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Roundup: Kowalsky Property, WPD Bench, WWC Art Show …

A controversial plan to subdivide one of the last remaining parcels of private open space in Westport hit a roadblock Wednesday.

As first reported by Westport Journal, the Conservation Commission will report negatively on the proposal to put 6 houses on the 12-acre Kowalsky property on Clapboard Hill Road, between Morningside Drive South and Turkey Hill Road South.

Earlier, the Flood &Erosion Control Board expressed concerns about an underground drainage system, built earlier on the property without a permit.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will discuss the application on Monday (7 p.m., Zoom).

Site of the proposed subdivision, at 109 Morningside Drive South. (Photo courtesy of Google Earth)


There’s a new bench downtown — courtesy of the Westport Police Department.

The handsome furniture — with a plaque identifying them as donors — now sits near the Spotted Horse restaurant.

No word on whether the cops will run you in for loitering, if you sit too long there.

From left: Police Chief Foti Koskinas and Deputy Chief Sam Arciola, with the Westport Police Department bench.


I ate really well last night.

I was a judge at the first-ever Queer Cook-Off. The fundraiser for Westport Pride drew over 100 people to Aitoro Appliance in Norwalk. They watched 3 teams of local celebrities — headed by an area professional chef — whip up an appetizer and entrée, using items from a mystery box.

I was honored (and well-fed) to be a judge, along with Matt Storch (chef/owner of Match and Match Burger Lobster), Brian McGunagle (founder of Westport Pride), and store owner Tony Aitoro.

Bill Taibe (Don Memo, Kawa Ni and The Whelk) and Jes Bengtson (Amis, Terrain) and their teams created some outstanding food. But the Top Chef award went to Arik Bensimon (Monogram Design Center) and his crew.

Meanwhile, everyone enjoyed great food and drinks. Thanks to all who participated. I was “proud” to be a food taster there!

Westport 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker (far right) joined chef/restaurateur Bill Taibe (left) on a team for last night’s Queer Cook-Off.


Local artists are on display tomorrow and Sunday (May 21-22, 2 to 6 p.m.) at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue). Their annual art show is free, and open to all. All works are available for purchase.

Curated by Miggs Burroughs, the popular show features a variety of works and styles. Participating artists donate a portion of their sales to fund WWC community service grants, scholarships and programs.

Artists in the show include Ola Bossio, Trace Burroughs, Ann Chernow, Susan Fehlinger, Larry Gordon, Tom Kretsch, Arpad Krizsan, Paul Larson, Erzsebet (Bet) Laurinyecz, Jena Maric, Jon Puzzuoli, Peter Savarine, Gay Schempp, Oksana Tonasiv and Larry Untermeyer.

There’s also a drawing of the artists’ work, plus a special drawing of a piece by the late artist Howard Munce.

Musician Mark Naftalin — a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band — will play piano both days.

For more information on the Westport Woman’s Club and art show, click here.

This work by Gay Schempp will be on display at the Westport Woman’s Club art show.


Longtime Westporter John Luscombe — the husband of former State Representative Jo Fuchs Luscombe — died on Sunday, at Danbury Hospital. He was 86.

The Oahu native was an electrical engineer. He was proud to work on many government contracts. One was part of the Apollo Project, which resulted in the first moon landings.

John was a devoted sailor and boater. For many years he was part of a local group, he “Ancient Mariners.”

He served as treasurer and commander of the Saugatuck River Power Squadron, having achieved the grade of senior navigator. He was also treasurer of the Minuteman Yacht Club.

An avid tennis player, for a number of years he ran the summer program for Y’s Men, playing both indoors and outdoors.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his niece, Debbie Harding MacInnes,; nephew John Harding; grand-nephews and grand-nieces, and Bill Abrams, brother of his late first wife, Cornelia Abrams Luscombe.

Services be will announced at a later date. Click here to leave condolences for the family.


“Westport … Naturally” features animals, flowers, plants, trees and more.

But there are other natural wonders here too. Today’s example: a double wave at Compo Beach.

(Photo/Jonathan Prager)


And finally … today is the birthday of energetic English musician — and famed Players Tavern regular performer — Joe Cocker.

