Roundup: Vinny Penna Services, Floating Christmas Tree, More

The family of Vincent Penna Jr. — the former deputy police chief who died last week at 51 — has announced that due to COVID restrictions, the mass of Christian burial at Assumption Church tomorrow (Tuesday, December 22) will be private.

However, the mass will be livestreamed on the Assumption Church website (click here). The mass is at 10 a.m.; the livestream begins at 9:50 a.m.

Friends and family may attend a socially distanced graveside service tomorrow (Tuesday, December 22, 11:30 a.m.) at Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road. Click here to leave online condolences.

Vincent Penna Jr.

Susan Ford has seen a lot of interesting, cool and offbeat stuff off Compo Beach.

But until last night, she’d never seen a floating Christmas tree.

“If you find out who the incredible captain is who spread such cheer tonight, please thank them for me,” she says. “The smiles on my boys’ faces were lovely to see!”

(Photo/Susan Ford)

And, not to be outdone, Tanya LaClair spotted this (slightly) more permanent sight, on Saugatuck Island:

(Photo/Tanya LaClair)

Vaccines are here. But it’s way too early to toss your mask.

Tutem is a small, women-owned face mask manufacturer with roots in Westport. They make 3-ply disposable masks — but not the blah blue kind.

Tutem’s masks feature stylish designs. They’re individually wrapped for safe handling, are made in the US, and available in adult and child sizes.

Tutem has already donated to Westport organizations. Now, they’re offering Westport residents 25% off any masks.

If you have a Westport shipping or billing address, click here. At checkout, use this Discount Code: 06880.

And if your shipping address is 06880, you get free shipping too. Select “Local Delivery” as your shipping method at checkout.


One of Tutem’s mask designs.

And finally … winter is (officially) here! It arrived at 5:02 this morning.

This haunting Fleet Foxes song actually has nothing to do with winter, beyond the title. But it’s a lot more beautiful than “Winter Wonderland.”

4 responses to “Roundup: Vinny Penna Services, Floating Christmas Tree, More

  1. The captain of the Christmas tree boat is Todd Reichhelm. And the other pic is his dads dock

  2. The days are getting longer.

  3. Undoubtedly Todd Reichhelm in the boat.

  4. I ordered masks from Tutem’s this morning and they were at my doorstep this afternoon. Talk about speedy service!