Paul Newman’s family held a private service for him Monday and later attended a reception at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant, which he had opened two years ago, according to published reports. The Newman family held a reception at the Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse following a private service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The New York Post quoted close friend and fellow Westporter A. E. Hotchner as saying that Newman, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 83, was cremated. “It’s all over,” he told the newspaper.
Only Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, his five daughters and a few select friends attended the private service, the reports said.
After the ceremony, a 7 p.m. small reception was held in his honor at the restaurant, which adjoins the Westport Country Playhouse, the reports said. Woodward is the Playhouse artistic director.
The Westport Public Library has set up a memory book where visitors can write their thoughts about Paul Newman. The book will be presented to the Newman family, according to library officials. The Newman family has been a strong supporter of the library and its activities. A similar book is available at the Westport Historical Society, another Newman favorite cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A possible strike by Westport school bus drivers has been averted, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.
Landon, who had warned parents and town officials last week that a strike was a possibility at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, did not provide details. (See WestportNow Sept. 26, 2008)
An official of the New Britain-based Dattco bus company said 75 Westport drivers were covered in the talks with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
Marie Caron, who identified herself as a Westport school bus driver in a comment posted below this story, said workers by a vote of 27 to 23, rejected a company offer “of a raise for pennies on the dollar and no other benefits.” She said they then voted 39-11 to authorize a strike.
Sam is a swell little shih tzu mix who was left tied to the doorknob at a local shelter and subsequently transferred to Westport Animal Control. He is approximately 2 to 3 years of age. He is very friendly and has quickly made himself at home with the Animal Control officers. He is always quick to greet people with a “smile” and vigorously wagging tail. It’s hard to believe that someone would have willingly abandoned this special fellow because he is one fine companion dog. If you have time to devote to Sam and are looking for a dog that wants to be a big part of your life, then please contact Westport Animal Control at (203)341-5076 to set up a time to meet him. Because of his small size and his tendency to be underfoot, a home with older children would be best for him.
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 19 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road. Built in 1954, the one-story ranch has 3,164 square feet and is situated on a 1.03-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Public Schools – Rosh Hashanah – School Holiday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Julia Bradley Wheeler – Life at 25 Avery Place” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Optimism” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery – “Campaign Wishes” 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Riverfront along the Saugatuck Rowing Club – Rosh Hashanah “Tashlich” Ceremony led by Beth Israel Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht
The New York Times said in an editorial in Tuesday’s edition that Westport’s recent action in passing an ordinance banning plastic bags at retail checkout “is laudable but will have only a limited effect.”
The full text of the editorial: “Westport, Conn., this month became the latest of a handful of communities to ban some plastic bags. The bags, which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are running out of places to put their trash.
“Westport’s ordinance will take effect in six months and applies to bags dispensed at checkout counters. Others, like dry cleaning bags, will be exempted. The aim is to reduce litter and encourage customers to tote their groceries in reusable cloth bags.
“The town’s stand is laudable but will have only a limited effect on what is, after all, a statewide problem. The Connecticut Legislature rebuffed a proposed statewide ban last year. Massachusetts and Maine considered similar bans and also backed down.
Westport school children enjoyed a day off from school today as the teachers attended a day of workshops. While the teachers were involved in their meetings, members of the Staples High School Cross Country Team were involved in a meet of their own. Under clear skies, the team hosted a meet that also included, Danbury, Darien and St. Joseph’s High Schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Samantha Oberlander, a freshman on the girls varsity cross country team, took the lead as the runners began their race today. Staples hosted Danbury, Darien and St. Joseph’s High. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com