Roundup: Churches, Safety App, GFA Athletes, More


For many years, Saugatuck Church collected baby gifts during their 5 p.m. Christmas Eve pageant. They were donated to women and children, through the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk.

Tonight, that worship is online. However, the church continues its tradition of gathering gifts to benefit women and children in crisis. And you don’t have to be a parishioner to help!

Just stop at the white church downtown (245 Post Road East) between 4 and 5 p.m. today. Pop your trunk; a volunteer will retrieve your gift.

This has been a very tough year, for women, children and the DVCC itself. Items needed include supplies and pajamas for babies, as well as crafts for older children.


Yesterday’s “06880” Roundup noted that Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara is starring in a PBS holiday special.

She also did a much more local performance, at (and for) Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. (Her daughter Charlotte is a junior chorister there.)

You can enjoy Kelli — and many others — starting at 6 p.m. tonight. Just click on the CHT YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Kelli O’Hara at Christ & Holy Trinity Church.


M13 has led a $1.8M seed round in Prepared, a company building technology to keep school campuses safer. It was co-founded at Yale University by Staples graduates Dylan Gleicher and Neil Soni.

Prepared’s 1-touch mobile alert system enables administrators to instantaneously alert both the entire campus and 911 dispatchers to an emergency. Click here for a full story.

Neil Soni and Dylan Gleicher


Three Greens Farms Academy student-athletes from Westport have committed to colleges, to continue their academic and sports careers.

Connor McDonald will play tennis at Boston College; Piper Melnick plans to row at the University of California-Berkeley, and Mark Roszkowski heads off to Tufts University’s baseball team.

Congratulations to all 3 Dragons!

From left: Connor McDonald, Piper Melnick and Mark Roszkowski.


And finally … as always, The Band is there:

7 responses to “Roundup: Churches, Safety App, GFA Athletes, More

  1. The Band…good choice. Saw them at Watkins Glen.

  2. “How a little baby boy brings the people so much joy!” What a great song. And written by a half Jew, Robbie Robertson

    • Was he in the Adam Sandler song?

      • Russell Gontar

        No, but Bob Dylan seems to have been included in a Sandler performance or two. Maybe he could work Brian Epstein into the mix.

        Season’s greetings, fellow Westporters!

    • James (Merry Xmas to all) Waldron

      And a Canadian. Although The Band’s tour bus has driven on 95 N/S so he has to be considered a Westport jewel. That counts ‘eh’?

  3. Hanne Jeppesen

    Always loved “The Band” have several CD’s, before CD’s albums. Love “Up on Cripple Creek” The Weight and many others.

  4. Kelli O’Hara was amazing in the PBS presentation from The Mormon Tabernacle (Dec. 2019). I have seen her on Broadway many times, but this was a truly spectacular performance! Looking forward to the Broadway Theater resuming and to seeing Kelli on stage again!