Roundup: Long Lots Meeting Rescheduled, Selectwomen Meet, Library Website Redesigned …

The Long Lots School Building Committee meeting scheduled for tonight (Tuesday) has been rescheduled for Thursday (September 28, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Room 201/201A).

There will be 15 minutes of public comment regarding the feasibility study project, followed by a work session with the design team for project status updates, review and discussion. The public may attend the work session, but not participate.

The Long Lots School Building Committee meets again this Thursday.


The Board of Selectwomen meet tomorrow (Wednesday, September 27, 9 a.m., Town Hall auditorium). Among the agenda items: “to establish School Zones with Fines Doubled, on the following Town–owned roadways surrounding schools”:

  • North Avenue at Coleytown Elementary and Coleytown Middle Schools
  • North Avenue at Staples High School and Bedford Middle School
  • Cross Highway at Bedford Middle School
  • Hyde Lane at Long Lots Elementary School
  • Burr Road at Kings Highway Elementary School
  • Morningside Drive South at Greens Farms Elementary School.

They’ll also request the Connecticut Department of Transportation to do the same for state-owned roads: Easton Road  (Coleytown), Post Road East (Greens Farms), and Riverside Avenue (Saugatuck)

Traffic on North Avenue near Staples and Bedford either crawls (above) or races. (Photo/Adam Vengrow)


There’s a lot to like about the Westport Library.

The website has not been one of them.

It’s always been a bit clunky — cluttered, and not particularly intuitive.

Yesterday, the Library rolled out a redesigned home page.

Highlights include a simplified menu and robust footer to more easily access core offerings. 

The further down you scroll, the more you see: an improved calendar, upcoming events, podcasts, etc.

A “primary content space at the top of the page” promises “increased engagement, more ways than ever before to discover upcoming Library events and existing Library assets, and breakout boxes highlighting current Library content such as reference guides, videos, podcasts, news, and more.”

Click here to view and explore the redesigned website.

At last: A Westport Library website that works!


There’s always something cooking at Wakeman Town Farm.

Among the upcoming events:

  • Risotto and Rollatini Workshop (October 10, 7 p.m., $125)
  • Cake-Bake Classroom (October 13, 6:30 p.m., $95)
  • Sushi Class (October 20, 6 p.m., $115)
  • Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop (October 23, 7 p.m., $100)
  • Autumn-themed Dinner with Chef Alison Milwe Grace (October 26, $135)
  • Fall Wreath-making Class (November 3, 6:30 p.m., $90)

Click here for more information, and registration.

Chef Alison Milwe Grace and friends, at Wakeman Town Farm.


Everyone needs documents shredded.

And everyone wants to help wipe out cancer.

You can do both, on October 7 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

William Raveis Charitable Fund, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are sponsoring “Shred It! For Cancer Research.”

The suggested donation is $10 per box or shopping bag, $20 for a large garbage bag. You can pay by cash or check.

Questios? Email

PS: It’s contactless. You don’t have to get out of your car. And you don’t even have to remove staples from documents.



Weston Volunteer Emergency Medical Service has been named Connecticut EMS Awards’ “Volunteer Agency of the Year.”

Officials said their “dedication and commitment to providing outstanding
Emergency Medical Services to your community is second to none.”

The award will be presented at Foxwoods Resort Casino on October 26.

Congratulations, Weston EMS!

The award-winning Weston EMS crew.


David McCallum — the Scottish actor who starred in “The Man from UNCLE” and “NCIS” — was also a frequent presence on the Westport Country Playhouse stage.

He appeared in 6 shows — “Signpost to Murder,” “Crown Matrimonial,” “Donkey’s Years,” “Romantic Comedy,” “Run for Your Wife” and “Angel Street” — between 1974 and 1996. (Hat tips: Jack Krayson, Pat Blaufuss)

David McCallum in the Westport Country Playhouse program for “Angel Street.”


I’m not sure what was happening at Anthropologie yesterday morning.

But I hope they have a really big dumpster.

(Photo/Miggs Burroughs)


A yellow butterfly blends in beautifully with goldenrod at Compo Beach, in today’s “Westport … Naturally” featured photo:

(Photo/Amy Schneider)


And finally … on this date in 1898, George Gershwin was born. He died just 38 years later, of a brain tumor — but not before writing (and playing on the piano) classics like these (below).

Westport connection: Gershwin’s sister Frances (Frankie) lived in Westport for many years. She was married to Leopold Godowsky — the co-inventor of Kodachrome color film — and, unlike her brother, lived to old age. She died in 1999, at 92.

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6 responses to “Roundup: Long Lots Meeting Rescheduled, Selectwomen Meet, Library Website Redesigned …

  1. The Long Lots School Building Committee starts at 6 pm. They changed the time.

  2. Additionally Toni, allowing 15 minutes for public comment is disrespectful to those wanting to participate in the conversation.
    If 30 people want to speak….they only get 30 seconds each to convey their opinions? That’s silly and only signals a disrespect for the process.

    • They always go way over 15 minutes. Each meeting they allowed members of the public to speak until no one raises their hand. And after the meeting, Jay and Don stay behind and talk to people.

      • Yes this is true. They do give plenty of time for all those who wish to speak, even tho the agenda says 15 minutes.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Andrew. My concern is that it is noticed for 15 minutes only which obviously is misleading. Open and accurate clarity regarding notices eliminates confusion and misunderstanding regarding public comment time. It should be noted that all public comments will be allowed until there are no more. Public comment will then be adjourned and a motion to start the closed part of the meeting will begin.

  4. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    Many thanks for ‘Gershwin’s Birthday’,Dan-
    Many years ago,I was ,as always, back then, in Sally White’s store,Main St.,I then briefly noticed an older, petite woman, then leaving, out the door..
    Sally,then smiling at me :’Lin, That was Frances Godowsky, Gershwin’s sister, here, just now!!’ 🙂

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