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“Help Santa!” Katherine Miller Asked. Westport Delivered.

Less than 2 weeks ago, “06880” followed up on the story of Katherine Miller.

The longtime Westporter was delivering Uber Eats last winter, to supplement her income. She was assaulted picking up an order, and suffered a head injury. Residents donated $33,000 to help defray medical and rehabilitation bills.

This month, Katherine wanted to pay it forward.

In 2020, she had written a book. “Help Santa!!!” is a clever, light-hearted and rhythmic story about kindness, in which children get a chance to help St. Nick with a chimney problem.

Each book includes a “Magic Key” that — when young readers hold it in their hands and think “magical thoughts,” then hang on their door on Christmas Eve — can help them “help Santa.” She offered them at $12.99 each (far below the price on Amazon, and her website) — with every sale a donation to Bridgeport elementary schools.

“06880” readers responded at warp speed. This week, Miller and Trammi Nguyen — a Westporter who coordinates volunteers in Bridgeport — delivered scores of books to the Bryant and Luis Muñoz Marín Schools.

Miller visited pre-K, and 2nd and 4th grade students.  “They were over the moon with happiness and joy,” she reports. They adored her necklace — the same “magic key” that every child received with the book.

Excited students with Katherine Miller — and their “magic keys.”

The book was read to the pre-K and 2nd grade students.

Younger kids were read to …

The 4th graders took turns reading out loud, with great enthusiasm.

… while older youngsters read “Help Santa!” themselves.

For all, the chance to get a new book was special. Nearly always, schools in need receive donations that are “pre-owned.”

A second grade boy told his teacher it was the best day of his life.

“There is so much love in this world,” Miller says. “I honestly feel so blessed. My heart is so full, being given such an amazing flow of kindness from our community.

“This experience has completely changed my life. It made me realize my bad experience was not a tragedy. It was a window to see a whole new beautiful world.”

Thanks to Katherine Miller, and all those in Westport and beyond who helped open that window — with “magical” books — for all those Bridgeport boys and girls.

(A special hat tip too to Danielle Dobin. She created the original GoFundMe for Katherine, then helped make the book drive a reality.)

More joy (and love) at the holidays.

 

“Westport … What’s Happening”: Jen Tooker And Andrea Moore

1st Selectwoman has a special guest, on the new Y’s Men of Westport and Weston bi-weekly podcast.

2nd Selectwoman talks about the town’s many commissions and committees. They range from human services to public works — and there are some openings.

Roundup: Veterans’ Wreaths, Nicholas Britell, Senator Blumenthal …

Wreaths Across America is a national program, honoring fallen servicemembers, and all who serve. Over 2 million volunteers take part, in all 50 states and overseas.

This year, for the first time, Westport joined in.

On Saturday, Scouts from Troops 139 and 39 honored Westport veterans buried at Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road.  They placed a remembrance wreath on each grave, after a short but moving ceremony.

Kudos to the Scouts, and local coordinator Patty Kondub. Among many other activities, she’s vice president of the VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Auxiliary.

Thanks too to all who donated, to help decorate our veterans’ graves. It sounds like the start of an important new Westport tradition.

Scouts who participated in Saturday’s Wreaths Across America event.

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Our “06880” Roundup often links to David Pogue’s “CBS Sunday Morning” segments. Our Westport neighbor frequently films his pieces here — at his home, on his street and in random spots around town.

Yesterday, he offered a double dose of Westport. He interviewed Nicholas Britell, The composer — who scoed “Succession,” “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Underground Railroad,” among others — moved here at age 13. He graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven in 1998, then headed to Juilliard and Harvard.

Pogue — who has his own musical theater chops, including stints as a Broadway musical director, conductor and arranger, before wandering off to become a New York Times tech writer, PBS “Nova” personality and CBS “professional explainer,” among many other things — interviewed Britell.

They talked about how movie scores are written. Or not written. The Westport native noted that sometimes, it’s best to leave the music out altogether.

Click below to see. (Hat tip: Hedi Lieberman)

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An accident yesterday temporarily shut down Riverside Avenue, and sent one person to the hospital.

Westport Fire and Police Departments, and EMS, responded to the vehicle rollover. After stabilizing the vehicle and removing the occupant, firefighters used grip hoists to perform a controlled roll and put the car back on its wheels.

