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Monday, January 29, 2018


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
10:45 a.m. – Westport Library – RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee
2 p.m. – Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) – WestportREADS 2018: discuss “Regeneration”
7 p.m. – Westport Library – The Community Table Conversation Series
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

State of Town and Schools Strong, But With Challenges

By James Lomuscio

Westport and its school system are strong and well positioned to tackle present and future challenges.

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First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon address today’s Town Hall meeting as moderator Jeff Wieser watches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

That’s the good news to hear First Selectman Jim Marpe and school board chairman Michael Gordon tell it at today’s “State of the Town and Schools” talk at Westport Town Hall.

The not-so-good news is that the Connecticut’s fiscal crisis is hitting home with less state funding, and health insurance claims are straining school budgets. 

On top of that, the new federal tax law limiting local property and state tax deductions might dissuade prospective residents from moving to Westport, or make it difficult to retain current ones.

A Grammy for Westport’s Justin Paul

WestportNow.com ImageWestport’s Justin Paul (l) and partner Benj Pasek are on their way to being the youngest EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners ever. They triumphed at the Grammy Awards today for the first time for Best Musical Theater Album of “Dear Evan Hansen.”  In the past 12 months alone, the duo won Best Original Song at the Oscars along with composer Justin Hurwitz for the “La La Land” song “City of Stars.” They prevailed at the Tony Awards in the category of Best Original Score for “Dear Evan Hansen.” They are now just an Emmy Award away from EGOT status and have the Fox holiday special “A Christmas Story” live musical on that ballot this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Curious About Ed Vebell, Patrons Pack Historical Society

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Historical Society’s opening reception today not only celebrated the town’s time honored role in art and history, but a man who seemed to personify both — illustrator Ed Vebell, 96.

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Ed Vebell: “I’m about 97 years old, which is an achievement in itself.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The exhibit titled “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell” that drew more than 100 persons to the WHS celebrates the work and legacy of a local resident who, with an artist’s pen, had a front-row seat in the mid-20th century.

From chronicling World War II in northern Africa for Stars and Stripes to being the sole artist after the war chosen to sketch the Nuremberg trials to a stint as an Olympic fencer to being a key player during Westport’s 1950s heyday as a hot bed of magazine and advertising art, Vebell’s repertoire seems a curious case, indeed.

The title of the exhibit, which runs through April 19 is a play on the name of the short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a one-time Westport resident. Fitzgerald’s piece is fantasy tale about a man who ages in reverse.

Ed Vebell Honored With ‘Quilt of Valor’

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Westport artist Ed Vebell was honored today with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor at the opening reception of the Westport Historical Society’s “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell” exhibit. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of the 96-year-old world renowned illustrator. Quilts of Valor is a nonprofit foundation whose goal is to cover all physically or psychologically wounded service members with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

West Point Glee Club Performs

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The West Point Glee Club, one of the U.S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations, today performed a special concert at the Saugatuck Congregational Church created for the Westport Library’sWestportREADS with music and writings from World War I. For more than 100 years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and recordings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Movie Afternoon: Popcorn and Snuggling With Stuffed Animals

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Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church was filled today with youngsters watching “The Secret Life of Pets” while snuggling with their favorite stuffed animals and munching popcorn. The guests also got to visit with puppies from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The 90-minute, 2016, fully-animated feature-film is about the lives pets lead after their owners leave for work or school each day. The screening was organized by the Westport Cinema Initiative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo