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Roundup: COVID, Sheryl Crow, Unsung Science …


1st Selectman Jim Marpe says:

“The rise in case levels in Westport for the past 1 weeks placed the town into the ‘substantial transmission’ (‘red’) category this week. Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) Director of Health Mark Cooper stated, ‘High risk individuals should take extra precautions, particularly those who are unvaccinated, by avoiding large gatherings. Getting fully vaccinated, wearing masks and social distancing continue to be strongly recommended for all.’

“The First Selectman’s Executive Orders #9 and #10 remain in effect. They require masks in indoor public places within Westport for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor public spaces include retail establishments, restaurants, or other businesses, as well as galleries, museums, performance spaces, places of worship and government buildings. Businesses may still require proof of vaccination to enter, but a mask will also be required. Executive Order #10, which modifies Executive Order #9, refers specifically to gyms and workout studios, and provides certain exceptions to mask-wearing in those public places only.

“I am grateful that Westporters recognize the importance of wearing masks and getting vaccinated. It is for our physical and mental health and safety that we remain vigilant.


If you know Dan Aron, you know how proud he is to be an Indiana University grad.

If you don’t know Dan Aron, you know his house. It’s the one on Soundview Drive with the huge IU flag.

On October 14 — during Homecoming — he’ll be one of 3 recipients of Indiana’s Distinguished Alumni Service award. It’s the highest honor the school gives to a graduate.

Dan earned a BS from IU’s Kelley School of Business in 1983. He was an equity sales trader, partner and head trader for 30 years with Salomon Brothers, John Levin & Co. and others. Along the way he mentored Kelley students, and served on many school advisory boards.

Dan and his wife Maureen raised daughters Alexa, Ashley and Anna in Westport. The couple underwrote the Investment Center in Hodge Hall, and the Kelley Diversity Merit Bicentennial Scholarship.

“I will never forget where I came from. I will always be a Hoosier,” Dan says. (Hat tip: JD Denny)

Dan Aron


Speaking of Dan Aron: Among his philanthropic activities, he’s a big supporter of the Levitt Pavilion.

He was there there — near the stage — at last night’s great Sheryl Crow concert. Here’s his photo:

(Photo/Dan Aron)


David Pogue has a new project.

Well, the Westport tech guru/media personality always does. But this is especially intriguing.

“Unsung Science” (@UnsungSci) debuts Friday. Each weekly episode offers the origin story of a cool science or tech achievement. They’re told by the characters themselves, from their first inspiration to the times they almost gave up.

Episodes include the NASA engineer whose team landed a delicate, unpiloted $3 billion rover on Mars without kicking up dust; the father of the cellphone; the committee that chooses which emoji to add to your phone each year; the computer scientist who blessed/cursed the world with CAPTCHA website login obstacles; the storm chaser who discovered that Tornado Alley is shifting east into more vulnerable states; the inventor of the Impossible Burger, and more.

Click here for more information.


Stephen Gustafson loves dahlias. Others do too. He’s formed them into a close-knit Facebook group: the Westport Dahlia Society.

Now he — and anyone else who shares the dahlia passion — will meet at Wakeman Town Farm. The event is  October 18 (7 p.m.).

Gustafson will explain the overwintering process of tubers to save for next year. There’s a door prize of dahlia seeds.

Guests can bring their favorite flower cuttings. Novices looking to learn more about dahlias are welcome too. For more information, email westportdahliasociety@gmail.com.

(Photo/Molly Alger)


“06880” does not run wedding announcements.

But this photo — by frequent Pic of the Day contributor Lauri Weiser — was too good to pass up.

(Photo/Lauri Weiser)

Her daughter, Sabrina Weiser-Min, married Matt Crorey last weekend at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.

She has been friends with Micha Grand since Bedford Middle School. Micha and Matt were roommates in college. Then all 3 lived together in New York. He was the perfect choice to officiate.


Frederick Louis Hyman, former president and CEO of The Cousteau Group and co-founder and president of The Cousteau Society, died October 7. He was 89.

After graduating from Staples High School in 1949, and then the University of Connecticut, he served as first lieutenant, combat command, in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.

Hyman’s career started with Associated Artists Productions, a distributor to television of feature films and short subjects, best known for the Popeye, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. After acquisition by United Artists Associated, he became executive vice president. He then co-owned Scope Advertising, a New York agency.

He also founded Americom, a Westport manufacturer and marketer of unique custom phonograph records that combined print and sound for the publishing and education markets. He innovated a 4-inch flexible single record, the PocketDisc, with its own player.

His experience with educational television and publishing led Jacques-Yves Cousteau to him. Hyman joined Cousteau in 1971 as president and CEO of The Cousteau Group, the operator of all Cousteau related companies in the US and in France; television production; publications based on expeditions; the 20-volume Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau; research activities aboard Calypso, and the development of new technology.

A gift by Hyman and Cousteau was the basis for their 1973 creation of The Cousteau Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of marine life and the environment. Hyman served as president and later a board member. However, he later lost confidence in the management and no longer supported TCS.

