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Barbara Aber, 83

Barbara Aber (nee Cahane), a longtime Westport resident, died May 31. She was 83. Image
Barbara Aber: art teacher, painter. Contributed photo

She first came to Westport in the 1950s to be a set dresser and designer for Lucille Lortel and the White Barn Theatre. She always enjoyed the town and, in 1965 she and her husband, Bert Aber, bought the house she still lived in on Partrick Road.

Bert and Barbara were instrumental in the preservation of the 22-acre Partrick Wetlands open space.

Barbara graduated from Brandeis University and received her master’s degree from Columbia University. She went on to become the chief executive officer of a financial management company, but enjoyed the marketing aspect of her firm most.

Tobacco 21 Wins Passage in Senate, Heads to Governor for Signing

By Jenna Carlesso and Maya Moore

Connecticut is poised to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 with an overwhelming vote today in the state Senate endorsing the bill.

The bill won passage in the House earlier this month and now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont, who has pledged to sign the measure. The law would take effect in October.

The Senate voted 33-3 in favor of the proposal, with three Republicans dissenting.

“Increasing the age of being able to purchase tobacco products … is going to dramatically cut the number of young people who start smoking in our state,” said Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Killingly, a key backer of the measure.

Westport Property Transfers May 13-17, 2019

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 13-17, 2019:

G & T Westport Assoc. LLC to Aurelio Horacio & Caroline L. Almonte, 3 Eno Lane, $1,700,000Westport Property Transfers

Nathan & Basia Dworak to Harold Fischel, 3 Otter Trail, $1,082,000

Barry A. & Leslie Hyman to Michael Warner Radcliffe & Dena Ryane, 20 Pequot Trail, $1,400,000

Police: Forged Checks Stolen from Mailbox

A Bridgeport man is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court today to face forgery and identity theft charges in connection with the theft of seven checks, police said today.

One of the checks made out to the suspect for $450 was deposited via an ATM, police said.

Jermaine Smalls, 29, was arrested Saturday in connection with the incident that unfolded Sept. 11 when a Tierney Lane resident reported the theft of mail from her mailbox.

“She was alerted to the theft after receiving a call from Patriot Bank advising two males attempted to cash one of her checks in the amount of $450,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said.

June is Dog Licensing Month

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss reminded residents today that June is dog licensing month and that all dogs over six months must be licensed.

Last year 2,733 dog tags were issued, she said.

“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, as the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss.

“Connecticut law requires all dogs must wear their assigned tag. This will assist animal control and others to identify your dog should your pup become lost or run away.”

Steven Della Rocca, 64

Steven Della Rocca of Southport died May 27. He was 64. Image
Steven Della Rocca: well-known attorney. Contributed photo

He was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 17, 1955 to Joan and Dominick Della Rocca. He grew up in Upper Brookville, New York and attended Locust Valley High School.

Steve was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, earning his B.S. in 1977 and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1980.

He joined law firm Latham & Watkins LLP’s Los Angeles office in 1980 and spent 25 years at the firm in the New York City office until 2010.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Westport Library Hours: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 1 Main St. Gallery – Uncovered: “What She Hides”
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Archeology & The Bible
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Staples Players “Flowers for Algernon”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

John B. Zembsch, 65

John Brandt Zembsch, a longtime resident of Weston and former Westport resident, died May 27. He was 65. Image
Brandt Zembsch: global traveler. Contributed photo

An Army brat, he was born Nov. 2, 1953 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He grew up in Fremont, California (the San Francisco Bay Area), where he began a life devoted to family, friends, adventure and fun.

As a child, Brandt’s many joys included leading his younger brothers as they romped around their family cabin in Yosemite National Park; winning a league championship as a high school miler; diving off any cliff he could find; and road tripping all over the United States with his high school friends.

He was a seasoned global traveler at age 17, a passion he enjoyed throughout his life, as he and wife Gail enjoyed six continents together.