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Two Westport Cultural Groups Get $95,000 in State Aid

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced two Westport cultural organizations will receive $95,000 in state grants, part of $1.1 million awarded to help fund projects that enrich cultural attractions and draw visitors to Connecticut.WestportNow.com Image
Martin West: filmmaker’s project gets $50,000. WN file photo

The largest grant to Westport was for $50,000 and went to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection to fund the documentary film “Years in the Making: A Cinematic Journey Into Late Life Creativity.”

The film, currently in production by Westporter Martin West, depicts visual artists aged 70 or older in Westport and Weston.

The Westport Country Playhouse received two grants, one for $25,000 for “Playmaking” a three-year tiered theater program for young people, and the other for $20,000 for “Web site integration.”

Nominees Sought for Service to Community Award

Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the Westport Youth Commission invites the local community to submit nominations for the annual James S. Bacharach Service to the Community Award. 

“The award, given to one or more Westport high school seniors, recognizes their significant community service contributions in Westport, “said Butler. ”All qualified Westport high school seniors are eligible for this award, considered to be one of the most prestigious high school honors in town.”

Citations have been given annually since 1989 as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, a founder and past president of the Youth Adult Council, predecessor of the Westport Youth Commission, which Bacharach and other concerned citizens founded in 1974.

“Successful applicants must demonstrate exemplary leadership ability and high standards of community service to our town,” said Butler. “Anyone may nominate a deserving student or high school seniors are free to nominate themselves.”

Monday, April 7, 2008


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Earthplace – “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Proposal Writing for Grantseekers
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 206 – RTM Environment Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium –  University of Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) presentation addressing the relationship of land use to natural resource protection (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
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 201 – Golf Advisory Committee