Hyman was a founding member of the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston. He played in 3 British Seniors golf championships, plus many tournaments in Bermuda.

He is survived by Janett, his wife of 67 years; children Richard (Margaret), Mark, Dean and Jane, and grandchildren Emily, Brent, Sarah, Ben and Olivia.

Frederick Hyman


June Rose Whittaker is aptly named. She sends along this “Westport … Naturally” submission from her home: “the last rose of summer.”

(Photo/June Rose Whittaker)


And finally … if you missed Sheryl Crow last night, this will make you happy:



0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 72 Gallery

A very mixed group of submissions this week — and that’s what we like!

The “06880” art gallery includes our first needlepoint ever, a couple of newcomers, and themes ranging from summer to abstract to Albert Einstein (also a first).

You know the drill. Whatever your age and level of experience — professional or amateur, young or old. This “06880” art gallery is open to all.

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!

Untitled – abstract (Michael D’Angelo, age 10)

Untitled (Lauri Weiser)

Untitled. Larry Untermeyer describes this: “An interesting glass ball, seeming filled with moving air bubbles. Photographed against a background of color to give a feeling of the ball floating in space.”

“S.W. Sheppard” – watercolor. (Marion McAdoo)

Needlepoint. Artist Diane Yormark asks: “Can you read what it says in signal flags?”

“Sun Umbrella” (Karen Weingarten)

“Einstein” – canvas. Artist Brian Whelan offers this 1929 quote from Albert Einstein: 
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“Les Girls” (Judith Marks-White)

“Another Wave” (Amy Schneider)


0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 71 Gallery


Two new artists submitted works this week — and one of them is quite something from a 10-year-old. There’s another fine piece from a 4th grader too.

That’s what we want. Whatever your age and level of experience — professional or amateur, young or old. This “06880” art gallery is open to all.

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

Untitled (Michael D’Angelo, age 10)

“A View From Above” (Lauri Weiser)

“Sunset” gel print (Amy Schneider)

“Still Another Day at the Beach” (Lawrence Weisman)

Untitled (Frances Ryan Overley, rising 4th grader at Greens Farms Elementary School)

“Compo Beach in June” (Heidi Kurlander-Kail)


0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 64 Gallery

LGBTQ Pride. A rock band. James Joyce.

Those are 3 of the very intriguing — and colorful — themes in this week’s art gallery.

We’ve also got beautiful spring flowers. Lots of ’em!

A gentle reminder: We want all kinds of art. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, macramé, jewelry, sculpture — send it in!

We are 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! Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Pride” (Amy Schneider)

“”Outside Angelina’s” (Ellen Wentworth)

Untitled. Artist Eric Bosch says: “Like all kids of the ’50s & ’60s, we always imagined ourselves in a band. One of our pals — Bill Harley — actually made this dream come true, We all just got together for our annual weekend golf reunion in Vermont. I painted this for the occasion, and gave each of them a framed print.”

“Spring Flowers” (Julianne Lowenthal)

“Nature’s Beauty” (Lauri Weiser)

“First Red Rose of Summer, River Lane” (Larry Untermeyer)

“Albino” (Karen Weingarten)

“Irises on Iris Lane” (Elena Nasereddin)

Artist Brian Whelan says: “Bloomsday is an international celebration of ‘Ulysses,’ written by James Joyce. The big thick book takes place in 1 day: 16th June. 1904 Dublin has celebrated it for many years. Now it has spread all over the world. There are readings, re-enactments, eating a kidney for breakfast, a brothel scene, etc. A few years ago I was approached by someone in Taiwan who was going to Dublin for the Bloomsday Festival. He wanted my image of Joyce to be reproduced on his group’s t-shirts. In their celebrations they came across a painting I did that hangs permanently in the library of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.”


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)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 60 Gallery

Spring keeps hanging on in Westport.

And our talented “06880” artists keep painting and photographing it.

This week’s art gallery shimmers with the splendors of the season. Here’s our latest selection of reader/artist works.

Some of you are professionals; most are amateurs. Experience does not matter. We want all your art!

Student submissions are especially welcome. So are artists who have not submitted previously. Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” (John Gould)

“Inside a Rainbow of Hope” (Amy Schneider)

“Kenzie.” Artist Beth Berkowitz says: “I had not painted or drawn since high school, when I decided I didn’t want to study art for a career, and have it become a chore with deadlines.
I thought I would work in a ‘real job,’ then always have my art to relax with. However, life took off and I never found the time. Now I’m making the time, and find it soothing and therapeutic.”

“Close-Up” (Lucy Johnson)

“Trees at Earthplace (Rowene Weems)

“More Beauty” (Lauri Weiser)

“Your Shot Matters a Lot!” (Ellin Spadone)

“My Lilacs” (Karen Weingarten)

“Spring Plein Air Painting” (Werner Liepolt)

“A Study in Beauty” (Larry Untermeyer)

“Provincetown Sunset” (Lawrence Weisman)


0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 55 Gallery

This week’s art gallery opens with a new artist.

