Roundup: Ukraine, Cavalry, Law & Order …


Ukraine update:

Ken Bernhard’s friend and colleague from that embattled nation sent him this report yesterday:

Ken, this is all so violent and surreal. At the moment it is hard to get thoughts together.

Kiev is in big danger. But heavy fighting is all over eastern part. A group of enemy armored vehicles is somewhere close to (where we are in) Berdyansk now. Moving in the direction of Mariupol to block it from 2 sides. I am personally disappointed  about Western sanctions and their little impact on Putin. They can not even agree on cutting Russia from SWIFT.

Also yesterday, more of Staples High School Class of 1988 graduate Tyler Hicks were published by the New York Times. 

This was the most harrowing. It shows a Russian soldier lying dead, next to a Russian vehicle in Kharkiv, Ukraine:

(Photo/Tyler Hicks for The New York Times)

Meanwhile, Staples 1991 graduate Lynsey Addario took this photo, showing destruction at an apartment building after Russian bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine:

(Photo/Lynsey Addario for The New York Times)

(Hat tips: Tommy Greenwald, John Nathan, John Hartwell and Beth Cody)


Installation of beams at the Cavalry Road Bridge replacement project, between Crooked Mile and Rebel Roads, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Wednesday through Friday (March 2-4).

The contractor will use local roads to access the site to deliver the oversized crane and bridge beams, resulting in additional detours and possible delays in the area, including Red Coat Road and Hermit Lane.

Cavalry Road bridge (Photo courtesy of Weston Today)


Fred Cantor doesn’t miss a Westport reference — or a chance to tie loose ends together. The longtime Westport report:

“Near the beginning of Thursday’s return of the flagship franchise, ‘Law & Order,’ a suspect told police his alibi: ‘I was at home in Westport.’”

“Where did that line come from? Possibly the show’s executive producer, Peter Jankowski, who is also president of Dick Wolf Entertainment, and who grew up in Westport. Dick co-wrote the show.

“In the same show Sam Waterston, seen in the recent documentary ‘Gatsby in Connecticut’ — he was filmed inside the South Compo cottage the Fitzgeralds spent the summer in back in 1920 — returned to his role as the Manhattan DA.”

Sam Waterston, Manhattan DA.


Westport piano teacher Nadine Cherna has been selected for a Steinway Top Teacher Award. She was cited for “care and commitment.”

Steinway & Sons president Gavin English added, “The young people who develop their craft under your guiding hand will be the artists who fill our future with music.” (Hat tip: Roger Kaufman)

A Steinway piano.


Here’s a first for “Westport … Naturally”: mushrooms. Claudia Sherwood Servidio spotted these great ones at the indoor Westport Farmers’ Market:

(Photo/Claudia Sherwood Servidio)


And finally … Sandy Nelson, who had improbable hit records as a drummer, died earlier this month in Las Vegas. He was 83, and had suffered a stroke in 2017. Click here for a full obituary.

3 responses to “Roundup: Ukraine, Cavalry, Law & Order …

  1. Wendy Goldwyn Batteau

    Stunning photos, Tyler’s emblematic of the horror and futility of war, and Lynsey’s of the terror of trying to live with it. This is our world?

  2. Roseann Spengler

    I believe Peter is the son of Gene Jankowski, a former president of CBS. The family lived in Greens Farms.

  3. There was a Jankowski family on Old Road in the 1950s and 60s. I believe Helen was the name of one in the family. I’ll take a wild guess and say she was a 1962 Staples graduate.