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David Avila, 74

David Avila of Southbury died May 29 at home. He was 74,

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David Avila: practiced in Westport. Contributed photo

He was born in California on May 15, 1946 to the late Carlos A. Avila and Elsie Pitman. David grew up in Franklin and Chester, Vermont. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1969.

He served in the U.S. Army, as a conscientious objector from 1970-1972. He earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Connecticut in 1977, and was a practicing clinical social worker for many years, working at Norwalk Hospital and MCCA in Danbury. He also had a private practice in Westport for many years.

He devoted his professional and personal energies to helping others. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed fly fishing, photography, and the telling of terrible jokes.

Successful Food Drive at Stop & Shop

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Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas (l) and Deputy Chief Sam Arciola today help Westport resident Giovanna Pavanello with her cart full of food she donated to a food drive by Westport police, TEAM Westport, and Norwalk NAACP.  Said Koskinas: “This is the fourth or fifth food drive in the last 18 months that Westport police officers have been involved in, but today is by far the largest collection we’ve experienced. By mid-day food donations completely filled a police equipment trailer, a police van and two police cruisers.”  An announcement said all items collected will directly benefit and be hand delivered by event volunteers to families in need in Norwalk, Westport, and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Letter: The Gift We Received from Westport Youth Activists

To the Editor:

Yesterday a group of Westport students and graduates of Staples high school, along with youth activists from Weston and Stamford (DOPE) held a Black Lives Matter protest in town. One of those students was Niah Michel, who earlier this year wrote a letter to WestportNow about the racism she and her peers experience at Staples High School.

Yesterday, we came to the bridge with our signs. We chanted, we marched, and we listened. I have always known how lucky I am to live in a town where so many speak out for what is right.

I have stood with many of you on that same bridge over the years, protesting the wrongdoings of our country. So yesterday, I was not surprised to see a crowd of that size coming out against racism and police brutality.

But something was very different about this protest: it made us feel uncomfortable. And that is what has been missing.

Saturday, June 6, 2020


Westport Senior Center & Library are closed.

9 a.m. -2 p.m. – Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East – Food drive by police, TEAM Westport, Norwalk NAACP

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Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
MoCA High School Student Art Exhibition 2020
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John R. Anastasia Sr., Veteran Westport Police Officer, 83

John R. Anastasia Sr, a veteran Westport police officer, died June 3 at home. He was 83.

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John Anastasia: retired as deputy chief. Contributed photo

A native Westporter, he served 34 years on the force, retiring in 1993 as deputy chief. During his illustrious career in law enforcement, he received several promotions and commendations for his service.

Born Nov. 28, 1936 to Placido and Carrie (Capasse) Anastasia, John grew up in Saugatuck as the youngest of 11 children and where he shared many neighborhood memories with family and friends.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1955 and married his high school sweetheart, Annette Ferrone, on July 4, 1958.