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9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – WAAC Otocast Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – DPIC DSSD Working Group
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Parks & Recreation Commission & Board of Education (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – YMCA Schine Room – Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

‘Great Westport Burger Contest’ Begins Friday

Who has the best burgers in town?

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Throughout March, 17 restaurants are set to compete in the “Great Westport Burger Contest” that kicks off Friday at noon at Tavern on Main.

There, First Selectman Jim Marpe will ring in the latest Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) event, proclaiming March as “Westport Burger Month,” an announcement said.

The chamber’s latest promotion follows up on the success of last year’s, monthlong best pizza contest.

‘Animal Control Awareness Night’ Set For Tuesday, March 5

A workshop on multiple topics pertaining to domestic and wild animals has been scheduled by the Westport Police Department’s Animal Control Division for Tuesday, March 5, it was announced today.

Titled “Animal Control Awareness Night,” the program is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Police Department’s second floor classroom at 50 Jesup Road.

According to the announcement, the talk will offer information regarding animal control laws and town ordinances, disaster preparedness for pets, living with coyotes, protection from rabies and what to do if you find injured wildlife.

Disaster preparedness for pets is also scheduled to be discussed by Sheldon Yessenow, chairman of the Connecticut Region 1 Emergency Support Function-Animal Protection, as well as director of the Region 1 Connecticut State Animal Response Team, the announcement said.

Comings & Goings: One River School of Art + Design to Open in May

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One River School of Art + Design, a year-round school offering classes for children, teens, and adults, is scheduled to open in May in part of the former Bertucci’s restaurant on Post Road East. One River, founded in 2012 by School of Rock creator Matt Ross, is on a mission to transform art education in America. The school’s focus is on contemporary art, taught by practicing artists, with classes for children and teens being largely project-based. Westport native and class of 2000 Staples High School graduate Alyson Luck has signed on as director of the Westport school, One River’s 11th location. Luck, former manager of school, youth, and family programs at the Guggenheim, says the school will include three classrooms, a digital design lab, and a gallery space to display emerging artists’ work. For more information, visit https://westport.oneriverschool.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna-Liisa Nixon for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 47 Sniffen Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 47 Sniffen Road, off Clinton Avenue, is in process. Built in 1956, the house has 1,679-square feet, and is situated on a .34-acre property.  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

Granger at the Movies: ‘Arctic,’ ‘Cold Pursuit,’ ‘What Men Want’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

You think it’s cold? You think you are suffering? When you watch 53-year-old Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen’s grimly harrowing man vs. nature “Arctic” struggle, whatever you are experiencing pales in comparison.

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Mikkelson plays Overgard, a researcher/explorer whose tiny orange-and-white plane crashed in a frozen wasteland. Resourceful, he’s been living in the cabin of that plane for weeks, if not months, sustained by raw fish that he’s pulled from beneath the ice.

Our first sight of him is trudging around, digging, scraping, grunting and clearing a series of paths in the snow; they turns out to form a large, black SOS sign in the white tundra, hopefully visible from the sky above. In addition to that, he spends hours manually cranking a transmitter, signaling for rescue.

When a helicopter hovers nearby, Overgard is ecstatic — until the ferociously howling polar wind causes it to crash. The only survivor is a badly injured woman (Icelandic actress Maria Thelma Smaradottir), the co-pilot whom Overgard is determined to save.