Tuesday, March 05, 2024

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Headlining at Levitt Comedy Night

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Australian-born comedian Jim Dailakis was the headline performer tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. Although rain slightly delayed the performance, and likely cut down on audience numbers, those who did attend enjoyed an evening of comedy courtesy of the Treehouse Comedy Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Family Fun at Tuesdays @ The Train

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A family enjoys one of the games late today at the debut of Tuesdays @ The Train at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area presented by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. A torrential rainstorm chased many of the early arrivals away, but those who stayed or came later enjoyed partly cloudy weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Rain Spoils Tuesdays @ The Train Debut

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Just as the debut of the Tuesdays @ The Train was getting started late today at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area, the rains came, sending many attendees home while others huddled under tents. “It was a wet run instead of a dry run,” quipped Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, who came up with the idea. The rain stopped a short time later and the sun even reappeared, but by then the band’s electronics were useless. Future Tuesdays @ the Train are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Lifeguard Reunion to Support Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities

By James Lomuscio

David Jones, a 1971 Staples High School graduate who lives in Rhode Island, said it was his complete remission from Stage 4 metastatic colon and liver cancer last Labor Day that transformed him and his outlook on life.

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David Jones: determined “to give back.”  Contributed photo

It was a turnaround that took him from high-pressure sales to philanthropy –- and full circle now as he orchestrates a fundraiser for his old Staples High School friend Stew Leonard Jr. and the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities.

Jones’ new chapter began last fall when after more than 40 years in sales, marketing and communications, he decided to parlay those energies into philanthropy.

Determined to “give back,” he became involved in hospital development, becoming major gifts officer for a not-for-profit 100-bed community hospital.

Tom A. Aquila, 93

Tom A. Aquila of Weston died June 24. He was 93.

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Tom Aquila: former Weston superintendent. Contributed photo

Born in New Haven on June 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas Aquila and Ann Salvati Aquila.

He grew up with three siblings on Frank Street in New Haven, marrying Louise Cusano, a marriage of 62 years. They raised two children in North Haven and Weston. He became a beloved mentor to his many nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and neighbors.

He graduated from Commercial High School in 1942 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star, serving as a sergeant in the 36th Calvary Squadron during World War II.