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Tomorrow is October 1.
Every dog owner — and probably every dog — knows what that means.
From Saturday through March 31, canines are allowed back on Compo Beach.
They’re prohibited from the pavilion, playground and walkways. They must be leashed in all areas, except the off-leash area (south of the pavilion, including South Beach).
And it goes without saying — though the Parks & Recreation Department says it anyway, because some dog owners don’t care about this crap — “you are required by law to pick up your dog’s feces.”
Speaking of animals:
Earth Animal has donated $20,000 to build a new barn at Wakeman Town Farm. It will provide shelter, feed storage and veterinary care space.
The funds came through a 6-month Little Barn Project. A percentage of store sales — including WTF merchandise — went to the farm. Earth Animal then matched the funds.
“My sister Abbey and I fell in love with the farm and all that it does for the community, the animals, children, families and their dedicated sustainability mission,” says Merritt Goldstein, whose family owns Earth Animal.
“We asked what we could do for the farm and began supplying food for the animals. We realized that the existing barn was run down, and needed to be rebuilt.”
Aquarion has requested a revenue increase of $49.9 million — a 25% increase. If approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, it would add about $4.25 per month to the bill of a typical residential water customer using 72,000 gallons of water annually.
As if Westport does not have enough traffic and school bus problems:
Andrew Colabella reports that a bus broke down in this most inopportune spot prior to starting its route today:
Ribbons around trees usually mean they’re coming down soon.
Probably not so at Grace Salmon Park.
These pink ribbons are undoubtedly in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
But it might not hurt to get rid of these particular ones.
They’re trees of heaven — a very invasive species.
Some people don’t look at food expiration dates.
Jarret Liotta does.
The native Westporter sends this photo:
He writes: “This is probably my third in the last couple of months. Perhaps you can suggest a new ‘06880’ game: Readers can search Stop & Shop for their favorite expired products.”
The Joggers Club is moving from Greens Farms train station to Compo Beach.
There are fun runs every Saturday at 8 a.m. (parking available even without a sticker). There are short (3-5 miles) and long courses (6 to 9 miles) each week.
The cost is $50 (not each time!). New Joggers Club members receive a Brooks racing shirt.
The club also introduces a new members-only track night, every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., at the Staples High School Track.
Got kids? The Joggers Club Jr. welcomes youngsters in kindergarten through 8th grade. They work on speed, strength and how to love the sport.
The Joggers Club was founded in 2007 to help runners build friendships, form bonds, have fun (and run).
For more information, click here, or go to Instagram (@TheJoggersClub.CT),
Facebook or Strava for weekly courses and local running chatter.
Speaking of sports: Tennis fans would give anything to watch Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal up close and personal. When they do, it costs big buck$. And they’re surrounded by thousands of other people.
Squash aficionados can watch their heroes — Paul Coll (ranked #2 in the world), Diego Elias (#4) and Faraz Kahn (#53) — on October 6.
The site is Intensity — the tennis/squash/fitness/dance center just over the Norwalk line. (It’s also home to the Staples High School squash teams.)
The event starts at 5 p.m. with junior clinics. Adult clinics follow at 6, with the pro exhibition matches beginning at 7.
Admission includes food, drink, and photo and autograph opportunities — something else you’d never get with Federer or Nadal. Click here for tickets.
Last week, Westporters Anna Dubchak, Steve Taranko, Vitaly Yakubovskiy and Mark Yurkiw, plus Luba Zam from Norwalk, held the first meeting of the
Ukrainian Society of Fairfield.
The group hopes to assist Ukraine cope with the horrors of the Russian invasion.
Non-Ukrainians are welcome to help too. For more information, email: UkrainianFairfield@hotmail.com.
There’s always something going on at Sherwood Mill Pond.
Matt Murray spotted this great blue heron yesterday. Today, it’s our handsome “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … rapper Coolio, the rapper and Grammy winner of hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 59. Click here for a full obituary.
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The Great Lawn at Saugatuck Church hosts lots of events. Social justice rallies, blessings of animals, plant sales — you name it, it’s there at one of Westport’s most visible and handsome sites.
Yesterday, it was an Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of youngsters raced around, finding thousands of eggs.
The afternoon was organized by WestportMoms — the multi-platform social media group, not a generic bunch of mothers — with volunteer support by Boy Scout Troop 36.
Want Mark Mathias’ video version? Click below:
Speaking of Easter:
For 15 years, 1971 Staples High School graduate Jalna Jaeger has decorated a tree on her property (3 East Avenue in Norwalk, not far from Stew Leonard’s).
It’s an homage to Ostereierbaum — the German tradition of filling trees and bushes with Easter eggs. It’s always colorful and fun.
