Saugatuck Elementary School student Julianne Palmer today pets Earthplace’s chinchilla Cheerio after lunch at the Martin Luther King Jr. school vacation day program. Brother John Palmer looks on. Cheerio was added to the center late last spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 02, 2024
Longtime Westporter George (Nelson) Kringel, most recently of Fairfield and Marathon, Fla., died Jan. 9 in Atlanta, Ga. He was 73.
George Kringel: submariner. Contributed photo
Born April 4, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he lived in several locations around the country and around the globe before finally putting down roots in Fairfield County in the early 70s. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the Balao-class submarine USS Clamagore, he was most at home on—and even under—the water.
An avid sailor and founding member of the Hobie Fleet at Compo Beach, he never strayed too far from the waters of Long Island Sound or his beloved Vaca Key in Marathon, Fla. He was also a licensed pilot and certified scuba diver who will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, brother, stepfather, and all-around gentle soul.
When he wasn’t saving baby rabbits from storm drains or stopping traffic on Hillspoint Road to allow a lone turtle safe crossing, he could most likely be found building and flying ultra-light aircraft, or otherwise tinkering with or conjuring various new inventions and creations.
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) today honored Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a program for children aged 6 to 11 entitled “Peace, Love and Understanding.” Elizabeth De Voll, WHS education director, assists children in creation of MLK Jr. remembrance crafts, including peace wreaths and protest posters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today’s Westport Historical Society (WHS) program honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day included a presentation, “Early Days of the Civil Rights Movement,” by Wilton resident Jeffrey Miller, a retired U.S. Justice Department civil rights lawyer involved in enforcing the Civil Rights Act. He said his first assignment after joining the department in 1964 was Alabama.“I investigated areas that included educated blacks who were denied voting rights and systematically categorized as illiterate,” he said. Miller presented each child with a Deputy Civil Rights Activist certificate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Parker Teed, 10, a fourth grade student at Saugatuck Elementary School, shows off his Deputy Civil Rights Activist certificate today at the Westport Historical Society (WHS). Martin Luther King Jr. program. Wilton resident Jeffrey Miller (l), a retired U.S. Justice Department civil rights lawyer involved in enforcing the Civil Rights Act, presented it to him and other children. The program included his presentation, “Early Days of the Civil Rights Movement.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Hall, Library, & Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Peace, Love and Understanding” program for children ages 6- 11
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. – noon – Westport Arts Center – Kinetic Sculpture Martin Luther King, Jr. Day workshop for chidren ages 6-10
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Many Westport roads, including Hales Road (above), were ice-covered tonight due to standing water from snow that melted and refroze as temperatures fell into the 20s. Emergency service workers reported roadways and sidewalks were covered in “black ice.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Alison D. Gray (formerly Alison G. Murray) of Weston died Jan. 9 at home of complications from dementia. She was 90.
Alison Gray: art teacher. Contributed photo
She taught art for 39 years at the Unquowa School in Fairfield, having retired at the age of 82.
Prior to teaching at Unquowa, she taught art at the Thomas School in Greenwich. She was an accomplished artist and gardener, having exhibited her art throughout Fairfield County.
In earlier years, she designed exhibits and taught at the Mid-Fairfield County Youth Museum in Westport, now Earthplace, and reported for the Westport Town Crier.
Marilyn Ward Ford, Neil Cogan Public Service Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University, was keynote speaker today at the 10th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration presented by Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston, TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport and the Westport Country Playhouse at the Playhouse. She noted “at the current rate of incarceration of blacks, one-third of all black males will spend some time in jail.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com