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Saugatuck Scene

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Two Fisherman try their luck Thursday at the fly fishing area at Westport’s Ford Road. This area of the Saugatuck River was stocked with brown and rainbow trout on Monday. Connecticut’s opening day of trout fishing season is Saturday. From Sept. 1 to Saturday, fishing is catch-and-release only after which the minimum length is 9 inches and the daily creel limit is two fish until Aug. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Friday, April 15, 2011


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee Special Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Baron’s South Committee
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
Noon – 2 p.m. – Starbucks, 925 Post Road East – State Reps. Jonathan Steinberg and Kim Fawcett meet constituents
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Eric Burns, “Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television’s Conquest of America in the Fifties”
2 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – Memorial service for sculptor Stanley Bleifeld
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – The Life I Lead, Hotspur, Teamwork, Weathervane, SFTC
8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) – “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Mixed Couples”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

P&Z Straw Vote Supports Senior Housing Project

By James Lomuscio

By a 5 to 2 straw vote tonight Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed that a text amendment to build a senior housing and health care facility on Baron’s South was passable.

“That can guide us to some extent,” P&Z Chairman Ronald Corwin said about the poll taken during a commission work session.

Commission members Michael Kraweic and Cathy Walsh were the only dissenters regarding text amendment 625.

“We’re not even discussing other sites, and I think we need to do so,” said Walsh.

Jazz Scene at Arts Center

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Another large crowd turned out tonight for the Westport Arts Center’s monthly jazz jam sponsored by Westporter Arthur Ashman (r) and his wife Bonnie. The series winds up May 19 with a salute to Max Wilk, the Westport author, playwright and film and TV writer who died Feb. 19 at the age of 90. He was associated with the Arts Center’s musical offerings for 20 years.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Steinberg, Fawcett to Meet Constitutents on Friday

State Reps. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) and Kim Fawcett (D-Fairfield, Westport) will meet with constituents to discuss the state budget on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at Starbucks, 935 Post Road East, Westport.

“It is more important than ever that people take the time to come out and share their thoughts and concerns about state spending priorities,” Fawcett said. “When we hear from constituents we can be more effective as legislators.”

“Many difficult choices will have to be made as we work getting the state’s finances in order — and I want to hear what Westport residents really think we should do about the budget,” said Steinberg.

Those unable to attend the meeting can contact Steinberg at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 1-800-842-1902. Fawcett can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-842-8267.

Westporter Sings, Cooks, Becomes TV Star

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Westporter Lucia Palmieri, a seasoned soprano who is at home in the kitchen as well as singing opera, appears on the premiere June 15 at 11 p.m. of the Bravo TV show “Rocco’s Dinner Party” with celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. She was one two chefs chosen to compete at crafting the perfect evening for DiSpirito and his handpicked celebrity guests which that evening included Liza Minnelli. “I was chosen out of thousands of applicants,” Palmieri said. “They were looking for former chefs, I sang for them, and they took me. It was awesome.” See a preview here. Bravotv.com photo

Comings and Goings: Williams-Sonoma Reopens Saturday

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Williams-Sonoma, the gourmet foods and professional-quality cookware shop at 136 Main St. in the Brooks Corner shopping complex, reopens at 10 a.m. on Saturday after being closed since Feb. 6 for renovations. Mary Kay, store general manager (r), said the store update includes a cook top area for cooking demonstrations and a small kitchen. With her is Shari Coubois of Williams-Sonoma. The store, which has been at the location for more than 20 years, employs 19, Kay said, “but we’re looking for more – people who love to cook and love to sell.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Guyer Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Guyer Road, off Valley Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story split has 1,271 square feet and is situated on a .51-acre property. The house was severely damaged in a fire on Oct. 6, 2010 (see WestportNow Oct. 6, 2010).  At the time a 57-year-old home owner said a smoke detector saved his life after flames engulfed his two-story home during the early morning hours.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Philip M. Brown, 60

Philip Martin Brown, 60, of Redding died March 24 in Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. He was 60.

Born Sept. 15, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pa., he has been a resident of Redding for the past seven years. He is a former teacher in Glastonbury and school administrator in Southbury, in North Haven, in Eastchester, N.Y., and in Cos Cob.

A 1972 graduate of the University of Maryland, he and received his master’s degree from the University of Hartford and did post graduate work toward his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.

Brown is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and a former member of ASCD, an Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.