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Roundup: RBG, EV, IVF, More

A crowd of 75 people — of all ages — gathered last night at Westport’s Unitarian Church to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The vigil was held while the late US Supreme Court justice was being honored in Washington, DC.

(Photo/David Vita)


Pink Aid is going semi-virtual.

The renowned breast cancer organization celebrates their 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 10 at Mitchells of Westport.

There’s a fashion show featuring Brunello Cucinelli; video appearances by the CMA-winning band Old Dominion, Hoda Kotb, Giuliana Rancic and Susie Essman from “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; a photo booth, and mixologist.

But you can also enjoy Pink Aid’s gala at home.

You can pick up a “Pink Aid Party in a Box” at Mitchells’ Westport or Greenwich stores. Charcuterie boards and dinners from Marcia Selden Catering will be delivered in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

For tickets and more information, click here.


Who doesn’t love a parade? Particularly one that — these days — includes everyone driving their own cars.

As part of National Drive Electric Week — who knew?! — 1st Selectman Jim Marpe will wave the checkered flag on Sunday (September 27, 10 p.m.). The site is Donut Crazy, in the Westport train station eastbound parking.

Organized by the Electric Vehicle Club of Connecticut and Sustainable Fairfield Task Force, a parade of 30 EVs will be led through downtown and into Fairfield by

Organized by the Electric Vehicle Club of Connecticut & Sustainable Fairfield Task Force as part of National Drive Electric Week. Marpe will speak and wave the checkered flag to kick it off, and the parade of ~30 decorated & flagged electric vehicles will be led through downtown Westport and into Fairfield by Police Chief Foti Koskinas. He’ll drive (of course) the department’s Tesla Model 3.

Electric vehicles in the parade include a 1903 Baker Torpedo, Vespa Elettrica scooter, Porsche Taycan, Volkswagen E-Golf, Jaguar i-Pace, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul, Chevy Bolt, and Tesla Models Y, S, and 3.

Socially distant spectators welcome all along the parade route. Click here to see.


Timothy Cole’s The Sea Glass Mysteries goes on sale October 6. He says:

“I want to take the reader on a fun romp through the seamy underside of a wealthy seaside suburbia.

“In this case, the scene of the crime is a highbrow enclave within Westport, Connecticut…yes, home to solid strivers, but with a light sprinkling of moguls and misanthropes.

“Our unlikely protagonist? Ex-CIA intelligence officer Dasha Petrov. Think Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple with a Russian accent.

“She’s now retired from her secret life in America’s clandestine services. But her skills remain pin sharp as she teams with a Westport police detective and a local television reporter. Sergeant Anthony DeFranco becomes Westport’s finest as he confronts treachery in his own ranks….

To learn more — and order — click here.


What is called Connecticut’s “first non-conventional IVF center” opens in Westport on November 2.

Rejuvenating Fertility Center is founded by Dr. Zaher Merhi. He has served Manhattan residents for more than a decade. One of the managers is Jessica Haroun, a 2014 Staples High School grad.

RFC services include ovarian rejuvenation, natural (non-medication, no blood draw) IVF, and ozone sauna therapy. The location is 225 Main Street.


And finally … Roy Hammond — better known as Roy “C” — died last week at 81. A soul singer, he also wrote and produced the Honey Drippers’ “Impeach the President.” The New York Times called it “a political funk barnstormer released in 1973 as the Watergate scandal unfolded around President Richard M. Nixon. It was resuscitated just over a decade later by the Queens hip-hop producer Marley Marl, who sampled its crisp drum intro for MC Shan’s ‘The Bridge.’ Released in 1986, that track caused a tectonic shift in the sound of New York rap.”

Electric Vehicles: We’re #1!

We’ve all heard the statistic: There are more Teslas in Westport than anywhere else in the state.

That’s not all we lead in, electric vehicularly speaking.

According to Westport-based EV Club of CT, we top the state in the number of electric vehicles per capita. Weston, Woodbridge, New Canaan and Greenwich fill out the Top 5.

But it’s not just “per capita.” Our town registers the 3rd highest total number of EVs overall. Greenwich and Stamford are 1st and 2nd, respectively; Fairfield and West Hartford follow us.

Electric vehicles lined up by the Staples charging stations (from left): Chevy Bolt, Tesla S, VW, Tesla X, Nissan Leaf,

The club notes that over the past 6 months, registration of all types of electric vehicles has grown by 26%.

Tesla is responsible for 65% of the number — and the Model 3 accounts for 84% of that increase.

Tesla is followed by Hyundai (9%) and Toyota (6%).

For more information, click here for the EV Club’s dashboard. To learn more about the club, click here.

Entitled Drivers Tackle New Targets

Take heart, handicapped people: You’re not alone!

For years, very entitled drivers have taken your parking spots.

Now there’s a competitor: spaces reserved for electric vehicles.

Never mind that you need these spots to charge your cars.

And forget that one reason for putting charging stations in accessible locations is to encourage more people to buy EVs.

There’s no excuse for this entitled parking.

