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Roundup: Trash Trucks, Smithereens, Smokes …

Yesterday’s “06880” Roundup announced the delivery of 2 trash trucks and 2 police cars to Westport’s new sister city: Lyman, Ukraine.

Katya Wauchope took yesterday’s videos and photos from Brian Mayer, and created this important report of the day. As mayor Alexander Victoravich Zuravlov notes, this was the most pressing need for his town.

Click below for the video:


The first announcement of VersoFest 2023 is a big one.

The Smithereens headline the Friday, March 31 concert at the Westport Library’s Trefz Forum.

Joining the Smithereens as lead vocalist that night: Marshall Crenshaw.

The opening act is Americana musician Amilia K Spicer, fresh off a rave review from NPR. Miriam Linna DJs the night, with 45s from one of the most revered record collections anywhere.

VersoFest is a multi-day music and media festival/conference, born at the Library’s Verso Studios.

The festival opens Thursday, March 30, and continues with a full slate of programs and workshops Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2. Famed producer Steve Lillywhite delivers the keynote Saturday afternoon.

Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have created electrifying, original rock ‘n’ roll for 42 years. Their take-no-prisoners, East Coast roots-rock sound was inspired by Buddy Holly, The Who, Nick Lowe and The Move.

They were in heavy rotation on MTV, and appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live.” The Smithereens have performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Radio City Music Hall, and internationally from Europe to Australia. Tourmates include Tom Petty, Squeeze, the Pretenders, Lou Reed and the Ramones.

Tickets for the show are $40; click here to purchase. Click here for more information on the Smithereens, and VersoFest.

The Smithereens, with Marshall Crenshaw (white vest).


Westport Police report 2 custodial arrests between January 12 and 18.

One was a follow-up on a previous incident on Center Street where an individual was acting erratically, drinking motor oil. and yelling at officers. While fighting with the officers, the suspect punched them in their heads, causing one to fall and break his wrist. He referred to officers with derogatory names, and made threatening statements concerning officers and their families. He was charged with assault on a public safety officer, and threatening.

The second arrest came after damage to property owned by the Westport Housing Authority, caused by driving on grass. He was charged with criminal mischief.

Police issued the following citations:

  • Operating an unregistered motor vehicle: 8
  • Traveling unreasonably fast: 4
  • Misuse of plates: 4
  • Failure to obey control signal: 4
  • Speeding: 2
  • Distracted driving: 2
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a license: 2
  • Failure to display plates: 2
  • Failure to renew registration: 2
  • Violation of any traffic control regulation: 2
  • Insurance coverage fails minimum requirements: 2
  • Operating a motor vehicle under suspension: 1
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane: 1
  • Driving with out-of-state plates after 30 days: 1
  • Disobeying the signal of an officer: 1.

One arrest began when a suspect was drinking motor oil.


In other Westport Police news, the department yesterday conducted unannounced inspections of businesses that sell tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes. The goal was determine compliance with state laws prohibiting sales to anyone under 21.

All 5 were found to be in full compliance

  • Shell/A1 Smoke Shop (322 Post Road East)
  • Cumberland Farms (690 Post Road East)
  • Westport Cigar & Vape
  • Merritt Country Store
  • WP Convenience (1761 Post Road East).

Vaping devices.


Remember how much fun the Yankee Doodle Fair was? Of course!

Remember how the sponsors — the Westport Woman’s Club — told you it was a fundraiser for important local causes? Of course not!

But it was. It always is.

The WWC has just announced their 2023 grant recipients. Thanks to your generosity — well, your purchase of ride tickets, games of chance and food — these non-profits will share $41,000:

  • Burroughs Community Center
  • Cancer Care
  • Child Advocates of Southwestern Connecticut
  • Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer
  • Circle of Friends Connecticut
  • CLASP Homes
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Center
  • ElderHouse
  • Family & Children’s Agency
  • Food Rescue US
  • Hall Neighborhood House
  • Homes with Hope
  • Horizons at Norwalk Community College
  • Human Services Council/Children’s Connection
  • Liberation Recovery for Life Programs
  • Malta House
  • My Team Triumph – Connecticut
  • Norwalk Housing Foundation
  • Person to Person
  • Positive Directions
  • Regional Hospice and Home Care Western Connecticut
  • St. Catherine Center for Special Needs
  • Suzuki Music School
  • Urban Impact of Black Rock
  • VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399.

