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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Going Nuts Waiting for Spring Weather

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A squirrel waits for spring weather Friday on Westport’s Kings Highway North. But he may have to wait a bit longer. Today’s forecast for Westport calls for a chance of snow showers before 3 p.m., then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North winds 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  March 28, 2015


9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary -  WWCN 10th Annual Touch-a-Truck
11:30 a.m. - 153 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee & RTM Site Visit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Wetport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “The Addams Family”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Frank Bruni, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”
7 p.m. - Birchwood Country Club - Dream Event 2015 Westport A Better Chance fundraiser
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Honored at Birdhouse Auction

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More than 350 persons attended Project Return’s 20th annual birdhouse auction at the Rolling Hills Country Club, Wilton tonight. Westporter Totney Benson was honored for her dedication to Project Return and her creation 20 years ago of the birdhouse auction concept. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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‘Time to Fly’

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Bobbie Herman of Fairfield shows off her “Time to Fly” artwork contribution to tonight’s 20th annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Electronic Bidding Comes to Birdhouse Auction

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This was the first year the annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction was set up for electronic bidding according to Mary Vickery, Project Return volunteer. Guests gathered around a table and prepared their electronic bids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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For the Birds


Scenes from tonight’s 20th annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction in Wilton. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Self Portrait

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Audrey Seo, a junior at Westport’s Staples High School, poses tonight in front of a self-portrait on display at the Westport Arts Center in its Project Space. She was selected as the winner of the first Tracy Sugarman Award to a promising young local artist. The award is sponsored by Westporter Alan H. Nevas, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, and Janet Nevas in honor of the Westport artist who died in January 2013 at age 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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A Thank You From Leonard Everett Fisher

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, 90, thanks friends and supporters for attending the opening reception tonight of the Westport’s Arts Center’s “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” exhibit. The collection of 38 works reflects Fisher’s ability to blur the lines between design, illustration and art, and reveals the long-lasting impact that he has made in his lifetime, according to Helen Klisser During (l), WAC’s artistic director who curated the exhibit. “I don’t even remember painting some of them,” Fisher quipped. The show runs through April 25.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Arts Center Honors Leonard Everett Fisher and Students


Scenes from tonight’s Westport Arts Center opening reception for “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” and an exhibit of student artists’ works submitted for the first Tracy Sugarman Award to honor the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in 2013 at age 91. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com and contributed photos

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In Fashion

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Tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn. Among senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players showing off the latest fashions from Westport’s South Moon Under were Sarah Ellman and Jack Marsilio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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PAL Cheerleaders Entertain

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The PAL cheerleaders entertained at tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Making the Scene

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Among those watching tonight’s Staples Varsity Vogue fashion show at the Westport Inn were (l-r) Tabitha Paul, 10, Emma Paul, 13, Anna Kercher, 7,  and Alisyn Kercher, 12, all of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Staples Fashionistas

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Lindsey Giannitti and Will Newman were fashionistas at tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Varsity Vogue in Vogue


Scenes from tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. WestportNow.com photos

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Two-Car Crash on Newtown Turnpike

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A two-car crash tonight on Westport’s Newtown Turnpike near Flint Rock Ridge closed the roadway for about an hour.  It was not known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preserving Sherwood Island Park Through Photos

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Westport photographer Larry Silver and volunteers today completed installation in the Westport Library’s Great Hall of “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015,” featuring some of Silver’s 40 years of photographs of the state park in Westport. Last year marked the centennial of the state’s purchase of four acres of land that eventually would become the 234-acre park. The exhibit of black and white and color photos runs through June 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Breaking Bread to Mark Balducci’s Reopening

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market staff today perform a ceremonial bread slicing led by store manager John DePace (c) to mark the reopening of the store at 1385 Post Road East following an extensive renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Ready to Go

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The chef prepared food section at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, 1385 Post Road East, has been greatly expanded as part of its extensive renovations. A formal reopening ceremony took place today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Market Chat

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen chat with Judy Spires, CEO of Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, today at the grand reopening of the Westport store at 1385 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cheese Lover’s Delight

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A greatly expanded cheese section is part of extensive renovations at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, 1385 Post Road East, which had its grand reopening today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s Birdhouse Auction

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Volunteers worked today to get everything ready for tonight’s Project Return 20th annual Birdhouse Auction at 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club, 333 Hurlbutt St., Wilton. They are (l-r)  Ginger Donaher and Ali Walker, co-chairwomen of the auction with Totney Benson, the event honoree and originator of the auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers March 9 - 13, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 9 - 13, 2015:

Schacter-Landsdowne Inc. to Franklin and Rhoda Schacter, 301 Lansdowne, $200,622WNproperty.jpg

Estelle M. Reitano to Beacon Homes CT LLC, 4 Vani Court $340,000

8 Jennings LLC to SRA Westport LLC, 8 Jennings Court, $1,100,000

124 Hillandale LLC to Jeremy L. and Susan F. Ford, 124 Hillandale Road, $3,700,000

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Staples Junior Wins Arts Center Competition

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Staples High School junior Audrey Seo has been selected as the winner of the first Tracy Sugarman Award to a promising young local artist at the Westport Arts Center. Her work and others submitted are on display in the Center’s Project Space. Jurors were Helen Klisser During, the Center’s artistic director, and Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, whose works are featured in a new exhibit in the main exhibit hall. Both exhibits open tonight with a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. reception. The Tracy Sugarman Award is sponsored by Westporter Alan H. Nevas, retired senior U.S. District Court judge, and Janet Nevas in honor of the Westport artist who died in January 2013 at age 91. Other high school artists honored include Katie Craymer, Angela Yu, Josephine Freeman, Emma Fasciolo, Olivia Porretta, Keanan Pucci, Devin Pucci, Lizzy Feeley, Jennifer Martin, Eliana Avonson, Grace Foley, Alexandra McMahon and Sophia Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Marina White

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Talking Transportation: Rethinking First Class

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Any regular reader of this column knows that I hate flying. I love travel, but getting there by air is a pain—and getting worse. 
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Our local airports are vying for third-world status. The security searches by the TSA make a colonoscopy look like fun. And once on the plane, the airlines’ seats and service make The Fung Wah Bus seem like a viable alternative.

Why is it that airlines are all vying for the cheapest products instead of the best?  Why this race to the bottom where low-cost-carriers like Spirit and Southwest are the models instead of overseas service exemplars like Singapore and Emirates?

I, for one, am willing to pay more to get more. I may not opt for first class, but I will only fly in business class on flights to California. It’s worth it.

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Friday,  March 27, 2015


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library Great Hall - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015” by Westport photographer Larry Silver
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Leonard Everett Fisher Retrospective Opening
7 p.m. - Rolling Hills Country Club (333 Hurlbutt St., Wilton) - Project Return’s Birdhouse Auction Gala
7 p.m. - Westport Inn - 18th Annual Staples Cheerleading Varsity Vogue
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “The Addams Family”
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles”
7:45 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company Stage One - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield - Westporter Greg Naughton performs with his band The Sweet Remains

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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