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Friday,  January 23, 2015


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – Westport Library – Lunch & Learn: Strategies for Realizing Health Resolutions
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – P&Z Special Subcommittee to review referral from Norwalk
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Coney Island: Side Show” Opening Reception
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Broadcast Hearts w/Skyler, & Mike G
7:30 p.m. – Westport Weston YMCA – Teen Night (6th-8th grades)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Permit for Same Space, Same Use? Calise Cries Foul

At tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting, longtime Westporter Michael Calise decried a proposed text amendment as superfluous and hurtful to commercial landlords since it would require new tenants to obtain permits to occupy space for the same previous use.

Text amendment 685 would require that a zoning permit be obtained prior to occupancy of a commercial building in an attempt to thwart violations.

“This is a way of codifying it,” said P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens. “There have been violations.”

When Calise stepped to the podium, asking for examples, Stephens could not cite specific ones but said they existed.

Chamber Guests Hear About Compo Penguin Plunge

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Guests at tonight’s Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After Hours networking reception heard details of the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m., according to Lisa Carole of the Special Olympics, who attended the event at the Symphony Space office complex, 55 Greens Farms Road. Register to plunge, or support a participant or team at http://www.soct.org. To join in the fun, participants must be at least 8 years old and need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to awards for top fundraisers and best costume, participants receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Church St. South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Church St. South, off Hillandale Road, is in process. Built in 1946, the one-story ranch has 1,501-square feet and is situated on a .26-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

Earthplace Postpones Winterfest a Week

Due to Saturday’s weather forecast, Westport’s Earthplace announced today it is postponing its annual Winterfest one week to Saturday, Jan. 31.

The celebration of winter will include a horse-drawn carriage ride, ice architecture, snowshoeing in the sanctuary, and a campfire with hot cocoa and s’mores, an announcement said.

Food trucks will include LobsterCraft, Fire Engine Pizza Co,. and the Buzz Truc

Winterfest is $5 per child and free for adults and children under 2.

Getting Ready for March Library Book Sale

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Westport Library volunteers are busy in the lower level sorting room in anticipation of the spring book sale on March 14-17.  According to volunteer Dick Lowenstein (c, book donations fill the drop-off bins daily. He said the books, categorized into mystery, sci-fi, gardening, cooking, nonfiction, self-help and both trade and regular paperbacks are boxed and transported for storage by Homes With Hope personnel, to the Baron’s South Golden Shadows facility which has recently been cited for an Historic Landmark status application. “There are 40 all-year round volunteers dedicated to used book and vinyl record sorting. pricing, categorizing, labeling and boxing,” he said . With him are Bill Gluckman (l) of Norwalk and Pat Skelly of Southport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Caroline E. Greunke, 84

Caroline Eleanor Greunke of Westport died Jan. 12 in St. Vincent Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 84.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 9, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John and Sophie Brenner Huth.  She was an avid antique collector and dealer, loved flowers and animals.

She is survived by her beloved husband, of 60 years, Orville Victor Greunke, her daughters Laura H. Jubenville and her husband Pete, Carol Greunke and her husband John, and her brother John Huth of Tennessee.. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her sister Eleanor Wienands.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. Interment will be private.

Magda M. Ivanyi, 83

Magda (Mandak) Ivanyi of Norwalk died Jan. 22 at her home. She was 83.

Born in Sopron, Hungary, she received her accounting degree in Budapest and has lived in Norwalk since 1954, after escaping Hungary in August 1951. She is the beloved wife of 54 years to Andrew Ivanyi.

Magda worked as a bookkeeper and comptroller for various local firms including Don Hansen Advertising of Westport, Deckers and the Law Offices of Miklos Koleszar in Norwalk and Rose Adams Construction of Westport.

She was the past president of the Hungarian Committee of Norwalk and Vicinity and has overseen many projects such as the Hungarian Heritage Wall plaque and the Freedom Fighters memorial in Freese Park.

Raymond J. Orr, 92

Raymond J. Orr, a longtime Westport resident who as a 19-year-old seaman first class survived the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 16 at home. He was 92.

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Raymond J. Orr: Pearl Harbor survivor. Contributed photo

Orr was the grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 1996, and for many years he proudly shared his war experiences with fellow Westporters. He frequently visited schools with other veterans to recount his war remembrances to youngsters.

On Dec. 7, 2005, as he prepared to lead the Pledge of Allegiance before a board of finance meeting, he remembered that fateful day in Hawaii 64 years earlier. He was aboard the USS Bagley, a destroyer, when the Japanese surprise attack began.

“I was in a great position to see what was happening,” recalled Orr. “I was on the deck of my ship, and I remember waving to the first Japanese torpedo plane as it flew overhead. I thought it was the Air Force practicing.

Raymond J. Orr, Pearl Harbor Survivor, 92

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Raymond J. Orr of Westport, who as a 19-year-old seaman first class survived the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Jan. 16. He was 92. The grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 1996, Orr frequently visited Westport schools with other veterans to recount his war experiences (above in 2009, pointing to his ship, the USS Bagley). In 2005, he told WestportNow he was still shaken by the loss of 2,300 sailors on Dec. 7, 1941, adding: “and, as a matter of fact, not to be maudlin, when I die, my ashes are going to be spread over Pearl Harbor. It’s some spiritual thinking that I’ll join them.” See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com