Saturday, March 02, 2024


Granger’s at the Movies: ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘Breathe,’ ‘The Snowman’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

One of the great disappointments of the fall season is “Suburbicon,” George Clooney’s collaboration with the Coen brothers, revolving around skulduggery in the suburbs in the summer of 1959. Image

Like Levittown, Suburbia is a peaceful, prefab, homogenized community with affordable homes and friendly neighbors. Until an African-American couple, the Mayers (Karimah Westbrook, Leith M. Burke), move in with their young son Andy (Tony Espinosa).

Their presence arouses so much ire that a racist petition is circulated and a riot erupts. The police are summoned, but no one does anything about the bigotry and torment that they’re forced to endure.

Meanwhile, across the backyard, there’s a home invasion. Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), his paraplegic wife Rose (Julianne Moore), their son Nicky (Noah Jupe) and Rose’s twin sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) are tied up and chloroformed by thugs (Alex Hassell, Corey Allen Kotler) — and Rose dies.

Neil M. Adato, 96

Neil Mony Adato of Westport died Oct. 23. He was 96. Image
Neil Adato: construction engineer. Contributed photo

Adato touched all who knew him with his extraordinary integrity, charm, generosity, and a personality that radiated warmth and love.

As a family friend wrote last week “He was one of the most generous individuals I have ever met, empathetic, worldly, fair, and very, very accomplished.” 

Mony was an affectionate and sensitive man, always ready to talk with his friends and family about any problem, decision, or interest.

‘It Made His Night’ Image
Zachary Selig, 7, of Westport went to Compo Beach tonight dressed as a police officer for his Halloween costume. While there, he ran into Westport Officers Michael Tomanelli (l) and Jonathan Lauria, who readily agreed to pose for a photo. Said mom Beth: “These two Westport police officers were so very kind to take a picture with him. And it made his night!!!!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Previews Tonight at Playhouse Image
“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, previews tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse and will run through Nov. 19. The tale of two teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world has never before been produced at the Playhouse during its 87 seasons. Opening night is Saturday. Picture (l-r): (l-r) Peter Francis James as Friar, James Cusati-Moyer as Romeo, and Felicity Jones Latta as Nurse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax But Signs Most of New CT Budget Into Law

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today used his line-item veto to reject a new taxing arrangement on hospitals, but signed into law the bulk of a new, two-year state budget negotiated without direct input from his administration.

The governor signed a $41.3 billion, biennial plan that closes major projected deficits while boosting taxes close to $500 million per year, cutting municipal aid, higher education and social services, and sweeping tens of millions of dollars annually from energy conservation programs.

“After 123 days without a budget, it is time to sign this bipartisan bill into law and continue the steady and significant progress our state has made over the past several years,” Malloy said. 

“Connecticut’s families and businesses deserve to have a budget in place, one that provides a stable environment to live and work.  While there are certainly many provisions of this budget I find problematic, there’s also a clear recognition of many of the fiscal priorities and concerns I’ve consistently articulated since January.  I appreciate the work of the General Assembly in passing a budget to my desk that I can sign.”