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Democrat Files to Challenge State Sen. Judith Freedman’s Seat

A 61-year-old Westporter who has worked in several recent Democratic campaigns but never been a candidate himself has filed papers to run for the seat held by incumbent Republican State Sen. Judith Freedman.WestportNow.com Image
John Hartwell: first-time candidate. Contributed photo

John Hartwell, a business management consultant, recently filed papers with the Secretary of the State’s office in Hartford to run in the 26th District.

Freedman is in her 11th term in the district which includes Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, and Bethel. She has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

Hartwell lives on the grounds of Greens Farms Academy in Westport where his wife, Janet, is head of the school. He was treasurer for the failed Democratic campaign of Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in 2006 and district coordinator for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004.

Before and After: 57 Owenoke Park


WestportNow’s Before and After series presents transformed Westport properties. The house at 57 Owenoke Park in the Compo Beach area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 10, 2005. Built in 1940, the house is located on 0.90 acres of waterside property and was purchased in April 2004 for $6 million. The house was demolished on Oct. 26, 2005. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, January 28, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery – “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Favorite Author Fun (Grades 1 & 2)
4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

Westport Arts Center Presents “Broadway Songbook”

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The Westport Arts Center in cooperation with the Pequot Library in Southport today presented a musical program called “Broadway Songbook” that featured songs of Rodgers and Hart. Performers included (l-r) Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, and Susan Terry and George Dvorsky doing vocals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Staples Musicians Honored

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Sixteen music students from Westport’s Staples High School were chosen to participate in the recent 2008 Western Regional Music Festival at Wilton High School. The musicians were chosen through auditions that included the finest music students from 26 different Connecticut high schools. The final concert included performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Orchestra and Symphony Band. This annual event is sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Pictured are (l-r) back row: Geoff Jordan, Everett Tremblay, Willys DeVoll. Yunke Liu, Curtis Chen, Chris McNiff, Ole-Martin Vaagen, and Marshall Rauh. Front row: Elysse Lloyd, Danielle Merlis, Adele Shenoy, Seori Sachs, Maanvi Mittal, Alexandra Wismer. Not Shown: Naveen Murali and Scott Infusino. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Internet and Politics Writer Brian Reich Addresses Rotary

Brian Reich, co-author of a new book, “Media Rules: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience,” will speak at the Westport Rotary Club on Tuesday.WestportNow.com Image
Brian Reich: mixes politics and technology. Contributed photo

Reich, son of Ann Sheffer and stepson of Bill Scheffler, both longtime Westporters, is a noted speaker and writer on the issues involving the impact of the Internet and technology on politics, society, and the media.

The public is invited to attend the noon luncheon at the Inn at Longshore as well as a book signing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Borders in Fairfield.

Reich is the editor of the blog, Thinking about Media and a contributor to The Hotline and to Personal Democracy Forum. He also serves as a Fast Company Expert.

Levitt’s Midnight in Moscow Winter Fund-Raiser Set for Friday

Midnight in Moscow is the theme of the Levitt Pavilion’s Winter Gala on Friday at Westport’s Inn at Longshore.WestportNow.com Image

The 7 p.m. fund-raiser helps pay for the summer of free music and entertainment at the outdoor venue along the Saugatuck River. The Russian theme will share the evening with the popular Soul Street Band.

The evening will feature a live auction offering such varied items as a weekend package for two in New York City with boutique hotel, theater tickets, and a sail around the city; premium seats to a Yankees game; tickets to a Valentino & Etro Paris fashion show and apartment stay, and VIP passes to Lime Rock Race Track, plus many others.

Midnight in Moscow tickets can be can obtained through the Levitt Pavilion Web site or by calling (203)226-7600. The evening will be generously sponsored by financial firm, RBC Dain Rauscher.