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Welcoming Benefit Concert Guests

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Violinist Igor Pikayzen, a 2005 Staples High School graduate, and his mother, Chopin Competition prize-winner Tatyana Pikayzen, tonight welcome guests to a benefit concert at the Steinway showroom, 501 Post Road East. Funds are being raised for Edelio, a nonprofit, first time, four-concert series scheduled at different locations throughout town this summer. “It is our hope that eventually Edelio will turn into a major Westport event, attracting both international artists and large crowd,” Igor Pikayzen said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

A New Start Planned for White Barn Theatre

The drama surrounding the fabled White Barn Theatre complex, the brainchild of the late play producer Lucille Lortel, is now in its final act, with supporters poised for a happy denouement.

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Actress, producer and theater impresario Lucille Lortel founded the White Barn Theatre in 1947.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A contract to buy the 15-acre property on the Norwalk and Westport border was signed recently between the White Barn Theatre Foundation and the property’s current owner 78 Cranbury Road LLC.

The contract secures the property if the foundation raises $1.2 million to complete the transaction by this spring, says Waldo Mayo, White Barn Theatre Foundation president.

He said nonprofit, Virginia-based Conservation Fund has tentatively committed to lend the balance of the $4.95 million purchase price.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 41 Compo Parkway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 41 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-1/4 story custom ranch has 3,560-square feet, is situated on a 1.27-acre property and, according to assessor records last changed ownership in June 2000 for $1,225,000. 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

Anthony DiProspero

Andrew DiProspero died Jan, 16.

He graduated from Staples High School in Westport and spent his working years in the antiques business, having owned Wilton Antiques for many years.

He was very knowledgeable and specialized in first edition books, paintings and pottery. He was a kind hearted and generous man. He loved animals, especially his Doberman, Lady. He enjoyed movies, sports, especially baseball and boxing as well as movie star trivia.

He is survived by his sister Joyce Stites, nephew Christopher Stites his longtime and forever friend, Shari Sisk.

Elizabeth B. Kenyon, 91

Elizabeth Beck Kenyon, a former Westport Library employee, died Feb. 24 in Trumbull. She was 91.

The wife of Hugo George Kenyon was born in Washington D.C. She was a longtime resident of Fairfield and Southport.

She was a graduate of Wellesley College, class of 1943, had been past regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was predeceased by a third son Christopher whose wife Patricia remains close to the family. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hugo and Gregory; five grandchildren, Lucas, Michael, Sean. McKayla, and Morgan; and two great-grandchildren Dawson and Joclynn.

Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio to Step Down as Co-CEO

Ray Dalio, the Greenwich billionaire founder of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, is stepping down as interim co-chief executive officer by April, according to a post on his LinkedIn. WestportNow.com Image
Ray Dalio: changes effective April 15. Forbes.com photo

Dalio, 67, will remain the hedge fund’s co-chief investment officer.

David McCormick will move into the co-CEO role with Eileen Murray, replacing Dalio and Jon Rubinstein, who will be leaving the firm, according to the post.

“I’m excited about this change and expect to remain a professional investor at Bridgewater until I die or until those running Bridgewater don’t want me anymore,” Dalio said in the post.

Nine Staples Students Are Merit Finalists

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Nine Staples High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. All have a chance to earn one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $35 million. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Ulyana Piterbarg, Nicole T. Kiker, Alexander D. Ialeggio, and Tia Pogue; (front row)  Phoebe Spear, JiSu Ahn, Isabelle Amlicke, and Lindsey N. Marks. Missing from picture: Grace McGinley. Greens Farms Academy announced one finalist: Christopher Glynn of Stamford, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

BOOKED for the Evening Honors Alan Alda

The Westport Library has announced that the 2017 BOOKED for the evening honoree is award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and author Alan Alda.

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Alan Alda: to be honored June 5. Photo courtesy of Alan Alda

His newest book, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating,” is being published in June.

The event will be on Monday, June 5 with tickets available on May 1.

Alda, 81, has won six Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” (2004).

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Pension Board
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – United Nations Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 307/309 – P&Z Affordable Housing Subcommittee
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Historic District Commission Work Session
4 p.m. – Earthplace – Citizen Science Brigade
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Workshop for March Artist-in-Residence Challenge
5:30 p.m. – 107 Harbor Road – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – 5 Canal Park – Westport Housing Authority
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Steinway & Sons (501 Post Road East) – Edelio Gala Benefit Concert
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar