Roundup: Ukrainian Stoves, Chinese New Year …

Westport’s $250,000+ fundraising for our new sister city of Lyman, Ukraine continues to make a real difference, in that war-ravaged town.

Yesterday, 50 stoves were delivered. They fill a crucial need. Many residents lack both heat and electricity, in the aftermath of 5 months of Russian occupation.

The stoves — sourced in Europe by Brian Mayer, the Westporter/founder of Ukraine Aid International, and delivered with the help of Liz Olegov from the Alex21 group — bear the names of those groups, and our 2 towns.

Brian and Liz continue to address the immediate needs of Lyman residents.

To see Katya Wauchope’s video of the stove deliveries, click below.

 

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The new Chinese Year of the Rabbit begins today.

In Chinese culture, the rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity. It can’t come a moment too soon.

And Jolantha — Weston’s favorite pig — is ready to celebrate, with her fellow animal.

(Photo/Hans Wilhelm)

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Toquet Hall is providing a “lighthouse” for LGBTQ+ youth.

Lighthouse is a confidential drop-in space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people to seek support. It runs every Monday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.. at the downtown teen center.

A special “Night of Queer History” will introduce the program, with a special Jeopardy game, and a free dinner (January 30, 6 p.m., Toquet Hall). Longtime LGBTQ advocate Dan Woog — hey, that’s me! — will speak briefly on where the gay community has been, and where it’s going.

LGBTQ+ people of all ages — and allies — are welcome.

Questions? Call 203-661-1911, or email Phoebe Oler: poler@kidsincrisis.org.

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Chabad of Westport celebrated its annual gala last night.

Honorees included Marissa and Hy Saporta (Community Builder Award), Elke and Lyle Katz (Jewish Heritage Award), and Sarah Hanna and Noah Wollowick (Camp Gan Israel Award).

Enjoying last night’s Chabad gala (from left): 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker, Liz and Avi Kaner, Rabbi Yehuda Kantor.

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The CAMP Gallery’s new show opened Friday. It runs through February 28, with a special wine-and-cheese, meet the artist event set for this Friday (January 27, 5 to 8 p.m.).

Lydia Viscardi is a mixed media artist who creates paintings through collage and sculpture, with found objects. 

Rita Valley works in large-scale, hand-sewn fabric banners. Her political and confrontational imagery tackles social trends, morality and political behaviors. 

CAMP Gallery (190 Main Street) is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CAMP Gallery’s current exhibit.

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Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo is a bit more grisly than usual.

Saugatuck resident Rick Jaffe sent this shot, of what he believes is a deer leg in his back yard.

Rick asks: “What animal takes down a deer, tears it apart, eats it, and lives in my neighborhood?”

(Photo/Rick Jaffe)

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And finally … English poet John Donne was born today, in 1573.

Contrary to what he wrote …

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6 responses to “Roundup: Ukrainian Stoves, Chinese New Year …

  1. To answer Rick’s question …..humans .

  2. Regarding the deer leg, think coyotes for the kill (and first dibs) followed by black vultures to clean up the mess.

  3. For those wondering about Dan’s ending reference…

    ‘No Man is an Island’

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    Olde English Version

    No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
    is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
    if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
    is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
    well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
    owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in Mankinde;
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

    MEDITATION XVII
    Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
    John Donne

    With Love,

    Jonathan : )

  4. Re deer leg: No development! Save our green space! Keep the creatures that live in our beloved green space out!!

  5. Beatrice Cranebaker

    After hearing coyotes howl several nights in a row, we discovered a deer partial skeleton in our woods.
    Coyotes , in a pack will do that.

  6. Rick it might be a coywolf. Cross between coyote and wolf.

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