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Playhouse Hosts Connecticut Theater Reps

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The Westport Country Playhouse Thursday night hosted a reception for about 60 guests, mostly representing Connecticut- based “live” theaters. For many it was their first visit to the Playhouse, and they went on guided tours of the recently rebuilt structure. Pictured (l-r) are Pat Blaufuss, public relations director; Michael Ross, managing director; Anne Keefe, board member; Mark Lamos, artistic director, and Ann Sheffer, board member. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Friday, March 20, 2009


7:44 a.m. – Northern Hemisphere – Vernal Equinox: Spring begins
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
7 p.m. – The Inn at Longshore – “Club Barcelona” Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Annual Winter Gala
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Taber Onthank w/ Matt Livigni, Emily Elbert, Ian Walsh, and Captain Coconut
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Black Box Theatre – Staples Players, “12 Angry Men”

Birdhouse Stroll

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Guests gathered tonight on Westport’s Main Street for the seventh annual Birdhouse Stroll through downtown to preview birdhouses created for the 14th annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction to be held at the Inn at Longshore on Friday, April 3.  Project Return, 124 Compo Road North, is a temporary home for teenage girls where more than 125 residents have been helped since its inception in 1986. The stroll was sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Brooks Brothers Women and Williams-Sonoma. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Kicking Off Y’s Strong Kids Campaign

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The Westport Weston Family Y tonight kicked off its 2009 Strong Kids annual fund raising campaign to provide financial aid so families and individuals can participate fully in Y programs. Last year, the effort raised almost $150,000 so the Y could grant almost $200,000 in aid. Among those addressing the event at the Westport Inn was Harold Kamins, past president of ABC (A Better Chance) of Westport. Kamins told attendees how ABC clients have benefited through the Strong Kids fund. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Paying Tribute

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A large crowd was on hand today for a Westport Town Hall memorial service for Leonard Rovins, the town’s longtime labor counsel and a nationally known expert on management labor law in the private and public sectors who died Feb. 18 at the age of 93. (See WestportNow Feb. 18, 2009) First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff called Rovins “an iconic figure” in Westport’s history for his more than 50 years of service to the community, including stints on the Board of Education and other town bodies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Honoring Leonard Rovins

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A joint Westport police and fire color guard paid tribute today at a Town Hall memorial service for the late Leonard Rovins, a longtime Westporter who served for many years as the town’s chief labor negotiator. The retired U.S Army colonel, who also served many years on the Board of Education and Recreation Commission, died Feb. 18 at the age of 93. Grandson Michael (l) and son Arthur look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“12 Angry Men” Opens at Staples Black Box Theater

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The Staples Players production of the jury room drama, “12 Angry Men,” opens tonight in the Staples High School Black Box Theater. Pictured (l-r) are Noah Witke, Peter Molesworth, Chris McNiff (back to camera), Whitney Andrews, Zoe Apoian, Riley Andrews, Max Stampa-Brown, Alex Wismer, Hannah Shaffer, Glenn Leo (partially obstructed) and Max Samuels. The production runs for eight performances over the next two weekends. To purchase tickets online visit www.staplesplayers.com or call 341-1310 for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Emanuel J. Gallo, 88

Emanuel J. Gallo, 88, of Westport, husband of the late Ruth (Fish) Gallo, passed away Friday, March 13, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Gallo was born in New York City on Aug. 23, 1920,, son of the late Alphonso and Frances (Lazzara) Gallo, and was a resident of Westport for 52 years.

Prior to retiring in the 1980s, Mr. Gallo was employed as director of engineering for more than 30 years with Diamond International Corporation. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and Masters degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering from Columbia University.
 
Mr. Gallo was a former trustee of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, and during the 1990s, he volunteered as the engineering consultant for the renovations at the church.

Plastic Bag Ban in Effect—Now Remember to BYOB

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Westport’s ban on plastic bags for retail checkout use officially went into effect today. Now all shoppers have to do is remember to take their reusable bags with them as they leave their car to enter a store. To help out, the Westport Public Library has decals available at the circulation desk which residents can place on their car to remind them to bring their own bags.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com