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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver” (last day)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “And a Nightingale Sang”
5:30 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Margaret Nagle’s “The Good Lie”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Subcommittee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Orphenians on Yankee Stadium Big Screen Image
The big screen scoreboard at Yankee Stadium tonight showed the Staples High School Orphenians singing the national anthem behind home plate. An adjacent big screen identified them as being from Staples High School (without identifying the school’s location—but Westport was mentioned by the public address announcer.)  Anxiously awaited for months by the Staples singers, the appearance was delayed one hour and 21 minutes by rain before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies began. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heather Hychko for

Stadium Closeup Image
The Yankee Stadium crowd tonight got a closeup view of the Orphenians performing the national anthem. This was among the images projected on the scoreboard screen in center field. See the complete Yankees scoreboard video here as well as a video shot by Staples media teacher Jim Honeycutt here, including some of the Orpheneians greeting Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels in seats behind home plate after their performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) New York Yankees photo

Comings & Goings: Fresh Green Light Driving School Opens Image
Fresh Green Light driving school has opened at 1362 Post Road East. Steve Mochel and his wife Laura Shuler or Weston, parents of four teenage drivers, co-founded Fresh Green Light in 2009 after leaving corporate marketing jobs with a mission to make teen drivers safer behind the wheel. The company also has sites in Greenwich, Darien, and Wilton and will open in Fairfield next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Evangeline H. Dillingham, 83

Evangeline Harlan Dillingham of Hingham, Mass., an accomplished pianist and chamber music player who helped establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport, died June 14. She was 83. Image
Evangeline Dillingham: active in classical music community. Contributed photo

A longtime resident of West Redding, she was active throughout her life in the classical music community in Connecticut and New York.

A passionate supporter of young musicians, she helped to establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport. She also founded the Meadow Ridge Concert Series in Redding.

She worked with many members of the Ridgefield Symphony. She served on the board and as president of the Connecticut Alliance For Music and oversaw the creation of its educational outreach program, which brought professional artists to inner-city schools.

Professor: Dems Could Take U.S. Senate in 2016

A Sacred Heart University political science professor told the Westport Rotary Club today it is possible that Democrats will retake control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections. Image
Gary Rose, a political science professor at Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University, addressing the Westport Rotary Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“The 2016 Senate races are taking place in blue states where (President) Obama won,” said Gary Rose, chair of the Department of Government Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, who has studied the U.S. political system for four decades. “And control of the Senate very possibly could swing back to the Democrats.”

The political landscape has changed with U.S. Supreme Court rulings that political money is equivalent to speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution, he told the club’s weekly meeting in Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. This has led to an influx of funds, often from sources that don’t have to identify themselves.

“It’s an almost absurd situation,” Rose said, adding that the unidentifiable funds have become known as “dark money.”