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Roundup: Lynsey Addario, Track All-Americans, Martha Stewart …


Lynsey Addario — the 1991 Staples High School Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist — is usually behind the camera.

Now the BBC has turned its lens on her. The international describes her this way, for its profile of her:

“She took the defining picture of Putin’s war so far: a family killed by Russian troops as they tried to flee to safety. The US photojournalist Lynsey Addario has reported from almost every major conflict in the 21st century, and now she is on the ground in Ukraine, documenting suspected war crimes.

“Lynsey Addario — who reported on the Taliban before most of the western world knew who they were — has borne witness to war, humanitarian disaster and the worst effects of climate change. She has been kidnapped three times, but still keeps returning to conflict zones. Mark Coles profiles the award-winning photographer whose images continue to make the front pages.”

Click here for this in-depth look at a true Westport — and international — hero. (With a bonus: interviews with her mother Camille, and older sisters Lauren, Lisa and Leslie.)

Lynsey Addario


Congratulations to the Staples boys indoor track sprint medley relay team.

They finished 6th in the US last night, at the national high school meet in the New York Armory.

Samir Mott (200 meter leg), David Sedrak (200), Bruno Guiduli (400) and Jalen St. Fort (800) roared to a 3:35.43. That earns them All-American status — and fame that will last far beyond that very fast race.

Indoor track All-Americans (from left): Samir Mott, David Sedrak, Bruno Guiduli, Jalen St. Fort. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


In 2018, freshman Corey Hausman died in a skateboarding accident at the University of Colorado. A varsity skier and track athlete, he had graduated from Staples High School just 3 month earlier.

At its banquet last week, the Staples ski team inaugurated the Corey Hausman Award. It will be presented each year to the senior racer who best epitomizes his special spirit, through a love for skiing, the desire to improve, a willingness to work and the ability to inspire others.

Olivia Marshall was the first recipient. Corey’s family presented the award, with coaches Rebecca Anderson-Furlong and Tom Owen.

Corey’s memory continues to be honored through College911.net and the College Safety Coalition. Both projects — initiated by the Hausman family — help make the college experience as safe as possible for everyone. (Hat tip: Michelle Howard)

From left: Coach Tom Owen, Olivia Marshall, Coach Rebecca Anderson-Furlong, Corey’s parents Nanette and Joel Hausman, and Corey’s good friend Michael Valarie.


Fortunately, the weekend winds did not do too much damage.

But they did some. This was the scene on Hillandale Road, near Hillspoint:

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)


Bob Weingarten also sent this photo, a couple of days ago. Hopefully these guys are still standing, at Chapel Hill and Hillandale.

And hopefully they won’t be, much longer.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)


Looking for a special wine, with a local touch?

Sarah Kerstin Gross received this the other day.

The cork adds an extra touch.


It was standing room only at Betsy Pollak’s bird feeder. This impressive “pecking order” makes for quite a “Westport … (okay, Weston) … Naturally” photo.


And finally … Bobbie Nelson — Willie’s sister, his longtime pianist and an important influence on him — died Thursday in Austin. She was 91. (Click here for a full obituary.)

Roundup: Indoor Track, Music, Science …


Congratulations to Staples High School’s newest FCIAC champs: the boys indoor track team.

The Wreckers’ 98.5 team points gave them a comfortable edge over 2nd place Greenwich (80) yesterday, at Hillhouse High School.

Winners included Bruno Guiduli (600 meters), Jalen St. Fort (1000 m), Ben Lorenz (1600 m), Zach Taubman (3200 m), the 4 x 800 meter relay team (Alex Harrington, William Fitch, Noah Robison, Matthew Fleming) and the sprint medley relay team (David Sedrak, Charles Fitzpatrick, Jalen St. Fort, Rory Tarsy).

The Staples girls finished 4th overall, behind Fairfield Ludlowe, Greenwich  and Danbury. The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Molly Liles, Talia Moskowitz, Samantha Dewitt and Francine Stevens placed first.

Click here for a brief summary. Click here for all results.

