Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s new book will not be released until tomorrow. But — based on pre-orders — Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic — is already a best-seller.
The book by the former FDA commissioner (and our Westport neighbor) describes how the coronavirus raced through our nation. Gottlieb had a front row seat: he was in regular contact with President Trump, key players in Congress, and the drug industry.
Meanwhile, new dangers lurk around every corner. Gottlieb addresses our preparations for the next virus. Are we ready?
Click here for more information, and to order his book.
Connectalent is a Westport-founded firm that connects skilled employees with employers who value work/life balance.
They’re partnering with Indeed to sponsor a workshop and networking event for mothers — “Returning to Work with Confidence” — on October 5 (6:30 p.m., Westport Library).
Among the topics: positioning yourself for jobs, how to fill in any resume gaps, and helpful interviewing and networking tips.
There will be time to network — and enjoy light refreshments and cocktails. Click here to register.
Miggs Burroughs spotted this sign in a car at the Trader Joe’s parking lot:
He adds one more “no”: “No education. Bidon?!”
Speaking of cars: The longtime Sunoco station across from the Westport Country Playhouse is now a Shell.
Probably not much will change, besides the sign. Prices will no doubt be in line with every other gas station in town.
Except the Mobil next door. It’s one of the last actual “service” stations — as in, they do repairs too — in town.
But their prices are always $1 a gallon more than anywhere else.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness, Kings Highway Elementary School was filled recently with gold ribbons.Staff and students wore gold, and donated funds.
“KHS” means more than the school’s initials. You could also say: “Kind Hearts Shine.”
Speaking of kids doing good: In August 2020, 10-year-old Suzuki violin students Isabella and Alexander Mariani — with help from their mom, Carole Chinn Mariani — created “Make Music Feed.” The small, socially distanced concert raised money for the Connecticut Food Bank. The young musicians are products of Westport’s Suzuki School of Music.
A year later — with food insecurity still rampant — Isabella and Alexander once again gathered friends. On Saturday, a second concert was held on the Marianis’ front lawn. The beneficiary was Connecticut Foodshare.
Joel Pitkin accompanied his children Mia and Noah Jung-Pitkin, and Grant Zimmerman.
A special guest was Staples High School sophomore Janna Moore. She was Alexander’s “Practice Buddies” partner. The program pairs Staples musicians with 5th grade orchestra students.
Contributions are still being accepted. Click here to help.
Quietly — just like an electric vehicle — the EV Club of CT is getting pumped for National Drive Electric Week. (It’s September 25 through October 3, if you’re celebrating.)
A Green Wheels EV Parade and Showcase is set for Saturday, October 2 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The parade begins at the Westport train station, and ends at Bob’s plaza lot in Fairfield.
For details and registration, click here.
When COVID canceled Emory University’s varsity soccer season last fall, former Staples High School captain Josh Berman decided to stay on for one more semester. He will graduate this winter.
His team is glad he did. Berman scored with just 14 seconds remaining Saturday night, lifting the Eagles to a 1- victory over the University of Lynchburg.
After playing a great match as a defender, Berman raced up the left side on the attack. then blasted a shot past the diving Hornet keeper. It was his first goal of the season.
It was as exciting as it sounds. Click here, then scroll down for the video.
They’re not quite Canada goose-level obnoxious. But — when they steal your food and poop on your head, seagulls can be pretty annoying.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows them in a different, um, light.
And finally … the Harvest Moon rose last night. It’s called that because its bright early evening light was very helpful to farmers harvesting late summer crops.
Of course you know what that means for today’s song …