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Roundup: Fresh Eyes, Oyster Boat, More

2020 has seemed interminable. As we near the end, the days get colder; the nights longer.

Sometimes it’s good to get a fresh perspective. New “06880” reader Zeina Mobassaleh writes:

We just moved to Westport, from Dubai, and we feel so lucky to get to live here.

I want to share a picture I took on a morning walk on Compo this week. It was such a beautiful morning, I just kept walking and walking, I couldn’t get enough of the breathtaking nature and views literally all around me. I wish everyone could have seen it. So I’m sharing at least this picture with you.

Now all of “06880” can see it too. Thanks, Zeina — and welcome to Westport!

(Photo/Zeina Mobbasaleh)

Yesterday’s “06880” featured some background on the Catherine M. Wedmore, the oyster boat often seen from Westport’s shores.

Gene Borio was intrigued. He’s been photographing it for years. His close-up shot will intrigue the many “06880” readers who have only watched it from afar.

(Photo/Gene Borio)

And finally … December 7, 1941 was “a date which will live in infamy.”

Almost immediately, songwriters went to work. Charles Tobias’ “We Did It Before (and We Can Do it Again)” was the first to receive air play. Three nights later — on December 10 — his brother-in-law Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio variety show

It was “more upbeat and less vicious” than tunes that followed — “a reminder of the country’s effort to make the world safe for democracy a generation before, and an acknowledgment of the work that lay ahead.”


Pic Of The Day #78

Today is the 3rd anniversary of Alan Sterling’s death. His oyster boat, “Gloria,” still sits in Gray’s Creek by the Longshore exit road. (Photo/John Kantor)

Save The Laurel!

Two months ago, “06880” reported that America’s oldest oyster boat might become an oyster bar in the Saugatuck River.

Now, there’s a very real chance it might turn into scrap wood.

Jean Paul Vellotti — a Westporter trying to save the Laurel — just sent this email: 

I’ll get right to the point: We have 48 hours to save the Laurel or she will be crushed.

I’ve lost my docking spot. There are few docks available. One is at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport. The summer dock fee there might be about $5,000. That’s money I don’t have.

The Laurel.

The Laurel.

I had just found a great space for the Laurel Oyster Bar in Sono, complete with a dock and parking. We had contacted the owners this morning before the bad news, and they are getting back to us.

Maybe someone who wants to invest in the business can come forward. It’s pretty hard to have an oyster bar on an oyster boat without the oyster boat.

I really hate to see her crushed, which is a real possibility. Aside from getting a huge bill that will take me years to pay, we would lose the oldest oyster boat in America. We have to try to keep her floating. Even if we can save her for the summer and donate her to Mystic, our job will be done.

If you have any ideas — or can help — email vellotti@aol.com.