He was born today in 1944. He died in 2014 of lung cancer. He smoked 40 cigarettes a day until 1991, when he quit.

Roundup: Ukraine Rally, Morningside Subdivision, Virtual Bingo …


There’s a slight time change for today’s Support Ukraine rally on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in downtown Westport.

The event — created quickly this week, in response to President Zelensky’s call for a global peace rally — begins at 11:30 a.m. this morning (Saturday). The event runs through 1 p.m.


The long-rumored subdivision of one of Westport’s last remaining large residential open spaces is moving forward.

The first agenda item on the Planning & Zoning Commission’s April 4 meeting (7 p.m., Zoom) is an application for 6 building lots at 109 Morningside Drive South. That’s the property owned by the Kowalsky Family, off Clapboard Hill Road.

109 Morningside Drive South


In the early days of the pandemic — when everyone hungered for human interaction, and Zoom was a novelty — Stan Witkow organized a virtual Bingo game.

Each week, players from Westport — and around the globe — competed. The winner donated his or her winnings to any charity of his or her choice.

In 2 years, players raised more than $20,000 for COVID-related non-profits.

The game continues. Now though, the weekly pool will support Ukrainian relief efforts. Witkow and friends created a list of reliable organizations from which winners can choose. So far, nearly $1,000 has gone to help Ukraine.

New players are welcome. Email stan@witkow.com.

A screenshot from the virtual Bingo game.


We can never have enough osprey photos. And Carolyn Doan is one of the best photographers of our favorite raptors.

She took this shot this week, at the nest by Fresh Market. It’s a scene we’ll never tire of:

(Photo/Carolyn Doan)


Wakeman Town Farm welcomes Easter with its 5th annual “EGGstravaganza.”

On Saturday April 9 (10 to 11;30 a.m.), families can bring egg baskets to WTF. Two hunts (ages 4 and under, and 5 and up) kick off the morning, followed by egg-themed games, story time readings, photos with Big Bunn and visits to the farm’s real animals.

New this year: Families can “adopt” a chicken, and meet and name it there.

Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for tickets, and more information.

Easter at Wakeman Town Farm,


Speaking of Easter: If there’s a holiday ahead, Winslow Park Animal Hospital is ready.

Here’s the scene in front of the Post Road East clinic:

(Photo/Molly Alger)


The next holiday after Easter is … Arbor Day.

Earthplace celebrates with “A Toast to the Trees” on April 30 (4 to 6 p.m.).

There’s a trail walk, campfire, pizza, kids crafts, s’mores and (I guess this is the “toast” part) beer tastings. Click here for tickets.


With in-person performances back at the Westport Country Playhouse, there’s a great need for … ushers.

They perform important tasks: greeting patrons, scanning tickets, distributing programs, answering questions and more.

Ushers must be at least 18, unless accompanied by a guardian who will usher with them. Ushers are paired to work together as a team. Dress code is white shirts and black skirts/pants.

For more information contact Kelly Richards Mikolasy, house manager: krichards@westportplayhouse.org; 203-571-1296.

Where’s my seat? Ushers know! (Photo/Robert Benson)


Cloud Nine — a new designer consignment shop at 339 Main Street (next to Coffee An’) — celebrates its arrival with a special event on March 30.

That day, 10% of all proceeds go to AWARE. That great non-profit assists women through action, resources and education.]


Last fall, the Westport Woman’s Club put out a call to non-profits needing assistance.

Dozens responded.

A few days ago, 29 organizations got their wish. The WWC handed out $39,000 in grants, to:

Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders; Bridgeport Rescue Mission; Burroughs Community Center; Caroline House;  Center for Family Justice; Child Advocates of Southwestern Connecticut; Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer; Circle of Friends; CLASP Homes; Domestic Violence Crisis Center;  ElderHouse; Family & Children’s Agency; Food Rescue US; Help for Kids; Homes with Hope; Human Services Council/Children’s Connection; Malta House; Person-to-Person; Positive Directions; REACH Youth Program at Bridgeport Hospital; Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut; St. Catherine Center for Special Needs; Sweet P Bakery; The Rowan Center; VFW; Westport Department of Human Services Family and Elderly Programs; Westport Community Theatre; Women’s Mentoring Network.

