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Roundup: Theater, Sports, Bernie, More


Good theater is hard to find right now.

But a pair of Staples High School graduates are collaborating on an intriguing work, available from the comfort of your home. And it was filmed right in Westport.

Class of 2016 graduate Adam Riegler is directing a virtual play. “Albert Names Edward” by Louis Nowra is a taped theatrical production about 2 men who meet unexpectedly. One has no memory; the other is at the peak of his philosophical musings. Albert teaches Edward about the world he has forgotten, and introduces him to new ways of thinking that Edward does not always accept.

The company of recent graduates of Dartmouth College includes Max Samuels (Staples Class of 2011). They rehearsed on Zoom before getting tested for COVID. They took all precautions as they to met to film the show here.

The budget was low. Riegler built a camera dolly out of medical equipment from his father’s office. But the quality is high.

Riegler is finishing the footage now, with an original score.

“Albert Names Edward” will be available on demand on January 29 and 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but should be reserved ahead of time (click here). 

Max Samuels (right) in “Albert Names Edward.”


Last month, the Hackett family collected new and gently used sports equipment for a group called Leveling the Playing Field.

This was not just a bin-ful. Westporters donated enough cleats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, bats, skates, footballs and softball gloves to fill a truck. It’s all been delivered to youngsters who want to play, but could not afford to.

The Hacketts thank The Granola Bar, WestportMoms (and “06880”) for getting the word out — and to everyone who contributed.

Play ball!

hloe Hackett (organizer) and Max Levitt (founder of Leveling the Playjng Field), Chloe Hackett and Marley, the Hacketts’ rescue dog.


Patricia Wettach — a 50-year resident of Westport — died peacefully at home on Wednesday. She was 97 years old.

The Pennsylvania native and World War II Navy WAVES veteran met her future husband, Bob, in the service. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, and they married in 1951.

In 1971 GE transferred Bob to New York from Cincinnati. Patricia lived in that house ever since.

Gracious and warm, she built strong, loving friendships everywhere. She welcomed everyone to her home, and fed them well. She enjoyed bridge, book and gourmet clubs, and was a longtime member of the Westport Woman’s Club, St. Luke New Horizon Society, Delta Gamma of Fairfield County Alumnae, and Food and Friends. Patricia also volunteered with Fairfield County Hospice, and was a liturgical minister at St. Luke Church.

She traveled internationally with friends and family, but her favorite destination was the Wettach cottage in Vermilion, Ohio, overlooking Lake Erie. She spent many hours on the front porch reading, talking and enjoying the view.

Patricia is survived by her children Mary Ann Roehm (Edward), Jane (Paul Baldasare Jr.) and Robert III (Gayle); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Werbaneth; stepbrother Colman Studeny, and 6 nephews.

She was predeceased 27 years ago by her husband Bob, whom she missed intensely.

As she approached her 90s Patricia was joined by Inga Durante, an aide whose tender care allowed her to stay at home until she died. Patricia’s family is deeply indebted to Inga for her service.

In lieu of flowers, Patricia asked that donations be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (22 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897). Click here to leave online condolences.

Patricia Wettach


Cohl Katz is a hair stylist and makeup artist to the stars.

Her clients literally span A (Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin) to Z (Zelda Williams) — with everyone from Jodie Foster, Tracy Morgan, Al Hanks and Bill Clinton thrown in.

But on Wednesday, Cohl — who counts many Westporters among her devoted fans — had one of her most demanding clients ever.

Look familiar?

And after that, Bernie headed off to Compo Beach …

(Posted by Todd Zegras to Facebook)

(Courtesy of Mary Lou Roels)


And finally … today is January 23. In other words, 1/23. So …


Cohl Katz’s A-List Clients

Cohl Katz makes everyone feel like a celebrity.

The talented hair stylist and makeup artist works with a devoted clientele at Dream Spa. The handsome stand-alone home on the Post Road next to Crate & Barrel is a perfect spot for the low-key but very creative Cohl.

