American composer of contemporary classical music and film music. The Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer chose the Orphenians to be part of the festival based on a performance a year ago. The Orphenians, who also serenaded their Jet Blue crew on arrival (see video here) are the only East Coast group to be invited. More than 200 student singers in 10 high school choirs from across the country are participating. The four-day choral immersion will place the visiting choirs in close, intensive interaction with the members of Chanticleer, who will coach them in all areas critical to the choral art. The final event of the trip is a concert on Monday at Davies Symphony Hall conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, in which the Orphenians will perform. Martin Gitlin/

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NY Times Columnist Takes on College Admission Mania Image
There was a standing room only crowd at the Westport Library today for a talk by bestselling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. He challenges the importance many place on attending elite colleges in his new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.”  Bruni, who noted the crowd contained more parents and grandparents than college-bound youngsters, said that students today are working to get into the best schools and not focusing on what they are hoping to achieve in their education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Today’s Westport Library talk by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Jr. drew a standing room only crowd. His latest book examines many parents’ and students’ obsession with elite colleges and explodes the myth that getting into a highly selective school is key to success later in life. Bruni graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He graduated second in his class with a M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Prior to becoming an op-ed columnist in 2011, he was the chief restaurant critic of the Times from 2004 to 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Run Like a Mother Takes a Pause Image
The Run Like a Mother group was at Compo Beach today for a photo shoot by Irene Penny from Silver Penny Photography.  She is having a photo exhibit at Athleta on Westport’s Main Street in May. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Al’s Angels Prepare Easter Baskets Image
Amanda Day of Stamford was one of the Al’s Angels volunteers preparing an Easter basket today at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk. More than 200 volunteers for the Westport-based charity assembled more than 2,000 Easter and Passover baskets for distribution to the homes of children with cancer, rare blood diseases or whose families suffer from financial hardships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Getting to Know You Image
Kung Fu Panda makes friends with Cooper Chalker, 4, a Westport pre-school student, at today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Fun at Touch-A-Truck Event Image
Despite snow showers and temperatures around freezing, today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School sponsored by the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School drew a large crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Getting a Tour Image
Jack Bowers, 4, and sister, Charlotte, 2, of Westport get a tour of the Red Cross disaster mobile unit at today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School sponsored by the Westport Cooperative Nursery School. Michael Burke of Fairfield, a Red Cross disaster leader, gave the tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Learning About an Ambulance Image
Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Explorers Deanna Hartog of Westport and Ben Muller of Weston today explain the workings of an ambulance to young guests at the Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for

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Up Close Look Image
Blake Hofmeister, 3, of Westport gets some help from mom, Lisa, in getting a close up look today at a Westport police car at the Touch-A-Truck event at Coleytown Elementary School. Dad, Casey, looks on.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Saturday Fun

Scenes from today’s Touch-A-Truck event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. Jaime Bairaktaris for and photos

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