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“High School Musical” Plays to Sold-Out Audiences

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The production of “High School Muscial” is playing to sold-out audiences this weekend at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. The show opened Friday night under the direction of Dodie Pettit, Tickets to all four shows sold out in record time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

Cambodian Writer Tells of Life Under Khmer Rouge

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      Cambodian writer and activist Luong Ong spent the day at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy today talking with students about her childhood under the Khmer Rouge.  Her book, “First They Killed My Father,” gives an unblinking view of war and loss through the eyes of a child. Ong talked with students about her journey from a child of war to a woman of peace. Contributed photo

Library Offers Travel Services to Families

The Westport Public Library has a new service for parents planning trips with their children called KidsTravel@Westport Public Library.

Those interested in using the service should contact the children’s library at (203) 291-4810 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the children’s names, ages, grades, travel dates, destination and purpose of the trip.

Parents should provide their e-mail address and phone number, and they will receive a message about when to pick up materials to prepare their children for their travel destination packed in a colorful travel backpack, an announcement said.

The backpack’s contents vary for each destination but might include stories, music, films, art books, and audio books related to the trip. The items need to be returned to the library, but the family can keep the backpack.

Community Theatre Opens “Born Yesterday” Tonight

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The Westport Community Theatre opens its newest production, “Born Yesterday,” tonight at 8 at the theater, which is located at Westport Town Hall. Directed by Richard Mancini, “Born Yesterday” is part comedy, part romantic satire. It is a funny look at 1940s “influence peddling” in Washington through the intellectual and romantic awakening of a beautiful but uneducated woman. The play runs on Fridays and Saturdays from tonight through April 14 at 8 p.m., Sundays through April 15 and on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-$16. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (203) 226-1983 or visit www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Conservation Commission to Deliberate Y Plan Wednesday

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Conservation Commission has scheduled its first work session to deliberate on the Westport Weston Family Y’s application to move its facility from downtown to Camp Mahackeno.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday to start its work on rendering a decision, and Conservation Director Alicia Mozian said it could be the first of four sessions on the topic.

While the sessions are open to the public, the commission’s work sessions are closed to public comment and submissions. The meeting will be televised on the town’s cable channel 79 and streamed on its Web site.

Mozian said the commission will need to tell the staff at its first meeting how it may want to vote or what issues they have with the application.

Earthplace to Take Over Partrick Wetlands

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Christopher Tymniak (r), representing Gov. M. Jodi Rell, presented a proclamation from the governor to Matthew Mandell (l) and Sean Timmins (c), Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund directors, honoring the effort to preserve the wetlands during a ceremony in January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
By Jennifer Connic

The Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund is planning to transfer its 22 acres of property along Partrick Road in northwest Westport to Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, and the nonprofit organization will become steward for the property.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the transfer during a work session on Thursday as required under a court settlement, and Earthplace will take over the property by the end of the month, said Matthew Mandell, fund co-director.

The court settlement requires that the fund donate the property to a land trust before the end of June. But Mandell said plans to transfer the property to Earthplace have been in place for some time.

The fund interviewed a number of organizations, he said, and Earthplace’s mission matched up well with what the fund’s members want to accomplish.

Friday, March 30, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/Planning & Zoning Commission Preservation of Historic Structures Subcommittee
6:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Artist Event: Artist’s Salon
7 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – “High School Musical” (sold out)
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Born Yesterday”
8 p.m. – Seabury Center – Westport Arts Center’s Composers Project: Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel

Commission Considering Affordable Housing Changes

By Jennifer Connic

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Rick Redniss: explains affordable housing proposal. File photo
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight reviewed a proposal that would revise the town’s affordable housing regulations.

The proposal comes from Woodland Group, and the zone would be applied to a property on Indian Hill and Bradley Lane area. The commission will continue the hearing on April 5.

Rick Redniss, consultant for Woodland Group, said the regulations would split the affordable housing type into two parts.

Under the changes, he said, 20 percent of the units would have to be for those who make 80 percent of the state median income, and 10 percent would have to be those who earn 80 percent of the local median income.

Demonstrating in Hartford

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More than 65 members of Westport’s CLASP Homes joined 1,200 members of the private nonprofit community demonstrating at the Capitol in Hartford today seeking a cost of living increase for workers in the nonprofit sector. Tracy Flood, CLASP president, said nonprofit workers do the same work as state workers and receive 50 percent less. CLASP Homes provides support and opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo