Roundup: Anita Hill, Serena & Lily, Landscape Design …


Today’s “balloon test” — designed to show what a 124-foot cell tower proposed for 92 Greens Farms Road — has been canceled. No further information is available.

Today’s event at 92 Greens Farms Road is off. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)


Lynn Grossman has a full-time job, as senior vice president, wealth management for Raymond James Financial in Westport.

But she spends nearly all the rest of her time giving back to those less fortunate.

A Westporter since 1985, she runs a non-profit in Queens. She also serves on Fairfield County’s Community Foundation professional advisor council.

The umbrella organization supports many good projects. Lynn is especially excited about the Fund for Women and Girls. Over the past 20 years, they’ve given out $8 million, impacting tens of thousands of females.

She is really excited about April 22 (12 noon, Greenwich Hyatt and virtual). This year’s guest speaker is Anita Hill.

The Brandeis University professor of law, public policy and women’s studies is the recipient of a 2019 PEN Courage Award. Her new book is Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence. In her  autobiography Speaking Truth to Power, Hill shared her story of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about sexual harassment during her career.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Anita Hill


A $73 million settlement last week for families of 9 Sandy Hook victims shook 2 worlds last week: the legal one, and the gun manufacturing industry.

It also brought national attention to Josh Koskoff, the Westport attorney who led the long effort.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a long feature, headlined “How They Did It: Sandy Hook Families Gain Long-Awaited Legal Wins.” The piece explores Koskoff’s strategy, and its implications for similar lawsuits going forward. Click here for the full story.

Josh Koskoff, in his office. (Photo/Monica Jorge for the New York Times)


A broken sprinkler caused water damage at Serena & Lily. The Elm Street lifestyle store is closed today. They hope to open later this week. (Hat tip: Sal Liccione)

Serena & Lily


Mark March 13. Turn your clocks ahead — and at noon (EDT) enjoy an Aspetuck land Trust Sunday “Brunch and Learn” lecture with landscape designer/author/photographer Rick Darke.

He’ll discuss the vital roles native plants play in beautiful, ecologically sound, and broadly functional residential landscape design.

It’s free for members, $18 for non-members. Click here for details, and to register.

Rick Darke


It’s mid late February. Time for some “Westport … Naturally” color!

(Photo/Judith Katz)


And finally … happy 64th birthday to singer/songwriter, multi-Grammy-winning — and Brown University graduate — Mary Chapin Carpenter.

3 responses to “Roundup: Anita Hill, Serena & Lily, Landscape Design …

  1. I understand that this morning’s cell tower balloon float was canceled because of the expectation of high winds. I presume it will rear its ugly head again as soon as there’s a favorable weather report.

  2. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    Anita Hill. Is this the same Anita Hill that former Senator Biden interrogated (aka “grilled”) so earnestly at the SC confirmation hearings for Clarence “Coke can” Thomas back in the halcyon days before Me2 changed the rules of Good ‘Ol Boy behavior in the Senate? Q: What was Joe’s favorite rock group? A: The Byrds. Robert and Harry, the Boyz N The Hoods.

  3. Congratulations to Attorney Koskoff. Although no amount of monetary awards will bring those innocent babies and educators back, it sends a clear message to to gun industry. Remington promoted the use of military assault weapons to civilians with rhetoric such as “consider your man card reissued” and other ads that promoted gun violence. Four insurers are required to pay this $73MM settlement – Liberty, Chubb, Swiss Re and James River. This is the cost of gun violence and the lack of common sense gun safety regulation. Rest assured, it impacts everyone of us.