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Granger at the Movies: ‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘Life of the Party,’ ‘Dear Dictator’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Deadpool 2” opens on Friday, and this subversive sequel is long, loud — and very funny.

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The foul-mouthed, facially disfigured, yet indestructible anti-hero Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is still madly in love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and they’re thinking of having a baby, when tragedy strikes. Vengeance is inevitable.

Dressed in form-fitting red-and-black spandex, Wade does battle with the villainous, time-traveling cyborg Cable (Josh Brolin), assembling his X-force crew, including Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Weasel (TJ Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), adding sarcastic Domino (Zazie Beetz), a newcomer whose gift is being extremely lucky.

Plus, he’s determined to protect orphaned Russell (Julian Dennison), a troubled teenager who happens to be a fire-fisted mutant and views Wade as a surrogate father figure.

Lorraine Seaton, 92

Lorraine Kenney Seaton, a former Westport resident and employee of the Westport schools, died May 14 at her home in Ipswich, Massachusetts after a long illness. She was 92.

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Lorraine Seaton: former Westport teacher. Contributed photo

Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, on June 2, 1925 she was the daughter of the late William and Helena (O’Rourke) Kenney.

She graduated from Classical High School in Providence, in June 1943. Later she graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1947. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and was a member of the URI Golden Grads. Lorraine was also a member and secretary of the Phi Delta Drama Club.

After graduation, she settled in Westport for the next 42 years and raised her two daughters.

Comings & Goings: JoJo Maman Bébé to Playhouse Square

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JoJo Maman Bébé, a UK-based apparel store featuring maternity, children and baby clothing, has opened at 275 Post Road East in Playhouse Square near the Granola Bar. According to store manager Halima Cecunjanin, the Westport location is the first in the U.S. with other locations planned in Greenwich and Hoboken, New Jersey. The business, founded by Laura Tenison is now headquartered in Newport, Wales with its main marketing offices in London. It owns 60 stores employing over 400 people. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


10 a.m. – noon – Westport Senior Center – Alzheimer’s Association community education forum
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art” & “4th Annual Student Art Exhibition”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – PageTurners Discuss “The Shadow Land”
1 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
2:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Dr. Paul Epstein: Growing Young with a Healthy Brain
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Positive Directions & Positive Youth Development Teen Stress Presentation
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Countdown to College: Making the Most of Your Summer
8 p.m. – Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) – Galactic Archaeology: Finding Fossils in the Sky, Dr. Keith Hawkins

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Saugatuck Students Kick Off Walk-a-Thon

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The Saugatuck Elementary School (SES) began its 13th annual walk-a-thon today, a week-long event involving about 500 students to raise money for Staples Tuition Grants in celebration of its 75th anniversary. A new scholarship, entitled the Saugatuck Elementary School Community Award, will go to a SES “graduate” who has given back to the shared community in a meaningful way. Today’s featured speaker was Officer Ned Batlin, Staples High School graduate and a Staples Tuition Grant recipient himself. Batlin is pictured with some of his recent D.A.R.E. graduates from SES’s fifth grade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Ned Lamont Forms Ticket With Susan Bysiewicz

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Democratic gubernatorial contenders Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz have agreed to run together on a ticket topped by Lamont, a move to discourage a primary while Republicans battle in a summer-long nomination fight, sources said today.

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Susan Bysiewicz and Ned Lamont: a team. CTMirror.org photos

With a growing number of prominent endorsements in recent weeks, Lamont had taken on the mantle of front runner going into the Democratic convention this weekend, but he had failed to close the deal on a running mate. Now, however, Lamont is expected to announce a ticket Tuesday.

Lamont was endorsed by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, a former state senator whose urban base and deep knowledge of the state budget as former co-chair of the Appropriations Committee would have made her an attractive partner on policy and politics, but she declined an invitation to become his running mate.

Bysiewicz, a former secretary of the state trying to make a comeback after disastrous runs for attorney general in 2010 and the U.S Senate in 2012, recently reached out to Lamont over the possibility of a Lamont-Bysiewicz ticket, sources said.

Stars Shine at Y’s Women Meeting

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The Y’s Women of Westport Weston today hosted Boadway stars and Westport residents Kelli O’Hara Naughton and Megan Osterhaus Bolan at their meeting at Temple Israel. Longtime friends since their early years in Oklahoma, they attracted a large turnout as they recounted their paths to stardom, including sharing what O’Hara said was a New York “tiny hole of an apartment.” O’Hara sang one of her favorites, “Make Someone Happy” from the 1960 play “Do Re Mi” by Adolph Green, Betty Comden, and Jule Styne. And they performed a duet from the play “Wicked.” O’Hara thanked the attendees for providing a venue where “we have this chance to do a duet for the first time in our 25 year friendship.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire

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Westport firefighters today quickly extinguished a kitchen fire at 16 Reichert Circle. A fire on the kitchen stove extended to a microwave and then to kitchen cabinets, according to Assistant Chief Jeff Gootman. Westport EMS responded to check out a homeowner for smoke inhalation. There was smoke damage throughout the house, Gootman said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com