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Monday, October 20, 2014

Arts and Leisure

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Preservation Award Winner: 56 Sylvan Road North

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The house at 56 Sylvan Road North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to Jennifer and A. Morris Tooker, owners of the Clark Nash House circa 1790 house, is in recognition of “the meticulous care of this property, purchased by the owners in 2008, coupled with its sympathetic addition to the rear of the property for use as a mudroom and breakfast room.” It noted after a succession of owners, H. Daniel Webster, sculptor of Westport’s Minute Man statue, purchased the house in 1906. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Preservation Award Winner: 111 Kings Highway North

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The house at 111 Kings Highway North is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the award to John Koren and Patti McGovern, owners of the circa 1911 house, is in recognition of the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house, which “was restored without departing from the original design and appearance of the house. New exterior items include a new roof, masonry foundation repairs, shoring up the front porch and removing mid-century alterations, and extensive new landscaping, once again a contributing element of the Kings Highway North Historic District.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Preservation Award Winner: 6 Blind Brook Road North

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The house at 6 Blind Brook Road North, designed and built by famed local architect Frazier Forman Peters in 1932, is among the seven recipients of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The HDC said the Barlow Cutler-Wotton Award for Architecture is being presented to Frank Donaldson, owner of the house, in recognition of “the outstanding effort made in preserving and enhancing the essence of this distinguished house through the architectural design and execution of the renovation and expansion.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Talking Climate Change at Arts Center

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Westporter Peter Boyd attracted a standing room only audience to the Westport Arts Center Happy Hour TED Talk tonight where he talked about solving climate change and other related issues. Boyd was integral to the 2009 launch of entrepreneur Richard Branson’s “Carbon War Room.” The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is a self-described “philanthropic initiative” fighting climate change with help from entrepreneurs based on the idea that cutting greenhouse gas emissions can drive long- and short-term profits and is good for the U.S. economy. Host was Helen Klisser During, the Center’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Explaining ‘Everyday Landscapes’

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Photographer Susan Fisher Plotner addresses guests at a Westport Library reception tonight marking the opening of an exhibit of her photographs, “Everyday Landscapes.” Plotner, who grew up in Westport, is the daughter of artist-author Leonard Everett Fisher and Marge Fisher. The exhibit runs through Jan. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award Winner: 3 Gorham Ave.

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The house at 3 Gorham Ave. is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. The HDC said the Helen Muller Preservation Award for an outstanding property in a local historic district is being given to its owners, Grayson Braun and Jamie Walsh, in recognition of the preservation of the 1930-built house. It said, “In their effort to preserve and upgrade their home, they have devoted sensitivity and dedication to honoring the original character of the house.” Braun is a member of the HDC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Westport Soprano Performs Rodgers & Hart

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Westport soprano Lucia Palmieri performs “Jupiter Forbid” in the Connecticut Playmakers production of the best of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway songs in a fully-staged song and dance musical “Rodgers & Hart A Celebration” at the auditorium at First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich through Oct. 26. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Said Palmieri: “Though I have sung Italian opera to crowds of 40,000 people in Central Park, I enjoy the intimate way we connect with the audience in Old Greenwich with the sparking American songs of Rodgers and Hart.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by David Rauch

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Preservation Award Winner: 97 Hillspoint Road

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The house at 97 Hillspoint Road is among the seven winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2014Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 . The HDC said the award to Lynne and Stephen Goldstein, owners of the circa 1860 house, is in recognition of “the outstanding addition to the original Italianate-style structure. Their respect for the architectural integrity, scale and massing of the core structure is evident in the appropriate rear addition.” It noted that “owners are continuing the important role of stewards of this historic property, which had been moved from across the street in 1960 to accommodate Hillspoint School.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Local Realtor ‘Unzips’ Westport

The New York City-based videography company Show Doctor has been shooting a documentary about Westport this week, according to Westporter Tracy Chevrier, a principal of the company.

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The new series was shooting at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today with (l-r) cameraman John Houghton of New York and Westporters Mar Jennings and Tracy Chevrier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chevrier said the production, entitled “Unzipped Westport” and hosted by another Westporter, Mar Jennings, is being created for Higgins Group Real Estate located on Westport’s Post Road East.

She said the four one-minute productions of Unzipped will highlight Westport restaurants, its schools, shopping and other aspects of the community.

She said the intention of the documentary is to provide both Westport residents and out-of-towners a chance to a chance to view episodes of Westport.

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Preservation Award Winner: 59 Roseville Road

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The house at 59 Roseville Road is among the Westport Historic District Commission 2014 Preservation Award winners to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. “The award is being given to its owners, Jennifer and Eric Sydor, in recognition of the preservation and maintenance of a representative example of the popular, gable-ended picturesque vernacular dwelling that dominated in the 1880-90s,” the HDC said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:20 AM
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Restaurant ‘Week’ in Second Week

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Westport’s Da Pietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., offered its usual fine cuisine to diners tonight at the start of the second week of the annual Restaurant Week celebration sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. Chef Pietro Scotti reviews the menu and its restaurant week specials with Weston residents John Lang and Suzanne Novik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Spanish Afternoon at Library

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The Westport Library Music Committee in coordination with the Westport Library today presented a flamenco program of guitar music played by Paul Jared Newman, flamenco songs sung by Jose Moreno, and flamenco dancing by dancer-choreographer Deirdre Towers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Mansion Clam House Closes

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The Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., is closed. Multiple phone calls to the restaurant are answered with a recording that the mailbox is full and cannot take messages. The sign over the front door is gone and the shades are drawn. The ownership of the iconic restaurant in Westport’s Saugatuck section attracted notoriety in 2012 when a now former owner, Soozie Folsom, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from three charitable foundations when working as a financial manager of a Westport-based accounting firm. (See WestportNow Aug. 1. 2013) According to the restaurant website, which makes no mention of it being closed, the restaurant has been there since 1958 on the site of a former “fried clam shack.” The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 08:21 AM
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

‘Intimate Apparel’ Opens at Playhouse

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight staged the opening night performance of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nattage’s “Intimate Apparel” to an enthusiastically appreciative audience. The play, a love story that confronts race and religion, was directed by Mary B. Robinson and runs through Nov. 1. The play’s main character was portrayed by Nikki E. Walker (4th l). Taking bows with her were (l-r)  Leighton Bryan, heather Alicia Simms, Tommy Schrider, Isaiah Johnson, and Aleta Mitchell.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Opening Night


Scenes from tonight’s opening night of “Intimate Apparel” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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