Community Channel: Medical excellence, Attorney honored...
The Fairfield County Medical Association (FCMA) recognized state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-136, its 225th annual meeting Oct. 19 at the Inn at Longshore in Westport.
Steinberg was awarded FCMA’s 2017 Legislator of the Year award for being a strong patient and physician advocate at the state capitol.
FCMA also honored several physicians in Fairfield County who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing the highest quality medical care for the patients whom they serve: Michael Parry, Frank Scifo, Leslie Miller, John Martignetti, Stephen Winter, Siddarth Jathuria and Jemi Samuel.
Additionally, five physicians that have been practicing medicine for 50 years were recognized at the event: Anton Chinniah, Ivan Cohen, Gregory D’Onofrio, Richard Link and Kenneth Maiocco.
In 2004 a young attorney was hailed as a “New Leader of the Law.” Thirteen years later, that “new leader” received one of the most prestigious titles of Connecticut’s legal community.
Josh Koskoff, of Westport, has been named 2017’s Attorney of the Year by the Connecticut Law Tribune. The third-generation principal of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, the Bridgeport-based law firm his grandfather founded, received the coveted title at this month’s Professional Excellence Awards.
Koskoff was singled out for his ongoing work as lead counsel representing families who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook school shooting on Dec 14, 2012, and for his courtroom achievements in 2016. The high-profile Sandy Hook case seeks to hold the gun industry defendants accountable for their conduct in the indiscriminate sale and marketing of the AR-15 military assault rifle used in the shooting. The Connecticut Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments Nov. 14 about the families’ wrongful death lawsuit against Remington.
In addition to his work in the Sandy Hook case, Koskoff, along with his colleague Katie Mesner-Hage, won two complex medical malpractice cases last year.
The first case involved the suicide of a middle-aged man who was not treated properly for dependence on his anxiety medication. In that case, a New Haven jury returned a verdict of just over $12 million.
The second case involved a young Ansonia woman whose blood clot went misdiagnosed by both her vascular surgeon and local hospital, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation of her left leg. In that case, a Bridgeport jury returned a verdict of just under $25 million -- the highest in Connecticut for the year and among the highest verdicts ever in the state.
Koskoff recently was invited into the Inner Circle, an elite fraternity of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country -- the members of which have tried a minimum of 50 cases to verdict, and have won at least one verdict greater than $10 million or multiple jury verdicts greater than $1 million. Koskoff has accumulated five verdicts of more than $10 million and several more $1 million plus verdicts.
Koskoff received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, after attending Syracuse University.
He resides in Westport with his wife and two of his three children.
Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder has offices in Bridgeport, Danbury, and New Haven.
This month, Westport residents and neighbors in nearby communities can win a ride to school or work in a pink 2017 police Maserati Levante through an online auction to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.
Online bidding at 32auctions.com/pinkmaserati began at $100 and is in $50 increments. One hundred percent of the winning bid will go to the American Cancer Society.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maserati of Westport, part of Miller Motorcars, partnered with the Westport Police Department to spread awareness about breast cancer prevention and treatment by co-branding a 2017 Maserati Levante SUV. In addition, both Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas and Maserati General Manager Tim Coughlin are participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” program during the month of October.
As the world’s largest voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society’s efforts have contributed to a 35 percent drop in breast cancer death rates since 1990. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and is the most commonly diagnosed among women, after skin cancer.
This year an estimated 246,000 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States, including over 3,200 Connecticut residents.
On Election Day, Nov. 7, the following polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
Saugatuck Elementary School: RTM Districts 1 and 2.
Coleytown Middle School: RTM Districts 3 and 8.
Greens Farms School: RTM Districts 4 and 5.
Long Lots School: RTM Districts 6 and .7
Town Hall auditorium: RTM District 9.
The RTM District 9 poll location is a temporary change from prior years, due to construction at the Westport Library.
Voters may use the “Westport’s Voter Information Look-Up” page on the town’s website to check their polling place and party affiliation at westportct.gov. For information, contact the registrars office at 203-341-1115.
The Westport Department of Human Services reminds seniors the department offers a list of middle and high school students willing to work small outdoor jobs such as raking leaves or shoveling walkways.
There is a suggested fee of $10 per hour.
Seniors needing assistance may contact the department at 203-341-1050.
Students interested in helping a senior and earning extra money can contact the department or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students already registered for the program are requested to contact the department if they wish to remain on the list. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary.
The Westport Arts Center presents “Vivian Maier — a Lifetime of Photographs” on view through Nov. 10. The exhibition features over seventy color and black-and-white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.
Maier’s story has been pieced together only from the images she made and from the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. For over five decades while she served as a nanny in Chicago and New York, she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. Maier captured both revealing self-portraits and casual, unposed images of people in urban America; she was interested in the fringes of society, and had special interest in the poor and the forgotten.
In 2007, two years before Maier’s death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives and undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at an auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim.
Maier’s life is also the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, “Finding Vivian Maier,” currently available on Netflix.
Compact smart homes with elevators. A commute-busting high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan. A bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station. Out-of-the-way lots for self-parking driverless cars.
Welcome to Westport in the year 2067.
A new exhibit, 06880+50, brings together the the innovative imaginings of a select group of Westport architects at Westport Historical Society.
The participants range from independent architects to members of large firms and include works from David Adam Realty, Inc., Peter Cadoux Architects, Robert Cohen, Roger Ferris & Partners, Michael Greenberg & Associates, Juresko Herman, Frederick William Hoag, John Jones, Dierdra O’Farrelly, Leigh Overland, Roundtree Architects, Sellars Lathrop Architects, Scott Springer, Robert Storm and Vita Design Group.
The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.
PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.
Residents may take advantage of this program by bringing latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac (no spray paint) to the Westport Transfer station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.
There is no charge for recycling paint at the Transfer Station site for Westport residents, nor are any local tax dollars expended. The program is funded by a PaintCare Fee of 75 cents per gallon, which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in Connecticut. This fee is used to fund all aspects of the PaintCare stewardship program. Collected fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach and program administration.
The addition of this program to the town’s recycling efforts is expected to reduce annual hazardous waste processing by $3,000 to $4,000 annually.
The paint dropped off at the transfer station is packed into large, plastic-lined boxes and transported to PaintCare’s facility. If possible, the paint is recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.
PaintCare Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by paint manufacturers to plan and operate paint-recycling programs in states that have passed paint stewardship laws. Connecticut is one of only seven states in the country to pass the legislation.
Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.
The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.
The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.
There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.
Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.