Saturday, May 25, 2024


Town Officials Plan to Name Ball Fields

By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are planning a way to honor two people who devoted their time to the town and specifically Westport Little Image
Mary Ellen White: honored by town. Contributed photo

The Board of Selectmen voted today to name a baseball field at Coleytown Elementary School for Donald Levy and to name the baseball and softball fields at the Town Farms “Mary Ellen White Baseball and Softball Complex at Town Farms.” Additionally, the entrance driveway at the Town Farms would be renamed Mary Ellen White Way.

Levy, who spent decades working with Westport Little League, died last August (See WestportNow Aug. 21). Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died last October (See WestportNow Oct. 5).

“They were involved in the fabric of our town and this is a great way to honor them,” said Selectman Robert Lasprogato.

The measure will now move on the Westport Representative Town Meeting for final approval.

Bill Meyer, who has been involved with Westport Little League for several decades, said Levy served as the league’s president for nine years and was an umpire for 20 years.

When Levy was president in 1976, he said, he ruled over Westport Little League being one of the first to have a division for girls Image
Don Levy: Coleytown field to be named after him. Contributed photo

Levy was also on the RTM for eight years and the Board of Finance for four years, Meyer said.

“He was a diligent town citizen,” he said. “He is an example of someone who does more than when his kids were involved with the program.”

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Levy also served in the tax collector’s office in Town Hall.

“He was a longtime Coleytown area resident, so it’s appropriate we would do this at Coleytown Elementary,” he said.

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said he saw White work. At this time of year she would be in his office three or four times per week as people registered their children for Little League, he said.

She would stock the concession stands at the Town Farm, he said, and make sure parents would help at the concession stand in the exact way she wanted it run.

Allen Bomes, junior softball commissioner, said it seemed like White worked 30 hours per day because she was always there to help.

Everyone knew how to get in her garage, he said, to pick up uniforms and equipment.

Pat Scully, board clerk, said White took over the job as Little League secretary from her and she made it four times larger.

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