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Westport Artist Featured in Pequot Library Exhibit

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The Pequot Library in Southport on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. will host a reception to kick off an exhibit of the three People’s Choice art show winners from last year’s “Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape “exhibit. Westport artist Miggs Burrough’s lenticular images will share the exhibit space with painter Nancy Smith, and jeweler and ceramicist Deborah Kouzoukian. In honor of Kouzoukian’s ceramic pomegranates and Burroughs’s’ lenticular pomegranate, there will be zesty pomegranate cocktails served at the reception. The show runs until Sept. 20.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Getting Pinned by Mom

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Fides Ostbye, chair of the Westport Rotary Club student exchange program, today places a Rotary exchange program pin on her daughter, Monique, 16, a Staples High School junior who departs on Sunday to begin one-year school term in Barcelona as a Rotary exchange student. Fides told club members she was awarded the pin In 1982 when she was a native of Brazil and spent her junior year in Valentine, Neb. as a Rotary exchange student. The club meeting was held at the pavilion at Compo Beach with Joey’s By The Shore providing hot dogs and hamburgers for the annual summer outing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Janet E. Davis, 74

Janet Ellen Davis, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 19. She was 74.

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Janet Elen Davis teacher, community volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Elsie and Daniel Stein. She resided in New York City until her move to Westport in 1985. She received her BA from Cornell University and her MA in education from Hunter College.

She started her professional life as a teacher and transitioned to a successful longtime career in educational sales. She was an active community volunteer and participant in Westport cultural and social groups. Most importantly, she was a dear friend and support to many.

She is survived by her husband, Curt Tetrault, two daughters, Kim Davis and Jilian Davis-DiChiaro, her brother, William Stein, and a large extended family including six grandchildren who were the light of her life.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Southside With You,’ ‘Equity’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with the ominous warning - “If you must blink, do it now” - because “if you look away, even for an instant, our hero will surely perish.”

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Set in ancient Japan, this animated fantasy-adventure revolves around an 11 year-old boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson), a story-telling musician whose skill at origami (the art of paper-folding) resonates with Hosato (George Takei), Akhiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro).

While taking care of his ailing mother, who warns him to be home before nightfall, the tranquility of Kubo’s life is suddenly shattered when he accidentally breaks a supernatural curse.

Accompanied by a snarky, sassy Monkey (Charlize Theron), Kubo flees, determined to acquire three specific pieces of armor that belonged to his late samurai-warrior father in order to fulfill his destiny.

Dominick B. Attanasio, 82

Dominick B. Attanasio, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 29 at Norwalk Hospital due to complications related to chronic illness. He was 82.

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Dominick B. Attanasio: Pfizer executive. Contributed photo

He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Dominick and Epiphania (Ognibene) Attanasio. He graduated from Manual Training School in 1952.

While attending St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, he was employed by Pfizer as a chromatography chemist on the midnight shift of the Pfizer Brooklyn plant.

After completing graduate studies at New York University, he spent his entire career with Pfizer in various executive positions including plant manager of the Brooklyn plant and vice president of strategic planning for the agriculture division.

Richard Pollien, 78

Richard “Dick” Pollien of Niceville, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 25. He ws 78.

He was born in Westport and moved to the Gulf Coast area during his career in the Air Force where he met the love of his life, Kathyrn and decided to make Niceville his permanent home.

He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Flying, sailing and biking were some of his favorite things to do.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Helen Pollien, brothers Ernest and Frank Pollien and Mike McSheehy. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Pollien, daughters Paige Fagan her spouse Robert and son Alex, Pam Bates her spouse Robert and son Aaron, Sister Yvonne Pollien, beloved brothers through marriage, Wayne McSheehy and his wife Libby, Dale Gauvin and his wife Renate, Donald McSheehy and his wife Carole and his nieces and nephews, Robin Hartman, Kevin McSheehy, Sean McSheehy, Kelly Hall, Kelly Wade, Dawn Parrish, Bridget Moyer, Windy Miller, Zach Gauvin, Donald “Bear” McSheehy, Mike McSheehy, Ryan McSheehy, Kendall McSheehy, William Pollien and Rob Pollien.

Jack Wood, 70

Jack Wood of Norwalk died Aug. 26. He was 70.

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>Jack Wood: Longshore golfer. Contributed photo

Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on March 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Jack Edward Wood Sr., and the late Lilli Schonning Wood.

A resident of Minnesota, Ohio and Maryland at different times of his life, he grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1964. He then went on to graduate from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

His professional career started in 1968 with 3M Corporation in White Plains, N.Y. where he spent the next 17 years in various senior sales capacities across the United States.

Phyllis E. Nobile, 65

Phyllis E. Nobile of Westport died Aug. 26 at home after battling illness. She was 65.

She was born April 15, 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y.. She graduated from Herbert Lehman College in 1974 with a degree in English education and went on to get a masters in reading education in 1976.

A lifelong mentor, coach, and educational guru, her career included 27 years as the reading specialist for Norwalk High School and heading her private practice, The Reading Company, since the mid 1980s.

She won the Connecticut Reading Educator Award for Excellence in Reading Instruction, the Educating for High Performance Award, and had her work recognized in The New York Times.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


9:30 a.m. – 17 Edgewater Place, Norwalk – Westport Historical Society Guided Tour of Copps Island Oysters
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “the beautiful POND”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Geek! It’s a Wrap
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “What the Butler Saw”

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