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0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 86 Gallery

We’re still in autumn mode this week. Let’s keep it going as long as we can!

Whatever your age and level of experience — professional or amateur, young or old — this feature is open to everyone.

All genres and styles are encouraged. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage (and now needlepoint) — whatever you’ve got, email it to dwoog@optonline.net. Share your work with the world.

“Through the Looking Glass” (June Rose Whittaker)

“Falling Leaves” (Larry Untermeyer)

“Farmer’s Market” (Lawrence Weisman)

Haiku and graphic by Westport poet laureate Diane Lowman

“Do Your Share. Say a Prayer. We’ll Get There.” (Ellin Spadone)

Roundup: Paddy Donovan, Staples Players, Y’s Men …

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Paddy Donovan is one of the best young goalkeepers in the country.

He’s earned national renown for his play with the Beachside Soccer Club MLS Next academy program. Yesterday, he became Clemson University’s first recruit of the season to sign a letter of intent.

Under Coach Mike Noonan, the Tigers are one of the top teams in the US. That makes Donovan’s signing especially sweet: Noonan won a state championship at Staples High School in 1978, where he played soccer with Donovan’s late uncle Doug.

Donovan’s father Dan was a state champ himself, captaining the Wreckers in 1981.

Signing any blue-chip recruit is a major coup. But Noonan put a personal spin on the announcement, posting on Instagram:

“Patrick is an outstanding prospect who has a very high soccer IQ. He has been developed in one of the best youth clubs in the country, and attended the best high school in the country.”

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This week, “06880” has reported 2 ways to support Staples Players. You can buy tickets to “Grease,” the fall musical. You can also purchase 3 special flavors of gelato, at Cold Fusion.

Now there’s a third way to support the nationally renowned theatrical troupe: a silent auction.

It’s online before the show, and in person during the show’s opening weekend (tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday).

Auction items include theater tickets; gift cards and baskets from local restaurants, specialty food stores and other local retailers; sports swag, artwork and more. Click here to see them all. 

Bidding is open now. It closes Wednesday, November 17.

In more “Grease” news, due to booming ticket sales, Staples Players is adding another performance. The additional date is Thursday, November 18 (7 p.m.). Click here to purchase, and for more information.

Among the items in Staples Players’ silent auction: 2 tickets to next September’s Tony Awards.

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Yesterday’s Roundup story about this Saturday’s Police Department food drive neglected to mention an important detail: It takes place at Stop & Shop. Here’s the story again — with apologies:

The Westport Police Department and TEAM Westport are sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive this Saturday (November 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Stop & Shop). All donations support Homes with Hope’s Gillespie Center and food pantry, and Westports Human Services Department.

Westport Police officers and volunteers will collect non-perishable food items and cash. Suggested items include canned meats, tuna, salmon, Spam, canned cranberries, boxed stuffing, canned yams, canned corn, canned gravy, pasta, and sauces, chili, hot and cold cereal, canned fruit, canned and dry soups, peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, rice, granola bars, pancake mix, syrup and mayonnaise.

Earlier this year, after another drive, Westport Police and Homes with Hope volunteers delivered food to the Gillespie Center, across from police headquarters.

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This morning’s feature story on new 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker notes that she’ll be sworn in this coming Monday — along with other town boards and commissions — and that the Representative Town Meeting swearing-in would be the following day.

Late last night, it was decided that the entire swearing-in ceremony — including RTM — will take place on Monday. Mark your calendar: November 15, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall auditorium). The public is invited.

(For officials who cannot make the Monday evening event, there will be brief swearing-in ceremonies on Monday and Tuesday, both at 4:30 p.m. on the Town Hall steps.)

Jen Tooker (left) and Andrea Moore, Westport’s new selectwomen, will be sworn in — along with all town boards, commissions and RTM members — on Monday night.

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June Rose Whittaker and Karen Weingarten are frequent contributors to “06880”‘s Saturday morning online art gallery. Readers love their photography.

So do the Y’s Men. They recently awarded prizes to the duo, in the annual Y’s Men’s Camera Club hoto Contest.

Weingarten earned 1st and 2nd place honors. Whittaker snagged a second.

All photos are on display at the Senior Center. Congratulations to all!

June Rose Whittaker’s photo.

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Westporter Janet LaReau died suddenly on Tuesday at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was 58 years old.

The Bridgeport native enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, walks on the beach with her husband Edward Luciano, and Sunday dinners with her family. They describe her as selfless, loving, and someone who always went out of her way to help others.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Antoinette LaReau of Stratford; son Robert Battey of Phoenix; daughters Janet Dziekonski (Thomas) of Westport, Rebecca Sampieri (Kenneth) of Shelton, LeAnn Battey of Westport, Michele Caggiano (Amanda) of Stamford, Rita Luettger (Cody) of Arlington, Virginia, and Laura Battey of Stratford; brothers David LaReau and Jeffrey LaReau, both of Stratford; sister Nancy Tomasco of Stratford, CT and grandchildren Santino, Jayen, Daniel and Abigail.

A funeral is set for Saturday (November 13, 11 a.m., Assumption Church) for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105).

Janet LaReau

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Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows our town at its absolute best.

If anyone ever asks why we live here, just show Wendy Crowther’s image — shot yesterday — of Winslow Park.

