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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Downtown 2020 Committee
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – 20th Annual Giant Summer Book Sale (free, $5 donation suggested)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Maker in Residence
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
4 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Board of Finance Site Visit
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Special Meeting
7 p.m. – Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Citizens Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Molière’s “Tartuffe”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – 102nd Army Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Hook, Ladder and iPad

Though iPads are not the first things to come to mind when one thinks of firefighting, the information gathered by their use in the field will aid responding firefighters in an emergency situation, Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said today.

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A check for $2,400 was presented today at a Fire Headquarters ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

So, new iPads and inspection software will be purchased via a $2,400 fire prevention grant to the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office from Johnston, R.I-based FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

An FM Global representative presented the award today at Westport Fire Headquarters to Kingsbury, Deputy Chief Bob Kepchar, Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant, and Fire Inspectors Nate Gibbons and Terry Dunn.

The award will be used to purchase iPads and inspection software in order to streamline the inspection process and increase productivity, the Fire Department said. “The information gathered in the field will directly help the fire service respond in an emergency situation,” Kingsbury said.

Westport News Gets New Editorial Boss

Hearst Newspapers announced today that its Connecticut newspapers, including the Westport News, is getting a new executive editor.

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Barbara Roessner: veteran Connecticut journalist. Facebook.com photo

She is Barbara T. Roessner, a veteran Connecticut journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner. She spent 31 years at the Hartford Courant before she was fired in 2009 as managing editor when Tribune Co. merged the newspaper’s news operations with co-owned WTIC-TV Fox 61.

She replaces David McCumber of Wilton, who joined the Connecticut newspapers in April 2009 from the Hearst-owned Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he was managing editor. He will take over as Hearst Washington bureau chief.

Both appointments are effective Aug. 1, said Mark E. Aldam, president, Hearst Newspapers. He worked with Roessner when he was at The Courant where he was senior vice president/chief operating officer until 2006 when he joined Hearst.

Marc Lasry Prefers Westport Over the Hamptons

Hedge Fund powerhouse Marc Lasry is hanging out in Westport this summer at his Greens Farms waterfront estate.

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Marc Lasry addresses a Westport Public Library audience in 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

At least that is what he told The New York Times which today published a lengthy story about his placing long-term faith in the Euro Zone with his investments.

“Unlike his his fellow Masters of the Universe, you won’t find Mr. Lasry spending summers on Raiders Row or other luxurious Hamptons hangouts,” the Times said. “He prefers lower-key Westport, Conn.” “‘I’m a value guy,’ he joked. I can’t afford the Hamptons.’”

Lasry, who hosted President Obama last month at his Upper East Side apartment (see WestportNow June 5, 2012), lives just down the road on Beachside Avenue from movie producer Harvey Weinstein who will host Obama at his house on Aug. 6. (See WestportNow July 20, 2012)

Edward F. Bieling, 83

Edward F. Bieling of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died July 21 at Ludlow Health Care in Fairfield. He was 83.

Born on March 14, 1929, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Gertrude (O’Brien) Bieling. Prior to moving to Fairfield 43 years ago, he was a longtime resident of Westport, where he grew up and attended school. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

He worked as a butcher and then a milkman for Wade’s Dairy for many years. After his retirement, he worked part time at Fair Auto Supply until he was 80. He was a member of the American Legion Post 143 in Fairfield. and the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport.

He was an avid New York Yankees and UCONN Women’s basketball fan.

Westport Property Transfers July 2 – 6, 2012

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 2 - 6, 2012:

Edith Forman to Bluewater Burnham 38 LLC, 38 Burnham Hill, $900,000WN property.jpg

Tobley Tauck Leth to Lisa Schwartz, 42 Spriteview Ave., $1,945,000

Linda W. Thompson to Stanley Winnick and Lila Berman, 15 Bobwhite Drive, $947,500

Malgorzata Piekarski to Roy Lee and Vera M. Craddock-Lee, Justin Lee and Craig Lee, 83 Turkey Hill South, $2,775,000