900 kids showed up yesterday at the Staples High School fieldhouse.
Most came willingly, even eagerly. A few had to be dragged in.
All were 5 to 11 years old — and now all are vaccinated against COVID. They enjoyed (appreciated? tolerated?) a clinic sponsored by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Westport’s Emergency Medical Services personnel, and Community Emergency Response Team, were on hand to help. So were Westport Public School nurses, assistant superintendent of schools John Bayers, and State Senator Will Haskell.
The youngsters were given balloons. Most smiled. Their parents smiled too — with relief.
Colorful lights on the Cribari Bridge are as much a part of Westport life as — well, traffic on the Cribari Bridge.
The annual lighting ceremony is set for Friday, November 26 — the day after Thanksgiving — at the Saugatuck Rowing Club (click here for details).
But before that happens, each of the thousands of lights must be individually checked, and repaired.
Volunteers from Al’s Angels and AJ Penna Construction performed that task in the cold pre-dawn yesterday. It took several painstaking hours.
But their great work will provide many days of joy, for very thankful Westporters.
What an exciting time to be a Staples High School soccer fan! The boys and girls teams won 3 state tournament games each last week. Both have roared into the semifinals.
Yesterday, the 6th-seeded Wrecker boys team knocked off #3 Fairfield Prep, 1-0. Reese Watkins power-headed Matthew Jordan’s corner kick in the second half. Outstanding defense by Bruno Guiduli, Jackson Hochhauser, Caleb Tobias, Hunter Smith, Jack Foster and keeper Jacob Greenberger secured the win. The boys face Farmington in the semis,
The girls also won off a corner kick, against Farmington on Thursday. Neva Mermagen nailed Maddie Sansone’s cross for the dramatic overtime game winner. The Wreckers meet Fairfield Warde in their semifinal match.
Both games will be played at neutral sites, later this week. Days, times and sites have not yet been announced.
Hungry for another Westport Library’s Trefz Newsmakers Series conversation?
The series — featuring Emmy-winning CBS News justice and security correspondent (and 1988 Staples High School graduate) Jeff Pegues — continues next month, with acclaimed chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. It’s set for the Trefz Forum on December 2 (7 p.m.).
Samuelsson is the chef behind restaurants worldwide, including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch and Marcus B&P. He was the youngest person to ever receive a 3-star review from The New York Times, and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards.
A noted philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!. He also co-chairs the Careers through Culinary Arts program.
The Trefz Newsmakers Series is free. To register for a seat, click here.
“The Band’s Visit” continues its national tour at the Bushnell in Hartford this week.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Staples High School 2013 graduate Clay Singer. The former Players star plays Itzik — unemployed, raising an infant with a frustrated wife — with “aching honesty.”
The Tony Award-winning show runs November 16-21. Click here for more information, and tickets.
Westporter Jacquelin Mullin died peacefully after a brief illness last week, with her sons at her side.
She spent her childhood in Bronxville, New York. After graduating from Pace Business School Jacquie married her high school beau, Gerard Mullin, in 1946, They lived in Florida and Illinois and New Canaan. Their growing family moved to Westport in 1954.
Jacquie raised their 3 sons while Gerry worked in NYC. She volunteered in Westport schools. Her active boys kept her busy transporting them to sports events, dealing with a menagerie of wild “pets,” and worrying about motorcycle mishaps.
Divorced in 1973, Jacquie remained in her Westport home and entered the workplace as an administrative assistant, working her way through a number of marketing positions until she retired from GTE.
She also volunteered with the Westport Historical Society, Westport Woman’s Club and Nature Center (now Earthplace), among others.
She was a devoted gardener. In later years she surrounded herself with flowering plants on her deck, where she spent many hours.
She traveled extensively with friends and family members. Proud of her Irish heritage, visiting “the auld sod” was an important journey. She was inseparable from her beloved cars, driving solo south each winter to visit friends and family.
She also enjoyed Compo Beach, watching the ever-changing seasons of children, dogs and beach walkers.
With her sons grown, her best times centered on sharing a meal or driving adventures with old friends from work, and new friends from all walks of life. Her family thanks everyone who enriched her life with their companionship and wit, and to the aides that made her later-life lunches possible.
Family was the center of Jacquie’s existence. She hosted holiday dinners until the younger generation took over, and kept track of everyone’s birthdays. She was pre-deceased by her former husband (1997), her middle son Randall James Mullin (2017), and daughter-in-law Audrey (Albright) Mullin (2005).
She is survived by her brother, John Sheedy Jr. of New York City and Red Rock, New York; sisters Marie Ponce of Charlotte and Marguerite Adams of Garrison, New York; sons Jeffrey (Joan Hall) of Bourne, Massachusetts and Scott of Ridgefield; daughter-in-law Jackie Mullin of Neptune Beach, Florida; grandchildren Amy and Brian Mullin; great-grandchild Ethan Mullin, plus nieces, nephews, and their children:
A private graveside service will be held at Assumption Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society; Wakeman Town Farm, or Earthplace. Her family adds: “Plant perennial flowers in your garden in her memory!”
Deer are a popular “Westport … Naturally” subject.
But we haven’t seen too many bucks. Here’s a great shot, from Baron’s South:
And finally … happy 121st birthday to America’s great composer/conductor, Aaron Copland!
When was the last time you could vote for TWO Staples students to be player of the week? Congratulations to ALL the amazing athletes who represented us so well this week. You can vote Here for the two SHS nominees: https://therudenreport.com/vote-for-the-ruden-report-fairfield-county-bank-players-of-the-week-76/?fbclid=IwAR238nHLRgavszIGzMM1qtRFsrKG_AavxU_xSbdGkHOk45WIeTI0lsybuas