Roundup: Pink Aid, Bagels, Pickleball …

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Like many charities, Pink Aid CT has pivoted this year to a virtual event.

They’re calling it “virtuous.” Hundreds of items –will be auctioned off starting Tuesday (October 5, 9 a.m.). Among them:

  • A flight on Marc Lasry’s private jet to sit courtside and watch the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks
  • Private safari for 2 in Tanzania
  • VIP seating at Christian Siriano’s fall 2022 show, with backstage passes.

All funds raised benefit women with breast cancer in underserved communities.

A video about the event features the auction’s host, Westporter and “A Million Little Things” star Stephanie Szostak.

For auction tickets and more, click here.

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Adam Goldberg’s pop-up bagel project at the Manna Hub kitchen has grown into a full-time operation. It’s packed on weekends, and a full-time store opens soon in Georgetown.

Now he’s going even bigger time. Adam was the only out-of-state vendor invited to compete at this weekend’s Brooklyn Bagelfest.

Can a little Westport bagel guy beat the big boys at their own game? Fingers crossed. Stay tuned!

Behind the scenes in the Don Memo kitchen. From left: Rachel Golan,.David Levinson
Jason Epstein, Adam Goldberg. (Photo/Ria Rueda)

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Leonard Everett Fisher is a Westport icon. He’s a World War II veteran, a civic volunteer — and, for over 70 years, a nationally enowned illustrator, painter and designer.

He’s being honored through the end of the year by the Westport Library. An exhibit of his work — “A Life of Art” — is open at the Sheffer and South Galleries.

Fisher has written and illustrated hundreds of children’s books, and created over 700 paintings and 6000 scratch boards. The Library show features many original illustrations and acrylic paintings. 

It’s an exhibit not to be missed. Before you go, click here (then scroll down) for a virtual studio tour of this remarkable man.

Leonard Everett Fisher at Westport’s 2016 Memorial Day ceremonies.

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The agenda for Wednesday’s Parks & Recreation Commission meeting (7:30 p.m., Zoom) includes a discussion of possible pickleball sites.

The meeting ID is 879 8059 1192. The passcode is 480909.

The Compo Beach pickleball courts get plenty of use.

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Two great Nash’s Corner businesses are offering 20% off deals for new customers. You can combine them, or just take advantage of one.

Felicia’s Salon Nash — run by the wonderful Felicia Catale — provides cuts for women, men, girls and boys. with blowouts and coloring too. Call 203-747-9753 and 203-349-5814.

For 20% off 3D synthetic mink eyelashes — usually $180, now $144 — at Nash’s Lashes by Judy, call 203- 557-8964,

Felicia Catale

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On October 1, 1961 — 60 years ago yesterday — Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.

A young Westporter named Robert Mull was there. It was the first Major League game he ever saw. His father captured all of Maris’ at-bats that day — including the shot off Tracy Stallard, his hat tip and more.

Now Mull has posted the video online. Click here to see. (Speaking of hat tips: thanks, Fred Cantor!)

Screenshot from the Roger Maris video.

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The other day, Chris Grimm was scrolling through a site that sells t-shirts of defunct Connecticut businesses. (I didn’t ask for details.) He found this classic for Arnie’s Place, the video game arcade that is now Ulta:

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Next up for the Westport Astronomical Society: NASA astrophysicist Scott Guzewich discusses “Roving Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance.”

It’s a clever title, and is sure to be out of this world. Click on the October 19 (8 p.m.) links: Zoom and YouTube livestream.

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The National Charity League’s Westport chapter invites 6th grade girls to apply for the 2022-23 year. NCL With over 275 members, the local group provides volunteer service for over 30 community organizations. Members are women and their daughters in grades 7-12.

The 6-year core program includes leadership development and cultural activities. For more information click here, or email lisa22607@gmail.com.

The National Charity League gang takes a break from volunteer work.

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The good news: Rebecca Schussheim, Lucia Wang and Tom Zhang  will represent Staples High School at the 8th annual Normandy International Youth Leadership Summit next month.. They were chosen because of their academic performance and interest in world affairs.

The bad news: This year’s event is virtual, so they don’t get to go to France.

But congratulations anyway, on a great achievement!

(From left): Rebecca Schussheim,Lucia Wang, Tom Zhang.

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Samera Nasereddin describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

“Two baby raccoons visited our garden, and delighted my cat and me. They were very curious, unafraid and non-aggressive. We sent a photo to a local expert, who told us they were healthy 3-4-month-olds, learning how to fend for themselves. I’m so grateful for their sweet visit. I hope that they continue to be safe and healthy, wherever they are now.”

(Photo/Samera Nasereddin)

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And finally … It’s been a long time since I’ve thought of Roger Maris. But seeing his name — and the video of his 61st home run — made me think of other famous players.

And of course:

10 responses to “Roundup: Pink Aid, Bagels, Pickleball …

  1. Thank you, Dan, for sharing the info about the NCL membership drive!

  2. What platform is the Pickleball meeting on?

    • Zoom. Sorry. I’ll add that in.

      • Thanks for letting your readership know about this upcoming Parks & Rec Commission (PRC) agenda item. Here’s some background info that many readers might not know:

        Last month, the PRC pitched Baron’s South as a location for new pickleball courts. This location would require the property (or portions thereof) to be rezoned from passive use to active use. This is a bad precedent to set and would put other passive-use parks at risk. Additionally, Baron’s South was pitched without any rationale for why it was picked over other sites. When the PRC was asked whether other locations had been seriously explored, there was silence.

        When the meeting concluded, the PRC was asked to present alternative locations for pickleball courts – or at least to publicly express why Baron’s South was their only choice, despite the rezoning it would require. Hence, they will now do so via the upcoming agenda item.

        Longshore, which is already a great site for other active recreational activities, would be the most sensible location for pickleball courts. The town just approved big money for a Longshore master plan to be developed. Pickleball wasn’t even on PRC’s list of needs for Longshore – a strange or perhaps purposeful oversight, especially because no rezoning would be required.

        If you care about the preservation of passive use open space, I encourage readers to attend the upcoming PRC meeting (it’s easy via zoom). Let the PRC know that Baron’s South needs to be deleted from their pickleball list of options.

  3. The song bought back many happy memories, and a couple of tears to my eyes.

    I guess I’m dating myself, but I was an avid BROOKLYN Dodger fan as a kid. My heart was broken when they moved to LA, and things have never been the same.

    Now I root for the Red Sox.

    • Bobbie, I got a few tears too listening to that song and looking at the pictures. My father was at the game when Maris hit # 60 and I have the ticket stub. I met Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, and remember those fierce World Series battles between the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. I’ll be playing that song all night.

  4. Incidentally, what trolleys are the Los Angelinos dodging?

  5. I have just finished reading an article in tomorrow’s New York Times Metro section. It describes the “shot heard ’round the world,” otherwise known as Bobby Thomson’s infamous home run on October 3, 1951. It bought more tears to my eyes. I wasn’t there, but I watched the game on TV.

    The author describing his feelings, said his father told him — “Someday you’ll get over it.” and the author stated — “Someday, I hope I will.”

    Maybe I will, too. Someday.

  6. All new pickle ball sites will include a state of the art bathroom and will be named after Doc JaY

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