Evan Sealove — age 10 — moved to Westport with his family in August. During COVID, he discovered Bob Ross’ videos. Evan decided to try painting on his own. His mother Joselyn got supplies at Michaels. He got to work. The result is impressive.

We welcome Evan — and, as we do each week, we welcome whatever art form suits your mood. You don’t have to be a pro, or even experienced. Send it all!

Student submissions are especially welcome. So are artists who have not submitted previously. Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Happy Little Mountains” (Evan Sealove)

“Fairy Tale Plant” watercolor (Ellin Spadone)

“Nature’s Beauty” (Lauri Weiser)

“Spring is Here” oil pastels on sketch pad (Jennifer Skarupa)

Untitled (Karen Weingarten)

“Be the Sun!” (Pam Kesselman)

Untitled (Marybeth Woods)

“The Garden Door” (Lucy Johnson)

Feathers float down and
stick on weathered jetty rocks. 
Pull before they curl. (Amy Schneider)

“Mykonos” (Lawrence Weisman)

“Acacia” rice paper with mineral watercolors (Costanza Baiocco)







0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 49 Gallery

This week’s art gallery rocks!

As the pandemic nears its 1-year anniversary, our spirits rise. This week’s artists echo our optimism. Several make their “06880” debuts, offering a wide range of colors and styles.

Each week, we showcase your art — in whatever form you create it. You don’t have to be a pro, or even experienced. We want it all!

Art should be inspired by, relevant to, or somehow, in some way, connected to our current lives. Student submissions of all ages are especially welcome. So are artists who have not submitted before.

Email dwoog@optonline.net, to share your work with the world.

“Simple Treasures” (Lauri Weiser)

“Cooking Obsession in the Time of COVID” — oil on canvas (Paddy Duecy)

“Hope is the Thing With Feathers — Emily Dickinson” (Amy Schneider)

“Dunes Play” — oil on canvas (Kimberly Porio)

“Nature Sculpture” (Karen Weingarten)

Untitled — water flowing out of Sherwood Mill Pond at dead low tide (Wendy Crowther)

Untitled (Lawerence Weisman)

“Perspective” — low-flying aircraft or birds’ feet? (MaryLou Roels)

“Soon to be Released” — crocuses in snow (Elana Nasereddin)

“Snow Blanket at Compo” (Pam Kesselman)

“Lasting Impression” — rhododendron outside the kitchen window (John Gould)

“A Perfect Winter’s Day” (Karen Kramer)

Finding Joy: COVID Edition

Last week, “06880” highlighted the many lessons learned by Staples High School students during COVID. It was powerful proof that shafts of light can break through this horrible darkness.

That story fit well with an email I got from alert reader/talented photographer Lauri Weiser. She had an idea: “a feel-good story, asking people about the most fun thing they’ve done during the pandemic.”

It might, she added, give readers ideas of things to do, while waiting for a vaccine appointment.

Great idea! So I followed up by asking her to go first. Lauri replied:

I have really enjoyed ‘coming into my own’ and having the courage to submit pictures to “06880.”

SLauri Weiser captured this scene at chlaet’s Point …

When I was in my 20’s and living in New York, my girlfriends and I went to a psychic for fun. She told me I’d be a famous photographer. I laughed and went back to my day job working in HR for a law firm.

I have a very “corporate” background. But I have really discovered the artistic side of myself — first in jewelry-making, now in photography.

I also enjoyed hanging out with a “pod” of my fellow Westport Woman’s Club members. One of the girls has a pool, and each Monday afternoon we headed to her house. We socially distanced, standing in the pool and laughing

I turned 60 last May, and had planned to throw myself a party. I was going to make damn sure that 60 would be fabulous.

It was — just not in the way I expected. I had 3 Zoom birthday get-togethers. Although I would definitely have preferred to have seen everyone in person, this worked out great for a pandemic.

As always, I guess it’s the little things in life that actually bring one the most joy, Sometimes we just have to look a little harder to find it!

That’s Lauri’s story. What’s yours?

We want to hear what has brought you joy during the past few months. What can others do to find joy too?

Click “Comments” below. And as always, please use your full, real name!

… and this, at Sherwood Island. Photo/Lauri Weiser)

0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 18 Gallery

Westport continues to be an arts community. Readers of all ages keep sending work, for the Saturday morning gallery that began in early spring.

Professional, amateur, old, young — we want it all. Every medium is welcome. We especially love student art!

The only rule: Your art must be inspired by, reflective of, or otherwise related to the times we’re going through — or the times we’ve lost. Email dwoog@optonline.net.

“Lockdown 2020” mixed media college (Karen Lee McIver)

“The Sands of Hawaii” shadow box (Lauri Weiser)

“Taking a Break From Reality” (Ezra Schwartz, age 12)

“Staying in Touch” (Jim Adelman)

Untitled (Mitzi Lyman)

Untitled collage (Amy Schneider)