Gloria Hirtz, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 24. She was 89.
She resided mainly in New York, but also lived in Palm Beach, Fla. and Westport.
The daughter of Ben and Betty Gordon, she was predeceased by both her husbands, Martin Hirtz, to whom she was married for 42 years, and Jerome Strumpf, for 12 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah of Chevy Chase, Md., and Robin of New York City, and their husbands, Daniel Waterman and Roger Meltzer; her grandchildren, Justin, Lizzie and Martin Meltzer, and Ben, Andrew and Charlie Waterman and their wives Stacey, Kristen and Jessica; step-daughter, Jean Sommerfield; step-granddaughter, Sarah Sommerfield; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a sister, Barbara Joseloff Cohen.
Services were private. Memorial contributions are requested for Alzheimer’s Association-Rita Hayworth Gala, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.
A youngster enjoys a burst of ice particles from an ice sculptor at work tonight at Westport’s Christ & Holdy Trinity Church where the Downtown Merchants Association hosted a community holiday party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted holiday guests for refreshments following the town Christmas tree lighting ceremony across the street in front of Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, deprived of an amplified voice by a faulty sound system, shouted out a countdown and threw the switch tonight for the town’s official Christmas tree lighting on the Town Hall front lawn. Guests cheered as the bright lights flashed on, marking the official start of Westport’s holiday season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Washington—In the first congressional hearing on Hurricane Sandy today, lawmakers from storm-hit states made appeals for billions of dollars in additional aid and said massive, destructive storms are “the new normal.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., testified at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that “the path towards enlightened protection and preparation” must include infrastructure improvements such as flood gate repairs in Stamford, steps to stop flooding along the Housatonic River, and the establishment of microgrids for electricity and increased use of generators, especially at facilities for the elderly.
“The sweep and depth of destruction in human impact and financial affect was simply staggering,” Blumenthal said. “In Connecticut, disasters like Hurricane Sandy are quickly becoming the new normal.”
Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., also said massive storms like Sandy are the “new normal,” and called lawmakers who reject the idea of climate change “deluded.”