Roundup: Fire Hero, Values, Flowers, Free Library, More

Nick Marsan is a dedicated member of the Westport Fire Department. The job he and his fellow firefighters do for us is phenomenal.

He’s a hero even off duty. At 6 p.m. Thursday, Nick and another off-duty firefighter — Jim Lyons from Norwalk — saw a 33-foot boat explode and catch fire in Norwalk Harbor, 100 yards off shore.

Nick and Jim swam out to assist the 6 boaters, who had jumped into the water. Nearby resident Tony Aitoro — of the appliance family — got in his boat and helped, with life rings and preservers.

I’m sure Nick was enjoying a day off, after many exhausting shifts during Tropical Storm Isaias. It was certainly not just “another day at the beach” — but heroically, Nick, Jim and Tony were there. (Hat tip: Sal Liccione)

Nick Marsan

Two different philosophies of life, spotted recently in Westport. This lawn sign:

(Photo/Bob Fox)

And this vehicle, parked near the Longshore tennis courts:

(Photo/Luke Garvey)

The Westport Garden Club missed last week’s #FridayFlowers project, thanks to Isaias.

They’re back this week though, with a gorgeous arrangement at the plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk. Enjoy!

(Photo/Topsy Siderowf)

“06880” is a big fan of the Westport Library.

But we also love the tiny “free libraries” that pop up on front lawns here and there. The latest is at 105 Hillandale Road, near Morningside Drive South.

It’s simple: Take a book. Or leave a book.

That’s it. No library cards. No late fees. And they’re open 24/7. Read!

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

Ellis Laifer and Eli Koskoff were musicians, friends, and fellow Class of 2015 Staples High School graduates.

At Bowdoin College Ellis met a singer from Brooklyn, Tobi Omola. They performed, collaborated, and did a themed thesis together. For their final event, Eli flew from the University of Southern California to Maine for a live concert with them.

The trio clicked. They released songs on Spotify. Now — playing a mixture of folk R&B, hip hop and indie music, and calling themselves Fortuno — they’re a streaming sensation.

Their recent single “Wait” is getting plenty of attention. Click here to listen; follow “FortunoMusic” on Instagram and Facebook.

Fortuno (from left): Ellis Laifer, Tobi Omola, Eli Koskoff.

And finally … let’s remember Helen Jones Woods. She played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female, multiracial ensemble in the 1930’s and ’40s. She died last month from COVID-19 complications. She was 96 years old.


8 responses to “Roundup: Fire Hero, Values, Flowers, Free Library, More

  1. Fantastic feat, Nick, Jim & Tony, heroes All! As for the rude car sticker- uncalled for no matter what your true feelings are. Adulting much? And such delight to hear & watch the International Sweethearts of Rhythm! Shamefully never heard of them, but so glad I have now! Thanks, Dan!

  2. Where can I get one of those wonderful lawn signs?

  3. Sal Liccione

    I am so proud of nick jim and tony it shows your always on call that’s why nick it bound to go upward in our wonderful Westport Fire Department thanks nick for the serve to Westport and jim to Norwalk Fire dept and to tony for jumping in to help from sal liccione

  4. Susan Iseman

    To the self proclaimed “nobody” with the car sticker – really? Echoes of Charlottesville…

  5. Brandon Tate

    So blocking a busy road, damaging property, and assaulting/inciting violence is considered a protest? Though I think the persons choices are questionable; it’s called the 1st Amendment, if you don’t like it move to China.

  6. That person’s sticker is a threat of violence. It may or may not be protected by the 1st Amendment, I don’t care about its legality, but the first amendment sure as heck does protect our condemnation of this person’s choice.