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Cemetery Cleanup

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Volunteers from the Greens Farms Congregational Church, supported by members of the Historic District Commission and the Westport Historical Society, today performed a joint clean-up and restoration of gravestones at the Lower Greens Farms Cemetery at Greens Farms Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Dorothy M. Kokoszka, 82

Mrs. Dorothy M. Kokoszka, 82, of Westport, wife of the late Mathew F. Kokoszka, passed away Friday, April 18 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford.

Mrs. Kokoszka was born in New York City Dec. 18, 1925, daughter of the late Francis and Kathleen (Kiely) O’Neill and had been a long-time resident of Westport.

Prior to retiring, Mrs. Kokoszka had worked for 30 years in food service for the Westport public schools. She is a 1945 graduate of Staples High School and a former member of the South Norwalk Boat Club.

Survivors include one son, Matthew F. Kokoszka of Westport, one daughter, Sharon L. Soltes and her husband Thomas of Norwalk, one sister, Eleanor Gill of Stratford, one grandchild, Ian Soltes and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kokoszka was also predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Frank O’Neill and one sister, Jane Gill.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and at 11 a.m. in Saint Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Kokoszka may be made to Connecticut Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Earthplace – “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) – Farmers Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Time of My Life”
8:30 p.m. – Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk – First Seder

“Challenges Our Very Notion of a Work of Art”

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Westport Arts Center Gallery Coordinator (and WestportNow contributing photographer) Emily Hamilton Laux (l), along with Saul Ostrow, curator, and Nancy Heller, the center’s co-director of development, welcome a large turnout at tonight’s opening reception of the “Color in 3D” exhibit. Tom O’Connor, a Westport art historian and member of the center’s visual arts committee, said “Color in 3D” is a “provocative and exuberant exhibition of contemporary sculptors who challenge the very definition of sculpture with works that blur the boundaries between painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance.” He added: “In fact, the exhibition challenges our very notion of what constitutes a work of art.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Art Talk

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Russell Maltz (r) and John Monti are two of the 12 artists whose works are on display at the Westport Arts Center’s new exhibit “Color in 3D” which drew a large crowd to tonight’s opening reception. Maltz’s cinder block sculptures “Painted/Stacked Westport” appear on the grounds of the Westport Public Library and on the deck of the Westport Arts Center. The exhibit, which features two of Monti’s creations, “Circle of Flower” and “Heart,” runs through June 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Relaxing With Art

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Visitors to Westport’s center relax along the Saugatuck River today amid Russell Maltz’s art installation, “Painted/Stacked Westport.” The cinder block art, part of the “Color in 3D” exhibit opening tonight at the Westport Arts Center, prompted much discussion among passersby. Regardless whether the onlookers appreciated the art work, many agreed the new arrivals did initiate an interesting dialog about the definition of art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Curiosity Aroused

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Tom and Vilma Badenhop of Westport walked their 2-year-old Chihuahua named Poocheeny today alongside the new cinder block art on the riverwalk next to the Westport Public Library. While they said they were quite concerned about the possibility of bees or wasps taking up residence in the cinder blocks, they admitted that their curiosity had been aroused and as a result planned to attend tonight’s opening of the “Color in 3D” exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Staples Overpowers Norwalk 12-1

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Staples teammates greet senior Dexter Garcia (13) after he blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning in today’s 12-1 rout of Norwalk High School at home. Sophomore lefty David Speer went the complete game, allowing one earned run on four hits and getting nine strikeouts. The Wreckers improved to 5-2 in the FCIAC conference and 5-3 overall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Moss for Staplesbaseball.com