The scene on Riverside Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Department)

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Senator Richard Blumenthal worked Thursday night in Washington, until 10 p.m.

But he returned to Connecticut early Friday morning, and joined the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston for their 10 a.m. meeting at the Westport Library.

Click below to hear the Senator’s thoughts — and his responses to questions from former 1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

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Frank Sisson describes today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

“This magnificent tree spotlit by the late afternoon sun, and the stripes painted by its shadows and those of its fellow trees in the golden hour lighting around 3:30 p.m. at Winslow Park seemed particularly striking and photo-worthy.”

Agreed!

(Photo/Frank Sisson)

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And finally … as Adam Sandler notes, there are far more Christmas carols than Hanukkah songs.

He’s doing his part to narrow the gap. Oy!

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“What’s Next In Weston”: A Dog Park!

A dog park in Weston has gone through every approval process — and been litigated in court.

Engineering tests have been conducted. Plans have been modified. Money has been raised. Still, the controversy continues.

First Selectwoman Sam Nestor discusses all this — including another lawsuit filed by a woman who has, literally, “no dog in this fight” — on the latest “What’s Next in Weston.”

This new episode in the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston podcast series proves that when it comes to political fights over land use, Weston is at least equal to its more famously contentious neighbor, Westport.

Click below to listen.

Roundup: Techno Claus, Ukraine Aid, Blue Sunday …

For the 14th year in a row yesterday, “CBS Sunday Morning” featured modern gift ideas from “Techno Claus.”

Each year, the clever, rhyming St. Nick bears a striking resemblance to David Pogue.

And, as often happens, some of the shots in the segment bear a striking resemblance to our Westport neighbor’s home and neighborhoood.

Click below to see if you agree. As a bonus you’ll get some great ideas, on everything from a Zoom meeting “mute alert” and rechargeable hand warmers to a “cable crud” organizer and automobile back window message system.

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It was not the usual collection request.

Rather than toys, food, books or cash, Mark Yurkiw asked for new generators, chainsaws, kerosene heaters, flashlights, sleeping bags, cellphone power banks — the kind of important, durable things Ukraine needs to withstand the continued bombardment by Russia.

A shipping container was headed overseas in a few days. Westporters responded to Mark’s request — quickly and generously.

He received at least one of everything he requested, in an “06880” post. This photo shows some of the donations (in the nation’s famous blue and yellow colors).

But, Mark, notes, “Ukraine is a large country. They can use everything.”

There is still a day before a truck will be loaded.

Donations can be brought to 190 Cross Highway and left by the barn. For questions or pickup arrangements, call Mark: 646-873-0050.

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The last concert of Mark Naftalin’s “Blue Sunday” jazz series filled the Westport Library yesterday with great music, and appreciative music fans.

James Montgomery headlined the finale. In a long career, he’s earned plenty of honors.

So has the series host. Naftalin — a Westport resident — is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, for his work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

James Montgomery (center), Mark Naftalin (piano, far left) and friends, at yesterday’s Westport Library “Blue Sunday” show. (Photo/Dennis Jackson)

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As seniors race to finish their college applications before the January 1 deadline — and their parents worry about paying for the next 4 years — there’s help in sight.

Staples Tuition Grants is open for applications (click here). Seniors and current college students with demonstrated financial need have until April 9 to apply for STG aid.

Last year, the 81-year-old organization gave over $400,000 in grants, to more than 100 students.

STG could not do it without the help of donors. As they gear up for another season of high demand, the non-profit reminds “06880” readers of the importance of donations. Click here to help.

 

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Last week’s Greens Farms Garden Club annual wreath-making and holiday lunch was both festive and functional.

The group gathered at the Connecticut Audubon Society. Their work can now be seen throughout Westport, Fairfield and Bridgeport, at the Bigelow Center for Seniors, Earthplace, Gillespie Center, Greens Farms post office, Wakeman Town Farms, CT Audubon Society, Fairfield Historical Society, Victorian Cottage, St. John’s Family Center, Mercy Learning Center, St. Timothy’s, STAR Inc., Sturges Ridge, CLASP, nOURish Bridgeport, and the Greens Farms, Southport and Fairfield train stations.

Greens Farms Garden Club members, and their wreaths.

