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Westport Property Transfers June 10 – 14, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 10 - 14, 2013:

Michael and Beth Jabick to Sheng Chieh and Xiao Ling Tzou, 33 Maple Ave. North, $1,715,000WN property.jpg

Douglas and Rita Shavel to Michael O. Gordon, 3 Michele Lane, $2,100,000

Stephen Urciuoli and Theresa Tartarone to Renee and Michael D. Holmes, 91 Kings Highway South, $925,000

Robert R. and Catherine K. Zappi to Jason Carter and Luguang Yang, 3 Charmers Landing, $6,205,000

Margot Hayward, 79

Margot Hayward, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 79.

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Margot Hayward: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

The daughter of Eleanore and Merrill Dreyfus, she was born in New Haven in 1934. Her early years were spent in New London. She graduated from Harbor School, where she was valedictorian of her eighth grade class, and editor-in-chief of The Harbor Beacon.

She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. in 1951, attended Vassar College and received a degree, cum laude, in Latin from Connecticut College in 1955.

After graduation, she worked for IBM in New York as secretary to the art director of THINK Magazine. In 1957, she was selected to attend programming school. She chose to become a technical writer for the 705 EDPM.

Tackling Taxes on Cars No Longer Owned

By James Lomuscio

Sold your car eight months ago and just received a personal property tax bill for it?

Westport Tax Assessor Paul Friia said today he has been getting a lot of calls from residents since the real estate and personal property tax bills went out two days ago.

The solution could be simple, said Friia, “depending upon what they did with the vehicle.’”

“If they were transferring the plates from one car to the next, they would just pay the bill for the old car, and then in December they will get a supplemental bill for the new car which will reflect any overpayment on the old car,” he said.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 33 Green Acre Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 33 Green Acre Lane, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1 1/4-story cape has 3,696 square feet and is situated on a 2.04-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

Cockenoe Island Ready for Campers July 8

Cockenoe Island will reopen to the public for camping on July 8, Conservation Director Alicia Mozian announced today

She said the scheduled opening is the result of many people volunteering “time and energy” picking up trash and debris that accumulated from majors storms, as well as cutting and raking and moving rocks and sand to clear areas for tents.

Volunteers also worked to rebuild fire pits that had been washed away, she said.

“People really love this island, and all were anxious to get it cleaned up and ready to go for another camping season,” said Mozian.

Gas Line Work Ties Up Traffic on Wilton Road

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It is slow going on Wilton Road in the area of the Exit 41 northbound entrance to the Merritt Parkway in Westport today as alternate one lane passage is in effect because of a gas line installation. According to a worker on site, this segment of the project is expected to be completed by July 1 and will eventually be connected with the Westport Westport Family Y under construction nearby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

James F. Kingsley , Jr. 82

James Francis Kingsley, Jr., a former Westport resident, died June 20 in Beaufort, S.C. He was 82.

The Kingsleys moved to Beaufort from Westport in 1992. He was born April 23, 1931 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of James Francis Kingsley and Louise Roy Kingsley.

When he was 5, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Marist Military School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

He met his future wife, Jo Ann Egger Kingsley from the University of St. Francis at a Notre Dame Mardi Gras Dance. After graduation from Notre Dame in 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with tours at Parris Island, S.C., Quantico, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. as an infantry company commander.

A lengthy business career began in New York City with the New York Sales Executives Club, American Management Association, and as head of the worldwide program of AMA’s Presidents Association. He then formed his own firm, Educon International Inc., a training and consulting firm for business and nonprofit organizations in 23 countries.

He was on the Board of Trustees of Saint Leo College and a member of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and the Strategic Leadership Forum.

Robert L. Gette, 97

Robert L. Gette of Tequesta, Fla., a former Westport resident, died June 23, 2013, at his residence.  He was 97.

Born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., he had been a resident of the area since 1984. While living in Westport, he worked in Manhattan as a head hunter for Haleys & Associates. He was a co-founder of the Westport Little League and enthusiastically coached the team for which his son played.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Jupiter Hills Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club.

Survivors include one son, Robert L. Gette, Jr. (wife Terry), of Salem, N.Y., and one great-grandson, Owen Robert Gette, of Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Smith Gette, his son, Carter Smith Gette, and his grandson, Robert C. Gette (wife Jennifer).

White Named New Republican Registrar of Voters

Kevin M. White Sr. has been appointed Westport’s Republican Registrar of Voters, the Office of the Registrar of Voters announced today.

White, who had been serving as deputy registrar, took the office in accordance with state statutes following the death of Robert F. Lasprogato.

In addition to registering new voters, the office noted that registrars are “deeply involved in every election, primary, or referendum to ensure that voting machines are programmed and polling places are properly set up and staffed.”

The announcement also noted that registrars send notices to all registered households informing them of the hours, dates and locations of upcoming elections.