News of a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision in an important abortion case has sparked nationwide protests.
There’s one planned for 4 p.m. this Sunday — Mother’s Day — on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge downtown. Organizers (DefenDemocracy of CT) expect a large turnout.
“Mitzvah,” loosely translated from Hebrew, means “good deed.”
Last Sunday, over 150 congregants of all ages showed up at Temple Israel to perform mitzvahs.
Among the donations:
- 10,000 meals to Ukrainian refugees
- 200 comfort bags to hospitalized children
- Dozens of lap blankets, walker bags, potted plants, and centerpieces to Jewish Senior Services and Weston Senior Center
- 100 blessing/toiletry bags to Bridgeport Rescue Mission
- 12 lasagnas were baked and delivered to Homes with Hope
- 100 bagged lunches to Gillespie Center
- 30 Mother’s Day cards to women fighting breast cancer
- 50 cards and letters to US service members and IDF lone soldiers,
It was truly a local — and global — Mitzvah Day.
Want to give Mom something different for Mothers Day weekend? (Psssst…it’s Sunday!)
Take her to join Anthony Zemba at Earthplace on Saturday (May 7, 8 to 10 a.m.). The avid birder/environmental analyst/soil scientist/certified ecologist will lead a group along the trails of the nature and wildlife sanctuary.
Anthony recently joined LandTech, the civil engineering and environmental science firm that’s underwriting the bird walk.
Among the probable wildlife: scarlet tanagers; wood thrush; pileated, red- bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers; indigo buntings, goldfinch and orioles.
Spots are limited. Click here to register, and for more information.
Staples was ranked #5 nationally (large schools division), in this year’s 100 Best Wise (Working In Support of Education) High Schools Teaching Personal Finance. It was the top finish for any Connecticut school.
The list and ceremony honor excellence in personal finance education. Congratulations to teachers Lenny Klein and Sarah White — and of course their very “wise” students.
Whether it’s a Broadway show or a Westport restaurant, women know the drill: There’s a longer wait for the women’s restroom than the men’s.
So Tammy Barry was relieved (ho ho) when she spotted this sign yesterday at Rye Ridge Deli:
Every problem has a solution. This one is simple. It doesn’t cost a cent.
Now let’s see it everywhere else in Westport too.
Westporters know that the Memorial Day parade is one of the best community events of the year. Those who stay afterward, for the ceremony on Veterans Green across from Town Hall, know that it is a moving and important way to honor those who gave their lives for our country.
That is the idea of the holiday, after all.
There’s another chance to pay tribute too. That morning (May 30, 7:45 a.m.), the Fire Department honors all who died in service to our nation, and the Westport firefighters who died in the line of duty.
All are welcome at fire headquarters on the Post Road.
Former Westporter Diane (Prezkop) Reed died in November, after a brief illness. She was 71.
Diane graduated from Staples High School in 1968. She participated in intermural sports, and wrote for the school newspaper Inklings and yearbook. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English and a master’s in Counseling and Higher Education.
In 1972, Diane married Steven Reed. She began a career at UConn as a research associate, then became assistant director of research and data acquisition for the Institute of Social Inquiry at Storrs.
The couple’s careers took them to Ohio, where Diane worked as an analyst, project director, manager of research operations and operations manager. A final move took them to Michigan, where she worked as marketing group director and director of teleservices. She loved being a mentor and coach to her staff, and enjoyed social and golf activities at Indianwood Golf Club.
After her divorce= Diane created a consulting practice, developing and editing training curricula and coaching management teams. In 2005 Diane returned to Westport to enjoy her family, and pursue her writing.
Friends and family describe Diane as “sweet, witty, compassionate, generous and kind.” She loved literature, science, spectator sports, music and humanity as a whole. She was an avid collector and supporter of local artisans and craftsmen. She was passionate about her family, lifelong learning, and creative writing.
Diane’s siblings were Edward of Seattle, Raymond of Westport, Carole Prescott of Madison, and the late Thomas Prezkop of Newburyport, Massachusetts. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Diane and her brother Thomas Prezkop will be held June 29 at Waters Edge in Westbrook. Donations in her name may be made to the Westport Library.
Former Westporter Thomas Prezkop, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, died earlier this year, after a battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. He was 73.
Tom was raised, and taught himself to sail, here. That started a lifelong love for all things aquatic. He graduated from Staples High School in 1966.
In early 1971 he headed to St. Maarten. There he co-owned and restored a 108-foot ketch, which he chartered. He also managed restaurants, started an omelet café, and captained other boats.
In 1978, Tom settled in Massachusetts. He married his first wife, Linn Anderson, and had a son, Andrew
Tom’s second career was in mechanical design engineering. He worked for medical device companies before founding Andover Medical Development Group, to do component manufacturing. He operated AMDG for 35 years, fulfilling contracts with NASA, Boston Scientific and others.
Tom was a passionate sailor. He was an expert angler, certified scuba diver, licensed pilot and professional cook. He also enjoyed snow skiing, surfing, water skiing barefoot, and golf. He could build and fix anything
Tom passed his patience, creativity and playfulness on to Andrew, in whom he fostered lifelong passions as a musician, athlete, craftsman, outdoorsman, adventurer and father. He was overjoyed to be a grandfather to Avery and Luke.
In 1995, Tom and a friend rescued a fellow boater who had fallen overboard in Gloucester and been seriously injured by the propeller. Tom received a congressional commendation.
In addition to his wife, son, daughter-in-law Geneva Brion and grandchildren, he is survived by his sister Carole Prescott of Madison, and brothers Edward of Seattle and Raymond of Westport, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his sister Diane Reed of Westport.
There will be a celebration of life at Water’s Edge in Westbrook on June 29.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Ocean Foundation and the Kaplan Family Hospice House.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows a recent visitor to Berkeley Road.
Hey, a guy’s gotta eat!
And finally … in honor of Rye Ridge Deli’s new restroom policy (see above story): These are the 2 best bathroom songs I could find.