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Uncovered After All These Years

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With removal of trees and ivy in front of the former Westport Weston Family Y building on Post Road East, two gargoyles above the main entranceway of the 1923-built building are finally seeing the light of day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Efforts Intensified to Find Cheaper School Bus Parking

The Town of Westport is stepping up efforts to find a less expensive place to park its school buses.

Board of Education Chair Elaine Whitney and First Selectman Jim Marpe have announced creation of a joint Board of Education (BOE) and Town of Westport School Bus Parking Task Force. 

The group will include members of the BOE, Selectman’s Office, Board of Selectmen (BOS), Board of Finance (BOF) and Representative Town Meeting (RTM). 

The Task Force will be operating as a Board of Education committee. However, BOE member, Karen Kleine and Town Operations Director Dewey Loselle will jointly lead the review and search effort, an announcement said.

Ingrid E. Gilbertie, 71

Ingrid E. Gilbertie of Westport died Nov. 11 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 71.

The wife of Ralph J. Gilbertie, she grew up in Wilton and lived in Westport for 49 years. She was owner and operator of Bargain Boutique of Fairfield and Browsers Nook of Norwalk for more than 20 years, and had also worked for Settlers and Traders of Westport.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by her sons Michael R. Gilbertie and his wife Betsy of Westport and Ralph J. Gilbertie, Jr. and his wife Victoria of Stratford; daughters Amy M. Gilbertie of Westport and Kristina J. Gilbertie and her partner Jeri of Bloomfield; a brother Edward Hardy of Monroe; sisters Signe Miller of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Kari Barrett of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren Jessica, Mitchell, Kaitlin and Jason Gilbertie and Nicholas and Eddie Cuff. She was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Hardy.

Services will be private. Contributions may be made in her memory to the National Kidney Foundation.

Thursday,  November 13, 2014


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Meeting BOE Bus Parking Task Force
2 p.m. – Westport Library – TV Series: “Downton Abbey,” Season 4
6:30 p.m. – Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road) – Blight Prevention Board Public Hearing
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Village District Steering Committee and Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Daniel Menaker on “My Mistake”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Bridgeport Students See NYC Art Highlights Thanks to WAC

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Tenth grade students from Bridgeport’s Bridge Academy charter school today visited New York’s Chelsea art district as part of the Connections program of the Westport Arts Center (WAC). Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director, and WAC staffers Jill Sarver, Rebecca Brown,  and Marni Katz, as well as Laura Spada, a member or the WAC Education Committee, pose with the students in front of artist Takashi Murakami’s work on display at the Gagosian Gallery.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

‘A League of Their Own’ to be Screened Sunday

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Westport Cinema Initiative and Project Return are partnering to present “A League of Their Own,” a 1992 fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis and directed by Penny Marshall, the comedy-drama will be shown Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Westport Town Hall. Tickets are $10 and are available at http://www.westportcinema.org.

The film tells the story of the women’s baseball team as it tours the United States during World War II.  The light-hearted look at early professional female athletes shows just how ground breaking and resilient these early pioneers were in playing the sport that they loved.

The screening is sponsored by Lee Rawiszer of Paradigm Financial Partners. A brief talk back with Doug Tirola of the Westport Cinema Initiative board, and Meghan Skelton, from the Weston Public Schools, will follow. There will also be a pizza supper at Project Return for the first 30 people who RSVP, an announcement said.

Town Clerk: Westport’s Voter Turnout Highest in County

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Among those enjoying themselves today at a League of Women Voters of Westport post-election luncheon were (l-r) Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, Selectman Helen Garten, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Board of Assessment Appeals member Elaine Arnow. Strauss told the guests that Westport’s almost 62 percent voter turnout was the highest in Fairfield County and thanked the League for its voters’ guide. “It is so important to the residents of Westport,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com