Jess Fellows Clarke Jr, , a former Westport resident, died Jan. 30 at his home in Bradenton, Florida. He was 81.
He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout before attending Penn State University where he joined ROTC, and was awarded a BS degree in 1959 in the field of forestry.
A former longtime resident of Westport, he went on to found Miracle of Aloe, a nationally recognized line of consumer health and cosmetic products based on aloe vera gel, where he remained active in the company until his death.
Mark A.R. Cooper, director of health for the Westport Weston Health District, said today that radon test kits are available for Weston and Westport residents free of charge while supplies last.
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water formed from the breakdown of uranium. The only way to know if you have an elevated radon level is to test your home’s indoor air, Cooper said.
Levels in outdoor air pose a low threat to human health. However, radon can enter homes from surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings, he said.
Cooper said radon does not cause symptoms. “You can’t see it or smell it, but an elevated radon level in your home may be affecting the health of your family,” he said.
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Maintenance Study Committee 10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt” 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport” 2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Education Committee 2:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Westport Library Winter Film Series: “Trading Places” 6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance Committee 7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Special Meeting (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov) 7 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – WestportREADS 2019: The Refugee Experience
Westport’s Board of Finance tonight voted unanimously to reduce a school board request of $4 million to $1 million for portable classrooms to accommodate displaced Coleytown Middle School (CMS) students.
“The objective is to reoccupy Coleytown as fast as possible in the safest way,” said Brian Stern, finance board chairman. “A fast a track as possible to get Coleytown Middle School up and running.”
CMS has been shuttered since the start of the school year due to a serious, illness-causing mold issues and other infrastructure issues. Its students have since been relocated to Bedford Middle School (BMS), where portables would be located.
The Board of Education had requested $4 million for 14 portables for what has become known as the K-6 plan.
Senate Democrats today unveiled a slew of proposals that would not only legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but also expunge certain criminal records involving marijuana-related offenses.
The marijuana legislation is part of a larger caucus agenda that also includes: fees on sports betting, new labor rules banning “captive audience” meetings and on-shift scheduling, measures to help college students graduate debt-free, and the creation of a statewide authority that could be empowered to establish tolls.
“We have an opportunity here to correct a wrong,” said Sen. Doug McCrory, D-Hartford, referring to the marijuana legalization. “We need to correct something that has destroyed … families, neighborhoods and communities for years.”
Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, said Connecticut and many other states have adopted the failed approach the country took in the 1920s during the prohibition of alcohol.
A male pedestrian sustained minor injuries today when he was involved in an accident with a moving vehicle near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday’s sunset as seen from South Beach at Compo Beach. Temperatures soared again to spring-like levels in the 60s, but forecasters said cooler air would move in today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com