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Catherine B. Geraghty, 95

Catherine Byrne Geraghty, a longtime Westport resident who most recently resided at Heritage Village in Southbury, died July 14. She was 95.

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Catherine Geraghty: former Staples High School nurse. Contributed photo

Bborn on Christmas Day, 1916 she was the daughter of the late Theresa Mulvey and James Byrne. She was a graduate of Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing, Jamaica, N.Y. While working as a nurse at the hospital, she was introduced to Matthew Geraghty, whom she married in 1946.

She was the school nurse at Staples High School in Westport while also volunteering at summer camps. She was a devoted sponsor of the organization, “Guiding Eyes for the Blind,” and lived that devotion by caring for retired guide dogs in her Westport home. She was also a faithful supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Her life was almost a century of performing innumerable kindnesses for all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Her legacy of equanimity, wisdom and pure love will continue to lighten the burdens of all whose lives she touched, her family said.

Shirley T. Charpentier, 89

Shirley Grace Taylor Charpentier of East Norwalk, formerly of Westport, died July 14 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 89.

Born on Nov. 17, 1922 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of the late Harry Taylor and Grace Phillips Valentine.

She married Paul Charpentier on Nov. 13, 1943 in Westport, raising five children—three boys and two girls. She was a consummate mother, a quiet unassuming woman who loved her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul, sisters Marjorie and Eleanor, brothers Philip, Harold and William.

CL&P Takes Hit from PURA Over Storms Response

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Utility regulators concluded in a draft decision today that Connecticut Light & Power was “deficient and inadequate” in its preparation and response to the two storms that caused prolonged blackouts last year.

The report by the Public Utility Regulatory Authority says the state’s largest power company should face unspecified financial sanctions “as a penalty for poor management performance and to provide incentives for improvement.”

CL&P was unsure if it will seek changes in the report before it is formally adopted by the authority Aug. 1.

“We are in the process of reviewing all 117 pages of the document and will decide if we will file written exceptions or participate in oral arguments in front of the commissioners before they issue their final decision on August 1,” said Mitch Gross, a spokesman for CL&P.

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Disappointment as Taxi Co. Asked to Vacate RR Office

By James Lomuscio

The attorney for Westport Star Taxi—which today, after 26 years, was asked to vacate the eastbound stationhouse within 30 days—expressed disappointment, saying that taxi company owner Gerald Clancy is weighing his options on how to continue serving customers.

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The Westport Star Taxi office today operated in temporary quarters as renovations go on around them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We’re disappointed with the town’s decision, and we just found out,” said Tony Ahern, partner of Cramer & Ahern in Westport. “The company will continue as it has for the last 26 years to serve its customers, and it’s weighing its options.”

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the town’s lease with Westport Star Taxi, which has occupied the space on a month-to-month lease at the Metro-North station, will end as the town issues a request for proposals from prospective tenants.

“As part of the renovation of the eastbound stationhouse at the Westport station, we will be issuing a request for proposals for tenant space,” said Joseloff. “This will not impact the right of Westport Star Taxi to operate at the station, which is regulated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

E. T. Bedford’s Grandaughter Dies at 104

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UPDATE Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren, a longtime Westporter and granddaughter of Edward Thomas Bedford, the Westport businessman and philanthropist who founded the Westport YMCA in 1923, died Monday at the age of 104, according to Westport Weston Family Y CEO Rob Reeves, who made an announcement at today’s Westport Rotary Club weekly luncheon. She is pictured at a 2004 presentation of the restored portrait of her grandfather, which has been in the YMCA’s Bedford Building for almost 90 years. With her are Bern Dibner, great-great-grandson of E. T. Bedford, and Victoria Dibner, Bedford’s great-granddaughter. Warren’s father was Frederick T. Bedford, industrialist and yachtsman who owned Nyala Farms, now a Greens Farms office park, and donor of the land now occupied by Westport police headquarters. Her marriage to Briggs Swift Cunningham, the late yachtsman and sports car driver (see WestportNow July 4, 2003), ended in divorce. Her second husband, attorney Lynne A. Warren, died in 1992. Her grandson is state Sen. John P. McKinney. See obituary provided by family here. Contributed photo

‘Tartuffe’ in Previews at Playhouse Beginning Tonight

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight begins previews of “Tartuffe,” the Moliere comedy directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse Associate Artistic Director. The play, a farcical take on the outer limits of hypocrisy, opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 4. Pictured: Charise Castro Smith (Mariane, the daughter) and Mark Nelson (Orgon, the father).  Nelson said he played this role in 1973 in high school in The Bronx. Information and tickets available at www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Taxi Loses Office But Still at RR Station

UPDATE The Town of Westport has put Westport Star Taxi on notice that it must vacate its office space at the Metro-North Westport station but can continue to operate its taxi service there, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today.

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The eastbound stationhouse at the Metro-North Westport station today. It has been undergoing extensive renovations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Joseloff said the eastbound stationhouse has been undergoing renovations and as part of the process of seeking permanent tenants, Westport Star Taxi has been given notice to vacate next month but can reapply for a permanent space. An attorney for the taxi company expressed disappointment with the decision.

“We’re disappointed with the town’s decision, and we just found out,” said Tony Ahern, partner of Cramer & Ahern in Westport. “The company will continue as it has for the last 26 years to serve its customers, and it’s weighing its options.” (See separate story here)

“As part of the renovation of the eastbound stationhouse at the Westport station, we will be issuing a request for proposals for tenant space,” Joseloff said in a statement released in response to a press inquiry.