Roundup: Gelato, Vaccine, Tyler Hicks, More


What’s better than one gelato shop opening on Main Street?


Hot on the heels of news of Cold Fusion moving into the former Papaya Papyrus space next to Chase Bank in May, a sign in what was once Lucky Brand — across the street, and closer to the Post Road — announced the arrival “soon” of La Fenice.

Like its sister locations in Greenwich and Rye, it will serve gelato, crepes, pastries and coffee. Click below for a look at the Rye shop:

It’s not quite like the days when there was a frozen yogurt store on every Westport corner.

It’s better.


First “06880” reported that St. Vincent’s was closing their Long Lots Road COVID testing facility on March 1.

Then we reported that it was remaining open.

This morning, a reader reports that his wife just phoned St. Vincent’s. She was told they are closing their Long Lots testing as of March 1.

St. Vincent’s Health Center testing will soon be in the rear mirror. (Photo/Adam Stolpen)


It’s not just New York Times readers who appreciate Tyler Hicks’ work.

The 1988 Staples High School graduate just won 1st place in a new category — COVID-19 coverage — from Pictures of the Year International. It’s the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world. This year’s awards were the 78th annual.

The honor — which follows many others, including multiple Pulitzers — is for Hicks’ photos of the pandemic’s devastation in the Amazon.

COVID in the Amazon (Photo/Tyler Hicks for New York Times)


MoCA Westport and Up|Next Teens are partnering to present a Winter Lights Festival at MoCA. It’s set for this Saturday (February 27, noon to 6 p.m.).

The Festival features a maker and crafts space in a large outdoor tent, with supplies and step-by-step instructions for families to work together to create winter-themed decorations. The decorations will be incorporated into a walk-through Light Path, to be lit at sun down. The public can view the experience through the following weekend.

Also planned: live performances by high school musicians, food from The Melt truck, and hot cocoa.

The Festival includes free entry to MoCA ’s exhibition “Hindsight is 2020,” showcasing nearly 200 high school student artists from across the region.

Click here for tickets.


The Fairfield County Directory — the “Yellow Pages” that is dumped in driveways and by mailboxes — will be distributed between February 25 and April 13.

The Selectmen’s Office says that residents with questions or concerns regarding the distribution of the directory should e-mail

You may request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by clicking here or here.

Let’s hope that works better than the national Do Not Call Registry.


A group of swans is called a “flock” or a “wedge.”

Matt Murray spotted this flock/wedge — aka “a whole lot” — yesterday, at Sherwood Mill Pond.

(Photo/Matt Murray)


And finally … Today is the 41st anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice.” The US Olympic men’s hockey team came from behind to beat the overwhelmingly favored Soviet team 4-3, at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Al Michaels memorialized the moment on ABC: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!!!!!”

That game was not, however, the final. Two days later the Americans clinched gold, with a win over Finland.

Westport connection: After a disappointing NHL career, goaltender Jim Craig worked for a marketing firm on Riverside Avenue.

7 responses to “Roundup: Gelato, Vaccine, Tyler Hicks, More

  1. Laurie Goldberg

    Papaya shop?

  2. I received my first Pfizer vaccine this past Thursday at St.Vincent’s Hospital. Then I was told that I would have to go elsewhere to get the second, as they would no longer give any vaccines after next week.

    Does anyone know why this leading health center is discontinuing all Covid-19 diagnoses and inocculations?

    • In your shoes, I would call St V’s back and ask for a specific referral. (Be persistent with them.) Good luck!

  3. Are we readers allowed to say that we don’t like the idea of publishing a photo of someone’s dead son, brother, husband, father, partner etc. — whether the motive is career advancement or a genuine social agenda? (And if it’s really all about social awareness, why didn’t the photog just publish it anonymously to avoid the appearance of profiting on someone else’s misery?) Finally…isn’t it always some desperately poor peasant or slum-dweller who ends up being used for such a purpose? After all, the well-to-do have families who complain…and hire lawyers.

  4. Congratulations La Fenice.
    I heard about, oh at least 6 months ago you were coming to town. Actually sometime at the end of last summer. . How exciting for us it’s finally happening.
    We cannot wait to welcome you. I’ve heard incredible comments from your already patrons..
    We will make sure to support you.
    Westport’s been missing a great gelato spot.
    Nothing better ❤️