Saturday, February 24, 2024


Two CT Theaters to Screen ‘The Interview’ Thursday

UPDATE Westporters keen to see the controversial film “The Interview” in a movie theater Thursday or New Year’s Day will have to travel to Waterbury or Hartford in state or Yonkers, N.Y. or New York City.

Sony’s list of participating theaters includes about 300 that will start showing it on Christmas and dozens of others that will start showing it on Jan. 1 or 2. Some of the Christmas Day screenings are already sold out.

In Connecticut, the controversial comedy surrounding the assassination of Kim Jong-Un is scheduled to be shown in Hartford at the Spotlight Theatres Front Street Stadium and in Waterbury at Apple Cinemas Waterbury 10, the studio said.

Westporters and others also will get a chance to see the movie at home. Sony made the film available beginning at 1 p.m. today on Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft’s Xbox Video as well as on a website of its own.

Preserving Our Heritage: 7 Old Mill Road

By Dave Matlow

In another recognition of preserving Westport’s heritage, the Woodson family today received a Westport Historical Society (WHS) plaque from WHS historian Bob Weingarten (l), adding their 1909-built home at 7 Old Mill Road. to the WHS list of notable Westport homes. Image
Accepting the Westport Historical Society plaque today were (l-r) Elizabeth Woodson, 22, and her parents Jenifer and Hart Woodson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Accepting the plaque were Elizabeth and her parents Jenifer and Hart Woodson. According to Jenifer Woodson, the plaque was a surprise Christmas gift to Elizabeth, a Stanford University senior who serves as president of the Stanford student body, class of 2015, and celebrates her 22nd birthday on Christmas Day. She is a graduate of Greens Farms Academy.

“Shortly after we moved into our Old Mill Road house in 1994, I’ll always remember little 2-year old Elizabeth saying, ‘I don’t ever want to move again,’” said Jenifer Woodson. 

Today, recollecting her love of the Woodsons’ 1909-built house Elizabeth said, “So much today is ephemeral, that’s why this old house is so important to my parents and me.”

Memorial Service Set for Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Harriet E. (Betty) Jennings (Nov. 7, 1923 – July 23, 2014) will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at her beloved Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

All are invited to a gathering in Hoskins Hall at the church immediately following the service.

Ms. Jennings was 90 years old and the longest living member of Saugatuck Church serving as Deacon Emeritus and an active volunteer both at the church and with the American Red Cross. 

A private service of interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery earlier this summer.  Memorial contributions in memory of Ms. Jennings may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Rebuild Fund, at 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 or the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter, 20 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06032.

Morrie A. Sigel, 69

Morrie A. Sigel of Westport died Dec. 20 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 69.

Born in Duluth, Minn. on April 9, 1945, he attended the University of Minnesota then moved to New York to start a career in banking, shipping and real estate finance.

For the past 20 years he worked from home and was blessed with the ability to spend quality time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Bevilacqua, and two daughters, Halli, 20, and Ariana, 23, of Los Angeles. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Dr. Melvin Sigel and Robert Sigel of Minneapolis, as well as his in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

Susan Granger At the Movies: Christmas Week Releases

By Susan Granger

Family-friendly films abound this Christmas week -– but which to choose? Image

Based on the Brothers Grimm’s cautionary tales, “Into the Woods” is Rob Marshall’s adaptation of James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim’s insightful, slyly comedic Broadway musical. Dare I say it’s even better than the stage version?

Why? Since Sondheim’s intricate music and tongue-twisting lyrics are extraordinarily demanding, on-stage, some inevitably get garbled. Whereas, on-screen, everything is crystal-clear.

A humble baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) yearn for a child. Years ago, the witch (Meryl Streep) cursed his family; the only way it can be broken is to go into the forest on a quest to find items she requires, including Red Riding Hood’s cape and Jack and the Beanstalk’s Milky White cow.