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“Beauty and the Beast” at Seabury Center

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Elliott Enriquez as the Beast and Grace Ann Hennemuth as Belle appeared Friday night in the Center Stage Theatre Company production of “Beauty and the Beast” at Westport’s Seabury Center. This enchanting fairy tale is directed by Michelle Mallardi, a former Belle on Broadway. Today’s performances are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Saturday, February 6, 2010


8 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Super Stop & Shop (Post Road East) – Westport Sunrise Rotary Club food drive for Norwalk Open Door Shelter and Westport Women’s Club Food Closet
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Fitness Center (Playhouse Square) – Haitian Relief Day of Fitness to Benefit American Red Cross
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!”
1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Eleventh Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest (Registration is full)
1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) – Center Stage Theatre Company: “Beauty and the Beast”
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Earthplace – Critters and Crafts
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Colonial Green) – “The Story of My Life”
5 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – Reel Justice series film showing: “FRESH”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Sidewalk Dave w/ The Woulda Shoulda Couldas, Max Stampa Brown
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Westport Historical Society/Harmony4Kidz “Save the World One Child at a Time” benefit concert & silent auction
8 p.m. – Westport Community Theatre (Town Hall) – “Ice Glen”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Station to Lose Ticket Booth Staffing

Metro-North’s New Haven Line will close the ticket booth at the Westport train station in the Saugatuck area under Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed budget announced this week.WestportNow.com Image
The ticket booths at the Westport station in Saugatuck are scheduled for closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis said $400,000 in annual savings will be achieved by eliminating ticket windows at stations in Westport, Fairfield, Darien, and New Canaan.

Asked about the closing, a ticket booth clerk at the Westport station said today she had heard a rumor but that the clerks have not been told anything official. She noted that the ticket booth at Greens Farms was closed a couple of years ago.

Jim Cameron, head of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council (and WestportNow columnist) said Metro-North has been closing ticket booths “left and right.”

Piemaker Make Me a Pie

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Westporter Michele Albano of Michele’s Pies, 666 Main Ave, Norwalk, treated the seniors at The Westport Center for Senior Activities today to a pie making demonstration and tasting. More than 30 people were on hand to learn the art of pie making, and of course taste the award-winning pies Albano treated them to. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Marriott for WestportNow.com

Super Bowl Tailgate Party Sunday at Senior Center

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will host the fifth annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday from 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center, 21 Imperial Ave.WestportNow.com Image
Staples cheerleaders perform at last year’s Super Bowl party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The event is open to members of the community of all ages and is offered free of charge. 

“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and lots of fun,” said Bill Meyer, chairman of the party with co-chairman Stanley Nayer. “We expect this year to be even better.”

Once again there will be free food and beverages featuring Oscar’s delicious hot dogs with all the fixings, pasta and potato salad, popcorn, chips ‘n dips, vegetarian and meat subs, cookies, sodas and more.

Westport Swimmers Raise $45,000 for Haiti Earthquake Relief

Staples High School Swimming, the Westport Swim Club, and the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team today presented Westport’s Save the Children with more than $45,000, which they raised during their Swim for Haiti earlier in the week.

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Linda Bruce and Peggy Mevs present Swim for Haiti contributions to Rudolph von Bernuth, vice president and managing director of Save the Children. Behind them are Robert Reeves, CEO of the Westport Weston Family Y, and Timothy Rogers, director of development of Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

On Tuesday, three weeks to the day after an earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, more than 250 swimmers, who ranged in age from 6 to 66, raised money by swimming as hard as they could.

Adult and teenage swimmers swam more than three miles while the young swimmers did 200 laps in relays.

Swim for Haiti took place simultaneously at Staples High School and the Westport Weston Family Y. Swimmers, who asked friends and family to sponsor them, received money from across the country. They also received contributions from New Zealand, Canada and France.

Sunrise Rotary to Hold Saturday Food Drive

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a food drive for the Norwalk Open Door Shelter and the Westport Women’s Club Food Closet on Saturday at the Super Stop & Shop on Post Road East from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Club members will ask shoppers entering the store to add one or more nonperishable items to their shopping lists and drop donations off on their way out, an announcement said.

Preferred items are canned goods, dry items including cereal, rice and pasta, and paper goods and other food preparation disposables. 

“We’ll ask that shoppers share some of what they’ll eat at their Super Bowl parties with those who wouldn’t otherwise have them,” said Roy Fuchs, a club member.

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 19 – 22, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 19 – 22, 2010:

Mary Rose Dicicco to Maria and Lucien A. Vita Jr., 50 Kings Highway South, $435,000WN property.jpg

Michael V. and Chartier Lukacs to Adam and Lauren Rothstein, 101 Cross Highway, $1,850,000

Mandalay Enterprises LLC to Michael P. and Barbara S. Williams, 2 Washington Ave., $1,400,000

Westport Police Engage in I-95 Pursuit

A Westport police officer was among law enforcement personnel engaged in an early morning pursuit of a stolen vehicle, police said today.

The suspect, who stole the car in Norwalk, eventually exited the highway at Exit 28 in Bridgeport, struck a Bridgeport police vehicle, and was captured after a short foot chase, a news release said.

The Westport officer joined the pursuit at about 4 a.m. as it passed by Exit 18 at the Sherwood Island Connector, police said.

Westport police charged Alexander Figueroa, 31, of Bridgeport with engaging in pursuit, reckless operation, and operating under suspension.  He was issued a court summons for Feb. 16 and turned over to Norwalk police for the stolen motor vehicle charges.