Tag Archives: Bob Levy

Roundup: Autism Awareness, Jersey Mike’s, Stop Signs …

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April is Autism Acceptance Month. The Westport Police Department will take the opportunity to promote both education, and a greater understanding of the spectrum.

Many officers have bought Autism Acceptance badges. They’ll wear them all month.

In addition, the rainbow-colored “infinity” symbol — donated by Fleet Auto Supply — will be attached to all police cars.

The department takes this opportunity to remind residents about Westport’s Disability Registry. Created by the WPD, Department of Human Services and Commission on People with Disabilities, it’s a confidential way to provide information that assists police and other emergency workers in addressing th needs of residents of all abilities. Click here for more information.

Autism Acceptance, on a Westport patrol car.

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When Jersey Mike’s announced that more than 2,000 stores would support Special Olympics — by donating 100% of its sales on March 30 (yesterday) — Westporters Rick Levin, Bob Levy and Sunny Sherman decided to help.

The Post Road location is closed. But they bought hundreds of sandwiches in Norwalk, and donated them to STAR Lighting the Way of Norwalk, and Bridgeport’s Alpha Community Center and Cardinal Shehan Center.

Clients at the 3 centers were very grateful.

And extremely well fed.

Bob Levy (3rd from left), delivering Jersey Mike’s sandwiches yesterday to STAR Lighting the Way.

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Monica Buesser has noticed something very strange.

At least 2 roads in Westport do not have stop signs, despite directly intersecting with busily traveled streets.

Here’s Pequot Trail, at Sylvan Road North:

And here’s Pioneer Road, also at Sylvan North:

(Photos/Monica Buesser)

The issue is not theoretical, she says:

“A young woman died in Ridgewood, New Jersey because her friend drove through an uncontrolled intersection that others more familiar with the area would stop at.”

After the tragedy, she notes, the town put up stop signs.

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Kingfishers are flighty. But this one stood still long enough for Matt Murray to snap it — perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Matt Murray)

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And finally … happy 87th birthday to Herb Alpert: trumpeter, band leader and A&M Records founder extraordinaire.

Fun fact: He is one of only two musicians to have Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits as both a vocalist and instrumentalist (both are below).

The other? Barry White (“Love’s Theme” and and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”).

Roundup: Easter Egg Hunt, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Roseville Full Stop …

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For years, people have asked WestportMoms to sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt.

Get those baskets ready!

The social media wizards have hopped to it (ho ho). The event is set for this Saturday (April 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), on the big lawn in front of Saugatuck Congregational Church.

It includes make-your-own bags for egg collecting, courtesy of One River Art School; music by DJ Marcello; sports and games with Sara Holland; face painting; food trucks, pictures with the Easter Bunny — and of course, a hunt for 3,000 eggs.

The cost is $20 per family. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Save the Children Ukraine.

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Jersey Mike’s’ Westport location may — or may not — be closed.

But the Norwalk store joins more than 2,000 others on Wednesday (March 30), in donating 100% of its sales to Special Olympics.

You read that right: Not 100% of profits. 100% of sales.

Making the offer even tastier, Westporters Rick Levin, Bob Levy and Sunny Sherman are buying a few hundred sandwiches. They’ll be donated to STAR of Norwalk, and Bridgeport’s Alpha Community Center and Cardinal Shehan Center.

The Jersey Mike’s at 360 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk has been excited to work with Rick, Bob and Sunny on their idea. They’re ready to make those sandwiches — and all others that area residents order, on that special day.

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Many Westporters have expressed concern about the massive logs stored on the Post Road property near Roseville Road.

That’s not the only potential danger. Drivers heading south on Roseville have a tough enough time seeing westbound traffic, thanks to the blind curve.

Often now though, a logging truck parked on the lot makes it even harder.

There’s no “No Right Turn on Red” sign at that traffic light, for Roseville traffic. There should be.

Savvy motorists — at least, those turning right — cut through the McDonald’s parking lot.

Everyone else should just wait for the green.

(Photo/Joseph Signorile)

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It’s the time of year for swans and their eggs. The annual ritual is today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature. This photo is from Riverside Avenue, near the boardwalk by the medical offices.

(Photo/Gabriela Bockhaus)

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And finally … Taylor Hawkins, the ever-smiling, fierce drummer and occasional vocalist for Foo Fighters for more than 2 decades, died Friday in Colombia, at 50. Several drugs were reportedly found in his system. Click here for a full obituary.

Giving Back, Saving Lives

Professionally, Bob Levy was a stockbroker. Civically, he’s spent much of his 31 years in Westport involved with STAR Lighting the Way, the non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

But he’s always admired EMTs. “They’re volunteers. Day and night, they’re out helping people,” Levy says.

During COVID, they still did it. Emergency medical technicians are “very special super-heroes.”

Levy asked his friend Adria Belport — a member of Weston’s EMS — what units most needed. Equipment, she said.

Belport’s husband, Michael Loeb, had helped Levy’s philanthropic efforts in the past. This time, the duo added kindred local spirits, including Don Ehrenberg, Bill Felton, Dr. John Schneider and Milt Wolfson. “I’m so proud to be associated with these guys,” Levy says.

They had lunch, discussed their own good fortunes in life — investment banking, psychotherapy, real estate development, medicine, corporate governance and business — and pledged to help.

Their funds provided a much-needed trailer for Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service‘s utility task vehicle, used when rescuing people during off-road trauma or medical emergencies.

Bob Levy (left) and Michael Loeb (right) present Michael Burns, Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, with a “Giving Back” check.

Weston’s EMS received AEDs (automatic external defibrillators). The portable devices treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

“Many people are not aware that Westport and Weston EMS are volunteer organizations — not funded by their towns,” Levy says.

His group calls itself Giving Back Fairfield County. It sounds like this is just the start — and it is.

Each year, they’ll raise funds to sustain and improve the quality of life in the area, by giving back to a deserving organization.

“We don’t usually tell people what we’re doing,” he says of his and his friends’ past philanthropy. “But the news is so bad these days, it’s important for people to hear good news.”

Giving Back Fairfield County is good news indeed. To learn more, email info@givingbackfc.org.