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Library Holds “Overcoat Film Series”

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Library showing “My Favorite Year” in January. Contributed photo
The Westport Public Library will launch its five-week “Overcoat Film Series” on Thursday, Jan. 4.

The first film will be “My Favorite Year,” which stars Peter O’Toole. All of the films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room.

On Jan. 11, the library will show “Songcatcher,” which stars Janet McTeer and Michael Davis, and on Jan. 25 the library will show Pedro Almodóvar’s 2002 film “Talk to Her.”

The series continues on Feb 1. with “The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story,” and will conclude on Feb. 8 with Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.”

No reservations are needed for the series. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

Dancers Welcome at First Night This Year

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First Night of Westport-Weston starts at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Those attending First Night of Westport-Weston should get their dancing shoes on for this year’s festivities.

“Every year people ask us to bring something back,” said Rozanne Gates, First Night of Westport-Weston executive director. “Last year they asked if we could bring back more dancing, so we’re giving them more dancing.”

Rock and roll, salsa, swing and blues is some of the music that will be featured throughout the New Year’s Eve event, she said.

First Night is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at various downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight over the Saugatuck River.

Gerald Ford: the Westport Connections

Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday night at the age of 93 at his California home, did not visit Westport as president. But he did come here as a congressman for a fund-raising dinner and dance in 1966, according to his presidential library papers.WestportNow.com Image
A 1966 Westport Town Crier photo shows Gerald R. Ford (c) with fellow Republicans at a dinner at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from Westport Public LIbrary

He also had an indirect connection with Westport—it was a Westport resident, William J. Brink, who wrote the famous 1975 New York Daily News headline: “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.” Brink, a former managing editor of the newspaper, died last year at the age of 89 (See WestportNow July 1, 2005).

Ford, who attended Yale Law School and made several visits to Connecticut as president and in later years, came to Westport on June 25, 1966, as House minority leader. He attended a fund-raiser for Abner W. Sibal, a former Republican congressman from Norwalk.

Westport newspapers reported the event was at Longshore Club Park and among those attending was Westporter John Boyd, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday here. Earlier in the day, Ford had attended the 4th Congressional District GOP convention in Bridgeport.

Tarp Placed on 16 Minute Man Hill House

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A blue tarp is now on top of the house at 16 Minute Man Hill, and yellow caution tape surrounds the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

A blue tarp was placed today on the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill in Westport.

Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggart D. Adams ordered on Friday that no further demolition be done to the house until court hearings on a temporary injunction could be completed (See WestportNow Dec. 22).

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which is seeking the injunction, had asked for coverage on the roof, which had been removed, so the house could be protected from the elements. But the judge did not include it in his order. There were heavy rains Friday night and Monday night.

Since the court hearing, the subject of a tarp had been discussed in numerous e-mail correspondences, said Philip Walker, attorney representing the trust.