Patricia C. Waters of Brunswick and Southwest Harbor, Maine, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 28, in Arlington, Mass., after a short illness. She was 89.
Daughter of the late Sanford Cousins and Elizabeth Nash Cousins, she was born in Brunswick on Aug. 4, 1924, and graduated from Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, N.Y., before receiving her BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., class of 1946.
She married Lewis William Waters Jr. in 1949, and the couple spent a year after their marriage traveling through Europe by bicycle. She and Bill settled in Westport to raise their four children, Jennifer N. Waters, Candace W. Schuller, Lewis W. Waters, III and David B. Waters while Bill worked at International General Electric in New York.
After Bill’s premature death in 1963, she moved her young family back to her alma mater, Mt. Holyoke and took a position as assistant director of admissions, juggling a busy career with raising a family as a single parent.
Greater Yellowlegs at Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. According to Wikipedia: “These birds forage in shallow water, sometimes using their bills to stir up the water. They mainly eat insects and small fish, as well as crustaceans and marine worms. It often walks in sand or mud and leaves clear tracks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
The “Hunger Games” returned to The Westport Library tonight with a reenactment of the second film of the trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” premiering this month. “The Hunger Games” is a young adult novel by Suzanne Collins about a post-apocalyptic country called Panem where the United States once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the nation. Each year, it holds a mandatory event called The Hunger Games in which one girl and one boy aged 12 to 18 are selected by lottery from each of 12 districts to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan/The Westport Library photo
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield-Westport, today introduced Obamacare as a gubernatorial issue by challenging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to call a special legislative session to allow insurance companies to extend insurance policies slated for cancellation at the end of the year.
John McKinney: talks to reporters in Hartford today. Ctmirror.org photo
In a late afternoon press conference, McKinney, a candidate for governor, characterized the Democratic governor as a strong backer of the president on health care, echoing efforts by the national GOP to use Obamacare as a wedge issue in next year’s mid-term congressional races.
“I would expect as a political matter Gov. Malloy to continue to cheerlead and champion Obamacare. He has from day one. I can’t imagine he would change,” McKinney said. “I am very comfortable saying I’m opposed to Obamcare. I think as of right now, quite frankly, I am winning. Obamacare is failing.”
The Malloy administration called McKinney’s proposal premature, and the governor’s political allies, including House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and the state Democratic Party accused McKinney of playing politics.
Jonathan Blansfield: headed to Northwestern. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Jonathan Blansfield, a standout member of the Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team, today signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Northwestern University.
Blansfield is one of three graduating Staples High School students, all swimmers, who have accepted NLI invitations to Division I programs for the fall of 2014.
The others are Verity Abel, who will be attending Duke University, and Ian Rainey, who will be going to the University of Michigan. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and NLI member institution in which a student agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and receive athletics financial aid.
“We are so proud of Jonathan and congratulate him for earning this scholarship,” said Ellen Johnston, head coach of the Family Y Water Rat Swim Team.
Talk about early, Barnes & Noble Booksellers nationwide, including the one on Post Road East in Westport, are getting a week’s jump start on Black Friday, not to mention Cyber Monday, with its own, less frenetic version—Discovery Friday Nov. 22.
“Barnes & Noble Westport will join our nearly 700 stores nationwide to officially launch the holiday shopping season with the first-of-its-kind, one-day Discovery Friday that will offer customers the chance to jump-start their holiday shopping,” said Tricia Tierney, community relations manager for the Westport store.
She said the event highlights for the entire family will include games, giveaways, author events at 5 and 7 p.m. and “special deals and discounted products.” Customers will also have the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.
According to Tierney, Discovery Friday is designed for customers “who enjoy the art of discovery ...who appreciate the human touch.
The commuter parking lot at Merritt Parkway Exit 41 northbound closed today for reconstruction as part of the building of the access roadway to the new Westport Weston Family Y at the nearby Camp Mahackeno site. The lot is scheduled to be reopened on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com