The Westport Woman’s Club has been helping others since 1907. Here’s to the next 115 years!


Today’s colorful “Westport … Naturally” photo comes courtesy of Jeanine Esposito. She writes:

“A cardinal couple (who mate for life) joined lots of other newcomers in searching for a place to make a nest for their family in Westport. This is from our Beechwood window, on Weston Road.”

(Photo/Jeanine Esposito)


And finally … you knew it was coming. To celebrate the opening of Cloud Nine, next to Coffee An’ (story above):

Roundup: Kowalsky Property, Orphenians, Fleet Feet …


For months, Greens Farms residents have wondered: What’s going on at Morningside Drive South and Clapboard Hill Road

There’s been activity there, at one of the town’s largest still-undeveloped private tracts of land.

On January 5 (7:30 p.m., Zoom) the Flood & Erosion Control Board will hear an application on behalf of the owner — Kowalsky Family Company LLC — for a 6-lot subdivision. It will be reviewed for drainage and grading recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission. To attend the virtual meeting, click here.

Site of the proposed subdivision, at 109 Morningside Drive South. (Photo courtesy of Google Earth)


The latest COVID casualty: tomorrow’s Orphenians carol sing downtown.

The a cappella singers had invited alumni to join them, for this special event. The surge in local cases means waiting a year.

Orphenians director Luke Rosenberg wishes all Orphenians, past and present — and their countless fans — a happy, healthy holiday.

The Staples Orphenians sang downtown earlier this month, at the 06880″ Holiday Stroll.


Despite the Orphenians’ cancellation, there’s a great reason to go downtown tomorrow (Thursday).

From 2 to 5 p.m. Staples High School’s OneWestport Club is holding a toy and coat drive, at the Bedford Square traffic circle on Elm Street.

All donations will go to the Person to Person network. They provide a free holiday store, where low-income families can shop for free gifts for their families. There’s been a huge demand this year, so OneWestport is offering a final push.

New and gently used coats (all sizes, but clean!), new board games, stuffed animals and picture books are great.


Run — don’t walk — into 2022! Registration is open for Fleet Feet’s next training program

Starting Saturday, January 8 (8 a.m.), it’s a 12-week group effort, for runners of all abilities. From non-runners to those training for a big race: All are welcome.

There are Saturday 8 a.m., and Tuesday 5:30 p.m. sessions. Most runs start and end at the Sconset Square store (with an occasional track or trail run).

Fleet Feet offers a changing room/bathroom, secure storage of keys and valuables — and product discounts while enrolled in the program. Click here for more information, and registration.


There are 3 shopping days left until Christmas.

Then — on Monday, December 27 — you can start again. MoCA Westport will host a pop-up shop event (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), in conjunction with the Winter Recess Art Camp at their 19 Newtown Turnpike campus.

The sale features luxury home accents and fashion accessories.


Thanks to STAR board member Amanda King Heavey, her son Will and his classmates, every child served by the STAR Rubino Family Center’s early intervention pediatric therapy program will receive a handmade card and note, plus a book to enjoy during the holidays.

Entering its 70th year, STAR Lighting the Way  creates opportunities for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full, independent lives.

In the photo below, Will Heavey gives Westporter Parker Greenberg a book and card.


Aitoro Appliance — just over the line in Norwalk — is many Westporters’ go-to for sales and service.

Now they need our help.

On Monday night at 3:30 a.m., 2 men wearing hoodies stole gas grills. The vehicle was a white Ford truck. Security cameras could not catch the license plate. Anyone with information can email info@aitoro.com.


“Westport … Naturally” loves to show creatures of all kinds playing in Westport.

But no one has had more fun than this guy, spotted by Elisabeth Keane outside her home:

(Photo/Elisabeth Keane)


And finally … Maurice and Robin Gibb were born on this day in 1949. With their older brother Barry, they formed the Bee Gees — one of the most popular British Invasion (and then disco) groups of all time.

Both died young: Maurice at 53 from a twisted intestine, and Robin at 62 from kidney failure.