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Justin Paul Overwhelmed With Library Award

By James Lomuscio

Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globes winner and longtime Westporter Justin Paul, 33, was overwhelmed tonight when he accepted the Westport Library’s 20th annual BOOKED for the Evening Award held at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

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“Not too many people have their grandmother at a lifetime achievement award,” said Justin Paul, 33, to laughter from 500 persons at the sold out event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In fact, he seemed more in disbelief than when he and best friend and collaborator Beni Pasek won the Academy Award for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.”

Tongue tied at first, he beamed, gesticulated and self-deprecatingly joked about hearing all of the accolades, “the retrospective of a 33-year-old.”

He even quipped concern about it being a lifetime achievement award, and that it would be all downhill from here.

Changes to GPA and Retiree Celebration

By Jarret Liotta

A fun and emotional celebration for the Westport school district’s outgoing educators tonight contrasted with some poignant emotional statements made later regarding the “injustice” of the current GPA system at Staples High School.

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Adele Cutrali-Valovich, retiring orchestra director at Staples High School, asks the Board of Education tonight to turn its STEM initiative into a STEAM initiative by adding Art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

The system awards smaller numbers for students in B- and C-level courses and omits other areas of concentration outside the five major academics entirely.

There were 21 school employees acknowledged in a ceremony at the start of tonight’s Board of Education meeting, with 431 total years of public education service to their credit.

Outgoing Chairman Michael Gordon was also honored.

Library Honors Justin Paul

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The Westport Library tonight honored Westport native and Broadway and Hollywood luminary Justin Paul with its BOOKED for the Evening award. Due to the construction underway at the library for its Transformation Project, this year’s 20th anniversary fundraiser, a sellout, was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Teary Farewell from Board of Ed Chair

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Outgoing Westport Board of Education Chair Michael Gordon, teary at times, tonight brought his children Maya, Jared, and Ethan up to his seat during his remarks of farewell at his last board meeting. He announced last month he was resigning after six and a half years on the board because of increased work responsibilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

‘Cones With a Cop’ Set for Monday

The Westport Police Department will be host a “Cones with a Cop” event to celebrate the end of another school year, the department announced today.

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Westport Police issued this photo to promote the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

It will be held on Monday, June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jesup Green.

“Residents can sit down with officers, ask questions and discuss community issues,” an announcement said.

“Come and meet some of Westport’s finest and enjoy ice cream, on us.”

10 Artists Named for ‘SELECTS 2018’

The Westport Arts Center today announced the artists selected for its 12th annual summer member artist exhibition, “SELECTS 2018.”

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Westport artist Jana Ireijo was among those selected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The exhibition will be on view from Friday, June 22 to Friday, Aug. 24 with an opening reception on June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Joe Amrhein and Susan Swenson of Pierogi Gallery, New York City, a prominent gallery dedicated to emerging artists, are jurors for the exhibition.

The jurors reviewed more than 100 entries and selected the following 10 artists:

Getting Ready for BOOKED for the Evening

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Workers today were busy setting up event space at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton for tonight’s Westport Library 20th annual BOOKED for the Evening festivities honoring Westport’s Justin Paul. The event is sold out, according to Cindy Clark and Barbara Durham, library development staff members, who said 500 guests are expected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com