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Roundup: Shop Local, Free Ice Cream, Spotted Lanternfly …


Looking for a reason to shop local today?

Local to Market — on the former Talbot’s patio, at the Main Street entrance to Parker Harding Plaza — features:

  • Silverman’s Farm fresh produce (corn, peaches, tomatoes, peppers and more)
  • Kneads Bakery (breads and pastries)
  • Luke Molina, musician (12-2 p.m.)
  • Fresh Connecticut- grown flower bouquets
  • The Artists Collective of Westport (various artists)
  • Little Bits Pottery

The Local to Market patio is open today until 2 p.m., across from Cold Fusion.


Looking for a way to clean up the community?

First and 2nd selectman candidates Jen Tooker and Andrea Moore are sponsoring a downtown event tomorrow (Sunday, August 29, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.). It starts and ends at Cold Fusion Gelato. All are welcome!

Ugh! (Photo/Amy Berkin)


Looking for a “sweet” way to welcome the start of school?

Embrace Orthodontics invites everyone in the community to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream at their office (24 Imperial Avenue), from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Great idea! Also, a lot better for teeth than taffy.


Sara Harris’ last day as Westport’s director of operations was yesterday. She’s moving to the private sector, after 4 years assisting Jim Marpe.

Her colleagues sent her off at Town Hall — and sent us this photo. Sara is posing with the right long-time resident — and wearing the right hat. (Hat tip: Mary Young)


The end of summer has come quickly.

The last day for lifeguards at Burying Hill Beach is tomorrow (Sunday, August 29).

Compo Beach guards will be on duty through September 6.

Beach emblems are required through September 30, 2021.

Burying Hill Beach lifeguard coverage ends tomorrow. (Photo/Yvonne O’Kane)


All 36 Representative Town Meeting seats will be contested in November’s election. Four members from each of Westport’s 9 districts vote on town appropriations, and give final approval to the budget; approve town ordinances; make recommendations regarding ordinances, and review certain decisions of town boards and commissions.

So far, all members in districts 2 (Jay Keenan, Lou Mall, Christine Meiers Schataz, Harris Falk), 3 (Mark Friedman, Arline Gertzoff, Jimmy Izzo, Ross Burkahrdt) and 6 (Jessica Bram, Seth Braunstein, Cathy Talmadge and Candace Banks) have submitted letters of intent to run again.

So have 3 members in districts 1 (Chris Tait, Matthew Mandell, Kristin Mott Purcell), 4 (Andrew Colabella, Noah Hammond, Jeffrey Weiser), 5 (Peter Gold, Dick Lowenstein, Karen Kramer), 7 (Brandi Briggs, Lauren Karpf, Jack Klinge) and 8 (Wendy Batteau, Lisa Newman, Stephen Shackelford). In District 9,Sal Liccione and Kristin Schneeman are running again.

Petitioning candidates who have been certified to run are Richard Jaffe (District 1), Ellen Lautenberg (7) and Nancy Kail (9).

Other candidates still collecting signatures are Abby Tolan, Carolanne Curry and Liz Milwe (District 1), James Bairaktaris (4), Claudia Shaum (5), John Toi (7), Rachel Cohn (8) and Marla Cowden and Lori Church (9).

Petitions are due September 14. Click here for a petition. Click here for a map of all 9 districts.


Flags ae flying at half-staff throughout Connecticut, in honor of the servicemembers and others killed in the Kabul attack.

This is the scene at the VFW, on Riverside Avenue:

(Photo/Johanna Rossi)


MoCA Westport kicked off its new exhibition — “Between the Earth and the Sky” — last night.

It features over 50 large-scale photos by Anne Burmeister and Ashley Skatoff from the Who Grows Your Food initiative. The intimate photographic journey celebrates the farms and farmers associated with the Westport Farmers’ Market.

The exhibition also includes site-specific installations by Kristyna and Marek Milde. The Brooklyn duo explore environmental issues, and the alienation of contemporary lifestyles.

The exhibition is open through October 17. It was created in collaboration with the Westport Farmers’ Market.

The new MoCA exhibition. (Photo/JC Martin)


Also last night: Mihali entertained a large crowd at the Levitt Pavilion.

Speaking of large crowds: Both tonight’s performances (Gunsmoke) and tomorrow’s (Dr. K’s Motown Review) sold out a while ago.

