Please support “06880” — thanks!
Click here to help support “06880” via credit card or PayPal. Any amount is welcome — and appreciated! Reader contributions keep this blog going. (Alternate methods: Please send a check to: Dan Woog, 301 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Or use Venmo: @DanWoog06880. Or Zelle: email@example.com. Thanks!)
SUBSCRIBE TO '06880' BY EMAIL -- IT'S FREE!
Subscribe to ‘06880’ in a reader
SEARCH THE “06880” ARCHIVES
- Pic Of The Day #1457
- Roundup: Remarkable Movies, Levitt Grass, Bald Eagle …
- Remembering Amy Oestreicher
- Pic Of The Day #1456
- Y Names New Jersey Leader As New CEO
- Prince Philip: The Westport Connection
- Roundup: Real Estate, Rabbis’ Honors, Raptors …
- Cramped RV Opens A Big, Wide World
- Pics Of The Day #1455
- Photo Challenge #328
Bored? Wander through ‘06880’
- Friday Flashback
- Local business
- Local politics
- Looking back
- Photo Challenge
- Pic of the Day
- Real estate
- Staples HS
- Street Spotlight
- Totally random
- Unsung Heroes
- Westport Country Playhouse
- Westport life
DISCLAIMERThis blog is personal opinion, and is not representative of the views of the Westport School District or Board of Education.
Tag Archives: Saugatuck Shores
Predictions for heavy snow and high winds were spot on.
But Westport survived.
Of course. We’re 2020-battle tested, and ready for anything!
Sunny Sherman asks:
Do you know anything about a tornado hitting Saugatuck Shores last night around 9?
How else to explain a 220-pound teak table blowing off a 2nd floor deck into a pine tree about 25 feet off the ground?!
There are no official reports of a tornado — though a tornado warning was issued for southern Fairfield County during that time.
Strong winds and heavy rain knocked out power to more than 30,000 Eversource customers statewide.
Roseville Road is closed in its entirety due to downed wires. So is Coleytown Road, near #6.
At 7 a.m., that included 878 customers in Westport, and 887 in Weston — 7 and 22% of all customers in those towns, respectively. Those were the highest numbers in the state, behind Darien and Norwalk.
Among the customers without power: the “06880” office (aka “my home”). Eversource had no estimate of when it would be restored.
Bob Weingarten is frustrated. He writes:
Yesterday around 9:40 a.m., I called CVS pharmacy. It took them more than 53 minutes to answer.
At about the 45-minute mark I called their customer service (800-746-7287) to complain. They answered within 30 seconds. After I explained the issue, they tried to call the Westport CVS — but could not get through.
They send a note to the store manager, and told me he would answer me within 2 to 4 hours.
Not sure if other readers have had this problem, but I believe they have. When standing in line to pick up a prescription, I always hear calls are “waiting to be answered.”
Friday’s rain was heavy. For most Westporters, it was a minor inconvenience.
For residents of Saugatuck Shores though, it was the usual story: flooding.
Here’s a shot of Canal Road, at midday:
Adam’s House is based in Shelton. But the organization — which helps youngsters grieving the loss of a loved one — has a strong local presence.
It was started by Allison Wysota. Her husband Adam died suddenly in 2012, when their 3 boys were in Weston schools.
Adam’s House is launching a “Mistletoes & Margaritas” online shopping fundraiser. It will be live November 30.
Area businesses are invited to join the e-commerce site. Bill Taibe is participating as a sponsor/vendor. He will sell gift certificates, and may do a bartending event with Don Memo.
Clem Butt, who sells wines all over Westport, will do a virtual wine-tasting. Jim VElgot will sell his artwork. Adam’s House volunteers hope many more Westport shops, restaurants, artists and others will offer their goods and services too.
Click here for the “Mistletoes and Margaritas” website.
And finally … Esperanza Spalding turns 36 today.
Matt Leonard — a longtime Westporter, and noted surveyor with his family firm — died last month, after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
The son of Leo and Margery Leonard, Matt grew up with 5 siblings on Bermuda Road. His father developed Saugtauck Shores.
Matt — a 1970 Staples High School graduate — honed his adventurous spirit by boating, swimming, fishing, sailing and waterskiing in nearby Leonard’s Lagoon.
He got his first boat at age 8, and spent many years rowing on the Saugatuck River. He loved exploring Cockenoe and the Norwalk Islands. The water was his life.
He also enjoyed music, books, trees, wildlife and birds. He was an avid photographer.
After Quinnipiac College, Matt worked with his father at Leonard Surveyors.
Matt was predeceased by his brother Charles and sister Marcia Stewart. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kim Englander Leonard (Staples ’69), daughter Hayley, son James; his sisters Anna McLaughlin, Lucy Leonard and Sally Harwell; his uncle and aunt, Stew and Marianne Leonard, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant a tree in Matt’s honor.
There are many ways to get from Westport to Cockenoe Island.
You can sail. You can paddle. You can JetSki.
Or — if you are particularly adventurous — you can walk.
Alert — and creative — “06880” reader Jeff Manchester reports:
“With a super low tide at 8:09 this morning, some intrepid souls took their soles and walked from Saugatuck Island to Cockenoe Island.
“It was a brisk morning in the high 40’s when we started, and only in the 50’s when we returned. However, the water was warmer than the air, so it made for a much more enjoyable journey.
“This is a bucket list item for sure, when the tides and weather cooperate.
“And of course, we have the Einsels, Greens, Jo Fox Brosious and many more to thank for their herculean efforts, saving Cockenoe for future generations from an attempted nuclear power plant over 50 years ago.”
Indeed. Although if that Chernobyl-style structure had actually been built there, today’s water would be a lot warmer.