Pigs can’t vote.
But people can.
And everyone should. It’s the central tenet of democracy. Millions of people have marched, sacrificed, even given their lives for this country to ensure that right.
Billions of people around the world wish they had what we have.
Jolantha — Weston’s favorite pig — reminds “06880” readers, wherever in America they are, that today is Election Day.
If you live in Westport, click here for a sample ballot. (Thanks, Jeff Looby!)
If you live in Connecticut, click here to find your polling place. Then go there!
NOTE: Voters at Coleytown Middle School polling place should take the first entrance on North Avenue (the one right after Coleytown Elementary School), rather than the one at the top of the slight hill.
Turnout was light this morning. This was the scene at the Westport Library polling station.
Speaking of the election: It’s a bit late. And most voters have probably made up their minds.
But yesterday, Sustainable Westport said: “This year, in lieu of environmental debates (issues with scheduling), we provided candidates with questions on environmental issues and sustainability. They submitted answers at the end of last week.”
Saugatuck Congregational Church will not host their traditional community Thanksgiving feast this year.
However, Westport’s Department of Human Services will once again join with the Westport Housing Authority and Homes with Hope to provide food gift cards and meals to those in need.
Those organizations are working with Coleytown Elementary School, Coleytown Middle School and Temple Israel to continue their traditions of offering homemade cards, gifts and pies.
Human Services director Elaine Daignault adds, “We are grateful to the Westport Woman’s Club. They provide grocery gift cards to distribute to food-insecure residents, and assist with the cost of specially catered meals from the Sherwood Diner for Westporters who receive home-delivered meals through the Senior Center.
For more information, contact Human Services by phone (203-341-1050) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). “We are here to help!” Daignault says.
With antisemitism on the rise in the nation, The Conservative Synagogue invites all Westporters to commemorate Kristallnacht — the Nazis’ “Night of Broken Glass” — this Saturday (November 12, 5:30 p.m., 30 Hillspoint Road).
The service includes Havdallah and hearing eyewitness testimony from Kristallnacht survivor Fred Behrend.
Click here to register.
Saugatuck Rowing Club’s junior athletes won several medals at last month’s season-ending Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Pennsylvania.
But they’re winners off the water too. The young rowers (and their parents) spent last weekend cleaning up the banks of the Saugatuck River, right by their home boathouse.
Thirty participants amassed over 300 pounds of trash. That’s 10 pounds of garbage per person.
Keep Norwalk Beautiful provided supplies. Jen and Adam Goldberg of Pop-Up Bagels donated nearly as many bagels as there were pounds of trash.
Saugatuck Rowing Club plans an encore this spring.
Speaking of Saugatuck: Slice of Saugatuck delivers. The September event raised $5,000 for Homes with Hope.
The 10th annual festival brought over 2,000 people to experience, sample and taste their way through the neighborhood. To date, donations from the Slice to Homes with Hope, for use in their Gillespie Center Food Pantry, total over $40,000.
“The Festival is all about food — food for those who can afford it, and now food for those who can’t,” says Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Slice’s sponsor, the Westport Weston Chamber. “We are so pleased we have been able to make these donations each year to help ease food insecurity. It’s a win-win.”
In 2010, former Red Sox pitcher John Trautwein lost his son Will to suicide. There was no sign or warning.
Trautwein and his family formed the “Will to Live Foundation.” The goal is to encourage teenagers and young adults to “talk about it,” and serve as “life teammates” for each other.
On November 17 (7:30 p.m., Town Hall), Trautwein will speak about this important topic. The event is sponsored by Westport Youth Services, the Police Athletic League, and the Teen Awareness Group.
Trautwein spoke to high school athletes in August, at the FCIAC leadership conference. His message was strong, and well received.
This program is aimed at parents, middle and high school students, coaches, and anyone who works with young people. Additional resources and counseling support will be available through Kids in Crisis and Positive Directions during and after the event.
Why is a college transcript so crucial?
This Thursday (November 10, 7 p.m., online), Amy Chatterjee — senior college counselor from Collegewise, — discusses what a transcript actually is, how it can “show a love of learning through courses,” and why it’s the most important part of the college application.
Click here to register.
Usually, it’s music teachers who watch their students perform on stage.
On November 20 (MoCA Westport, 4 p.m.), faculty members of the Westport School of Music will be on stage for a special concert. “Autumn Colors” will celebrate nature’s splendor, through piano, strings, flute, guitar and voice.
Highlights include “Autumn in New York,” “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” from “Charlie Brown,” and “Autumn” from “The Four Season of Buenos Aires.”
After the concert, guests can greet the musicians, and enjoy refreshments and drinks at the MoCA Bar.
This week at Jazz at the Post: Spain’s “finest and most celebrated jazz pianist,” Abé Rabade. Very popular throughout Europe, he’ll perform at VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 this Thursday.
Rabade’s music blends classic Catalonian and Galician styles, along with the soulful and swinging “great jazz tradition.”
Joining in are Rale Micic (guitar), “Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall (saxophone), David Richards (bass0 and Tim Horner (drums).
There are shows at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m., with dinner starting at 7. Tickets are just $15. Email Jazzatthepost@gmail.como for reservations.
Longtime Westporter Joan Kahn died Saturday, in Norwalk Hospital. She would have been 98 next month.
Joan’s family described her as “feisty, independent, determined, brilliant and caring.:
A “founding mother” of modern Westport, she and her husband Ed moved to Westport in 1953 from New York City. They lived first on Charcoal Hill, then built a home on Coach Lane.
Joan’s family called her “a sounding board and encourager of husband Ed throughout his town leadership as he chaired the Representative Town Meeting, spearheaded efforts to save Cockenoe Island, positioned Westport as the first town meeting to vote against the war in Viet Nam, and was a part of the committee that bought Longshore.”
With a group of mothers, Joan started the Westport Cooperative Nursery School (now Westport Nursery School).
Joan was valedictorian of her high school class at Calhoun High School in
New York, graduated from Smith College, and earned her social work degree from Columbia University in 1952.
She was an early “career mother,” as a social worker at Norwalk Hospital, then Bridgeport Hospital, and finally in the Norwalk school system, from which she retired.
She was an avid follower of politics, curious world traveler, and consummate reader. She was also an active, loving, mother of 3 children. all of whom attended Westport schools: Karen, Shoshi
She also leaves 6 grandchildren — Ron, Edwina, Maya, Eli, Max and Emma =- and 4 great-grandchildren.
Wakeman Town Farm volunteer Thomas Schmidt stopped feeding breakfast to the animals just long enough to snap today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:
And finally … Alice Cooper wanted to be elected.
If you want your candidate to be elected too … head to the polls! They’re open until 8 p.m. tonight.
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