(Photo and hat tip/Barry Guiduli)


The Westport Police Department has seen an increase in “check washing.” That’s when someone erases details from a completed check, and rewrites them with a new payee and amount. It happens when checks that have been put in mailboxes are stolen. Once stolen, the suspect(s) alter the check by changing the payee as well as the amount and then cash or deposit  it at a bank.

Checks have been stolen from both residential and USPS mailboxes in Westport.  Police are investigating all cases. They recommend not placing checks in free-standing mailboxes. If a transation can’t be complete electronically, mail the check from inside the post office.



Harvey Brooks has a great story to tell.

The bassist played on Bob Dylan’s classic 1965 album “Highway 61 Revisited.” Since then he’s played and recorded with everyone who’s anyone in the music world.

He first told his story 2 years ago in “View from the Bottom: 50 Years of Bass Playing with Bob Dylan, the Doors, Miles Davis, and Everybody Else.”

Now he really tells it. The audiobook version has just been released. And Brooks himself is the narrator.

He talks about being on stage at Monterey in 1967, and nearly everything else in his 5-decade career as a revered studio musician and producer for Columbia Records.

Including his many years in Westport, where he lived, played music, married and raised his stepdaughters.

Click here to order the audiobook (for free, with an Audible trial!) — and the hardcover, paperback and Kindle versions too.


Speaking of music: 6 years ago, “06880” featured Becca Webster. The Staples High School freshman had just been named — drum roll, please! — the Under-18 Best Drummer in the World.

Time to hit it again. Becca is now a member of Kid Sistr, a Los Angeles-based all-women indie trio that plays their own instruments and writes their own songs. Another Kid Sistr: Sara Keden of Weston. You may have seen them on the cover of the current Westport Lifestyle magazine.

All 3 are the eldest children in sister-only families, which motivates their original music about their shared experiences. With humor and emotion, their songs describe ambition, heartbreak, femininity, sexuality and friendship.

They’ve opened for Willow Smith, and are managed by the same firm that represents Billie Eilish (who has her own “06880” connection).

New music will be out this spring, in conjunction with a tour. Their debut EP is available on all streaming platforms, and through their website.  (Hat tip: Veri Krassner)

Kid Sistr. From left: Becca Webster, Sabel, Sara Keden


A Staples graduate “rocking” it in another field is Dr. Eric Edmund.

The 2010 grad earned a master’s in chemical physics at the University of Edinburgh, and Ph.D. in physics from Sorbonne Université. He is now a post-doc at Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington.

A writeup describes an international team he led: “Experiments carried out at the conditions of deep planetary interiors show that the complex behavior of iron-silicon alloys result in novel mechanisms for core crystallization within planet Mercury. These experiments were performed at pressures of up to 1 million atmospheres, and temperatures of up to 3,500 degrees Celsius.

“The findings not only unveil new behavior within Mercury, but also provide new insight into the thermal structure and chemical composition of the Earth’s core.”

Dr. Eric Edmund


Former Westporter Christopher Eric Woods died January 30 in his new hometown of Waitsfield, Vermont. He suffered a cardiovascular event after a beautiful day of cross-country skiing. He was 62 years old.

Chris’ family says, “He lived an active lifestyle to the fullest. That day was no exception.”

The New Canaan native graduated from Hobart University, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and earned an MBA in finance from New York University.

Chris started his career in investment banking at AG Becker Warburg Paribas, later moving on to EF Hutton as vice president of international fixed income sales. He took an entrepreneurial path in 1993, which he continued the rest of his life.

Chris was an accomplished triathlete. He completed 23 Ironman distance triathlons, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2004, and multiple USA Triathlon All-American competitions.

Chris was also known for his talents at the helm. He sailed across the globe in regattas and championships, including the 505 World Championships in Sydney, Australia and Big Boat Series in San Francisco. He regularly crewed on the Farr 50 yacht “Infinity.” He resurrected the frost-biting program at Cedar Point Yacht Club, and for many years headed the team racing program at the New York Yacht Club.

