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. 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.
The view of the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Imperial Avenue. Temperatures Sunday got into the upper 30s during the day but dropped back below freezing after dark. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
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
Rain and shine, hot and cold weather, year around will find this group of players kicking up the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach every Saturday morning and this weekend was no exception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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
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. 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.
Midnight in Moscow is the theme of the Levitt Pavilion’s Winter Gala on Friday at Westport’s Inn at Longshore.
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.
The demolition permit process has begun to tear down the house at 186 Greens Farms Road in Westport. The one-story ranch house, built in 1949, has 1,117 square feet and is located on a one-acre property. The current occupants will reside in the replacement house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com