Friday, March 01, 2024


Putting the New Name in Place

Sue Pfister (l), director of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, poses with Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell at the entrance to the newly-renamed “Sue’s Caf’” at the center during today’s first anniversary celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

10 thoughts on “Putting the New Name in Place

  1. Alice is right. Sue is wonderful. But, as an RTM official, Alice should ask: “When did Sue Pfister die?” A few years, a group of people wanted to name the Town Hall auditorium after Ned Dimes. At that time, it was decided that the town of Westport would NEVER name a public facility after a living person. Oh, that’s right, now we’ve got the Bill Meyer Softball Field, too. I guess there are special rules for “Friends of Diane” like Sue Pfister and Bill Meyer.

  2. Dear Just Wondering,

    Good question. Westport has a long history of naming our public facilities. We even name our parking lots. I personally have no objections to honoring Ned Dimes for his many years of service to Westport. But, the proposal needs to start in the Selectman’s office. (Maybe you should direct your question there.)

    By the way, the naming of Sue’s Cafe did not come before the RTM. Although I think it’s a good idea, I wasn’t asked to vote on it. Perhaps this was done in order to surprise Sue. Diane may very well be intending to ask the RTM to formalize the name soon. Or, maybe the intent was that Sue’s Cafe would merely be an informal name. Either way, I’m glad Sue’s still alive.

  3. Alice, Thanks, as always, for your quick and courteous response. I certainly didn’t intend to denigrate the incredible contributions of Sue Pfister and Bill Meyer. I was just wondering why it is OK for the Town to occasionally name public facilities after living people, but to allude to a ‘policy’ that restricts that honor to the deceased. And I thought it was appropriate for the RTM to make the inquiry of the Selectman’s office. After all, you “have general investigatory power and authority … for general administrative purposes respecting new projects or improvements of public works.”

  4. The Westport Senior Center is fortunate to have such a wonderful person as Sue Pfister at the helm. She coordinates numerous activities and engages the seniors in fabulous programs. Naming the cafe after her is a tribute to her hard work and love of the center. Congratulations from the Westport Young Woman’s League!!

    Joanne Heller
    President WYWL

  5. Sorry that I didn’t make myself clear. It’s not about Ned Dimes. It could be about naming something in honor of Ralph Sheffer. What it is about:
    1) Does the Town allow public facilities to be named after individuals who are still alive?
    2) Should the RTM have some role in approving the naming of those facilities or should it be presented with a “done deed”?

  6. Just wonderdering who justwondering is. Perhaps, a ball field and a cafe are named after the people who are not associated with a political party…just dedicated to the wellbeing of young and old of Westport (and every where). Susan and Bill fit that category. I am very fond of Ned, but he did (and no doubt still does) cause a bit of political static. Let’s let him continue to do so and then find the appropriate place to honor him.

  7. – I think you all may be missing the point. Bill Meyer, Ralph Sheffer, and Ned Dimes probably deserve to have public facilities in Westport named after them. As does the late Irwin Donenfeld. Because they all have one thing in commmon: they VOLUNTEERED their time to Westport.
    – Sue Pfister, on the other hand, is a Town employee. She is paid for her work at the Senior Center. There are plenty of other Town employees who are dedicated to their job and who put in many more hours than legally required. Why not name something after them, too? Because they are professionals. And it’s not appropriate for the Town, or for the First Selectwoman, to honor them in this manner.

  8. GetSerious, you need to GetALife. I’m no fan of Diane’s, but give her a break… with a $10 sign, she honored a caring town employee, while making the old folks happy all at the same time. What more can you ask for?

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