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Sam Brownstein, 90

Sam Brownstein, a former Westport resident, died July 1 at Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport after a long struggle with dementia. He was 90.

The second child of Thelma and Chaim Brownstein, Sam was born in the coal mining community of Becco, West Virginia and spent his childhood in Charleston.

Sam left Charleston in the late 1940s to attend the University of Missouri, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in broadcast journalism. In between degrees, Sam served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Armed Forces.

After moving to New York City Sam met and married his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Freilicher Brownstein, in 1961. Always an entrepreneur, Sam started his longest running and most successful company, PRO Time Sales, that same year.

n 1970, Sam, Marilyn, and their children moved to Westport, where they resided for 29 years. They joined the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in 1971 and found an extended family whose love and support they cherish.

Sam taught Sunday school and held several board positions, including president. In Westport, Sam was involved in local politics and served on the Westport Democratic Town Committee.

While traveling in the Southwest, Sam and Marilyn became enchanted with New Mexico and beginning in 1994, they divided their time between homes in Albuquerque and Westport (later Monroe and Easton). In 2015, they settled full-time in Bridgeport.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Freilicher Brownstein, of Bridgeport, his son, Peter Brownstein, of Milford, his daughter, Jessica Brownstein Prestegaard, son-in-law, Paal Thomas Prestegaard, and grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Prestegaard and Paal Henry Prestegaard, all of Fairfield. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Brownstein Leibowitz, brother, Oscar Lee Brownstein, sister-in-law, Daphna Ben Chaim, and many close cousins, nephews and nieces.

Sam had arranged to donate his body for research at the Netter School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, an admirable reflection of his humanistic world view and humanitarianism.

Contributions in his honor may be made to the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Walt Frank, treasurer, 31 Wayfaring Road, Norwalk, CT 06851, or to Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604.

Thursday, July 9, 2020


Westport Town Offices, Schools, Senior Center, & Library are closed.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
5 p.m. – Electronically – Planning & Zoning Commission: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020. Email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
7 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  84673666623# – Blight Prevention Board
7 p.m. – Westport Library Virtual – Alex George on “The Paris Hours”
9 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Remarkable Theater Drive-in: “Mamma Mia” (Lot opens at 8 p.m.)

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Mullet Featured in Saturday Supper & Soul Event

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Library announced that their next Supper & Soul event will be a streaming concert, live from Library, on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. with the 1980s tribute band Mullett.

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To bring a sense of reality to this streaming show, this online only event will have the band take the stage in the Library’s Trefz Forum in full Rock N’ Roll garb to offer a representation of a live show, an announcement said;

“Live from the Library is our newest attempt to bring innovation to the arts scene,” said Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director. “We are thrilled to host Mullett, who will be jamming everybody’s favorite tunes from the 80s with their spot-on performances, big hair, make-up, and big sound.”

“With Mullett in your house, what a perfect opportunity to have some friends over for an 80’s hair metal party outside,” said Matthew Mandell executive director of the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce.

“This socially distant version of the popular Supper & Soul event supports local restaurants while giving everyone an entertaining evening.”

The price for this event is $10.80 in keeping with the ‘80s theme.

Even with the recent sell out of the drive-in concert, offering options to the community is still paramount. Live or streaming, the Library and Chamber want to offer music in a setting all can enjoy, Mandell said.

Another drive-in concert is in the works for August.

This will mark the Chamber’s ninth version of Supper & Soul and the fourth in collaboration with the Library. Attendees are encouraged to order takeout from local restaurants and bring it home for the show.

To find out more and to order tickets for Stay Home & Soul go to: http://www.westportwestonchamber.com/supper2.

Remarkable Theater Announces Drive-In Film Schedule

Remarkable Theater announced today it has received approval for additional drive-in movies at the Imperial Avenue Parking Lot. Tickets are now on sale.

The next movie is “Mamma Mia” on Thursday, July 9. The 2008 film is based on the Broadway musical and features the music of Abba and stars Meryl Streep.

On Saturday, July 11, the movie is “The Graduate.”  Directed by Mike Nichols, the 1967 film stars Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross.

The screening is sponsored by Manna Toast, which is offering a $20 movie box that can be ordered in advance and picked up before the film.

Other films scheduled include Oscar nominee documentary “Life Animated” on Wednesday, July 15. The 2016 film is the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

On Thursday, July 16, the film is “Do the Right Thing,” a 1989 comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee It will be presented in conjunction with TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity committee.

On Saturday, July 18, the film is “Dazed and Confused,” a 1993 American teen coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater.

For tickets, go to https://remarkabletheater.org/.

COVID-19 Closes Longshore Sailing School

UPDATE Longshore Sailing School announced today it is closed until Saturday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are contacting all students and renters that may have come in contact with this staff member,” said an email to customers.

