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Westports First Night Set for New YearҒs Eve

If this year is anything like the past, there will be a last-minute surge in button sales for the 10th annual First Night Westport/Weston New Years celebration.

The fun gets underway Wednesday at 3 p.m. and runs to midnight with music, entertainment, dancing and more. This year Weston hosts performers as well.

Organizers say they have sold about 1,000 buttons in advance and need about 4,000 to make the event a financial success. Last-minute sales are the norm, according to Denise Torv, executive director.

Former Staples Special Ed Coordinator Takes Over Top Post in New Canaan

David Abbey, a former special education coordinator at Staples High School, takes over as New Canaans school superintendent on Thursday.

He replaces Gary Richards who announced in May that he had landed a job in California. Abbey, 55, has been the district’s second-in-command since last year.

Abbey was special ed coordinator at Staples from 1981 to 1988. He then took a similar job at New Canaan High School, moving up to the principal position there in 1991.