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Solidifying Westport’s Literary and Artistic Reputation

By Dave Matlow

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The action takes place in a Westport beach cottage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s literary and artistic reputation has been recognized in multiple ways recently, and now comes another—a New York Times Sunday Book Review front page review of Cathleen Schine’s new novel “The Three Weissmans of Westport.”

The Times calls the work by the 1971 Staples High School graduate ““sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious and deeply affecting…. her best yet.” Publisher’s Weekly prominently featured it in December. (See WestportNow Dec. 25, 2009)

Schine will speak at the Westport Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at noon, and at the Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, March 4 at noon as part of the “First Thursdays” series.

The accolades for the one-time Westport resident follows recent revelations about the late author J.D Salinger, also a one-time Westport resident who died Jan. 27 at age 91. Salinger lived here for a period between 1949 and 1953. (See WestportNow Jan. 28, 2010)

Art and Coffee

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The Westport Arts Center, with the gift of Le Corbusier furniture from Signorello of Westport, has created a new meeting area overlooking the Saugatuck River and launched Friday morning informal discussions there it calls ArtCafe. The weekly 9:30 a.m. meetings, with homemade date scones and coffee, are open to all artists, patrons, and people passionate about the arts. The meetings will be hosted by Helen Klisser During (l) the Center’s new director of visual arts, seen with Danielle Cavanna, director of education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for WestportNow.com

Booklover’s Bash Features Book-a-Day Westporter

By Larry Untermeyer

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Nina Sankovitch (r) chats with guests at the Booklover’s Bash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

There were plenty of them at the Westport Public Library Friday night for the library’s second annual Booklover’s Bash.

But among all the bibliophiles, Nina Sankovitch stood out.

If her name doesn’t ring a bell, her accomplishment will—she’s the Westporter who read a book a day for a year and was featured last October in The New York Times. (See WestportNow Oct. 9, 2009)

Saturday, February 13, 2010


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – Shadows Family Day
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Ice Glen”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Playhouse Play Reading Series Launches Feb. 22

Anne Keefe, artistic advisor at the Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, Feb. 22, launches the first reading in the Playhouse’s new “The Script in Hand Series” that brings together professional actors to read works by master playwrights.WestportNow.com Image
Geneva Carr: Among the readers. Contributed photo

The inaugural reading at 7 p.m. is the Agatha Christie classic murder mystery “And Then There Were None.”

It will be read by Playhouse actor alumni and audience favorites Geneva Carr, Keir Dullea, Beth Fowler, Charlotte Moore, Ciarán O’Reilly, Joe Paulik, Jay O. Sanders, Mark Shanahan, Mark Silence, Doug Stender and Paxton Whitehead. Tickets to the one-night-only event are $15.

The new play reading series is a continuation of the highly successful “Funny Mondays” and “The Classical Series,” produced by the Playhouse from 2005 through 2008. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation and the Newman’s Own Foundation.

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 25 – 29, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 25 – 29, 2010:

Emmanuel M. Gradoux-Matt to Stanley J. G. and Tinatin Kogan Crouch, 12 Murvon Court, $1,335,000WN property.jpg

Michael P. and Laurie Dillon to Kevin W. and Andrea S. Robinson, 23 Vinyard Lane, $1,600,000

Caterina Zaffina to Yujia Zhai, 5 Marion Road, $845,000

Candace Malden Coberly to Christian J. and Anne E. Delorier, 67 High Point Road, $950,000

Newman’s Own Sponsors Business School Conferences

Westport-based Newman’s Own, Inc., in support of social enterprise education and the next generation of business leaders, announced today its sponsorship of two influential business school conferences. WestportNow.com Image

The 11th annual Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School takes place Saturday, Feb.27 to Sunday, Feb. 28. This year’s theme is “New Frontiers: Redefining Service for the 21st Century.”

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business “Conference on Sustainable Business and Social Impact” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17. The conferences take place on the business schools’ campuses.

This year marks Newman’s Own second year of participation at both conferences and reinforces the company’s commitment to make a positive impact on the next generation of business leaders, an announcement said.

WestportNow: Your No. 1 Storm Info Source

When Westporters stayed home from school and work on Wednesday, they turned to WestportNow by the thousands to keep up with storm news.

More than 5,000 persons—unique visitors in Web terms—visited the site during the day and evening with more than 15,000 page views, according to an independent count—far surpassing traffic to any other Westport Web site.

With updates throughout the day and evening—and more than a dozen people contributing news and photos—WestportNow kept Westporters up to date about the storm and other items of interest.

For advertisers, this kind of loyalty translates into the most cost-effective advertising buy in town. Traffic to WestportNow is at record levels and expanding every day.

Connecticut’s Long Wait for Food Assistance

By Jacqueline Rabe

www.ctmirror.org

When 27-year-old Jennifer Zampi of New Britain was laid off from her job as a certified nurse's assistant in November, her first thought was to make sure she could continue to feed herself and her two children. She immediately applied for food assistance.

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Three months later, she’s still waiting.

“I am never able to get everything I need when I go to the store, ” she said. “Just sometimes it’s like I have to decide between [paying] a bill and going to the store.”

She’s not alone. As the state’s economic problems continue, the number of pending applications for the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called and still referred to as “food stamps,” has grown from 3,500 in December 2008 to almost 5,000 a year later.

Green Talk: Only Testing Will Tell

By Wendy G. Batteau

What goes down comes up in the water cycle. For the thousand residences in Westport getting their water from private wells, this principle has important consequences. WestportNow.com Image

Anything discharged on or into the ground may show up in what comes out of the faucet. 

The cumulative impact that contaminated well water can have on human health is of real concern, but homeowners can protect their families through periodic well testing.

Testing well water is the way to know what is in it. If problems are found, the solution may be as simple as using an appropriate filter.