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Soles4Souls Campaign Underway

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The annual Soles4Souls campaign is underway in Westport with collection boxes set up in the lobbies of Town Hall and the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Until July 6, in-kind donations of serviceable shoes may be placed in the boxes with donors asked to either tie the laces or use rubber bands to insure that the pairs stay intact, according to local attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard (l). He is pictured with Aayush Bedi of Rajistan, India, whom he met while teaching constitutional law at his school. Bedi is completing an internship with the Public Defender office in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Safety Issues Raised About 81-Unit Development

By Jarret Liotta

Residents came out by the dozens Thursday night to express their disapproval for a six-story, 81-unit affordable housing development proposed for the corners of Lincoln and Cross Streets, and Post Road West.

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Former Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (at podium)  and current chief Robert Yost listen to comments from Planning and Zoning commissioners tonight, both testifying about the safety risks of the proposed development. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

The Planning and Zoning Commission extended its meeting until just past 11:30 p.m. to allow residents and officials to express their opinions about the 135-bedroom, 200,000-square foot project.

It has been proposed through state statute 8-30g, which aims to foster more low- and moderate-income housing in wealthier communities and allows developers to disregard local zoning regulations.

All the residents who spoke asked the commission to deny the application.

Friday, June 22, 2018


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
2 p.m. – Staples Field House – Staples High School Graduation
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Opening Reception: “Selects 2018”
6:30 p.m. – Saugatuck Plaza – The Blue Stream Band
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Shakespeare in Hollywood”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Josephine Rothermel, 90

Josephine “Jo” Rothermel, of Media, Pennsylvania, a former Westport resident, died June 18. She was 90. She was the wife of the late Richard L. Rothermel.

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Josephine Rothermel: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She received her nursing degree from Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania and was a caring, dedicated nurse to many throughout her career. She was known by all to be hard working and compassionate.

She is survived by her children: Cindy Edington, Kathy Daubenspeck, and David Rothermel, and grandsons: Ian Edington, Steven Rothermel and Scott Rothermel.

Kindhearted and loyal, she will be missed by her family and friends. A memorial service and burial will take place in her hometown of Fleetwood, Pennsylvania and will be a private family celebration of her life.

Words of Advice From Coach P

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Retiring Football Coach Marce Petroccio told the Staples High School Class of 2018 Baccalaureate ceremony tonight: “Put your phone down. Put it away for 10 minutes every day. When you have a goal make sure you have the passion to get on the floor, to get yourself dirty. Don’t let anyone ever tell you there’s something you cannot achieve. To be successful, be a loving mother, father, husband, wife. Place others before yourself. Be thankful for what you have. Have a work ethic. Respect others. Respect yourself. That defines who you are.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com