Monday, April 15, 2024


Betsy Casella, 60

Betsy Anne Cassella of Sandy Hook, a former Westport resident, died July 23 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Danbury. She was 60 and had battled lung cancer.

She was born in Greenwich on Aug. 24, 1955 to Grace Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Humphreys) and Roland Carl Casperson, late of Westport. She was the fourth child of what became a family of five siblings.

She lived in Westport for the first 20 years of her life.

Through her work during her teen years as a Candy Striper, serving local hospitals, she developed her lifelong interest in nursing. Sensitive, compassionate and empathetic, she set her sights on the nursing profession at an early age.

Oscar’s Employee: ‘This is My House’ Image
Brothers Joaquin Dolores (l), a 10-year Oscar’s employee, and Chris, 12 years, served their last customers today. “It is really sad,” said Joaquin. “I can’t explain how bad I feel. This is like family. I worked here seven days a week for the last eight years. This is my house. You don’t leave your father. (Owner) Lee (Papageorge) is my heart.”  Chris said he will continue his part-time job at Little Barn on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

A Message From Oscar’s Image
A television monitor in Oscar’s Deli late Saturday contained a message to Westporters along with a bit of wisdom from one of Oscar’s napkin dispensers. The iconic Main Street eatery will close Monday after 42 years. The family of ailing owner Lee Papageorge invited customers to come in this morning to share “memories and stories with each other.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Early Bird Harry Potter Fan Image
Amelia Schweizer, 8, a student at Norwalk’s Marvin Elementary School, picks up her copy of the latest Harry Potter book just after midnight at the Westport Library. The library distributed 94 copies of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” according to Mary Parmelee, the library’s coordinator of children’s services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Harry Potter VIP Image
Daniela Garcia, 11, of Westport gets the first copy of the latest J..K. Rowling Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,”at the stroke of midnight tonight at the Westport Library. Daniela, who will enter sixth grade at Bedford Middle School in the fall, was named the library’s Harry Potter VIP after she won a raffel as part of the library’s Summer Reading Club. Daniela said she has read 50 books so far this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Ready for Westport Debut Image
Copies of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are ready for distribution shortly before midnight tonight at the Westport Library’s celebration marking publication of the latest J. K. Rowling work. It is different from its seven predecessors in that it’s a play script and set 19 years after the novels ended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo