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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Symposium Follows World Premiere of “Thurgood” Image
“Thurgood: The Law and the Man,” a Sunday Symposium, was presented today by the Westport Country Playhouse following the world premiere of James Earl Jones in “Thurgood,” based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Symposium guest speaker was Stephen L. Carter, Yale University professor of law, who previously served as a law clerk for Marshall.  He said the quality that impressed him the most about Marshall was his ability to relate to people on a human level no matter what disagreements he might have with their views or politics. Symposium moderator was Hyla Crane, Playhouse education director. “Thurgood” continues through May 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/30/06 09:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Full House for “Thurgood” Premiere at Playhouse Image
The Westport Country Playhouse parking lot was full today for the world permiere of James Earl Jones starring in “Thurgood,” based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Jones won a standing ovation from the afternoon audience. “Thurgood” continues through May 21. For information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Walk in the Park Image
Former Westport tree warden Don Snook explains the trees in Winslow Park today during the Westport Historical Society’s tree walk in the park.  About 20 persons took part in the event, one in the Society’s “Destination Westport” series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 09:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Checking the Chains Image
A volunteer checks the chains today at the new playground under construction at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for


04/30/06 06:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting a Helping Hand Image
A construction volunteer gets a helping hand from another volunteer standing behind him while working on the playground project at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Crews will be working through 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/30/06 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playground Volunteers Continue Work Image
Volunteers swarmed through the new playground construction site today at Westport’s Compo Beach. They will be working until 9 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to stop at the site any time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/30/06 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Walking for March of Dimes at Sherwood Island Image
About 1,000 persons took part in today’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Last year’s event raised $1.1 million and organizers hoped to top that this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/06 04:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Having Fun at Sherwood Island Image
Grace Shattuck, 4, of Fairfield, was among those taking part in today’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Grace’s mother, Laura, was on the organizing committee for the walk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 04:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making His First 5K Race Image
Laurie Wright and son James Rubin, 10, finish today’s 5K Minute Man race at Westport’s Compo Beach. James is a fourth grader at Green’s Farms Elementary and this was his first 5K race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Strong at 87 Image
George Whitney, 87, of Orange, Conn.,  started running at age 80. He finished today’s 5K Minute Man race at Westport’s Compo Beach in 36:51. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 04:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridgeport Runner Wins 5K Minute Man Race Image
Francisco Garcia of Bridgeport was the winner of today’s Minute Man race at Westport’s Compo Beach, finishing in 16:55. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/30/06 04:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Good Day for a Race Image
More than 800 runners took part in today’s Minute Man race at Westport’s Compo Beach. These runners were entrants in the 5K run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/06 01:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Starting the Race Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff fires the starting gun for today’s 5K Minute Man race at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jessica Bram for


04/30/06 01:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 30, 2006

8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Minute Man Race
11 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - March of Dimes WalkAmerica
2 p.m. - Winslow Park - Tree walk (meet at Westport Historical Society at 1 p.m. for fitness walk to park)
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thurgood”
4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Democratic Women of Westport and Westport Democratic Town Committee host forum for 4th Congressional District candidate Diane Farrell


04/30/06 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Dogs and Dogs Image
Dogs to eat and dogs that eat mingled at the Westport Historical Society today for its “Cool Dogs and Hot Dogs” event. Visitors to its “Dogs at Winslow” got a hot dog bonus on the Society lawn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/06 09:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playground Dedication Delayed Image
Despite more than 600 volunteers working today, organizers of the Westport Compo Beach playground build said they will not be finished in time to hold the planned dedication Sunday afternoon. They said they will reschedule the event for next weekend. View is through a playground ring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/29/06 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playground Build in Homestretch Image
Today was the fifth and busiest day yet of construction of the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. Organizers are hoping to be complete by Sunday’s scheduled afternoon dedication. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/29/06 05:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Island State Park Seeks Lifeguards

State officials are seeking to fill lifeguard slots at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and other beaches in order to avoid last summer’s shortages.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been contacting high schools and colleges in hopes of reaching potential applicants for the approximately 80 spots around the state, including 12 at Sherwood Island.

