Roundup: Jim Marpe, Flying Flags, Free Ice Cream, More

1st Selectman Jim Marpe says:

“On Thursday I announced that on Sunday, October 18, I was in direct contact with an individual who earlier this week exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 and who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The result of my subsequent COVID-19 test was negative, and I’m not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus. To clarify yesterday’s statement, despite my negative test, I will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days (until November 1), following CDC guidelines and medical advice.”

1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

Happy UN Day!

As they have been every October 24 for decades, the flags of member nations fly proudly today, on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge.

That’s appropriate. The span’s namesake was a longtime UN advocate, and founder of the local chapter of the United Nations Association. She also founded jUNe Day, our annual summer event.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

The Ruth Steinkraus Bridge is quite a hub of activity. Here’s a shot from last night, when this message appeared:

Who doesn’t like free ice cream?

Especially when it’s vegan, allergen-friendly, plant-based, non-dairy, frozen, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.

Plus, creamy and delicious.

NewBrook Kitchen on Riverside Avenue offers a free Sunscoop tasting event. It begins Wednesday (October 28), and runs through Saturday, October 31 — or until they run out.

Individual pre-packaged sample cups of the dessert are available in wild blueberry crumble, strawberry maca, toasted coconut butter, moringa mint chip, vanilla tart and dark cacao with reishi. There’s no purchase necessary, but there’s a one-per-customer limit.

There’s a discount for buying a 6-pack of pints (one for each flavor).

NewBrook is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a delivery of the 6-pint case, plus a free tasting cup, call 203-557-6087 or email

And finally … Happy UN Day!

One response to “Roundup: Jim Marpe, Flying Flags, Free Ice Cream, More

  1. Arline Gertzoff

    Thank you Jim for your support for UN Day.I along with Bill Haas organized the event and it was our best attendanceJen did a great job setting the stage for what followed We are blessed to have AyAy Thant in our midst and pleased my request for a moment of silence in tribute to Martha Aasen was added Stay well and thank you