Saturday, March 31, 2012
All on-duty Westport fire personnel as well as Westport volunteers and a unit from the Wilton Fire Department responded to today’s late afternoon fire on Bumpy Lane off of Wilton Road. A Fairfield Fire Department engine company provided backup coverage for the rest of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tory Wallace for WestportNow.com
Mary McFeely of Westport died March 30 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 74.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of Henry and Cynthia (Hope) Roberts, she was the wife of Jim F. McFeely for 47 years. A devoted and faithful woman, she enjoyed knitting, painting, playing piano and baking cakes for special occasions. She was well-known around Westport as she would walk to the local shops.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children; Helen Dilworth and her husband Mike of Easton, Madeleine McFeely of Norwalk, Friar Jude Mary of the Precious Blood, Fl, of Griswold, and Mary McFeely of Westport and Buenos Aires, eight grandchildren: Monica, Michael, Francis, John, Jane, Mary, Chiara and Colette Dilworth, as well as her siblings; Libby Augspauch, John Roberts and Cynthia Seiguer all of Argentina, and brother Edward Roberts of New Hampshire. She was predeceased by her brother Henry Roberts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at Assumption Church, Westport, with burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.
UPDATE Three persons suffered minor burns late today as a fast moving fire heavily damaged a one-story home at 7 Bumpy Lane, off Wilton Road, near the Westport-Wilton town line. Two of the three inside were taken to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital and later released while the third declined treatment. Cause of the fire, which broke out at about 5 p.m., was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A fast-moving fire heavily damaged a Westport home late today. The fire broke out at 7 Bumpy Lane off of Wilton Road shortly before 5 p.m. Three persons inside escaped but suffered some burns. Two were transported by Westport EMS to the Bridgeport Hospital burn unit. Cause of the fire was under investigation. WestportNow.com video
Westport Fire Assistant Chief Rob Yost breaks windows to ventilate the home at 7 Bumpy Lane today as firefighters battled flames in the one-story, 1,212-square foot, 1940-built structure. It took firefighters almost an hour to declare the blaze under control. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Native Westporter John M. Bieling Jr., a.k.a. Junior, a plain spoken, garrulous grill man who kept memories of old Westport alive to all who came to Jr.‘s Hot Dog Stand on Riverside Avenue, died Friday at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 80.
Beiling, a Staples High School graduate and a lifelong school sports booster, opened the stand, actually a riverfront sit down restaurant with counter seats and tables, in 1976 with his late wife Carol Digisi Bieling, a Westport teacher.
Prior to opening the restaurant, Bieling, a Korean War veteran, tended bar at Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post down the road. Before that stint, he owned and operated The Jockey Club, a restaurant and bar in Saugatuck.
In 2004, the couple sold the restaurant to Jeff Arciola, a Johnson and Wales graduate, who remodeled the interior and revamped the menu from mostly burgers and hot dogs to offer more salads and healthier fare.
One of the attractions at today’s touch-a-truck event at Coleytown Elementary School on behalf of the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School was a Westport Volunteer Emergency Service ambulance. Bridget Menninger, 4, of Westport had her vitals taken by WVEMS Staples Explorer Post volunteers Katie Hickson, 16, (l) and Rachel Guetta, 17. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Occasional rain and overcast skies did not dampen the enthusiasm for today’s touch-a-truck event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School to benefit the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School. Carolina Proctor, 4, and brother Alexander, 2, of Westport dressed for the occasion and had their faces painted as part of the festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westley Soneff, 3, of Norwalk gets some hands on experience today with a front loader at the touch-a-truck event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School as mom and dad take it in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s touch-a-truck fund-raiser for the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School held at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
A painted turtle soaks up some sunshine Friday at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School - Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School 2012 Touch-a-Truck Event
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Ballet Etudes Company: “Sleeping Beauty”
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “Guys and Dolls”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Alice in Wonderland”
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Kite-Making Day
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Nerdfighter Meetup
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - A Better Chance of Westport: “A Decade of Dreams” 10th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser
7 p.m. - Seabury Center (44 Church Lane) - Center Stage Theatre Company presents john&jen (benefit for Born This Way Foundation)
8:30 p.m. - Worldwide - Earth Hour: turn off the lights for one hour
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Harriet L. Hodish, wife of Hyman Hodish of Westport, died March 30 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. She was 84.
