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John Buchta, 73

John “Jack” Buchta of Shelton died Sept. 26 at Bridgeport Hospital. He was 73.

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John Buchta: headed Westport printing company.  Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk to the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Hogan) Buchta, he was the proprietor of Klein’s Printing Company of Westport for more than 30 years.

He was also a member of the Printing Industry of Connecticujt and a former member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Westport. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and vacationing on Cape Cod.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary (Pedwano) Buchta of Shelton; two devoted daughters Karen Martin and her husband Edward of Cheshire and Jennifer Meyers and her husband Steven of Oxford; his twin brother James Buchta and his wife Concetta of Norwalk; his sister Frances Manere and her husband Robert of Weston; four cherished grandchildren Steven, Amanda, Adriana and Kayla Meyers and several nieces and nephews.

Ann Brannigan, 84

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Ann Brannigan: Broadway performer. Contributed photo

Ann Brannigan of Westport died Sept. 23. She was 84.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and graduated high school at the age of 15 to move to New York City along with her mother and grandmother to pursue a career in dance and musical theater.

She worked uninterrupted for more than 15 years dancing and performing on Broadway in such classics as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brigadoon,” and countless others including an early career stint as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. 

After a very successful Broadway run, she transitioned her talent to a newly emerging forum, television where she was a regular for years on such memorable shows as “Your Show of Shows” and “The Jimmy Durante Show.”

Comings & Goings: Renato’s Jewelers to PRE

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Renato Tornifoglia (2nd r) makes a toast with Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today as Renato’s Jewelers celebrated its grand opening at its new location at 1765 Post Road East, across from Stop & Shop. Tornifoglia, 42, who co-owns the store with his wife Christina, said he has been in the jewelry business for 30 years. The business located from Main Street to Post Road West and then to its current location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Longshore Boat Launch Operator Sentenced in Sex Assault

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Jeffrey Susa: gets five months in prison. Westport Police photo

Jeffrey Susa, 48, of Monroe, who operated the a boat launching business at the E.R. Strait Maria at Westport’s Longshore Park, has been sentenced in Stamford Superior Court to five months in prison and three year’s probation for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

He was also ordered Friday to attend sex offender counseling sessions and substance abuse treatment, reports state.

Susa reportedly took the minor to dinner and supplied with alcohol before sexually assaulting her on his boat on Aug. 23, 2013, according to reports. He was arrested on Oct. 11. (See WestportNow Oct. 13, 2013)

According to reports based on court documents, Sousa had been investigated by police in 2007 and 2009 for sexually explicit behavior toward another minor. Though the Westport Police Department had applied for an arrest warrant, it was never issued.

Saturday,  September 27, 2014


Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Board Game Jam
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Middle School Night w/ Liam Lis
8 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar