Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Staples Cheerleaders Compete in Season Opener

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Westport’s Staples High School varsity cheerleaders (pictured with Coach Jen Maloney) attended their season opening competition at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Saturday. The team placed a strong seventh against varsity teams from Connecticut and New Jersey. The Wrecker team received the spirit award. The team will next compete on Saturday at Wolcott High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Marlo Thomas Marks 35th Anniversary of Her Popular Book

By Larry Untermeyer

On the 35th anniversary of her popular and influential book, “Free To Be…You and Me,” Westporter Marlo Thomas today spoke to a large and enthusiastic audience of children and adults at the Westport Public Library.WestportNow.com Image
Thirty five years after publication of “Free To Be You and Me,“Westport actress and author Marlo Thomas today told a Westport Library audience how her popular book had won wide acclaim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Thomas discussed how the book came to be written to answer a need for a book with liberating ideas not available when she was a child, a book that said it was all right for boys to cry, and for girls to aspire to hitherto “unacceptable” occupations. 

She proudly recounted a conversation with Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an unexpected fan of the book.

Thomas’s rapport with the audience was especially evident during the Q and A session at the end of her presentation when many delighted youngsters, both boys and girls, joined her on stage to sing their favorite songs from her album.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area in effect from midnight tonight to 6 p.m. Sunday..

Light snow is forecast to develop around midnight, an advisory said. Areas of moderate snow will reduce visibility late tonight through Sunday afternoon.

Storm total snowfall amounts will range from 2 to 4 inches, the advisory said.

Readying New Historical Society Exhibit

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Westporters Bob and Anne Levine ready a new Westport Historical Society exhibit featuring works from their extensive folk art and wood carvings collection. The exhibit, “American History in Wood—A Century of Change,” includes more than 130 carvings that bring to life a moment in American history from 1909 to 2009. The exhibit, which runs until May, will have an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com