And the driver definitely can’t say he couldn’t read the sign.

After all: This is the library.

(PS: The train station usually has fewer charging spots than vehicles wanting to charge. And often 2 or 3 of the 8 spots are taken by electric cars that are not plugged in — they probably have a full charge already. Just owning an EV doesn’t mean you can take those spaces!)

Gentlemen (And Ladies): Start Your (Very Quiet) Engines!

Westport celebrated “Greenday” — actually “Greenweekend” — with festivities at Wakeman Town Farm, WeGreen awards, Earthplace nature walks and much more.

Including the 3rd annual Electric Vehicle Rally.

Art Cohen's hybrid BMW i8 drew many admiring  glances.

A hybrid BMW i8 drew many admiring glances.

Several dozen EVs — and their drivers, navigators and admirers — assembled at the train station. They compared EV notes, munched on free food from Steam (quaint imagery there, no?), then embarked on a silent ride to Wilton.

Robin Tauck (center) lent selectmen  Jim Marpe and Avi Kaner (left) her 2 electric vehicles last year. Kaner liked driving it so much, he bought this Tesla P35D model. It goes from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds -- not that anyone does that on local roads. On the right is Westport Electric Car Club president Leo Cirino.

Robin Tauck (center) lent selectmen Jim Marpe and Avi Kaner (left) her 2 electric vehicles last year. Kaner liked driving it so much, he bought this Tesla S P85D. It goes from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds (not that anyone does that on local roads). On the right is Westport Electric Car Club president Leo Cirino.

PS: The weather was perfect all weekend long. Despite all we’ve done to her, Mother Nature threw us a bone.

Two of the clever license plates seen at the Electric Vehicle Rally today.

Two of the clever license plates seen at the Electric Vehicle Rally today.

A Good Westport Parking Story: The (Unfortunate) Sequel

Earlier today, “06880” posted a rare good parking story: An electric vehicle was actually able to find a spot by the railroad charging station.

Not so fast.

Ernest Lorimer — the alert “06880” reader who sent in the original photo and story — provides this afternoon update:

charging station - 2

Seems the owner of the BMWi3 didn’t have a parking sticker.

So while he got a free charge today, he also got a ticket.

Westport is a green town, sure. But also a very tough one.

 

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: A GOOD Westport Parking Story

And one involving a BMW, no less.

At first glance, this looks simple enough: A car parked where it’s supposed to be:

Charging station

But alert “06880” reader Ernest Lorimer — who spotted this, and sent along the photo — provides an intriguing back story:

For several years, Lot #1 at the Westport train station has had a charging station.  Every time I’ve passed by, it’s been blocked in by non-electrics, usually Jeeps.  They would have lots of spaces just a step away, but no.

This morning, there was a hybrid charging there! It was the 1st time I’ve ever seen it. I prefer to think that anyone there first was thoughtful enough to keep it open.

Or maybe it was just a case of the early bird gets the cord.

Meanwhile, file this one away for posterity. We may never see it again.

 

Electric Vehicles Roar Through Westport — Very, Very Quietly

Electric cars are a quiet revolution — quiet as in “people still don’t talk a lot about them,” and quiet as in “you really can’t hear them, because their engines don’t make noise.”

But electric cars are slowly gaining steam (ho ho) in Westport. And Robin Tauck is one of their biggest advocates.

Robin Tauck, with her Tesla battery charging cord. She drives back and forth to New York often, she says, with "no range anxiety."

Robin Tauck, with her Tesla battery charging cord. She drives back and forth to New York often, she says, with “no range anxiety.”

A member of the family that founded Tauck Tours (now Tauck World Discovery), a Tesla owner for 2 yeears and an active member of the Westport Electric Car Club, the longtime Westporter does whatever  she can to spread the word about the many advantages of electric vehicles.

Tomorrow (Sunday, April 21), she’ll take part in the NYC CO2 Rally, a ride around Manhattan.

And next Saturday — April 27 — she joins 20 or so other drivers for Westport’s 1st-ever Electric Car Rally.

The 40-mile event begins at 9 a.m. at the eastbound Saugatuck train station. (Fun fact: that’s where railroad parking pass holders get special parking privileges and free charging.)

Rally vehicles will include Teslas, Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, Fisker Karmas, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and Smart Car EVs and more. The first electric cars in America will be there too: a 1907 Columbia built in Hartford, and a 1910 Broc Electric Car, courtesy of Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport.

(Fun fact #2: Electric cars were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prior to advances in internal combustion engine technology and the mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles.)

The time-speed-distance rally will include a “pit stop” at 11:30 a.m., for the Fairfield Earth Day Celebration at Fairfield Warde High School.

The rally concludes at 1 p.m. back at the train station, for public viewing and awards. Then it’s off to the Blu Parrot, where everyone can enjoy sliders and music.

At most road rallies, you wouldn’t hear music over the roar of engines.

That won’t be a problem at Westport’s 1st Electric Vehicle Rally, for sure.

(To enter a “plug-in” car — partial or fully electric — email jshuck@optonline.net. For more information, click here.)