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RTM Names John Suggs to Fill District 5 Vacancy

John F. Suggs, 47, has been selected by a committee of members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from District 5 to fill a vacancy in the district.

Suggs, who has more than 20 years professional experience in financial and public policy analysis, community leadership development and coalition building, was selected to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Chris Grimm.

Since 2003, Suggs has been vice president at a Stamford investment advisory and management firm. He formerly was information technology manager at Citco Group Limited in New York and earlier was employed by United Way, Inc., the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, and the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

Suggs received his B.A. in political science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, an M.S. in management and systems from New York University, and an MBA from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Pritchard Lane

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An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 7 Pritchard Lane off Maple Avenue South. Built in 1951, the one story ranch is 2,094 square feet in size and is situated at the of a cul-de-sac on a 1.14 acre property. Ownership last changed hands for $975,000 in October 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – PIC Subcommittee on Downtown Plan
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”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Sebastian Barry, “The Secret Scripture”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Artists’ Talk, “Solos Show”
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Hall Family
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Honor Society postponed to July 10th
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac, “Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East”

Going Down: 3 Charmers Landing

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The house at 3 Charmers Landing off of Saugatuck Avenue was demolished today. The 1890-built house was 5,651 square feet in size, situated on a one acre waterfront property and changed ownership this month for $6,205,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 25, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Going Down: Hunt Club Entrant

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A horse balked at taking the jump on this first day of competition at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club today, causing the rider to be thrown over his head and into the soft grass and the rails being knocked down. The horse and rider both regained their composure and were seen walking back to the starting point where, aside from hurt pride on the part of the rider and being disqualified, no harm was done. Shortly thereafter, the rider remounted her horse and rode off towards the stable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Caroline Lehn Gieges, 99

Caroline Katherine Lehn Gieges, 99, died peacefully at Shard Villa Nursing Home in Salisbury, Vt., on Thursday, June 5, 2008. She was born Jan. 24, 1909, in Westport, the youngest of 10 children to Edward and Caroline (Strock) Lehn.

Caroline graduated from Staples High School, received an associates degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1929, and her bachelor’s from Yale School of Nursing in 1933. Her career included school nurse in Westport, visiting nurse with the Department of Public Health, and working with special needs students in Bridgeport and Danbury schools.

She spent 20 years of her retirement in Shoreham, Vt. There she spent her days tending bees, caning chairs, baking, and hosting family and friends. She was an active member in the Historical Society and local church groups, while maintaining her involvement with the Connecticut Grange and Order of Eastern Star.

She attended the Shoreham Congregational Church as well as St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

Caroline migrated between Vermont and Connecticut throughout her retirement. In 2001, she settled at Shard Villa in Salisbury, Vt., where she simultaneously endeared herself to and drove to distraction the staff and volunteers.

Caroline is survived by her granddaughter Katie, of Cornwall, Vt., and many nieces and nephews. Caroline was predeceased by her two children and ex-husband.

A gathering for Vermont friends will be held at Shard Villa on June 21. In Westport, a memorial service will be held at Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, June 28 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception for family and friends. Internment will be at Willowbrook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Residents’ Activities Fund at Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.

Police Nab Man After Interrupted Burglary

A Westport police officer on a downed tree call today arrested a 34-year-old Fairfield man caught burglarizing a nearby home.

Police said Alberto Rodriguez was spotted by a homeowner carrying a flat screen television from his home on Partrick Road at about 9 a.m. The man was alerted to the burglary in progress by a loud banging at the front door.

The man called police and then left the house and then continued to communicate with police from a neighbor’s telephone, police said. He provided police with a description of the man and his vehicle.

Officer Alan D’Amura, who had been on a nearby call of a downed tree on Cavalry Road, apprehended Rodriguez as he exited the house through a rear door. In his possession was jewelry taken from the house, police said.