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Handing Over the First Fireworks Ticket Image
Lydian Asset Management, the sponsor of Westport’s annual fireworks display, received the symbolic first ticket to the July 3 event in a ceremony at Compo Beach. The Police Athletic League display, performed by the Grucci fireworks family, begins at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $25 per car at the Westport Police Department and the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. Police Chief Al Fiore (l) handed over the ticket to Dave Friezo of Lydian Asset Management and his daughter Anna. Rain date is Monday, July 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Laszlo Steinberger, 95

Dr. Laszlo Steinberger, a longtime Westport resident, passed away June 24, 2008, at the age of 95.

Born July 29, 1912 in Szombathely, Hungary, he earned degrees from the University of Graz, in Austria, and the University of Pécs, in Hungary. He also served in the Hungarian Army.

In 1938, with Nazism on the move in Europe, he fled Hungary for the United States. It was a decision that almost surely saved his life; most of his family perished in the Holocaust.

He settled in East Norwalk, where he opened a medical practice on West Avenue and began an association with Norwalk Hospital that would last more than half a century, until his retirement in 1993. For many years, he served as the staff physician for hospital employees.

In 1954, Dr. Steinberger relocated his family to Westport while keeping his office in East Norwalk.

In addition to his medical career, he was an accomplished pianist and an avid bridge player, opera fan, and swimmer. Into his 90s, he continued to travel to Italy for his annual summer vacation on the island of Capri.

In addition to speaking English and Hungarian, he was fluent in Italian, French, and German. He was also a talented baker whose walnut torte was the subject of an article in Saveur magazine four years ago. He was truly a Renaissance man.

Dr. Steinberger was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Violet, who died in 1995.

He is survived by his sons John, of East Norwalk, and Peter, of Portland, Ore., his daughters-in-law Rita and Maureen; his sister-in law, Evelyn Burack; his grandchildren Michael, David, Catherine, Thomas, and Julia; the spouses of three of his grandchildren, Kathleen Brennan, Alyssa Steinberger, and Gary Steadman; and his great-grandchildren James, Ava, Nazla, Lucas, and Vivian, for whom he was, and will always be, their beloved “Opapa.”

Visiting hours will be at his home in Westport on Sunday, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. For further information, call (203)858-0092. Donations can be made in his memory to the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which is located at 8 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021.

Levitt Community Band Concert Moved Indoors

The Westport Community Band’s performance, which was to be held at the Levitt Pavilion tonight, will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave., the Pavilion announced.

Show time is 8 p.m. and the concert, sponsored by Parks & Recreation, is free to the public. 

The weather forecast calls for a high probability of thunderstorms this evening.

For more information on more than 50 nights of free entertainment, visit the Pavilion’s Web site.

Irving Gordon, 95

Irving Gordon, a lawyer and mill owner, died at Norwalk Hospital on June 22, after a short bout of pneumonia. He was 95.

Born in New York City on Oct. 9, 1912, he was the youngest of six children, a brother, Sidney, and sisters Sadie, Dorothy, Helen and Edna.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1932 with a degree in economics, and New York University Law School in 1935, where he was on the law review and wrote a now classic paper on child contracts. He practiced law until World War II.

In the Army Air Force, he originally trained to be dropped behind enemy lines with a radar unit, but later became a radar instructor, a communications officer and finally became chief statistical control officer for the Pacific Theater.

Returning home in 1946, he built homes on Long Island and worked in the garment industry as well as practiced law. In 1960, he was invited by his father-in-law, Irving Hillelson, and his brother-in-law, Upton Hillelson, to join the family business, Andrew Worsted Mills, in Pacoag, R.I., as a vice president.

At its height, the business had four mills, two in Rhode Island, one in Vermont and one in South Carolina.

A Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., resident for more than 50 years, he was an avid tennis player until age 92.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Arline Gordon of Boca Raton and Westport; his son Andrew Gordon and his wife, Nancy, of Rockaway, N.J.; his daughter Rikki Gordon and her husband, Allen Pack, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and grandchildren Daniel Gordon, Marissa Gordon, Alexander Pack and David Pack.


Janet Feitelson, 91

Janet Feitelson died June 24 at the Fisher Home in Amherst, Mass., after a period of declining health. She was 91.

Born in West New York, N.J., Feb. 28, 1917, to Anniece (Landau) and Frank Pearlstein, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1938 with a chemistry degree.

She worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey as a chemist and research librarian. She married Norman Feitelson, a dentist, and settled in Westport where she lived until 2002 when she moved to Amherst.

She had a lifelong interest in the arts. She knitted, sewed, wove and did needlepoint and ceramics. She worked as a volunteer in the textile department of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann Feitelson and grandson, Henry Weis, both of Montague, Mass.; and her brother, Malcolm Preston of Truro, Mass. She was predeceased by her husband.

Gifts in her memory may be given to the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Solos Show”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Cover Story”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teddy Bear Tea (Grades 1 & up)
6:30 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – “Can Writing be Taught?” by Mary-Lou Weisman
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – UPDATE – Westport Community Band – Concert moved inside to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.

Irish Novelist, Playwright and Poet Sebastian Barry at Library Image
Sebastian Barry, an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet, was guest today at the Westport Public Library. He read sections of his latest book, “The Secret Scripture.” Writing this week on, critic Allen Barrra said: “Sebastian Barry’s achievement is unlike that of any other modern Western writer, a tapestry of interrelated works in different mediums woven from strands of his past and that of his country.‘The Secret Scripture’ fits seamlessly into a vision that seeks to restore with language that which has been taken away by history.” Barry, 52, is in New Haven this week where the U.S. premiere of his play “The Pride of Parnell Street” is being staged at the Long Wharf Theatre through Saturday. The original production premiered in London in 2007 and was the hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival, receiving The Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Award nomination for Best New Play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Painter Discovers Garage Fire Image
A painter arriving for work at 8:15 a.m. at 6 Forest Drive off of Old Road smelled smoke and when he opened the garage found a fire. He used a garden hose to control the flames before Westport firefighters arrived. Assistant Chief Larry Conklin said there was moderate heat and smoke damage to the garage and two late model vehicles inside as well as a light smoke condition inside the house. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for