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Keefe Joins Playhouse Board of Directors

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Anne Keefe: Left associate artistic director position on Tuesday. Contributed photo
Anne Keefe, former Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director, now has a place on the playhouse’s Board of Directors.

She took the position on Wednesday.

Keefe returns to her roots where she began her affiliation with Westport Country Playhouse seven years ago when she was first appointed to the board in 1999.

She served as ex-officio member of the board for the last five years since she was appointed associate artistic director by Joanne Woodward in 2001.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals

Stem Cell Research Topic of Community Conversation

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A Connecticut Health Center chair said tonight she believes the country’s debate on stem cell research needs to move beyond the status of an embryo.

Audrey R. Chapman is the first holder of the Healey Endowed chair in Medical Humanities, Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and she led a community conversation at the Westport Public Library tonight on the issues surrounding stem cell research.

She said the controversy over embryotic stem cell research is because embryos are needed.

Many believe life begins at conception, she said, and feel the embryos should not be destroyed.

Staples Boys Soccer Earns Another Shutout

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Wrecker Greg Bachman moves upfield against Fairfield Warde. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team played its patented short-passing game well today, earning a 4-0 victory at Fairfield Warde.

Now 5-0-1, the Wreckers travel to New Canaan (Friday, 4 p.m.) for a showdown with the defending state champions.

Preston Hirten scored the middle two goals, both off assists from Eric Meyer. One was a clever chip over the goalkeeper’s; the other was a hard, low rocket. Matt Lamb started things off with a penalty kick, while Greg Bachman blasted in the final tally.

“This was a nice effort,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We knocked the ball around; we found people’s feet; we went forward with numbers, and we created some nice chances. Week by week, we want to add different elements to our game.”

Westport Y Trustees Approve Building Sale

The Westport Weston Family Y Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to proceed with the sale of their downtown building complex, the Y said today.

The unanimous approval of the sale, recommended by the organization’s board of directors, enables authorized representatives of the Y to conduct negotiations with finalists in a bidding process that began last spring, according to a news release.

The Y is proceeding with plans to construct a new 100,000-square foot facility at its Camp Mahackeno site off Wilton Road, a project that has drawn opposition from neighbors and other Westporters.

“The Family Y will continue to operate in its current Post Road location for a number of years to come as our new facilities plan moves forward,” the announcement said.

Broadway Talk

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Actors Brian Murray and Marian Seldes, two of Broadway’s leading artists, took part Monday night in the Westport Arts Center “Artists in Conversation” series at the Seabury Center. The two, who have played together in some of the 20th century’s most daring plays, talked about their careers, their friendship and their process of creation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

County Assembly and Red and White Ball Signups Saturday

The 69th County Assembly Charity Ball and Red and White Charity Ball Committees are holding information sessions and signups Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Westport’s Toquet Hall.

The committees will be collecting names and addresses of Westport junior and senior girls who wish to receive an invitation to subscribe to these dances, an announcement said. 

Due to liability issues, the invitations to these dances can no longer be mailed directly to the junior and senior girls from an official Staples’ class list, organizers said.

The names generated from signups at Toquet Hall will determine this year’s list. Formal invitations will be mailed on Nov. 9.

Westport to Receive $166,489 CL&P Refund

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has announced that his office has a won a court case that requires Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) to pay 81 towns and cities about $8 million in refunds for overcharging them for streetlights.

Westport will receive $166,489 as part of the settlement.

Blumenthal’s office successfully defended a June 2005 Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) decision ordering CL&P to pay the refunds plus interest, reduce its streetlamp rates and provide municipalities with more information so they could better decide whether to buy or lease streetlights.

The DPUC found that CL&P had overcharged towns and cities since 1986.

CL&P appealed the ruling to Superior Court. On Aug. 29, a Superior Court judge upheld DPUC’s ruling. CL&P has decided not to appeal, according to a news release Tuesday from the Attorney General’s office.