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Roundup: Baldwin Parking Lot, Beach Stickers (Again), Red Maple …

The Baldwin Parking Lot — the large, often unwieldy, pieced-together area off Elm Street between Brooks Corner and Christ & Holy Trinity Church — will soon get an upgrade.

A reconstruction project begins Monday, weather permitting.

Initial phases include reclamation of the existing deteriorated asphalt surface, installation of new drainage pipes; regrading to reduce frequent flooding, plus installation of LED lighting, electric vehicle chargers, security cameras and blue-light emergency stations.

Parking stalls will be realigned to conform to P&Z regulations, improving circulation and maneuverability.

Public Works director Peter Ratkiewich said that while the project will likely continue through the month of June, and lot closures will be necessary, the contractor will coordinate with town officials and the Westport Downtown Association to minimize disruptions.

This is the first of several downtown lots to be reconstructed and reconfigured.  Still ahead: Taylor Lot (near Jesup Green), Imperial Avenue, and the biggest, baddest of them all: Harder Parking.

I mean, Parker Harding.

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Yesterday’s “06880” Roundup noted that as of May 1, stickers will be required for all cars entering Westport beaches. It included a link to the Parks & Rec website, for easy online ordering.

Easy, that is, if you’re on a desktop or laptop.

Paul Lenihan could not order using his smartphone. Eventually he headed to the Parks & Rec office in Longshore, where they told him the link does not work on mobile devices.

So why do they call them smartphones?

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Yesterday’s early morning fire at Townhouse for Dogs destroyed a 2nd-floor apartment. Cassidy  Gleacher’s mother, stepfather and little brother were awakened by a smoke alarm, but their exit was blocked by flames.

They jumped from a window, with only the clothes on their backs. The family lost all their belongings, their home and their pets.

Cassidy has set up a GoFundMe page, to get them back on their feet. Click here to help.

Yesterday morning’s fire at the Townhouse for Dogs destroyed a 2nd-floor apartment. (Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Department)

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Tree warden Ben Skykas planted a new red maple at Grace Salmon Park on Wednesday.

The species is native to North America, can grow over 100 feet, may live over 200 years, and hosts a spectrum of wildlife, from caterpillars and squirrels to a wide array of birds. It’s also a valuable climate change-deterring shade tree and carbon converter.

For more Arbor Day-related activities, click here and scroll down. (Hat tip: Dave Lowrie)

New red maple at Grace Salmon Park.

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The NAACP’s Million Jobs Campaign helps people leaving prison make a fresh start — and reduces recidivism.

This Sunday (April 24, 11 a.m.), Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s Racial Justice Working Group invites everyone interested for coffee, donuts, and a conversation with Connecticut State Conference NAACP and national board member Scot Esdaile.

He’ll talk about the program, which focuses on jobs in hospitals and healthcare. It will launch in Fairfield County this fall.

Questions? Email fkgarden13@gmail.com. (Hat tip: Jeff Wieser)

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Like many stop signs, the one by Elvira’s/Joey’s by the Shore at the foot of Compo Hill is treated more like a suggestion than a command.

In just 30 minutes the other, standing at the corner with the team that’s raising funds to save the near-century old market/deli, I watched at least a dozen drivers blow blithely through.

Here’s hoping this new addition helps. Fingers crossed, at this very popular — and dangerous — crossing.

(Photo/Karen Como)

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As the pandemic eases, will people return to movie theaters?

AMC is betting yes. Bow Tie seems to think no.

Just a few years after spending millions of dollars on new seats and food options, Bow Tie Cinemas sold 5 Connecticut theaters to AMC Entertainment. Included in the deal: the 6-plex just over the line in Norwalk.

The news owners are so excited, they list themselves as the “coming attraction.” (Hat tip: Mark Mathias)

(Photo/Mark Mathias)

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The 6-0 Staples boys lacrosse team hosts its annual Sticks for Soldiers event tomorrow (April 23, 3 p.m., Paul Lane Stadium).

The Wreckers take on always-tough Wilton. All proceeds go directly to Sticks for Soldiers, to support wounded veterans.

A special ceremony at 2:30 p.m., with town and Sticks for Soldiers officials, kicks off the event.

In 2018, Staples lacrosse players wore special shirts at a game honoring the “Sticks for Soldiers” veterans organization.

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Remember the Ramones?

Last night at MoCA Westport, Monte A. Melnick, the band’s former tour manager, shared stories of touring with them.