(Photo/Wendy Crowther)

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And finally … today is Veterans Day. Please take time to think of every man and woman who has ever served this country. We would not be the nation we are, without them!

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 81 Gallery

Fall themes and colors predominate in this week’s art gallery.

And why not? It’s mid-October.

Soon, it will be turkeys and Santas. But for now: enjoy the foliage and fresh air!

And remember: Whatever your age and level of experience — professional or amateur, young or old — this feature is open to everyone.

All genres and styles are encouraged too. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage (and now needlepoint) — whatever you’ve got, email it to dwoog@optonline.net. Share your work with the world!

“Falling Leaf” (Karen Weingarten)

“Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, Fighting the Romans” (Bruce Whelan, who notes that the “good female warrior” might inspire anyone looking for a Halloween costume)

“Always Swim Upstream” (June Rose Whittaker)

“First of Fall” (Laura Overton)

“The Ballet Class” — pastel (Roseann Spengler)

“A Blast from the Past” (Howard Munce — the late illustrator drew this for Judith Marks-White’s Westport News column; it still hangs near her desk)

“Mums” (Amy Schneider)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 69 Gallery

It must be the weather.

Every artist in town is probably at the beach, busily painting and drawing and sculpting summer scenes.

How else to explain that this week’s art gallery is the smallest — just 4 submissions — since “06880” began this project 16 months ago.

Happily, the works are as intriguing as ever. They include a rare GIF from the prolific Karen Weingarten, and a first-ever piece from Angela La Pick.

Come on, everyone else! Join the fun. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage — whatever you’ve got, send it in.

Some of you are professional artists; others are amateurs. Experience does not matter! Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Before the Storm” (Karen Weingarten)

“Weve Got the Vax. But Can We Relax?” (Ellin Spadone)

“Frozen Moments” — collage (June Rose Whittaker)

“My Little Corner of the World” (Angela La Pick)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 68 Gallery

Woo-hoo!

This week, our online gallery features 4 new artists.

Okay, they’re not “new” in the sense that they’ve never created something before. All 4 are accomplished artists. But this is the first time they’ve submitted works to “06880.”

Come on, everyone else! Join the fun. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage — whatever you’ve got, send it in.

Some of you are professional artists; others are amateurs. Experience does not matter! Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Mama’s Home.” Artist Sabra Gallo says: “On a family vacation to Costa Rica several years ago, we had a fantastic late night excursion to watch sea turtles come ashore and lay eggs. Truly magnificent creatures, and no photos (or flashlights) were allowed, so they were as undisturbed as possible. I made this mosaic to represent the images I will forever have in my mind’s eye.”

“Finally Shining” (Linda Franco Doyle)

“Color in a Can” (June Rose Whittaker)

Untitled (Rick Redniss)

“Before the Crowds” — 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas board (Martin Howard)

“Summer Reflections” (Ellen Wentworth)

“Les Trois Graces” (Lawrence Weisman)

“Sand and Sea” (Amy Schneider)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 66 Gallery

From Longshore to Sherwood Island to Old Hill, artists found inspiration around Westport this week.

And far beyond. There’s a piece of aboriginal art in our gallery today — a first for “06880.”

As always, thanks for your submissions. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage — send it in!

We are particularly interested in student work, and art from readers who have not submitted before.

Some of you are professional artists; most are amateurs. Experience does not matter! Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Longshore Sailing School, Another Westport Gem” — pastel (Roseann Spengler)

“Rock Face at Sherwood” (Elena Nasereddin)

“Summer Stroll Bouquet” — Old Hill neighborhood (Irene Mastriocovo)

“Aboriginal Art (After John Mosquito Tjapangarti)

“Oyster Shells” — decoupage (Laura Overton)

“Shades of Summer” (Larry Untermeyer)

Untitled (June Rose Whittaker)

“Sunset” (Karen Weingarten)

“We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet” (Ellin Spadone)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 63 Gallery

Welcome to another edition of our Saturday morning art show — this week, known as “Spring Nature Photos.”

Half of the submissions are of stunning natural scenes. Most submissions — flowers and everything else — come from women.

Every form of art is welcome. Let’s see those watercolors, pen-and-ink sketches, macramé and more. C’mon guys, step up to the plate. We are — as always — particularly interested in student submissions, and readers who have not submitted before.

Some of you are professional artists; most are amateurs. Experience does not matter. We want all your art! Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Buddies” (Gina Ryan)

“Patching Life Back Together” (Eva Horowitz — completed during COVID)

“Bearded Iris” — on Jesup Road, near the Gillespie Center (Amy Schneider)

“Saugatuck River Reflections” (Photographer Larry Untermeyer says this shows the office building on the west side of the river, across from the Westport Library. This was a tight reflection shot, just as high tide began to turn toward Long Island Sound.)

“The Beauty Within” (Lauri Weiser)

“Remnants of Rain” (Ellen Wentworth)

“A Calming Peaceful Memorial Weekend (Photo/June Rose Whittaker)

“Awakening” (Karen Weingarten)

“Light on a Dark Day” (Myles Hinton — Staples High School sophomore, and a 5th-generation Westporter!)

“Betsy” (Lucy Johnson)

Untitled (Seth Braunstein)