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Florence L. Dryburgh, 101

Florence L. Dryburgh of Westport died at home on March 23. She was 101.

She was born in Newark, N.J. on June 1, 1911. She was predeceased by her husband, T. Douglas Dryburgh, in 2002.

Survivors include a son, Douglas T. and daughter-in-law, Jeanette, of Westport; grandson, Douglas T. Jr., his wife, Rebecca, and their children, Nikko and Abigail, of Beaverton, Ore.; grandson, Alec, his wife, Jennifer and their daughter, Alison, of Charlotte, N.C.

A calling will be held on Tuesday, April 2, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown, Pa., to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1825 Turner St., Allentown. http://www.weberfuneralhomes.com.

Comings & Goings: Panera Bread ‘Opening Soon’

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Panera Bread will “open soon” at Westport’s 1860 Post Road East, in the shopping center anchored by HomeGoods, according to a sign on the front door. The space was previously occupied by True Grace Nail Spa, which opened in December 2010, and relocated under the new name of Royal Nail and Spa, within the same shopping center. Panera said the company plans to employ 40 to 60 people in Westport and job postings have been put up on Internet job sites. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, March 28, 2013


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Just Out on DVD” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Education Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 104 – Board of Assessment Appeals Adjudication

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Estelle Margolis: ‘I’m Very Grateful’

By James Lomuscio

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Estelle Margolis: at her January court appearance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

UPDATE Westporter Estelle Margolis, who pleaded guilty today to a reduced misdemeanor charge of creating a public disturbance after she brought a BB rifle and ammunition to a Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session debating gun control in January, said tonight she is grateful the event is behind her.

“It’s done, and it’s over, and I’m very grateful,” said the 86-year-old grandmother and peace activist who was fined $50.

“What they have done is they reduced this charge to less serious than a traffic ticket, creating a public disturbance, the least of the charges I could have possibly been charged with, and I have no record,” she added.

She credited her “wonderful lawyer Neal Rogan” of Westport, as well as the 40 people from throughout the country, she said, who had written letters in her defense.

Car Fire Briefly Shuts Down Saugatuck Ave. at I-95

UPDATE A car fire today forced closure of a portion of Saugatuck Avenue near I-95 for about 30 minutes during the evening rush hour, police said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, which was under the I-95 overpass, reports from the scene said.

The area was reopened to traffic at about 6:20 p.m.

Lessons in Leadership from Medal of Honor Winner

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Jack H. Jacobs, a retired U.S. Army colonel and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Vietnam War, today addressed Westport area police, fire, and community leaders on executive level leadership strategies. Jacobs, one of 80 living Medal of Honor winners who also serves as a military analyst for MSNBC, said his most important task is teaching today’s students the ideals of courage, selfless service, and the need to build character and promote responsible citizenship. Asked about his views of today’s all volunteer military, he said, “Everybody loves the troops because they don’t have to be the troops.” He said he regretted that many Americans don’t vote in elections—“more people vote in Iraq than here”—and noted that only 20 percent of members of Congress have served in the military. The Westport Police Department hosted the luncheon at the Artisan Restaurant, Fairfield, which was sponsored by George N. Venizelos, managing director, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Two Elderly Escape Fire, Firefighter Injured

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UPDATE Westport firefighters get water on a house fire at 10 Pond Edge Road today. A health care worker helped two elderly disabled residents flee the house, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin. They were in bed when the aide helped them out, said neighbor Leslie Wolf, who took the trio into her residence. They were not injured, but one firefighter suffered injuries and was taken to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation, said Conklin. Flames were shooting from the right and rear of the structure, he said, and the fire in the garage area was challenging due to the presence of flammable liquids. He said chemical extinguishers in conjunction with hose lines had to be used to extinguish the fire. The fire spread quickly to the outside of the residence, but fire damage to the interior upper floors was held to a minimum, Conklin said. Contributed photo