Congratulations to the Levitt — and all who made possible this year’s 60 nights of free entertainment, under the stars!

Mihali (Photo/JC Martin)


This week’s #FridayFlowers arrangements decorate the plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk. As always, they’re compliments of the Westport Garden Club.


Friends of Sherwood Island “shore” know how to have fun.

Shorefest — their annual fundraiser — is set for Friday, September 10 (6 to 9 p.m.). It’s environmentally (and COVID) friendly, in the open air of the main pavilion.

Shorefest includes a seaside evening of food, live music and a silent auction. Catered by Westfair Fish & Chips, dinner options include lobster, steak, salmon, or vegetarian. Burgers and hot dogs are available for kids.

All proceeds support the habitat restoration, education, and advocacy work of the Friends group. Click here for tickets, and more information.


Ronnie Hammer sends along this report from our friends at News12 Connecticut. Residents are urged to be on the lookout for an invasive species — the spotted lanternfly — in Fairfield and New Haven Counties.

It destroys some plants and vineyards, but won’t harm humans or pets. Click here for the full report.

(Photo courtesy of News12 Connecticut)


Paul Delano writes:

The last couple of days you had a spider and a cicada in “Westport … Naturally.”

How about a cicada, hummingbird and katydid all in one? They are all big fans of my trumpet vine flowers.

(Photo/Paul Delano)


And finally … Richard Tucker, the great American tenor, was born today in 1913. He died of a heart attack in 1975, in his dressing room before a performance in Michigan. His funeral was held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, the only singer ever to be so honored.

Emily Driesman Embraces Orthodontics

In most orthodontist offices, kids smile only when the dentist tells them to.

But when Emily Driesman was 8 years old, her father took her to meet his friend Dr. Steven Scher. She thought his office was “a fun place to be.”

Unfortunately, the choo-choo train is now gone from outside the orthodontist office at 24 Imperial Avenue.

Three years later, when she actually got braces, her orthodontist was in Fairfield — closer to where her mother worked. But Emily never forgot Dr. Scher.

Years later — after graduating from Coleytown Elementary and Middle School, Staples (2001) and Emory University — she took a year off before grad school.

And worked as an assistant on the Upper West Side for an orthodontist.

The next stop was Columbia University Medical School. Both her parents are physicians, and Emily wanted a career in healthcare — but not as a doctor.

She’d always been good with her hands. She’d majored in psychology.

She liked the interaction between orthodontists and their patients — “kids just growing into themselves. Being part of that – and able to change their smiles — is important.”

Bingo! Emily realized she could have a career in orthodontics.

Dr. Emily Driesman, with a patient. Smile!

In 2013 — after completing her residency at NYU — she spoke to Dr. Scher. The time was not right for her to join his Imperial Avenue practice, so she worked at First Impressions in Fairfield. A number of patients were from Westport. She connected well with them.

A few months ago, Dr. Scher called. After 45 years, he was ready to reduce his hours. He’d always wanted to hand over his practice to his kids — but none went into dentistry. As a native Westporter, Emily was the next best thing.

This time, the timing worked out wonderfully.

In October, Emily bought the practice. She’s not making many changes. But she did need a new name.

Her father came up with a brilliant one: Embrace Orthodontics.

It implies Dr. Scher embracing his new colleague, and both of them embracing their patients.

It suggests “braces.”

And the new owner prefers “Dr. Emily” to “Dr. Driesman” — or just “Dr. Em.”

“It’s been great so far,” she says. “It’s really nice working with Dr. Scher — he’s a great mentor.

“We’re keeping the same ideals: a small, personal office where we know everyone. Dr. Scher makes it fun. This is a place of levity.”

Drs. Emily Driesman and Steven Scher.

Emily loves being back in Westport — both for work and her personal life.

“I see myself in many of the kids who come in here,” she says.

“This is such a tight-knit town. Everyone is welcoming. There’s the beach, downtown, amazing schools — and we’re so close to New York, Block Island and skiing.”

It’s been a year of change for Emily. A month after buying the practice, she got married. Her husband, Dan Keating, works in finance in the city.

“It’s scary being an owner,” Emily admits. “I was nervous. But it’s been a pleasant experience so far.”

That’s also what she hopes her young patients say about her orthodontist’s office.

The exact same office she loved the first time she saw it, nearly 3 decades ago.