Roundup: Turtles, Art, Car Wash …


A dramatic rescue unfolded in Westport.

Frank Rosen reports that Glenn Ferrari found a diamondback terrapin — a species of special concern in Connecticut — with a broken shell on Harbor Road. She had been hit by a car on the way to her nesting site.

He called Pam Meier, a specialist at wildlife rehabilitation agency The Turtle’s Back.

Glenn Ferrari, Pam Meier and the endangered turtle.

She lives in Madison. But she met Glenn in Fairfield.

The turtle didn’t make it. But Pam salvaged her 11 eggs, and incubated them.

Yesterday she and Glenn released the hatchlings back home in Saugatuck Shores, where — hopefully — they will thrive.

One of the 11 baby turtles.


There’s a new gallery in town.

Miami-based Contemporary Art Modern Project (The CAMP Gallery) has just opened its second space. It’s at 190 Main Street — near Le Rouge Aartisan Chocolate and Joe’s Pizza.

An opening reception is set for tomorrow (Friday, September 24, 5 to 8 p.m.). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dominik Schmitt’s works, at the CAMP Gallery.


I don’t usually plug car washes. But because this one is run by the Staples High School boys soccer team that I coach — and it’s my blog — I will.

The varsity, reserve and freshman teams will be at the Christ & Holy Trinity Church parking lot off Elm Street this Saturday (September 25), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There’s no minimum donation. Give whatever you wish (and buy baked goods too). Funds raised support many of the team expenses not covered by the school budget.

Clean as a whistle!


Turtles are an important part of Westport’s wildlife. So — long ago, and now returned in force — are turkeys.

Abby Tolan-Gordon spotted this flock yesterday, at Earthplace. They’re perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Abby Gordon-Tolan)


And finally … speaking of turtles:

9 responses to “Roundup: Turtles, Art, Car Wash …

  1. I’d like to know the origins of the phrase “Clean as a whistle.”

  2. Adorable turtles- amazing she saved them <3

  3. I’ve seen quite a few turtles run over in the past year in that area. I think some turtle crossing signs might help.

  4. THANK YOU Glenn Ferrari for trying to help the injured turtle. Dan, thank you for covering this. I have loved turtles my entire life. Thank you, Pam Meier for your dedication to turtles. The little one featured in the photograph is a tiny masterpiece.

    Good “Turtles” song too, Dan .. 🎶

  5. From Google: One possibility is that the old simile describes the whistling sound of a sword as it swishes through the air. But there is also a chance that the phrase may have originally been ‘as clean as a whittle,’ referring to a piece of smooth wood after it is whittled.” So, I guess we really don’t know the real answer. Wendy’s comment seems to “hit the nail on the head.’