The “06880” app continues to improve.
A couple of readers thought the type size on the new app was difficult to read.
So developer Joshua Jordan went to work. He added the ability to increase type size — and/or the spacing between lines — in the easiest possible way.
There’s now an “eyeball” icon on the top right of any story you read (see image below). Just click it, and adjust the type size and spacing. It stays there automatically, every time you visit.
The eyeball icon.
If you’ve got the app, it should have automatically updated to include the new feature. If it did not, click “Updates” in your app store. The “06880” app is available for both iOS and Android phones.
Thanks again to Joshua, for taking time out of his busy schedule as a Staples High School senior to add this feature.
It was standing room only yesterday afternoon, for Patty Haberstroh‘s memorial service at The Inn at Longshore.
The longtime Department of Human Services social worker/former PTA Council president/Staples Building Committee member/beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, confidante was remember warmly, personally, insightfully and laughingly by her husband Charlie, 3 sons, daughter, grandchildren, neurologist and minister.
Videos of Patty accepting an award from a national ALS organization — midway through the disease that ultimately took her life this summer — and of the Haberstroh family’s “ALS Pepper Challenge” that raised over $1 million for research added extra spice to the afternoon.
People of all ages came from near and far to honor Patty. She got a sendoff worthy of her wonderfulness.
Patty Haberstroh’s children address the SRO crowd at yesterday’s Inn at Longshore memorial service. (Photo/Mark Mathias)
The Westport Rotary Club’s LobsterFest is always a highlight of late summer/early fall.
This year’s event — set for Saturday (September 23, 3 to 7 p.m.) — is even more highlight-y than most.
It’s also the kickoff for Rotary’s Centennial Project: a rehab of the Compo Beach playground, in partnership with the Westport Young Woman’s League and town of Westport.
The ginormous fundraiser — the biggest 1-day Rotary event in New England — sold out just 4 days after tickets went on sale, in July.
It’s an enormous effort. Volunteers — Westport Rotary members, and others — feed 2,000 people, in 4 hours.
This year’s LobsterFest includes many new activities for the 400-plus youngsters who will attend. For the first time, a “kids’ meal” food truck will be on site.
Over the last 12 years, the event has raised $1.5 million. Over $1 million has been reinvested in local and regional program, while $350,000 has supported international humanitarian projects, mostly in Central America and Africa.
This year, $100,000 will go toward the playground project.
Planning has already begun. The organizing committee is looking for volunteers (click here to help).
LobsterFest also kicks off 2 weeks in which the public can provide input on features they love and want to keep, those that are not great and could be replaced, and new elements they’d like to see.
The data will then be analyzed and sent to Play By Design. They’ll generate a preliminary design, which will be revealed to Westport at the end of October. Click here to provide input on the redesign.
Everyone loves the Westport Rotary Club’s LobsterFest.
This is fall gala season.
One of the best — and most underrated — is Saturday, September 30 (7 to 10 p.m.). Earthplace’s “Woodside Bash” includes an open bar, harvest dinner, fire pit, music by Pimpinella, and a mechanical bull (with a prize for the longest time on it). It’s all under the stars (with, of course, a tent).
This year’s signature cocktail is a spiced apple cider margarita.
Click here for tickets.
A small part of the large crowd at the Earthplace Harvest Fest.
Tickets are going fast for Westoberfest.
They include beer tasting from dozens of craft breweries; live music; food by Walrus Alley, Kneads Bakery, Lobstercraft and Little Pub; a children’s area run by the Artists’ Collective of Westport and MoCA; a street magician, bubbles and face painting; pumpkin and apple giveaways; food trucks, and vendors like Savvy + Grace.
Take-home tasting glasses with koozies are courtesy of Lux Bond & Green.
It all takes place October 14 (2 to 5 p.m.), off Elm Street. Click here for tickets, and more information.
Westport is chockablock with organizations that change lives. “06880” reports often on them.
But we’ve never mentioned PEO. That’s because until yesterday, we’d never heard of it.
That’s amazing. It’s been around for over 150 years.
Philanthropic Educational Organization was created in 1869 in Iowa to offer more educational opportunities to women. There are now 225,000 members in 6,000 chapters in the US and Canada.
Over the years, PEO has provided over $398 million in financial assistance through direct scholarships and special projects to more than 110,00 women worldwide.
The local chapter – Chapter B CT — created its own scholarship fund last year in honor of the chapter’s 80th anniversary. They’ll award a scholarship to a female high school senior beginning next spring.
Young women with a successful academic record and financial need can apply here. Click here for the Chapter B CT website — designed by Miggs Burroughs — which includes donation information and details on other scholarships.
For more information, email chapter president Angela Wormser at email@example.com, or scholarship chair Priscilla Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her Time is a Bridgeport-based social justice program that serves women and children impacted by incarceration.
The women were either formerly incarcerated, or work multiple jobs and carry the loads their spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends and children left behind during incarceration.
On September 30, 2 powerful contemporary folk artists — Abbie Gardner and Tracy Grammer — will bring their energy and positive vibes to Voices Café (Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, 8 p.m.). All proceeds benefit Her Time.
Voices Café offers tables and individual seats. Bring your own beverages and snacks, or buy a snack from their sweet treats table. Groups of 4 or more can reserve table space. General admission: $25 per person.
Click here for tickets and information.
Abbie Gardner (Photo/Jeff Fasano)
Drummer Joe Farnsworth wowed the crowd at his first Westport appearance.
He returns this Thursday to Jazz at the Post (VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399; shows at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.; dinner from 7 p.m.). He’ll be joined by bassist Brandi Disterheft, pianist Caelan Cardello, and saxophonist Greg “The Jazz Rabbi” Wall.
Reservations are strongly recommended: JazzatthePost@gmail.com.
Goldfinches and woodpeckers love sunflowers.
They find plenty at the Westport Community Gardens — more even than at an MLB dugout.
It’s all part of a great ecosystem — and just right for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … happy birthday to Westport’s own Nile Rodgers.
The Chic front man/3-time Grammy Award-winning/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee/ “We Are Family” songwriter-producer has played at the Levitt Pavilion, helped out the Library, and contributed to the Saugatuck Shores vibe.
He’s 71 today. Here’s to many, many more!
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