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Remember those 9 neighborhood meetings held last year about traffic?

And the report that followed, this past February?

On October 26 (7 p.m., Town Hal auditorium), the town hosts a “Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Update Session.”

On hand will be staff members knowledgeable about traffic management, roadway conditions, engineering, possible speed calming solutions, and the regulations and oversight authority of the town.

Public Works, Planning & Zoning and Public Safety Departments will update the public on progress made. Residents can also provide input on areas of concern.

RTM member Kristin Schneeman addressed a 2022 traffic and safety meeting. Next to her were fellow RTM reps Lori Church, Nancy Kail and Sal Liccione.


Westport Sunrise Rotary has 2 signature events each year.

The Great Duck Race is for kids and families.

The Westport Uncorked wine tasting is for adults.

The 21-plus (mostly a bit older) crowd turned out in force last night. The Inn at Longshore was filled with wines of a wide variety of vintages and vineyards. There was plenty of tasting, plenty of buying — and plenty of money raised for the many good works Sunrise Rotary does, locally and much further afield.

Everything, in other words, was ducky.

A small portion of the large crowd at Sunrise Rotary’s Inn at Westport “Uncorked” wine tasting. (Photo/Dan Woog)


Saturday’s “Stand Up For Homes with Hope” benefit at Fairfield University’s Quick Center is sold out.

But the headliner — comedian Roy Wood Jr. — is still working hard to make it a success.

He came to Westport yesterday to see what the fundraiser is all about. He toured the Gillespie men’s shelter, the Hoskins Place women’s shelter, met the clients and staff, and had lunch with the board.

Roy Wood Jr.’s job is to make people laugh. He’s done it as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and as MC of last spring’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

But he saw first-hand the very serious, even life-changing work that everyone associated with Homes with Hope does, 24/7/365.

He’s sure to give a shout-out to them all Saturday night.

Along with plenty of jokes.

Roy Wood Jr. (back row, center) with Homes with Hope board and staff.


The Blondinit — the new Israeli restaurant — has not yet opened on Church Lane.

But as they prepare to welcome diners, owners Solomon and Inda Sade are thinking of the beleaguered nation.

They show their solidarity, loud and clear:

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)


Westport Police made no custodial arrests between October 4 and 11.

They issued these citations:

  • Failure to comply with state traffic commission regulations: 9 citations
  • Traveling unreasonably fast: 7
  • Failure to obey traffic control signals: 3
  • Operating a motor vehicle under suspension: 2
  • Operating a motor vehicle while texting: 1
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a license: 1
  • Operating an unregistered motor vehicle: 1


An incorrect date was given yesterday for Lynn Flint’s 1-day art show, to benefit Bridgeport artists in need of help with rent, food, fuel and materials.

.It’s Thursday, October 26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), on Belaire Drive. A sign on Saugatuck Avenue (near the Norwalk border) will direct art lovers to the sale.


It took several years of work, Stan Witkow says. But he finally has a tomato and garlic harvest.

And today he shares it “06880,” as our “Westport … Naturally” feature of the day.

(Photo/Stan Witkow)


And finally … in honor of Roy Wood Jr., and his appearance tomorrow’s “Stand Up for Homes with Hope” fundraiser:

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Roy Wood Jr. Stands Up For Hope

As a student at Florida A&M University, Roy Wood Jr. worked as a server at Golden Corral.

He quickly learned the importance of engaging with customers — and making them laugh.

He learned something else: “No matter who you are — a 14-year-old Mexican, an old pastor, a family with White Power tattoos on their knuckles (true story) — there are 4 things everyone can talk about: food, entertainment, relationships and work.”

Wood came up with patter for all four. People — even the White Power folks — laughed along with the young Black server.

More than 20 years later, Wood still makes people laugh.

He did it as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. Last spring he did it at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

On October 14 he’ll do it at Fairfield University’s Quick Center.

The event — “Stand Up For Homes with Hope” — is an annual benefit for Westport’s supportive housing and food pantry. Wood is the latest in a 15-year line of great comedians (think Paula Poundstone) to entertain audiences with timely, topical humor.

And to raise much needed funds, for a very important cause.

This is Wood’s second appearance here. His first was during the pandemic, when the show was virtual.

Then as now, he was honored to crack jokes so that people could crack open their wallets.

“There are problems like homelessness everywhere,” Wood says. “When you talk about charity and need, that’s an American issue. It may even be easier to do a show like this, because everyone there is united. Everyone there has a heart. Those shows are very energetic.”

Roy Wood Jr.

His perceptive observations of America are in his genes: His father, Roy Wood Sr., was a radio broadcaster and journalist who covered the civil rights movement, racism encountered by Black soldiers in the Vietnam, and the Soweto uprising. His mother, Joyce Dugan Wood, is a college administrator.

As a youngster, Wood wanted to be like Stuart Scott: a sportscaster with humor. When he got older, he tackled a broader range of topics.

Stand-up comedy, he found, is “a rush. At the end of the day, it’s about connecting with strangers, over the things we have in common.”

Wood looks forward to visiting Homes with Hope’s Gillespie Center, before his show that night. He has not been here before (though he visited Norwalk, for his son’s robot fighting league competitions).

“I’ve learned about Connecticut: It’s extremely diverse,” Wood says.

“The perception is that it’s only white and rich. Nothing can be further from the truth. You can’t just assume something about a state.”

The comedian pauses. “I’m from Alabama. Trust me. I know.”

(Click here for tickets and more information on the October 14 “Stand Up for Homes with Hope” show. Click here to learn more about Roy Wood Jr.)