Representative Town Meeting District 8 will be looking for a new member soon.
Lisa Newman resigned yesterday. In a letter to colleagues, she wrote:
“This was not an easy decision, as I love serving the town with you, but it’s the right move at this time.
“As many of you know, I went back to school last year to pursue my law degree. I’ve loved being on this new path so far, but it has taken a lot of time and attention. Over the last few months, I’ve realized I need to preserve as much of my time as I can for my children – something that would be impossible to do once we enter budget season. And it’s not fair to my district or the RTM for me to hold a seat that I cannot fully commit to (plus those who know me know I can’t do anything half way!).
“So as much as I’m going to miss those late, late nights in the auditorium with all of you (haha – but will I?? 🙃), I realize the right thing to do — for my family and the seat -0 is to resign. I’m hopeful that doing this now will create enough time to get someone seated in District 8 ahead of budget season/committee meetings.
“Of course, this is not goodbye – I still expect lots of updates from the trenches and, make no mistake, I’ll be watching the meetings and texting many of you in real time with my nonsense. I also plan to stop by the Feb. 7 meeting before it begins to say a proper goodbye in person.
“And you never know – when life calms down and my kids get a bit older, I might just be back. There just aren’t enough attorneys on the RTM.😎”
Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The night before, Jaden Waldman helped honor it. The Bedford Middle School 7th grader sang in an emotional Carnegie Hall concert
The “We Are Here” event drew dignitaries from all over the world. The all-star lineup of presenters and performers included Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Chita Rivera and Shoshana Bean.
“Songs from Songbooks” — written by Jews in ghettos and camps, and discovered after liberation — were sung in honor of survivors and in memory of those that perished.
Jaden most recently originated the lead role of Noah Gellman in Broadway’s “Caroline, or Change.” He starred as Ben for 2 years in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and performed in the “Ragtime on Ellis Island” concert.
Jaden has voiced lead characters in “Star Wars: Visions,” “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” and “Mirai.” His TV credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Plot Against America.” Jaden is in the feature film “Give or Take,” and the upcoming short film “Curls.”
Click here for the program, and details.
Positive Directions’ next “Lunch and Learn” covers “Helping Teens Navigate Loss After COVID.”
The March 2 event (noon to 1:30 p.m., Westport Weston Family YMCA) will be led by Malaika Boyer-Seme, a licensed professional counselor associate with Positive Directions. For more information, click here.
Thursday’s “Cocktails and Conversation” at MoCA featured talk about “the intertwined nature of style, and how we use creativity to define a look that is our own.”
Panelists included WEST owner Kitt Shapiro, photographer Jane Beiles, content creator and Designport founder Jen Berniker, and “social artrepreneur” Diana Mashia.
At next week’s “Cocktails and Conversation,” Alexandra M. Thomas leads a curator talk about the current exhibition, “Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad.” Click here to register.
Staples High School’s January Student of the Month are seniors Frankie Lockenour and Claire Sandhaus, juniors Moses Beary and Curtis Sullivan, sophomores Luca Caniato and Shane Sandrew, and freshmen Matthew Anto and Annabelle Katz.
The program recognizes students who help make Staples High School a welcoming place for peers and teachers. “They are the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students that keep the high school together, making it the special place that it is.”
All candidates are nominated by teachers.
There’s always something special at the Westport Farmers’ Market.
Next month, it’s extra special.
On the first 2 Thursdays — February 2 and 9 (Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — you can drop off gently used winter coats, mittens, hats and gloves, plus medical supplies. All are desperately needed in Ukraine.
Cash contributions to help with shipping costs are always needed.
Questions? Want to help? Email Mark Yurkiw: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Lisa Newman
it has taken a lot of time and attention. Over the last few months, I’ve realized I need to preserve as much of my time as I can for my children
Congratulations, Lisa! I understand completely! I left an active community life and started law school when my children were in the 3d, 5th, and 8th grades. I was always – always – at home studying and available, because I was in class while they were in school. My children were part of the process, going to class with me on days off from school and having social time with professors and my much younger classmates during the summer, and they easily passed the fun final exam that I gave them. Those three years brought my husband in to the kitchen and he cooked dinner and brought my meal to me, the meat already cut. I graduated three years later, 5th, 7th, 10th grades, in time to give my full attention to the college application process.
Best wishes to you and your family!
Thank you for your thoughtful comment! And how funny is this: I started law school with children in 2nd, 4th, and 10th grades. What a wild coincidence and it makes your encouragement and well wishes even more meaningful.
My godfather, the late great John Glenn, read everything Carl wrote and deemed him the “most prolific writer ever” and Hush was a “gem and probably a Marine?”