Roundup: Change Your Clocks, Get A Free Tutor, Order A Pie …

Tonight is the night we turn our clocks back one hour, to “standard time.” (Though with Daylight Savings Time now in place for nearly 8 months, isn’t that the “standard”?)

The good news: We get an extra hour of sleep.

The bad news: We get an extra hour of all that “traffic-gedddon,” during the I-95 bridge slide.


Speaking of this weekend’s bridgework, here’s a photo from this morning:


(Photo/Frank Rosen)


Sure, you can pay big buck$ for tutors.

You can also get one for free.

From now through December 21, then starting again after midterms in January, the Westport Library is teaming with Staples High School students on a “near-peer” tutoring program.

The program — held in the Children’s Library — features Staples students tutoring middle school and elementary schoolers in subjects including English, math, science, social studies, programming and Mandarin

The drop-in program runs between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tutor availability is posted weekly. Click here for the schedule.

All tutors are past participants, or received a letter of recommendation from a current or previous teacher.

Adults with students under the age of 12 must stay in the Children’s Library during the session.


Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away. Pie time!

Wakeman Town Farm’s 4th annual Pie Sale is on. They’ve partnered with Earth Animal’s Mitten project initiative, to raise funds for Connecticut Food Share.

Oronoque Farms is baking apple and blueberry pies (traditional and crumb; served at room temperature or slightly warmed), as well as Pumpkin Pies (frozen and ready to bake; instructions provided).

Orders close November 17. Pick-ups are Tuesday, November 21 (4 to 7 p.m., Wakeman Town Farm). Click here to order, and for more information.

Blueberry crumb pie.


Westport Transit District director Peter Gold reminds residents:

Many people know about the Westport Transit District’s Wheels2U service from their front door to the Westport and Greens Farms train stations. Less well known are services for the elderly and people with a disability.

The WTD provides an in-town service for the elderly and people with a disability, and a town-to-town service for people with a disability. Like Wheels2U, both services use handicap accessible vans.

The in-town service takes anyone with a disability, and anyone age 65 or over (whether or not they have a disability), anywhere within Westport, for $3.50. Rides must be booked a day in advance. Personal care assistants accompanying an elderly passenger or a passenger with a disability ride free.

The town-to-town service takes anyone with a disability to destinations in Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford and Greenwich. The fare is $3.50 each time a town border is crossed. (For example, a ride within Westport is $3.50; a ride to Darien is $10.50). Again, personal care assistants accompanying a passenger with a disability ride free.

Click here for more information, including how to book and pay for rides. Click here for information on Wheels2U.


Dionne Pia is the Westport Book Shop’s guest exhibitor for November. She exhibits 2 large-school paintings: “Brave New World” and “Galaxy.”

She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also studied Russian icon painting, and landscape graphics. Dionne is a member of the Artists Collective of Westport.  Her work has been exhibited in many shows throughout Connecticut.

Both works are available for purchase.

Dionne Pia, at the Westport Book Shop.


Sustainable Westport’s second Residential Energy Learning series focuses on solar energy. “Everything Solar” is set for the Westport Library on November 7 (6:30 p.m., reception, 6:45 presentation and Q-and-A).

Westport architect John Rountree and Nathan Hernandez, solar consultant, will discuss how to transition your home or business to solar energy. They’ll cover  solar panels, installation companies, design considerations, the expected ROI, and financing options (with federal and state incentives).

Westporter Dan Schlesinger will talk about his recent process of going solar.

Sustainable Westport requests pre-registration; click here.

Sustainable Westport offers all the solar tips under the sun.


Hey, theater people:

The next Westport Country Playhouse “Script in Hand” play reading is a comedy — called “Theatre People” (November 13, 7 p.m.).

It’s an adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s classic farce, “Play at the Castle,” about a Newport mansion populated with characters in love with theater.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Rodolfo Soto returns to the Westport Country Playhouse.


It’s the lecture you’ve been waiting for!

Westport Astronomical Society’s free online lecture series continues November 21 (8 p.m.) with Dr. Slava Turyshev. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory research scientist will discuss “Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanets Using Solar Gravitational Lensing.”

Click here for more information. Click here for the Zoom link; click here for the YouTube link.

Dr. Slava Turyshev


It’s Saturday — and it’s not raining!

Enjoy the fall foliage — like this “Westport … Naturally” scene, at Winslow Park — while it lasts!

(Photo/Patricia McMahon0


And finally … one more reminder about tonight:

(Hmmm … what to do with those extra 60 minutes? So many possibilities … including making a donation to “06880.” It’s easy — just click here. Thank you very much!)


2 responses to “Roundup: Change Your Clocks, Get A Free Tutor, Order A Pie …

  1. From what I read, they are re-routung north and south bound traffic onto the open lanes, rather than closing I95 northbound. Does anyone know if this is the case? That might help traffic a wee bit.

  2. Barbara Sherburne '67

    I love the photo for the “Westport…Naturally” submission by Patricia McMahono.

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