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Garden Club Gift

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Ben Palmer hangs a wreath at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, a gift from the Westport Garden Club. The club donated 30 wreaths to Westport municipal facilities and other locations as part of its annual holiday wreath making effort. Founded in 1924, the club consists of about 50 members who are united by an interest in gardening, a desire to further their gardening knowledge, and a desire to beautify the Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Virginia T. Rodemann, 98

Virginia “Jinny” T. Rodemann of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, North Carolina, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 30, 1918. She attended the Grier School for High School then the Katherine Gibbs professional school and started working in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, she married John (“Jack”) David Hoeveler which was the beginning of a loving marriage of 57 years until Jack’s death in 1998.

Jinny and Jack lived in Westport and Southport until 1986 when they moved to Fearrington Village. After Jack’s death Jinny, was remarried to Carl Rodemann until his death.

Michael F. Forehand, 65

Michael Frederick Forehand of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 1 at home. He was 65.

He grew up in Savannah, Georgia and Westport. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve then worked in the Maritime industry both in Italy and the United States.

He and his family have lived in Tennessee for 30 years. He relocated with Service Merchandising from Florida in 1986, where he was employed for 19 years. He also worked for the State of Tennessee as a manager for facility services until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Mary Frances, his sons Michael Forehand, wife Jennifer of Murfreesboro,  Hunter Forehand of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jeff Maynard, wife Jenny of Murfreesboro, daughters Elizabeth Alexander, husband Will of Orlando, Florida, Christie Maynard of Dublin Ireland, brothers Jack Forehand, wife Sandy of Wallace, North Carolina, Robert Forehand of St. Simons, Georgia, William Forehand, wife Mandee of Orlando, Raymond Forehand, wife Ann Marie of Southport, his sister Mary Driver, husband Kline of Buford Georgia, eight grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sandpiper Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 14 Sandpiper Road, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story contemporary colonial has 2,186-square feet, is situated on a .12-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in October 2015 for $1,025,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, December 3, 2016


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Holiday Book & Gift Sale
10 a.m. – Westport Library – HTC Vive Virtual Reality Demo
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
1 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Book Talk: “Behind the Smile – The Glamour Years of Aviation”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Pride & Prejudice”
6 p.m. – Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (295 West Ave., Norwalk) – 30th Anniversary Westport Historical Society Holiday Soiree
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Witness for the Prosecution”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Getting Ready for Nationals

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The Staples Cross Country team members, New England champs and Nike Northeast Regional runners up, are in Portland, Oregon today preparing for the Nike Cross National Championship to be held Saturday at Glendover Golf Course in Portland. Coverage will be live streamed beginning at 1 p.m. EST at http://cdn.runnerspace.com/nxnlive.html. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Another Deli to Oscar’s Space

By Gordon Joseloff

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.

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Partners Mike Ventorino (l) and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today.

Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. (See WestportNow Aug. 8, 2016)