See you at the fair!

These kids helped raise $41,000 for charity. (Photo/Stephanie Mastocciolo)


Westporters continue to help Lyman, Ukraine.

On the heels of yesterday’s delivery of 2 police vehicles and 2 trash trucks to our new sister city, Katya Wauchope — a key member of the group that worked to raise $252,000 in 19 days for the war-torn town — sent a photo of her latest project:

It’s one of many camouflage hats she’s knitting for the Lyman police.

“Ukrainians are used to having their grandmas knit hats, socks and mittens for their family,” Katya — a native of that country — says.

“So I decided to be the town grandma!”

She began knitting last month. So far, she’s made nearly 2 dozen.


Against all odds, a group of residents continues to battle the Hiawatha Lane/Summit Saugatuck development. They write:

“Our historic, working-class, single-family neighborhood became the sacrificial lamb of Westport. Due to their lack of proper planning, the town of Westport had failed to meet their mandated 8-30g [affordable housing] quota, and allowing this project to go forward would remedy that oversight, so the rest of Westport would not be burdened.

“Please note: Our objection has to do with size, scale, environmental issues, traffic, pedestrian safety, and EMS access issues. Our objection to this development has nothing to do with permitting affordable housing, as that is acknowledged and recognized as the historic and existing strong community identifier and profile that is Old Saugatuck.

“Having taken our objections as far as we could through Town of Westport channels, we had to secure legal services from an attorney to fight this dangerous development in court… which is extremely costly. But we must Save Old Saugatuck.

“We have received contributions from very supportive neighbors and friends, and that has enabled us to begin this challenging legal process. We are forever grateful for their help. However, the battle is not over, and we desperately need further contributions to see this chapter through successfully.

“The court ruling has the potential to be a historic and ground-breaking (no pun intended!) ruling… we believe it is worth the effort to preserve the integrity and beauty of this historic neighborhood. After 20 years – we don’t want to give up!”

They created a GoFundMe page, to raise legal fees. Click here for the Save Old Saugatuck website.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed 187-unit apartment complex on Hiawatha Lane.


You’re not going with Staples Orphenians on their summer trip to Hawaii.

You may not even be able to attend this Sunday’s Aloha Cabaret fundraiser.

But you can join the elite singing group’s silent auction.

Items include jewelry, tickets to a late night show, a private plan flight, trips, golf and more.

Click here for the full list, and to bid. The auction ends Monday (January 23), at 9 p.m.


Business Networking International’s Westport chapter invites professionals to an open networking session (7 to 7:30 a.m.) and Visitor’s Day (7:30 to 9 a.m.) next Thursday (January 26, United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road).

The organization — which is limited to one professional per category — has openings in these categories: LinkedIn expert, counseling services or psychotherapist, home security, HVAC, photographer, caterer or bakery, florist, event/wedding planner, home inspector, moving company, travel/tour operator, automotive repair, landscaper, electrician, payroll, product development firm/inventor, IP attorney, consumer products company and professional writer.

All visitors must pre-register; email cara.mocarski@welcomewagon.comClick here for more information.


Michelle Lieberson explains today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo:

“Yesterday I looked outside to find 3 goats in my Clover Lane yard. When Animal Control walked over I asked if they escaped from Wakeman Town Farm, which is not that close, but not far.

“He said they came from a neighbor’s house on Victoria Lane. It took a while, but they wrangled one of them. I snapped a photo of the other two.

“I asked if it’s legal to keep them. The man from Animal Control said he would have a talk with the neighbors.”

(Photo/Michelle Lieberson)


And finally … in honor of the Smithereens’ upcoming appearance at the Westport Library’s VersoFest (story above):


(Where else but “06880” would you learn that drinking motor oil could lead to an arrest? Please click here to keep stories like that one coming. Thank you!)