Former Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell (r) was back in Westport today to address an audience at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, which was built and opened (2004) during her administration. Pictured with her are her mother, Lillan Goss (l), and sister, Holly Betts, who works at the center. Farrell spoke about her experiences as deputy assistant secretary for Asia, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, December 11, 2023
UPDATE After just seven months on the job, Westport Planning and Zoning Director Steve Palmer is resigning effective Nov. 14, and Deputy Director Mary Young will fill the post, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.
Mary Young: takes over Nov. 14. Contributed photo
Steve Palmer: will have served seven months. Contributed photo
According to the announcement, Palmer is leaving to assume a similar position in another town. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi of New Canaan confirmed to the New Canaan Advertiser that Palmer would be taking over there as town planner.
“I want to thank Steve for his contributions to the town and the P&Z Department,” Marpe said. “Although his time was short, he was a valuable asset to the department.”
Palmer, who assumed the director’s role April 1, replacing Laurence Bradley, said he was grateful for the time he has served Westport “and am happy that Mary will continue as director of the department.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced a Drought Watch for Fairfield and six other western and central Connecticut counties, the second of four stages that respond to drought conditions in the state.
Under the Drought Watch, the state requests residents, businesses, and local governments in these counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by around 15 percent.
It is the first Drought Watch issued in the state since the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup published in 2003 an emergency plan for dealing with a drought in the state,
“After three years of precipitation shortfalls, we are moving to a Drought Watch and it would be extremely helpful if residents could be mindful of their water consumption and take sensible steps to help stretch our water supply,” Malloy said.
Dorothy Helen Getner of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 27 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 92.
She was the wife of the late Edward G. Getner. Born in Norwalk on March 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Louise Huck Reed. She was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport, and during World War II she worked for Chance Vought Aircraft in Lordship on the Corsair airplane, prior to her marriage.
She enjoyed gardening and taking care of the family farm and loved to dance.
Survivors include two sons, Don Getner of Norwalk and Gregory Getner of South Lee, Mass.; three grandsons, Jasen Getner, his wife Laurie and children Alexa and Collin, Aaron Getner, his wife Amy and children Austin and Ajay, and Jared Getner and his daughter Anna, and several nieces and nephews.
Louisette Roser Michaels of Westport died Oct. 19 at home. She was 96.
She was born April 20, 1920 in Houston, Texas to Virginia and Victor Roser. She graduated from Rice University in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. At Rice she was a member of the Dramatic Club and acted in many productions.
After graduation she moved to New York City where she served as the head of the scripts department of the American National Theatre Academy. There she met her beloved husband, the late great playwright Sidney Michaels, and continued her love of the theater.
She and Sidney moved to Westport in 1982 and both served on the board of the Westport Theatre Artist Workshop.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 10 - 14, 2016:
Culver Casson and Paris Cheffer to Whitney Ross and Michael Lenoce, 3 Spring Hill Road, $1,359,000
Geoffrey A. and Doris L. Smart to Alex and Monica Staehely Frances C. Grilli, 13 Jennings Court, $805,000
Sara N. Dworken and Seth Braunstein to Craig M. and Elizabeth Flanders, 15 Wake Robin Road, $1,025,000
Robert Pasternostro and Nicole Ridolfi to Crystal M. Norris, 403 Bradley Lane, $635,000
Westporter Theresa Levy was on her way to work today when she spotted what at first glance appeared to be a deer carrying a pumpkin in its mouth. As she got closer to the animal in the Grace Salmon Park area, she realized it was a young deer with a plastic pumpkin stuck on its head. “Being an animal lover, I stopped and tried to approach the deer to see if it would let me get close enough to remove the pumpkin,” she said. “Unfortunately, but not surprising, the deer just looked at me and then trotted away.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Theresa M. Levy for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 44 Imperial Ave. – Westport Woman’s Club ENCORE! Clothing & Accessories Tag Sale
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Snapchat
Noon – Westport Library – Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Diane Farrell on Economic in Asia
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club Grades K-12
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Coffeehouse at Wheeler’s: “Someone to Watch Over Me”
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Toquet Hall Teen Gaming Night
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A car smashed into a vacant storefront late today at the Compo Shopping Center, 427 Post Road East. The two occupants were out of the car and uninjured when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Chief Brian Meadows. The space had been occupied by New York Sports Club for 14 years before it closed July 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo