It’s taken a while.
But last night, the Board of Finance unanimously approved funds for a traffic study of Cross Highway, North Avenue and Bayberry Lane.
The project will look at intersection safety, as well as adding a sidewalk on Cross Highway and a crosswalk near The Porch @ Christie’s.
Next stop: an appropriation request to the RTM.
Superman came to the Westport Library last night.
The Man of Steel arrived on the Trefz Forum big screen. Westporter Arlen Schumer presented an in-depth lecture on Curt Swan — the longtime local illustrator who for 29 years was DC Comics’ primary Superman artist.
Swan’s 3 children were all in the audience. Chris lives in Westport; Karen Brooks is in Wilton, and Ceal Swift is in Westbrook.. (Hat tip: Dave Matlow)
Camp A Cappella CT — the innovative program teaching vocal technique, beatboxing, ensemble skills and choreography to area youngsters — returns this summer with an in-person program.
And another star on its faculty.
Michelle Pauker — the 2013 Staples High School graduate/Broadway performer who wowed a recent SRO MoCA crowd with an evening of song — will work her considerable magic.
Michelle earned a BA in music from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, concentrating in musical theater. Many Westporters already know her through her private lessons.
Michelle joins music educator Amanda Violone, in the upbeat, fun camp program.
Camp A Cappella CT was created by Danielle Merlis, following the success of her Cello Camp. The award-winning musician was initially inspired at Long Lots Elementary School, earned first chair honors in the Staples High orchestra, and went on to perform with Chris Brubeck and the Eagles, at venues like Lincoln Center.
Camp A Cappella CT welcomes singers in grades 1 to 12. It runs August 22 to 27 at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, alongside The Cello Camp, now in its 7th year.
For information and registration for Camp A Cappella CT. click here.
PS: You don’t have to attend (or have a kid who does) to enjoy the camps’ final concerts (August 27, 5 p.m. cellists, 7 p.m. singers, Christ & Holy Trinity Church). Everyone is welcome.
Next up on the big screen: Westporter Kathy-Ann Hart.
She’s the latest addition to the cast of “Madame Web.” The Marvel comics-based film’s cast includes Dakota Johnson, Mike Epps, Adam Scott and Sydney Sweeney.
Though she began performing as a child in her native Trinidad, Hart is a newcomer to film. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2003, she worked for many years as a corporate attorney and non-profit executive. She moved to Westport in 2017.
Gas prices have dropped for over 50 straight days. They’re now nearly $1 less than this spring’s (very high) highs.
Today — and today only — you can get $1 off each gallon, at the Shell station across from Westport Country Playhouse.
They’ve renovated their interior, so it’s a brighter and better-stocked (if not particularly healthy) convenience story mart than before. They’re celebrating today, with the special $1 off offer. (Hat tip: Ifeseyi Gayle)
Like many places of worship, the Unitarian Church in Westport welcomes guest speakers.
But this Sunday (August 7, 10 a.m.) is special. Darcy Hicks will also make art with the congregation.
As “06880” reported last week, Darcy is part of Wings4Peace. The grassroots gun safety coalition, formed in the wake of the Uvalde shooting, creates “wings” artwork all across the nation.
The UU church invites artists, non-artists, students, builders, artisans and activists to join them, and Darcy, on Sunday.
The Weston Flea is Saturday, September 10 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Weston High School). This month, organizers invite anyone looking to sell home goods, tag sale items, crafts, art, new business ideas and more, to reserve space.
Popular items include toys, garage and garden items, tools, rugs, candles, soap and jewelry. The cost is $25 for 2 parking spaces ($20 for seniors).
To reserve a spot, call 203-222-2608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fall, Fairfield Museum presents an immersive exhibit on the life and work of Richard Scarry.
The children’s book author and illustrator — known for the book “Busytown,” and characters like Huckle the Cat, Lowly Worm, Miss Honey and Mr. Frumble — lived in Westport. He began illustrating in 1948, but his work remains popular today. The Fairfield Museum show will introduce him to the next generation.
It will include original artwork, unpublished drawings, rare books, large-scale reproductions of his illustrations, a reading nook, and a museum-wide scavenger hunt.
Click here for more information. Click here and click here for 2 “06880” stories on Richard Scarry’s connections to Westport.
Yale New Haven Health cut the ribbon on its new Digestive Health Center yesterday.
The facility, at 325 Riverside Avenue, provides care for medical and surgical patients, including bariatric, colorectal and hernia surgery and gastroenterology.
Lauri Weiser writes: “I have no idea why this iris wanted to bloom again now, in my back yard. Maybe it just wanted to be a “Westport … Naturally” photo!”
And finally … getting ready for next month’s Weston Flea (see story above):
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