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Robin W. Whitbread, 70

Robin Weed Whitbread of West Haven, a former Westport resident, died April 24 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  She was 70. Image
Robin Weed Whitbread: native Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Westport, she was the only daughter of Fred and Margaret (Peg) McBeth Weed. Graduating from Southern Connecticut State University, Robin worked in the office of a number of insurance firms over the years.

She married Edward Whitbread in February 1977, and they produced one child, their son Michael Whitbread.

A self-described “beach bum,” Robin loved to swim in the ocean and relax by the seashore. Her only other wish was a simple one, to be surrounded by her family, close friends and, of course, her dogs.

For Now, Legislators Defer to Lamont on Capital Gains

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Kathleen Megan

On spending and taxes, Democratic legislators took their lead today from the more moderate fiscal positions of Gov. Ned Lamont, less a surrender to the governor than a postponement of a debate still to come.

The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee gutted a bill to boost income taxes on Connecticut’s wealthiest, siding with Lamont over progressive lawmakers. The new measure makes no change in tax rates, mandating only a study of the capital gains income of the state’s top earners.

The action in finance came as Democrats on the Appropriations Committee were explaining why tens of millions of dollars in proposed spending increases were being scrapped.

The goal, sources said, was to bring spending proposals for each of the next two fiscal years in line with the total amounts the Democratic governor offered in February.

Beach Emblems Required Beginning Wednesday Image
With beach emblems required beginning Wednesday, there were busy days Monday and today at the Parks and Recreation Department office at Longshore Club Park. Barbara Vornkahl, customer service manager, said other than online requests for parking emblems, Monday was the busiest day for “walk-ins”—283 people, and an additional 121 walk-ins today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Gallery: Visiting ‘Uncovered’ Exhibit

Scenes from today’s visit by Staples High School Journalism and women’s studies students to the exhibit “Uncovered: What She Hides” pop up show at 1 Main St. A description of the exhibit, which will have an opening reception on Thursday 6 to 8 p.m., says: “This exhibition is a platform for women artists in Westport to bring forth works that frequently remain hidden: creative responses and expressions that we all too often keep at bay. Despite progress, there is an ingrained societal protocol women adhere to — one of accommodation and editing. This exhibition seeks to uncover this hidden work, and celebrate its power and meaning. The art and accompanying events in this exhibit will undoubtedly embolden viewers to converse and connect around shared stories, both serious and funny.” Contributed photos

Robert L. Zarnik, 84

Robert L. Zarnik of Westport died April 24 at home after a long illness. He was 84.

He was born in Stamford on April 27, 1934, the son of Ludwig and Mary Zarnik. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. 

Following his service in the Army, he earned his undergraduate and Master’s Degrees from Western Connecticut State University and a second Master Degree from the University of Bridgeport. 

His teaching career spanned 25 years in the Darien school system. 

Florence Lozyniak, 85

Florence Lozyniak, a longtime resident of Westport, died April 28. She was 85. Image
Florence Lozyniak: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born on July 18, 1933 in New York City, the firstborn daughter of Jane and Anthony Slovitski. She was raised in New Britain and attended Mary Immaculate Academy where she was class president.

After high school. she went into the nursing program at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford and graduated as valedictorian. After graduation, she practiced as a resident nurse at New Britain Memorial Hospital.

She met her husband of 58 years Andrew (Andy) at a wedding and in less than a year, were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1955. 

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 90 Old Road Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 90 Old Road, off Maple Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1948, the dwelling has 1,885-square feet and is situated on a 1.2-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

Michelina Marranzino, 90

Michelina Marranzino of Westport died April 24 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 90.

She was born in Bridgeport on April 10, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Alexander and Anne (Luciano) Marranzino. She worked at Assumption Parish in Westport in the rectory as a housekeeper and cook for many years.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. In addition to her parents she was pre deceased by one brother, Thomas Marranzino, and four sisters, Marie Massaro, Constance Caparso, Louis Eichinger and Isabelle Marranzino.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Wednesday May 1 at 10 a.m. meeting directly at Assumption Church,98 RIverside Ave. Interment will follow in Saint Michaels Cemetery in Stratford.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Tête-a-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Juried High School Art Exhibition
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
6:30 p.m. – Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) – “Roll Red Roll” Film Screening & Panel Discussion of the Culture of Sexual Assault
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Public Works Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “In the Heights”
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) – Bedford & Coleytown Middle Schools Combined Band Concert

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Stretch of Sidewalk to Get Makeover Thanks to State Grant

By Jarret Liotta

A sparsely attended Town Hall meeting tonight was told that about $650,000 in state money will help repair and widen the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street stretching from Canal Street to Wassell Lane by the intersection with Weston Road. Image
The lower right of the plan shows the sidewalk improvement linking to Wassell Lane, but not involving the south side by the former Daybreak Nursery property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for

The Department of Public Works held the information session where fewer than 10 people heard details of the plans, which also include installation of a new sidewalk on the short stretch of Compo Road North from Main Street to Cross Highway.

“It’s fully funded by the state,” noted First Selectman Jim Marpe, as part of a grant, though the town will have to cover about $50,000 for the design work being done by Tighe & Bond of Shelton.

“This project is about 3,500 linear square feet of sidewalk (and) it will take about six months to build,” DPW Director Peter Ratkiewich said.