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Thursday, March 22, 2007


10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Investment Resource Seminar
6 p.m. – Downtown Westport – Project Return Birdhouse Stroll
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Elementary School – Marilee Jones, admissions dean at MIT, presents talk on “Less Stress, More Success: Taking the Anxiety out of College Admissions”
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Education Committee—canceled

Newman Seeks Again to Protect Images of Actors

Westport’s Paul Newman was back in Hartford today pushing for legislation that would create a “right of publicity” and prevent unauthorized digital distribution of anyone’s image.

Newman, who was accompanied by fellow actor James Naughton of Weston, made a similar appearance before lawmakers last year in an unsuccessful attempt at getting the legislation. (See WestportNow March, 24, 2006)

“What I am talking about is ownership of self,” Newman told the Judiciary Committee. “To me, that [misuse] is nothing less than theft.”

Because technology has improved dramatically, he said, he fears that film clips from his performances could be digitally extracted for use in film or commercials to unjustly profit the producers.

Metro-North Beefs Up Security

Metro-North today announced beefed up security measures on its rail lines.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is among several policing agencies that will boost the law enforcement presence on Metro-North and other lines, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

“This combined deployment of MTA police and officers from a variety of federal and regional sources will give our commuter railroads the kind of police presence our customers deserve and the post-9/11 environment requires,” said Elliot G. Sander, the MTA’s executive director.

Citing security concerns, officials would not say how many new officers would be patrolling the trains and platforms. Under the plan, passengers could be subject to random bag searches.

Westport Community Theatre Visits Brown Bag

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Bob Lasprogato and Ann Kinner, both of the Westport Community Theatre, read a scene from “Spinning into Butter” during today’s citizens brown bag luncheon.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Westport Community Theatre members call their theater one of Westport’s best kept secrets, but they’re trying to change that.

Theater members were at today’s citizens brown bag luncheon at Westport Town Hall telling the history of the organization—which goes back more than 50 years—and upcoming plans. Bob Lasprogato and Ann Kinner also read a scene from “Spinning into Butter.”

“Most people know about the Westport Country Playhouse, but a treasure most don’t know about is the Westport Community Theatre,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

The next production from the theater, which is located at Town Hall, is “Born Yesterday,” which opens on March 30.

House Regulations Topic of P&Z Work Session

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will analyze next steps towards residential structure regulation changes during a work session on Thursday night.

The commission held a public workshop with its consultant from Avon-based Planimetrics last week (See WestportNow March 15), and residents expressed concerns about the proposed changes. The changes include revisions to the coverage and setback allowances in each residential zone.

P&Z Co-Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein said the commission will discuss the ideas and comments the public gave during Thursday’s session, which starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, and determine the next steps.

Modifications may need to be made to the proposal from Planimetrics, which also is overseeing the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, she said, but there also may need to be more research.

CL&P Plans Emergency Repairs

Connecticut Light and Power crews are planning emergency repairs to strengthen high-voltage transmission lines near the intersection of Maple Lane and Clayton Street on Thursday at about 1 p.m.

The repairs require 40-year-old connectors to be replaced using a new splicing technique.

The repairs will produce a sound similar to the final aerial burst of a commercial firework display, and the Westport firefighters will be on site.

For more information, call the Westport Fire Department at (203) 341-5010 or Connecticut Light & Power at (860) 665-3409.

Penguin Plunge Raises $115,000

The Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach raised more than $115,000 with a record 376 people participating, Special Olympics Connecticut officials announced today.

The money will benefit more than 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state who participate in the organization’s year-round sports training and competition programs.

The annual event was held on March 10, and Elizabeth Keuchenmeister of Westport and Gail Feinstein of Stratford were co-chairs.

Participating teams were comprised of middle-school and high-school students, professionals from area businesses, Special Olympics athletes and groups of family members and friends.

Recounting the History of Staples

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Westport author and columnist Dan Woog was guest speaker Tuesday at the Westport Rotary Club and talked about his research into the history of Staples High School that resulted in a book published in 2005. While there have been a number of missteps by educators over the years at Staples, Woog said the latest renovation and expansion of the high school is efficient and a great additon to the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com