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Friday, November 8, 2013


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
10 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Post Road East) – “Master Class”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

James V. Tartaro, 92

James Vincent Tartaro of Westport, formerly of Bridgeport, husband of Nancy A. Tartaro, died Nov. 6 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was 92.

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James Tartaro: retired machinist.  Contributed photo

Born in Bristol, the son of the late Joseph and Nancy Tartaro, he had been a Bridgeport resident for most of his life prior to moving to Westport nine years ago.

A graduate of Warren Harding High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Pocomoke in the Pacific. He was a retired machinist for the Remington Arms Company.

He was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post 74 and a life member of VFW Post 9427.

Staples Girls Volleyball Advances to Quarterfinals

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The Staples girls volleyball team defeated Danbury 3-1 tonight in a match that turned out to be the last home event for the seniors. They successfully defended their court this season by going undefeated at home with an 11-0 record. Next up, Simsbury on Saturday at Weston High School—a home match that will be played in Weston due to Craft Westport at Staples. Pictured is Amelia Brackett with the kill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Upsets Newtown

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Jack Scott (raised hand) leads a joyful celebration tonight at Newtown after the co-captain scored two minutes before halftime, and the Wreckers made the goal stand up for a 1-0 upset win in the second round of the state Class LL tournament. Newtown was ranked seventh. The Wreckers, seeded 10th, vault into the quarterfinals, on Saturday at No. 2 Xavier-Middletown. Tonight’s win was sealed with strong defense by Connor Weiler, Andrew Puchala, Gabe Pensak and the rest of the squad, backstopped by keeper Noah Schwaeber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Diptyque to Main Street

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A Paris-based luxury perfumerie, Diptyque (pronounced dip-teek), has opened its first store in Connecticut at Westport’s 47 Main St. The company says the outlet “pays homage to the coastal heritage of New England while combining the spirit of the original 34 Boulevard St. Germain boutique in Paris.” Eduardo Valadez (l), East Coast sales manager, said Westport is the company’s seventh store in the United States. “We offer luxury perfumes, candles with personal fragrances and a range of body care products,” he said. Westport was chosen “because the Westport area understands luxury—they are worldly customers who understand the brand and appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of our product line,” he said. With him is store manager Dee Livingston. The space was formerly occupied by l’Occitane, which moved to expanded facilities next door at 45 Main St. replacing Claire’s fashion accessories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Farewell to P&Z Members

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The Planning and Zoning Commission tonight honored three of its members who are retiring after not seeking re-election. P&Z Chairman Catherine Walsh (r) presented Howard Lathrop (l) and Ron Corwin, who was not present, with scenes from Westport that they had involvement with as commissioners since 2005. Nora Jinishian (c) received a scene from Compo Beach. She has served since 2009. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff also honored the outgoing commissioners with certificates of commendation and thanked them for their service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Art Garfunkel at Playhouse on Saturday

Legendary singer Art Garfunkel, who turned 72 on Tuesday, will perform Saturday at the Westport Country Playhouse in what is described as “An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel.”

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Art Garfunkel’s first solo album, “Angel Clare.” Contributed photo

Organizers said the the evening will be “an acoustic rehearsal with songs, anecdotes, prose and a unique audience Q&A session.”

An announcement added: “The open rehearsals have proven to be a wonderful experience for both Art and his audience. Attendance is limited.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the event starting at 8 p.m. All tickets are $50 and on a “first come – first served basis,” organizers said. They are available online at http://www.westportplayhouse.org.

Westport Artist’s Works Up for Auction

Several pieces of original artwork by the late Westport artist and illustrator Bernard “Bernie” Burroughs (1912 -1993) will be auctioned off on Sunday by Black Rock Galleries in Bridgeport with previews beginning today.

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One of the works up for auction is this editorial illustration believed to have been done for the Ladies’ Home Journal or McCall’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The preview and auction will take place simultaneously online and live at 1720 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Phone (203)335-0000.

Bernie Burroughs was renowned as a men’s fashion illustrator during the “Mad Men” era of advertising art, with his work for Van Heusen, Fruit of the Loom, Arrow shirts, MacGregor, and many others, appearing in national magazines throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.