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Kelly M. Wright, 57

Kelly Michael Wright of Fairfield, a former Westport resident who co-founded the Wright Brothers construction company, died last weekend of heart failure. He was 57.

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Kelly M. Wright: co-founded Wright Brothers. Contributed photo

He was born in Rochester, N.Y. on March 1, 1957 and lived in Westport and more recently, Fairfield, for 37 years. He and his brother, Chris Wright, specialized in small home renovation projects during the 1970s.

In 1985, the two brothers formed their own construction company, Wright Brothers, a business that soon became both highly successful and well known for quality residential home remodeling and new construction throughout Fairfield County. 

The Wright Brothers won many awards over the years, including the prestigious University of Connecticut’s “Family Business of the Year.”

Ice Melt Hot Item

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Black ice and extreme cold Monday night and early today created a demand for bags of ice melt, according to Jimmy Izzo, co-owner of Crossroads Hardware, 345 Main St. “We sold over a pallet of ice melt in the past few days but it’s still nothing like the sub-zero weather last year at this time,” he said. “We know this is only the first round of the wintry mix.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Developer Withdraws Saugatuck Sewer Request, to File New One

Summit Saugatuck LLC, a developer with plans to construct a 186-unit housing development on Hiawatha Lane Extension in Westport’s Saugatuck section, has withdrawn its request for a sewer extension to make the development possible, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

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The developer hoping to built a 186-unit housing complex had sought a sewer extension on Saugatuck’s Hiawatha Lane Extension.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Timothy S. Hollister, the attorney representing Summit Saugatuck, sent a letter Monday to Marpe, stating that the town “should not take this action as Summit (is) abandoning its development plan for Hiawatha Lane Extension…A new application will be filed shortly.”

The Board of Selectmen, acting as the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), was scheduled to hear the sewer request Jan. 29, making its decision based on a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) report.

At Thursday’s P&Z public hearing more than 50 persons turned out, many voicing their objections to the development plan, noting that the sewer extension would overwhelm the area’s pump station, resulting in a sewer moratorium for current residents who want or need hookups. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2015)

Cookies to Fuel Exam Takers at Staples

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During midterm exams at Staples High School, the Guidance Department this week is handing out complimentary cookies, milk and motivational messages for students to “de-stress” while taking midterms. One guidance counselor, Victoria Capozzi, could be heard with a megaphone pulling kids in for cookies and wishing all “good luck!” The cookies have been a tradition for midterms and finals week at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. – noon – Westport Westpm Family Y Lobby – Chiropractic Complimentary Nerve Scans
9:15 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Play with Your Food Lunchtime Play Reading
Noon – Westport Library – Women Entrepreneurs Group: Building a Social/Eco Enterprise
1 p.m. – Westport Library – Writing 101: Introductory Course for Fiction & Non-fiction
2 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportREADS Movie: “Dancing at Lughnasa”
7 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportREADS: Westport Yarns—The Art of the Irish Fisherman’s Sweater
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and http://www.westport.k12.ct.us)
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

From Family Y Back to Being Called YMCA

By James Lomuscio

Until recently, the large letters “YMCA” above the door of the Bedford Building at the former Westport Weston Family Y on Church Lane seemed like a vestige of the organization’s religious roots.

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The new old look. Contributed photo

After all, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) acronym—for years shrouded by trees and hidden by ivy—has appeared anachronous ever since YMCA officials in April 2005 rebranded the organization as the Westport Weston Family Y. The name change came the same day officials named capital campaign chairs for its then planned Mahackeno facility.  (See WestportNow April 28, 2005)

Many other YMCAs serving around the country already had done the same. Unlike YMCA or groups under its umbrella, such as Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) or the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the new Y logo seemed a secular take focused on youth and families.

But now, the old logo and nomenclature are making a comeback. They will appear on new Westport facility on Allen Raymond Lane. In addition to the Adirondack-styled building, the YMCA logo also will reappear on all letterhead, email correspondence, annual reports, press releases, etc.

Preparing for County Assemblies Dances

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The County Assemblies of Fairfield County is celebrating its 77th year of raising funds for local charitable organizations and is preparing for its charity balls this month. The County Assemblies was begun in 1938 by Westporter Willem C. Schilthius. Staples High School student ambassador reps this year have selected the All Stars Project of Bridgeport as their recipient. Pictured (l-r) are Staples Junior Student Ambassador Hannah Rose; All-Stars Project Program Coordinator Askar Morrisseau; Staples High School Junior Student Ambassador Skylar Klein; All-Stars Project Board Member Frances Rowland, and Staples Junior Student Ambassador Lily Valente. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Starbucks Studying

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Midterm exams started today at Staples High School even though there was a two-hour weather delay. Outside the weather was cold and rainy, but many students visited the downtown Starbuck’s to find a warm, dry place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Staples Senior Cadence Neenan, 17, got in some serious studying time as she sat at a quiet corner table by a window. “My last high school midterms,” she said with a smile. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com