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The Reading of Sybil’s List

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg was at the Westport Library today unveiling her annual list of good summer reads. Steinberg, who edited the book review section of Publishers Weekly for several decades and is now a contributing editor, always draw crowds eager to hear her recommendations. See her list here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Vincent N. Franco, 87

Vincent N. Franco of Southport, formerly of Westport and Plymouth, Mass., died May 25 at home. He was 87.

He was born Dec. 21, 1927 in New York City, son of Vito and Carmella Franco.

The son of immigrant parents from Italy, he grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. Those early years instilled a strong work ethic that would remain key to his character throughout his life. Working his way through high school, he wanted to pursue an education and become a university professor.

Accepted into Columbia University, he attended classes there but left the university to enlist in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the 437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Otis Air Force Base where he flew the F-94C Starfire under the command of Chappie James.

Staples Players’ ‘Metamorphoses’ Opens Tonight

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Charlie Zuckerman and Sarah Barnett rehearse a scene from the Staples Players spring studio production of “Metamorphoses,” opening today at 7:30 p.m at Toquet Hall. The play by Mary Zimmerman consists of 10 vignettes, all of different Greek myths found in Ovid’s ancient poem, “Metamorphoses.” These myths all have to do with love and desire of some form and how people change, both emotionally and physically, because of it. Evan Klasky is the student director of the production, which continues Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

FBI Director to GFA Grads: ‘Success is Life of Joy and Meaning’

By James Lomuscio

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As Westporter and FBI Director James B. Comey took to the podium today as keynote speaker at Green Farms Academy’s (GFA) 90th commencement, he made note of the drone that had been buzzing mosquito-like above the 400 persons seated outdoors in the school’s quad.

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FBI Director James B. Comey, a Westport resident since 2010, addresses today’s Greens Farms Academy graduation. (See video here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s not an FBI drone,” he said. “We only use ours in predicated investigations and with appropriate approval, and they are not armed.”

The Greens Farms resident’s disarming quip brought laughter and a glimpse of what was to come—a very human and often humorous address from the nation’s most revered, if not feared, law enforcement official.

His message to the 78 graduates, including his daughter Claire Collin Comey, who has chaired GFA’s student council, was about the four key ingredients to success that had nothing to do with “making a lot of dough,” high achievements or a high IQ.

Driver Injured in North Avenue Crash

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A female driver was injured today when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a utility pole on North Avenue near Wedgewood Road, The SUV came to rest a few feet away. The extent of her injuries was not known or to a child passenger.  North Avenue traffic was limited to alternate lane for about one hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Riko has been Adopted

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Riko. Westport Animal Control

Riko the big red dog has a new home!  He was a guest at Westport Animal Control (Elaine Road, Westport, CT, 203-341-5076).  Chained for 10 months to a cellar door in Fairfield, Fairfield Animal Control, Westport Animal Control and WASA came together to break him free from his chains.  He has forgiven all in regard to his former life and those that chained him.  He is affectionate, playful and has tested well with other dogs.  We adore our big red dog – and you will too.  He was been neutered and brought up to date on his vet care courtesy of WASA.  For more photos and videos of Riko, please visit WASA’s facebook at www.facebook.com/westportwasa.

FBI Director at Greens Farms Graduation

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Westporter James Comey, FBI director since September 2013, enters Greens Farms Academy today with Headmaster janet Hartwell. Comey, who has lived in the Greens Farms area with wife, Patrice, and their five children since 2010, was the speaker at today’s commencement. Three of the Comey children have been students at Greens Farms, including this year’s graduate, Claire, and Abbey, a ninth grader.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tooker Takes Over as Board of Finance Chair

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Jennifer Tooker is the new chair of the Westport Board of Finance. The Republican was elected unanimously at Wednesday night’s meeting after chair John Pincavage (l) said he would be stepping down from the position—- but remain on the board— to focus on other commitments. Tooker is a retired senior manager of Gen Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies.  She was a member of the Board of Education before being elected to the Board of Finance in 2013. Tooker and her husband Morris have lived in Westport since 2008 and have three children. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com/file photo