Tuesday, October 07, 2008

About Paul Newman, Town Finances, and Liquor Permits

Drop Cap Letter: Excerpts from First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff’s remarks prepared for delivery before the Westport Rotary Club, Bertucci’s Restaurant, Westport, on Oct. 7, 2008:

While Paul Newman won worldwide fame, he truly was “Westport’s Own.” We shared with the world admiration of his acting exploits and his charitable efforts, especially his Hole in the World Gang Camps.

But it was here in his hometown, our hometown, that he also made a difference. He and his family were strong supporters and active participants in so many activities-the Westport Public Library, the Historical Society, and, of course, the Westport Country Playhouse. And there were many causes that they contributed to and helped that we’ll never know about.

As Westporters, we were so proud to have him as one of us. I’d like to have a penny for every time every Westporter for so many years has said, “I’m from Westport, Conn., the home of Paul Newman.”

Already I’ve had numerous unsolicited suggestions on how Westport should honor him. They range from naming a street, school, or park after him to implementing his long-time desire to add a small Go Kart race course for youngsters, perhaps as a Hole in the Wall gang fundraiser on annual basis behind the Playhouse.

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