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Adeline E. Osuch, 97

Adeline E. Osuch of Bridgeport died Feb. 19. She was 97.

Born in Worcester, Mass. on Jan. 21,1917, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Lesniak) Osuch of Bridgeport, who came through Ellis Island, her father from Russia, her mother from Austria.

Known as Addy, she embraced her Polish heritage. Predeceased by her brother, Edmund V. Osuch and his wife Bev of Littleton, Colo., she was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport.

She graduated from Harding High School and Booth and Bayliss Secretarial School in Bridgeport. She was employed at J.L. Lucas Co. of Fairfield as an executive secretary. Later she was secretary for Wilson L. Harrell, president of World Wide Food Marketers in Westport.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Sterling Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Sterling Drive, in the Old Mill section, is in process. Built in 1920, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,374 square feet and is situated on a .11-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

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 3 – 7, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 3 - 7, 2013:

E. Albert Schurman to Jay Ostreicher, 9 George St., $340,000WNproperty.jpg

Nancy A. Reith Trust to George and Constance McCormack, 22 Harvest Commons, $850,000

Grassy Plains LLC to Grassy Plains Development LLC, 29 Grassy Plains Road, $500,000

Caroline D. Hutton to David Dausilio, 160 Compo Road North, $325,000

Friday,  February 21, 2014


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Maker-in-Residence Gar Waterman: Designing & Building a Mobile Office
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Crucible”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Rockwell Museum Acquires Famous Artists Art & Archives

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. has announced the acquisition of the art and archives from the Famous Artists School in Westport, nearly doubling the museum’s collections.

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Group photo of Famous Artists School faculty: (l-r) Harold von Schmidt, John Atherton, Al Parker, founder Al Dorne (white shirt, on the ground), Norman Rockwell (with painting created for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 film, “Samson and Delilah”), Ben Stahl, Peter Helck, Stevan Dohanos, Jon Whitcomb, Austin Briggs (rear, far right), and Robert Fawcett (front, far right). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Norman Rockwell Museum Archives, gift of Famous Artists School

The gift comprises more than 5,000 un-catalogued artworks, including several original works created by Norman Rockwell, plus an archive of hundreds of thousands of items, an announcement said.

The collection was donated by Magdalen and Robert Livesey, owners of Wilton-based Cortina Learning International, which purchased Famous Artists in 1981, the museum said, adding: “for many years, the large collection languished in a vast Connecticut warehouse.”

With this newest acquisition, a collection that began with 125 paintings Norman Rockwell placed in trust with the museum in 1974 now numbers more than 13,000 artworks, the museum said.

P&Z Puts Off Action on Library, Other Requests

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight put off until next week action on a request to use municipal land at Jesup Green for expansion of the Westport Library.

There were only four commission members present and while they all indicated they would approve the request, several said they wanted all seven members present and also to include recommendations about the application in their formal response.

Members said they had concerns about expanding even more into Jesup Green, whether arrangements would be made to accommodate meetings elsewhere during construction, and how much the town would contribute to the cost.

The P&Z also put off acting on a request for a zoning text change by attorney Lawrence Weisman that he said would allow his client Bridgewater Associates to make changes to its 1 Glendenning Place headquarters property off Ford Road.

Blight Board OKs Demolition of Wake Robin Road Property

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Westport’s newly formed Blight Prevention Board tonight determined that the long vacated and deteriorating house at 17 Wake Robin Road, off Greens Farms Road, is blighted and voted to request the owners to demolish the house by April 21. “It’s our goal to keep Westport safe and protect surrounding properties,” said chair Joe Strickland (c). Neighbor Seth Braunstien (r), a newly elected member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), was elated by the board’s action, saying it culminates an eight-year effort to have the town act on the property. The one-story ranch, situated on a 1.01-acre property has 2,190 square feet and was built in 1950. Blight Enforcement Officer Steve Smith said the absentee owners reside in Georgia. (See WestportNow Feb. 18, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com