A rash of auto thefts has rattled Westport.
Yesterday, the Police Department said it’s joining law enforcement agencies from Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Monroe and Newtown in a regional motor vehicle theft task force. They’ll develop a comprehensive effort to deter auto theft and arrest those responsible.
Police Chief Foti Koskinas says that by “sharing resources and information with other communities that are also experiencing a large number of motor vehicle thefts, our ability to solve these crimes increases exponentially. While the theft of cars may seem like a youthful indiscretion to some, it is important to keep in mind that these stolen vehicles are often used in the commission of very serious crimes such as robberies and shootings.”
In almost every case, stolen vehicles are unlocked with the keys or key fob inside. So even with the task force and extra officers on patrol, Westport Police urge (again and again): Keep your f—ing cars locked! (Expletive is mine.)
Since moving to Westport, Christian Siriano has kept a relatively low profile.
But last night, the world got a glimpse of his digs.
MTV Cribs featured the world renowned fashion designer. A few days earlier, People magazine previewed the show.
They noted that his bedroom is “definitely bigger” than his New York apartment.
“The spacious room, which is decorated in neutral tones, features a large set of wide glass doors opening to a deck that overlooks the Project Runway alum’s sprawling yard,” People wrote.
Siriano said: “What I love about it is that you wake up every single morning to crazy, natural sunlight every day. We have no curtains, which is kind of wild. You have to be very comfortable being naked. Luckily there’s no neighbors around.”
(Click here for the full People story. Hat tip: Tracy Porosoff)
What do Senator Elizabeth Warren, Fannie Mae chair Sheila Bair and Westonite Amy Weisman have in common?
All were just named to Forbes’ “50 Over 50” in finance list. They’re “shaping the future of finance, fueling high-growth businesses and forging a more innovative and inclusive financial future.”
In 2017, Weisman — then 53 years old, and managing director of business development for Sterling Investment Partners — co-founded Exponent Women, a membership network for senior women in private equity. After 30 years working in finance (while caring for her children and parents), she wanted to do more to support female dealmakers.
Last year, the Wall Street Journal named Weisman one of “10 Women to Watch in Private Equity.” She began her career as an analyst at Smith Barney.
Click here for the full Forbes list.
Westport psychologist Dr. Don Cohen’s upcoming livestream focuses on an important topic. Titled “Kids Are Talking: Antisemitism — What Jewish Teens Want You to Know,” it’s set for September 23 (7 p.m.), in partnership with the ADL.
The new livestream format on Facebook, Twitch and YouTube has previously covered topics including body image, modern gender and sexuality; drug
use and abuse; romantic and sexual relationships; social misinformation, and mental health challenges.
Attention “left-leaning, like-minded political activists”: ReSisters & Misters) is meeting Sunday (September 19, 1 p.m.) for painting, postcarding, Afghan refugee action, socializing and more. Contact email@example.com for information.
Speaking of politics: A rally for women’s reproductive rights is set for October 2 (1 p.m., Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge). Click here for more information.
Heartlent — the local social strategy and creative content agency — just celebrated its 1st anniversary.
Among the highlights, they:
- Created unique concept and content for Clemson Football’s social feeds celebrating their first ever #1 Overall NFL Draft Pick, Trevor Lawrence
- Won 11 awards with their Rock the Vote “Hoopers Vote” campaign
- Worked with Denver Nuggets sponsor Western Union to create unique content celebrating star center Nikola Jokic’s MVP honors
- Created the opening day #MLSisBack graphic
- Supported Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign with creative, digital and social assets
- Designed the shirt worn by New York Knick Immanuel Quickley at Madison Square Garden
- Launched “Remotely Renee”, where Atlanta Dreams co-owner Renee Montgomery announced her retirement from the WNBA
- Partnered with Opendorse to provide social strategy and content for student athletes and universities in advance of NIL (name, image, likeness).
That’s quite a list for one year. Congratulations to managing partner (and Westporter) Elliot Gerard, and all!
“06880” has featured Gloria — the late Alan Sterling’s weather-beaten oyster boat — often. But today marks its first appearance as a “Westport … Naturally” feature. It sits in Gray’s Creek, deteriorating but surrounded by plenty of life.
And finally … today is my sister Laurie’s birthday. She shares a name with the title of one of the creepiest songs ever recorded.
The dead-teen genre was (ahem) alive and well in the 1950s and ’60s. Who can forget “Teen Angel,” “Tell Laura I Love Her,” “Last Kiss” or “Leader of the Pack”?
But for sheer, sad weirdness, nothing beats Dickey Lee’s tear-jerker.