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“Health Issues” Force Paul Newman Playhouse Withdrawal

“Health issues” have forced Paul Newman to withdraw from directing a fall production at the Westport Country Playhouse, the Playhouse announced today.paulnewman100.jpg
Paul Newman: “I’m very sorry.” WN file photo

A brief announcement did not specify what kind of issues the 83-year-old Newman is facing, but it followed what friends have said was persistent back trouble in recent months and what some tabloids have reported is a battle with cancer.

“Distinguished actor and director Paul Newman, who was slated to direct the fall production, ‘Of Mice and Men”’ by John Steinbeck, will step down from making his directorial debut at the Playhouse due to health issues,” the announcement said. “Tony Award-nominated director Mark Lamos will take the helm in Newman’s place.”

The announcement quoted Newman as saying: “I’m very sorry I can’t be part of this Westport Country Playhouse production, but I leave ‘Of Mice and Men’ in Mark Lamos’ very capable hands with the full support of my wife, Joanne Woodward, and Anne Keefe as Playhouse artistic directors.”

Friday, May 23, 2008

9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – Art in Context Talk: Installation Art, Danielle Cavanna
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Fairfield Prep “Battle of the Bands”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Arts Center presents the Claremont Trio
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Pavilion”

WestportNow Wins Top Honors in Connecticut SPJ Awards

WestportNow won top honors tonight in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual excellence in journalism awards for 2007.

It was the first year that the group opened its awards competition to Web-only publications.

WestportNow won in the Web: General Excellence, Independent category and in the Web: Breaking News Coverage category for its coverage of the April 2007 nor’easter and resulting flooding. Image
Dave Matlow: Named finalist. WN file photo

In addition, WestportNow Editor Jennifer Connic and photographer Dave Matlow were named finalists in the Web: Breaking News Coverage category for their coverage of the controversial January 2007 demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed home at 16 Minuteman Hill (See WestportNow Jan. 13, 2007), and Emily Hamilton Laux was named a finalist in the Web: Online Feature category for her story on Westporters reflecting on the death of artist Eric von Schmidt (See WestportNow Feb. 6, 2007).

Westport Property Transfers April 28 – May 2, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 28 - May 2, 2008:

Sam Smith to Ilona Sokolowska, 96 Valley Road, $540,000 WN property.jpg

Robert W. and Aileen A. Thompson to Karen Friedman, 24 Lansdowne, $809,000

Mary Wood Cooper Est. to George Knapp, 2 Joann Circle, $880,000

Brose LLC to SIR Holdings LLC, 943 and 951 Post Road East, $2,100,000

Y’s Men Passing of the Gavel Image
Undaunted by threatening skies and chilly temperatures, the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston held their annual picnic today at Sherwood Island State Park. The picnic celebrated the close of the organization’s 30th year serving needs of the community. At the picnic, new officers were chosen with Bill Balch (l) elected to succeed outgoing president Robert Fatherly (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Staples Ranks High in Newsweek High School Rating

Newsweek’s list of top U.S. high school shows Westport’s Staples High School fourth among 13 Connecticut schools making the list.

In its May 28 issue, Newsweek ranked Staples No. 415 out of 1,358 schools on the list and fourth in the state behind Farmington (157), Weston (226), and Conrad (West Hartford) (412).

Staples came out ahead of Ridgefield (551), Wilton (565), Greenwich (689), Darien (797), and Joel Barlow-Redding (1178) in Fairfield County. Last year, Staples was No. 402 on the list.

Newsweek said its list was compiled according to a single metric—the proportion of students taking college-level exams: Cambridge, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement.

I’m Taxi and I Have a Forever Home

Taxi the dog needs a forever home
Hi, I’m Taxi! Connecticut Humane Society

Taxi the dog is the Sweetheart of the Shelter!

Taxi has been at the Connecticut Humane Society for several months waiting for her forever home. She is the Staff and Volunteer favorite and we cannot understand why she is still here. She has won our hearts and is our Shelter Sweetheart. Don’t miss the chance to come see this incredible girl and see what unconditional love is all about. Taxi loves nothing more than to cuddle with whomever she meets and roll over for belly rubs. She is approximately 2 ½ years old, spayed, up-to-date on all her shots, and simply wonderful. Please come spend some time with her and she will become your favorite as well! You can meet her at the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport at 455 Post Road East. (203-227-4137)