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Westport Property Transfers Feb. 13-17, 2006

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 13-17, 2006

DIV Riverside Ventures LLC to Marilyn M. Duane, Unit 10 C Riverside Green, $525,000WN property.jpg

DIV Riverside Ventures LLC to Frank A. Cuttita, Unit 11 C Riverside Green, $735,000
Mary P. Burke to Cecelia Fox, 27 Drumlin Road, $635,000

Phyllis McGovern to Jaclyn K. and Peter J. Flatow, 3 Thomas Road, $900,000

Robert D. and Evelyn A. Graham to Kathleen G. McHugh and Jerilyn J. Medrea, 232 Compo Road South, $1,795,000

Playhouse Artistic Director’s Work Wins Five NAACP Awards

“Constant Star,” a play written and directed by Westport Country Playhouse’s new artistic director Tazewell Thompson, won five 2004-05 Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards for a recent production at the Laguna Playhouse in California. 

A production of “Constant Star” will be staged this summer at the Playhouse, directed by Thompson. It is one of eight productions during the Playhouse’s year-round 2006 season.

“‘Constant Star’ is my first play written in 1999 for PlayMakers Repertory Company,” said Thompson. 

“It was a labor of love for me. I wanted the world to know about Ida B. Wells. Thirteen productions later, she still lives and is now being appreciated and honored by the organization she co-founded, the NAACP.”

Republican Women to Host St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The Republican Women of Westport will host their annual GOP St. Patrick’s Day Supper Celebration March 11.

The 7 p.m. event, which is open to the public, will be held at the home of Tom and Nitzy Cohen-Fitzgerald, 28 High Point Road, Westport.

It will include a buffet supper, open bar, music, lights, and interaction with old and new friends, according to an announcement.

For more information and to RSVP, call Rita Lener at (203)222-7744 or Lillian Krause at (203)227-6471 by March 8, or send a donation of $35 per person to: RWW, P.O. Box 2293, Saugatuck Station, CT 06880.

“Hypervision” Opens Friday at Arts Center

“Hypervision,” a contemporary, mixed media exhibition, opens Friday and runs through April 4 at the Westport Arts Center.WestportNow.com Image
“Traffic, Untitled no 19,” 2001, by Jean-Christian Bourcart is among works on exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. Contributed photo

The exhibition is curated by Denise Markonish, gallery director at Artspace in New Haven, and features work by artists Janine Antoni, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Moyra Davey, Richard Klein, Christian Marclay, Christopher Mir, Michael Snow, Julianne Swartz and Pawel Wojtasik.

“This exhibition is about arriving at a point of hypervision, where our senses are acute and we finally perceive the act of looking as a physical, emotional and transformative experience,” said Markonish. “The artists participating in ‘Hypervision’ bring viewers into this space of increased perception and make them conscious of their own act of looking.”

There will be an opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

Rabbi Orkand Guest Speaker Today at Y’s Men

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Robert Orkand: Westport rabbi for 24 years. Contributed photo
Robert Orkand, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today on “Religion in American Society.”

The 10 a.m. meeting is at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Ordained as a rabbi in 1973, Orkand has been the senior rabbi of Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish congregation of more than 900 families, since 1982.  Prior to his arrival in Westport he served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in Miami, and as rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Rockford, Ill.

Orkand has served as chair of the Human Services Commission of Westport, as president of United Way of Westport-Weston, and as president of the Westport-Weston Clergy Association. 

Staples Students of the Month

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Staples High School has announced its Feburary “Students of the Month.”  Pictured are back row (l-r):  Phillip Schneider, Dylan Kurzer, Austin Siegert, Andrew Vaitruadrok, Joshua Navarro, Rose Gradoux-Matt, and Miles Lubin; front row (l-r):  Victoria Aronson, Jessica Sochol, and Alexandra Jones. Missing from the photo are Matthew Frencez and Matthew Samuels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Fuel Assistance Still Available

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler said today that applications are still being taken for fuel assistance programs. 

The Department of Human Services is offering Westport residents an opportunity to apply for energy awards through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), Butler said in a statement.

The program is administered through Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), a private nonprofit community action agency serving the greater Norwalk area. Families who are eligible may receive an award from $200 to $675. 

Eligibility is determined by income, and assets. Maximum income is as follows: $14,355 for a family of one; (elderly and disabled $19,140); $19,245 for a family of two (elderly and disabled $25,660) and $29,025 for a family of four ($38,700 elderly and disabled).  Asset limits for renters are $7,000 and for a homeowner, $10,000, exclusive of residence, furnishings, car and personal effects.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents “On the Verge”

The Westport Country Playhouse begins its 76th season March 9 with the adventure play “On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning),” the first production in a series of eight for 2006. The newly renovated Playhouse now serves as a year-round theater.WestportNow.com Image
Getting ready for “On the Verge” are: top row, from left, cast members Laiona Michelle, Tom Beckett, Susan Bennett and Molly Wright Stuart; seated, production sponsors Joanne Woodward and Ann Sheffer, who are also Playhouse board members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“On the Verge” by Eric Overmyer runs through March 25 and is presented in association with Washington, D.C.‘s Arena Stage. Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson will direct. The production is sponsored by Joanne Woodward and Ann Sheffer, board members. 

“Joanne and Ann are very representative of the three exceedingly bold and courageous women in this play,” said Thompson.

“They are also ‘intrepid trekkers,’ who are unafraid of going against the wind and demonstrating their freedom to choose. They are both exemplary models of socially, politically and civic-minded citizens of Westport.