Saturday, December 02, 2023


Joseph E. Buddy, 64

Joseph E. Buddy of Westport died May 19. He was 64.

He was born in Norwalk on Oct. 13, 1955, the son of the late Elmer and Adelia (Borges De Sousa) Buddy. He attended local schools.Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Army overseas in Korea and Vietnam, and upon returning home served in the National Guard. Joe enjoyed working on motorcycles and riding them, He also loved church and his family and he will be greatly missed.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 16 years Jennifer, his son’s David J. Buddy and Johnathan M. Fumega. His daughter’s Adelia Ross (Chris), Amy Hopp (Chris Smalick) and his grandchildren Brianna Glynn, Jacob Smalick, P.J. Landi Jr., Isabella Ross, Elijah Ross, Ryker Ross, and future grandson Axel. His brother-in-law Donald Bradley, mother and father-In-law Joan and Richard Thane Sr. His brother and sister in law Richard and Andrea Thane Jr., his Uncle Ed Budy and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Joseph was predeceased by his sister Sandra Bossone Bradley, his niece Virginia Forcier and his godmother Adele B. Galbraith.

The family would like to hold a celebration of life during a later date.

A Grateful Business Owner

Dino Sakakini, owner of Layla’s Falafel, the popular Middle Eastern cuisine takeout at 1535 Post Road East, wants Westporters to know how appreciative he is for their loyal support during the pandemic lockdown. Image
Dino Sakakini, owner of Westport’s Layla’s Falafel, is grateful for support of Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“We never closed our business during this difficult time and have always been here for all customers,” he said.

“In turn, we thank Westporters for being here for us while we continue to try our best to be here for them.” 

Sakakini said his business, although down by only 20-25%, “is much less than most local food service businesses — a wonderful endorsement of the generosity and loyalty of Westporters. We consider ourselves very fortunate.” 

Westport COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Up 1

Westport’s COVID-19 cases increased by one to 280 while the number of deaths was also up by one to 22 in the last 24 hours, state officials said today.

There were 38 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,675, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,208, up 13.

Statewide hospitalizations dropped again to 724, down 16 while In Fairfield County, there was an increase of one to 227. Statewide cases were 40.022, up 382 while Fairfield County cases were at 14,989 up 500.

Statewide tests administered were 208,367 up 6,039 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said.

Arnold Pearlstone, 90

Arnold David Pearlstone, MD of Westport died May 21 at home. He was 90. Image
Arnold Pearlstone: opthamologist Contributed photo

A father of four children, he had 11 grandchildren, was a devoted husband, loving father, treasured grandfather, loyal friend, and compassionate physician.

The son of the late William and Rose Pearlstone of Jackson Heights, New York, he attended Syracuse University where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He then attended SUNY Syracuse School of Medicine and trained in ophthalmology at the famed New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Compo Parkway Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Compo Parkway, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1878, the two-story antique has 4,844-square feet, is situated on a 1.19-acre property and changed ownership in January for $2.25 million. 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

Philip V. Patalano, 98

Philip Vincent Patalano, a longtime Westporter before moving to Norwalk, died April 30. He was 98.

He is now likely sharing raisin meatballs and spaghetti with his wife Sudia “Winny” and watching the Mets on TV.

Born to Maria Rosa (Pisano) and Gaspare Patalano on March 19, 1922 in New York City, Phil was raised in Westport.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. During that time friends introduced him to the love of his life “Winny” and they married on July 31, 1944.