But she finds time to make actual, legit celebrities look even better than usual.

Her clients literally span A (Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin) to Z (Zelda Williams).

The other day, she prepared Jodie Foster for her “Silence of the Lambs” parody on the “Late Show Stephen Colbert.”

Cohl Katz adjusts Jodie Foster’s “Clarice Starling” wig.

Then it was time for Tracy Morgan. His new TV series debuts this spring.

And she posed for a selfie with longtime client Tom Hanks.

Then it was back to Westport. Her customers needed her to make them look fabulous too.

Cohl Katz: Celebrity Stylist Brings Talents To Town

What do Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise have in common?

Cohl Katz.

She’s the celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist who has worked wonders on all those actors, singers, politicians and heavyweight champions (in and out of the boxing ring).

Last year, Cohl gave up her high-powered New York life (and salon) for quieter, more laid-back — but no less glamorous — Westport.

Cohl Katz, in her new Vincent Palumbo Salon digs.

Cohl Katz, in her new Vincent Palumbo Salon digs.

She joined Vincent Palumbo Salon. There — near Party Harty, Dunkin’ Donuts and Westport Hardware — she’s become one of our town’s favorite stylists.

Our names may not be (all) boldface. But Cohl is delighted.

Though she grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, she was always drawn to New York. Woody Allen movies pulled her in.

After training at Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco, she moved to his academy in London. There she met some of the world’s top fashion photographers — and honed her creative, calm, communicative approach.

One of Cohl Katz's clients...

One of Cohl Katz’s clients…

In 1983 she made her long-awaited move to “New York. Her painter/ sculptor brother lived in the East Village. Through him — and his parties — Cohl befriendedvery interesting people. One of her first hair-cutting clients was Robert Mapplethorpe.

At a bar she met Maripol. The stylist had just created Madonna’s look. Maripol’s friend had a salon on Madison Avenue. Cohl started work there the next day.

She opened one of New York’s first boutique salons in 1991, in the then-stylistic wilderness of the Flatiron district. She also freelanced, doing hair and makeup for celebrities before photo shoots.

Her clientele expanded beyond entertainers. She worked with 3 first ladies — Barbara and Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton — at the White House, and the Waldorf Astoria.

“They’re just people like us, doing a job they love,” she says of her many famous clients. When she meets them at their apartment or home, they open the door in bathrobes or towels.



“I like people,” Cohl says. “Every day is different. My job is to be supportive and comforting, so they look and feel great.”

At her salons too, she enjoys giving someone a change that can lift their spirit.

For many year, Cohl owned a New York apartment and country home. She likes to kayak, bike and garden, but after years in the city she longed to see sky, trees and water every day. When her daughter graduated from high school, Cohl was ready to create a new life.

She knew Peter Coppola. He’d just teamed up with Vincent Palumbo. Soon, Cohl was on a train to Westport. She liked Vincent’s energy, and the smiles she saw on customers and stylists in his salon. He hired her immediately.

But Cohl needed time to make sure  the move felt right. She kept her apartment, and commuted to Westport from New York.

It did not take long for her to know her instincts were right. Through the salon, she learned that Westport is “down-to-earthy, friendly, smart and sophisticated.”

...and 2 more.

…and 2 more.

She looked at real estate. A Southport cottage seemed perfect. The owner — an 86-year-old woman — had been a model back in the day (and a 5-time cover girl for Vogue).

“It was a perfect fit,” Cohl says. “It was meant to be.”

There’s a horse next to her cottage. Every day before work, she feeds him carrots. “I feel like I’m in the country — not the suburbs,” Cohl notes.

She looks forward to a summer of kayaking and gardening. She still goes to Manhattan twice a month, and does celebrity work on request.

But, she says, “I’m enjoying a different part of my life. I love what I do, and I’ve always felt like I’ve never worked a day in my life. But this is really special.”