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Westport Community Gardens director — and nature photographer extraordinaire — Lou Weinberg explains today’s “Westport … Naturally” image:

“The winter plumage of the goldfinch is muted. They love when we leave the coneflower stalks standing. Coneflower is an important food source for the birds and the bees. Don’t cut it down!”

(Photo/Lou Weinberg)

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And finally … today is National Ding-a-Ling Day. (Don’t believe me? Click here.)

We’re supposed to get in touch with (“ding-a-ling”) family and friends we’ve lost touch with.

Most of us are too busy today to do that. (Which is why we lost touch in the first place). But for a couple of minutes, we can listen to Chuck Berry’s only (somehow) #1 hit:

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David Pogue’s Titanic Adventure

The Titanic is not easy to get to.

Lying nearly 2 1/2 miles under the sea, 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland — and hard to find even with GPS — it’s become a bucket list item for hard-core enthusiasts (“Titaniacs”).

You or I would pay $250,000 to visit, via oil rig servicing ship, then a specially deigned 5-person submersible vehicle.

For David Pogue, it’s just part of his job.

The longtime Westporter leads a more interesting life than most of us dull neighbors. His wide-ranging resumé includes technology writer for the New York Times, Scientific American and Yahoo (plus author of the wildly popular “Missing Manual” series); PBS “Nova” host, and (of course) Broadway conductor.

David Pogue hosting “NOVA.” He stands behind a periodic table “table.”

He’s also a “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent. In his role as “explainer,” he covers everything from cryptocurrency to the war in Ukraine.

Like millions of others, Stockton Rush is a fan of the show. He’s also the founder and CEO of OceannGate, the company that sponsors those $250,000-per-person voyages to the site of the wreck, and the dive that follows.

He suggested a story to the producers. They proposed it to Pogue. “I just about lost my mind with excitement,” he says.

(CBS stockholders, relax: The network paid only for his and the camera crew’s room and board.)

Like most of us, Pogue had no idea “normal people” could visit Titanic.

Like the pro he is, he read up on the ship, and James Cameron’s dives for his famed movie. Among other things, Pogue learned that when you try to dive in the North Atlantic, everything goes wrong.

He set out from Newfoundland this past summer. His fellow ($250,000) passengers included, predictably, a hedge fund guy and his son; an industry magnate, and an AI pioneer who sold a bunch of companies.

But Renata Rojas stole the “CBS Sunday Morning Show.” She’d wanted to see Titanic since she was a little girl. Now she works in the loan department of a bank. She spent 30 years saving for this adventure.

Renata Rojas hoped to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Pogue slept little in the days before the dive. Part of the reason was nerves. The other part was the rolling of the ship at sea.

He worried about 3 things: The sub would collapse under the 6,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. (Think of 46 school buses parked on your sternum.)

Second, he feared that the oxygen scrubbers — the same used on spacecraft — might break down.

Third: What if the ballast system to return to surface didn’t work?

David Pogue gets comfortable in the Titanic submersible.

Fortunately, every system has a backup. And the deeper the submersible goes, the tighter the water presses the titanium endcaps on to the carbon, making it actually more waterproof. (For more on the actual dangers, click here for Pogue’s “Unsung Science” podcast.)

Of course, none of that helped when he was asked to sign a release form. It noted that the submersible was an experimental vessel not approved by any regulatory body. And that the dive could result in “physical injury, disability, emotional trauma or death.”

“Where do I sign?” he asked.

David Pogue reads the release form.

Pogue was bolted into the sub from the outside. “That freaks out a lot of people,” he notes.

But inside the minivan-sized submersible, he felt comfortable. Of course there’s no temperature control, so it’s very hot at the start, frigid at 2.4 miles below the surface.

There were 5 potential dive days.

The first dive was aborted due to mechanical problems. Days 2 and 3 were scrubbed by weather.

Uh oh. What if — after all that preparation — the Titanic dive turned out to be its own disaster?

On Day 4, Rush took the first set of paying passengers down to the sea floor. However, communication problems prevented them from finding the wreck. They spent 4 hours looking at … nothing. (OceanGate will give them a free do-over next summer.)

Pogue was freaking out. He’d spent 12 days documenting an expedition to the Titanic that never got there. Yikes.

Happily, on the final day the remaining customers made a successful dive.  They had “an incredible experience,” Pogue says.

