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UPDATE Waters off of Westport were busy with boaters of all kinds on Memorial Day. Boaters noticed a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter overhead which was participating in a search for a missing 40-year-old Norwalk man who fell into the chilly waters with three friends when their canoe overturned off of Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. Two men were rescued. Westport’s Marine Division as well as its dive team made of of police officers and firefighters helped in the search. The body was found early today underwater by a state police dive team using an advanced side scan sonar unit, police said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Downtown Steering Committee
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Arduino Workshops
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Screening of “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” with Steven Pressman
7 p.m. –  Staples Room 333 – Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 100 – Probate Office Seminar “What Does a Conservator Do”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Robert Katz, 90

Robert Katz of Westport died May 25 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of Alzheimers Disease. He was 90.

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Robert Katz: Westport resident since 1978. Contributed photo

He was born Sept. 23, 1923 in Fauresmith, Orange Free State, South Africa the son of the late August and Frieda (Prager) Katz. He grew up in Fauresmith and Cape Town, South Africa.

During World War II he served as an air mechanic, air mechanic instructor, and non-commissioned officer in the South African Air Force. He was awarded the Africa Service Medal in 1944.

At age 21, he graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT.

A Day to Remember, Honor and Thank

By James Lomuscio

As Grand Marshal Bob Satter watched a seemingly endless stream of Memorial Day floats pass by the viewing stand in front of Westport Town Hall today, everything seemed pleasantly surreal.

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Bob Satter, grand marshal, addresses today’s Westport Memorial Day parade ceremony on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

“Today is one of the greatest days I’ve ever experienced,” said the decorated World War II pilot, 90, who in 1944 flew 25 missions in Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. “I’m lucky to be standing here. Our original squadron had 18 crews and 12 of them were lost.”

“When they called me and told me about being grand marshal, my knees buckled,” recalled Satter, a 60-year town resident who for 43 years operated a photography studio in the Greens Farms section of town.

He paused for a moment to think about the reality of war, a reality often eclipsed by tales of glory.

Memorial Day Parade Float Winners Announced

The winners for best floats in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade, which had the theme “Honoring The American Flag,” were:
     
1. Best Development of a Theme: Westport PAL        
2. Best Youth Organization Float: Westport Public Library        
3. Most Creative Float: CLASP Homes        
4.  Best Community Organization Float: VFW Auxiliary Float          
5.  Most Colorful Float:  Westport Historical Society Float        
6.  Best Overall Float: Y’s Men of Westport Weston

Judges included Betty Lou Cummings, Diana Heisinger, Ruth Whelan, and Nanette Hausman