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Honoring Our Heritage: 7 Maple Ave. South

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Debra Belanger is honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying her home at 7 Maple Ave. South as the Samuel T. Jennings house which was built c.1858. The Jennings house was initially built at Post Road East and Maple Avenue South but moved sometime prior to 1952 to its current location when the Greens Farms Shell Service Center was built. Belanger purchased the house in 2006 and was told that “it was built in 1930” but during renovations she found beams and wide planked floors which indicated an early date. The early date of c.1858 was discovered during research by the Westport Historical Society.  Belanger said that it was an “absolute pleasure and a rich learning experience to restore this house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

Monday, March 30, 2009


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Wastewater Management Committee
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Family Program: Draw On! Kick-off Workshop (Grades K+): “Harold and the Purple Crayon”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 104 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised, cable channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport/Weston Health District Public Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Internet safety presentation (for parents and students)

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and parts of Fairfield Couny until 9:30 p.m.

At 8:28 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing nickel size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

This storm was located near Bedford or near Mount Kisco and moving northeast at 45 mph.

Tracing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Westport Connection

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There was an unexpected overflow audience today at the Westport Historical Society for a lecture on “Westport in the World of F. Scott Fitzgerald.” Westporter Deej Webb (r), a history teacher in New Canaan, traced the history of Fitzgerald, who lived with his wife Zelda in Westport in 1920, with two of his novels, “The Great Gatsby” and “The Beautiful and Damned.” Webb, who grew up in a house near the Compo Road South home that the Fitzgeralds rented for a time, said he was able to identify some Westport areas that he said undoubtedly were the ones described in “The Great Gatsby.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Josephine Pagliaro Palmieri, 92

Mrs. Josephine Pagliaro Palmieri, 92, of Westport, wife of the late Philip (Filomeno) Palmieri, passed away Sunday, March 29, at home in the company of her family.WestportNow.com Image
Josephine Palmieri (l) celebrated her 91st birthday in November 2007 with sisters Maria Izzo (c), then 98, and Delores (Jenny) Izzo, then 94. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Palmieri Gai for WestportNow.com

Mrs. Palmieri was born in Cavallari, Italy, Oct. 4, 1916, daughter of the late Joseph and Elisabetta (Carusone) Pagliaro and has been a resident of Westport for 77 years.

She is the owner of Palmieri Nurseries in Westport. Mrs. Palmieri was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption and Assumption Mature Adults.

Survivors include two sons, Carlo J. Palmieri and his wife Susan of Fairfield, and Francis J. Palmieri also of Fairfield; two daughters, Mary Palmieri Gai and her husband Andy of Westport, and Flo O’Brien and her husband Paul of Fairfield, one sister, Mary Izzo of Westport, one sister in-law, Maria Carusone of Westport, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 32 nieces and nephews.

Kristin Chenoweth Entertains at Playhouse Benefit Concert

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Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth entertained tonight at a Westport Country Playhouse benefit and afterward mixed with guests at a reception. Pictured (l-r) are Michael Ross, Playhouse managing director; Joanne Woodward, former co-artistic director, Chenoweth, and Anne Keefe, former co-artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com