“CBS Sunday Morning” had only enough time to show 45 seconds of the passengers’ video. Pogue offers “06880” readers a special bonus: a link to 12 minutes more:

So how did Pogue spend the rest of his time on the chartered oil rig service ship?

He toured the engine room. He interviewed the captain and first mate (and got a course in piloting the state-of-the-art, $300 million vessel).

He saw huge pods of dolphins and whales.

And each night, 4 Titanic and deep sea experts gave educational talks.

Ever the entertainer, Pogue spent one bad-weather day writing rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt. The payoff was a brilliant word puzzle that his son Kell had written for the occasion. Check out this exclusive video:

The story ran this past Sunday. Viewers reacted strongly on social media.

One was “disgusted” that people would “piss away” all that money “just to see a wrecked ship.” Another claimed he would not go even if paid $250,000.

Pogue has a different view.

For one, he has new respect for how hard it is to reach Titanic. Every expedition faces mechanical and weather problems.

For another, he thinks OceanGate could be more transparent about how low the odds are of reaching the wreck. They run 5 expeditions — each lasting 8 days — over the summer. Usually, they get down to Titanic only twice. Sometimes, they don’t succeed at all.

Third, Pogue  appreciates that “most people would never in a million years pay that kind of money for this kind of trip,” whether for price, risk or claustrophobic reasons.

But, he adds, a certain percentage of the population thrives on thrills like that. They have the money — or save up to take the trip.

“Having lived with 6 of these folks at sea for 8 days,” he says, “I’m convinced they got what they were looking for.”

Renata — the woman who saved for 30 years to see Titanic — told Pogue, “I feel like I was missing something in my life. Now it’s not missing. I can die happy.”

You can’t put a price on that.

To see David Pogue’s full “CBS Sunday Morning” segment, click below:

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“06880” Podcast: Vasili Tziolis

“06880: The Podcast” has featured plenty of powerful Westporters.

Sure, the 1st selectwoman, superintendent of schools and police chief are important. But without Vasili Tziolis, Westport might grind to a halt.

He’s the general manager of the Sherwood Diner. Actually, just say “the diner” — everyone knows what you mean.

And everyone — town workers, lawyers, Staples students, families with young kids, retirees — goes there. Often.

(You can even go during hurricanes and blizzards. No matter what, they’re open.)

What makes the diner go? What’s its back story? How did it survive COVID? What’s ahead? And does the menu ever change?

The other day, Vasili sat down with me at the Westport Library, for an “06880” podcast. He served up quite an interview. Click below to listen.

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Roundup: Stevan Dohanos, Police, Fire …

It’s a tradition for “06880” to run Westport artist Stevan Dohanos’ Saturday Evening Post 2 famous Thanksgiving illustrations. Both used Westport models (including the former “gingerbread house” on Long Lots Road):

Today, we’re adding a third from Dohanos. (Though the turkey was probably for Christmas.)

This was not a cover. As the caption (“Here they come, Mom! And Jim won need the wishbone — they’ve got their Plymouth!”) suggests, it was an advertisement.

Still, it’s an evocative illustration. You can almost smell the turkey.

And the seats in the brand-new Plymouth. (Hat tip: Anthony Dohanos)

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The Westport Police have released arrest reports for the November 16-23 period.

Two people were detained in custody. One was charged with threatening, 2nd degree. One was charged with stalking, 3rd degree, and breach of peace.

The following citations were issued:

  • Traveling unreasonably fast: 12
  • Stop sign violation: 5
  • Operating an unregistered vehicle: 4
  • Insurance coverage fails minimum requirements: 3
  • Misuse of plates: 3
  • Failure to obey control signal: 3
  • Failure to keep plates readable: 2
  • Cell phone, 1st offense: 1
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane: 1
  • Violation of any traffic commission regulation: 1
  • Misuse of plates: 1
  • Failure to display plates: 1
  • Illegal use of tinted glass: 1

There were several license plate violations this past week. This was not one of them. (Photo/Fred Cantor)

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Meanwhile, Fire Marshal Terrence Dunn notes that many offices and businesses will soon have Christmas trees and holiday decorations. These can pose a serious safety risk.

Natural trees with a root ball attached pose a less significant fire hazard than a cut tree, which dries out faster. Artificial trees and decorations should be flame retardant or flame resistive. Decorations should not block exits.

