Roundup: Bagels, Nasdaq, Charles Barkley …


It’s one thing for “06880” to announce that Popup Bagels won the Brooklyn Bagelfest contest.

It’s another for Nasdaq to trumpet the victory to the world.

But hat was the scene in Times Square this week:

“Several high-level executives at Nasdaq are @PopUpBagels fanatics and regular customers,” says founder Adam Goldberg.

“They felt it was important to acknowledge our victory.  i guess they see a future for us!”

They, and hundreds of thousands of visitors who now know that the best Brooklyn bagels are baked right here, in Westport.


Annual reports are usually ho-hum affairs. Whether they come from your favorite non-profit or a business you don’t even know is part of your portfolio, odds are you toss them without opening. What a waste, for all the work done by top executives on down to interns.

You will not throw away the Westport Library’s annual report.

For one thing, it’s digital. For another, it’s fantastic. Dense, filled with numbers, they

In 20 video testimonials, users speak passionately about what the library means to them. The children’s section, research, pleasure reading, events — it’s all there, all recorded in the facility’s own Verso Studios.

The Westport Library is the gift that keeps on giving. This unique annual report is one more reason you should give back even more. (Click here to see.)

Screen shot of the Westport Library’s annual report. Each thumbnail links to a different short video.


Westport has 2 new deputy chiefs.

Captains David Farrell and Ryan Paulsson were promoted this week, at a Town Hall ceremony. Chief Foti Koskinas praised their outstanding worth ethic, high character and strong commitment to the town.

Farrell served as a crisis negotiator with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team, and is a former member of the department’s Honor Guard.  He was vice president of the Westport police union and Police Benevolent Association, and worked closely with Special Olympics organizing charity torch runs and fundraisers.

Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Fairfield with his wife and 2 daughters.

Paulsson  — a Staples High School graduate — was hired as a patrol officer in 2000. Since rising to captain in 2017,  Paulsson has commanded the Professional Standards Division. He is currently in charge of the Operations Division, and the Westport Police/Fire Dive Rescue Team.

He is a former K-9 handler and team leader for the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team. He is a certified law enforcement instructor.

Paulsson holds a bachelor’s degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University, and is pursuing his master’s degree in criminal justice at Sacred Heart University.  He lives in Milford with his wife and 2 daughters.


Since opening this summer, La Plage — the new Inn at Longshore restaurant — has become a go-to destination. The food equals the always stunning view.

La Plage is run by Greenwich Hospitality Group — operators of the wildly popular Delamar Hotels and and Artisan Restaurants. Now, they’ll take over catering at the Inn too.

The Inn’s culinary team is led by Frederic Kieffer, executive chef of La Plage. He also  oversees food service for Artisan restaurants in Southport, West Hartford and Traverse City, Michigan.

The Inn at Longshore


A longtime,, now retired, Westporter writes:

“I keep myself busy by walking around the Longshore golf course. In the course of my walks I pick up stray golf balls. I now have over 1,000.

“I want to give them away. Ideally, I would like to donate them to a youth group involved with golf. Local high schools are not interested. Can you come up with some clever ideas to help me direct this gift? Maybe an organization that can raffle them off?”

I’m not sure — but I’m sure our readers will tee up on this one. If you have any ideas of where our friend can donate over 1,000 golf balls, click “Comments” below. Fore!


Speaking of sports:

The National Basketball Association is 75 years old. The NBA Retired Players Association is 3o. Heartlent is one.

But the Westport-based  digitial, social strategy and creative content team has teamed up with those 2 organizations to refresh their visual identity. Heartlent created a new logo, and a series of custom animations based on untold stories from hoop legends. The first features Charles Barkley (below)

You can review stills from the first animation as well as the logo here. to check out those stills. Access the full video via NBRPA Twitter.

The animation has tons of easter eggs. How many can you find?


Jacque and Bill O’Brien were working in their yard this week. They sensed they were being watched. They looked up — and they were.

(Photo/Jacque O’Brien)

Besides posing for a “Westport … Naturally” photo, these deer were no doubt scoping out their next garden meal.


And finally … speaking of Sir Charles:



2 responses to “Roundup: Bagels, Nasdaq, Charles Barkley …

  1. There is a group called First Tee that promotes golf and it’s values to youth who would love to have the golf balls. I’d be happy to pick them up and get them to one of the Board Members.

  2. Brendan Burris

    Not necessarily local to 06880, but the Connecticut chapter of The First Tee may be interested in the golf balls!