Roundup: Masks, More


Yesterday morning, Rick and Amy Leonard walked across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge downtown. They saw a friend and her companion, with a dog.

They watched as Stephen Kempson — the custom suitmaker and wardrobe consultant whose store is the first one on Post Road West — talked to one of the women.

He had noticed that her face mask was broken. So he gave her one from his shop.

It was a special mask — decorated with golden retrievers, just like her dog.

Why did Stephen have that mask? He sells them in his store. They’re $25 each — and $5 goes to charity.

He’s a full service bespoke tailor, for sure.


Speaking of masks: Here I am, sporting my new one from Savvy + Grace. (You can’t see, but I’m smiling.)

Those aren’t golden retrievers like Stephen Kempson’s. These show a nautical map of Westport waters. A great way to show your hometown pride (and stay safe).

They’re available at the store (146 Main Street) and online (click here).

PS: Purchases support Savvy + Grace’s #PayItForward program. Each month they donate masks to local non-profits.


And finally … last month was celebrated widely as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. But the first vote cast by a woman in a general US election occurred 50 years earlier — 150 years ago today, on September 6, 1870 — when Louise Ann Swain cast a ballot in Laramie, Wyoming. The territory had just allowed women to vote.

5 responses to “Roundup: Masks, More

  1. Love that you pulled out the Helen Reddy!

  2. Peggy O’Halloran

    Thanks for the iconic song that is, sadly, still relevant in so many ways. But we’re roaring louder and bigger than ever!

  3. I am 81 disabled and was out of all service. Phone. Internet, cable for one week.
    The Altice Box read router out. I called them for 5 days round the clock on my cell phone. They sent an subcontractor that new nothing about Altice Box, then I demanded., then they lied and send the next tech said no one was home. I’m disabled and home bound. My medical alert call box was out because it works off the phone lines. This went on from Wednesday to Sunday. I had to get a tech back out to my home because he left cables all over my bedroom floor. They had the nerve to give me a $34,00 credit. But for all services my bill runs $300. Per month. Everybody apply for Fios if it is in your area. Get rid of the trash,

  4. Thank you Dan for including this person’s comments. Can we get the dates of this disservice? Then, what can we do to make her life little better?

  5. Mary Cookman Schmerker

    Dear Constance, If you see this know that many of us are outraged at the way you were treated. I wish I lived in Connecticut, I would come to see what I could do for you. Keep reaching out and let us know through Dan how everything works out for you.

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