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Westport Police Add Two Recruits

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The Westport Police Department added two new recruits to its ranks today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) swore in Richard Bagley III, 26, of Stratford (2nd l) and Anthony Prezioso, Jr., 26, of Fairfield, (3rd l) at a Town Hall ceremony. Police Chief Al Fiore joined them in posing for pictures. The new officers will join the patrol force in July after completing police academy training. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

New Staples Wing Opens, Library Remains Closed

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The remainder of the new Staples High School academic wing opened today as students returned to school for classes. The wing includes world language and math classrooms. The renovated media center, pictured above, will not be completed for another two weeks. Remaining on the $77.5 million project is the demolition of the 5 and 6 buildings and the revamped parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com

Author to Speak on “Stars of David”

Author Abigail Pogrebin will speak tonight at 7-9 at Toquet Hall about her new book, “Stars of David.”

The book is a collection of 62 prominent figures speaking about being Jewish.

Porgrebin interviewed names such as Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Mike Nichols,  Ed Koch, and Diane Von Furstenberg for the book.

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call Monica Chusid at (203) 226-4480 or Cynthia Steckel at (203) 227-9040.

Y’s Women to Feature Nussbaum

Actress Muriel Nussbaum will speak to the Y’s women on Monday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at the Westport-Weston Family Y.

Nussbaum presented her one-woman show “Van Gogh and Jo” for the group in 2002, but now she will recreate the story of another artist, her late husband Ervin Nussbaum, a painter and sculptor whose works are in the permanent collections of many museums.

Muriel Nussbaum has had a long and successful career as an actress, director and writer and is a member of the Theatre Artists Workshop. Her husband, Ervin, died in Norwalk in 1996.

His painting, “The End of John Brown,” was shown at the San Francisco Museum, the Butler Art Institute, the Philadelphia Academy and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. It is now in the permanent collection of the Historical Society in Torrington, Conn., the birthplace of John Brown.

For more information, call Ann Lloyd, Y’s Women first vice president, at (203) 226-4515.

Actor Darren McGavin, Former Westporter, Dies at 83

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Darren McGavin: former Old Mill resident. File photo
Film and television actor Darren McGavin, a former Westporter who got involved in a dispute with town officials over the height of his Old Mill home, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 83.

McGavin appeared on many television series and shows and set a standard for cynical and hard-boiled gruffness as a reporter in “The Night Stalker” and a detective in “Mike Hammer.”

McGain lived in Westport in the 1960s and is remembered by longtime residents for the zoning fight he had with the town over adding an extra story to his house on Old Mill Beach.  It is still the tallest house in the area.

McGavin, who is survived by four children, perhaps had his most memorable role as the grouchy father in the film “A Christmas Story,” originally released in 1983, but a television staple on holidays ever since.

Library Winter Book Sale Features “Pampered” Collection

The Westport Library’s annual winter book sale, which opens Saturday, features a “pampered” collection of more than 400 mass-market paperbacks, mostly mysteries, from one collector, as well as a very large selection of children’s books.

The sale, which runs through Tuesday, March 7, will be held in the library’s McManus Room located on the riverwalk level. With more than 14,000 items, this sale is one of the biggest area winter book sales, according to organizers.

The sale also includes fiction in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback; nonfiction in mass-market paperbacks only; videos; LP records; music cassettes. Almost all are priced at $1 or less.

Sale hours are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. when everything is half price; and Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon when everything is free with cash donations appreciated. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Red Fox in Red Coat Area

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A red fox was spotted Friday in her yard by Westporter Nancy Jones Beard in the Red Coat Road area. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Web site says foxes, especially red foxes, commonly live in close association with human residences and communities. It adds, “Healthy foxes pose virtually no danger to humans. Foxes can grow accustomed to human activity but are seldom aggressive toward people.” It says they will prey on small livestock such as ducks, chickens, rabbits, and young lambs, and also cats. Nancy Jones Beard for WestportNow.com

Playhouse Names David Wiltse Resident Playwright

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David Wiltse: Westonite named to Playhouse post. Contributed photo
David Wiltse of Weston has been appointed resident playwright of Westport Country Playhouse. The announcement was made by Tazewell Thompson, artistic director.

Wiltse has had four of his plays produced at the Playhouse, with a fifth, “A Marriage Minuet,” scheduled for the 2006 season in August.

Wiltse has written 11 plays, published 12 novels, and produced more than 50 projects for film and television. A resident of Weston and Westport since 1972, he is married to Anne Keefe, the Playhouse associate artistic director.

According to Thompson, Wiltse will also choose and mentor lucky and deserving young, serious students of playwriting.

Local Actors Open Independent Film Company

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Colleen Murphy of Westport and James Noble of Norwalk are co-founders of Norwalk-based Open the Gate Pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Open the Gate Pictures will begin shooting its inaugural production, “Glacier Bay,” on the site of the Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in March, an announcement said.

Founders and co-producers of the film company are Colleen Murphy of Westport and Hollywood veteran James Noble of Norwalk. Both are members of The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport.

“Glacier Bay” is a 28-minute screenplay that features Noble and veteran actress Dorothy Bryce of Westport. They play a pair of seniors “as familiar as old furniture: a bit wobbly perhaps, certainly frayed around the edges, but stuffed with history,” the announcement said.