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Joseph C. Sibigtroth, 94

Joseph Clarence Sibigtroth passed away on Oct. 22 in Westport. He was 94.WestportNow.com Image
Joseph C. Sibigtroth: World War II vet.  Contributed photo

Born on Nov. 29, 1915 to Joseph and Alma Sibigtroth in Mendota, Ill., he was the second oldest of eight children, the others being Art, Helen, Ruth, George, Bernice, Don, and Bob. 

He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1940, respectively.  He married Marjorie Ward in 1941 and had two children, Alan and Joan. 

From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant in the southwest Pacific. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – noon – Westport Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: 2003 Excel for Beginners
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Memory”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: Inermediate 2003 Excel
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School cafeteria – Conversation in the Community: Underage Drinking
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. – Greens Farms Academy – “End of Innocence Abroad,” Christopher Lydon

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Hearing About Music from The New Yorker Critic

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Alex Ross, music critic at The New Yorker since 1996, addressed a Westport Public Library audience tonight about his latest book, “Listen to This.” He described how he became interested first in classical music and later in current popular music. Using recorded excerpts, he showed how a descending pattern of notes echoes as a lamentation through many cultures. His first book, “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,” a cultural history of music since 1900, was published in 2007. It won a National Book Critics Circle award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 Ross was named a MacArthur Fellow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Farrell Hails Connecticut Export Financing Partnership

Connecticut employers will benefit from a new financing partnership with the Ex-Im Bank of the United States that will help them strengthen and grow their export business, according to former Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, a member of Ex-Im’s board. WestportNow.com Image
Diane Farrell: partnership will create Connecticut jobs. Contributed photo

The Connecticut Development Authority (CDA), the state’s quasi-public business financing arm, will now be able to provide international trade financing to small businesses thanks to the partnership, an announcement said.

“This City-State Partnership –  Ex-Im Bank’s first in Connecticut – will give us the opportunity to provide many more Connecticut small businesses with the competitive financing tools they need to successfully compete in the global marketplace, and create Connecticut jobs,” Farrell said in a statement.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said the partnership fills a financing need of Connecticut small exporters.

Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Ridgefield

A three-goal barrage in the first 10 minutes of the second half broke open a close game today at Loeffler Field and the Staples boys soccer team shut out Ridgefield 4-0.WestportNow.com Image
Frankie Bergonzi was both a defensive and offensive force for Staples today. The Wreckers shut out Ridgefield 4-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

Goals by Jake Krosse, Court Lake and Lorenz Esposito – added to Greg Gudis’ 1st-half strike – lifted the Staples team to victory. Mikey Scott, Brendan Lesch, Frankie Bergonzi and Jake Malowitz added assists.

“The balanced scoring is great – and important,” said head coach Dan Woog.

Ridgefield entered the match in fourth place in the 19-team FCIAC – two spots below the Wreckers.

Tuesday’s Milling and Paving Locations

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The Westport Public Works Department today released this map of scheduled paving and milling work on Tuesday. Workers will finish paving Roseville Road and milling will take place on North Avenue starting at Cross Highway and moving south. School entrances will be open on North Avenue, and Wakeman Park Road will remain open for access to both Bedford Middle School and Staples. Extra officers will be on hand to direct traffic. Contributed graphic

Saugatuck Center Rising

By James Lomuscio

With the framing completed and the smell of plywood sheathing still fresh, Westporter Sam Gault today walked the grounds of Saugatuck Center, a two-building, riverfront retail, residential and office development scheduled to open in May, and seemed pleased.WestportNow.com Image
Today’s “topping out” of Saugatuck Center drew (l-r) Sam Gault and Jim Donaher, representing the Gault family, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Gus Pappajohn, builder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


“My grandfather bought this property in the early 1920s,” said Gault about the one-acre, Riverside Avenue parcel with 500 feet on the Saugatuck River. “We used it to store oil, building materials and sand.”

The 365,000-gallon oil tank came down this past May (see WestportNow May 5, 2010), as did the wood framed buildings that housed DeRosa’s restaurant, Westport Florist and the Riverside Barber. Today was the “topping out,” marking partial completion of the project

To hear Gault, president of LH Gault & Son, Inc., tell it, it is all part of a new vision for Saugatuck—a vision from one of Westport’s oldest families. The hometown company stated in 1863 on the Post Road where Gault’s great-great grandfather sold feed and grain.

Joseph Stein, Librettist of “Fiddler,” Dies at 98

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UPDATE Joseph Stein (r), the veteran musical librettist who penned the books to such shows as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Zorba,” died Sunday. He was 98 and had recently been hospitalized at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan after a fall. Stein visited the Westport Country Playhouse in 2007 (picture) when it held a benefit gala to honor composer John Kander (c), a partner in the musical theater songwriting team with the late lyricist Fred Ebb. The pair are best known for “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” and the song “New York, New York.” At left is Stein’s wife Elisa. Stein wrote the book to Kander and Ebb’s musical take on Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” called “All About Us,” which had a production in Westport in 2007. The late Eartha Kitt, a Weston resident, appeared as The Fortune Teller. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

 

 

Crain’s Business: Westporter Making Grab for Value Line Cash

The controlling shareholder of financial publisher Value Line Inc., former CEO Jean Bernhard Buttner of Westport, is making a grab for about half of her company’s remaining cash, Crain’s New York Business reported today.

It said the publisher of the Value Line Investment Survey said late Friday it would pay shareholders a special dividend of $2 a share on Nov. 12 instead of its regular quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share.

The special dividend amounts to $20 million or almost half of the company’s $43 million in cash on hand, Crain’s said on its website. About $17.3 million of this dividend will go to Buttner, who controls 86.5 percent of Value Line’s stock, it said.

Buttner, 75, stepped aside last year at the company started by her father in 1931 after the SEC barred her from the brokerage business.