Thursday, September 21, 2023


Staples Soccer Stops New Canaan Image
Anton Mahr’s two assists –- one on a pass to Josh Berman, the other on a corner kick to Teddy Lawrence’s head –- led the Staples boys soccer team today to a 2-1 victory over New Canaan. The largest crowd of the season on the Loeffler Field hill watched the Wreckers up their record to 7-2-5, moving them one step closer to a home game for the FCIAC tournament. Above, Berman celebrates his strike with (from left) Stephen Rowland, Jannis Dietz, Daniel Reid, Anton Mahr and Spencer Daniels. Staples’ next match is Thursday, 6 p.m. at Wilton’s Lilly Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for

Westport Republicans Candidate Meet and Greet Image
Westport Republicans today hosted a candidate meet and greet event at Dunville’s Restaurant in Westport. Pictured (l-r): Westport Republican Town Committee Chairman Tim Wetmore; candidate for U.S. Congress John Shaban; new Westport Board of Finance member Jim Westphal; candidate for state representative Cathy Walsh, and Westport Selectman Avi Kaner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Igniting the Audience Image
Best selling author, Hollywood actor and renowned hypnotist James Mapes of Westport talks today about his new book, “Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance” at Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East.  Mapes told the attendees how he drew from his 30 years experience as a researcher, speaker and personal coach to help readers lead “an exceptional life.”  Founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, Mapes said the book “dives deep into topics as diverse as reframing thinking patterns, shattering self-limiting myths, hypnosis, stretch goals and transforming fear into love and forgiveness.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Jane Gay, 94

Dorothy Jane Burns Gay of Florida, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 1. She was 94. Image
Dorothy Jane Burns Gay: former Westporter Contributed photo

Born Aug. 8, 1922 in Endicott, N.Y. to Ester Mae Wilson and Leland Ralph Burns, she was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School class of 1940.

In New York City, she pursued a modeling career, met and married her World World War II veteran husband, Samuel A. Gay in 1946, who worked on Wall Street his entire career.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, a wonderfully talented and creative homemaker, and supportive church member. After retirement, Jane joined her husband in becoming a full time missionary.

Whodunnit Writers Image
One of the many events today at the Westport Library’s CrimeCONN all day mystery conference was a panel on “What makes an anti-hero heroic?” Pictured (l-r) David Rich, mystery, film and TV writer; Karen Olsen, mystery writer; Tom Straw, an Emmy nominee for TV writing and current collaborator with mystery novelist James Patterson, and Joe Meyers, a recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for crime fiction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Lois Dawers, 96

Lois Samuel (Cosden) Dawers of Piedmont, Calif, a former Westport resident, died April 20. She was 96. Image
Lois Dawers: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born Sept. 27, 1919, she was a native of San Francisco, and 47-year resident of Piedmont. She was the daughter of Jacob (Jake) and Anna Samuel, and younger sister of Edna Samuel (DeRoy) Liebman. Bright, gifted, courageous and giving, she enriched the lives of others throughout her life.

An artist since childhood, she created many beautiful, meaningful paintings, both large and small. At Presidio Jr. High School, she was student body president and valedictorian.

After high school, she attended the San Francisco School of Fine Art (now the San Francisco Art Institute), where she won awards, and practiced commercial art. In 1940, on a trip to New York City with her mother and favorite aunt (Gussie), she was introduced at a dinner party to her future mother-in-law (Blanche Cohn), who quickly arranged for her son, William (Bill) Edward Cosden, to meet her.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

9 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. – Westport Library – CrimeCONN: All-day Mystery Conference
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – Walk to Defeat ALS®
10 a.m. – Westport Library – HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
1 p.m. – Westport Library – Open Write-in of Fairfield County Writers Group
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar