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Another Story Explorers Reading at the Library

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Brandi Briggs (r), president of the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL), and Adelka Polak, Westport Country Playhouse teaching artist, today read the children’s book “Twinkle Tames a Dragon” to nearly two dozen children at the Story Explorers program at the Westport Library. Free and open the public, Story Explorers is a new series which aims to promote childhood literacy while also enhancing children’s experiences of attending live theater. A live musical adaptation of “Twinkle Tames a Dragon” will be presented at the Playhouse on Sunday, Feb. 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Don Rebar for WestportNow.com

C. Steven Crosby, 65

C. Steven Crosby of Westport died Jan. 26 on his way home from work. He was 65.

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C. Steven Crosby: financial executive. Contributed photo

Born in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of the late Ottie and Vernon Crosby. He lived in Westport since 1998. 

He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and was currently working for Pricewaterhousecoopers in New York. 

He focused on helping PwC clients address challenges to their success across a broad spectrum of management consulting including strategy, operations, risk and regulatory compliance as well as technology solutions, data and analytics.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


2 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Annual Meeting
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Opening Reception: “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
3 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportREADS 2017: Rescue a Dog … and Sit and Give Paw
5 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – 2017 SlamJam

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Fire Volunteers Honor Retiring Chiefs

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Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) tonight honored Chief Andrew Kingsbury (r) and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar (l) on their previously announced retirements. WVFD Deputy Chief Ken Gilbertie (c) presented them with commemorative awards at a dinner at the Delmar Hotel in Southport. Also attending was Assistant Chief Rob Yost, who will be sworn in on Friday, Feb. 24 as Kingsbury’s replacement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Film Screening Followed by Personal Tale

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The Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) today presented a screening of the 1997 film “In & Out” as part of the Westport Library’s WestportREADS “Bettyville” book selection. The book by George Hodgman explores the author’s identity as a gay man. The movie stars Kevin Kline who plays a popular teacher, who is gay, and is “outed” by a former student. After the Town Hall showing, Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola (l) discussed the film with Westport writer, author, and soccer coach Dan Woog, who described his own decision to disclose his homosexuality. While he was worried about the reaction, he said he was relieved to find that he received nothing but kind words. “I am sure things were said behind my back but most comments were of support,” Woog said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport’s Julia Marino Takes a Gold at X Games

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Julia Marino, 19, a Westport resident, today won a gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle event in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The X Games rookie was in last place, and then put down her second run with flawless style and supreme confidence which earned a 94.66. “Oh my God, I am just so happy, it felt so smooth when I landed it,” she said. “It honestly doesn’t feel like real life, I’m just on a cloud, I couldn’t ask for a better contest. This is a dream come true.” Earlier in the week she won a bronze in the Big Air competition, an event she won in Fenway Park in 2016 (see WestportNow Feb. 11, 2016). She trains with the U.S. ski team with an eye on competing in the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook.com photo

Making History: Lynsey Addario and Jacob Riis

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Staples High School sophomore Kayla Sirlin, 15, today shows off her joint National History Day project (completed with fellow sophomore Paige Anderson, 16) at the Westport Library. Called “A (Snap) Shot in the Dark,” it features Westport award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, a 1991 Staples graduate, and Jacob Riis, a photographer, writer, and social reformer (1849–1914) who used his camera to spotlight harsh New York City tenement conditions. The project won a gold star in the competition and will advance to the regional National History Day competition at Sacred Heart University in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Highlighting Muhammed Ali in History

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Muhammad Ali, the professional boxer and activist who died last June, was the theme of a Staples High School National History Day project displayed today at the Westport Library. Called “Muhammad Ali: Fighting More Than Just His Opponent,” it was created by sophomores (l-r)  Zach Strober, 15, Austin Sholes, 16, and Jack Nealon, 15. Entries were judged by volunteers and ranked for possible submission to the regional National History Day competition in June. Lauren Frances, the schools’ 6-12 social studies coordinator, said about 200 Staples students participated in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Judging ‘Taking a Stand in History’

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Westport Historical Society board members Michaela McColl (l) and Stacey Danielson were among the 12 judges today who judged entries in the “Taking a Stand: Westport Celebrates National History Day 2017” competition among Staples High School U.S. history students at the Westport Library. Judges ranked each exhibit with gold, silver, or bronze stars as students sought feedback for entry into the National History Day regional competition in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com