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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – Parks & Recreation Conference Room – Public Site & Building Commission Longshore Golf Halfway House
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Pageturners: “The Rug Merchant” by Meg Mullins
3 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – 5th Annual Student Art/Photo & Graphic Design Show
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Barnes & Noble – Staples High School Book Fair Kickoff
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Emergency Medical Services Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Pavilion”

Democrats Nominate Hartwell for State Senate Image
Democrats from the 26th State Senate District tonight nominated John Hartwell of Westport to oppose Republican state Rep. Toni Boucher of Wilton in November. They met at the Trackside teen center in Wilton, one of seven communities, including Westport, in the district. The seat is currently held by Republican Judith G. Freedman of Westport who has announced she will not seek re-election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) G.M. Bartlett for

Twain Series Ends With Musical Program Image
A series of lectures and events on the life, humor and influence of Mark Twain came to an end tonight at the Westport Public Library. The series, presented by the Friends of the Westport Public Library, culminated with a sprightly program of musical adaptations of Twain’s stories written by Danny Ashkenasi and performed by him along with Aaron DiPiazza, Jennifer Eden, Alexander Gonzales, Rachel Green, Andrea Pinyan and Michael Satow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

John Twarda, 92

John Twarda, 92 went to his eternal rest at his home on Sturges Highway on Saturday, May 17, 2008—the same home he was born in more than 92 years ago.

Son of the late Krestyna and Alexander Twarda, he was born March 25, 1916 on Sturges Highway and he lived there his whole life, a true native of Westport.

John attended the old Greens Farms School, Bedford Junior High, and the old Staples High School. In April 1938, John was engaged by the Harlan family of Weston, the late John Marshall Harlan (former U.S. Supreme Court Justice) to run his estate and landscape the grounds.

Later that year, he was also engaged to do the same for J. Edward Lumbard of Greenfield Hill, Fairfield, a close friend of the Harlans. John’s close relationship with both of these families continued for more than 60 years to his death.

John was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on June 15, 1942, serving most of his tour in the Pacific Theater as an Electrical Specialist with the 26th Bombardment Squadron in the 11th Bombing Group of the 7th Air Force.

John was a charter member of the Fairfield County Horticultural Society that was founded in 1938. John’s accomplishments in the society were numerous;. He served as the president, as well as corresponding secretary, 20 years as secretary and 12 years as treasurer.

John chaired many events in the society including the gala 50th anniversary dinner dance and the unforgettable “Mid-Summer Flower and Vegetable Show.”

John was probably best known as a horticultural judge having judged many Grange fairs, men’s garden club shows as well as the horticultural societies flower shows.

John’s own gardens were a sanctuary of beauty and reflected his love of the earth and his family.

John is survived by his sister Lillian Duquette of Westport; nieces Gabrielle Huqel of Germany and Mary Anne Cote of Southbury; nephews Frank Ditter Jr. of Southbury, Peter Uhrynowski, John Uhrynowski, both of Fairfield, Paul Uhrynowski of Shelton, and Thomas Kush, of Maryland. He is also survived by numerous grand nieces and nephews. 

John was predeceased by his sisters, Catherine, Ann, Mary, brother Stephen, and loving brother Peter whom he lived with until his death in 1981. Special thanks to John’s friend John Wisnowski who worked for him for more than 20 years. The family would like to thank Eunice Bobb for the devotion and wonderful care she gave John.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East,and 10 a.m. in St. Lukes Church, 84 Long Lots Road. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms Road.

Memorial contributions in memory of John Twarda may be made to Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, P.O. Box 700 and 300, Boys Town, NE 68010

Julia Roberts to Host Playhouse Sept. 15 Fund-Raiser Image
Julia Roberts: “Footlights and Film” hostess. Contributed photo
Actress Julia Roberts will host the annual fund-raising gala for Westport Country Playhouse on Monday, Sept. 15, it was announced today. 

The evening’s entertainment, “Footlights and Film: A Celebration of the Great Musicals from Stage and Screen,” will feature star-studded performances by talents to be announced, the Playhouse said. 

“We are thrilled that a star of Julia Roberts’ magnitude will host an array of premier artists from stage and screen to benefit the historic Westport Country Playhouse,” said Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic director. “This will be a one-of-a-kind entertainment and social event that is not to be missed.”

Beginning at 6 p.m., the celebratory evening will include a cocktail reception, a star-studded musical performance in the Playhouse’s Jason Robards Theatre, dinner with celebrity guests and silent auction, the announcement said.

Bridge Street Bridge to Close May 28 and 29

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that the town has been notified by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) Bridge Maintenance Division of routine mechanical and electrical maintenance work to the Bridge Street Bridge, formally known as the William F. Cribari Bridge, which will necessitate its intermittent closure on Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May Image
Flashback: Last year’s closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue, about a quarter mile, will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joseloff said. Signs and markings for detour routes will be posted.

“To assure the safety of motorist and pedestrian traffic, it is imperative that route maintenance be done to the bridge,” said Joseloff. “We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans.

“The town regrets any inconvenience the bridge work will cause. We thank citizens for their patience and cooperation.”

Monday, May 19, 2008

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
3 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – 5th Annual Student Art/Photo & Graphic Design Show
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – SpokenWord: “beTwixt, beTween & beTWAIN” musical revue by Danny Ashkenasi
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Westport Arts Center and WSHU, Selected Shorts: New Fiction from The Paris Review