It said the staff member became symptomatic on Monday morning. They were tested on Monday, and it resulted in a positive result on Tuesday. The staff member was last at its facility Monday from 9 a.m. to noon.

It said ServPro will be conduct a professional sanitizing service for its facility and equipment.

Westport Property Transfers June 15-19, 2020

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 15-19, 2020:

Christopher S. Langhoff to Alex & Sasha Drexler & Cynthia L. Nouri, 109 Kings Highway South, $656,000Westport Property Transfers

Alan P. & Aini Rockwell to Daniel & Carly Novick Ridloff, 82 Roseville Road, $1,800,000

Christopher W. & Anne K. Kratky to 22 Pearl LLC, 22 Broadview Road, $2,050,000

Edward V. Cardimona & Todd R. Blumenthal to Glenn & Donna Stark, 4 Oak Street, $1,525,000

Wells Fargo Bank NA-Tr. to Pardeep Gill, 3 Sherwood Farms Lane, $836,850

W. Gregory & Maureen F. Schwab to Scott Waller, 47 Bulkley Ave. North, $1,360,000

16 Buena Vista LLC c/o Westport Hub to James & Suzanne Jesse Living Trust, 16 Buena Vista Drive, $2,800,000

Daniel E. & Maureen N. Aron to Fadey & Tania E. Dimyan, 57 Weston Road, $2,950,000

Stanley M. David & Jonathan Nayer to Chris Lau & Connie Yu, 77 Clinton Ave., $800,000

Robin B. Coleman to Ryan P. & Nicole P. Ambrifi, 13 Burnham Hill, $1,710,000

Rosaria M. Vento Est. to Sevgim Ece Issever & Uger Kucukcetin, 14 Sue Terrace, $555,000

Eric T. & Leslie F. Seidman to Jens & Kerri Joller, 10 Beechwood Lane, $1,517,500

Julia T. Svec to Crooked Mile Contractors LLC, 10 Rockyfield Road, $831,000

Richard J. Bonti to Jordan & Christen Lert, 8 Placid Lake Lane, $960,000

David & Amy B. Mandelbaum to Anthony & Michelle Rao, 6 Sprucewood Lane, $2,750,000

Shirley B. Nowinski to Deal House Capital Fund I LLC, 24 Oakview Circle, $237,000

Allen Siegel Tr. to Michael & Danielle Rbibo, 1 Broadview Road, $2,346,285

Keybank NA to Gary Cortell, 93 Easton Road, $771,500

Michael & Betsey Gilbertie to Eric W. Taylor, 14 Highwood Road $875,000

Arthur R. & Nancy S. Martin to Marie Pearl Mayo & Ronald Moss, 35 Sniffen Road, $710,000

James & Jennifer McGeehan to Joshua & Sara Shapiro, 6 Brook Lane $2,250,000

Ivan D. &  Alexandra M. Fernandz to Anjen Shih, 40 Bauer Place Ext., $1,495,000

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Westport Town Offices, Schools, Senior Center, & Library are closed.
7:30 p.m. – Electronically – Board of Finance: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020. Email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

RTM Extends Police Contract for One Year

After more than two hours of debate during a virtual meeting tonight, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted 26 to 2 with 2 abstentions approving a one-year extension of the current police contract — but with pay hike.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the town and Westport Police Local 2080 is effective through June 30, 2021. The reason for the extension is that collective bargaining meetings have been hampered by COVID-19.

An area of concern among commissioners during tonight’s discussions is that the MOU increases police salaries from 2 to 2.5%, which is higher than the cost of living index.

Seth Braunstein said he was concerned about “the magnitude of the increase” relative to inflation.

“I will vote for it with reservations,” he said.

“I’d be happier with a 1.5 and 2% increase,” said RTM member Jack Klinge. “But, getting a 2.5% increase during this year puts us in a better marketing position next year.”

RTM member Lou Mall said the raise was justified as the town’s first responders are being asked “to put themselves in harm’s way” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our first responders are out there,” Mall said. “Extend it for one year and give the police a 2.5% increase.”

In other matters, the RTM unanimously approved a Police and Fire Department dispatch agreement with the town of Fairfield, the facility to be built on Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) campus.

Fire Chief Robert Yost said plans for the joint venture, which has been four years in the making, will save the town money, as well as response times as both town work together.

The first of its kind in Fairfield County, the interlocal dispatch center will have a 25-year lease with SHU for $1 a year, making Westport’s annual lease cost 50-cents, Yost said.

Currently, Westport’s fire and police have separate dispatch units, which increases dispatches by 20 seconds, fire officials said. Having them all under the same roof and working with a neighboring town will shorten response time, Yost said.

“My goal is to have the ribbon cutting in January,” Yost said.

— James Lomuscio