Roundup: Veterans Day, Jazz, Entitlement …

Hundreds of Westporters gathered yesterday at Town Hall, as the town honored its — and America’s — men and women who served in the military, on Veterans Day.

As he has done for decades, Korean War vet Bill Vornkahl helped organize the ceremony.

Participants included the Westport Police Department, Connecticut Air National Guard, 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker, Greens Farms Academy student Jared Lessing, Westport poet laureate Jessica Noyes McEntee, and the Westport Community Band.

The World War I doughboy statue on Veterans Green, at dusk on Veterans Day. The holiday began as Armistice Day, honoring the 11 a.m., November 11 official end of “the war to end all wars.” (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

A luncheon at Veterans of Foreign Wars Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 followed the official town ceremony.

A table is always set at the Riverside Avenue club, in remembrance of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Yesterday, it was decorated especially for Veterans Day.

(Photo/Johanna Keyser Rossi)


Last night’s “Speaking of Music” series at the Westport Library focused on jazz.

A large crowd listened — and learned about — America’s unique genre.

The event was organized by Staples High School Class of 1966 graduate Roger Kaufman and friends.

Vocalist Audrey Martells was a star of the show.

From left: Bill Harris, Ben Kinney, John Fumasoli. (Photos/Ted Horowitz)


There are thoughtless people.

There are obnoxious people.

And then there are people whose sense of entitlement is so mind-blowing, they defy description.

Mike Hibbard spotted this yesterday, on an Aspetuck Land Trust trail:

“Someone thinks there is a Poop Fairy, and left this bag for it,” Mike says.

“I wonder what will be under that person’s pillow in the morning?”


Stephen Kempson is not your usual tailor.

Tradition rules at the bespoke clothier’s shop. But there’s always something new and different too.

Next up: “Sip and Shop, With Live Jazz.” It’s this Thursday (November 16, 5 to 8 p.m.), at the intriguing Post Road Space overlooking the Saugatuck River.


Over the years, our “Westport … Naturally” has run dozens of deer pictures.

Readers have spotted them all over town, in all types of poses.

But this is the first time I’ve ever seen Bambi at the beach.

Patrick Riordan took this shot yesterday morning, soon after sunrise:

(Photo/Patrick Riordan)


And finally … on this date in 1984, Madonna released her 2nd studio album. “Like a Virgin” became her first #1 record in the US. The producer was Chic front man — and not-yet Westport resident — Nile Rodgers.

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3 responses to “Roundup: Veterans Day, Jazz, Entitlement …

  1. In Australia they live with kangaroos like we live with deer.
    They had the same problems with kangaroos we now have with deer. The over population problems were the same there with the kangaroos. The difference in Australia was they finally came up with a viable solution. Birth conrol for kangaroos. They simply put birth control developed for kangaroos in feeders and that controlled the problem down to managable levels in populated areas of Australia where the over population was an issue.
    Connecticutt should consider a solution like this here.
    This will spark a lively comment conversation here but it’s a serious issue that needs discussion! JMHO

  2. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    Beautiful photo of my favorite: (long-ago walks) Compo Beach..:-)
    (Never saw Any deer, there!..:-)
    Many more daytime deer, here, western Mass.

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