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A Juice Toast to Mark Farmers Market 10th Anniversary

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Chef Michel Nischan, one of the original founders of the Westport Farmers Market, raises a juice toast today at the market on Imperial Avenue as it marked its 10th anniversary. He said he has an original cow bell from the market that is rung whenever his Wholesome Wave organization, which strives to enable underserved community members to make healthier food choices, receives a grant. He said he was delighted to receive a 10th anniversary cow bell replica gifted to founding members and officials who helped launch the original market in 2006 in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. (See WestportNow June 29, 2006)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Praise for 10 Years of Westport Farmers Market

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Former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today congratulated the Westport Farmers Market on its 10th anniversary in a ceremony at the market on Imperial Avenue. He singled out former Selectman Shelly Kassen, who was unable to attend, for being a driving force behind establishing the market in 2006 as part of his administration’s Celebrate Westport initiative. He recalled that Paul Newman, who partnered with chef Michel Nischan (2nd l) at the now closed Dressing Room restaurant adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse, came to him with their idea of establishing the market behind the Playhouse at the same time that similar town efforts were already under way. At left is Lori L Cochran-Dougall, executive director. (See a Farmers Market video here marking the 10th anniversary) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

YMCA Launches New Program for Eighth Graders

Believing that the “tween” years are pivotal in developing healthy and productive lifelong habits, the Westport Weston Family YMCA today announced an eighth grade membership program featuring $15 monthly membership fees.

The program, effective July 1, replaces the Y’s current seventh grade membership initiative. It is available to all rising local eighth graders in Westport and Weston schools, an announcement said. The eligibility period runs through June 30, 2016.

The YMCA being a cause-driven charitable organization, there is a requirement that all eighth grade members complete 10 hours of volunteer service over the course of the year, Y officials said.

Volunteer opportunities may include assistance in the Y’s Kids’ Club, clerical help, small maintenance projects like helping with the annual Camp Mahackeno cleanup, and meeting and greeting YMCA members in the Welcome Center.

Visiting ‘Golden Shadows’

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The subcommittee reviewing a request for local historic preservation status for the “Golden Shadows” mansion on town-owned Baron’s South toured the property today. The subcommittee, which previously toured the Nike Missile Radar site on Bayberry Lane, is conducting a study in support of requesting historic preservation status for both structures.The group visited the Nike site in January. (See WestportNow Jan. 15, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Hidden Garden Tour and Party Set for Sunday

The Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) annual Hidden Garden Tour exploring seven scenic gardens in Westport and Southport is set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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One of the seven gardens on Sunday’s tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

It will be followed by a party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens at 7 Sylvan Lane, WHS officials announced.

Advanced prices for the tour are is $45 for WHS members, $55 for nonmembers and $60 the day of the tour.

The day’s events begin with a market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the WHS lawn at 25 Avery Place, offering homegrown and homemade items from gardens and cottage businesses. Admission is free.

Thursday,  June 11, 2015


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Energy Performance Contracting Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. – Town Hall – American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach: beginning Access 2007
11 a.m. – Nature Center, Sherwood Island State Park – Snakes & Reptiles with the Beardsley Zoo
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market, 10-year anniversary celebration at noon
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
10 a.m. – 68 Compo Road South – Golden Shadows & Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee Site Visit
1 p.m. – St. Luke Church (84 Long Lots Road) – Westport Garden Club Open Meeting
1 p.m. – Town Hall – American Job Center Southwest’s Career Coach: intermediate Access 2007
4:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Creative Coders: Javascript
7 p.m. – Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) – Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “And a Nightingale Sang”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Spy,’ ‘Love and Mercy,’ ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

By Susan Granger

In “Spy,” Paul Feig’s globe-trotting parody of espionage action-thrillers, Melissa McCarthy has finally found a film that showcases her versatility and comedic prowess.

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After the sexy, satirical James Bond-style opening sequence, there’s seemingly timid Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a CIA agent, working as an analyst in Langley, Va., using high-tech surveillance to serve as the eyes and ears of an urbane operative, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). She’s obviously in love with him, and he uses her devotion for his personal advantage.

When a terrorist poses a nuclear bomb threat and the other field agents’ identities are compromised, Susan’s boss (Alison Janney) dispatches her overseas, because her face is unknown to the enemy. Besides, Susan’s had years of successful field training and this is the opportunity she’s been waiting for.

While her flustered colleague (Miranda Hart) serves as Susan’s liaison in the dingy, vermin-infested basement of CIA headquarters, her presence in Paris/Rome/Budapest enrages a chauvinistic veteran operative (Jason Statham), intrigues an overly-amorous Italian associate (Peter Serafinowicz) and bewilders a ruthless Bulgarian arms dealer (Rose Byrne).