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Edward Kowalsky, 91

Edward Kowalsky, a lifelong Westport resident, died July 25 at home. He was 91.

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Edward Kowalsky: lifelong Westporter. Contributed photo

The husband of the late Jean (Shaw) Kowalsky was born in Westport on June 23, 1925, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Cherub) Kowalsky.

Part owner of Kowalsky Brothers Construction Company in Westport, he enjoyed gardening and boating. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Phelps and her husband Dean of Boca Raton, Fla., one son, Beau Kowalsky and his wife Debbie of Westport, four granddaughters, Allison, Leanne, Kaela and Kendall, and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy Lott, 85

Nancy Regina Giordano Lott of Westport died July 19 at home. She was 85.

Born in Bronx, N.Y. March 13, 1931, she was a Westport resident for 40 years.

She was a devoted member of Assumption Church of Westport, and was a founding member of their Bereavement Group.

She is survived by her sisters, Denise Boyland, Regina Egan and Angela Greaney; 12 of 13 children, Nathaniel Jr., Linda Lott Khalifa, Thomas, Tracey Lott Koehle, Andrew, Michael, Patricia, Mary Harmony, Jennifer Lott Randle, Steven, Robert and James; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Nathaniel Lott and her son John.

Back-to-School Support Program Begins Aug. 8

Westport’s 2016 Back-to-School Program, offering gift cards to income-eligible families who have children in the Westport Public Schools, will commence Monday, Aug. 8, town officials announced today.

According to Human Services Director Sarah Heath, families can use the card to purchase new backpacks and school supplies at retailers such as Staples, etc. Also, a limited number of Payless gift cards letting children start the school year with a new pair of shoes will be available from the Salvation Army.

Last year, 152 Westport students – the equivalent of eight full classrooms—from 102 income-eligible families received back-to-school supplies, as well as gift cards for a new pair of shoes, Heath said.

Adding that donations at any level are greatly appreciated, Heath said tax deductible monetary gifts should be made payable to the Town of Westport/DHS Family Programs and be mailed to Department of Human Services, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Star Trek: Beyond,’ ‘Our Little Sister,’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Back in the 1960s, I became an avid fan of Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” which not only boldly explored new worlds but also set forth challenging concepts, tackling relevant social issues with philosophical ingenuity and inventive diplomacy.

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Yes, the sci-fi sets were tacky but provocative ideas and redemptive life-lessons flourished.

Several movie franchises continued in that vein but, under the stewardship of J.J. Abrams, character complexity has become secondary to continual conflict and spectacle, sacrificing much of the emotional satisfaction.

In “Star Trek: Beyond,” there’s Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), along with Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) and Pavel Chekhov (the late Anton Yelchin, who tragically died at age 27).

New In-Town Digs for Suzuki Music School

The Suzuki Music School of Westport, for 18 years one of the country’s leading, nonprofit community music schools, will move to a larger in-town location Aug. 1, school officials announced.

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The Suzuki Music School of Westport will move into space formerly occupied by the Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage (MTC). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The school, dedicated to the family oriented Suzuki method of music instruction, will relocate from 212 Post Road West to 7,000 square feet of space at 246 Post Road East in the Colonial Green complex, officials said. It is the former home of the Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage (MTC).

According to Andrew Smith, the school’s director, the new central location will mark a turning point in the school’s role within the town.

“This puts the school at the heart of the Westport music scene, and we couldn’t be prouder,” Smith said. “Whether or not you have children who are interested in music, we would encourage music lovers everywhere to come to one of our events and see for themselves.”

Bicyclist Injured in Collision With Car

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A male bicyclist was injured today in a collision with a car at Bulkley Avenue and Post Road East. A police officer described his injuries as non life-threatening. The man was transported by Westport EMS to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. Police investigate the car that collided with the bicyclist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – HDC Golden Shadows/Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2016”
10:30 a.m. – Longshore Club Park – Westport Library Storytime at Longshore
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Treehouse Comedy Club II
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Invisible Hand”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westporters Bit Players in DNC WikiLeaks

Westporters were bit players in the 19,000 internal Democratic Party emails released by WikiLeaks.

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Westporter Marc Lasry (l), mentioned in the WIkiLeaks DNC emails, hosted a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in April at his Westport home with Bill Clinton as featured guest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The release set off a frenzy on the eve of the party’s Philadelphia nominating convention and forced the resignation of the party chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

A search for “Westport” on the WikiLeaks DNC emails website brought 17 results.

Among them was an exchange of emails seeking advice about a “commuter bicycle” purchase from Jordan Kaplan, finance chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).