Roundup: Hartford HealthCare, Rachel Robinson, Pequot Library …

Hartford Healthcare recently opened a new Post Road location, opposite the Exxon station at Maple Avenue North.

I hope it’s a good addition to Westport.

I also hope it’s a lot more efficient than their eldercare division.

For over a month I’ve received several dozen calls, texts and voicemails from them, all asking me to set up a consultation for “Chante.”

I have explained to several phone center operators that they have the wrong number. I am not Chante’s caregiver. I don’t know Chante. I ask for my number to be removed from the list.

Each caller promises to do it, immediately. But the calls keep coming.

They’re from a variety of area codes. I don’t want to block them, because — like so many people nowadays — one of my real doctors is, or may at some point be, part of Hartford Healthcare.

Meanwhile, my opinion of the health network keeps plummeting.

PS: If you know Chante, please have her call Hartford HealthCare ASAP. They’re looking for her.




On Tuesday, Rachel Robinson turned 100

In 1999, Westport photographer Larry Silver took a series of images of her. The founder of  the Jackie Robinson Foundation — a non-profit  providing educational and leadership opportunities for minority students, named after her late husband — was featured in an American Express ad, as a woman of color who made great contributions to society.

Rachel Robinson (Photo/Larry Silver)

Happy 100th, Rachel!

And thanks, Larry, for sharing.


I don’t usually link to Channel 12 news reports. They’re great. But “06880” and News12 are usually on different wavelengths.

Tuesday’s feature on Jazz at the Post was outstanding.

In just 3 minutes they covered every aspect of the weekly series at VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399: the venue, the music, interviews with key people — especially the famed piano that was once the pride of the Village Gate club in New York.

The series continues tonight (Thursday, July 21, 7 and 8:30 p.m.; dinner service at 6:30 p.m.; $10 cover). Meanwhile, click here for the news clip.

Screenshot from the Cablevision News12 story.


Sure it’s over the border (barely). But many Westporters know and love the Pequot Library’s summer book sale.

So here’s the scoop on the Southport institution’s 61st annual event: It runs from tomorrow (Friday, July 22) through Tuesday (July 26).

The squintillion items include over 250 “collectibles” (online). Click here to see.

Click here for hours, pricing, special events and more information.

The Pequot Library — without the book sale crowd.


David Dear has a trail cam at the edge of his Westport yard.

At 6:30 a.m. recently, it captured this bobcat with kittens. Showing the wildlife around us — much of which we seldom see — it’s a perfect image for our “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Dave Dear)


And finally … despite Hartford Healthcare’s continuing and annoying calls, there is one Chante I don’t mind hearing about:


6 responses to “Roundup: Hartford HealthCare, Rachel Robinson, Pequot Library …

  1. Thanks Dan for another great ‘Round-Up’ post. Speaking of Pequot Library, our local hero Mystic Bowie filmed a cool video there for his cover of ‘Wordy Rappinghood’ by the Tom Tom Club, written by two more of our neighbors, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. For those who don’t know, Mystic has been the “chatter” (Jamaican lingo for rapper) with TTC for many years. The first two lines are “Words on paper, words in books….” Check it out here:

  2. The Pequot Library is great. It’s so easy to donate books there, and they’re always grateful and helpful.

  3. joshua stein

    Bobcats are a reminder to keep your pets on a leash. They may eat them. probably the most risky animal to go after a pet, solo. Packs of coyotes and coywolfs might be 2nd to watch out for.

  4. Susan Iseman

    There’s a HHC opening in the Trader Joes Plaza….what gives?

  5. Dermot Meuchner

    Jazz at the VFW is the best Westport has to offer bar none. Forget the levitt it boring beyond belief, check out the VFW for actual music.

    • Not fair, Dermot. I’ve seen some great shows at the Levitt (Frank Mastrone last Sunday was fantastic.) Jazz at the Post is fantastic too. It’s not a competition.