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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Library Seeks Trustees

The Westport Public Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees.

The appointments will be for a four-year term beginning on July 1. There are 20 members on the Library Board, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting and half of whom are appointed by the Library Board itself.

More information about the role of the Library Board is available on the Library’s Web site. There also is a link to the Library’s Strategic Plan, which guides the Library in decision-making and budgeting.

Two information sessions are scheduled for interested candidates. Sessions will take place on Thursday, April 8 at either noon or at 7 p.m.  It is strongly recommended that prospective candidates attend one of these sessions.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eric Burns: What Golden Age of Journalism? Image
Westporter Eric Burns, a former NBC News correspondent and host of a Fox News program on the media, told the Westport Rotary Club today that “journalists are the great unifiers.”  Despite his overall cynical view of journalism, he praised Revolutionary War-era journalists—the subject of a book he published in 2007—who reminded colonists of their civic responsibilities. In answer to a question as to when was the golden era of American journalism, Burns responded with “there never was a golden age of journalism.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rain Helps, Not Dampens Book Sale

By James Lomuscio

The weather was enough to make some people want to cozy up with a good book. Make that thousands of Image
Children’s books were popular items at the book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Despite torrential rains, booklovers came in droves for Westport Public Library’s Winter Book Sale today, a fundraising event sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Public Library.

“First of all, we didn’t have to compete with beach weather,” said Mimi Greenlee, chairman of the book sale. “We had 150 people waiting in line and under umbrellas before we opened. What else are you going to do on a rainy day?”

“If it were last weekend, no one would have come,” chimed in Dick Lowenstein, sale coordinator.

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Winter Book Sale Rush Image
Neither rain nor cold wind today deterred book dealers and just plain folks who were looking for those special bargains as the Westport Public Library’s winter book sale got under way. Dealers carrying bins and boxes rushed through the doors when the sale began at 9 a.m. It continues Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with books at half price, and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday with books free and a donation requested. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Bargain Records on Sale Image
New technologies may have evolved but LP records still drew some bargain hunters today at the Friends of the Westport Public Library winter sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermyer for

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reels in Motion: Seeking a Return of Movies to Westport

By James Lomuscio

When it came to movie houses, Westport had “an embarrassment of riches” into the late 1990s, says Jonathan Steinberg. Image
Film buffs meet at the Westport Historical Society on Tuesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

With five theaters throughout town, the community was both a cultural and commercial draw for those who flocked to first-run films and dinner afterwards.

But with the rise of multiplexes in Fairfield and Norwalk, the last Westport picture show came to the end of its reel by 2000, leaving a hole in town, to hear Steinberg, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), tell it.

On Tuesday night, Steinberg assembled more than two dozen community members at the Westport Historical Society to launch a film society aimed at bringing movies back to town.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Reading Dr. Seuss to Coleytown El Students Image
Members of Westport’s Staples Players traveled to Coleytown Elementary School to perform readers theater as part of the “Read Across America” effort. Their work honored Dr. Seuss’ 106th birthday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Westport Sketchbook: Spring Fever Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took a stroll along Hillspoint Road between Old Mill Beach and Compo Beach and saw some signs of spring. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for

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Concentration Image
Concentration was the order of the day for this young artist today participating in the Westport Arts Center’s WACky Family Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Young Artist at WACky Family Day Image
This youngster was one of the more than 300 children, parents, and grandparents who filled the Westport Arts Center today for its final WACky Family Day of the season. Local artists facilitated art activities in which families worked collaboratively on art that will be presented as part of an exhibit at the Arts Center through March 21. An opening reception for the exhibit, “Found, Making Art from the Material World,” will be held Sunday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Artists in the Making Image
Parents and children worked together today to make art for the Westport Arts Center new exhibit “Found, Making Art from the Material World,” set to open nesxt Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday Family Fun

Today’s WACky Family Day at the Westport Arts Center was a sell out as children made art from found material. video

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Friday, March 05, 2010

In the World of Woog: Newspapers Will be Obsolete

By Larry Untermeyer

Well known Westport journalist Dan Woog today kicked off a series of three lectures about journalism at the Westport Center for Senior Image
Dan Woog shows off a copy of his history of Staples High School at today’s talk at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Woog, whose writing career began when he was a student at Staples High School and continued when he attended Brown University, predicted that in the very near future newspapers will be all but obsolete, replaced by news via the Internet.

Keeping up with these changes, in addition to his weekly column that appears in The Westport News, Woog has become an avid blogger and today marked the one-year anniversary of his popular 06880 blog.

Following his talk, the audience participated in a lively question and answer exchange with Woog, who is the author of 16 books and an award-winning columnist.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and Sports Illustrated, among others. 

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The Way We Were Image
A scene from Westport film maker Lisa Seidenberg’s film on the 1939 World’s Fair shown tonight at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer or

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Playing With Their Food Image
At Wednesday’s lunchtime theater Play With Your Food performance at Westport’s Toquet Hall, Jeannette Linsey and Bob and JoEllen Mack examined the buffet menu that was catered by Nicholas Roberts of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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