Robert Edwin Peterson of The Cedars, Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Westport, died Dec. 6. He was 95.
Robert Peterson: 37-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born in Harvey, N.D.., he was director of commercial and industrial patent licensing for RCA Corp. in New York City until his retirement in 1987.
Receiving his degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1942, he also attended graduate programs at Harvard, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University.
He was awarded five patents for his inventions in the fields of electronics and light sources. After retirement, he founded Altherin Associates, a patent licensing consulting firm and later became vice president, licensing, for the Patent Enforcement Fund.
James “Jay” Francis Meagher, a resident of Westport for 49 years, died Dec. 6. He was 88.
James Meagher: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo
Born in 1924 in Mineola, N.Y., he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nine years, much of that time as a lieutenant aboard the USS McNulty, a destroyer escort during World War II. He graduated from Ursinus College then Temple University with a law degree.
He was a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, received an honorary doctorate at California American University in behavioral science, worked at Mobil Oil Co. for more than 30 years as an attorney, and later had a successful management education consulting business run from his Westport home.
While attending college he met and later married the late, Leonora “Lee” F Meagher, “his bride,” in 1944. The family moved to Westport in 1963.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Edgewater Hillside, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1928, the two-story colonial has 2,134 square feet and is situated on a .25-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
Westporters are invited to view a solar installation today at 9 Loren Lane (off Clinton Avenue) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a barbecue starting at noon. An Encon Solar representative will be available to explain this town-sponsored program, which allows Westporters to buy or lease solar at below market prices. It’s part of the Solarize Westport program. Contributed photo
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East – Westport Police toy drive 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 9 Loren Lane – Solar installation and barbecue celebrating Solarize Westport (barbecue at noon) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties, 7 Sylvan Lane – Westport Winter Farmers Market Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams” Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present” Noon – 3 p.m. – VFW Hall, 465 Riverside Ave. – Westport P.A.L. Annual Children’s Luncheon Christmas Party 2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Gaming for All Generations 8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Woman In Black”
Members of Long Lots Elementary School Brownie Troop 50369 stopped by Westport Animal Control today to bring some holiday cheer to the residents. They came bearing toys, treats, beds and supplies which will be used for the current homeless dogs housed at the shelter and future arrivals. Westport animal Control Officer Joe Saponare and Westport Animal Shelter Advocates President Julie Loparo were on hand to answer their questions about the dogs and the important role Westport Animal Control plays in the community. Westport Animal Control is a no-kill shelter located on Elaine Road which is dedicated to the care of lost and stray dogs in Westport. WASA (Westport Animal Shelter Advocates) is a 501c3 organization formed to foster and assist homeless dogs in Fairfield County with an emphasis on funding vet care for the dogs impounded at Westport Animal Control. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A medical care facility, Westport Urgent Care, a division of MedExcel, opens on Monday at 1045 Post Road East, according to Linda DiLorenzo, executive director. She said the walk-in facility is not an emergency room but will treat any nonlife threatening condition including performing physicals, administering vaccines and tending to acute health conditions. Its three physicians include Deborah Mogelof, Scott Herman, and Tabitha Fortt. Office manager Jackie Demeter has been associated with Westport Family Health for 14 years. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the office can be reached at (203)557-8200. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hours after inviting Republicans to help devise a bipartisan deficit-mitigation plan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today offered a “road map” to shave another $243 million off this year’s state budget deficit, again relying most heavily on cuts to social services.
The Democratic governor, who insisted that he wouldn’t raise taxes to close the current shortfall, is seeking over $22 million in additional tax revenue from corporations and power plants. The administration also says Connecticut can raise an extra $8.5 million by cracking down on tax fraud.
The proposal is intended to shape discussions scheduled to begin Monday with the administration and leaders of the Democratic majorities and Republican minorities in the General Assembly. The legislature is expected to return for a special session on Dec. 19 to vote on a deficit plan.
“We know what we have to do. They know what they have to do. We’ll share some information today,” Malloy said today, shortly before releasing his road map. “We’ll get to work next week.”