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Friday, December 28, 2012


10 a.m. –  2 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Downtown 2020 Committee
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Free Family Swim

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Susan B. Adler, 85

Susan Buckley Adler, an avid gardener, tennis player, animal lover and a 20-year EMT with the Weston Volunteer Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services, suffered cardiac arrest and died Dec. 19 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 85.

She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Bangalore, India, where her father, the late Lt. Col. William Howell Buckley of Wales, held a senior post with the British government. She grew up in South Wales and was educated in fine arts at Oxford University and Accademia Bella Arte in Florence, Italy.

She moved to the United States in 1951, settling in Westport in 1954. She married Dr. Daniel H. Adler in 1964 and they had lived in Weston since 1966.

She worked for nine years at Norwalk Hospital’s Chemistry Department, and later for the Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport.

Malloy Names First Openly Gay Justice to High Court

By Mark Pazniokas and Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who took office two years ago pledging to make the courts as diverse as Connecticut’s society, today nominated Andrew J. McDonald as the first openly gay justice of the state Supreme Court.

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Andrew McDonald: influential legal voice. Ctmirror.org

McDonald, 46, was an influential legal voice as co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee before he left the legislature two years ago to become Malloy’s top legal adviser as general counsel. He is a longtime confidant of Malloy. Before becoming a legislator, he served as city attorney in Stamford when Malloy was mayor.

Malloy said he selected McDonald to work for him both times for a simple reason.

“In my estimation, Andrew possesses an exceptional ability to understand and analyze, research and evaluate legal issues,” he said. Malloy said those skills will make McDonald a “great jurist.”

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Man Arrested in Citibank Robbery

Westport police today arrested a 44-year-old Shelton man and charged him with the knife-wielding bank robbery last week of a Citibank branch in Westport on the Norwalk line.

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James L. Watson: arrested at his Shelton home. Westport Police photo

Police said James L. Watson was arrested at his home with the assistance of Shelton police after information was developed about the Dec. 21 robbery at 399 Post Road West in which the suspect showed a teller a note and demanded money. Police have not said how much was taken.

Evidence found shortly after the crime included the weapon, black trench coat, and baseball hat worn during the robbery, police said. It was discovered at Sylvan Road North and Post Road West, apparently thrown from a car, police said.

Information was developed that Watson had been in the Hudson Valley Bank at 420 Post Road West shortly before the Citibank robbery, police said.

Albert J. Copersino, 79

UPDATE (changes calling hours date) Albert J. Copersino, a longtime Westport resident died Dec. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 79

Born in New York City, Aug. 18, 1933, son of the late Stanislao and Mary Copersino, he has been a resident of Westport for 36 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed by Xerox Corp. as a tax attorney and previously had worked for Cheeseboro Ponds, Bristol Meyers and the Internal Revenue Service.

He received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York in 1955 and his law degree from New York Law School in 1969.  A member of the New York Bar and the Y’s Men of Westport-Weston, he was also an amateur artist, decorative wall carver and furniture designer and builder. He was formerly a member of the Tax Executive Institute.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 47 years, Betty (Gualtieri) Copersino, include two sons, Albert Copersino and his wife Katherine of Westport. Marc Copersino and his wife Michele of Westwood, Mass., one daughter, Cristina Copersino of Westport, one brother, Domenic Copersino of Flushing, N.Y., and one granddaughter, Olivia Rose Copersino. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Louise Dowling and Sister Frances Copersino MPF of the Religious Teachers Filippini Order.

Real Estate Report: More Optimism

By Judy Szablak

Sales of new houses rose in November to the highest level in more than two years, the U.S. Commerce Department reported today.

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This home at 5 Heron Lake Lane is listed at $2,650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Higgins Group Real Estate/ Westport

Purchases climbed 4.4 percent to a 377,000 annual pace, the most since April 2010, following a revised 361,000 rate in October, the department said.

Today’s report followed the Case Shiller report which showed that home prices in the 20-City Composite Index increased by 4.3 percent in the 12 months ending in October.

Despite expected seasonal weaknesses in 60 percent of the 20 composites, the report exceeded analysts’ forecasts with healthy increases over the preceding 12-month period.