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Ridin’ With Biden In Westport

The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge is Westport’s go-to site for political demonstrations, rallies and we-need-to-be-together times.

A few days ago several Trump supporters gathered there, with signs and banners.

Yesterday it was filled with about 70 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris fans. Drivers jammed traffic, celebrating the president- and vice president-elect with cheers, car horns, thumbs-up and smiles.

Even kayakers on the river got into the fun.

Occasional dissent was heard. But it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the celebrants one bit.

Photographer J.C. Martin captured the day with these photos.

(All photos/J.C. Martin)

Roundup: Jim Marpe, Flying Flags, Free Ice Cream, More

1st Selectman Jim Marpe says:

“On Thursday I announced that on Sunday, October 18, I was in direct contact with an individual who earlier this week exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 and who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The result of my subsequent COVID-19 test was negative, and I’m not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus. To clarify yesterday’s statement, despite my negative test, I will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days (until November 1), following CDC guidelines and medical advice.”

1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

Happy UN Day!

As they have been every October 24 for decades, the flags of member nations fly proudly today, on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge.

That’s appropriate. The span’s namesake was a longtime UN advocate, and founder of the local chapter of the United Nations Association. She also founded jUNe Day, our annual summer event.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

The Ruth Steinkraus Bridge is quite a hub of activity. Here’s a shot from last night, when this message appeared:

Who doesn’t like free ice cream?

Especially when it’s vegan, allergen-friendly, plant-based, non-dairy, frozen, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.

Plus, creamy and delicious.

NewBrook Kitchen on Riverside Avenue offers a free Sunscoop tasting event. It begins Wednesday (October 28), and runs through Saturday, October 31 — or until they run out.

Individual pre-packaged sample cups of the dessert are available in wild blueberry crumble, strawberry maca, toasted coconut butter, moringa mint chip, vanilla tart and dark cacao with reishi. There’s no purchase necessary, but there’s a one-per-customer limit.

There’s a discount for buying a 6-pack of pints (one for each flavor).

NewBrook is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a delivery of the 6-pint case, plus a free tasting cup, call 203-557-6087 or email newbrookkitchen@gmail.com.

And finally … Happy UN Day!

Photo Challenge #241

Westport sure has a lot of bridges.

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed the underside of one. Every “06880” reader figured that out.

But where was it? The William F. Cribari Bridge in Saugatuck? I-95, nearby? The new one on Saugatuck Shores? The old one on Kings Highway North, near Fort Apache?

Nope. No. Nah. No sir.

The image showed the view from underneath the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge — aka the Post Road bridge over the Saugatuck River. (Click here for the photo.)

It gets tons of vehicle traffic every day, and a decent number of pedestrians. It’s rarer for someone to paddle underneath it. But Maggie Gomez did just that, and sent the shot to “06880.”

As Dan Herman notes, the fiberglass pipes shown are electric and telephone conduits.

Besides Dan, other correct answers came from Rob Hauck, Robert Mitchell, Seth Schachter, Jay Tormey, Seth Braunstein, Jonathan McClure, Fred Rubin, Andrew Colabella, Robert Fatherley, Breno Donatti, Jalna Jaeger and Michael Brennecke.

Maybe there are more paddlers than we realize!

This week’s Photo Challenge is back on dry — very dry — land. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Beth DeVoll)



The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge has been the scene of much political activism over the years.

Last night, someone sent a message that every American — regardless of party — should agree with.

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

Election Day is Tuesday (November 6). Polls open at 6 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.

Westport voters who previously voted at the library have a new location: Town Hall. Those who voted at Coleytown Middle School will vote at Coleytown Elementary.

All voters should be sure to check their polling place. If you’re a Connecticut resident, click here.

Pic Of The Day #43

Flags fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Post Road Bridge (Photo copyright Lynn U. Miller)

Friday Flashback #6

We think of the Post Road (Ruth Steinkraus Cohen) Bridge as having been there forever.

It has been — at least since colonial times.

But it hasn’t always been the same bridge.

Here’s what it looked like in 1946.


It was narrower than the present span. There was a guardhouse-type structure — perhaps a remnant of when it actually was a toll bridge, centuries earlier.

But the most intriguing aspect of this photo — taken from the Taylor parking lot near what is now the library Riverwalk, looking upriver — is the water on the right.

This shot was taken several years before Parker Harding Plaza was created. That’s now the parking lot behind Main Street stores. In 1946, the Saugatuck River ran right up to the backs of those shops.

And the sewer pumps from some of them emptied directly into the river.