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Marianne I. Wiresee, 87

Marianne Ingrid Wiresee, 87, of Mount Dora, Fla. passed away on Thursday, July 29.

She was born on April 30, 1923, in Frösö, Sweden, to the late Martin Wang and Anna (Wiklund) Wang. After living most of her adult life in Los Angeles, Mrs. Wiresee moved to Westport and then to Mount Dora in 1986.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora and loved the Lord Jesus with all of her heart.

Mrs. Wiresee was devoted totally as wife and mother, and an excellent seamstress. She is survived by her husband, Birger Wiresee, of Mount Dora; daughter, Annette M. Burks (Anthony), of Buffalo, N.Y.; and one grandchild, Dorian.

Norma B. Green, 84

Norma Berger Green, devoted mother, grandmother, writer and artist died July 28 in Arlington, Va. of natural causes. She was 84.

Born in Providence, R.I. in 1925, Mrs. Green received her BFA in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1945. She taught at the Famous Artist School in Westport and was the author of several children’‘s books.  She was an accomplished artist and had numerous exhibits featuring her watercolor paintings.

Former wife of Norman Sumner Green, she is survived by her sons, John and William; her sister, Dorothy Friar; daughter-in-law, Michelle; three grandchildren, Brent, Kyle and Kendall; and many devoted friends. Services private.

Donations may be made to RISD, c/o Amanda Wright, 2 College St., Providence, RI 02903.

Collecting Food for the Needy

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Westport Firefighter Kevin Dumas today checks over food donations at Westport Fire Headquarters, one of several Connecticut fire stations designated as collection points in support of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s announced statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion.” The donations of nonperishable food will help replenish the state’s two main food pantries, Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank. Dumas said by 10:30 a.m. “we’ve collected a lot of food contributions and we’re only half way through the morning collection period.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Rell: State Accepting Applications for New Health Plan

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that applications are now available for a new federally funded health care plan specifically designed for individuals with pre-existing conditions that prevented them from getting health care insurance in the past.

The Connecticut Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, administered by the state Department of Social Services, will use $50 million allocated to Connecticut under the federal health care reform bill.

The governor approved launch of the program after her administration was able to successfully lower premiums by 35 percent over initial estimates to put costs within reach of many Connecticut residents, an announcement said.

Premiums for adults under the new plan start at $285 monthly for those under 30 and rise gradually by age to a high of $893 for adults 65 and older.

CCLU Lawyer: P&Z Decorum Policy is “Problematic”

By James Lomuscio

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s new decorum policy banning signs and T-shirts expressing a view is “problematic” according to an attorney for the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union (CCLU).WestportNow.com Image
Supporters of the Westport Family Y’s move to Mahackeno wore yellow T-shirts at the opening of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s hearings on the application in March 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“Messages on T-shirts are often a constitutionally protected form of expression,” said David McGuire, the CCLU’s staff attorney based in Hartford.

“A ban on speech related to an item before a municipal body is problematic because it constitutes the most highly protected form of speech.”

McGuire was reacting to the new policy approved last week which says: “In order to minimize disruptions or distractions, the following behaviors will not be permitted at our meetings: displays of any kind on any surface including but not limited to clothing and signs.”

Westport Fire Department Collecting Food Today

The Westport Fire Department today from 9 a.m. to noon is participating in a statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion” as fire stations around Connecticut collect donations of nonperishable food to help replenish the state’s two main food pantries.

“Mark it on the calendar. July 31 will be the day we can all help fill the shelves the shelves of Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement last month. (See WestportNow July 14, 2010)

“Fire departments around the state made our 2009 campaign such a success that we are delighted to have them again this year as partners.”

The governor said the economy is still very volatile and the need remains great for many families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


9 a.m. – noon – Westport Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) – Collection point, non-perishable food for Connecticut food pantries
11 a.m. – noon – Earthplace – Woods Explore
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Earthplace – Critters & Crafts (ages 3-10)
3 p.m. – Sherwood Island Nature Center – “Come Plant with Us”
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Rent”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Washboard Slim & the Bluelights

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Property Transfers July 12 – 16, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 12 - 16, 2010:

Antonio A. and Fatima Pugas to Michael and Mody K. Brown, 301 Main St., $970,000WN property.jpg

R B Properties to 5 Flower Farm Lane LLC, 5 Flower Farm Lane, $4,750,000

Louise S. Couffer Est. to Amanda V. and Marc W. Rowley, 28 Woods Grove Road, $537,500

Richard Christopher Montanaro to Heidi Mitchell, 5E Gorham Ave., $1,345,000