Roundup: Solidarity Rally, Community Gardens, Leaf Blowers …

Following Hamas’ invasion, the Jewish Federation of Greater Fairfield County quickly organized a “We Stand with Israel” solidarity gathering.

It’s tonight: Monday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel (14 Coleytown Road, Westport). Registration is required; click here.

The event will also be livestreamed; click here for the link.

Hosts include:

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Fairfield County
  • Temple Israel
  • The Conservative Synagogue
  • B’nai Israel
  • Chabad of Westport
  • Or Hadash
  • Temple Shalom
  • Beth El Norwalk
  • Congregation Shir Shalom
  • Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
  • ADL CT
  • Chabad of Fairfield
  • Chabad of Ridgefield
  • Ahavath Achim
  • Beit Chaverim
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom
  • Congregation Ahavath Achim
  • Congregation Bikur Cholim
  • Congregation Mishkan Israel

Attendees are asked to not bring large bags or purses.

The Federation has also opened a fund to help victims of terror, and provide trauma support. Click here to donate.


Amid controversy over its future, the Westport Community Gardens held a 20th anniversary Fall Harvest Party yesterday.

Kids got tattoos. The Big Green Pizza Truck served pies, salads, cappuccino and gelato.

And the band played on.

(Photos/Lou Weinberg)


Also yesterday:

The Small Car Company’s annual Air-Cooled Charity Car Show on Veterans Green.

The event raised funds and awareness for 2 non-profits: Northeast Community Cycles (which provides bikes free of charge to underprivileged children) and the Bikeport Co-Op (a program where youth earn bikes by attending bike safety and maintenance courses, and performing volunteer hours with local organizations).

The show featured dozens of vintage Porsches, Volkswagens, Corvairs and other rare and special air-cooled cars and motorcycles from around the tri-state area.

Among the air-cooled vehicles on display at Veterans Green. (Photo/Sarathi Roy)

Meanwhile, adjacent to the Artists Collective of Westport trunk show in the Taylor parking lot, Earthplace naturalist Rachel Grella showed off a ball python, on Jesup Green. Its audience had a variety of reactions.


For this week’s 3 candidate debates, questions must be submitted in advance. They will not be taken from the floor. Questions should be emailed to

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

The debates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westport.


A reminder: Beginning next Monday (October 15), gas-powered leaf blowers are allowed every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., except holidays.

Property owners are responsible for informing landscapers who work on their property.  

Homeowners doing their own yard work have extended hours: weekdays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beginning May 15, no gas-powered leaf blowers will be allowed through October 15, except in specific situations (for example a health or safety emergency, or storm cleanup).

Property owners should inform landscapers now, so they can plan to buy any necessary equipment before May 15. (Hat tip: Kristin Schneeman)


Speaking of the environment: Spotted lanternflies continue to be an invasive pest.

Westporters have been stomping on them like crazy.

Here’s another idea, spotted (ho ho) at Sherwood Island State Park yesterday:

(Photo/Johanna Keyser Rossi)


Lauren Bullock recently resigned, after teaching for 16 years in the Westport Public Schools.

But she had another career too. She wrote, directed and produced a short film, “Tough Love.” It’s been nominated for Excellence in Directing and Outstanding Lead Actress awards by the 2023 Pitch to Screen Festival.

“A young, attractive bartender is crazed by a traumatic childhood after the death of her father. Constantly questioning her self-worth and duplicity, Lana struggles to find love as she seeks affection from strangers. She is burdened by the remnants of patriarchy, religion, and bad choices as she is faced with her own reflection. Lana must look in the mirror and confront her past in order to move on.”

It’s available for public viewing online for 4 days only (October 12-16); click here for details. It then moves to the big screen, at Manhattan’s Dolby Theater, on October 20.

Half of the film was shot in and around Westport last spring. A few local actors were in the cast.

Winners of festival awards will be determined by viewers’ votes.

Click here for the Bullock Productions website. Click below for the “Tough Love” trailer.


A Senior Center audience of over 120 attendees was entertained yesterday by the Gramercy Brass Orchestra.

The invitation came from Senior Center board member Molly Alger. She was on the Gramercy Board for 20 years, before moving from New York to Westport.

Her son Jason was a student at the United Nations International School, where orchestra leader/trumpeter John Henry Lambert taught — and took private lessons from him too.

Gramercy Brass Orchestra at the Senior Center. Leader John Henry Lambert is at far right. (Photo and hat tip/Dave Matlow)


Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo comes from Canal Road, on Saugatuck Shores. Humans have made their mark there — but it’s still filled with natural wonders.

(Photo/Gene Borio)


One response to “Roundup: Solidarity Rally, Community Gardens, Leaf Blowers …

  1. What a useless regulation is the leaf blower one. Essentially, it says ya’ can use the things all day long.

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