This year, it sends a message.
Most of Jalna’s eggs are blue and yellow: the colors of Ukraine.
Many Americans are doing what they can to show support for that embattled nation. But Jalna’s Ostereierbaum tree may be the only one like it anywhere.
As Russian troops retreat in parts of Ukraine, the horrors of their occupation are only now beginning to be known.
One of the world’s first looks at what the invaders did — and left behind — comes today in the New York Times. A story headlined “‘This is True Barbarity’: Life and Death Under Russian Occupation” describes the past month in Trostyanets, a strategically located town that soldiers finally fled a few days ago.
“A monthlong Russian occupation reduced much of the town to rubble, a decimated landscape of mangled tank hulks, snapped trees and rattled but resilient survivors,” the Times says.
The piece is accompanied by more than a dozen photos from Tyler Hicks. The Pulitzer Prize winner graduated from Staples High School in 1988. Click here for the full story and photos.
There was plenty of action yesterday at Sherwood Island State Park.
Michele Sorensen — Friends of Sherwood Island’s next president — organized volunteers to plant beach grass. It helps revitalize the dunes, and prevents erosion.
They’ll return over the next few weeks. But they need others. Click here to help, via Signup Genius.
How’s this for a warm-and-fuzzy, pooch-friendly photo?
Unfortunately it was taken at Compo yesterday — the day after dogs were prohibited from all town beaches.
Hopefully the woman was unaware of the rule, not flouting it.
She and her buddy can return October 1.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” image features a strong, handsome eagle. They’re hard to photograph well. But Steve Halstead nailed it.
And finally … on this date in 1865, Union forces captured Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
Just over 100 years later the Band included that pivotal moment, in Virgil Caine’s lament — though he puts the date as “May the 10th”:
The Compo Beach entrance looks different these days.
Recently, Matt Murray saw workers clearing brush from the area.
He drove by again yesterday. This time, he noticed, it and at least one tree on Compo Beach Road bordering the turn had been removed.
By comparison, Matt sent this Google view from 2016:
Thirteen Westport-based organizations are among the dozens participating in next Thursday’s Fairfield County’s Giving Day.
The 9th annual event is sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Since 2014, it has raised $11.5 million for area non-profits. Last year, nearly 15,000 people donated more than $2.25 million to groups offering a wide array of services
The Westport nonprofits raising funds next week are:
- Beechwood Arts & Empowerment
- CLASP Homes
- Homes with Hope
- Westport Animal Shelter Advocates
- Westport Astronomical Society
- Westport Book Sale Ventures
- Westport Community Band
- Westport Community Theatre
- Westport Country Playhouse
- Westport Downtown Association
- Westport Museum for History & Culture
- Westport School of Music
For a full list, and to support any (or all!) groups, click here.
Want to learn more about “Forest Resilience in the Face of Climate Change”?
Sign up for Aspetuck Land Trust’s “Lunch and Learn” Zoom webinar next Wednesday (February 23, 12 to 1 p.m.).
“Land trusts and other forest owners are facing difficult choices about their cherished trees” in these perilous times, the environmental organization says. “Should we remove and replant? How do we do that?”
The session features the University of Connecticut’s Dr. Juliana Barrett. And Aspetuck Land Trust director of stewardship Lou Bacchiocchi will discuss how he manages 2,000 acres of land.
Click here to register.
The 2022 Music at MoCA Concert Series — just announced — includes 12 jazz, pop, world music, Broadway, country/folk and classical performances. They’ll be held inside the museum at 19 Newtown Turnpike, and on the outdoor stage between March and November.
Highlights include performers from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Spotlight series, and the world-renowned Danish String Quartet.
The full schedule:
March 25: Alturas Duo with Gonzalo Cortés (World Music)
April 16: The Figgs (Rock)
April 30: Griffin Anthony (Pop)
May 21: Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
June 11: Sean Mason (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
June 25: A Tale of Two (Country/Folk)
July 15: Adam Tendler (Classical Contemporary)
July 23: Broadway Through The Ages (Broadway)
August 5: Danish String Quartet (Classical)
August 20: Mariel Bildsten (Jazz) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist
September 9: Roman Rabinovich (Classical)
November 19: Heida Hermanns Competition Celebration
Tickets — which include exhibition admission — are available on MoCA’s website, or by calling 203-222-7070. Streaming is available for anyone wishing to watch at home.
Speaking of music … oops! Yesterday’s “Roundup” noted John Corigliano’s 84th birthday.
