Friday, April 19, 2024


Actuary, Finance Board Tackle Pension Liabilities

By James Lomuscio

The Board of Finance, meeting a work session tonight, sat down with a representative from Westport’s new actuarial firm to get a handle on funding the town pension plans.

Rebecca A. Sielman of Milliman, Inc. presented an array of revised actuarial assumptions and pension funding methods that contrasted to the ones used by the town’s previous actuary, Pentegra.

“It’s obvious from her presentation that Milliman is so much more knowledgeable about municipalities,” said finance board member Janis Collins.

Sielman’s presentation examined a list of assumptions that would affect the town’s annual required contributions (ARC) to union and nonunion municipal employee pensions, including police, fire and public works employees.

At Levitt Site Visit, Memories of ‘Mount Kemish’

By James Lomuscio

At a visit to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today, architect Peter Cadoux, whose local firm has worked on the new pavilion’s design, assured the Board of Finance that the site was sound. Image
Architect Peter Cadoux (l) discusses the new Levitt Pavilion with Board of Finance members Tom Lasersohn and Janis Collins today at the Levitt site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

He said 2-feet deep test holes on the riverfront parcel, 1.5 feet more than the Conservation Commission had required, showed soil with no problems, despite the fact the land was used as the town dump 40 years ago.

“I wish I had topsoil like that in my backyard,” Cadoux said.

Finance board member Michael Rea, whose environmental worries about building there was the reason for the visit, was not convinced.

Gossip Talk at the Playhouse Image
Gossip, eavesdropping, and other aspects of human communication – all highlighted in the current Westport Country Playhouse production of “Tartuffe” – were the subject tonight of the Playhouse’s second event in its new Literary Salon Series in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center. The speaker was John L. Locke (c), professor of linguistics at Lehman College, City University of New York, and author of a book on eavesdropping. Journalist Joe Myers (l) moderated, and Michael Ross, managing director, welcomed the guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

At the Levitt, the Sky is the Big Top

By James Lomuscio Image
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus includes fun for all ages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Jim R. Moore

Circus lovers and children who dream of being circus performers will get a chance to immerse themselves among aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and alike at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Wednesday evening as the New York-based Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (yes, circus spelled with a “k”) comes to town.

“The sky is our Big Top,” said Carleigh Welsh, the pavilion’s marketing director, about the open air event.

It is also a “people circus,” says Welsh, noting that there will be no animals but professional circus performers displaying their skills and eager to teach them with those who want to learn.

The ticketed event costs from $15 to $35, and it kicks off at 5 p.m. with a pre-show Bindlestiff Training Camp for children ages 5 and up, according to Welsh. It is sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League to benefit the Campaign for a New Levitt Pavilion.

Playhouse Adds Performance of ‘Tartuffe’ Image
The Westport Country Playhouse said today due to ticket demand for its current production of Molière’s “Tartuffe,” an extra performance has been added on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. The Playhouse production, which had been scheduled to run through Aug. 4, updates the comedy to the present day.  Three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Marc Kudisch (r) plays the title role in this scene with Nadia Bowers as Elmire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by T. Charles Erickson