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Friday, February 24, 2017

Marina Sunset

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Thursday’s sunset as seen over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 24, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone can use ... Pinterest
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Doubt: A Parable”

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food for Thought With Author Jane Green

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Westport best selling author Jane Green was at the Westport Library tonight sharing stories about how she wrote her first cookbook. “Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends.” “Food and cooking have always been a part of our lives,” she said. “I’m fearless. Mostly my efforts were very good. Sometimes they were very bad.” She said to improve her skills, she graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York and then started to put some recipes in her books. Green showed off an illustration of a pumpkin gingerbread truffle that was her mother-in-law’s recipe. “It was fantastic,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Spicer: Malloy’s Immigration Policy Ignores the Law

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington — White House press secretary Sean Spicer today took aim at Gov. Dannel Malloy, saying the Connecticut chief executive “chooses not to follow the duly passed laws of this nation” in telling the state’s police forces they don’t have to cooperate with the Trump administration’s new push to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responding to a Skype question from Neil Vigdor of Hearst Media. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CTMirror.org photo

“The idea that Governor Malloy would not want the law followed as enacted by Congress or by the Connecticut legislature in any fashion seems to be concerning, right?” Spicer said. “Whether you’re a governor or mayor or the president, laws are passed in this country and we expect people and our lawmakers and our law enforcement agencies to follow and adhere to the laws as passed by the appropriate level of government.”

The press secretary’s remarks, made in response to a “Skype question” from a Connecticut journalist, were a reaction to Malloy’s release Wednesday of a memo to state police departments that said, “Law enforcement should not take action that is solely to enforce federal immigration law.”

“Law enforcement is not required to collect information regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status and there is no state or federal mandate to do so,” the governor said.

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River Reflections

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Reflections in the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Hosts Forum on National Vote

The Westport Country Playhouse will host a forum on a new way to elect the president on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Sponsors of the event, “The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President,” include the League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut.

Panelists include: Mark Albertson, historian; Hendrik Hertzberg, essayist; Luther Weeks, CT Voters Count, with the moderator,Victoria Bassetti, of the Brennan Center for Justice.

The event will include an opportunity for questions from the public, an announcement said.

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River Scene

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A scene along the Saugatuck River late Wednesday in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - February Vacation Film: “The Wild Life”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Westport Artist Creates History for Orchestras

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (c) was recently commissioned to create a display of historic memorabilia along with 10 lenticular images from archival photos of the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. The exhibit opened tonight at the Austrian Cultural Forum at 11 East 52 St., New York. At the end of March, the exhibit will go to Vienna to be displayed at its Philharmonic Hall. Burroughs is pictured with Barbara Haws (l), chief New York Philharmonic Orchestra archivist, and Assistant Archivist Gabryel Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo<

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Tales from Inside the President’s Kitchen Cabinet

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The Westport Historical Society and TEAM Westport tonight hosted author Adrian Miller to speak about his new book “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas.” The event on George Washington’s Birthday was a high point in both organizations Black History Month programming. MIller, who was a special aide to President Clinton, entertained the audience with little known insider details about presidential meals and the people who cooked them. Known as the Soul Food Scholar, Miller describes himself as a recovering lawyer and politico. He won a James Beard Award for his 2013 book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings & Goings: Design Within Reach Opens

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After months of work, furniture retailer Design Within Reach opened its doors today at Westport’s 154 Post Road East. Area Manager Kristine Langevin (l) conferred in one area of the 9,000-square foot space on two floors with Rob Goughary, Westport proprietor. An opening party is planned for Thursday, April 13. The space, occupied since the 1930s by the U.S. Post Office, most recently housed the Post 154 Restaurant, which opened in August 2013 and closed in January 2016. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Gallery: Design Within Reach Opens


Scenes from the new Design Within Reach store, which opened today at 154 Post Road East in the former longtime home of the U.S. Post Office. One of the store officials said as recently as Saturday someone entered the store with arms full of mail, asking what happened to the post office. The store includes a large patio area, which will open in the warm weather to display patio furniture. Design Within Reach, which formerly had a store on Elm Street, replaced the Post 154 Restaurant, which closed in January 2016. WestportNow.com photos

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Granger’s 89th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Every film year acts as a mirror and reflects the tenor of the times. When the Oscars began in 1929 to celebrate the motion picture industry, the winner was William Wellman’s anti-war “Wings.”

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The subsequent Depression years celebrated character studies like “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca.” After the turmoil of Kennedy’s assassination, the Academy chose lighthearted fare like “Tom Jones,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver!” And in 2000, the last time a Republican won the White House, after losing the popular vote, “Gladiator” won the Oscar.

Socio-politics inevitably influence the choices of the almost-7,000 Academy voters and, this year, the Academy inducted 683 new members. How they’ll vote is an unknown factor.

Back when studios had people under contract, they voted in “blocs” for the films of their home studio. As Joan Crawford once said, “You’d have to be an idiot to vote against the studio that holds your contract and produces your pictures.” But the studio system no longer exists.

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Anonymous Option Offered on White Privilege Essay

Because of harassment messages received about its white diversity high school essay contest, TEAM Westport today announced that applicants would be allowed to remain anonymous to the public if they desire.

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TEAM Westport Chair Harold Bailey appeared on CNN on Feb. 11 to discuss the white privilege high school essay contest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from CNN

The contest, sponsored with the Westport Library, received national and international attention after The Associated Press wrote about it last month. (See WestportNow Jan. 31, 2017)

An announcement said the widespread coverage “has provoked verbal and written harassment of some committee members and Town of Westport employees and personnel. 

“The majority of this type of correspondence appears to have originated from out of town and, generally, from out of state,” the committee said.

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Working on the Railroad

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Metro-North workers were on the tracks today at the Westport station repairing a rusty catenary and replacing wiring, according to one of the workers. He said it will require the rest of week to complete. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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