Friday, April 19, 2024


Playhouse to Screen Film About ‘Loot’ Author

To kick off its third production of the season, “Loot” by Joe Orton, Westport Country Playhouse will host a free film screening of “Prick Up Your Ears,” the 1987 film adaptation of Orton’s biography.

The film, starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, and Vanessa Redgrave, and directed by Stephen Frears, will be shown on Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m., in the Playhouse’s Sheffer Studio.

The screening is free-of-charge by reservation through the Playhouse box office at (203)227-4177.  Free popcorn and beverages will be available.

David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director and director of “Loot,” will introduce the film.  An informal discussion will immediately follow the screening.

Iceland Exhibit to Benefit Homes with Hope

Residents can cool off, at least visually, via a photographic exhibit of Iceland on display through July at Westport’s Max’s Art Supplies on Post Road East.

Entitled “Land of Fire and Ice,” the exhibit is the work of Westport photographer Bernard Perry. Starting July 1, all photographs are available for purchase, and Perry is donating all proceeds to Homes with Hope, said Erin Falvey, the social service organization’s community relations coordinator.

“The donations will benefit the organization’s Gillespie Center and Hoskins’ Place, emergency shelters for men and women,” said Falvey.

The Gillespie Center and Hoskins’ Place have 19 beds for those in need of emergency shelter services. Falvey said the facility operates at more that 100 percent capacity year-round. The shelters also house the local food pantry and the community kitchen, helping to feed more than 50 individuals each day.

Tonight’s Levitt Performance Moved Indoors

Due to the weather forecast for this evening, the Levitt Pavilion performance by Latin Grammy nominee Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango, the highly acclaimed tango ensemble, will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave.

Presented as part of the Pavilion’s RiverSwing Series, a demonstration and free pre-concert dance lesson in the art of the tango, led by a professional instructors, will begin at 6:45 p.m.; show-time is 7:30 p.m.. 

Please note: With the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed inside the school. For more details, visit:

Norwalk’s Cafero Won’t Run for Governor

By Mark Pazniokas

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said today he will not run for governor in 2014, leaving until another day the question of whether he will continue his 21-career as a legislator. Image
State Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. addresses reporters today in Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“People have the right to know who’s in and who’s not. I hope that anybody who’s contemplating running for governor takes that very, very seriously,” said Cafero, standing outside the Hall of the House.

The main beneficiary of Cafero’s decision is likely to be Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, who promises to make his own announcement this summer about whether he will seek the nomination to oppose Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat.

Cafero and McKinney, who each have tried to act as the voice of the GOP, a party with no statewide or congressional office holders, share similar political and geographic bases as fiscal conservatives who supported gun control measures after Sandy Hook.

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Comings & Goings: 99 Bottles Opens in Bridge Square Image
A wine, beer and spirits shop, Ninety 9 Bottles, has opened at 9 Bridge Square, replacing the former Saugatuck Wine & Spirits, owned by the Rydek family. The new owner, Norwegian born Sjur Soleng, a Norwalk resident, also owns a store by the same name at Liberty Square, East Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Thursday, June 27, 2013

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Avenue lot – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
6 p.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – Sunset Lecture Series: Greg Dacho, Beardsley Park Zoo
6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Just Out on DVD: “Django Unchained”
7 p.m. – Jesup Green Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) – Levitt Pavilion: RiverSwing—Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango
7:15 p.m. – Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) – Westport Cinema Initiative: “Bridegroom”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Deer Management Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Show-Off”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: More Positive News

By Judy Szablak

The latest S&P/Case Shiller report affirms what Westporters already know—home prices have been gaining steadily, and year over year gains are the best they have been in years. Image
This home at 3 Caccamo Lane is listed at $1,795,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside

Data through April 2013 showed that home prices increased 11.6 percent for the 10-city composite index, and 12.1 percent for the 20-city composite index.

“The 10- and 20-City Composites posted their highest monthly gains in the history of S&P/CaseShiller Home Price Indices,” said Chairman David Blitzer.

We can expect that May’s report will be much of the same. However, be prepared for a seasonal slow-down.

Flash Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Westport and area through Friday afternoon.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will become increasingly likely as a system interacts with a moist and an unstable air mass over the area, the Weather Service said.

Localized rainfall rates could exceed 2 inches in an hour if thunderstorms train over the same area for an hour, which would cause urban and small stream flash flooding, an advisory said.

Overall 1 to 2 inches of rainfall are expected across the area tonight into Friday, the Weather Service said. Additional bouts of heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible this weekend into early next week, which may prolong the threat for flooding.

Leviitt Opens Children’s Series Image
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion opened its children’s series tonight with The Hall Family Band – a.k.a. The Hallaballoos, The band’s children’s series appearance has become a season tradition, now in its 22nd year. This family of Mary Ann, Bill, Emily and Daniel delighted the crowd of young and old. The series is sponsored by Stew Leonard III’s Children’s Charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for