The event was part of the museum’s “Cocktails and Conversation series, which presents free programming related to exhibitions on Thursday evenings. The current exhibit is “Punk is Coming.”

Talking Heads co-founders Chris Frantz and wife Tina Weymouth were part of the crowd.

Next Thursday (April 28, 6 p.m.), MoCA features Richard Hell, a founder of several important early CBGB punk bands, including Television and the Heartbreakers, and whose Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ 1977 album “Blank Generation” influenced many other punk groups. The event is free, but advance registration is requested (mocawestport.org).

Last night at MoCA (from left): Monte A. Melnick, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Ruth Mannes (MoCA executive director) and Liz Leggett (MoCA director of exhibitions)(Photo/Cynthia Dempster)

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John Weiss, a Westport resident from 1979 to 2015, died peacefully at his Southport home on Tuesday.  He was 88.

Born in Manhattan, he graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1951 and earned a BA from Cornell University 4 years later. Following college, he served as a communications officer in the Navy for several years, stationed in the Pacific.

John then joined Bache & Company. He was a floor broker and general partner. The firm became Prudential Securities, from which John retired as a senior vice president.

In retirement, John served the Y’s Men as membership chair for several years, and arranged annual meetings and picnics. He pursued his interests in sailing, tennis, photography, travel, theater, current events and music. He played clarinet in the Westport Community Band for many years.

John is survived by his wife Sheila; sons Graham and John Jr.; stepsons James (Polly) Bienen and Jonathan (Tracy) Bienen; grandchildren Chantal (Jay) Crompton, Hunter Weiss, Cheyenne Weiss, Carl Jason Tondo; and Owen Bienen; great-granddaughters Lola and Millie Crompton, and brother Georgia (Jack) Morris.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made online to support Dr. Richard Frank’s pancreatic cancer research. Gifts also may be mailed to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856

A memorial service is set for Monday (April 25, noon, Temple Israel).

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This is Claudia Sherwood Servidio’s first spring in town.

Our new neighbor is discovering how beautiful this season is. And she’s sharing her discoveries with us all, with today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

Whether you’ve just arrived, or this is your 100th spring here: Enjoy!

(Photo/Claudia Sherwood Servidio)

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And finally … in honor of the new owners of the closest (permanent) movie theater to Westport:

Roundup: Longshore Pool, Netflix, Hair …

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The Town of Westport website’s Longshore pool page says: “We anticipate opening on Memorial Day weekend, however we are awaiting on information from the State of Connecticut for updated COVID-19 guidance.”

Meanwhile, the 3 pools are filled, and the pumps are pumping.

Also meanwhile: The Westport Weston Family Y ends its pool reservation system — in place since last summer — as of Tuesday (June 1). For nearly a year, swimmers have had to reserve times, 3 days ahead of time. (Hat tip: Michael Catarevas)

Longshore pool (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)

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Dog-walkers at Winslow Park have been intrigued by several large trucks parked in the nearby Westport Country Playhouse parking lot.

Yesterday, Wendy Crowther saw a man moving an enormous fan. She chatted him up, and learned it will be part of a movie shoot.

Netflix is filming “The Noel Diary” around Fairfield County. Based on the novel of the same name, and starring Justin Hartley, Bonnie Bedelia and Treat Williams, it’s a Christmas flick. The fan is to help with the “snow.”

No word yet on when the Westport scenes will be shot.

One of the trucks in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. (Photo/Dan Woog)

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Another Compo Beach memorial bench has been found!

Barbara De Rome Gross posted on a Weston social media page that while kayaking at Compo, she found a bench honoring the Geismar family. David and Mirjam were longtime, beloved Weston EMTs — and Holocaust survivors.

Barbara told Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department of her find. They’ll retrieve it, restore it, and reposition it at its rightful place near the Ned Dimes Marina.

How it ended up where it did is “a mystery,” Barbara writes. But thanks to her eagle eye, the Geismars will once again have their place of honor by the water. (Hat tip: Laurie Crouse)

The Geismars’ memorial bench.

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Catherine Cook purchased the house at 13 Morningside Drive North in 2020.   Her sister Julie French lives in Wimberley, Texas. Her hobby is family and home historical records.

When Catherine moved to Westport, Julie contacted the Westport Historical Society for information. She learned about their plaque program, and realized it would be a great housewarming gift.

It took a while, but Julie has finally presented her gift: a plaque citing “The Eliason House,” built in 1917.