I forgot to mention that the famed contemporary classical composer spent summers here while growing up. His father, John Sr., was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years, and died at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at his 74th birthday party at the family’s summer home on Valley Road. He is buried around the corner, at Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road. (Hat tips: Ann Sheffer, Bobbie Herman)
Dog photos are catnip for “06880” readers. Today’s “Westport … Naturally” image comes from Nicola Sharian. Remember: Pooches are allowed at Compo only until March 31. Enjoy it while you can!
And finally … MoCA’s great concert series lineup (above) includes pop artist Griffin Anthony. Here’s a preview:
Missed yesterday’s debate between the candidates for first and second selectmen?
The event — sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Westport Library — is now online. Click below to view.
Domestic violence is real, and part of Westport life.
Next Monday (October 18, 7 p.m.), the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force, Westport Human Services Department and Westport Library will present an important webinar.
“When Stop Doesn’t Work: What is the Impact on our Children?” features Ann Rodwell-Lawton, associate director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. She and Liz Modugno — an alcohol and addiction counselor at Westport’s Aspire Counseling — will discuss the generational impact of trauma and family violence on children. Click here to register.
Westport native Bruce Michelson is now an English professor — and noted Mark Twain scholar — at the University of Illinois. He credits Burr Farms Elementary School 6th grade teacher June Jack with getting him interested in the famed author.
John Kelley — who sent along this interview with Michelson from the Mark Twain Circle of America newsletter — recalls a field trip to Twain’s Hartford home with that class. Michelson mentions the visit in the piece.
It took place more than 60 years ago. Who knows what youngster today will follow a career in the 2080s that started — perhaps today — in one of our elementary schools?
Frank Sisson writes:
At Winslow Park. another dog owner told me he had seen a dead dog on the road just outside a North Compo entrance — one of several openings in the stone wall along the road. Why are those openings not gated to prevent such a tragedy? Dogs will be dogs, and one unauthorized squirrel chase in the wrong direction could spell disaster.
If the town can’t swing it, maybe a group of regular Winslow Park dog owners could get together with a plan to chip in and make this happen.
Longtime Westporter June Fernie died recently. She was 94 years old.
A child of the Depression and World War II, she was the eldest daughter in a family of 7 children. She left her home in Guelph, Ontario, Canada at 17 for Toronto, where she worked as secretary at an advertising agency. Her life changed when John Fernie, a recently discharged RAF pilot and artist from Scotland, walked through the door looking for a job.
After a quick courtship they married and emigrated to the US in 1947, making their first home in a cold-water flat in Brooklyn.
A talented illustrator, John found work quickly at a prestigious Madison Avenue ad agency. Working together, the newlyweds earned success.
In 1950 they moved into their first real home in Westport. Their children Bruce, heather and Mitchell were born and raised there.
June and John enjoyed all that New York, Westport and London had to offer in the swinging ‘60s, socializing with creatives from the art and literary worlds as well as entertainers from movies and music.
June organized family skiing in Vermont every winter, and annual summer holidays in England and Europe. Supportive of John’s love of fast automobiles, she was an enthusiastic pit crew during frequent weekends at the racetrack.
In 1970 June and John moved their family to Vermont, before finally settling
in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1980.
June was a talented administrator who, in addition to managing her husband’s art business, worked for many years as an administrative assistant in Maine. Her years as a volunteer at the Kennebunkport Historical Society brought her a great deal of pleasure.
June is survived by her children Bruce (Katherine Walsh) of West Tisbury, Massachusetts and Heather Fernie McInnis (Craig) McInnis of Kennebunkport; daughter-in-law Barbara Borchardt of Cumberland, Maine; foster daughter Jill Deveraux of Oro Valley, Arizona; grandchildren
Alexander, Dana, Bowen, Avery, Mitchell and Trevor, and great-grandchildren Mae Fernie, Helena and Ollie.
The Westport Library Book Sale earlier this month exceeded already high expectations. That’s due in part to over 200 volunteer who assisted with setup, the event itself and cleanup. Other volunteers work year long processing books, and helping at the Westport Book Shop.
Organizes give a special shoutout to organizations that supported the effort, including the Westport Young Woman’s League, Neighbors and Newcomers of Westport, Abilis, Westport Public Library staff, Staples Service League of Boys, Westport National Charity League, Builders Beyond Borders, and Staples High School National Honor Society.
All proceeds of the sale support the Westport Library, and the employment of adults with disabilities.
Three attorneys at Westport’s FLB Law — Stephen Fogerty, Eric Bernheim and Joshua Auxier — have been named to the 2021 Connecticut Super Lawyers list. Brian Tims has been named to the publication’s Rising Stars roster.
