Yesterday’s Roundup noted that the 4th agenda item for Wednesday’s Board of Finance meeting is “Long Lots Building Project (Discussion only”).
Chair Lee Caney notes: “On all of our agendas for our regular monthly meetings, we will have an update on LLS. The updates have been on prior agendas. We did the same thing with the Coleytown Middle School updates.
“This month there will probably be no discussion, as we just had a meeting. This is not our second meeting on LLS, which will take place at a date to be determined.
“I would never try to sneak in an important meeting, as I welcome and encourage community participation.”
The Board of Finance is just one stop on the road to approval of the Long Lots Elementary School project.
Today will be much cooler than yesterday — like, 30 degrees lower.
So let’s take one look back at the “last day of summer” (aka October 28):
Longshore: The view from a Boston Whaler (Photo/Nancy Lewis)
The view is always spectacular from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation sanctuary.
It’s particularly inspiring on a gorgeous fall day list yesterday.
The foliage framed the UU’s quiet and contemplative peace vigil yesterday. Rev. Alan Taylor and others led attendees through a meditative experience. Cellist Gunnar Sahlin provided musical accompaniment.
“All of us are spiritual people, no matter our personal faith traditions or religious affiliations,” the UU says. “We can find solace in community … in peace, in meditation, and in reflection.”
Cellist Gunnar Sahlin. (Photo/Dayle Brownstein)
The Westport Library celebrated Halloween last night with a Westport and Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored party.
“Bella’s Bartok” played. The stage was decorated. Costumes were worn.
It was, one of the 200 attendees said, “outrageous.”
In, of course, the best way possible.
There’s a new sheriff in town. Matthew Mandell (left) — director of the Chamber of Commerce — and his wife Cara enjoy last night’s party.
More traditional entertainment was provided last night at the Westport Country Playhouse.
There was a deserved standing ovation at the opening performance of “First Lady of Song: Cherise Coaches sings Ella Fitzgerald.”
The show continues Tuesday through Sunday, including evenings and matinees. Special events include Pride Night (November 2) and Open Captions (November 5). Click here for schedules, tickets, and more information.
Cherise Coaches, at last night’s curtain call. (Photo/Dave Matlow)
“Billions” — the high-powered Showtime series about a high-stakes hedge fund managed that morphed into a fascinating exploration of people, power, prestige, and (always) the role money plays in it all — ended its 7-year run this month.
Bobby Axelrod’s “Axe Capital” — based, more than loosely, on both Westport’s Bridgewater Associates and Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital — was originally headquartered in Westport, where the character lived. Midway through the series, it (and he, following a divorce) moved to New York.
It was a thrilling series, with plenty of superb writing and acting (including the great Damian Lewis). Click here to see.
The Westport Book Sale hosted their first-ever fundraiser this past week.
The event supports the next phase of their employment and job training program for adults with differing abilities. Scores of Westporters enjoyed a video about the Book Shop, including plans for expanding their employment program.
Click here to watch.
Some of the scenes at the Westport Book Sale fundraiser.
Sure, it was 80 degrees (or more yesterday).
But it’s still autumn — and peak foliage time.
Claudia Sherwood Servidio snapped this why-we-love-New England “Westport … Naturally” shot yesterday at Vista Terrace. That’s the private road that forms a horseshoe, starting and ending across from the 1st hole at the Longshore golf course.
(Photo/Claudia Sherwood Servidio)
And finally … today is the 94th anniversary of Black Tuesday.
On this date in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed. Investors traded a then-whopping 16 million shares in one. $14 billion of stock value was lost, wiping out thousands of investors.
Some stocks had no buyers at any price. The Dow lost 11.73% of its total value: a staggering 30.57 points.
The Great Bull Market was over. The Great Depression had begun.
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