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Shirley Mae Wright, 82

Shirley Mae Wright of New Miford, formerly of Westport, died Feb. 14 after a brief illness. She was 82.

She was born born Dec. 10, 1933 in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She was a floor manager at Berol USA Corp until it moved out of state. She then worked at the De Sherbinin Products until her retirement.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen A Marazano who lived Texas. She has a sister Barbara Porter who lives in West Hartford, three sons, Donald Wright of New Milford, Peter Wright of New Milford, Tim Wright of Brookfield and a daughter, Sandi Berry, of New Preston. She had eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Service will be held Thursday Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. 16 Dorwin Hill Road, New Milford.

Reading of New Play at Playhouse on Thursday

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The Westport Country Playhouse’s New Works Initiative, a program to develop new plays and musicals through workshop and reading opportunities, will present a public reading of a new play, “Out of the Mouths of Babes,” by award-winning playwright Israel Horowitz on Thursday at 7 p.m. Pictured are cast members (front row, l-r) Judith Ivey, Angelina Fiordellisi, Estelle Parsons and Francesca Choy-Kee. (back row) Barnet Kellman, director, Israel Horowitz, playwright and Mark Lamos, Country Playhouse artistic director. All tickets are $10.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Susan Granger’s Oscar Predictions

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

The red carpet is ready as the 6,200 Oscar voters choose among the 305 films that qualified for the 88th Academy Awards. To be eligible, a film must run more than 40 minutes and open by Dec. 31, 2015, for a minimum of seven-days at a theater in Los Angeles.

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When Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs read off the 20 acting nominations back in January, she said she was heartbroken and frustrated by the lack of diversity. That ignited many protests.

Yet, in the past, the Academy has honored Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman,  Jamie Foxx, Terence Howard, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o and Don Cheadle – to name only a few. “12 Years a Slave” won three Oscars in 2014; “Selma” was nominated for Best Picture in 2015.

This year, the primary contenders generated by African-Americans were “Concussion,” “Creed,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”  Although I gave CREED a 10-out-of-10, Warner Bros., unfortunately, marketed it to black audiences, not mainstream.  Although I would love to have seen young writer/director Ryan Coogler nominated, Sylvester Stallone did get a Best Supporting Actor nod.

Windy Walking Weather

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The winds were strong, the surf was rough and pelting rain mixed with sleet as this duo tried to brave the elements and enjoy a walk along the shore at Compo Beach Tuesday evening. They didn’t get far nor were they out long before they turned around and headed right back to the car. There will be better days for a beach walk. Spring begins in 24 days.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Waterway Protection Line Ordinance Subcommittee
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Library Board of Trustees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Pop Up Art Show Set for March 3

The next pop up exhibit by the Westport Artists’ Collective will be held Thursday, March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center, it was announced today.

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The 15 artists who exhibited at the September 2015 pop up exhibition have selected the 15 participating artists.

The latest exhibit will include works by Jeanine Esposito, Susan Fehlinger, MaryEllen Hendricks, Jana Irejio, Michael Kozlowski, Arpad Krizsan, Liz Leggett, Toby Michaels, Nancy Moore, Susan Newbold, Melissa Newman, Guy Philips, Marlene Siff, Lee Walther, and Florence Zolan

Founding members of the Westport Artists’ Collective include Nina Bentley, Tammy Winser, Jahmane West, Duvian Montoya, Miggs Burroughs, and Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center’s artistic director emeritus.

Text Amendment Proposes Cluster Housing

A developer is asking Westport’s Plannning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) to ease rules to build cluster housing aimed at residents who want to downsize.

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Mel Barr: proposal aimed at those who want to downsize. Dave Matlow/WN photo

The P&Z is scheduled on Thursday, March 3, to review a text amendment allowing multiple, single-family dwellings on one building lot in Residential A zones, Mary Young, deputy P&Z director, announced today.

Melvin Barr of Barr Associates LLC submitted amendment No. 705 proposing cluster housing.

He said it would allow four dwellings on one acre, each dwelling not to exceed 3,200-square feet, provided the property meets specific criteria outlined in the amendment.

Fine Arts Festival Call for Entries

Applications are currently being accepted through March 25 for this summer’s 43rd Westport Fine Arts Festival, the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) announced today.

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Categories for the juried show scheduled for July 16 and 17 are in oil, watercolor, photography and digital art, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, drawing with pastel, pencil or ink, glass, ceramics, jewelry and wood.

According to the WDMA, the festival is one the area’s most popular art shows, drawing collectors from throughout New England and New York.

It was voted by Art Fair Source Book as one of the top 100 crafts shows in the country, attracting thousands of visitors each year to its venue along the Saugatuck River.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 9 Pheasant Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 9 Pheasant Lane, off Meeker Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story contemporary has 1,304-square feet and is situated on a 1.2-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Arrest Follows Truck Blocking Traffic

An oil delivery man who refused to move his truck blocking Railroad Place traffic as he continued pumping oil was arrested for interfering with an officer and refusing to show his license and registration, police said today.

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Allen Pearson: wouldn’t stop pumping. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Allen Pearson, 50 of Stamford, was blocking traffic on Friday even though he had been warned in the past not to block the roadway.

“Pearson refused to move his truck until he was done pumping oil and refused to give the officers his license and registration paperwork,” Farrell said.

He added that Pearson then tried several times to shut the door of the truck while officers ordered him to exit.