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Saturday, March 16, 2013


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market (last one)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “William Wegman: The Traveler”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
2 p.m. – Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) – Artist and (and now author) Miggs Burroughs signs copies of his book “What If?…”
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Critter Encounters
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players present “Chorus Line”

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Fashionable Seniors

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Staples High School cheerleaders and football players (Alexa Casimir and Greg Strauss, above) tonight modeled the latest fashion trends at the 15th annual Varsity Vogue Fashion Show and Auction at Mitchells of Westport. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Staples cheerleading program, Staples athletics facilities, and Westport PAL cheerleading. A portion of the proceeds go to local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Welcoming Guests to Troops Benefit

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal welcomes guests to tonight’s Stand For The Troops benefit concert at Westport’s Unitarian Church. With him are Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Eilhys England, co-founder of the nonprofit organization with her late husband, Col. David H. Hackworth, a highly decorated soldier. Headlining the concert was Weston resident and award-winning Broadway actor, singer and director James Naughton. Funds will go to support treatment of post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury among returning front line troops. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Revisionist History: First Flight in Bridgeport?

By Neena Satija

www.ctmirror.org

Move over, North Carolina. There is new validation of decades-old claims that the first powered, sustained and controlled flight took place in Bridgeport, Conn., rather than Kitty Hawk.

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Gustave Whitehead and his ‘‘Condor.”Photo courtesy of Deutsches Flugpioniermuseum Gustav Weißkopf

The pronouncement has Bridgeport’s mayor ecstatically recommending that the state get new license plates reading “First-er in Flight.”

New research this week prompted the internationally-renowned publication Jane’s All the World Aircraft to announce in its 100th edition that it would reassign the “first in flight” title from the Wright brothers to German-born aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead.

Since that announcement on Monday, excitement in Bridgeport and Fairfield—where the true “first flights” apparently took place—has been palpable.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival Debuts

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Susan Snider, president of The Friends of the Norwalk Islands, tonight welcomes an estimated 100 attendees to the inaugural Wild & Scenic Film Festival held at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave. “The theme that weaves through the 12 short films is water effects of climate change,” she said. “We’re here to build awareness for water-related issues.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

TGIF for Malloy: New Jobs Stats, Insurance Deal

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Significant economic challenges still face Connecticut, meaning significant political challenges for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But two pieces of good economic news came his way today, and he was happy to trumpet them.

The state Department of Labor revised its employment numbers upward, giving Malloy a midterm number of about 22,000 private sector jobs created since taking office in January 2011. And an insurer is moving from Rye Brook, N.Y., to Stamford. The department previously had reported a decline for 2012.

“It’s a great day to be Irish,” Malloy said.

The Navigators Group, a specialty insurance holding company with $1.2 billion in annual revenue, is relocating its corporate headquarters and other operations to Stamford, promising to create 200 jobs within five years.

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