Chris spent the rest of his free time volunteering, youth coaching and tutoring. Most recently he volunteered at the Waitsfield local library, and led the Blazer backcountry skiing program at Sugarbush Mountain.

Chris is survived by his children North and Willow, and brothers John and Stephen. He was also an animal lover, most recently always accompanied by his springer spaniel and best friend, Jack.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’ memory can be made to Joslin Memorial Library, PO Box: 359 Waitsfield, VT 05673.

Chris Woods


Winter weather continues, with snow, rain, sleet and ice predicted on and off through tonight.

Yesterday, Patricia McMahon captured some fog on the Saugatuck River, for our “Westport … Naturally” daily feature.

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)


And finally … intrigued by Kid Sistr (the band profiled above)? Click below!

Roundup: Federal Reserve, Fast Runners, Fine Cuts …


As predicted on “06880” earlier this month, President Biden has nominated Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she would serve as vice chair for supervision. The post was created after the 2008 financial crisis.

Raskin — the daughter of longtime Westporter Arlene Bloom and her late husband Herb — is a law professor at Duke University. She served as a Federal Reserve governor before joining the Treasury Department under President Obama. She is married to Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

The New York Times says of Raskin: “She is a Harvard-trained lawyer who studied economics as an undergraduate at Amherst College, and she has a track record of pushing for tougher bank regulation — something that makes her popular among Democrats, but which could earn her a tough confirmation battle.”

Republican Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania says: “I have serious concerns that she would abuse the Fed’s narrow statutory mandates on monetary policy and banking supervision to have the central bank actively engaged in capital allocation.”

Click here for the full Times story.

Several years ago, Sarah Bloom Raskin addressed Westport’s Y’s Men.


Two track items of interest:

Last night, the Staples High School sprint medley relay team won their race in the New York Armory with the fastest time in the country this season: 3:36.73. It’s well under the qualifying time for the national meet.

Congratulations to Samir Mott (200 yards), David Sedrak (200), Bruno Guiduli (400) and Jalen St. Fort (800)!

From left: Jalen St. Fort, Samir Mott, Bruno Guiduli, David Sedrak. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)

Meanwhile, Henry Wynne — the 2012 Staples graduate, and one of the best runners in that track program’s storied history — will run in the Wanamaker Mile at the 114th Millrose Games. They’re set for the Armory on January 29.

The Wanamaker Mile is one of the most renowned races in all of track and field. Wynne — who in 2016 was the NCAA mile champion, running for the University of Virginia — now competes professionally, for the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts. (Hat tip: Peter Gambaccini)

Henry Wynne (Photo/Will Hoffman for Runner’s World)


More Staples news: The January Students of the Month.

Seniors Alex Anastasi and Jacob Yarish, juniors Mia Vindiola and Jackson Oliver, sophomores Timothy Herold and Sofia Santamaria, and freshman Maxwell Manchester, “help make the a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who make the high school the special place it is.”

Congratulations to these 7 worthy teenagers!

From left: Jackson Oliver, Maxwell Manchester, Sofia Santamaria, Alexa Anastasi, Mia Vindiola. Missing: Timonthy Herol, Jacob Yarish.


Throughout the pandemic, Cohl Katz has been making “haircut house calls.” She’ll continue doing that. But now that she’s back in Westport, you can come to her too.

The celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist has worked with — among others —  Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise

She invites “06880” readers — famous and less well known — for a haircut, blowout and make-up for a special evening, or a make-up lesson.

Text 917-848-9596 to schedule an appointment.

Cohl Katz adjusts Jodie Foster’s “Clarice Starling” wig.


I’m not sure why we haven’t seen this before. But Elena Nasereddin spotted these “kissing rocks” yesterday at Sherwood Island State Park. They’re perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Elena Nasereddin)


And finally … Monday is the official celebration of Martin Luther King Day. But the minister and human rights activist who — in his 39 short years — changed history was born today, in 1929. We don’t have to wait until the holiday to celebrate his contributions to our nation, and those of the countless men and women he inspired.