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Curtin, Gleason and Sarandon to Read Short Fiction

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Jane Curtin: Reading short fiction at the playhouse. Contributed photo
Jane Curtin, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the renowned NPR show of the same name and a celebration of the short story, on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Presented by Arts in the House, a co-presentation between the Westport Arts Center and Westport Country Playhouse, the program will be taped for future NPR broadcast.

The evening’s theme is enthralling stories about the unexpected consequences of secrets between lovers.

Curtin will bring to life “Twenty Grand” by Rebecca Curtis, which is about a daughter’s view of her parents’ hopes, dreams and one crucial dispute at a toll booth.

Freedman Addresses State Issues in Talk

By Jennifer Connic

State Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, touched on a number of topics that face state officials this year including affordable housing during a talk with the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today.

Freedman, a Westport resident, gave an update on the issues facing the state senate this session before taking questions from the audience.

She said she believes the state affordable housing law—which requires each town to have 10 percent of its housing stock be labeled as affordable—will never be repealed.

Under the state law, if a town does not have enough affordable housing a developer can propose a housing development with 30 percent of the homes labeled as affordable.

Joseloff’s Budget to Increase Over 5.5 Percent

By Jennifer Connic

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff this week presented a preliminary 2007-08 budget proposal that includes a 5.8 percent increase, but he said the figures may change before it is formally presented to the Board of Finance on March 7.

Joseloff’s proposal is $57.4 million. Combined with education costs, which include a requested operating budget increase of 8.4 percent, the total budget proposal is $161.2 million, which is a 7.5 percent increase over the current budget.

Joseloff said his budget proposal will change before its formal submission, but he expects the increase to be 5.5-5.7 percent. Town officials may be able to create some savings, including in the insurance account, before the submission.

Fixed costs including rising utility prices and contracted salary increases are partly driving the budget increase, Joseloff said, but there are new initiatives included in his proposal.

Town Officials Plan to Name Ball Fields

By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are planning a way to honor two people who devoted their time to the town and specifically Westport Little League.WestportNow.com Image
Mary Ellen White: honored by town. Contributed photo

The Board of Selectmen voted today to name a baseball field at Coleytown Elementary School for Donald Levy and to name the baseball and softball fields at the Town Farms “Mary Ellen White Baseball and Softball Complex at Town Farms.” Additionally, the entrance driveway at the Town Farms would be renamed Mary Ellen White Way.

Levy, who spent decades working with Westport Little League, died last August (See WestportNow Aug. 21). Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died last October (See WestportNow Oct. 5).

“They were involved in the fabric of our town and this is a great way to honor them,” said Selectman Robert Lasprogato.

Talking about a Best Seller

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Thrity Umrigar read from her new novel “The Space Between Us,” which is set in modern-day Bombay, during a session of the authors@the library series at the Westport Public Library today. It was a standing room only crowd with about 100 people who attended the talk. The book explores the intertwined lives of an upper middle class Parisi housewife and her illiterate servant of 20 years. It captures the divisions of class and culture that separate the intrinsically connected but vastly removed lives of the rich and poor in the author’s native India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com