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Taking a Bow

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The cast takes a bow at tonght’s Westport Country Playhouse opening night performance of “Sing for Your Shakespeare,” a musical review directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos. Advance ticket sales have been so strong that the run has been extended through June 28, according to a staff member. Pictured are (l-r)  Britney Coleman, Constantine Germanacos, Karen Akers, Stephen DeRosa, Laurie Wells and Darius de Haas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Grad David Speer is 27th Round MLB Pick by Indians

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Four years ago, Staples High School pitching ace David Speer sat in the Staples cafeteria to announce he was headed to Columbia University. Today, after a stellar four years with the Light Blue, the 21-year-old was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball entry draft. The lefty had an impressive career for Columbia, and was the Lions’ No. 1 starter in his junior and senior seasons. He helped Columbia win the first of two consecutive Ivy League titles as a junior in 2013, garnering first-team All-Ivy honors after going 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in conference play, and pitched even better in 2014. Speer went 7-2 with a 1.86 ERA his senior year, and logged a 4-0 record in conference play to go undefeated in the Ancient Eight for the second straight year and earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors. Contributed photo

Envisioning a Vibrant, Improved Downtown

By James Lomuscio

From the outset, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Dewey Loselle, chairman of the Downtown Steering Committee, today thanked the 75 persons assembled in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria for showing up on one of the season’s best days so far to sit indoors for several hours.

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Stephen R. Desloge (c), president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, shows a photo card to fellow attendees at today’s Downtown Visioning Workshop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Loselle even quipped that he had prayed it would rain as not to discourage attendance at the Downtown Visioning Workshop held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“But it is so important to have your input today,” Marpe said about the need for a downtown master plan in the wake of current and future development, “Main Street and the Post Road and the area around it are so important to us and the people who visit our town.”

Loselle noted that his group has already received about 2,100 suggestions posted at http://www.downtownwestportct.com, and that he welcomed more.