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Westport Senior Center Usage More Than Doubled in 2004

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The Commission for Senior Services held its annual meeting today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Susan Pfister (l), senior services coordinator, reported as part of a slide presentation that with the opening of the new center in January 2004, the number of participants engaging in center activities in 2004 more than doubled over the previous year when the center was at Staples High School—75,600 duplicated participations in 2004 vs 35,280 in 2003. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Woodward Looks to the Future as New Playhouse Sets to Open

By James Lomuscio

WestportNow Special Correspondent

Seeing the Westport Country Playhouse transformed from a small summer theater into a year-round center four times its original size, one has to ask Joanne Woodward: “Any pangs of nostalgia for the funky old, albeit drafty barn that showcased stars of stage and screen for the past 75 years?”woodward05210501260.jpg
Joanne Woodward (with associate artistic director Anne Keefe): No nostalgia for old theater (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“No,” the theater’s artistic director says emphatically. “I do think back on it fondly, but not when rain was falling down on your head as you were performing, or when the air conditioners weren’t working in the summer.”

There’s something else that salves those given to sentiment for the old place. The new theater, despite its expansion from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet, has maintained much of the old charm with roughhewn beams and timber trusses, recycled wood and the original fixtures.

The walls near the front lobby are also going to be decked with posters of plays performed throughout the years to keep the playhouse historically rooted.

Opposed to “Historic Overlay” Change

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The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night considered a request to extend “historic overlay” zoning to residential areas. The request was made by those trying to save the Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield border. Among those in the audience who opposed the change were developers Mark Iurardi (l) and Mike Horvath, owners of the Bradley House. Iurardi said the concept was too restrictive and unjust to home owners. The P&Z took no action and is likely to take the issue up at its next work session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WesportNow.com

In Honor of Safe Boating Week

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell Thursday presented a plaque to the Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron in honor of Safe Boating Week. Taking part in the ceremony were (l-r): Harrison Valante, past commander; Farrell; John Luscombe, past commander; Grant Kominek, past commander; Russ Levine, education officer, and two of his grandchildren. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Barry McCabe Named Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

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Barry McCabe: honored as parade grand mashall. Contributed photo
Barry McCabe, a longtime Westport resident and dedicated community volunteer with a distinguished military record as a World War II Navy Frogman, has been selected as the Grand Marshal of Westport�s Memorial Day parade. 

The announcement was made by William Vornkahl, president of the Veterans Council which is organizing the parade and services to be held Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. The colorful event annually attracts thousands of participants and spectators to the town’s center.

McCabe, 81, began his military career with enlistment in the Navy�s V-12 officer training program in July 1943. He was commissioned an Ensign at Columbia University in October 1944.

Just prior to his commissioning, he volunteered for Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), precursor of today�s Navy SEALs. After training at Fort Pierce, Fla, and Maui, Hawaii, he joined UDT 21 in the Pacific as assistant platoon leader.