Dunn says, “All lighting should be turned off, or better yet disconnected, when the area is unattended. This is especially important in residential occupancies when the occupants are asleep. Make sure the tree is not situated near open flames, and that it does obstruct any fire doors.”

Be careful!

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When “Jersey Boys” comes to the White Plains Performing Arts Center next month, there will be a full tri-state connection.

Staples High School Class of 2015 graduate Jack Baylis is part of the cast. He’s not a 4 Season — but he does sing a great number in French.

The curtain rises December 9, and runs through January 8. Click here for tickets, and more information.

Jack Baylis. He does not play guitar in “Jersey Boys.”

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Yesterday, “06880” reported on Ryan “Shoeless” Smith. The Bates College men’s cross country captain lost a shoe in the first mile of the 8K NCAA East Division Regional Championship. He still finished 11th — out of more than 200 runners — and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships.

That race was last weekend, at Michigan State University. Ryan kept his shoes on — fortunate, considering the snowy, 25-degree weather — and finished 59th out of 294 competitors. His 25:49.5 time over 8K was the best on his team.

He was not the only former Staples cross country runner there. Nick Taubenheim (SHS ’20) finished 146th for Claremont-Mudd Scripps (26:18.9), while Luke Lorenz (SHS ’19) took 179th for Middlebury College (26:29.9).

Ryan Smith

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Sure, it’s Thanksgiving. But pumpkins are still hanging around.

And — as Pam Kesselman points out, with today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo: “Someone was hungry.”

(Photo/Pam Kesselman)

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And finally … well, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Arlo and Alice.

“Getting Me Cheap”: Women Who Make Our Lives Work

The woman caring for an affluent family’s children had just had a baby of her own. Health issues followed.

“We need you back now,” her employers said. “If you can’t come, we’ll find someone else.”

She faced a choice: Stay with her child, without pay. Or return to work, and pay someone to take care of her own baby.

That’s a common dilemma for low-wage women in America. It’s a situation people in places like Westport seldom think about.

Ir’s also one that’s rarely explored. Most studies of working women focus on professionals — how they balance office work and family life, for example.

Amanda Freeman knows all about the women who take care of children, serve our Starbucks and ship our Amazon packages.

Dr. Amanda Freeman

An assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hartford — and a Westport mother, with an undergraduate degree from Brown, an MFA from Columbia and a doctorate from Boston College —   she has just published her first book.

“Getting Me Cheap: How Low-Wage Work Traps Women and Girls in Poverty” is the result of more than a decade of interviews with women balancing motherhood and difficult, low-paying jobs — without public aid.

And how that struggle perpetuates itself, generation after generation.

Freeman has written about the subject for years, in academic journals and publications like the Atlantic, Parenting and the Washington Post Magazine.

The book, she hopes, will draw more attention to an issue fundamental to not only the women trapped in the spiral of low-wage work, but the families that employ them and benefit them, in places like Westport.

Freeman and co-author Lisa Dodson — her grad school professor at Boston College — spoke to 200 women across the country. They worked in childcare and eldercare; at Stop & Shop and ShopRite, McDonald’s and Panera, and Amazon warehouses. Many were people of color; they’re over-represented in that sector.

The authors also interviewed women — including working mothers, stay-at-home moms, and those active in labor movements — in well-off neighborhoods.

That was for ‘so what?’ — the policy part, the ‘what can and should we do?’ part,” Freeman says.

“We wanted to see what responsibility moms like me have. I know mothers here who are very interested in these issues. They do think about what do you do with someone you employ in your home?”

Freeman says that, unlike women with means, low-wage workers do not often talk about “work/life balance.” They see their lives as “impossible demands.”

She explains: “Motherhood is the most important thing to them. They want to be present for their kids’ educations and lives. But they have to be employed — and they want to work.” Many are also taking courses to try to improve their job prospects.

They are well aware, however, that society may stigmatize, stereotype or misunderstand them.

Low prestige and childcare issues are just some of the problems faced by workers in low wage jobs.

While women in white-collar jobs may have difficulty balancing work and parenting, Freeman says, most employers understand at some level that they’re taking care of children (and/or their own parents).

Employers of low-wage workers tend not to be understanding at all. “There’s a constant churn of losing or changing jobs” because of those issues, Freeman says.

