Roundup: Longshore Patio Bar, Back To School, MoCA …


Summer is not yet over. (Fingers crossed.)

Proof: The patio bar at the Inn at Longshore’s La Plage restaurant opens today at 4 p.m., with beer and wine (and killer views).

Hours are the same as the restaurant: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.

They hope to go to a full bar next week, and a patio menu.


School starts Tuesday! (Wait — didn’t it just end yesterday?!)

The Westport Police Department says they’re gearing up for a “Back to School” enforcement and education campaign. Officers will look for drivers using cellphones and speeding in school zones, as well as monitoring bus stops and routes.

Homemade sign, near Kings Highway Elementary School.


MoCA Westport is busy installing “Between the Ground and the Sky.” The new exhibition — in collaboration with the Westport Farmers’ Market — opens tomorrow (Friday, August 27, 6-8 p.m.). It’s on view through October 17.

Kristyna and Marek Milde created their site-specific installation using found plants. The Brooklyn-based duo — originally from Prague — are becoming well known for their works exploring environmental issues, and the alienation of contemporary lifestyles.

The plants in the installation were abandoned in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They’ve been repurposed for art.

Also included: large-scale naturalistic works from Southport artist Donna Forma, and photography of the “Who Grows Your Food” movement by Westport photographers Anne Burmeister and Ashley Skatoff.

Kristyna and Marke Milde, at MoCA Westport.


Westport BNI — the local chapter of Business Networking International — does more than help area owners.

Fourteen riders will participate in the virtual Closer to Free Ride on September 11. The team has raised nearly $3,000. The event raises funds for Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cander Center.

The Westport BNI Group will ride a 25-mile loop together.  For more information click here, or email

In addition, the chapter seeks new members in specific business categories.  Classifications include interior designer, home inspector, developer, heating and air conditioning contractor, chef, and estate and elder law attorney.


Elvira Noder Hale died last week, at 95. She was surrounded by family in her Westport home — the house her parents built.

 A Navy veteran of the Korean War. Elvira is survived by her daughter Paula (Dennis); sons Mark and Thomas (Camilla); grandchildren Stephanie, Anthony, Isabella, Katarina and Maximilian; sister Patricia, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on September 2 (11 a.m., Assumption Church). Click here to leave online condolences.


Wendy Levy saw yesterday’s “Westport … Naturally” spider photo, and wondered if I’d consider a cicada too.


(Photo/Wendy Levy)


And finally … today in 1936, Helen McKay sang “Here’s Looking at You.” It was the first song ever broadcast on television. Here’s a re-creation:


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