Monday, January 23, 2017
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
Noon - Westport Library - WestportSPEAKS
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Website Redevelopment Steering Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach today was quiet before Monday’s forecasted rain and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning, coastal flood watch and advisory for the Westport area. It said up to 4 inches of rain and gusts to 70 mph are possible, especially along the coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Joker, a 3-month-old puppy from the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society, today gives kisses to one of the guests at the Westport Country Playhouse Story Explorers presentation of the new musical “Biscuit.” Part of the Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series, the ArtsPower play about a puppy is based on the book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli with over 17 million copies in print. The Playhouse is partnering with the Westport Library and Westport Young Woman’s League to promote childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending the Playhouse’s Family Festivities shows. On Jan. 14, there was a reading of “Biscuit” at the library. (See WestportNow Jan.14, 2017) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Bill Buckley, the longtime Westport, award-winning documentarian who created campaign films for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson plus a television series with Harry Truman, worked up until his death Friday at 88.
“The day he died he got a request for a film,” his wife Judith Hamer said tonight at Meadow Ridge Senior Living Community in Redding, where they have lived since 2008.
Buckley said Meadow Ridge was close enough to Westport, a town where he wanted to be but said had little senior housing.
His film company B&B Productions, which closed upon his death, was his bread and butter. It produced legal, medical films for litigating plaintiffs to show damages they incurred.
Scenes from the life of award-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Buckley, a longtime Westport resident. He died Jan. 20 at age 88. He most recently lived at Meadow Ridge in Redding with wife Tracy Hamer, also a longtime Westporter. Many of his documentaries involved the civil and human rights movements. He worked closely with the late Westport author and illustrator Tracy Sugarman (his death coming four years to the day after Sugarman’s.) He helped to create campaign films for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and worked with Harry Truman on the award-winning television series, “Years of Decision.” Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer and Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Talking to Children about Race
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Biscuit”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans held two Chinese New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster, 4715 (which actuall y begins Jan. 28) at the Westport Woman’s Club today. According to Westport resident Steven Chin, president of the Fairfield County Chapter, the event “is an outreach to the community and demonstrates community spirit.” About 250 persons attended the second session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport residents Steven Chin (l), president of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, chats with with well known pianist Frederic Chiu tonight at the Westport Woman’s Club celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster. Chiu performed Gao Ping’s “Nostalgia” and “Katyusha.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Thousands of marchers from Connecticut today joined a massive protest the day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, saying they have to protect the environment, health care, women’s rights and a wide range of issues they say are under attack in the new administration.
“It’s important to show that women aren’t going back in time,” said Jessica Cross of Stafford.
A Navy veteran who wore an American flag like a cape to show that the marchers were “true patriots, Cross was unable to participate in protests in the past. She called the Women’s March “amazing,” especially for its “positive energy.”
As Trump attended a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral on his first full day as president, a sea of pink-hatted protesters from across the country descended on the nation’s capital, arriving in buses, caravans and packing public transportation to gather near the National Mall.
Connecticut residents who traveled to Washington for the women’s march were welcomed today by the state’s House delegation for a bit of rest on Capitol Hill. The lawmakers were able to snag the cavernous House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzzanne Stark for WestportNow.com
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