The popular beach was left shorthanded just before the busy Fourth of July weekend when three of its lifeguards quit. (See WestportNow July 4, 2005).

Gina McCarthy, DEP commissioner, has told Westport officials that a new manager has been hired for Sherwood Island and that wages have been raised in order to improve lifeguard coverage this year.


04/29/06 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Blumenthal Explains Opposition to LNG Facility Image
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (r) addressed the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club Friday night and explained his opposition to the proposed Broadwater liquid natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound. With him is Steve Knapp, commodore of the Westport club. Type your caption here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for


04/29/06 04:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Cool Dogs and Hot Dogs” at Historical Society Image
The Westport Historical Society today hosts its “Cool Dogs and Hot Dogs” event from noon to 2 p.m. All guests to the current “Dogs at Winslow” exhibit will get free hot dogs and there is 20 percent off all dog items in the Society’s gift shop at 25 Avery Place. Andrea Fine (l) and Mollie Donovan make preparatons for the day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/06 10:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 29, 2006

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane - Earth Day celebration
Noon - 2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place -  “Cool Dogs and Hot Dogs” event with free hot dogs to guests attending the “Dogs at Winslow” exhibit
8 p.m. - Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane - Westport Arts Center presents folk singer John Gorka with special guest David Francey


04/29/06 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Edges Newtown 6-5 in Homecoming Game Image
Staples edged Newtown 6-5 in a come-from-behind victory tonight in its 2006 varsity baseball homecoming game at Bridgeport’s Bluefish Stadium at Harbor Yard. The win, which saw Staples overcome a 4-0 deficit, improved the Westport team to 6-4 on the season. It was Newtown’s first loss this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/06 01:53 AM Comments () • Permalink

Key Player Image
Staples senior and co-captain Wyatt Moss was among key players in tonight’s 6-5 win over Newtown at Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard. The Wrecker homecoming game under the lights drew a big crowd from Westport. Ryan Healy pitched a complete game for the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/06 01:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

All About Color Image
Tonight’s “Art Smart Museum Night” at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School attracted students and their families. This second grade mural “Circles in the Square—All About Color” included individual paintings which were inspired by Sonia Delaunay. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/06 01:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Making the Mummy Scene Image
Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School tonight hosted its “Art Smart Museum Night.” A young visitor surveys a fifth grade exhibit of “Egyptian Sarcophagi - Ancient Egyptian Mummy Cases.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/06 01:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, April 28, 2006

Lending a Hand Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff was among volunteers lending a hand today at Compo Beach on the fourth day of construction of the new playground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/28/06 09:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Day Four of the Playground Build Image
Today was the fourth day of the Compo Beach Playground construction in Westport. Crews will continue to work today, Saturday and Sunday before a dedication ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday. New volunteers are welcome. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/28/06 07:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Raising the Roof Image
Volunteers work on constructing the roof at the new Compo Beach Playground in Westport today. The construction of the new playground goes through Sunday, and walk-in volunteers are welcome at the beach to help. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for


04/28/06 06:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spring Cleaning at the Cemetery Image
Westport Garden Club members spent a portion of today cleaning up Compo Colonial Cemetery. The group helps care for various parks and gardens in Westport with clean-up, trimming and planting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/28/06 05:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Earth Festival Image
Beekeeper Leslie Huston sprays water on a frame of honeybees and their queen today as she transfers them to their new observation hive at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport.  The Backyard Beekeepers Association is one of the many environmental community groups that will be exhibiting information at the Earthplace’s Earth Festival Saturday. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a live bear cub and endangered animals, free-flying hawks and owls, music performances, a giant puppet parade and exhibits from local environmental community groups. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


04/28/06 03:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

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