Friday, March 01, 2024


Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp, 64

Mary Jane O’‘Donohue Knapp passed away on Dec. 22 at her East Norwalk residence. She was 64.

A daughter of the late Peter J. O’Donohue and Dorothy Gorman O’Donohue, Mary Jane was born in Stamford and after briefly residing in Darien and Stamford, moved with her family to Norwalk and resided for 50 years at the family home on Cove Avenue in East Norwalk.

A graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of ‘64, M. J. is remembered by many friends for her warm, generous and outgoing personality and her courageous spirit.

Mary Jane loved nature, wildlife, the ocean, and she particularly enjoyed the view of Norwalk Harbor from her “Cottage”. She was an ardent advocate of animal rights and devoted many hours to supporting dog rescue activities.

Last Farmers’ Market of the Year Attracts Crowds Image
It was a beautiful, clear day at the Westport Farmers’ Market winter home today, located in one of the Gilbertie’s Herb Farm spacious green houses at 7 Sylvan Road. Like every Thursday during the winter months from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a large crowd was on hand to enjoy the warmth of the sun filtered through the glass roof and the wide selection of fresh produce and miscellaneous items.  Many of the customers are old friends from the past summer’s highly successful outdoor Westport Farmers Market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Air Quality Alert Issued

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Westport and area from midnight tonight to midnight Saturday.

An air quality alert means that particulate matter is expected to reach unhealthy for sensitive groups for all of Connecticut for this period.

High pressure over the region will create a strong inversion with light winds, the alert said. This means that locally emitted air pollution will linger near the surface producing elevated levels of particle pollution through the end of Saturday.

For additional information, visit the Connecticut DEP air quality index link at

All Clear Image
Workers from Westport’s Department of Public Works today cleared Westport downtown sidewalks of snow to prepare for First Night Westport festivities on Friday. By ordinance, it is businesses which are responsible for clearing their sidewalks, but Public Works Director Steve Edwards said the town stepped into completely remove the snow in view of anticipated New Year’s Eve crowds in the downtown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Long Lots Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 48 Long Lots Road is in process. Built in 1952, the two-story colonial has 2,377 square feet and is situated on a .40-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Republicans Seek Board of Finance Replacement

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) said today it is seeking applicants to fill the vacant Republican seat on the Board of Finance.

The seat became vacant when Charlie Haberstroh resigned upon his appointment on Dec. 22 to the Board of Selectmen. That post became vacant by the resignation for health reasons in November of Gavin Anderson.

Under the Town Charter, a board vacancy is filled by its remaining members. Since the Democrats hold four seats on the seven-member Board of Finance, they will have the final say on whether to appoint the RTC nominee.

In 2006, when Anderson was on the Board of Finance and resigned to spend more time with his family, the remaining Democrats chose a Republican replacement who was not the RTC nominee.

‘Sno Fun!

To the Editor:

Is there anything nicier,
sugar ‘n spicier,
anything more sweet or grandish,
than to see falling snow
setting all hearts aglow,
making everything so Fairylandish?

Each flake makes me quiver
with wonder,
I shiver
as softly I sing “Jingle Bells” –
Ah, the beauty, the thrill,
as it climbs up my sill
with its luscious white whipped-creamy swells.

I give up counting flakes,
each succeeding one makes
a more mountainous mound out my door.
Why does it keep falling?
It’s getting appalling –
I’ll never get out any more!

Now the power’s gone

no TV and no heat,
and my batteries are down to two!
Won’t someone please stop it?!
I can’t see atop it –
the snowplows can’t even get through!

They’ll find me next Spring
frozen to everything,
what the heck am I going to do?!
I have had it!
Who invented this stuff?
You know,
I just hate snow,
don’t you?

Mary Grace Dembeck