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COVID Roundup: Library Book Sale; Rotary Speaker; Oystercatcher Chick; Parks & Rec; More


The latest Westport tradition to fall victim to COVID-19: the Westport Library’s summer book sale.

In its place: a “virtual” fund-raiser.

Auction item previews begin June 10. Online silent bidding takes place from June 17 through June 19. To receive a link to the auction website when it is activated, click here.

Donations are being sought for the auction. “No item is too big or too small,” they say: experiences (concert, theater or other event tickets, backstage passes, tickets for TV shows tapings, private chef services, private wine tastings, spa days, cooking lessons, art classes); travel (use of vacation homes, tours, boat trips); food and wine packages; picnics; restaurant gift certificates; unique jewelry; works of art; children’s birthday parties — you get the idea.

For more information or to donate items, call 203-952-0070 or admin.book@westportbooksaleventures.org.


The Westport Rotary Club always books interesting guest speakers. This Tuesday (June 2) at 12:30 p.m., they host a particularly timely one.

Anne Diamond — president of Bridgeport Hospital, and executive vice president at Yale New Haven Health System — will talk about how her organizations responded to and allocated critical resources during COVID-19. She’ll also discuss a unique collaboration among hospitals in Fairfield County.

Because it’s a Zoom meeting, everyone is invited. Click here for the link. The meeting ID is 859 6608 8043; the password is 624628.


In the midst of so much sad, bad news, there is also this:

Tina Green reports that yesterday morning, the Compo Beach American oystercatchers successfully hatched one chick. Another egg has yet to hatch.

A pair of piping plovers also has a nest in the same roped-off area of South Beach. Stay away — and rejoice!

American oystercatcher and chick. (Photo/Tina Green)


Parks & Recreation director Jennifer Fava follows up on Governor Lamont’s announcement raising the limit of people in outdoor recreational gatherings from 5 to 25:

  • No contact sports or sports that include shared handling of objects such as balls or Frisbees are allowed.
  • Attendees shall remain 6 feet apart, excluding immediate family members, caretakers and household members, and except when dining, masks shall be worn when within 6 feet of those not in the same household.
  • If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer shall demarcate 6 feet of spacing.

This increase applies to outdoor recreational gatherings including the opening of the Wakeman, Staples (including the track), and Kings Highway fields for individual use and exercise.


Moving trucks came today for Restoration Hardware.

However, the closing of the home furnishings store –they did not sell hammers or weed killer — is not COVID-related.

The company says the 11,000-square foot spot opposite Anthropologie, a few yards from Main Street, is not in keeping with the current large-format stores (“galleries,” in Restoration-speak) they’ve opened the last few years.

No word yet on what will replace it. Although for nearly the entire 20th century, it sure worked well as a movie theater.

(Photo/Chip Stephens)


The Westport Police Department, TEAM Westport, and the NAACP are partnering on a food drive this Saturday (June 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Stop & Shop in Westport.

The event was organized in the wake of last week’s death of George Floyd, at the hands of members of the Minneapolis Police Department.


And finally … one of the most powerful anthems ever written, from one of the greatest singers of all time.

 

Restoration Hardware Leaves This Spring

One of the most visible downtown properties will soon have a new look.

Restoration Hardware is closing in April.

Sources say the reason is not poor sales. Rather, the 11,000-square foot spot opposite Anthropologie, a few yards from Main Street, is not in keeping with the current large-format stores (“galleries,” in Restoration-speak) they’ve opened the last few years.

The home furnishings company — I have no idea where “Hardware” comes from — has been on the Post Road for about 20 years. It replaced the Fine Arts I and II movie theaters, which had been there since the early 1900s.

The closure leaves only one Restoration location in Connecticut: Greenwich.

The lines of the old Fine Arts Theater — including the recessed entryway — are still visible at Restoration Hardware.

(Interested in leasing the property? Email david@davidadamrealty.com, or call 203-856-9674.)

Eye-Catching Alley

To most of us, the alley next to Restoration Hardware is just a shortcut from the parking lots off Jesup Road, to the Post Road and Main Street.

But talented photographer and alert “06880” reader Betsy P. Kahn sees something more. She’s intrigued by the many angles and contours of this often-overlooked Westport nook.

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Now there’s an added attraction. Rothbard Ale + Larder just opened up in the space formerly occupied by Tierra restaurant. They serve German food and drinks (plus cuisine from Alsace, Belgium and Switzerland).

Early reviews are good. Unfortunately, town regulations prohibit much signage. Let’s hope they make it to Oktoberfest.

This Old House #13

Trust your instincts.

Westport Historical Society house historian Bob Weingarten thought that last week’s “mystery house” was the current site of Dream Spa — the handsome building at the entrance to the Crate & Barrel shopping center, between Green’s Farms Elementary School and Fortuna’s.

Then he thought it wasn’t. But research by the inestimable Wendy Crowther and others convinced him he was right all along. (Click here to see a 1930s photo of the house, and comments.)

This week’s house is a great one.

This Old House May 13, 2015

We know exactly where this very handsome home once stood. According to a state database of WPA photos, the house — built around 1823, and owned originally by “Wheeler or Capt. Gresham Bradley” — was “formerly situated on the present site of the Fine Arts Theater in State Street.”

That’s great. But the Fine Arts Theatre opened around 1920 — more than a decade before the photo was taken. It closed in 1999, and is now Restoration Hardware. And State Street has been renamed the Post Road.

So where was this house when the photo was taken?

Hopefully it has not been torn down in the interim.

If you know its whereabouts, click “Comments” below. The WHS is seeking info on this and other “mystery houses,” in preparation for an upcoming exhibit on the changing face of Westport.

Bonus photo: Here is what the Fine Arts Theatre looked like, a decade or 2 after it opened.

Fine Arts theatre black and white

At Least It’s Not A Bank, Nail Salon Or Frozen Yogurt Place

After weeks of work on the old Boccanfuso auto body shop on the Post Road opposite Starbucks, the new tenant was unveiled yesterday.

Boccanfuso

Should Crate & Barrel, or Restoration Hardware, be worried?

An Accident A Day?

Over the past few weeks, pedestrians have been hit crossing the Post Road near Shake Shack and in front of Playhouse Square.

A body was discovered on the I-95 Exit 18 entrance ramp.

And every day, it seems, there are automobile accidents everywhere in town.

This morning around 10:30, a westbound driver on the Post Road near Patagonia suddenly veered across the street, slamming into a car parked in front of Restoration Hardware.

In the words of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus:  “Be careful out there.”