Edward “Ed” John Butner, Jr., a native Westporter and a former resident of Nantucket, Massachusetts, died June 16. He was 93.
Ed Butner: ‘41 Staples grad. Contributed photo
He was born Nov. 13, 1923 and was the oldest child of Susie Lanzo Butner and Edward John Butner, Sr. He graduated from Staples High School in 1941. He was a good student, Boy Scout and he sang in the school choral group.
He entered the Army Air Force on Oct. 23, 1942 and after basic training he was deployed to Lavenham, England and became a member of the 487th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, known as the “Gentlemen from Hell.” He was a B-17 radio operator and waist gunner.
He received the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and three Battle Stars.
The Enhancement Committee of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is excited to invite you to an ice cream social on Tuesday, July 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Following the social, we hope you will join us at the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. as the RTM considers our request for funding for our enhancement/expansion project. This is the last step in funding approvals as we inch our way towards groundbreaking.
The Enhancement Committee would like to thank everyone who has supported this project to date; whether it was writing a letter of support, calling an elected official, attending a meeting or by making a donation. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on July 11.
Eileen Kosan Helisch of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died June 21. She was 58.
Eileen Helisch: Staples grad. Contributed photo
She was the daughter of Shirley Kosan and her late father George Kosan. Born in Oak Park, Illinois; from the age of 3 to 7 she lived in Europe and then later resided in Garden City, New York and in Westport, where she was a graduate of Staples High School and finally many years in Bridgeport where she graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. degree.
She touched many lives with her unconditional love and kind nature. As a member of the Cathedral Parrish, she served for several years as a Eucharistic Minister at St Augustine Church. She adored her sweet kitties Barney and Pebbles, she loved her mom very much and helped care for her for the past several years.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday June 30 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, enter main gate and follow Larson signs to the site.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Appletree Trail, in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1930, the 1-3/4 story cape has 1,345-square feet and is situated on a .12-acre property. 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
Removal of the roof at the Compo Beach Pavilion, deemed a potential safety hazard, will be completed by the end of the week, according to contractor Jose Teixeria. However, there will not be a new roof until funding is approved next month by the town funding bodies, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jen Fava. She said her department is looking into providing a temporary cover over the pavilion to create shade. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Board of Selectmen today congratulated Eileen Lavigne Flug (2nd l) on announcement of her pending appointment to be assistant town attorney. Flug is currently moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and will take over from Gail Kelly in July. Pictured with her are (l-r) Selectman Avi Kaner, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Selectman Helen Garten. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A new palm tree planted at the mouth of the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach is getting plenty of attention from photographers, especially at sunset, such as this one on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, and westportct.gov) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking” 4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult 4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tree Board 7 p.m. – Westport Library – Business: How to Create Engaging Presentations 7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Aquarion Water Company information session 7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Children’s Series: Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) – Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
Scenes from tonight’s Westport Library Pop Up Painting Party with the library’s artist-in-residence Miggs Burroughs and Chris Timmons, exhibits curator. Guest artists painted in 50 “frames” sketched out on the now-blank McManus Room walls. The exhibit will be on display in the McManus Room until it is closed for construction in late July as part of the library’s transformation project. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
A post-rain performance tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion delighted a somewhat sparse crowd. Comedians from Connecticut’s Treehouse Comedy Club provided the entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo