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New First Selectman Marpe Steps Away from Y Trustee Board

Jim Marpe being sworn in by State Senator John McKinney, who also serves on the Y's Board of Trustees.

Jim Marpe being sworn in by State Senator John McKinney, who also serves on the Y’s Board of Trustees.

The Westport Weston Family Y announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Jim Marpe from its volunteer Board of Trustees effective Monday, Nov. 18. Marpe was sworn in as Westport’s new First Selectman later that day, along with several dozen other town officials elected in the Nov. 5 election.

After announcing his candidacy for public office earlier this year, Marpe stepped down from his position as Chair of the Family Y’s Board of Trustees; replacing him was Pete Wolgast, past Chair.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Board during one of the most exciting periods in the Family Y’s history,” wrote Marpe in a statement given to the leaders of the nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1923. “I look forward to joining all of the Trustees and Directors, along with the members and staff, at the grand opening of the Y’s new facility at Camp Mahackeno next fall.”

“Please express my thanks to the Board for the opportunity to serve with them in support of one of the most important community institutions in Westport,” Marpe added.

Marpe’s first week in office coincided with the official dedication of “Allen Raymond Lane,” the new private roadway that will lead to the Family Y’s modern new home at its 32-acre Mahackeno campus, at Route 33 and Exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway, alongside the Saugatuck River.

November_19_2013_Allen_Raymond_webUnable to attend the ceremony on Tuesday afternoon due to his first scheduled meeting as First Selectman, Marpe sent the Y these comments:

“As one of my first acts as Westport’s new First Selectman, I am happy and honored to offer my congratulations and best wishes to my good friend and mentor, Allen Raymond, as the Westport Weston Family Y formally dedicates ‘Allen Raymond Lane’ in his honor.

This is a great moment in the Family Y’s progress toward the completion of the first stage of its new facility at Camp Mahackeno. Al Raymond has been a key part of so many important events and projects in Westport, and this is one more very important occasion.

His longtime leadership at the Family Y is a major reason that this construction and new road are happening, so Al deserves all our congratulations and good wishes. I am so happy to know that for generations to come, anyone coming to the Family Y will be remembering Allen Raymond and his contributions to our community.”

“We wish Jim the very best as he focuses on leading Westport for the next four years,” said Rob Reeves, Family Y CEO. “This is truly a case of ‘our loss is Westport’s gain.’”