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John G. Sibley, 84

John Goodrich Sibley died on Dec. 19, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 84.

John was born March 16, 1923, in Charlotte, N.C., to George Lewis Sibley and Edith Goodrich Sibley. He attended Myers Park Elementary School, Alexander Graham Middle School and graduated Central High School in 1941.

He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in chemistry. He served in the Navy during World War II.

John married Mary Agnes Dent on June 10, 1947, in Charlotte. They lived in Houston, Texas, from 1957 to 1969, then moved to Westport. John and Aggie moved to Scottsdale in 2002.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers: Advanced Resume Writing Workshop by Michael Shavel
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Overcoat Film Series: “The Captain’s Paradise,” starring Alec Guinness
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectman (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
6:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Education Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

Golf Course Smokes

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Pedestrians and drivers passing the golf course at Longshore Club Park today may have noticed smoke and flames. No cause for alarm. It was the ground crew performing a “controlled burning” exercise that burns off grass that needs to be replanted for new growth. According to fire officials, it’s a preferred option over the use herbicides or chemicals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Christine A. Evans, Marine Police, EMS Volunteer, Dies at 66

Christine A. Evans, a longtime Westport resident who volunteered for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and the Westport Police Marine Auxiliary, died Saturday in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 66.WestportNow.com Image
Christine A. Evans: lived in Westport 39 years. Contributed photo

Evans, who moved to Fairfield three years ago, had lived in Westport for 39 years where she was with EMS since 1984. She served on its board of directors and was a teaching assistant for all EMT classes. She was also a member of Westport Senior Center and the Mellow Dears choral group, and the Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Wednesday Prayer Group.

Born Feb. 4, 1941, in Stamford, she was employed by the Stamford Board of Education at Stamford High School where she taught math for most of her career. See complete obituary on the WestportNow obituary page.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private.

Christine Alling Evans, 66

Christine Alling Evans, 66, of Fairfield and a former longtime resident of Westport, passed away Saturday morning in Bridgeport Hospital.

She was born Feb. 4, 1941, in Stamford, the daughter of the late Kenneth D. Alling and Ethel Luckhurst Alling Pomeroy. She had resided in Westport for 39 years prior to moving to Fairfield three years ago.

Prior to retiring in June, she was employed by the Stamford Board of Education where she taught math at Stamford High School for most of her career. Chris is a 1958 graduate of Stamford High School, received her B.S. in mathematics from Williams College in 1962, and her master’s in 1968 from Fairfield University.

She was a member of the Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers Association and the Stamford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

“Play With Your Food” Opens Sixth Season

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The sixth season of “Play with Your Food” debuted today at Toquet Hall in Westport to another season sellout crowd. Co-founder Carole Schweid (r) engaged in a “talk back” with cast and audience following today’s lunchtime performance. The series also performs in Farifield and Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner WestportNow.com

Alfred Oestrich, 96

Alfred Oestrich, M.D., of Saugatuck Avenue, Westport, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 surrounded by his family.

He was born in Hanau, Germany on June 27, 1911, the son of Baruch and Babette Spies Oestrich. After studying in Heidelberg, he left Germany for the University of Nancy, France. He continued and received his medical degree from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

He emigrated to the United States in 1937 and worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston for one year as a medical assistant, then as an intern at the Rumford Community Hospital in Main where he established his practice. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Medical Corps and was sent to Europe where he served as Battalion Surgeon and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Section.

He received the Combat Medical Badge and the Bronze Star and was discharged with rank of captain.

Absentee Ballots Available Jan. 15 for Primaries

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that absentee ballots for Westport electors who will be unable to vote in person on Feb. 5 for the Democratic and Republican presidential preference primaries will be available from the Town Clerk’s Office between Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Feb. 4.

“Applications to request an absentee ballot may be obtained through the Westport Web site and mailed to 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880,” said Strauss.

Electors may also call the Town Clerk’s Office at 341-1110 to have an absentee ballot application mailed, or they may apply in person at the Town Clerk’s Office located in Room 105 of Town Hall. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   

Special Saturday hours for absentee voting will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Town Clerk’s Office. 

Partrick Group Now Focuses on Open Space, Other Issues

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Sean Timmins and Matthew Mandell: will continue as co-directors. Contributed photo
The Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund (PWPF), having completed its mission to preserve the Partrick Wetlands in northwest Westport, said today it will change its name and focus to preserve open space elsewhere in town and promote other initiatives.

“The group will now be known as the Partrick Open Space Alliance (POSA) and focus on synergies with like-minded organizations to promote true ‘smart growth’ initiatives, protection of residential neighborhoods and the saving of open space and environmentally sensitive lands,” the group said in a news release.

Mathew Mandell and Sean Timmins, co-directors, will continue in the new group. Both are members of the Representative Town Meeting and executive trustees of Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center.

More information about the group is available on its Web site.