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Roundup: Dads’ Survival Guide, Outdoor Dining, Aliens …

An incorrect email was posted in this morning’s story on “Dads’ Survival Guide”: David Smith’s weekly blog for fathers.

Dads interested in subscribing should email davidosmith7777@gmail.com.

Dave and Jeanne Smith, and their 4 children.

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Summer outdoor dining is almost over.

Autumn outdoor dining arrives soon.

Westport’s dining scene — which has been hot for a while — will be enhanced by the arrival of 3 new restaurants.

Mexicue adds to its 3 New York City, 2 Washington DC-area and 1 Stamford location when it opens at 38 Main Street, the site of the former Bobby Q’s and Onion Alley.

Casa Mi takes over from the old Le Penguin, in Sconset Square.

Further east, Tacombi moves into the property that for many years was AJ’s Farm Stand, near Stop & Shop.

All 3 will feature outdoor dining.

Casa Me opens soon, with tables fronting Sconset Square. Previous restaurants there had outdoor tables in an enclosed space, closer to the Post Road. (Photo/Dan Woog)

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Lynsey Addario is usually behind a camera.

This month, the 1991 Staples High School graduate — and New York Times, Time and National Geographic photojournalist/Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “genius grant” winner — is herself the focus of a well-deserved feature story.

Vanity Fair posts some of her most compelling photos, from Ukraine, Darfur, a US military hospital and more. Her insights into each make for riveting reading. Click here to see and read. (Hat tip: Bonnie Erickson)

Lynsey Addario captured this dramatic shot, of desperate Libyan refugees in a boat off the coast of Italy. (Photo/Lynsey Addario)

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Yesterday’s heavy — and long-awaited — rain may have contributed to downed wires on Wilton Road. A large tree took down power lines and a transformer between River Lane and Rices Lane, around 8 p.m. Crews worked through the night to restore power.

Wilton Road, last night. (Photo copyright by Ted Horowitz)Dave Matlow reports that according to Eversource this morning, power had been restored to approximately 30 of the 144 customers affected by the outage.

Utility work continued this morning on Wilton Road. (Photo/Dave Matlow)

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Some real estate figures, from August 2022:

  • Median sales price: $1,949,500 (up 11% from August 2021)
  • Median sales price per square foot: $484 (up 17%)
  • Number of sales: 48 (down 36%)
  • Inventory: 114 (down 28%)
  • Days on market: 44 (up 16%)

(Hat tip: Michelle Cohen)

This 8-bedroom,, 8 1/2-bath house at 5 Hedley Farms Road is listed for $12,500,000. It is 13,128 square feet, and sits on a 7.27-acre lot.

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In June, the Staples boys lacrosse team beat Darien 12-3, winning their first-ever state championship.

This month, 12 congratulatory banners — one for each goal — are displayed on a dozen businesses around town.

You can see them at Angelina’s, ASF Sports & Outdoors, Baker Graphics, Calise’s, Cushman & Wakefield (Loft space, Main Street), Gaetano’s, Gold’s Deli, Layla’s Falafel, Parker Mansion, Redi-Cut Carpet & Rugs, The Porch @ Christie’s and Westport Hardware.

When the banners come down, they won’t be tossed or forgotten. On October 3, they’ll be raffled off at the Staples Lacrosse Association’s golf fundraiser. To learn more, call Willis Gay: 203-216-4937.

Calise’s Carmine Cenatiempo points proudly to the banner.

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Trombone master Steve Davis headlines tomorrow’s Jazz at the Post.

The Grammy Award winner will be joined by New York musicians Jason Cottler, Rick Germanson and Jason Tiemann, plus Westport’s own “Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall.

Shows on Thursday, September 8 (VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399, 465 Saugatuck Avenue) at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6:30. There’s a $10 cover. Reservations are strongly recommended: jazzatthepost@gmail.com.

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Where are all the aliens?

Dr. Stephen Webb of the University of Portsmouth answers that question on September 20 (8 p.m.). It’s part of the Westport Astronomical Society’s free online science lecture series. Click here for the Zoom link; click here for the YouTube link.

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CLASP Homes provides housing and support for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

On October 14 (Fairfield Theater Company, 7:30 p.m.), Band Central — a philanthropic organization that gives back to local charities through live musical events — headlines a CLASP fundraiser. “Flower Power: Music From the Generation of Love” features covers of songs from Buffalo Springfield, The Band, the Youngbloods, Doors, Sly & the Family  Stone, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, CSN&Y and more.

The pre-arty starts at 6:30 p.m., with light bites and the chance to win cool stuff. Click here for tickets and more information.

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“Connectalent” is a bit of a mouthful.

So the full-service recruiting agency focused on “female and mom talent, has changed its name to FoundHer.

Co-founders Runa Knapp and Jasmine Silver — both Westport residents — say the name more accurately reflects their mission of “recruiting with purpose.” So far this year, 85% of placements have been of mothers returning to work.

For more information, click here.

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John Hanley died peacefully Saturday, surrounded by his family. He was 31 years old.

Born in Norwalk to Terry and Dianne Hanley, he grew up in Shelton. He moved to his parents’ hometown of Westport for high school.

John played football for Shelton Pop Warner. He spent summers in Westport working with his father playing in the dirt, and learning how to run machines. As he grew older, he found his passion operating machinery of all types.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator with Burns Construction. He took great pride in his work, and joined Heavy Equipment Operators Local Union 478.

John enjoyed spending time with his family on his father’s boat, and at Longshore. He loved going to New York Giants games.

He also enjoyed discussing history and world issues, and never shied away from a good debate.

John’s family says, “his smile and charm lit up the room. He was always the life of the party.”

John’s survivors include his mother Dianne and stepfather Craig; father Terry and stepmother Marcy; sisters Celeste, Noelle and Hailey; brother Shawn; brothers-in-law Rene and Luis; nieces Jocelyn, Eyda and Stella; many aunts, uncles and cousins, and best friends Jack and Matt.

The family will receive friends tomorrow (Thursday, September 8, 4 to 8 p.m., Harding Funeral Home). John’s funeral is Friday (September 9, 10 a.m., Assumption Church). Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road.

Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

John Hanley

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Molly Alger has a keen eye for nature. The other day she spotted a monarch butterfly, developing on milkweed. It’s one more example of our wonderful “Westport … Naturally” world.

(Photo/Molly Alger)

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And finally … in honor of the Westport Astronomical Society’s webinar about aliens (story above):

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