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Roundup: Housing Rally, Yappy Hour, River Dredging …

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The Town of Westport, Westport Housing Authority and Homes With Hope issue this statement:

Tomorrow (Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2 p.m., Jesup Green) we invite residents to join legislators, local providers and advocates in a call-to-action rally to address Fairfield County’s growing housing crisis, in the aftermath of and ongoing concerns related to the pandemic.

The goal of the rally is to raise public awareness of the housing crisis and remind State legislators of the urgency to act. We encourage the public to attend as a personal action to combat homelessness. Public participation sends a message to legislators that the community supports the allocation of resources to Fairfield County’s most vulnerable residents.

Housing insecurity affects thousands of Fairfield County families and individuals seeking permanent housing every day. Affordability has become the most significant barrier for moderate and lower-income households to maintain stable housing in Fairfield County. The pandemic has increased the demand for affordable housing, resulting in a lack of available inventory, and dramatically increased rents, leaving many residents without access to safe housing options.

Rally attendees will hear from a range of funders, advocates, and community providers who offer direct services to friends and neighbors experiencing housing insecurity. Research shows that the most effective strategy for solving homelessness is the Housing First approach, connecting households to stable and affordable housing through a combination of supportive services and financial assistance.

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Dredging the Saugatuck River has been a complex (and expensive) topic.

It’s still a long way from happening. But earlier this month, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal ensured funding for several Connecticut projects in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development Appropriations  Bill. Included is $2.81 for Saugatuck River dredging.

The funding can help “kick start” projects that are stalled, Murphy said. (Hat tip: Robbie Guimond)

Dredging could enable more river traffic at places like Rive Bistro restaurant. 

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MoCA Westport went to the dogs last Thursday.

It was “Yappy Hour.” Canines enjoyed dog-friendly Pupsicles, while owners sipped custom cocktails from Bar MoCA.

Guests also had complimentary access to the museum’s summer exhibitions — and could ask questions of a dog trainer, provided by Pet Choice.

PAWS brought along an adoptable dog, and took home food donations from attendees.

The next Yappy Hour is Thursday, September 2. Before then, a regular (dog-free) Happy Hour happens every Thursday, at Bar MoCA. Happy and Yappy Hours are all 5 to 7 p.m.

Yappy Hour at MoCA.

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The Westport Downtown Association hosts its 3rd (and final) Summer Outdoor Shopping Days this Saturday (August 14), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

This isn’t the traditional “sidewalk sale.” But word on the (Main) Street is that some stores will offer great deals anyway.

Main and Elm Streets will be closed. There will be a food truck, bar and live music all day long.

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The end of an era: 29 Soundview Drive is on the market.

The home — in the same family for years — was owned by Paul Lane. The former Staples High School coach died in June, just days before the football field there was named in his honor.

Generations of Westporters strolling along the beach remember “Coach” sitting on his patio, greeting former athletes, longtime Westporters, and strangers.

This summer, the house was empty. Here’s wishing the new owners as much joy as Paul and his family enjoyed there.

And as full and healthy lives as he lived.

29 Soundview Drive

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Westport Book Shop‘s 1st-ever Back-to-School Story Time features a first-ever reading.

Westport author/illustrator Sivan Hong — whose “Super Fun Day” book series focus on neuro-diverse children who overcome challenges with perseverance and bravery — will read her new book — “Emily D. and the Fearful First Day” outside the popular used book shop, on Jesup Green. She’ll read others, too.

The event is this Saturday (August 14, 11 a.m. Kids and parents should bring a blanket or beach chair. Snacks are courtesy of The Porch @ Christie’s, and Sweet P Bakery.

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David Ader submits today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo. He writes:

“Peekaboo! A curious baby raccoon watched me, Pippa and our dog as we walked past the nursery. I assume the mother was out finding a meal.”

(Photo/David Ader)

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And finally … Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a saxophonist and founding member of Kool & the Gang, died Saturday in New Jersey. He was 70. (Click here for full obituary.) 

Time to “celebrate” a life well lived!

COVID-19 Roundup: World Premiere, Student Art; Girls Track, And More


Jarret Liotta’s Home Movie” — that’s the name of his new film — has its world premiere this Saturday (May 2, 9 p.m.).

It would probably open in a theater. But theaters are closed. So it’s there on the next best platform: YouTube.

Jarret says, “A dark comedy for a dark and comical time, ‘Home Movie’ is my gift to the viral community — everyone sitting home dying for a mediocre (but free) movie.

“Filmed entirely in Westport on the lowest budget I could afford, it’s the story of a young woman returning home for her father’s funeral who becomes convinced her mother killed him.”

The 1983 Staples High School grad — now a filmmaker/writer/photographer — got great help from Cathy Walsh, Dwain Schenck and Matt Porio. There were many others too, but he says, “wait for the credits to see them.”

You’ll recognize places like Gold’s Deli, police headquarters, the Senior Center, Westport Woman’s Club and (of course) Harding Funeral Home.

Click here for the YouTube link. Then pass the (non-virtual) popcorn.

Jarret Liotta


High school students throughout the area are invited to submit art — a drawing, painting, photo or sculpture, particularly in response to COVID-19, for a special MoCA online exhibition. It replaces the annual in-person art show.

The deadline is May 10. For details, click here. Questions? Email liz@mocawestport.org.


The Staples High School girls track season is on hold. But the athletes are not sitting around feeling sorry for themselves.

This Saturday (May 2), they’ll go for a run — of course, while maintaining social distancing. Family and friends are sponsoring them, choosing a set amount per mile.

All funds will be donated to Stamford Hospital, where the ICU is at near full capacity.

You can help too. Click here, to support this important run.

 


And finally … Katie Augustyn sends along this video from Houston County, Georgia. Music teachers from many schools created a virtual chorus, showing students they’re not alone. Of course, this inspiring song from “Dear Evan Hansen” was co-written by Justin Paul — who had his own wonderful musical career in the Westport schools just a few years ago.