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Roundup: Teuscher Wetlands, Networking, CMS Math Club …

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Three dolphins continued their weekend in Bermuda Lagoon, off Saugatuck Shores, yesterday.

For the 2nd day in a row, they delighted residents and onlookers with their play.

There’s no indication how long they’ll stay. But given the state of today’s world, we’re delighted to have them.

Dolphins in Bermuda Lagoon (Photo/Gina Beranek)

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Regina Olshan loves the Teuscher Wetlands Preserve, off Imperial Avenue.

She does not like its current ratty look.

“My husband and I went for a walk in this normally lovely natural area. We were upset to see it filled with trash,” she writes.

“Perhaps Boy Scouts, some other community organization or the town itself could organize a cleanup?”

Teuscher Wetlands Preserve (Photo/Regina Olshan)

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Business owners: The luck of the Irish may be with you this St. Patrick’s Day.

Business Networking International’s Westport chapter is holding a “Virtual Visitors Day” (March 17, 7:30 to 9 a.m.).

They’re looking for new members in these areas: security, HVAC, solar, photographer, caterer, bakery, florist, event planner, home inspector, moving company, travel tours, auto repair, and dry cleaner/tailor/shoe repair.

The Westport BNI Group has 48 members. Membership is structured to allow only 1 person per profession in each chapter. For example, the local group already has 1 landscaper, 1 realtor and 1 chiropractor.

Meetings are held weekly and referrals are exchanged in a structured manner.

Email Curtis@health-directions.com or billhall747@gmail.com to sign up for the Virtual Visitors Day. All visitors must pre-register for Zoom access to BNI. Click here for more information.

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Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids — the Westport-based children’s haircut franchise — has long given back to worthy organizations. Each child gets a token to put in a box for a charity of their choice.

All boxes are now changed to Ukraine relief. All Sharkey’s franchises can choose any 2 Ukraine-related charities that touch them the most.

The Westport location — the busiest of all 100-plus locations in the world — is at 1568 Post Road East, just east of ASF.

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Congratulations to the Coleytown Middle School Math Club!

Ten students participated in the Southwestern Connecticut “Mathcounts” competitions. Vikram Sarkar, Ayush Rudra and Adan Wang finished in the Top 10 (#1, 4 and 10), and qualify for the state event as individual competitors. That’s the highest number of qualifiers for any Fairfield County school. The top 4 finishers at the state level advance to the national contest.

There was also a team competition. CMS’ Team A (Adan, Ayush, Vikram and Owen Wood) came in first in that category, by a wide margin. Bedford Middle School was third.

Other Coleytown competitors include Akil Arvind, Anit Arvind, Justin Jendrock, Sarah Lyle, Charlie McGillion-Moore and Mateo Riero.

Coleytown Middle School Math Club

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Lynsey Addario’s dramatic images from Ukraine have enraged the world.

But the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer — 1991 Staples High School graduate — was working on another project, before the Russian invasion.

Her photos illustrate an in-depth Atlantic story on Mohammed bin Salman, the astonishingly wealthy and equally mysterious crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia. Click here for the long, but very intriguing, story (and photos.) (Hat tip: Dave Lowrie)

Mohammed bin Salman (center), with members of the Saudi royal family. (PHoto/Lynsey Addario for The Atlantic)

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Dominick “Babe” DeMace died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday. He was 90 years old.

Born in 1932 to Josephine and Pasquale DeMace in Westport, and raised here, he served as an Army corporal in Trieste from 1952 to 1954.

After his discharge he met his future wife, Margaret Labbance, when she moved in across the street.

Dominick DeMace

He spent his career as a well-respected union electrician. He was a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Norwalk.

On Saturdays he ushered at Assumption Church’s evening mass, then visited his brother Frank’s restaurant, Mario’s. He was well known there, helping in any capacity.

Family was most important to Babe. He was generous, both in his trade and in his personal life. There was nothing he could not fix. His family says, “His Italian heritage meant he was an authority on cooking and consuming delicious meals. He worked hard to provide for his family and will be remembered for his loyalty and loving nature.”

