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Thursday, June 4, 2009


10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseeker Special: “Over 40 and Under the Radar,” Steven Greenberg
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot – Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Cookout with Chef Bob + Gene Pino on the guitar
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 201 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Community Conversation: “Living in Disruptive Times … Societal Implications of the Financial Crisis”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre, “Don’t Drink the Water”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Children”

Westporters Perform at Lincoln Center

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Singer Rondi Charleston of Westport and back up singers, Sage Vouse, Emma Charleston Ruchefsky (Rondi’s daughter), and Bailey Claffey—all Westporters—were the feature performers at the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert on Monday night.  It was their seventh city and final performance of their one-month tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) R. Andrew Lepley for WestportNow.com

Solving One Big Family’s Dysfunction: It’s Up to You

By Ina B. Chadwick

Special to WestportNow

At a Westport Country Playhouse preview of its current production, “Children” by A.R. Gurney, an older audience was primed for disappointment.

It fought the impulse to enjoy the play, a poignant family drama which also is a metaphor for our own community’s 2009 artistic “family” difficulties. 

Set on a July Fourth weekend on an island resort, “Children” features a formidable WASP family confronting its identity dictated by reenactments of social traditions.

The country club regimens, sibling tennis matches, and cocktail hour conversations escalate until the family explodes into the future with old truths and scary, yet necessary current realities. 

Westport Police Promote Two to Captain

The Westport Police Department today announced it will promote two officers to the rank of captain—a rank being revived as part of a department-wide restructuring.WestportNow.com Image
Sergeants Fotios Koskinas (l) and Samuel Arciola will be sworn in as captains on June 10. WN file photo


Sergeants Samuel Arciola and Fotios Koskinas will be sworn in at a Police Department classroom ceremony on Wednesday, June 10, at 11 a.m., an announcement said.

Arciola, a Westport native and 1986 graduate of Staples High School and Dean College, was hired in May 1990. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in June 2006.

He has served in a variety of assignments during his career, including the Marine Division and the Southwest Regional Emergency Tactical Team. He lives in Westport with his wife and children.

First CT Flu Death Reported; Five More Cases in Westport

A New Haven County resident diagnosed with the novel H1N1 (swine flu) virus has died, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) said today. It was the state’s first death linked to infection with the virus.

The DPH today also reported an additional confirmed 40 cases of H1N1 in the state, including five in Westport, bringing the town’s total to nine.

The DPH said the fatality was a New Haven County resident over the age of 50 who “had underlying risk factors that put this person at higher risk for complications of influenza.  The individual died recently after a short hospitalization.”

“Our hearts go out to this person’s family and friends,” said DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin. 

Patagonia Employees Win Bike Challenge

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Employees of the Patagonia sportswear store at Westport’s 87 Post Road East were rewarded with a Dahon folding bike for their first place ranking of all 25 Patagonia stores across the country for their excellence in the company’s bike week last month. All 14 store employees racked up 562 miles commuting on bikes. Store manager Nate Paulson (not in photo) commuted from White Plains to Westport by bike on four days that week, a distance of 37 miles each way. Louis Pietig of Westport, a member of the store’s management, said, “We encourage our employees to bike to work – and many are doing that.”  The folding bike award was presented by Westporter Steve Cuomo, U.S. marketing manager for the Dahon Company. Pictured are (l-r) Cuomo and Patagonia employees Dave Hames of Weston, Rilke Klingstorn of Greenwich, and Pietig. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Rotary Club Event Honors Bernice Corday

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More than 100 persons attended the Westport Rotary Club’s fifth annual Golf and Tennis Classic today at Longshore Club Park. The event honored the late Bernice Corday, a former president of the club and longtime executive director of the Westport Weston United Way. She died in October, 2004 at the age of 57.  (See WestportNow, Oct. 17, 2004) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tigger (or Tiger) is Missing – Help

Tigger/Tiger mackeral tabby missing in Westport, CT
Have you seen me? I’m Tiger.

Our cat Tigger or Tiger has been missing for a couple of days from home on Hillspoint Road near Edgewater Hillside. He is a 15-year-old mackerel tabby, neutered, about 14 pounds, missing one front tooth, shy but pleasant disposition. Please call 227-2378 if you have any information.

Thank you!
Jonathan Wiener
160 Hillspoint Road

League of Women Voters Honors Scholarship Recipient

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The League of Women Voters of Westport today honored Emma-Jean Weinstein, a 2009 Staples High School graduate and recipient of its $2,000 scholarship at its breakfast annual meeting.  The Staples High Tuition Grants program selects the student and presents the award.  The LWV’s year-long fundraising activities help to fund the scholarship which is targeted to a young woman who has shown civic responsibility or plans to major in political science, social studies or history in college. Emma-Jean will be attending Emerson College in the fall and will be majoring in filmmaking with a minor in political communications. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com