She notes too that 2/3 of the women she spoke to were single parents.

That leads to situations where, for example, a woman may have no choice but to bring her child to work. That’s often frowned upon — or not allowed.

When childcare fell through, a Shoprite baker tried to hide her 5-year-old. She was fired.

“Westport mothers tend to obsess over the health and safety of their kids,” says Freeman. “But these women have real, immediate health and safety concerns.’

“They’re proud of their kids,” Freeman says of the workers she interviewed. “But sometimes they won’t talk about them. They don’t want to be seen as mothers.”

When someone saw photos of one woman’s youngsters, she said they were her sister’s.

Another difference: Many companies offer paid maternity leave to salaried and professional workers. But it’s seldom provided to hourly workers.

“Ask about your company’s policy,” Freeman advises readers. “And be aware of what you can do to change it.”

Freeman and her husband — award-winning novelist, Emmy and Peabody-honored filmmaker, playwright and professor of screenwriting in the Graduate School at Columbia University Trey Ellis — have the luxury of arranging their teaching schedules so they don’t need a lot of childcare.

From left: Maia, Pamela and Amanda Freeman; Chet, Trey and Ava Ellis. Front: a friend.

But during COVID, she ordered much more from Amazon. She thought about those workers, some of whom she had already interviewed for her book. They were working harder and longer than ever.

“They were risking their lives for people like me,” Freeman says. “And for very little pay.”

On November 29 (7 p.m.), the Westport Library hosts Amanda Freeman. She’ll talk about the sometimes invisible, often overlooked women whose work makes our own lives here possible.

It should be an eye-opening and educational evening. Book your babysitter now. (For more information and to register, click here.) 

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Roundup: Veterans Day, Share The Warmth, ABC & Millie Rae’s …

All around town today, flags fly proudly to honor our veterans.

Matt Murray captured this inspiring view this morning, on Compo Cove:

(Photo/Matt Murray)

A reminder: Today’s Town Hall ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m, The Community Band will play; speakers include 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker and Staples High School senior Tyler Clark; the Westport Police Honor Guard, American Legion Post 63 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 399 wilk participate too.

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Firefighters work in hot spaces.

Now, the Westport Fire Department is trying to keep other people warm.

The “Share the Warmth” coat drive will provide winter apparel for hundreds of nearby residents in need.

Donations of new or gently used winter coats can be made at Fire Headquarters (515 Post Road East) and Town Hall through December 9.

Westport firefighters will sorting and transport the items to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

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Good news for supporters of A Better Chance of Westport, and fans of Millie Rae’s.

On November 17, 20% of all sales will be donated to ABC — the great program that provides educational opportunities here to academically-gifted and highly motivated young men of color.

It’s a great way to buy holiday gifts and decorations, jewelry and more. Plus: wine and nibbles will be served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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This first-ever MoCA Film Salon features 2 highly acclaimed documentaries about the art world.

Jay Myself” is a behind-the-scenes documentary about photographer/ artist Jay Maisel — directed by renowned photographer and Westporter Stephen Wilkes). It’s set for December 10 (3 p.m.) A conversation with Wilkes follows the screening.

The Art of Making It” (December 11, 3 p.m.) examines the lives of 17 young artists navigating emerging careers in the contemporary art world. It screens

Tickets ($20 for one show, $30 for both) include complimentary light bites. Drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. Click here for tickets, and more information.

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Yesterday’s story about Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw shone a spotlight on a Westport resident using his business acumen to help communities.

It did not mention — because I did not know, until Dennis Jackson told me — that Warshaw has just been named chair of the Radio Advertising Bureau.

He’s a longtime advocate for the importance of radio. In his new position, he’ll have an even stronger voice.

Jeff Warshaw, in his Connoisseur Media office in downtown Westport.  (PHoto/Dan Woog)

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Clocks have changed, but there’s still plenty of fall foliage left in the area.

Wendy Levy captured this classic “Westport … Naturally” scene at Devil’s Den:

(Photo/Wendy Levy)

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And Finally … Joe Tarsia died last week in Pennsylvania. He was 88.

You may not know his name, but you’re heard his work. A recording engineer, he was a key developer of what the New York Times calls “the lush, fervent blend of soul, disco and funk known as the Sound of Philadelphia.” Click here for a full obituary.

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