Thursday, February 22, 2024


Two More Westport Ministers Perform Same-Sex Marriages in New Paltz

Two more ministers from Westport’s Unitarian Church presided over same-sex marriages today in New Paltz, N.Y. in defiance of prosecutors who have charged two other clergy with performing the ceremonies without a license.

The Rev. Frank Hall, senior minister, said he and the Rev. Ed Thompson, minister of music, married three couples each in ceremonies at the LeFevre House bed-and-breakfast where previous ceremonies were held.

Hall, senior minister at the church, told WestportNow that there was no police presence during the mid-day ceremonies.

“Things went quite smoothly,” he said. “I’ve been performing same-sex marriages for 35 years. This is nothing new.”

Hall and Thompson brought to five the number of Westport Unitarian ministers who have performed New Paltz same-sex marriages in recent weeks.

Analysis: I-95 Tanker Accident Adds Sparks to Shays-Farrell Race

The I-95 tanker truck accident in Bridgeport Thursday night not only ignited a fireball in the nighttime sky, but it also added some early sparks to the race to represent the state’s largest city and surrounding Fairfield County in Congress.shaysfarrelltanker03260401.jpg
Shays, Farrell and Fabrizi at Friday’s news conference at the I-95 tanker accident site. photo/Cablevision News-12

Rep. Christopher Shays, the veteran 4th District incumbent Republican, was in Washington when the accident occurred.

But he quickly made it back to his hometown in time to join the city’s Democratic Mayor John Fabrizi late Friday afternoon for a news conference at the accident scene.

With multiple live television cameras focused on him, Shays outlined federal aid he had helped line up earlier in the day.

Also there and perhaps not particularly welcome by the congressman—was Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, the Democrat who will try to unseat Shays in November.

William W. Mraz Sr. 85

William Watkins Mraz Sr. of Watertown, a foremer Westport resident, died March 25 in Waterbury. He was 85.

He was the husband of Madeleine A. “Queenie” (O-Connell) Mraz. He was born in Bridgeport, on Jan. 24, 1919, son of the late Wenczel and Jessie (Watkins) Mraz. He lived in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport until 1956, when he moved with his family to Westport, where he resided until moving to the Watertown area in 1987.

He graduated from Bassick High School and attended the University School (now the University of Bridgeport). He married Madeleine Anne O-Connell in Bridgeport, on Dec. 4, 1948.

An accomplished athlete, he played for the Bridgeport Tigers semi-pro football team and was offered a scholarship to Syracuse University at the outset of World War II. He chose to serve his country in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran.

So Shoe Me!

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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Hard to believe that in this throw-away world, businesses such as shoe repair shops still exist. showrepair03260401.jpg
M&M Shoe Repair has been in continuous operation for over 34 years, 26 of them at its current location at Sconset Square. Rick Masone (pictured) has worked in the business since the age of 14, stepping into the bosss shoes since the death in 2002 of his father and long-time owner Tony Masone. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) photo

Harder still to believe that Westport, with its more than per-capita share of high-end consumables, still has a few places to take worn-at-the-heels shoes. 

Here they are, and hereҒs what it costs to replace a pair of heels.

Cost to replace a pair of men’s heels

Final Touch Cleaners, 1031 Post Road East. $10
Maple Cleaners, 1529 Post Road East $12
Westfair Shoe Repair, 1783 Post Road East. $15
M & M Shoe Repair, 10 Sconset Square, $15

Cost to replace a pair of women’s heels:

Final Touch Cleaners $10
Maple Cleaners $12
Westfair Shoe Repair $6
M & M Shoe Repair $8

Farrell, Shays at I-95 Tanker News Conference

Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell joined with Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi and Congressman Christopher Shays at a Bridgeport news conference today on the I-95 tanker accident. Fabrizi thanked Farrell and leaders of other towns for providing assistance in the disaster. Shays also thanked first responders and reported on federal assistance being provided. Photo is from a live TV broadcast. / Cablevision News 12