Sunday, March 03, 2024

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Working the Machine

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Willie Walsh, 2, of Westport put his imagination to good use and “drove” the back hoe like an expert at today’s “touch-a-truck” fund-raiser for the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Arcudi’s Restaurant Near Opening

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A new sign was placed at the soon to be opened Arcudi’s Restaurant at 1035 Post Road East. The owner, former First Selectman Joe Arcudi (inset), said that he hopes to open “in about 10 days.”  He said since he may not have a liquor license for a few months, customers will be allowed to bring their own bottles of wine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Preparing Easter and Passover Goodies

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Westport’s Al’s Angels charity group today prepared more than 1,200 Easter and Passover baskets to be distributed to area needy. The group’s founder, Westporter Al DiGuido, thanked the volunteers whose work becomes even more important in these difficult economic times. More information on the group’s work may be found on its Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

Defining Skills for 21st Century Students

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About 100 persons participated today in a “Community Conversation” at Westport’s Staples High School aimed at defining skills Westport students will need to achieve fulfilling personal and civic lives and to attain successful careers in the 21st century. Melissa Paolini (l), principal of Coleytown Elementary School, and Maria Castelluccio, principal of King’s Highway Elementary School, displayed results of their breakout group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

Mini Links at the Library

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Westporter and ESPN personality Mike Greenberg tees off today with his family at the Westport Public Library’s unique mini-golf fund-raiser. More than 350 children were involved in the event that snaked through the library’s stacks. Chaired by Melissa Kane, it was sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Nigerian Human Rights Activist Addresses Westport Audience

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Hafsat Abiola, a Harvard-educated Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist, was guest speaker Friday night at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices and Earthplace. Abiola founded and directs the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy which seeks to advance democracy in Africa by strengthening organizations and initiatives that support women.The Vital Voices Global Partnership is an international nonprofit organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and entrepreneurs around the globe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nell Mednick for WestportNow.com

Earthplace Hosts Nigerian Human Rights Activist

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Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, Friday night hosted a lecture by Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist Hafsat Abiola.The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices and Earthplace. Pictured are members of the Vital Voices Connecticut Council Steering Committee: back row: Elyse Nelson (head of the Washington, D.C. Vital Voices Global Partnership), Roberta Cooper (Westport), Thuy Tranthi (Westport), Avonne Seidman (Westport), Hafsat Abiola, Carol Mack (Weston), Joanne Krantz (Fairfield) and Lisa Teixeira (Westport). Front row: Amanda Glendinning (Ridgefield), Shelia Weiss (Westport), Nancy Wergeles (Weston), Susan Glendinning (Ridgefield), Sadie Gunuey (Weston) and Amy Kalafa (Weston). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nell Mednick for WestportNow.com