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Roundup: Bubble Tea, Brrrrr, Billie Eilish …


Since opening earlier this winter in Compo Shopping center near CVS and Planet Pizza, The Whale Tea has quietly earned a loyal following for its bubble tea.

“Series” include fresh milk, whale crystal, crème brûlée, classic milk and tea, fresh fruit milk tea, milk foam, slush and oolong tea.

There’s a wide range of bubble tea add-ons, and options to control the levels of ice, sugar and boba.

Whale Tea is part of a small chain. Other locations are in Fairfield, Stamford, New Haven, Storrs and (why not?) Boise, Idaho.

Reader Bonnie Dubson writes: “I am a (former) New Yorker who really misses Chinatown and the international vibe of bubble tea places. I’m tickled to have one in town. My daughter, husband and I used to pilgrimage to the city for bubble tea. Now we have it right here. We are so excited!”


It’s mid-February. For most of us, it’s a time to ski, escape to sunny resorts, or count the days until spring.

For these three, it’s a chance to zip up the wet suits and head to Compo.

Plus, there’s plenty of parking.

(Photo/Pam Kesselman)


On Friday, Billie Eilish played to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Longtime Westporter Larry Perlstein was one of the lucky ones there.

What makes that “06880”-worthy is that the pop idol is the daughter of Patrick O’Connell, a 1975 Staples High School graduate.

Perlstein is a ’75 grad too. Which means he had a bit more of a claim to her fame than most of the rest of the MSG audience.

Billie Eilish sold out Madison Square Garden. (Photo/Larry Perlstein)


Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows an intriguing view of the Saugatuck River, as seen from the Kings Highway North bridge.

(Photo/Claudia Sherwood Servidio)


And finally … 2 famous works premiered on this date.

In 1816, it was Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville” at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

Sixty-one years later, Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Billie Eilish: The “06880” Connection

You may not have heard of Billie Eilish.

But your teen or tween certainly has.

The 18-year-old is a pop sensation. In 2017 her first EP, “Don’t Smile At Me,” hit the Top 15 in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. This year’s album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” contined Billboard Top 40 singles, including the #1 “Bad Guy.” She is the first — and so far only — artist born in the 2000s to record an American #1 single. Billie already has 8 gold and 4 platinum singles.

She lives in LA with her brother Finneas — a frequent collaborator — and her mother and father.

So why is the entertainer — whose full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell “0688o”-worthy?

Because “O’Connell” comes from her father. Patrick O’Connell — who grew up at the top of Compo Hill — is a 1975 Staples High School graduate. He was an active member of Staples Players, best known for his role of John in “The Crucible.”

Billie Eilish and her father, Patrick O’Connell.

Patrick went on to Juilliard, and a career as an actor. He’s appeared in “Iron Man,” “The West Wing” and “Baskets.”

So even though you have not heard of the teen sensation until this moment, casually tell your kid, “You know Billie Eilish’s dad is from Westport, right?”

Your cool factor will rise exponentially.

(Hat tip: David Roth)