Roundup: Victoria Kann, Verso University, Judy O’Meara …

Victoria Kann is back!

The famed Westporter and Pinkalicious author will read from her book “Pink or Treat” on Sunday, October 22 (10 a.m.).

The headline event is part of the kids’ component of StoryFest 2023. It also includes a “Pink or Treat” Halloween book reading and parade; a Pinkalicious Halloween parade with fun giveaways; a picture book reading on the Library steps with picture book authors, and a Monster Lab where kids can make their own 3D Monster Figurine or a Halloween mask.

The event is free with registration. There is an option to buy a signed copy of “Pink or Treat” for $15, and many other Kann favorites.

The 6th edition of StoryFest — the largest literary festival in Connecticut — runs October 20-22, with writers of all forms and from all genres.

Best-seller Neil Gaiman kicks off StoryFest 2023 on Friday evening, October 20, in conversation with Stephen Graham Jones. Saturday features author conversations and panel discussions, closing with a staged reading of Eric LaRocca’s new play, “Gentle Hacksaw.” Additional events are set for Sunday.

Victoria Kann


More Westport Library news: Verso University — its lifelong learning arm — offers a number of classes this fall.

They include:

  • “History of Jazz”: Tuesdays, September 5-27, 11 a.m. – noon.
  • “Location Sketch Drawing”: Thursday, September 7-28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • “Transcending the ‘Unreality of Reality'”: 4 Novels of Crisis and Endurance: Every other Tuesday, September 12 to October 24, 2 to 3 p.m..
  • “Song Arts Academy Contemporary Songwriting Workshop”: Mondays, Septebmer 18 to November 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • “CT Art Trail: Housatonic Museum of Art”: Thursday, September 21, 11 a.m. to noon.
  • “Private Small Group Guitar or Electric Bass Lessons”: Sunday, September 24 to October 15, 3 to 4 p.m.
  • “CT Art Trail: New Britain Museum of American Art”: Thursday, October 12, 11 a.m. to noon.
  • “Stand-Up Comedy Workshop and Student Showcase”: Mondays, October 16 to November 6, 7 to 9 p.m. (Zoom); Showcase: Friday, November 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • “The Development of Comedy in Film”: Wednesdays, October 18 to November 8, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • “Total Cents: Empowering Parents in Financial Educations”: Starting Thursdays, October 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • “Introduction to Video Game Design”: Wednesday, November 1 to December 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • “CT Art Trail: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum”: Wednesday, November 15, 11 a.m. to noon.

Click here for details, and registration information.

Tom Henske’s class — “Empowering Parents in Financial Education” — is one of my Verso University offerings.


Westport Police made 1 custodial arrest between August 16 and 23.

A man was clocked by radar going 53 miles in a 25 mph zone. He had 2 active re-arrest warrants, for failure to appear, and was detained for both.

Westport Police also issued these citations:

  • Disorderly conduct: 2 citations
  • Operating an unregistered motor vehicle: 2
  • Failure to renew registration: 2
  • Failure to register a commercial vehicle: 2
  • Speeding: 1
  • Traveling unreasonably fast:
  • Improper passing: 1
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane: 1
  • Failure to grant right of way: 1
  • Operating a motor vehicle with out-of-state plates: 1
  • Failure to comply with state traffic commission regulations: 1.

Pro tip: Don’t drive double the speed limit when there are 2 warrants out for your arrest.


A reader wonders about Judy O’Meara’s now-closed TBI Apple-authorized shop, located first on Post Road West, then a mile down Route 1 in Norwalk.

She bought 2 iMacs there. Then the shop disappeared.

“Judy and the shop are irreplaceable,” the reader writes.  “I’ve spent almost 11 months trying to find her.

The reader contacted the owner of the building and the Better Business Bureau. No one knows what happened, or where Judy is.

Readers with information on TBI and/or Judy: Please click “Comments” below.

Judy O’Meara


Donations of new and gently used clothing and accessories are welcome now, for the Westport Woman’s Club annual clothing tag sale.

The event runs October 20-22, at the WWC clubhouse. On sale: a wide array of suits, dresses, pants, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.

Funds raised help support the Westport food closet, charities throughout Fairfield County, and student scholarships.

Donations can be dropped off weekdays (9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.) at the WWC (44 Imperial Avenue).


Laszlo Birinyi, a noted investment adviser who analyzed money flows to determine stock moves died Monday. He was 79.

The native of Hungary founded Birinyi Associates. Its office is still in a modest building on Wilton Road.

He was inducted into PBS’s “Wall Street Week Hall of Fame” in 1999. after success as the show’s top-ranked Dow Jones forecaster for most of the decade. (Hat tip: Johanna Rossi)


This glorious arrangement at Stephanie Mastocciolo’s Warnock Drive home provides today’s “Westport … Naturally” color:

(Photo/Stephanie Mastocciolo)


And finally … today is the birthday of Jimmy Soul.

His 1963 hit reached #1. Its lyrics would definitely raise eyebrows today.

jimmy Soul was born on August 24, 1942. He died of heart failure just 45 years later.

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6 responses to “Roundup: Victoria Kann, Verso University, Judy O’Meara …

  1. To the best of my knowledge, Judy O’Meara is retired and has no forwarding phone number. I miss her very much. But, we did find a company in Norwalk called thinqMac
    They have been wonderful and I highly recommend them as a replacement for TBI.

  2. Try Facebook for Judy🙏

  3. Elisabeth Keane

    TBI closed. Judy still lives in the area and is involved in other endeavors. You are among many who desperately miss TBI.

  4. Don Bergmann

    Lazlo Biriniyi was an important figure in the world of finance. His advice and direction were very sound. I was always pleased that he had his office in Westport.

  5. Judy is fine. The stress of operating a retail store and trying to recruit and maintain qualified help proved overwhelming.