Twelve Staples High School seniors have qualified as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Congratulations to Aalok Bhattacharya, James Cao, Sharmila Green, Emma Losonczy, Colin Morgeson, Gavin Thomas Rothenberg, Katharine Shackelford, Matthew Shackelford, Tegh Singh, Lucia Wang, Lilly Weisz, Tom Zhang
Nationwide, 16,000 semifinalists — fewer than 1 percent of the over 1.5 million students who took the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT qualifying exam –will compete for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $28 million.
A sold-out crowd loved Cyndi Lauper’s Friday night benefit concert at the Levitt Pavilion.
And she loved Westport.
That’s not just “06880” speculation. The legendary singer/actress posted “thanks” on both her Facebook and Instagram pages.
She put on a great show. It was clear the girl just wanted to have fun.
There’s a true hometown flavor to this week’s Jazz at the Post.
“Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall will be joined by Westport’s own Melissa Newman.
She’s had a long career singing jingles for companies like AT&T and Chevrolet. Neighbors know her from performances at Blue Lemon, Tengda and Harvest.
There are 2 shows — 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. — on Thursday (October 6) at VFW Post 399 (465 Riverside Avenue). There’s a $10 cover. Food service starts at 6:30.
Guitarist Tony Lombardozzi, bassist Phil Bowler and drummer Matt Moadel will join Greg and Melissa.
Reservations are strongly suggested. Email JazzatThePost@gmail.com.
For thousands of years, humans have wondered about the universe: How big is it? How did it start? How will it end?
Only in the last few decades have we had the space tools to begin to find answers.
Marty Yellin has special insights. With a doctorate in biomedical engineering, he worked at PerkinElmer on a top secret program to design and build the largest spy satellite ever. Then he helped design and manage the Hubble Space Telescope.
On October 20 (10 a.m., Westport Library Trefz Forum and Zoom), he offers an overview of the fascinating, often mindboggling discoveries made by modern telescopes. Click here for the Zoom link.
Need another reason (besides great books) to go the Westport Book Shop this month?
How about Susan Lloyd’s shells?
The longtime Westporter exhibits an assortment of 2-dimensional shell art works, including mirrors and mosaics.
Over 15 years, her work has evolved to include skulls (plastic reproductions), old dolls and Saints (for their stories, not religious reasons). Colors, shapes, textures and shell varieties are all important elements n her designs.
Her work is on display through October 31, and is available for purchase. To see more of her art, click here.
The 13th annual Push Against Cancer is coming soon. And a group of Westport dads is pushing hard, to raise money for campers and their families at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, it offers fun, friendship and a healthy dose of mischief to seriously ill children at its great facility in upstate Connecticut, plus outreach to hospitals, clinics and communities across the Northeast. All services are free.
The event is Sunday, October 16 (10 a.m., Staples High School). Andy Berman and Adam Vengrow are spearheading the dads’ effort. Click here to help.
It’s still early October. But Al’s Angels is getting ready for the holidays.
This year’s goal is to provide toys to over 20,000 children suffering from cancer, rare blood diseases and financial hardship.
They’ll do it by providing an Amazon wish list. Just click here; purchase as many needed items as you wish, and have them shipped to: Al’s Angels, 342 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT 06880.
You can also make a cash donation; click here.
Date clarification: Westport Moms’ 2nd annual Fall Family Festival is next weekend — not the coming one. It’s Saturday, October 15 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greens Farms Academy; $20 per family).
The event includes food, crafts, games and fun (bouncy houses, ninja course, music, art projects, DJ, pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting, hair extensions, glitter tattoos, magic, STEM activities and more).
Many businesses will show off their products and services — all with activities for kids.
Organizers Megan Rutstein and Melissa Post ask attendees to bring gently worn jackets, for donations to a local non-profit.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature is one of the happiest ever.
And why not? Junior, Winston and Frank are thrilled to be back (legally) at Compo Beach.
And finally … in honor of the upcoming Westport Astronomical Society lecture (story above):