Roundup: COVID Tests, Scott Bryce & Jodi Stevens, Animals …


A hearty “06880” thank you to all who donated to this year’s “pledge drive.” Your support of our online community — and of me, personally — is greatly appreciated. (And yes, there’s still time — click here!)

To the reader who sent an anonymous note saying “calling us moochers won’t get us to contribute” — sorry. Sounds like you were just looking for a reason to not help out.

But hey — at least you paid for a stamp.


In related COVID news, former Food & Drug Administration commissioner — and Westport neighbor — Scott Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” yesterday that 70% of Americans 75 and older, 60% of those 65-plus, and nearly 20% of all American adults will be vaccinated “probably by the end of this week.”

He also noted growing evidence that all vaccines prevent transmission of the coronavirus — not just symptoms.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb


St. Vincent’s on Long Lots Road has closed. But there’s a new COVID testing center nearby.

Sameday Testing has opened at 1260 Post Road East (near Fortuna’s, Greens Farms Spirit Shop and Vivid-Tek).

Founded just a few months ago, the startup of doctors, scientists and engineers has ramped up to test thousands of people every day, across the country. They offer employer-sponsored programs too.

Click here for an appointment. To learn more, email
or call 203-520-7734.


With a name like “Celebrity Parents,” I expected fluff.

But the current issue features an in-depth, insightful interview with Scott Bryce and Jodi Stevens.

The Westport stage and screen actors talk about how they met (several times); their relationship; raising an athletic son; Staples Players; Scott’s work with the New Paradigm Theater, and Jodi’s pivot to teaching in her home studio during COVID.

Click here for the very entertaining story. (Hat tip: Bobbie Herman)

Scott Bryce and Jodi Stevens (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Parents)


MoCA Westport’s Winter Lights Festival lit up the town on Saturday.

Highlights included a walk-through light path (in collaboration with the Up | Next Teens organization; a maker space for families to create decorations together, and the high school student art exhibition “Hindsight is 2020.”

MoCA’s Winter Festival light path (Photo/Joel Triesman)


Horses are back at Sherwood Island State Park. A group regularly trailers in their animals, for walks along the beach and through the beautiful paths. This shot was taken in the grove on the Sherwood Mill Pond side, near the fire gate to Compo Cove.

(Photo/Chris Swan)


Another animal: This guy was happy to pose yesterday, for a Weston photo op:

(Photo/Steve Rothenberg)


And yet more animals: Yesterday’s story about dog photographer Jim Boisvert reminded Matthew Mandell of a video he produced in 2013.

Part of the “What’s Up Westport” series, it’s title is “Dogs on the Beach.” Fifi, Fido, Fluffy: Here’s your 4 minutes of fame.


And finally … Happy International Women’s Day!

4 responses to “Roundup: COVID Tests, Scott Bryce & Jodi Stevens, Animals …

  1. Jill Turner Odice

    We lived next door to the Bryces on Weathervane Hill in 1966, the first year we moved to Westport.
    Scott’s Mom Dorothy took us both into the city one time, we had fun at an arcade and lunch. The whole family were very nice neighbors and friends.
    My Dad wrote a column in “The Younger Generation” about his older brother David for the Westport News. I think it had something to do with him wanting to be a Minister?
    I will never forget the first time I saw Scott on TV, I knew his face looked familiar. I told my husband I thought it was the kid from next door in Westport 🙂 He didn’t believe me, until the credits rolled and I was right! He is so talented and has followed in his Dad’s footsteps admirably

  2. How proud Dorothy would be to read that article about Scott and his wife and his success. Great lady, wonderful teacher, dear and loving friend. She is missed!

  3. David Robbins

    With regard to the article about the celebrity couple, unless they are “acting”
    for the camera in the many shots, they are well-suited for one another…..
    congratulations on your successes.
    To be honest, what caught my attention was Dan’s reference to the couple
    “raising an athletic son”, as that seemed to me a bit strange. It made me wonder where that was then leading in the article itself. Shouldn’t reference simply have been made to “raising a son”? After all, many, many couples have raised a son or daughter who was athletic, but when the “athlete” part is stressed, I have found in my observation that it can lead to great disappointment down the road IF the “athlete” is no longer high-performing,
    for whatever reason.
    So when I read the article looking to see exactly where the “athlete” discussion would come into play, I have to admit that I cringed a bit when the father mentioned that his son is an “elite” athlete and a “remarkable” basketball player. Shouldn’t those adjectives come from a coach or a sports writer, rather than a parent? My point simply is that I hope that the parents
    realize that the son may not be as “elite” as they think him to be as the years progress……and that’s 100% fine! The son may or may not continue in basketball—for many reasons—he may or may not be an actor or a musician……as long as he is happy doing what HE wants.
    I wish them all well!

  4. Bonnie Erickson

    Regarding your reader who took offense at being called a moocher…To Mr or Mrs Anonymous I say this: Repeatedly taking something for nothing is kindly referred to as mooching OR less kindly stealing. But perhaps a better description is coward since you voiced your petty concern yet didn’t have the courage to list your name.