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P&Z Dept. Opens More Time Slots for Storm Victims

To avoid a backlog of homeowners seeking permits for major repairs in the wake of Storm Sandy, Westport’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Department will open additional appointment times, according to P&Z Director Laurence Bradley.

Bradley said preliminary assessments show that about 300 buildings suffered storm damage.

“The Planning & Zoning office has created additional appointment times specifically for property owners who need permits to repair this damage,” he said.

“When calling the office residents should make sure to inform P&Z staff that you are specifically requesting approvals to repair storm damage.”

Saturday, November 17, 2012


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Eastbound Saugatuck Train Station – Electric Car Demo Day
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Staples High School – Westport Young Woman’s League CraftWestport
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present”
Noon –  4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”
1 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Artist & Muse,” Jon F. Anderson and Philis Raskind-Anderson
1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Bill Roorbach, “Life Among Giants”
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Greens Farms Academy: “The Comedy of Errors”
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Critter Encounters
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players: “Oklahoma!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Arts Center Hosts ‘Muse’ Opening Reception

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held a reception to mark the opening of its latest exhibit, “Muse,” featuring muse-inspired paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Chuck Close, Paul Cadmus, Jane Sutherland, Pablo Picasso, and Philis Raskind-Anderson. Curator Helen Klisser During (2nd r.), director of visual arts, thanked (l-r) board member Elizabeth Strick, Sutherland, her husband, Orin Grossman, and Jon Anderson, who was the model and muse for the Cadmus works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

An Artist’s Muse

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Jon Anderson poses in front of portraits of himself by the late artist Paul Cadmus at tonight’s Westport Arts Center opening reception for its new “Muse” exhibit. Anderson was 27 when he first met Cadmus, then 59, and became Cadmus’s muse. Up until his death in 1999 at age 94, Cadmus, a Weston resident, created dozens of drawings and paintings of Anderson, many of them sensuous and erotic. Anderson, now 75, and his wife, Philis Raskind-Anderson, will answer questions at the Center on Saturday at 1 p.m. about what it is like to be a muse and to be inspired by one, while creating a sculpture in the main gallery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Al’s Angels Launches Sandy Toy Drive

Al’s Angels, the Westport-based nonprofit charitable organization founded by Westport resident Al DiGuido, announced today that the organization is launching a major effort to help children impacted by the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The mission of Al’s Angels has always been to provide holiday meals and gifts to children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship.  Having witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on thousands of children within the tri-state area, the organization said it is expanding its mission to provide toys and gifts to children in the impacted areas during the holiday season.

The charity will begin collecting toys for children ages newborn to 10 years old on the weekend of Nov. 24-25. The organization will be present at Santa’s Workshop located at 1175 Post Road in Westport (opposite Green’s Farms School)  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop is accessible via elevator to the second floor at the rear of the building.

For anyone who would rather make a financial contribution towards the purchase of toy for a needy child, donations can be made through the Al’s Angels website http://www.alsangels.org .

Staples Tuition Grants Initiates 70th Year with New Logo

Staples Tuition Grants (STG) begins its 70th year with a new logo.

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The program which provides financial aid to Staples High School students at college developed the new logo with assistance from two Westport graphic artists, Miggs Burroughs and Ann Pawlick.

“Working from the hand-drawn artwork of the original logo by Michael Halbert, Miggs Burroughs modernized the iconic tree image, infusing it with greater meaning,” an announcement said.

It said Pawlick helped incorporate the new logo into the materials STG will use in all of its future fund-raising efforts. Pawlick is also hard at work updating and refreshing STG’s website so that it will have a fully rejuvenated look for its 70th year, the announcement said.

Comings & Goings: Pediatric Dentistry to PRE

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An office specializing in pediatric dentistry has opened at 305 Post Road East near the Westport Country Playhouse. The recently renovated building, which was built in 1900 according to Westport’s assessor database, serves as both a residence on the second floor and a professional office complex on the main level, according to Gordon K. Lee, 34, who recently relocated to Westport from the Boston area where he completed a residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Born in southern California, Lee earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and completed his dental studies at the University of Southern California. He said his selection of Westport was influenced by the needs of the community for a specialist in pediatric dentistry and Westport is the home of his fiancée, a first-year dental student at Columbia University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com