2020 has seemed interminable. As we near the end, the days get colder; the nights longer.
Sometimes it’s good to get a fresh perspective. New “06880” reader Zeina Mobassaleh writes:
We just moved to Westport, from Dubai, and we feel so lucky to get to live here.
I want to share a picture I took on a morning walk on Compo this week. It was such a beautiful morning, I just kept walking and walking, I couldn’t get enough of the breathtaking nature and views literally all around me. I wish everyone could have seen it. So I’m sharing at least this picture with you.
Now all of “06880” can see it too. Thanks, Zeina — and welcome to Westport!
Yesterday’s “06880” featured some background on the Catherine M. Wedmore, the oyster boat often seen from Westport’s shores.
Gene Borio was intrigued. He’s been photographing it for years. His close-up shot will intrigue the many “06880” readers who have only watched it from afar.
Almost immediately, songwriters went to work. Charles Tobias’ “We Did It Before (and We Can Do it Again)” was the first to receive air play. Three nights later — on December 10 — his brother-in-law Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio variety show.
It was “more upbeat and less vicious” than tunes that followed — “a reminder of the country’s effort to make the world safe for democracy a generation before, and an acknowledgment of the work that lay ahead.”
Jimmy Izzo never knew his grandfather’s brother. Army Staff Sgt. Louis Doddo was 30 years old when he was killed at Saipan on July 7, 1945 — just 2 months before the Japanese surrendered, to end World War II.
His remains were not identified. “Unknown X-26” was buried in the Philippines in 1950.
But now Izzo — a 1983 Staples High School graduate, longtime RTM member and former owner of Crossroads Ace Hardware store — and his family have closure.
Izzo’s cousin, Kathy Bell Santarella, began searching for his remains 10 years ago. Thanks to her persistence, the work of the American Graves Registration Service, and DNA samples from various aunts and uncles, “Unknown X-26” has been positively identified as Doddo.
The 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division soldier will buried in May in his hometown of Norwalk.
His name, meanwhile, is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others still missing. A rosette will be placed next to his name, indicating he has been accounted for.
Click here to read the full story, from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Staff Sgt. Louis S. Doddo
Some cool murals — dating back to its days as Westport Bank & Trust — hang inside Patagonia.
Now there’s a pretty cool one outside too.
Many years ago, the clothing store and Green Village Initiative had a strong relationship. GVI has evolved from a Westport-based, volunteer organization to a Bridgeport urban farming and gardening non-profit. Its mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community, to create a more just food system.
But the connection with Patagonia continues, based on a shared commitment to food justice.
The mural is one example. Painted by Charlyne Alexis and Stephanie Gamrra Cretara, it promotes and supports local farming, and GVI.
Plus, it looks awesome. (Hat tip: Pippa Bell Ader)
Tammy Barry has often wondered about the oyster boat moored often in Long Island Sound.
The other day, through binoculars, she read the name: Catherine M. Wedmore.
Intrigued, she googled it. This came up on the Westport Museum of History & Culture page:
“Catherine M. Wedmore is a 56 foot wooden oyster boat built in in West Mystic, Connecticut in 1924. This 96 year old lady still works daily harvesting oysters from Norwalk to Westport for Norm Bloom & Son/Copps Island Oysters.”
Now you know!
Have you started planning for the Parks & Rec Department’s first-ever holiday house decorating contest?
Andrew Colabella spotted this interesting scene, on Dogwood Lane. Click here for contest details.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Or, perhaps, a bird-eat-fish world.
Molly Alger spotted this scene recently at Sherwood Island State Park:
And finally … on this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones were the featured band at the Altamont Free Concert. During “Sympathy for the Devil,” 18-year-old Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Hell’s Angels security guards. It was not rock ‘n’ roll’s finest hour.
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