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Play Reading Featured at Playhouse

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Peter Struass: Reading a new play at the playhouse. Contributed photo
Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss and Broadway, film and television actress Laila Robins will be cast members for the reading of a new play, “The Last Journey,” at Westport Country Playhouse on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.

The new work is written by Tricia Walsh-Smith. Others in the cast are Marin Ireland, Debargo Sanyal, and Danielle Skraastad.  “The Last Journey” will be directed by Carolyn Cantor, a co-founder and the artistic director of Edge Theater Company in New York City.

The reading is part of Westport Country Playhouse’s play reading series. Plays are read by professional actors without sets or costumes. Readings are followed by an audience feedback session with the playwright in attendance.

“The Last Journey” questions if we are possibly endangering the immortality of the soul.

Westport’s Inn at National Hall Sold for $19.85 Million

Westport’s Inn at National Hall and adjacent shops have changed hands for $19.85 million, according to a filing at the Westport Town Clerk’s office. WestportNow.com Image
A Greenwich real estate investment company bought the Inn at National Hall and adjacent stores on the 2.5 acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Dec. 26 sale was by Norwalk’s Greenfield Partners LLC, operating as National Hall Associates LLC, to Antares National Hall LLC of Stamford, an entity controlled by Anatares Investment Partners of Greenwich.

Two years ago, the owners applied to the Planning and Zoning Commission to convert the hotel rooms into luxury condominiums. The company has yet to file final plans for the conversion after winning approval for larger units. (See WestportNow Jan. 20, 2005)

Built in 1873 and once part of the thriving 19th century Westport waterfront, the Inn at National Hall was restored and transformed into a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993 by developer Arthur Tauck at a cost of about $2.5 million. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Family Y CEO Talks on Mahackeno Move

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Westport Weston Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir chats with members of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Weston Family Y’s chief executive officer said today that Y officials need to move forward with plans to move their facility from downtown Westport to the Y-owned Camp Mahackeno.

Helene Weir spoke before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston at the Saugauck Congregational Church on Post Road East. The group has no affiliation with the Y but took its name from the fact that it used to meet at the Y’s 1923 downtown building.

“I’m not trying to change your minds on where we should locate the new building,” she said.

Y officials are deep down the path, however, of building the new facility at Mahackeno, Weir said, and they cannot talk about alternatives unless it is solid and there is no opposition.

Westport Attorney Pleads Guilty on Federal Charges

A Westport attorney pleaded guilty today on federal fraud charges.

Bruce Corrigan Jr., 58, of Southport, waived his indictment and pleaded guilty on one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Aterton in New Haven federal court, prosecutors said. Corrigan has a law office at 1853 Post Road East in Westport.

In court, Corrigan admitted he mailed a false document to MetLife as part of a scheme to obtain over $4,500 in payments, federal officials said.

According to federal officials, Corrigan was approached by an undercover FBI agent in March 2003 during an investigation on health care and insurance fraud that involved Corrigan’s practice and the East Avenue Chiropractic Center in Norwalk.

Landon Finishing Budget Proposal

By Jennifer Connic

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon is putting the final touches on his 2007-08 school budget proposal, which will be presented to the Board of Education on Friday.

Landon would not give an indication of how much his proposal would increase the current budget, but he did say he would ask for more teachers.

“We are trying to adjust for an increase in enrollment in some areas and a reduction in other areas,” he said. “The increases, however, are outweighing the reductions.”

It means there will be an increase in teachers, Landon said, but there will not be any increase in the number of administrators.

Finance Board Approves Turf Funding

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved $1.6 million to install synthetic turf on two more fields, and their action was met by the applause of parents, coaches and student athletes.

The item now moves on to the Representative Town Meeting.

Under the plan, the Field of Dreams Committee is asking town officials to pay approximately $700,000 to install the turf on the Ginny Parker Field Hockey Field while it would raise $865,000 for the turf on the P.J. Romano Field at Saugatuck Elementary School. Both fields would be installed this summer.

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said no work will be done unless the Field of Dreams Committee has in hand cash and pledges for the turf on the P.J. Romano Field.