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Norwalk Hospital Gets $10 Million Gift

Norwalk Hospital announced today it has received a $10 million gift from The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc. and the McGraw Family to begin construction of a new Ambulatory Pavilion.

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An artist’s rendition of Norwalk Hospital’s Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for outpatient care. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“This transformational gift was made by the McGraw family in honor of their parents’ commitment to community, health care and Norwalk Hospital,” an announcement said. “The gift will establish The Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for outpatient care, and in particular the new Emergency Department.”

Harold W. McGraw Jr., who as leader of McGraw-Hill, his family’s publishing business, helped build it into a billion-dollar enterprise in the 1970s and ’80s, died in 2010 at his home in Darien. He was 92. His wife, Anne Per-Lee, a former volunteer at the hospital, died in 2002.

“The McGraws’ incredibly generous gift, the largest Norwalk Hospital has ever received, and among the largest gifts to a Connecticut Hospital, will truly transform our ability to deliver the most compassionate, advanced medical care to our community,” said Dan DeBarba, Norwalk Hospital president & CEO.

Allen Raymond Pledges $500,000 to Y Building Campaign

Longtime Westporter and Y supporter Allen Raymond has pledged $500,000 to the Westport Weston Family Y as it seeks $6 million for its building program, the Y announced today.

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Westporter Allen Raymond was honored in January by having the private access road to the Y’s Mahackeno Outdoor Center, site of the planned new Family Y facility, named “Allen Raymond Lane” in honor of the former Y president, trustee emeritus and longtime civic leader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I’ll pledge $500,000 right now,” the 89-year-old Westporter said in a memo on March 23, “so that we can get the show on the road,” according to the announcement.

The Family Y’s CEO, Rob Reeves, and the president of its Board of Directors, Bonnie Strittmatter, said in a joint statement: “Allen truly embodies the heart and soul of Westport … his steadfast commitment and dedication to the Y’s cause is inspirational, and we know his magnificent gift will lead others to climb on board.”

The Family Y has identified $31 million in funding to date for its new home at its Camp Mahackeno facility, including more than $7 million raised since launching its “Building What Matters” capital campaign a year ago.

Getting Ready for ‘SOLOS’ Opening Tonight

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As the Westport Arts Center prepares for tonight’s opening of “SOLOS 2012,” Jill Sarver (l), visual arts coodinator, and Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts, take a moment to put the finishing touches on the exhibition. Two Westport artists are to be included in the exhibition, which is scheduled to open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and run through Sunday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 158 Compo Rd. S.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 158 Compo Road South is in process. Built in 1900, the two-story colonial has 1,248 square feet and is situated on a .75-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 WestportNow.com

In the Money: Dalio Tops Hedge Fund Earners

Ray Dalio, head of Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, personally made $3.9 billion last year, according to an industry ranking published today. WestportNow.com Image
Ray Dalio: head of Westport hedge fund earned $3.9 billion in 2011. Forbes.com photo

Dalio’s $70 billion Pure Alpha fund produced $13.8 billion of investment profits, according to Absolute Return magazine.

Dalio tops the list of the magazine’s richest 25 hedge fund managers. The select group took home $14.4 billion in profits on their own investments last year – down from $22 billion in 2010, the magazine said.

Dalio, a Greenwich resident, has pledged to donate half of his wealth to charity. Bridgewater has 1,200 employees in four Westport locations as well as others in Wilton and Norwalk.

Friday, March 30, 2012


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Opening Reception: 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Chef & Cookbook Author Jason Sobocinski
7 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – Coleytown Company: “Guys and Dolls”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Ignite The Borealis w/ The Pedestrians, 1974, Girls on Bikes & Until Euphoria
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – “Alice in Wonderland”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Robert Gavin Stewart Anderson, 74

Robert Gavin Stewart Anderson of Westport, husband of Kendall Gardiner, died March 26. He was 74.

Born in England to the late George and Isabel Anderson, he was a veteran of the British Royal Navy having served four years on active duty and seven years in the reserves. Prior to his retirement, he was a senior executive for Colgate Palmolive where he lived in several different countries around the world. He was a member of the Foreign Trade Council, the U.S./South African Business Council which he helped create, and the Council on Economic Priorities.

He was most recently a selectman on the Board of Selectman for the Town of Westport. He also served on the Westport Representative Town Meeting, the Board of Finance for seven years, a chair and member of the Selectman’s Maintenance Study Committee, the Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership, and the Sherwood Mill Pond Committee. He was also an active member of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club.

He was the father of four children, Heather Dubrosky and Kirstin O’Gorman, both of Fairfield, Amanda Matiello of Virginia, and Jay Anderson of Florida. He is also survived by two sisters, Juliet Hubbard and Rosaland Wolfes, both of England, and seven grandchildren, Ethan Dubrosky, Luke and Declan O’Gorman, Sophia Dubrosky, Sara and Dillon Matiello and Nicholas Anderson.

Finance Board Approves $100.2 Million School Budget

By James Lomuscio

Before a packed Town Hall auditorium of students, teachers, parents and administrators, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight unanimously approved the Board of Education’s proposed $100.2 million budget for 2012-13, an amount that jumped to $114.3 when debt service was added.

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Don O’Day addresses tonight’s Board of Finance meeting.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In approving the budget, the finance board also finalized the overall Westport budget including municipal government for a grand total of $188 million.

Calling the school system “the crown jewel of our community” and the reason he and his family moved to town 16 years ago, finance board chairman Avi Kaner, a Republican, assured the crowd at the meeting’s outset that his board would not wield a heavy fiscal ax.

“Any thought that we will take an ax and make draconian cuts is not true,” said Kaner. “And while we want the best schools, we want them to operate efficiently.”