He was predeceased by his sister Marie Wallace and brothers Michael, Joseph and Frank DeMace. He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Margaret, sister Theresa (Tess) DeMattia, children David, Danielle Yingling and Dominick (Joanne), grandchildren Stephanie Fagan (Joseph), Christina Bierwirth, Natalie, Emily, Elisabeth and Eric DeMace, great-grandchildren Connor and Devin Fagan and Andrew Bierwirth, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Harding Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Assumption Church on Wednesday (March 9, 10 a.m.). Burial with full military honors will follow at Saint John’s Cemetery in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to Saint Jude.

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It’s a month until Little League season begins. Until then, this team has Rogers Field on North Compo to its “Westport … Naturally” self.

(Photo/Richard Abramowitz)

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And finally … in keeping with this morning’s “06880” annual appeal for donations, to keep this blog (and its owner) going:

 

Roundup: Dolphins, Play With Your Food …

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Saugatuck Shores residents got a treat yesterday.

Three dolphins swam into Bermuda Lagoon. They played. They stayed. As of this morning, they were still there.

In tough times, they brought smiles to many faces. (Hat tip: Sara Kempner)

(Photos/Gina Beranek)

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Remarkable STEAM — the Maker Faire people — has branched out to support Ukraine.

Thanks to them, you can too.

They’ve created 2 pins — a big one,($10) and a smaller one ($7). All proceeds support charitable causes, including the Red Cross’ Ukraine projects.

Each pin is hand made, so large orders may take a couple of days. Click here for more information, and to order.

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Play With Your Food — the popular lunchtime play-reading series — returns to the stage  this month, after 2 years of virtual and outdoor performances.

The date is March 16, at MoCA Westport. The Newtown Turnpike museum has spacious seating for theater and lunching.

PWYF also returns to Fairfield Theater Company (March 15) and Greenwich Arts Council (March 17).

The first program is a tribute to Stephen Sondheim. Broadway veteran (and Westport-based) actress Stacie Morgain Lewis performs with Brian J. Carter the poignant one-act play “Move on or Sondheim at Studio 54. Also on tap: “The Donor” and “Big Date.”

Following the plays and talkbacks, there are boxed lunches catered by Gruel Britannia (Westport & Fairfield) and Meli Melo (Greenwich).

Tickets $60 each, $224 for a 4-month subscription. For more information click here, or call 203-293-8729.  

The Play With Your Food March cast.

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Pippa Bell Ader is one of Westport’s go-to environmental experts.

You can be too. On April 5 (11 a.m., Pequot Library, Southport), the Greens Farms Garden Club hosts her presentation of “Sustainable Westport and Its Initiatives.”

Learn how to reduce waste, help the environment, and make a difference. The public is invited. RSVP: greensfarmsgc@gmail.com.

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There is no — and I mean no — Westport/entertainment connection that gets by Fred Cantor. He spotted a New York Times obituary of Alan Ladd Jr., and connected the dots:

“Perhaps his biggest claim to fame was acquiring the rights to ‘Star Wars’ when it was just a concept.

“What I did not know until reading this was that Jeff Berg, who spent the first part of his childhood here, was the very young agent in 1973 who represented George Lucas, and who brought it to Alan Ladd Jr.’s attention.

“Berg went on to become chairman of ICM — and ‘Star Wars’ went on to be one of the biggest franchises in movie history.

“Berg’s love of movies most likely began right here at the Fine Arts Theater. But could he ever have imagined as a kid that one day a movie concept he was trying to promote would wind up on the marquee of the Fine Arts — and that it would change the way Hollywood approached movie-making?”

For good measure, Fred sends a photo he took in 1977, of the Fine Arts Theater. Playing at Fine Arts I that day was — of course — “Star Wars.”

(Photo/Fred Cantor)

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Congratulations to the Coleytown Middle School Math Club. They finished first in the unofficial statewide Mathcounts competition, by a wide margin. Congrats to Bedford’s team too, which came in 3rd.

MoCA Westport is looking for counselors (ages 16 and up) and counselors in training (14 to 16) at Camp MoCA Westport this summer.

The camp runs June 10 through August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A minimum 4-week commitment (preferably consecutive) is required. And yes, it’s a paying gig.

To apply, click here.

MoCA campers and staff members.

 

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Next “up” in the Westport Astronomical Society’s free online lecture series: “Swinging Around the Sun with the Parker Solar Probe.”

NASA project scientist Dr. Nour E. Raouafi is the virtual guest on March 15 (8 p.m.). Click here for the Zoom link; click here for the YouTube livestream.

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Peter Cook, of Westport and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died suddenly at his home in Maine  on Wednesday. He was 65.