Super Lawyers lists are generated by peer ratings.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo pays homage to our beloved fall ritual: Dogs are allowed back on Compo Beach.
This guy acts like he owns the place, all year long.
And finally … happy 63rd birthday to Marie Osmond!
Friday is October 1. Which means that Fido — and all his 4-legged friends — will once again be allowed at Compo Beach.
For the next 6 months, they can enjoy the off-leash area (south of the pavilion, including South Beach), and the leashed area north of that. They’re prohibited from the pavilion, playground and walkways.
It goes without saying, but Parks & Rec says it anyway: Pick up all poop.
Violations will cost you $77.
Tyler Hicks is an internationally known New York Times photographer. Fittingly, he just won (another) international prize.
The Staples High School Class of 1988 graduate (and 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner) captured the 2021 Visa d’Or Award for Best Digital News Story. He won for his COVID coverage on the Amazon River.
Hicks spent over a month last summer traveling on a riverboat with health workers, entering villages where the dead were uncountable.
The Visa d’Or international news photography awards are presented in Perpignan, France, after a series of jury reviews.
This is Hicks’ second Visa d’Or News Award. He won in 2014 for his coverage of the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi, Kenya.
Click here to see his prize-winning Brazil photos.
The Westport Library’s Fall Book Sale returns — live and in person — Friday, October 8 through Monday, October 11.
Thousands of “gently used books” include dozens of categories. A few examples: children’s, literature and classics, fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, art, photography, history, math, science, psychology, religion, biography, business, cooking, gardening, performing arts, travel, foreign language and antiquarian. Tons of DVDs, CDs and vinyl records will be available too.
Everything Sunday (October 10) is half-price. On Monday (October 11), you can fill a bag for just $5.
Early bird admission on Friday (October 8, 8 a.m.) is through a pre-paid $15 ticket. It’s sold online only; click here. For more information about the Book Sale itself, click here. To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” was a 1962 film. The Joggers Club is anything but lonely.
It’s a great way to get outside, get exercise, meet people and have fun.
Need a push? This Saturday (October 2), the Joggers Club hosts a free “Welcome to Running” party.
Runners of all levels are invited to Compo Beach. The run begins at 8 a.m.; the party follows at 9 a.m.
Click here for more information, or follow on Instagram: @thejoggersclub.ct.
After your jog, check out WestportMoms’ first-ever Fall Family Fun Festival (Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greens Farms Academy).
The $20 per family ticket price includes music, sports, a ninja course, pumpkin decorating, crafts, tattoos, food trucks and more. Run on over!
After that, you can cruise over to the Westport Police Benevolent Association’s 3rd annual Car Cruise (Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Westport train station Lot #1.
Cars of all years, makes and models are welcome. The fee to enter and display a car is $20. The first 100 cars to arrive will receive a gift bag.
The family-friendly event includes music, food, trophies and raffles.
Carly Novick Ridloff’s 1st “Sip, Shop, Swap” clothing exchange was a hit.
So she’s doing it again. The socially conscious (and very social) way to get rid of (and find) gently used clothes takes place October 28 (12 to 4 p.m., 82 Roseville Road).
A portion of the proceeds goes to Sustainable Westport. For more information, email email@example.com or search on social media: @the.exchangeproject.
There’s something for everyone at this Sunday’s “Smart Walk for Smart Kids with LD” (October 3, 12 p.m., Sherwood Island State Park).
In addition to crafts, games, ice cream, music and tai chi, Piglet — the blind, deaf, pink dog with the positive attitude — will make an appearance. And Stephanie Bass will sign copies of her book of pandemic signs, Driveway Showcase.
Click here for more information, and to register.
Last week’s “Unsung Heroes” honored Rosie and Lou, 2 post office employees who always go above and beyond.
We should also note E.J Butner III. The long-time Westport USPS employee retires this week, after many years of loyal service
His family has a long postal history. His grandfather, Edward J. Butner, served as postmaster at the previous Post Road location (now Design Within Reach). (Hat tip: Pam Jones)
Child’s Pose Yoga helps youngsters connect their bodies, minds and health. To help, they’re partnering with “mindful expert” Denise Zack on a workshop: “Setting Your Child up for Success with Mindful Skills.”
The goal is to help children develop emotional resilience. Parents will learn specific, useful strategies.
It’s October 8 (10 a.m., 8 Church Street South).
Tickets are $40 each. Registration is required; DM @childsposewestport.
Meanwhile, look what crawled up Molly Alger’s window the other day. It posed long enough to be our “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … on this day in 1836, Thomas Crapper was born. The English plumber held 9 patents, including the ballcock, leading to the invention of modern plumbing. [Insert your own juvenile joke here.]