Roundup: Veterans’ Wreaths, Nicholas Britell, Senator Blumenthal …

Wreaths Across America is a national program, honoring fallen servicemembers, and all who serve. Over 2 million volunteers take part, in all 50 states and overseas.

This year, for the first time, Westport joined in.

On Saturday, Scouts from Troops 139 and 39 honored Westport veterans buried at Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road.  They placed a remembrance wreath on each grave, after a short but moving ceremony.

Kudos to the Scouts, and local coordinator Patty Kondub. Among many other activities, she’s vice president of the VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Auxiliary.

Thanks too to all who donated, to help decorate our veterans’ graves. It sounds like the start of an important new Westport tradition.

Scouts who participated in Saturday’s Wreaths Across America event.


Our “06880” Roundup often links to David Pogue’s “CBS Sunday Morning” segments. Our Westport neighbor frequently films his pieces here — at his home, on his street and in random spots around town.

Yesterday, he offered a double dose of Westport. He interviewed Nicholas Britell, The composer — who scoed “Succession,” “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Underground Railroad,” among others — moved here at age 13. He graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven in 1998, then headed to Juilliard and Harvard.

Pogue — who has his own musical theater chops, including stints as a Broadway musical director, conductor and arranger, before wandering off to become a New York Times tech writer, PBS “Nova” personality and CBS “professional explainer,” among many other things — interviewed Britell.

They talked about how movie scores are written. Or not written. The Westport native noted that sometimes, it’s best to leave the music out altogether.

Click below to see. (Hat tip: Hedi Lieberman)


An accident yesterday temporarily shut down Riverside Avenue, and sent one person to the hospital.

Westport Fire and Police Departments, and EMS, responded to the vehicle rollover. After stabilizing the vehicle and removing the occupant, firefighters used grip hoists to perform a controlled roll and put the car back on its wheels.

The scene on Riverside Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Department)


Senator Richard Blumenthal worked Thursday night in Washington, until 10 p.m.

But he returned to Connecticut early Friday morning, and joined the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston for their 10 a.m. meeting at the Westport Library.

Click below to hear the Senator’s thoughts — and his responses to questions from former 1st Selectman Jim Marpe.


Frank Sisson describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

“This magnificent tree spotlit by the late afternoon sun, and the stripes painted by its shadows and those of its fellow trees in the golden hour lighting around 3:30 p.m. at Winslow Park seemed particularly striking and photo-worthy.”


(Photo/Frank Sisson)


And finally … as Adam Sandler notes, there are far more Christmas carols than Hanukkah songs.

He’s doing his part to narrow the gap. Oy!

(Feel free to send some Hanukkah gelt the “06880” way. Just click here — and thank you!)

2 responses to “Roundup: Veterans’ Wreaths, Nicholas Britell, Senator Blumenthal …

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70 (2.35 GPA - SAT 1275 combined)

    Did “Blumie” that grizzled war veteran have any thoughts on how to help the library get out of the dog house? (Asking for a friend on the board).

  2. Do you think the car that rolled over was speeding? Glad they didn’t kill an innocent victim