Roundup: State Senate, STEM Journal, Dave Stalling …


Michael Gordon has ended his campaign for Connecticut’s 26th District State Senate seat.

The former Westport Board of Education chair says: “After diving in a few weeks ago, I’ve come to realize that I can’t juggle effectively the multiple demands of family, work and this campaign/the State Senate.

“The simple truth is that I thought I could do all of it at a high level, but I’ve learned that I can’t. I was excited both to campaign and to serve, but I’m also clear that now is not the right time if I want to do the job well.

“I want to thank our wonderful friends for their enormous outpouring of support, kindness and offers of help. I also want to thank the many kind and wise new friends I’ve made throughout the 26th District. I wish Ceci Maher and Ken Bernhard the best of luck, and I look forward to supporting our nominee this fall.”

Michael Gordon


The Westport Public Schools’ STEM program is robust. But for students who even more science, technology, engineering and math, Staples High School’s STEM Club is perfect.

For 6 years, one of their signature projects is a STEM Journal. Published 2 to 3 times a year, and packed with information on everything from the environment and medicine to astrophysics and psychology, it’s a great outlet for teenagers who love both research, and writing about it.

Its model is the journals published by universities and research institutions. Most of those have editorial boards — experts who review articles, provide advice and assist editors.

Staples’ STEM Journal wants to improve their scientific credibility, and link students with professionals. So they’re putting out a call for editorial board members. Interested in joining? Click here for more information.

But you don’t have to be an editorial board member to help the STEM Club. They need funds to publish print editions. To contribute, click here.

And to read any of the 11 STEM Journal issues published so far, click here.

The most recent edition


Growing up in Westport, so close to the water — and years in Boy Scouts — influenced and inspired David Stalling’s love for and desire to protect wildlife and wild places.

The 1979 Staples High School graduate — and former Force Recon Marine — now lives in Montana. Now he’s got an even deeper understanding of life, and what it means to be part of the natural world. He’s thought often about grizzly bears and wolves, and the need for complete and balanced ecosystems.

The other day, he was a guest on the “All Things Wolf and Wild” podcast. He discussed Western wildlife — but also his youth back East. Click here for the fascinating episode.

Dave Stalling


Westport River Gallery (1 Riverside Avenue, at the Post Road West corner) specializes in, among other things, European art.

This month they highlight 2 Ukrainian artists. Click here for details.


Paul Delano describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

“These very small crocuses are in my yard, looking toward Newtown Turnpike. You have to be almost on top of them to see them. I love putting crocuses in the grass because they are little surprise gems that are up and gone by the time grass needs to be mowed.”

(Photo/Paul Delano)


And finally … what better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than this?

5 responses to “Roundup: State Senate, STEM Journal, Dave Stalling …

  1. Julie Podziba

    This is a loss for our community because Michael would have been a truly outstanding and effective State Senator. But Michael has a whole lot of other responsibilities, including running his company and being such a committed and loving husband and dad to his three children. Hopefully he’ll run for office in the future – and if so, I’m certain he’ll continue getting such passionate and enthusiastic support from our community.

  2. Karyn Barsa

    Thank you for the link to Dave Stalling’s interview. He’s a very knowledgeable and thoughtful guy; I feel honored to have been his classmate at Staples.

  3. Jeff Stollenwerck

    Michael will continue to be a leader in our community.

  4. Candice Savin

    Michael has served our community well over the years and I look forward to seeing what he takes on next.

  5. Donald Bergmann

    With Michael Gordon’s decision not to seek the State Senate seat, I hope the DTC’s in the relevant towns can rally behind, nominate and support Ken Bernhard to fill the State Senate being vacated by Will Haskell.
    Don Bergmann