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This week being election week and all, the Class of 2014 at Westport Central will offer a timely and provocative look at the quirky process that we call democracy in its Senior Play next Friday, Nov. 15, in the Bulles Auditorium at 7 p.m. “The Election,” by Don Zolidis, tells the story of Mark Davenport and Christy Martin, the two candidates in a special election for student body president—and of how their campaigns go into wacky overdrive when multi-million-dollar super-PACs get involved.

“The Election,” is a hilarious send-up of the contemporary political scene that has been hugely successful in high-school productions recently around the country. Don’t miss it! Especially since it’s directed by Paul Mudie, Cathy Brankman, and Vicki Wolinski and boasts an all-star cast of our talented seniors.

And you can participate in real-life democracy on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., when the Draft Westport Economic Development Plan will be presented at the Town Hall. The plan has been prepared by a team of local, regional, and state partners with the help of professional consultants.

Among the many strengths that the team identified are two that shouldn’t come as a big surprise—a truly outstanding school system and unusually rich cultural opportunities. Find out about some of our other strengths, and about how the team proposes to further our community’s economic revitalization, by reading the plan yourself. It’s available at Town Hall or at the Town web site, westportny.net (click on “Projects”). Then come to the meeting and let them know what you think. Your input, in fact, is a vital part of the project.

Whether on the school, the local or the national level, democracy has a way of challenging us with change. One of the most complicated sets of changes we’re undergoing nationally, of course, is the new health care system coming in with the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). All the hiccups in the federal health insurance exchange roll-out have distracted attention from the fact that the states with their own exchanges find that they are working quite well. New York State is one of those. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Wadhams Free Library, expert Jill Rock will explain how our state’s exchange can work for you. More on this next week.

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