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Local Officials Respond to School Nutrition Bill

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Westport’s state senator voted against legislation that would ban sugary drinks in schools, and the town’s schools superintendent opposes the bill.

Last week, the state Senate passed legislation that would ban soda and sports drinks in school vending machines. They would have to be replaced by drinks like milk and 100 percent juice drinks.

An exception would allow the sugary drinks to be sold after school or at weekend concession stands.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said soda is not sold at the elementary and middle schools in Westport, and the vending machines are turned off at the high school during school hours.

Jones Prepares for “Thurgood” Opening Sunday

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Actor James Earl Jones (c) shares a laugh with Director Leonard Foglia and Westport Country Playhouse Executive Director Alison Harris during a press conference today. Jones will be starring as Thurgood Marshall in the production of “Thurgood,” which opens on Sunday at the playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
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James Earl Jones says he wants to keep former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall alive and humanize him for people.

He is preparing to star as the civil rights activist during a run of “Thurgood” at the Westport Country Playhouse, which opens on Sunday and runs through May 21. Today, the playhouse held a press conference with Jones and Director Leonard Foglia.

“You can’t change people’s minds, but you can change how they feel,” Jones said. “I have no agenda going into this. I am most excited about the school groups performances. They have blank slates.”

Jones said in preparing for the part he was most impressed with Marshall’s ability to make peace and keep in touch with real human beings.

Staples Soccer Nears Fund-Raising Goal

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An artist rendering shows what the terraced hill will be like at Staples’ Albie Loeffler Field once completed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed image
With three weeks left, the Staples High School soccer program in Westport is halfway toward its fundraising goal to “terrace the hill.”

Though Albie Loeffler Field is perhaps the finest site in Connecticut for watching high school soccer, fans must either stand, or sit on sharply sloping grass. The solution: comfortable terraced seating, built right into the hill.

Steps from the top will provide easy access, and the area will be landscaped to keep the natural beauty of the bowl intact.

A polished concrete structure will cost $50,000, while an upgraded granite version is more expensive.