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Mugger Gets Cash and Watch at Regents Park

A mugger made off with cash and a wrist watch from a resident of Westport’s Regents Park condominiums Thursday night, police said.WestportNow.com Image
A resident of Westport’s Regents Park was robbed while picking up his mail at the gate house (rear) at the entry to the complex at 1400 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At about 9:30 p.m. police responded to the complex at 1400 Post Road East on a report of a strong-armed robbery. They found that a resident was arriving home after making a withdrawal at a Wachovia Bank ATM at 422 Post Road East, a news release said.

Upon pulling up to the gate house, the victim noticed an older model Jeep-style vehicle pull up behind him, according to detectives.

Thinking the vehicle belonged to another resident, the victim entered the gate house to retrieve his mail when he was approached by a white male armed with a baton-type instrument, police said.

Friday, January 23, 2009


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Lost Paradise”
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Opening Reception: “Preemptive Resistances”
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Opening Reception: “Lost Paradise”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Dangerous Summer w/ School Boy Humor, Select Start, The Hot and Heavy, and On The Victrola
8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Studio Theatre – “Mothers and Sons”

Westport Arts Center Features Latin American Art

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The Westport Arts Center hosts a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of its latest exhibit “Preemptive Resistances: Critical Pointers in Latin American Art.” The exhibition provides a unique perspective on current issues in contemporary Latin American art and continues the Center’s timely examination of art as a form of activism and as an agent of change. Pictured is curator Denise Carvalho with one of the exhibits from the show which runs through March 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Mothers and Sons” Musical Opens Friday at MTC

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A conservative talk radio host has to come to terms with her son’s announcement that he is gay in the new musical “Mothers and Sons” having its world premiere at Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut on Friday. Kevin Connors, the theater’s executive artistic director, composed the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book with Joe Landry, founder and artistic director of Second Guess Stage/Screen and a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. The cast includes (top row, l-r:) Larry Daggett, Rob Sutton, Tom Stuart (bottom row:) Michael Lowney, Carolyn Marcell and Westport’s Susan Terry. The show runs through Feb. 1 at the MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East in Colonial Green (lower level). Ticket details are available on the MTC Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

Westport Schools May Get $1.3 Million in Federal Aid

Congressman Jim Himes announced today that under the economic recovery plan currently being considered in Congress, Westport schools stand to receive $1,340,300 for modernization projects and to help meet the costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.

Of the anticipated funds, $177,300 would be designated for modernization construction—including funding to equip schools with labs and computers and to make schools more energy efficient—and $1,163,000 in IDEA special education grants to help children with special needs succeed, Himes said.

The Congressional Research Service estimates that, according to the first draft of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, schools in Himes’ 4th Congressional District would receive more than $65 million, his office said.

“Investing in education is critical to a long-term solution to the economic turmoil we currently face,” said Himes.

Helping Out

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The Westport Woman’s Club Community Services members helped out on the annual Westport Warm-up Fund mailing. Thousands of letters were sent seeking contributions which will aid local residents in need of funds to pay their fuel bills. The club participates in the event in conjunction with the Westport Department of Human Services and United Way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Thursday, January 22, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Overcoat Film Series: “The Entertainer” (1960)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Protection Committee