Theater club

Overview: Sale of books, Mattresses, Club 203…

The weather yesterday was wonderful.

But plenty of people headed inside: to Westport Library’s gigantic book sale.

At least one youngster found exactly what he was looking for:

(Photo/Eve Potts)

The book sale continues today (Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; half-price day) and tomorrow (Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; fill a bag from the book sale for $8 or your own equivalent size bag for $5).

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Also yesterday: Sustainable Westport’s mattress recycling event at Earthplace.

Over 60 mattresses and box springs were diverted from the incinerator, with the help of Bye Bye Mattress. More than half were collected from residents’ homes and brought to Earthplace by Scout Troop 36, for a small donation.

Many people slept well last night knowing that they had done good things for our planet.

Saving the planet, one mattress at a time. (Photo and tip: Pippa Bell Ader)

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And…surprisingly…this was another scene from yesterday:

(Photo/Dinkin Fotografix)

Hey! It’s mid-November! Let’s put on some shorts and play volleyball at the beach!

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The first 2 Club 203 events were spectacular successes.

Now the local social club for disabled adults is announcing the third.

A “Games and pizza evening” — with games (billiards, pinball and video), as well as numerous gifts — begins on November 19 (7:30 p.m., Salle du Toquet).

Club 203 encourages independence. Parents and carers can drop off their loved ones and then visit the nearby Westport Bookstore. The store on Jesup Road — a short walk from Toquet Hall — employs people with disabilities. They stay open late especially for Gaming and Pizza Night.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

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Former Westporter Virginia Pils died earlier this month. She was 96 years old.

The Los Angeles native graduated from UCLA in 1948. She taught high school English in Michigan before earning a master’s degree in drama at Yale.

She moved to New York where she almost worked for Alfred Hitchcock

She married George Pils in 1958 and had 4 children. He died in 2011.

They lived in 3 states and 6 cities before settling in Westport in 1974. She was Chief of Brownie and Deputy Chief of Girl Scouts; sat on parent-teacher associations and the League of Voters; was a member of the Ecumenical Society of Westport and president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was active in the First Church of Christ Scientist and sold advertising for The Christian Science Monitor,

When Virginia’s children were older, she returned to teaching acting at the Seabury Center. She has also taught English at Fairfield Prep and Daycroft School.

She enjoyed seeing shows at the Yale Repertory Theater and on Broadway. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to Europe, Asia and Alaska.

Virginia is survived by her children: Dwain (Beth) of Cornelius, North Carolina; Diana Pils Marino (Kevin) of Stamford; Gary (Bonnie) ofo Norwalk, and Gregg of Fairfield, and grandchildren Jessica Pils Fields, Mat Pils Stanley, and Tyler and Ava..

The family will receive friends at Harding’s Funeral Home next Saturday (November 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), followed by a service at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Click here to leave your condolences online.

Pilsners of Virginia


Leaves aren’t the only colors this fall.

This “Westport…Naturally” flower was spotted (and photographed) by Alina Rodescu-Pitchon,

(Photo/Alina Rodescu-Pitchon)

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And finally… in honor of the Earthplace event (see above):

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