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Friday,  May 30, 2014

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen Special Public Hearing
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen LEGO Robotics Club
6 p.m. – Westport Art Center – ArtCafé Happy Hour: Poetry Slam
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players: “Infinite Black Suitcase”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Himes Calls for Shinseki to Quit as VA Secretary

By Ann Radelat

Washington –  Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, today became the first member of Connecticut’s congressional delegation to call for the resignation of Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs.

“I am outraged by reports of delayed care and falsified records at VA facilities in Arizona,” Himes said in a statement. “I am equally appalled that dozens of other VA clinics are now under investigation for the same. Anyone at the VA who participated in or was aware of this gross mismanagement must be held accountable, without exception.”

Himes said Shinseki was not responsible for the scandal at the VA, “but when something goes wrong, the commander is responsible.”

Himes joins a growing list of lawmakers asking for Shinseki’s resignation for the fall campaign. Most of the Democratic lawmakers on that list are facing tough re-election races this year.

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‘Hey Bartender’ Screened in Westport Image
The Westport Cinema Initiative tonight screened the award-winning film “Hey Bartender” at Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church before a packed audience. Featuring Stephen “Carpi” Carpentieri (l), an owner of Westport’s Dunville’s, the film was made by Westport and Weston filmmakers Doug Tirola (director/producer) (2nd l), Susan Bedusa (producer) (r), and Danielle Rosen (co-producer). The film tells the story of how the renaissance of the bartender comes to be in the era of the craft cocktail. Westport film critic Susan Granger (l) took part in a talkback with the audience following the screening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Staples Boys Tennis Takes FCIAC Crown Image
The Staples Boys Tennis Team celebrates today after defeating Ridgefield 4-3 in the FCIAC finals at Wilton High School. It was the team’s first conference championship and first undefeated season (21-0) since 2001 As was the case in the semis on Tuesday against Greenwich, with the match tied 3-3 Staples secured the victory as the first doubles team of seniors Baxter Stein and Connor Mitnick came from behind to win in three sets 6-7, 6-4, 6-0. Staples moves on to the Class LL championships at Yale on Saturday. The Wreckers last won the team championship at states in 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Art About Town Street Party Draws Hundreds Image
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s Art About Town Opening Night Street Party drew hundreds to Main Street late today. Postponed from last week because of bad weather, the event featured the unveiling of art work in the Main Street tunnel to Parker Harding Plaza called Tunnel Vision by artist Miggs Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

‘There’s No Place Like Home’ Image
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs poses tonight in front of his lenticular image of his hands and those of Westporter Liz Beeby (l). Explaining the “Goldfingers” work on the website, Beeby wrote: “I sat in this tunnel with my friends on rainy days after Bedford Jr. High School, dreaming of being a rock star; Being immortalized HERE with my trusted mentor, best friend and partner in life exploration, Miggs B, makes me click the heels of my ruby slippers together and scream at the top of my lungs: “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

First Glimpse Image
Crowds tonight get their first glimpse of Tunnel Vision on Westport’s Main Steet at Art About Town. The art installation features 16 lenticular images (Images that change when viewed from different angles) of the hands of Westporters. A website,, shows the images along with portraits of those whose hands are featured along with brief biographies. Said Burroughs:“A year in the making, Tunnel Vision is one of the most ambitious and rewarding art projects of my career. It is an honor and privilege to have been asked to transform this unique Westport space from a practical passageway into a highly immersive and meaningful experience for tunnel-travellers of all ages and persuasions.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo