Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Conservation Commission Members Check Out Grassy Plains

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The Westport Conservation Commission today took a field trip to the Reserve at Poplar Plains, the development side of the Partrick Wetlands. The visit was part of the hearing requested to legalize a number of violations to the prior Conservation approval and the stipulated agreement, which allowed for the 13-house clustered project. Grassy Plains LLC, the firm which bought the project from the bank after ARS Partners, the original builder who went bankrupt, built a 150-foot retaining wall (above) and filled in part of the conservation easement with boulders in order to back fill and flatten backyards, all without permission or permit. The hearing is Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Town Hall Room 201. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Marie L. Fitzsimmons, 95

Marie Louise Fitzsimmons (nee Raasch) of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Westport and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died July 2. She was 95.

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Marie L. Fitzsimmons: dedicated volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born April 20, 1920, in Hoopeston, Ill. and was a graduate of Illinois State University.

She was a dedicated volunteer. One of her many accomplishments was founding the Alcoholism Guidance Center (later renamed the Alcoholism Council of Mid-Fairfield County) in Westport in 1971, where she served as executive director until her retirement.

Golfing was her passion and she was very proud of achieving four holes-in-one; the latest being at the age of 89. She loved to knit, as well as communicate with friends and family through email and making special occasion cards on her computer. Her favorite color was aqua, but her heart was made of gold.

Celebrating Howard Munce at 100

A round of applause greeted Howard Munce as he arrived today at the Westport Historical Society, where many of his friends, family, and fellow artists had gathered in the Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Gallery to celebrate “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration,” an exhibit of 30 of his oil paintings and some of his metal sculptures. Examples of Munce’s sketches and an extended story of his life are on display in the Society’s Molly Donovan Gallery. According to his closest friend and fellow artist, Leonard Evert Fisher, who is also the curator of “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration,” for Munce, everything boiled down to that three-letter word, A-R-T. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com