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Westport Weston Family Y Names New CEO

UPDATE The Westport Weston Family Y today announced the appointment of Robert D. (Rob) Reeves as its new chief executive Image
Rob Reeves: takes over in January. Contributed photo

Reeves, 50, who has held a similar position at the Bangor, Maine YMCA for nine years, succeeds Helene Weir who announced in July that she was leaving after two years to take the top position at the Calgary Y in her native Canada. (See WestportNow July 7, 2008)

Reeves, who takes up his new position at the beginning of the New Year,  has worked at various YMCAs for almost 30 years, according to Troy Ellen Dixon, Y spokeswoman. He joined the Bangor Y from the Harrisburg, Pa., Area YMCA where he was senior vice president.

Reeves and and his wife Joanne have two daughters, Courtney who is a sophomore nursing student at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and Victoria, who will be a junior at Staples High School.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307 &#82#8211; Human Services Commission
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport/Weston Health District Flu Clinic
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
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 Arts Center – “Optimism”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10:30 a.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – Presentation on plans to build senior and workforce housing on Baron’s South
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Septic Maintenance Public Education Task Force
6 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – “The Road to Preventing Suicide” by Eric Caine, MD
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee

Joyce Carol Oates: “Inertia” Keeps Her at Princeton

By Larry Untermeyer

More than 500 persons attended tonight’s seventh annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts series at Bedford Middle School which featured the noted American author Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Westporter Sybil Steinberg, a contributing editor for Publishers Weekly. Image
Author Joyce Carol Oates signs a book for a fan tonight at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

The prolific Oates, who has written 54 novels and 31 short story collections as well as poetry and drama, has received numerous literary awards, but not the Nobel Prize, although she has been nominated three times..

When questioned about this omission, Oates humorously noted that she also did not win the Fields Medal for Mathematics. “I guess I’m just a loser and I didn’t even know it,” she said.

Asked what it is about Princeton University that has kept her teaching there since 1978, Oates instantly quipped, “inertia.” 

Westport Environmental Summit Image
Members of several dozen Westport organizations with interest in the environment met at Westport Town Hall tonight for what was billed as an “environmental summit.” Conservation Department Director Alicia Mozian (r) greeted the attendees and said the meeting was aimed at better coordination and eliminating duplicating efforts among the groups in improving the environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Creative Arts Festival at Staples This Weekend

The Westport Young Woman’s League presents its 33rd annual Creative Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday at Staples High Image
Food goods were popular at an earlier Creative Arts Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

More than 150 artisans from Maine to Maryland and beyond will offer something for everyone—whether you are an avid collector, shopping for a one-of-a-kind gift, or hunting for a bargain.

With a reputation as of one of the premier juried craft shows in the country, the festival will feature toys, novelties, decorative art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, sculpture, home décor and many gourmet food products with something in every price range.

New and returning “green” artists will offer eco-friendly, but profoundly unique items including distinctive bags and home accessories made of Earth-friendly materials that use environmentally safe production processes.

Winter Farmers Market Returns to Fairfield

The folks who brought you the Thursday Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse are taking up winter residence again with a market at the Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield.

The Fairfield Winter Farmers Market returns for a second year beginning Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 70 Sanford St., across from the Fairfield train station.

The market will feature locally grown organic greens and herbs, heritage breed eggs, pasture-raised meats, farmstead cheeses, and homegrown honey.

Sponsoring the market is the Wholesome Wave Foundation, managers of the popular Thursday summer market in Westport as well as one in Fairfield, the Fairfield Theatre Company, the Town of Fairfield and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

From Kenya to Staples: an African Woman’s Story Image
Kakenya Ntaiya. 30, visited Westport’s Staples High School today to tell African studies students of her life growing up as a member of the fabled Masai tribe in southwestern Kenya. Before leaving her native land, she convinced villagers to help pay for her U.S. trip by promising that after she graduated she would find funds to build a school for girls in her village.  Ground was broken during the summer for the new boarding school which will open in January. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for