A star athlete in high school, he played football at the University of Maine. After graduation he had an accomplished career as a group insurance executive with Unum, The Hartford, Aetna and Guardian Life.

A Westport resident since 1993, Peter loved the town and community, especially Compo Beach and the Ned Dimes Marina, Staples High School sports, and JoyRide Cycling.

After retiring, he fulfilled lifelong dreams by pursuing positions within the Boothbay community. He worked at Hodgdon Yacht Services, combining his love for the water, boats, his community and its people. His friends called him an “aquatic transportation engineer.”

He also served on the board of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, overseeing their capital campaign for a new addition. An avid reader, he instilled that love in his children.

Peter loved nothing better than spending time with his family at their compound on Appalachee Pond. Among his greatest joys were golfing, watching his children’s athletic accomplishments, spending time on the water on his boat Heavenly Days, and playing with his grandchildren and grandnieces. He savored and boasted about his wife’s gourmet meals and decadent desserts.

Peter also enjoyed spinning, yoga, and smoking an occasional Winston Churchill cigar.

His family says: “Peter had a very determined outlook. Some might say he was competitive, but it proved to be one of his best character traits as he doggedly overcame obstacles and constructed a very fulfilling life. He daydreamed about how he would spend his latter years with his family, what projects and house renovations he would undertake, and where he would travel with his wife, children, and their children.

Peter is survived by his wife Jacqueline; daughter Julie Hoadley (Ryan), and sons Matthew (Carlie) and Jason (Kayla); grandsons Quinn and Forrest, and siblings Cathlene Parkhurst, Michael Cook, Mary Jane Tracy and their families.

A memorial service will be held this Wednesday (March 9, 2 p.m., Greens Farms Congregational Church).
Donations in Peter’s name can be made to Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.
To extend online condolences, light a candle for Peter or share a story or picture, click here.

Peter Cook

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Human beings stay warm by huddling together. So did these guys at Compo Beach, in today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo.

(Photo/June Rose Whittaker)

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And finally … Bob Wills was born today, in 1905. He’s one of the founders of Western swing, and his Texas Playboys remain among the best of the genre. Wills died in 1975.

Roundup: Dolphins, Halloween, Robocalls, More


How cool is this?

Ryan Hartmann spotted 3 dolphins just a couple of miles off Cockenoe Island.

Here’s a screenshot of them playing alongside his boat. Click here for a minute-long video on Facebook Live.


The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce does windows.

Saturday, October 24 — one week before Halloween — is the date for the town’s Window Painting Contest. Westport students can sign up to request a merchant’s window, or be assigned one. They’ll decorate it, and judges will pick winners in 3 categories: Scariest Artwork, Best Halloweeen Theme, and Most Original.

There are different divisions for elementary, middle and high school.

Winners — who supply their own water-based paint, drop cloths and brushes, and clean up after themselves — receive a $25 gift certificate from Donut Crazy.

Click here to sign up.


I thought the most obnoxious robocall was the constant “courtesy call” from someone who had been “trying to reach” me about my (non-existent) automobile warranty.

But that’s almost welcome compared to the daily barrage from (supposedly) the presidential campaigns.

Every day I am assaulted by calls from both sides. The voice sounds the same — and for some reason, all I can think of is George H.W. Bush.

The scripts are similar too: How great the Biden (or Trump) ticket is, as opposed to the awful other side.

Then comes the kicker: Contribute $35. Or $5,000.

And — of course — the acknowledgment that this group with a made-up-but-official-sounding name has no affiliation with the actual campaigns.

It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it. If you want your money to get to Joe Biden, click here. For Donald Trump, click here.


And speaking of politics:

An “06880” reader received an anonymous letter, addressed to “Our Neighbors.” It says:

We have been hesitant to contact you but as the number of signs in your yard has grown, we felt we must reach out. We are writing not about the content of the signs displayed on your front lawn but about the quantity of signs.

This note has no reference to politics; everyone has the right to their beliefs and to the expression of those beliefs. However, your one sign has now blossomed into ten and frankly it is an eye sore to the neighborhood.

Our request is simply that you choose two of the signs to display in front and either display the others elsewhere or remove them altogether. Your consideration of this proposal is greatly appreciated.

The homeowner’s response: “Cowards!”


And finally … Johnny Nash died Tuesday. He was 80. But songs like this will long endure: