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Roundup: Supply Chain, Air-Cooled Autos, Entitled Cars …

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David Pogue’s “CBS Sunday Morning” reports are always entertaining — and informative. If you’re not a regular viewer — you should be.

Yesterday’s was particularly educational. It was also quite local.

Our Westport neighbor explained the supply chain crisis — why so many goods are not on shelves, despite gluts — with an opening and closing at the Southport Diner.

Owner Tony Pertesis explains — in clear, direct diner-speak exactly why his customers can’t always count on things as basic as Gatorade and whipped butter. Pogue adds the rest.

Bottom line: Toilet paper hoarding is back. Just in time for the holidays. Click below to see:

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Air-cooled cars stopped traffic along Myrtle Avenue yesterday. They vehicles were parked — and exhibited — on Veterans Green. Sponsored by the Small Car Company, the show raised money for Person-to-Person in Norwalk.

Westport-based Small Car Company — a club for air-cool aficionados — is loosely connected to the car dealership of the same name. It was located on Post Road West, diagonally across from Kings Highway Elementary School. Today we know it as Carvana.

Seen at Veteran’s Green. (Photo/Sarathi Roy)

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Speaking of cars downtown: “06880’s” Entitled Parking feature has very high standards. We now only post photos of cars that take up 3 spaces (or more). Two spots is waaaaay too common.

But today is an exception. This is a true “2-fer”: a pair of cars, each hogging two parkin spaces in the Baldwin lot.

(Photo/Molly Alger)

Not too bad, you say?

Look at it this way. If everyone parked like that, the lot would have exactly half the capacity it does now.

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It’s always important to give blood. Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., VFW, 465 Riverside Avenue) you can donate in honor of a Westporter.

The Charley with a Y Foundation is sponsoring the event. “Charley” was Marine LCPL Charles Rochlin. The 2003 Staples High School graduate spent 7 months in Iraq. He was on leave in Westport when he died in an automobile accident.

Click here for an appointment (use sponsor code VFWWestport), or call 1-800-733-2767.

LCPL Charley Rochlin

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Genevieve Bouchard — owner of Scout & Molly’s, the women’s clothing boutique in Playhouse Square — recently lost her mother, Chantal Haskew.

At her death, the frequent Westport visitor and talented artist was one of the longest living liver transplant patients in the US. She lived one-third of her life because in 1995 a stranger donated organs. Thanks to her liver, Chantal enjoyed the weddings of her 5 children, and the joys of her 8 grandchildren.

In honor of her mom — and all the organ donors out there — Scout & Molly’s is hosting a special shopping day. This Thursday (October 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a portion of all sales will be donated to Donate Life America.

Transplant recipients will be there, telling stories of their second chances at life.

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A few tickets remain for this Friday’s (October 15, Fairfield Theater Company) “Evening of Motown” benefit for CLASP Homes.

Band Central — “music with a purpose” — will perform America’s favorite hits. Proceeds support CLASP’s work. The Westport non-profit supports adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities, through group homes and enrichment programs.

$40 tickets include a pre-party with lite bites. Art by CLASP residents will be on display. Click here to purchase.

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Congratulations to the Westport Soccer Association’s U-11 blue team. They played 4 games in one day, and won the Bethel Columbus Day tournament.

Top row (left to right): head coach Bardhl Limani, James Tansley, Luke Shiel, John Walker, Peter Shakos, Lochlann Treanor, Nicolas Barreto, assistant coach Jeffery Holl, Bottom: Mason Holl, Atticus Lavergne, Andrew Floto, Matthew Alfaro, Zylan Wang.

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Nearly every holiday, “06880” runs a photo of Jolantha the Pig. For 20 years, the figure has sat — visibly and beloved — on Weston’s Kellogg Hill Road.

Of course, there’s a great back story. To learn more, click below:

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It’s juniper berry season. Peter Gold captured this shot on Old Road, for today’s “Westport … Naturally” series.

(Photo/Peter Gold)

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And finally … in honor of junipers:

 

Katelyn And Solenne: Now Hear This!

When Katelyn Bouchard was born 12 years ago, she failed the screening test for a hearing disorder.

But her eyes were lively, and quick to react. Her parents did not think anything was wrong.

But a second test 5 months later showed profound hearing loss. “She couldn’t hear a jet engine if it was next to her,” says Katelyn’s mother Gen.

Gen Bouchard

Gen — a former hedge fund executive who now owns Scout & Molly’s in Playhouse Square — and her husband contacted Diane Shannon. The longtime Westporter is a birth-to-3 service coordinator at Soundbridge, a regional program providing resources and services to children with hearing loss.

Diane explained 2 options: sign language and cochlear implants. The couple chose the latter.

Cochlear implants are electronic devices. Unlike hearing aids — which amplify sounds — implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear, to send sound signals to the brain.

Katelyn had her 1st implant at 10 months. Used to a world of silence, she tried to throw it off her face.

But Diane began working with Katelyn. She started from the ground up, introducing sounds, words and sentences.

Katelyn’s sister Solenne arrived 15 months later. Her parents knew then that — despite no family history of hearing loss — their newborn had a 1-in-4 chance of the genetic disorder.

Kately and Solenne Bouchard

Tests revealed that she too suffered hearing loss. She too would have implants.

Katelyn’s other implant was done the same day Solenne had 2. At 10 months, she was one of the first children that young to have surgery on both ears simultaneously.

At first, Solenne was very sensitive to sound. Once again, Diane patiently helped the Bouchards’ baby adapt to a new environment.

“We could hardly wait for them to start saying words,” Gen recalls. “Now they don’t stop talking.”

The girls have thrived. Katelyn — a 7th grader at Bedford Middle School — plays lacrosse. Solenne is a 5th grader at Saugatuck Elementary School; she plays basketball. Both are excellent students.

Katelyn and Solenne Bouchard

Though the only sign of cochlear implants are processors, “kids are kids,” Gen says. “Sometimes they ask, ‘What’s that on your ear?’ The girls just explain.”

Katelyn and Solenne are strong advocates for themselves. In loud environments, they’re not embarrassed to ask someone to repeat what’s been said.

Otherwise, their lives are no different from many other Westport youngsters.

But they — and their mother — have not forgotten the importance of helping other hearing-impaired kids.

Every year, Scout & Molly’s picks a non-profit to help. Last month, the store offered a silent auction, raffle items and refreshments, to support the Hearing Health Foundation.

The organization provided educational materials — including information on how to prevent hearing loss. (One way: Turn down the loud music!)

Katelyn and Solenne were there.

Then they went back to their own active, well-rounded — and sound-filled — lives.

 

3 Months After Maria, Westporters Remember Puerto Rico

With so much bad news swirling around, it’s easy to forget Hurricane Maria.

But Lillian Davis and Elida Gollomp can’t.

The Westport women are natives of the island that suffered enormous devastation in September.  Their family and friends still struggle — without water and electricity — 3 months later.

They and their daughters Alexa Davis and Bella Gollomp — both 2015 Staples High School graduates — organized an all-day sales event last Saturday. Scout & Molly’s hosted the shopping/food/auction/raffle fundraiser.

Lillian Davis (left) and Elida Gollomp, at last weekend’s Scout & Molly’s fundraiser.

Lillian and Elida have partnered with the Puerto Rico Relief Center in Bridgeport. The non-profit works with businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in the area to welcome and assist the many people leaving the island, and settling here.

Last Saturday was a great day. But donations are still needed. Checks made out to “Career Resources, Inc.” — with “Puerto Rico Relief Center” on the memo line — can be sent to Elida Gollomp, 2 Smoky Lane, Westport, CT 06880.

Lillian and Elida will deliver them personally to Bridgeport — where they are volunteering with the much-needed relief efforts.

Gen Bouchard: There’s Life After Hedge Funds

Gen Bouchard’s career in finance includes 11 years at SAC Capital and its successor, Point72.

She loved working with “super-smart, phenomenal” colleagues. However, she notes, “in hedge fund terms, that’s a long time.”

Starting out, she wore “plain Jane suits.” But SAC brought in a stylist, offering personalized fashion tips. Bouchard realized that “how you look determines where you go in life.”

Gen Bouchard

Gen Bouchard

When she began raising 2 daughters — and faced her own health issues — Bouchard realized something else: The discussions she and her husband often had about starting their own business might lead to a new direction in life.

Bouchard met Lisa Kornstein, owner of the Scout & Molly’s women’s apparel boutique. Both had multiple sclerosis.

“Her story resonated with me,” Bouchard says. “She was passionate about raising funds for MS. I am too.”

On Saturday (April 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Playhouse Square), Bouchard celebrates the grand opening of Scout & Molly’s latest franchise.

“We have price points for everyone,” the new owner says. “And it’s a non-snooty atmosphere.”

Scout & Molly's newest store, in Playhouse Square.

Scout & Molly’s newest store, in Playhouse Square.

Bouchard’s disease was diagnosed 12 years ago. She did not tell anyone at SAC. “It was an intense atmosphere, with long hours,” she recalls. “I did not want to change how people reacted to me.”

Two years ago, she suffered an intense brain infection — fatal within 48 hours. She was treated in 46.

“SAC rallied behind me,” she says. “They were very kind.”

Yet as she worked from home — with 2 small kids — she realized, “this was a sign.” Bouchard left the hedge fund world.

Scout & Molly logoScouting locations for Scout & Molly’s throughout New York City, Westchester and Fairfield County, she fell in love with Westport.

“I sat at Granola Bar. Everyone was friendly. The women interacted well,” Bouchard says. “This area seemed like a perfect fit for our model.”

She soon found a storefront just a few feet away.

Saturday’s grand opening features food, music and giveaways. Everyone is welcome.

Including — especially — all the women from Bridgewater.