Sunday, March 03, 2024


History Trail Leads to Washington, D.C. Image
Five eighth grade students at Bedford Middle School are returning to Westport today after four days in Washington, D.C., where they participated in the finals of the National History Day competition. They advanced to the finals after winning at the Fairfield County and state level. While they did not win at the nationals, they enjoyed a whirlwind experience in the nation’s capital representing Connecticut, including meetings with U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal. Pictured on a visit to the U.S. Senate are (l-r) Anna Hill, Daniel Rosenkranz, Preston Rainey, Konur Nordberg, and Justin Lessing. All are 14 except for Daniel, who is 13. For their entry, they created an exhibit titled “Claudette Colvin: The Forgotten Match that Sparked the Civil Rights Movement.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Historical Society Talk for the Birds — and Bird Lovers

Bird lovers who want to attract new species to their yards can learn simple guidelines to transform their properties into birds’ favorite spots, says a keynote speaker set to offer advice at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) on Wednesday, June 21.

Chris Petherick of Wild Birds Unlimited in Fairfield “will teach you how to get more joy from your yard and the birds in it,” says Barbara Peck, WHS assistant director.

“By following a few basic guidelines, you can begin to really enjoy the birds already in your yard in no time — and attract new ones,” says Peck. “This process doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated, but can be quick and simple.”

Titled “More Birds, More Joy! Tips to Make Your Yard a Backyard Bird Haven,” Petherick’s talk will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the WHS 25 Avery Place. A $5 donation is suggested. For further information visit, and to reserve call (203) 222-1424.

Squeezed by Fair, Farmers Market Goes On Image
Despite having to share Westport’s Imperial Avenue parking lot with the Yankee Doocle Fair today, the Westport Farmers Market went on as scheduled. Chef Geoff Laslo of Mill Street Restaurant, Greenwich demonstrated preparation of a roasted beet appetizer, which he said was a Polish-inspired dish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Ann M. Carissimi, 92

Ann M. (Delano) Carissimi of Fairfield, a former Westport resident, died June 10. She was 92. Image
Ann Carissimi: Staples grad. Contributed photo

She was born in Westport on Nov. 26, 1924, the daughter of Joseph and Carmela Delano. She attended Staples High School and graduated in 1942 as the class salutatorian. She received a full scholarship to the Junior College of Connecticut and was elected class president.

Subsequently, she was employed by the Manning, Maxwell and Moore Company where she met her future husband, Vincent.

She became a Fairfield resident when she and Vincent were married in 1951 and was a charter member of the St. Pius X Church parish in Fairfield.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
5:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – 44 Imperial Ave. – Westport Woman’s Club 2017 Yankee Doodle Fair
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and
7 p.m. – Fire Department Headquarters (515 Post Road East) – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Saugatuck Rowing Club – Democratic Town Committee summer social
7:30 p.m. – Fire Department Headquarters (515 Post Road East) – Blight Prevention Board
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Lettice & Lovage”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The 39 Steps”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Playwright A. R. ‘Pete’ Gurney, 86 Image
Playwright and author A.R. “Pete” Gurney, whose works focusing on the quirks and barely concealed anxieties of the privileged class were seen frequently by Westport Country Playhouse audiences, died Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment. He was 86. He is pictured with Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, on July 25, 2015 at the world premiere at the Playhouse of Gurney’s “Love and Money.” Not only were several Gurney plays performed at the Playhouse, but Gurney and his wife Molly attended many other opening night performances there. In addition to “Love and Money,” other Gurney productions at the Playhouse include “The Dining Room” and “The Cocktail Hour.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Shirley R. Doyle, 96

Shirley R. Doyle of Denver, Colorado, a former Westport resident, died June 4, one week before her 97th birthday. Image
Shirley Doyle: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she and her husband Harry moved to Westport in 1953 where they raised their five children. 

She volunteered at Saint Luke Church and the Fairfield Junior League. She worked at the Pottery Corner in the 1970s and 1980s. 

She loved playing tennis with her longtime friends. A favorite pastime was walking the beaches and collecting sea glass. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Westport Senior Center. She moved to Colorado in 2011.

Crash at North Avenue and Cross Highway Image
A car crashed into a stone wall late today at the intersection of Cross Highway and North Avenue. The driver declined medical attention. It was not known if others were in the car, which had its air bags deployed. At about the same time, there was a rear-ender accident at 118 Cross Highway. No injuries were reported.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Marpe Signs onto Mayors Against Illegal Guns

By James Lomuscio

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said the news he heard on the drive to work today about the Alexandria, Virginia shooting that left House Majority Whip Steven Scalise in critical condition was eerily coincidental. Image
A copy of the pledge signed by First Selectman Jim Marpe on Monday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

At today’s Board of Selectmen meeting Marpe announced that on Monday he had signed the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Statement of Principles.

News of another tragic shooting, he said, only reaffirmed his resolve to be on board with other mayors and first selectmen nationwide, as well as in neighboring towns.

“It was just the right thing to do,” said Marpe, who was subjected to chants of “Sign the Pledge” at a Veterans Green rally following a democracy march through Westport in March.

Comings & Goings: Morgan Stanley to Relocate to 500 Post Road East Image
Morgan Stanley will relocate its offices at Nyala Farms and 320 Post Road West to the newly renovated, solar-powered office building at 500 Post Road East next month. The building’s principal owner, Timon Malloy, said today the firm would occupy 24,000-square feet, including all of the third level and one-half of the second level in the 37,000-square foot building. Its previous tenants pror to renovation had included Terex Corp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for