Born April 13, 1927 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Minna and Louis Levenson. In addition to her husband, Hyman, she is survived by her son Michael Hodish.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. Burial will follow in Beth El Memorial Park, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Shiva will be observed at the home of Hyman Hodish from 2 p.m. on Sunday until Thursday evening. Minyan will gather at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851, or to the Alzheimer’s Association 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
William A. Romano, a Staples High School graduate, died Feb. 17 at Sun City Hospice House, Ruskin, Fla. after a brief illness. He was 83.
He was born on July 17, 1928 in Norwalk and attended Staples High School in Westport. He served in the U.S. Army as PFC during the Korean War from 1949-1951 and then went on to become a partner/owner of L & L Air Conditioning and Heating of Norwalk until his retirement to Ruskin.
He was an avid golfer and loved race horses. He will be remembered for his generosity and kindness.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori Romano, his step-son Bruce Laurance of St. Petersburg, Fla., his brother, Richard Romano of Norwalk, and his life partner, Jeanne Carter of Ruskin. He was preceded in death by his wife Freda (Rosenbloom) Romano and his parents, William and Mary Romano. Services will be private.
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) held a reception tonight to mark the opening of its 2012 Juried Members Exhibition, SOLOS, sponsored by Sun Hill Foundation. This year, the artwork includes painting, sculpture, photographs, and prints. From more than 100 applicants, eight artists were selected to participate. They include June Ahrens of New Canaan, Charles Geiger of Poughkeepsie, Ellen Hackl Fagan of New York City, Arcady Kotler of Long Island City, Donald Leeds of Weston, Timothy Pyle of Fairfield, and Carolyn Rie and Kraemer Sims Becker of Westport. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Eight artists are featured in the Westport Arts Center annual member juried exhibit “SOLOS 2012” which opened tonight with a reception. This year’s exhibition was juried by Ian Berry, associate director and The Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 Curator of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. “Pattern and reflection are common elements found in the work of the eight artists,” he said. Also opening was Westport artist Susan Malloy’s drawings from “A Young Person’s Guide to Paris.” Phyllis Groner and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 30, 2012
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 12 - 16, 2012:
Cynthia J. Shuck to Jesse I. Redniss and Andrea Kerr, 9 Riverview Road, $1,385,000
Janet L. Robinson to John Dalamagas, 21 Stoneboad Road, $590,000
Betty R. Dorfman to Laura Agostini, 303 Lansdowne, $645,000
Floyd Conlin and Evelyn Coghlan to Brian and Anna Marcucio, 185 Cross Highway, $760,000
Norwalk Hospital announced today it has received a $10 million gift from The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc. and the McGraw Family to begin construction of a new Ambulatory Pavilion.
“This transformational gift was made by the McGraw family in honor of their parents’ commitment to community, health care and Norwalk Hospital,” an announcement said. “The gift will establish The Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for outpatient care, and in particular the new Emergency Department.”
Harold W. McGraw Jr., who as leader of McGraw-Hill, his family’s publishing business, helped build it into a billion-dollar enterprise in the 1970s and ’80s, died in 2010 at his home in Darien. He was 92. His wife, Anne Per-Lee, a former volunteer at the hospital, died in 2002.
“The McGraws’ incredibly generous gift, the largest Norwalk Hospital has ever received, and among the largest gifts to a Connecticut Hospital, will truly transform our ability to deliver the most compassionate, advanced medical care to our community,” said Dan DeBarba, Norwalk Hospital president & CEO.
Longtime Westporter and Y supporter Allen Raymond has pledged $500,000 to the Westport Weston Family Y as it seeks $6 million for its building program, the Y announced today.
