Roundup: Breast Cancer Awareness, Playhouse, Chess Cheating

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among the lives we’ve lost: Westporter Lisa Laudico, in August.

Her friend Anne Craig says, “It was her dying wish, to help create awareness about metastatic breast cancer, nd continue her work supporting other women with the disease through research, grants, funding and love.”

A nonprofit — started in 2019 by a Madison woman, Roberta Lombardi — helps single mothers with MBC from underserved populations pay rent, and get gas , groceries and clothes for their children. Monthly grants of $1,000 change lives.

For more information, email, or call 203-812-0549.

Click below for Anne’s very moving video:


Audiences are very impressed with “From the Mississippi Delta.” The Westport Country Playhouse’s final production of 2022 ended previews yesterday. The official opening is tonight at 8.

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play traces the story of one woman’s triumphant journey out of a difficult childhood in Mississippi, through the civil rights movement and beyond. It’s a gripping tale of resilience, and the human spirit.

The show runs through October 30. For more information and tickets, click here.

The cast of “Mississippi Delta” acknowledges applause last night. From left: Tameishia Peterson,  Claudia Logan, Erin Margaret Pettigrew. (Photo and hat tip: Dave Matlow)


The latest twist in the bizarre yet compelling Hans Niemann-Magnus Carlsen chess saga:

Niemann is counterattacking. He is suing the world champion — who suggested that Niemann cheated in an upset victory — for defamation. You can read the latest here, from NPR.

And why is this “06880”-worthy?

For 2 years, Niemann — now 19 years old — attended Weston High School. He left after sophomore year.

Hans Niemann


Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo makes all of us reflect on the beautiful Saugatuck River.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)


And finally … today is the final day of National Teen Driver Awareness Week.

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2 responses to “Roundup: Breast Cancer Awareness, Playhouse, Chess Cheating

  1. Dan — Teen drivers? Are the Beach Boys chopped liver?

    • Bill Strittmatter

      Just a guess but Beach Boys way too upbeat and/or reckless for the message in mind. Not a lot of dead teenage drivers in their tunes.