Jane Curtin: Reading short fiction at the playhouse. Contributed photoJane 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.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1958 house at 15 Bonnie Brook Road in the Coleytown area of town. The house—which is 3,000 square feet and sits on two acres of land—sold in December for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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.
11 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Pension boards meeting 5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee 6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov) 7-9 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Open House
Westport firefighters responded to a fire in a detached garage tonight on Warnock Drive. A neighbor reported the fire and alerted the homeowners in the nearby house. There were no injuries, but one exterior wall of the garage was heavily damaged. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport officials are planning a way to honor two people who devoted their time to the town and specifically Westport Little League. 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.
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