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David P. McGoldrick, 51

David Paul McGoldrick of Fairfield, a former golf professional at the Birchwood Country Club in Westport, died Feb. 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was 51.

Born in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Charles P. McGoldrick, Jr. and the late Grace McGoldrick. A 1982 graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, he attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La. on a golf scholarship.

An avid athlete, he earned his status as a golf professional in 1984 when he became a Class A1 member of the PGA. He played the mini-tour circuit in Florida and later held positions as assistant or head pro at local Connecticut courses including The Country Club of Fairfield, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and Birchwood Country Club in Westport.

He also coached both the men’s and womens’ golf teams at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He most recently worked for Maritime Motors in Fairfield for several years. A devout Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Florence T. Lee, 91

Florence T. Lee of Fairfield, a former waitress at the The Clambox restaurant in Westport, died Feb. 26 at home. She was 91.

Born in Shenandoah, Pa., she was a longtime Fairfield resident. Prior to her retirement in addition to working at The Clambox, now Bertucci’s, she was a waitress at the 19th Hole in Fairfield.

She is survived by her son, Robert E. Lee, Sr., a grandson, Robert E. Lee, Jr. of Shelton; three great-grandchildren, Robert E. Lee, III, Dylan H. Lee and Kaia F. Lee; and her dog, Sparky. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry G. Lee and her partner, Kenneth Lynch.

All services are private. Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Boulevard, Southington, CT 06489-1058.

Saturday,  February 28, 2015


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Winter Farmers Market
Noon -3 p.m. –  Westport Library – Learn Hands-only CPR from Westport Volunteer Emergency Services
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Coney Island: Side Show”
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Mimi Sheraton in Conversation w/ Chef Matt Storch
6:30 p.m. – Inn at Longshore – ElderHouse Dancing With the Stars benefit

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Real Estate Report: Sense of Normalcy Returns to Market

By Judy Szablak

Some semblance of real estate normalcy and rising homeowner equity has returned to Westport. It appears that there are only a few remnants that still exist of the so-called real estate meltdown from the last couple of years.

According to the Greater Fairfield County CMLS, which includes information on recorded liens and public notices, there were no initial filings this year.

In fact, initial filings were down 35 percent in 2014 from the 75 lis pendens (from the Latin, meaning suit pending) recorded in 2013, and last year’s figure is the lowest it has been for the last five years.

There are no upcoming court-ordered foreclosure sales in town, only two bank-owned homes available for sale, and two others that have been disclosed to need short sale approval.

Blight Board Issues First Violation Penalty

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The Westport Blight Prevention Board, formed last year, has issued its first citation to the owner of the house at 1 Strathmore Lane near the intersection of Kings Highway South.  According to Steve Smith, Westport blight enforcement officer, the offense incurs a penalty of $100 per day until the identified violation items are abated. Board records show violations include a collapsing or missing roof. The owner may contest the citation within 10 days of issuance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

John R. Fennell, 83

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John Fennell: worked for Stauffer Chemical. Contributed photo

John R. (Jack) Fennell of Alamo, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Feb. 21 in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was 83.

He was born on March 10, 1931 to Elizabeth J. and John M. Fennell in San Francisco.

He graduated in 1949 from St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and in 1953 from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. and then in 1955 a M.S. in chemistry.

He spent over 35 years with Stauffer Chemical Company starting in their R & D Laboratory in Richmond, Calif. During his tenure in R & D he invented a catalyst that was used worldwide for over 25 years in the commercial manufacture of the plastic, polypropylene.

Give Where You Live with Fairfield County Giving Day

To the Editor:

March 5 is Fairfield County’s second-annual online Giving Day, and I’m writing to encourage my neighbors and friends to participate. The goal is to raise $1 million in 24 hours through online donations for approximately 400 local nonprofit organizations.

Presented by Fairfield County Community Foundation with Bank of America as the lead sponsor, Giving Day encourages us all to “give where you live.” Last year, more than 9,000 people donated over $750,000 to 267 nonprofits serving Fairfield County – in 24 hours! This year, we can do even better.

Whether you give $10, $100 or even $1,000, you’ll be helping to support the work of organizations making a real difference in the community – and helping them compete for cash prizes and matching funds. Giving is fast and easy through the secure website http://www.fcgives.org, and anyone age 18 or older may donate between 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on March 5.

Our local nonprofits feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, give books to children, train the unemployed for new jobs, protect our environment, and more. But they need our support to continue strengthening the communities we call home.

Whatever your favorite cause, I hope you’ll join me in supporting Fairfield County Giving Day 2015!

Michael Lubell
Mortgage Loan Specialist, Bank of America,
Westport

National Merit Scholarship Finalists Announced

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Ten Staples High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Each will have a chance to earn one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $35 million.  Final scholarship winners, chosen from a group of more than 15,000 finalists, may be notified as early as March. “Having 10 National Merit Finalists and the fact that all nine semi-finalists became finalists is a visible sign that we have an outstanding student body,” said Staples Principal John Dodig. Pictured are (front row, l-r)  Shelby E. Cataldo and Zachary N. Effman; (back row) Abigail G. Lustig, Megan R. Root, Everett W. Sussman, Kelly W. Pogue, Nicholas D. Massoud, Ian Cole Palmer,  and Jake A. Atlas. Missing from the picture: Claudia Frances Landowne. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo