Just before 1 a.m. today, a car went off the road, into the Saugatuck River.
The Westport Fire Department responded with 3 engines and a rescue truck. Firefighters wearing cold water rescue suits removed the lone occupant, who was trapped in the vehicle.
Westport EMS transported the patient to the hospital, with unknown injuries.
Speaking of accidents: Another of those baffling midday, clear weather crashes took place yesterday, at the Hillandale Road/Morningside Drive South intersection.
With the way people drive these days, though — and the so-much-to-do pressure of the holidays — perhaps it’s not that surprising.
Just keep this image in mind the next time you want to gain 2 seconds at a stop sign.
Or think that your errand is more important than everyone else’s.
A recent “06880” story on what’s for sale — illegally — in Westport smoke shops and convenience stores noted that recreational marijuana sales have not yet begun in Connecticut.
Yesterday, state officials announced that adult-use marijuana sales will begin January 10.
Nine existing medical marijuana dispensaries have received approval for sales. The closest stores are Stamford and New Haven.
More sites will be approved in coming months. None are in Westport. The Planning & Zoning Commission has — at least for now — banned non-medical marijuana sales here.
Click here for a full report on recreational cannabis stores statewide.
A Teen Business Holiday Shop fills the Westport Library’s Trefz Forum today (Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
An array of creative, high-quality products — jewelry, services and more — are on sale. All were created by local teenage entrepreneurs.
The event is sponsored by Up | Next Teens. The student-founded and run organization teaches teens the principles of entrepreneurism, with a commitment to social activism.
A portion of the proceeds will help fun the group’s efforts to help alleviate food insecurity.
PS: There’s live music, baked goods — and gift wrapping too!
Registration is open for several Earthplace kids’ programs. They include:
- Junior Naturalists (Grades 6-12)
- Teen Volunteer Club (Grades 6-12)
- Vacation Day Camp (Ages 3-12, January 16)
- Holiday Break Camp (Ages 3-12. February 20-24, 27; April 7, 10-14)
- Summer Camp.
Click here for details — and other programs too.
Staples High School Class of 2010 graduate Luke Hammerman is the digital audience manager for the National Military Family Organization. The non-profit supports and enhances military families through advocacy and programming.
Luke wants Westporters to know about the group’s holiday drive — and remind them that Tuesday is the anniversary of the National Guard’s founding (in 1636!).
He also found this link to an inspirational “06880” story about some Westport military families in years past.
Westport will be well represented at “Layers Revealed” — the new exhibit at Norwalk Art Space.
Photographer Jerri Graham and artist Melissa Newman are in the show, which explores “all of life’s intricacies and complexities.”
“Slowly, the layers of our lives are revealed and once they are, we fully come through,” Graham says. Through “each frame of the camera,” she aims to highlight “a fraction of a second of a life that will be lived for a time unknown. Within these fractionated layers, we find our lives and ourselves.”
“Layers Revealed” encourages viewers to explore the many cycles and layers of humanity, nature, beauty, creation and decay.
At the opening reception Thursday (December 15,, 6 to 8 p.m., 455 West Avenue, Norwalk), Graham will take portrait photos at a pop-up space.
She’ll also host 3 portrait photo sessions (December 18, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; January 8 (10 a.m. to noon) and January 15 (noon to 2:30 p.m.). Book sessions at 203-252-2840; donations are accepted. Students ages 13 to 18 who are interested in helping Graham (and learning about lighting, composition and more) can apply here.
On January 15 (3 p.m.), Graham will give a talk. On January 28 (11 a.m.), Newman — who is also a vocalist — will join guitarist Tony
Lombardozzi for a jazz brunch performance at The Norwalk Art Space.
“In With the Old” — a Discovery+ series — features old-home enthusiasts transforming abandoned structures.
In the current season 3, Staples graduates Brian and Megan Austin Philpott work their magic on a “little Weston cabin.”
Also shown: former Westport Planning & Zoning Commission member Al Gratrix. Spoiler alert: It’s his grandchildren’s log cabin. (Hat tip: Chip Stephens)
The Dartmouth College Brovertones serenaded Staples High’s Choralaires yesterday, with tunes ranging from Hozier to The Beach Boys.
Luke Rosenberg’s singers were especially excited to hear SHS 2020 graduate Sam Laskin. They asked plenty of questions too, about college and a cappella life.
There’s a new event on the Westport benefit calendar.
On March 19, Sunset Wine Party hosts a wine tasting at the Inn at Longshore. All net proceeds go to Berni & Murcer, a non-profit supporting area children with cancer.
The event includes grazing tables, music, and private VIP rooms
Discount tickets are available December 15 through January 1. Click here for more information.
Last night’s full moon was spectacular. Thanks to all who sent photos.
Two of the best were these:
Just before the moon rose, Tessie and Stinky Pete posed for this “Westport … Naturally” photo at Compo:
And finally … another little known — but hugely important — music pioneer has died.
Jim Stewart, a white man who who with his sister founded Stax Records — the hugely successful R&B/soul label — died Monday in Memphis. He was 92.
A country and rockabilly fan who “had scarcely seen a Black person till I was grown,” his work with artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Carla Thomas helped create the soundtrack of the ’60s and early ’70s.
His house band — Booker T. & the M.G.s — included Black and white musicians, an enormous step for the very segregated city of Memphis.
Click here for a full obituary.
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