“I’ll pledge $500,000 right now,” the 89-year-old Westporter said in a memo on March 23, “so that we can get the show on the road,” according to the announcement.
The Family Y’s CEO, Rob Reeves, and the president of its Board of Directors, Bonnie Strittmatter, said in a joint statement: “Allen truly embodies the heart and soul of Westport … his steadfast commitment and dedication to the Y’s cause is inspirational, and we know his magnificent gift will lead others to climb on board.”
The Family Y has identified $31 million in funding to date for its new home at its Camp Mahackeno facility, including more than $7 million raised since launching its “Building What Matters” capital campaign a year ago.
As the Westport Arts Center prepares for tonight’s opening of “SOLOS 2012,” Jill Sarver (l), visual arts coodinator, and Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, take a moment to put the finishing touches on the exhibition. Two Westport artists are to be included in the exhibition, which is scheduled to open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and run through Sunday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 158 Compo Road South is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story colonial has 1,248 square feet and is situated on a .75-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
Ray Dalio, head of Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, personally made $3.9 billion last year, according to an industry ranking published today.
Ray Dalio: head of Westport hedge fund earned $3.9 billion in 2011. Forbes.com photo
Dalio’s $70 billion Pure Alpha fund produced $13.8 billion of investment profits, according to Absolute Return magazine.
Dalio tops the list of the magazine’s richest 25 hedge fund managers. The select group took home $14.4 billion in profits on their own investments last year – down from $22 billion in 2010, the magazine said.
Dalio, a Greenwich resident, has pledged to donate half of his wealth to charity. Bridgewater has 1,200 employees in four Westport locations as well as others in Wilton and Norwalk.
UPDATE New Haven Line trains are now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to the third rail damage in the vicinity of Fordham, Metro-North said.
Mother Nature could not make up her mind Thursday, alternating between clouds and a bit of sunshine. View is at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The National Weather Service warned that temperatures overnight would fall into the upper 20s and low 30s across most rural and suburban areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chef & Cookbook Author Jason Sobocinski
7 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Coleytown Company: “Guys and Dolls”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Ignite The Borealis w/ The Pedestrians, 1974, Girls on Bikes & Until Euphoria
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Alice in Wonderland”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Robert Gavin Stewart Anderson of Westport, husband of Kendall Gardiner, died March 26. He was 74.
Born in England to the late George and Isabel Anderson, he was a veteran of the British Royal Navy having served four years on active duty and seven years in the reserves. Prior to his retirement, he was a senior executive for Colgate Palmolive where he lived in several different countries around the world. He was a member of the Foreign Trade Council, the U.S./South African Business Council which he helped create, and the Council on Economic Priorities.
He was most recently a selectman on the Board of Selectman for the Town of Westport. He also served on the Westport Representative Town Meeting, the Board of Finance for seven years, a chair and member of the Selectman’s Maintenance Study Committee, the Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership, and the Sherwood Mill Pond Committee. He was also an active member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.
He was the father of four children, Heather Dubrosky and Kirstin O’Gorman, both of Fairfield, Amanda Matiello of Virginia, and Jay Anderson of Florida. He is also survived by two sisters, Juliet Hubbard and Rosaland Wolfes, both of England, and seven grandchildren, Ethan Dubrosky, Luke and Declan O’Gorman, Sophia Dubrosky, Sara and Dillon Matiello and Nicholas Anderson.
By James Lomuscio
Before a packed Town Hall auditorium of students, teachers, parents and administrators, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved the Board of Education’s proposed $100.2 million budget for 2012-13, an amount that jumped to $114.3 when debt service was added.
In approving the budget, the finance board also finalized the overall Westport budget including municipal government for a grand total of $188 million.
Calling the school system “the crown jewel of our community” and the reason he and his family moved to town 16 years ago, finance board chairman Avi Kaner, a Republican, assured the crowd at the meeting’s outset that his board would not wield a heavy fiscal ax.
“Any thought that we will take an ax and make draconian cuts is not true,” said Kaner. “And while we want the best schools, we want them to operate efficiently.”