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Tommy Ghianuly, 83, Barber to Generations of Westporters

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UPDATE Thomas G. Ghianuly, better known to generations of Westport customers at his Compo Barber Shop, 387 Post Road East, as Tommy, died today at his Bridgeport home after a brief illness. He was 83. In 2011, dozens of his customers—a Who’s Who of Westporters—honored him at the Birchwood Country Club with a surprise party on the 50th anniversary of his business.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. directly at St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church, 504 Sport Hill Road, Easton. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield with the Trisagion Service at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Monday, January 7, 2019


10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Town Hall – Information Session, Main to Train Study (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, & www.westportps.org)
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Board of Finance
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Pickleball Enthusiasts at Bedford

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Adults today played pickleball at the Bedford Middle School gym, an indoor venue made available for pickleball enthusiasts through coordination with the Westport Parks and Recreation Department and the Westport school system. According to Tom Lowrie (l), Westport’s Ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, 40 people participated today, up from 18 players on opening day on Wednesday. Lowrie said six courts are available Wednesday and Sunday afternoons through late March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Mimi Levitt, 97, Arts Patron

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Mimi Levitt, longtime Westport resident, iconic arts patron, philanthropist, and with husband Mortimer for which Westport’s Levitt Pavilion is named, died today of natural causes at her New York home. She was 97. Known for her intelligence, grace and hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism, she believed in the arts as a source for positive social change and left a lasting legacy of generosity and service to the causes she supported. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Mimi Levitt, Arts Patron, Philanthropist, 97

(The following obituary was provided by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation)

Annemarie “Mimi” Gratzinger Levitt, an iconic patron of the arts and historic preservation, died of natural causes on Jan. 6 at her home in New York. She was 97.

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Mimi Levitt: at Levitt Pavilion in 2015. WestportNow.com photo

Known for her intelligence, grace and hands-on approach to philanthropy and activism, Mimi believed in the arts as a source for positive social change and left a lasting legacy of generosity and service to the causes she supported.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Mimi’s childhood was filled with opera and other musical experiences. She emigrated to the United States with her mother at the outbreak of World War II, and soon after attended Pomona College in California, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in French Literature.

A linguist fluent in five languages, she was one of the translators at the Nuremberg trials in the late 1940s. In 1947, she accepted a position as senior assistant to Alfred Barr, Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

One Dead in I-95 Crash

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UPDATE One person died early today in an accident on I-95 northbound near the New Creek Road overpass in Westport. Arriving firefighters found the driver, the lone occupant, in cardiac arrest following the 2:20 a.m. crash, according to fire officials. Firefighters and EMS personnel administered CPR but were unable to revive the victim, who was later identified as Elizabeth Seda-Flores, 43, of Stratford. It was the second I-95 fatality in Westport in less then three weeks. On Dec. 20, a 20-year-old Westport man was killed and two injured in a one-car crash near Exit 17 southbound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo