Rose Arcudi DiMartino, a lifelong resident of Westport, (recently of Trumbull) died Dec. 24. She was 94.
Rose Dimartino: educator. Contributed photo
She was born on June 7, 1925, in Westport, the daughter of the late Carmelo and Mary (Passafiume) Arcudi. She was married to Thomas G. DiMartino from Dec. 26, 1959 until his death on Aug. 19, 1997.
Rose was a teacher in the Westport Public Schools for 38 years, first as an elementary school French and Social Studies teacher then for the majority of her career as head teacher and administrator for English as a Second Language.
In addition to her skills as a teacher, Rose will be remembered by her students and their families for her dedication and support in helping them transition into US culture and for her annual International cookie parties, which brought families from around the world, then living in Westport, together to share their favorite traditional national treats.
Former Westport resident and controversial radio talk host Don Imus died today in a hospital in College Station, Texas where he had been hospitalized since Christmas Eve. No cause of death was announced, but he had long complained of breathing problems and several years ago announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He and his wife Deidre had been Westport residents since 1997, living in a waterfront estate (above) on Beachside Avenue. They sold it in 2009 for $14.4 million. They both maintained a low profile here, but Imus did show up at the Westport Library twice when his wife promoted her books. Undated file photo
Banana Republic, 44 Main St., the casual apparel shop, will close on Jan. 10. A staff member said, “We’ll be back, maybe as early as this spring, in a nearby location.” The history of the occupants at that location includes Triangle Tavern in the 1930s which became the Townley Restaurant. Klein’s, a stationery, book, records and office supplies business, which had a Main Street presence since 1937 expanded into the space after a fire destroyed the eatery. In 1999, Klein’s leased the ground floor to Banana Republic and moved upstairs, finally closing for good in 2004.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, whose Broadway shows included “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died Thursday in Miami. He was 88. In 1997, he appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in “An Evening with Jerry Herman,” a revue of his music, with Florence Lacey, pictured here with Herman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jason Byrd photo
Officers arrested a Bronx woman and man and a New York City man for conspiracy to commit larceny and forgery after an attempt to cash a fraudulent check of $988 at TD Bank at 185 Main St., police said today.
According to the arrest report, officers responded to the bank around 4:11 p.m. Monday on the complaint of a female customer trying to cash the check.
“Bank employees further reported that prior to this attempt, the bank had received a fraud alert email advising that this same female accompanied by two other males had been involved in recent fraudulent activity in neighboring jurisdictions earlier that day,” the arrest report said, adding that the suspects were traveling in a silver sport utility vehicle.
Upon the officers’ arrival, the female suspect, later identified as Tanika Smith, 27, of Bronx, New York, was at the counter; she was detained while the matter was further investigated, the report said.
Many headed today to the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park, including Alexa Diamond, 15, a sophomore at Weston High School, who broke away from her fellow skaters for a camera closeup.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com