Saturday, February 24, 2024


Judith Gallen, 81

Judith Gallen of Westport and Tucson, Ariz. died Dec. 28 in Tucson. She was 81.

Born on Oct. 31, 1933. she was an avid painter, reader, and a grand socialite.

She is survived by her four children, Jim Gallen of Texas, Andrew Gallen and his wife, Amy of Redding,, Peter Gallen and his wife, Wendy of Tucson, and Sarah Gallen and her wife, Felice Zwas of Stamford. Also by her grandchildren, Derek, Jason, Christopher, Samuel, Elizabeth and Abigail.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation, for pancreatic cancer research.

Himes Rode Political Roller Coaster in 113th Congress

By Ann Radelat

Washington – He has been called Connecticut’s “coolest congressman,” but U.S. Rep. Jim Himes faced some big challenges during the two years of the outgoing Congress. Next year he will find himself in a shrinking pool of centrists.

Representing Connecticut’s 4th District, which includes most of Fairfield County, Himes was slightly less likely to vote with his party than any other member of the Connecticut congressional delegation. The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for open government, said he voted with his party about 93 percent of the time. The average in the delegation was about 96 percent and the average for House Democrats was 93.2 percent.

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Little Change in Pace of Residential Demolition, Construction

There was little change in the pace of residential demolitions in Westport this year, the Building Department said today. New residential construction also was little changed.

Westport issued 118 demolition permits this year versus 106 last year, it said. It noted that 20 of this year’s permits were at one site – the Westport Housing Authority’s Sasco Creek Village complex at 1655 Post Road East.

Since WestportNow began monitoring and compiling demolition statistics 10 years ago for its popular WestportNow Teardown of the Day series, the rate has hovered around 100 a year –- about 1 percent of the town’s housing stock.

There were 109 new residential building permits issued in 2014 versus 103 a year ago. New commercial permits numbered 15 versus 3 in 2013, the Building Department said.

—Dave Matlow

Longshore Tree Inventory Set

The Town of Westport is embarking on a survey of the trees in the town-owned Longshore Club Park, Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay announced today.

He said the town has contracted with Davey Resource Group to conduct a visual inventory of the approximately 2,000 trees and stumps in the park beginning Jan. 6.

The inventory is expected to take two weeks to complete and will be performed by specially-uniformed Davey personnel, an announcement said.

Trees will be identified by genus and species, and be ranked for health, structure, and primary maintenance needs – including removal, selective pruning or removal of dead, dying and/or broken wood, Lindsay said.

Rotary Farewell for Outgoing Family Y CEO Image
Rob Reeves, the outgoing CEO of the Westport Weston Family Y, attended his final Westport Rotary Club meeting today, his final day on the job. He told fellow members he and his wife Joanne depart Jan. 13 for a nine-week driving trip through the South where he plans to visit friends and relatives and seek a desirable area for relocation. Reeves, CEO since January 2009, announced his departure Oct. 20 soon after completion of the new Y facility at Mahackeno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Superior Court Judge: Defendants are Often Youths Under 20 Image
Judge Robert L. Genuario, a Stamford Superior Court judge since 2010, told the Westport Rotary Club today it is not uncommon that the majority of those being arraigned on any given day are youths under 20. “The crimes committed by these youths range from traffic issues, DUI, shoplifting, breach of peace and assaults,” he said. The former 14-year state senator and secretary of the Office of Policy and Management under former Gov. Jodi Rell, who appointed him to the bench, said half of the court budget is earmarked for counseling and other services to rehabilitate defendants rather than incarcerate them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Muriel Schwartz, 87

Muriel “Micki” Schwartz of Westport died Dec. 23 at home. She was 87. Image
Muriel Schwartz: world traveler. Contributed photo

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she grew up in New York City with her parents Isidor “Eddie” and Eva Laks, her late brother Henry and sister Sandra. She and her husband, the late Hilton Schwartz, both graduated from NYU.

She continued her schooling at the Bank Street College of Education. The newlyweds moved to Fresh Meadows, Queens, where they had two children, Donna and Evan, and made many lifelong friends.

In the late 1950s, Micki and Hilton followed Hilton’s best friend and cousin Herbert Abrams to Westport, where they lived the rest of their lives. Their third child, Ellen, was born a few years after their move to Westport.

George Moreo, 60

George Moreo of Westport died Dec. 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 60.

Born Dec. 10, 1954 in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas and Grace (Rotchford) Moreo. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute and was able to explore the world through many different opportunities. He was the director of visual merchandising for Data Display Systems.

A Westport resident for 24 years, he was a member of Assumption Church Parish and coached Westport Youth Soccer for many years. He was an avid boater, fisherman, a lover of all the arts, and loved the sport of volleyball.

Survivors in addition to his wife Dorette of 34 years include one son; Dillon Moreo of Westport, daughter; Nicole Moreo of New York, N.Y., one brother; Dominick Moreo of Hampton Bay, N.Y., three sisters; Laura Amara of Palm Beach, Fla., Ellen Accardi of Garden City N.Y., and Grace Hamilton of Tampa Fla., and many nieces and nephews.