Roundup: Candidates’ Debate, I-95 Closures, First Student Buses …

Election Day is closer than you think.

If you want to make decisions based on more than yard signs, come to the Westport League of Women Voters’ candidate debates.

There are 3, all in the Town Hall auditorium. Planning & Zoning Commission candidates take the stage on October 11 (7 p.m.). They’re followed by a double-header October 12: the Board of Education at 7 p.m., Board of Finance at 8:15.


The I-95 reconstruction project is getting more complicatd.

I-95 north and southbound between Exits 17, and the southbound Exit 17 ramp will be closed periodically between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., from October 2 to October 27.

Traffic will be detoured along the Sherwood Island Connector, Post Road and Riverside Avenue.

The state Department of Transportation says closures will be “not more than 15 minutes” at a time.

Should be fun!

Work continues on the I-95 project. (Photo/Dave Stone)


Yesterday morning, superintendent of schools Thomas Scarice promised that the buses parked at Staples High School — a temporary solution, while First Student searches for a permanent site — would be relocated to the Greens Farms train station by early next week.

A couple of hours later — before noon — they were already there.

Westport school buses, at their new Greens Farms train station home.


Westport Transit District co-directors Peter Gold and Karina Betfarhad will be at the Saugatuck train station next Tuesday (October 3, 6 to 10 a.m.; sidewalk near the elevator on the westbound side, corner of Franklin Street and Railroad Place). They’ll meet commuters (and anyone else who wants to attend).

Peter and Karina want to hear what people think about Wheels2U, and transportation issues in Westport overall.


Ever since Evan Sheiber was born with half a heart (hypo-plastic right heart syndrome). his mother Britt Melsheimer has fundraised for research and support.

“Hoops for Heart” is her latest project (October 15, 10 a.m., Westport Weston Family YMCA).

It’s a non-competitive basketball tournament for players over 10 years old. No experience is necessary.

All money raised supports the Fontan Registry at Boston Children’s Hospital. Click below for a superb video about the registry. (It includes Evan, his twin brother James, Britt, and Evan’s cardiologist.

Teams are already established (Bird and SolidCore have created teams; the other 7 are local families). Click here to be added to one. Spectators are welcome. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. and for more information.

 Granola Bar and Stylish Spoon are donating breakfasts. There’s also a raffle, with Invisalign & Zoom by Imperial Dental Associates, and diamond hoop earrings and a $500 gift card from Sarah Kaplan owner of Middlemarch.

DJ Mo hosts the event, ensuring an especially fun time.



While downsizing, Anne DiFrancesco and her sister recently found an original, never-played “Game of Westport.”

They contacted the Westport Museum for History & Culture several times, but never heard back. So now they’re offering it to a lucky “06880” reader.

The first person to claim it through the “Comments” section below gets it.

Game on!


“Game of Westport”


Natalie Chudowsky is missing a few games for the Staples High School girls soccer team.

She’s got a good excuse: The defender in West Palm Beach, Florida, at a training camp for the Under-16 national team.

Natalie and 23 others are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Check out her highlight reel:


Speaking of Staples students on the national stage: 3 juniors are heading to France.

The Institution Saint Joseph in Le Havre has invited Staples to the 10th  ‘Normandy International Youth Leadership Summit (November 27 to December 1). School officials selected Mia Bombeck (an “06880” intern!), Ryder Levine and Sam Rossoni, as high performing students interested in world affairs.

They’ll join representatives from Brazil, South Africa, Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Romania, Costa Rica, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Finland, Senegal, Indonesia and Estonia at the event.


From left: Ryder Levine, Mia Bombeck, Sam Rossoni.


Due to incorrect information provided to “06880,” the address published yesterday for donations to the Oyebog Tennis Academy was incorrect.

Gently-used items — racquets, gear, shoes, even household items — can be dropped off today and tomorrow (Saturday, September 30) at 104 Long Lots Road — not Lane.

Fortunately, there are no surprised homeowners. 104 Long Lots Lane does not exist.


Every year around this time, a cashmere pop-up shop pops up at a new location.

This year it’s 180 Post Road East (the Da Tapas building).

It opens October 6, and runs through December 17. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. (Hat tip: Patti Brill)



Bed Beth & Beyond has gone to, well, the great beyond.

The sign on the bankrupt chain was carted away yesterday.

In its place: a new one, for Summit Health.

(Photo and hat tip/Dinkin Fotografix)

So it looks like — contrary to media reports earlier this month — the new tenant in the space just over the Norwalk border will not be a combined Bob’s/Eastern Mountain Sports store.


“Innovators in Wellness Week” begins October 2 at Pause + Purpose (21 Jesup Road).

Five days of special events highlight local businesses that “blend the wisdom of old and new, and offer groundbreaking approaches to nurture your mind, body and soul.”

There are speakers, Q-and-As, massages and more. Clear here for details.


Andrew Colabella’s night view at Compo Beach, looking north, “stars” as today’s “Westport … Naturally” featured photo:

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)


And finally … in honor of Andrew Colabella’s “starry night” image above:


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8 responses to “Roundup: Candidates’ Debate, I-95 Closures, First Student Buses …

  1. Would love the Westport Monopoly for our family – What a great find!

  2. I’d love that game!!!

  3. Susan got it!

  4. The Westport Museum of Racial Grievance never called back regarding a rare, surviving Westport board game? That sounds about right.

    • I still do not understand how the name change came about and allowed. Westport Historical Society. Westport history, all stories can be told, by all who have been here, past present and future.

  5. I have lived in Westport for 79 years. I love to play board games with family and friends and would love to have The Westport Game.👏❤️

  6. Linda Pomerantz novis

    Loved the Van Gogh video with Don McClean’s ‘Starry Night’ accompaniment.:-)

  7. At least when I went in person to the Westport Museum of —–with what I thought was an interesting artifact from WWII I was told in person they were not interested.

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