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Westport art historian Fiona Garland (r) today points out some details in “Las Meninas,” (Spanish for “The Maids of Honor”), a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age. The painting, which is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, was discussed at today’s Westport Arts Center ArtCafé. It was the last ArtCafé for Helen Klisser During (l), the Center’s artistic director who has announced her resignation effective Dec. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 12 – Oct. 16, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 12 - 16, 2015:

Eymard J. and Madhurya Chitty to Anthony F. and Tara L. Dipippa, 216 Bayberry Lane, $2,100,000WNproperty.jpg

John C. Paprotna to Brian P. and Kristin M. Fey, 1 Quaker Lane, $1,150,000

Robert A. and Sarah J. Pedro to Cynthia Lopez, 2 Signal Lane, $912,000

Caren Calish and Louis J. Gagliano to John C. Paprotna Jr. and Marisa K. Timperman, 230 North Ave., $1,332,000

Friday,  October 30, 2015


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafe with Renaissance art historian Fiona Garland discussing Diego Velázquez:“The Painter’s Painter”
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Library – Community Party: Say Goodbye to Bill Derry
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Toquet Hall (57 Post Road East) – Teen Gaming Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘Beasts of No Nation,’  ‘Goosebumps,’ ‘Crimson Peak’

By Susan Granger

If you want to watch real horror and feel timely terror, Netflix’s first original feature “Beasts of No Nation” reveals the story of an innocent youngster who is recruited into the world of child soldiers.

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In an unspecified West African country, pre-teen Agu (Abraham Attah) describes himself as “a good boy from a good family,” raised as a devout Christians.

Suddenly, refugees come through his town, followed by soldiers, who kill whomever crosses their path, including Agu’s family and friends. Fleeing into the bush, Agu is caught and delivered to the demonic Commandant (Idris Elba), the intimidating, manipulative leader of an anti-government militia.

Given little to eat and no uniforms, Agu befriends silent Strika (Emmanuel ‘King Kong’ Nil Adom Quaye). Along with others, they’re indoctrinated, armed and dispatched to ambush an enemy caravan. As part of his initiation, the Commandant orders Agu to execute a prisoner with a machete.

Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Darien

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Graham Gudis (above) and the Staples boys soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Darien today, in the FCIAC tournament quarterfinals. The Wreckers now have a week and a half to prepare for the state LL (extra large schools) tourney, which begins on Nov. 9. Staples is shooting for its 13th state title. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Proposed P&Z Amendment Adds Baron’s South Limits

By James Lomuscio

See text of proposed amendment here

In an after election action, the current Westport Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) plans to further amend its controversial open space designation of Baron’s South with a new text amendment prohibiting multifamily housing on site. The move would bolster the commission’s opposition to a seven-year-planned senior housing complex there.

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Expansion of the Westport Center for Senior Activities would be made easier under the proposed amendment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Text amendment No. 704, aimed at amending Dedicated Open Space and Recreation District (DOSRD) designations, also would prohibit a talked about possible school bus parking facility on two acres of the 22-acre, town-owned Baron’s South property.

The amendment is scheduled for the P&Z’s Nov. 5 meeting, two days after the municipal election but before new P&Z commissioners are sworn in.

According to the revised amendment, municipal uses in a DOSRD 2 zone, of which Baron’s South is the only designated property, will be limited, but shall exclude “fire stations, police facilities, sewage and refuse disposal facilities, vehicle and material storage depots, sanitary landfill operations and multi-family housing.”

Have You Seen Scarlett

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Scarlett was last seen on Saturday morning, Oct. 24, on Stone Drive in Westport. She is an American longhair cat with tortoiseshell coloring. She is wearing two reflective collars and a pink heart-shaped ID tag with a bell. The tag has her name and the owner’s name and phone number on it. She is also microchipped and is eight years old. She has been an indoor/outdoor cat and usually sticks close by, returning home before evening, but she hasn’t seen since Saturday. If you see her or know where she is, please call Sarah at 917-568-3100 or email her: smagrino at hotmail dot com.

Richard Goldhurst, 88

Richard Goldhurst of Westport died Oct. 23 at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 88.

He was born in Larchmont, N.Y. on Jan. 4, 1927, the son of Harry Golden, well-known author of “Only in America,” a 1958 best-seller, and Genevieve Alice Marie Gallagher. He was the eldest of four boys.

Goldhurst was proud of the 11 books he had published.  “The Midnight War” (1978) was the definitive account of the American intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920. His 1954 essay on “Style in De Bello Civili” is the classic interpretation of Julius Ceasar.

He was equally proud of his service as an enlisted man in the paratroops during World War II in the Asian Pacific Theater of Oprations. He was in the 11th Airborne Division, the first to occupy Japan in August 1945.