Roundup: Downtown Tree, Dead Fish, More


The Main Street Christmas tree is starting to look a lot more Christmas-y.

Annette Norton — the owner of Savvy + Grace, whose front door is just steps away — is personalizing ornaments for the handsome tree. (Knowing Annette, I guarantee: They’re beautiful.)

But there’s more to this story than ornaments on a tree. Annette is working with the Ralphola Taylor Charity, a YMCA community center that serves low-income Bridgeport children. They earn points for good behavior during after-school activities — and then redeem those points at the center’s Holiday Store by buying presents for their families.

In return for purchasing a gift for the Ralphola Taylor Charity, Annette will personalize a white dove ornament with the donor’s name, and hang it on the tree.

Gifts can be bought 3 ways:

  • At Savvy + Grace (next to the former Tavern on Main restaurant)
  • Online (at checkout, just choose free delivery to the charity)
  • Purchase something from any other local store, then drop it off at Savvy + Grace. What a great way to support all Westport merchants, and kids in Bridgeport.

Donations are accepted now through December 7. Let’s fill that tree — and the Ralphola Taylor Charity Holiday Shop! shelves!

Main Street Christmas tree.


It’s a common — and natural — occurrence, though not often so late in the season.

When bunker form large schools they deprive themselves of oxygen, and suffocate.

Dozens of dead fish have been spotted recently, at Compo Beach and Grace Salmon Park. Here was the scene yesterday, at Parker Harding Plaza:

(Photo/Arlene Yolles)


And finally … the Grand Ole Opry debuted on this date in 1925, as a “barn dance” broadcast on WSM. 95 years later, it’s the longest running radio broadcast in American history. 

Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first performer on that first show. He was 77 years old — so the recording below shows someone born 13 years before the Civil War began. Talk about American Roots music!

3 responses to “Roundup: Downtown Tree, Dead Fish, More

  1. I noticed a large number of dead fish all along Compo Beach this Saturday afternoon. The number surprised me, as did their size, six to nine inches. I plan to inquire of our Conservation Director as to whether or not this is of concern and whether the State water and fish people should be made aware of the situation. It may be perfectly natural, though there may also be other factors relevant. I do not know.
    Don Bergmann

  2. Scientists will soon be looking at this issue but it is not normal this late in the fall.

  3. About three weeks ago, I noticed dense schools of bunker in the Saugatuck River at half-tide near the upriver end of Parker Harding Plaza. It’s easy to imagine that they could potentially suffocate themselves in the shallow waters there. I thought it was odd that they’d be schooling there at this time of year. I think they’re normally chased in by bluefish. Does that happen at this time of year? I know nothing about fishing.

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