In 1916 Clara Eliason purchased the property from Edward Birge. She built her house the next year. After Clara died in 1951, the property was transferred to family members, who lived there until 1997. (Hat tip: Bob Weingarten)

Catherine Cook (left) with the plaque purchased by her sister, Julie French.

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The Staples High School boys lacrosse team made history yesterday.

The Wreckers scored early and often, held Wilton scoreless for the entire first half, and cruised to a 16-2 victory in the FCIAC semifinal, held at Staples.

The blue-and-whites — seeded 2nd in the league vie for the program’s first league title ever tomorrow (Friday, May 28, 5 p.m., New Canaan High School’s Dunning Field). They face top-ranked Darien. The Blue Wave won their regular season encounter 10-7, earlier this spring.

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A reader recently wondered what happened to the wonderful crew at Compo Barbers.

Felice, Chau, Tony and Tina have moved just a few doors east — right across the driveway next to CVS — to Westport Hair & Co. They’ve even kept the old Compo Barber Shop phone number (203-227-9779).

And speaking of Felice: another great stylist, Felicia Catale, is back in business at Salon Nash, at Nash’s Corner on Post Road West.

Whichever side of the river you choose, your hair will thank you.

Felice and Felicia

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Just in time for Pride Month, Jillian Elder — of Finding Westport, Finding Fairfield County and Finding Connecticut fame — has rolled out LGBTQ-themed merchandise. They’re available through June 30 only.

Jillian is donating 10% of all sales to Westport Pride, the group that is organizing local celebrations throughout June.

Click here for rainbow-style water bottles, coffee mugs, hoodies and t-shirts. Then show them off with pride!

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Canal Beach may be one of Westport’s lesser-known spots. Still, it’s hard to imagine no one noticing someone cutting a metal pole holding a clamming sign.

It’s harder still to figure out why someone would do it.

The sign is now back up. Sort of.

(Photos/Gene Borio)

But the mystery continues.

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Today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo shows a scene right outside Roseann Spengler’s front door:

(Photo/Roseann Spengler)

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And finally … today in 1933, the Walt Disney Company released the cartoon Three Little Pigs. It included a soon-to-be-hit song: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”

Here’s how it sounded then …

… and how it sounds now:

 

COVID-19 Roundup: Beach Parking; Fine Arts Festival; PPE Drive; Lax Drive; More


Vehicle parking emblems (aka “stickers”) are required as of May 15 for entrance to the Compo Beach parking lots.

Because of COVID-19 limitations, emblems will be available for Westport and Weston residents only. No daily parking passes will be sold. Parking will be limited to 50% capacity until further notice, from 8 a.m. too 8 p.m. daily.

Longshore parking regulations also take effect May 15. The Old Mill lot remains open for residents of Old Mill and Compo Mill Cove only.

If you purchased emblems in prior years, you have an online account established. Click here (or here, then choose “Memberships”; in the search box type “Vehicle”).

All parking emblem purchases must be made online, and will be mailed within a week to 10 days.

If you forgot your login and/or password, email recreation@westportct.gov or call 203-341-5152,

Parks & Recreation officials may require a copy of your current vehicle registration and/or additional proof of your Westport/Weston residency.


The latest victim of the coronavirus is Westport’s Fine Arts Festival.

The summer event — which this year had moved to an earlier, less-than-broiling May date, from its longtime mid-July slot — has been postponed.

The sponsoring Westport Downtown Merchants Association will announce a new date soon. That will be welcome news to the 170 fine artists who display their art, photography and sculpture — and the thousands of visitors who flock to their booths, and enjoy live music, great food and family activities too.


Next Saturday (May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., railroad station parking lot across from Mystic Market), the Westport Police Department Benevolent Association hosts a PPE collection drive.

But it’s not for them.

They ask for unopened and unused items like gloves, masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer, bleach wipes, etc., as well as monetary donations. All supplies collected and money raised will benefit front line health care workers at Westport EMS and Norwalk Hospital.

Funds are also being raised through a GoFundMe page. Click here — and thank you!


The good news from Staples High School keeps on coming.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, the boys lacrosse team delivered 1,000 items of food and cleaning supplies to the Gillespie Center yesterday — along with a $1,000 check for Homes With Hope today. These guys are winners on and off the field!


And finally … Phil Collins released this is 1981. Nearly 4 decades later, the first line says it all.

 

Staples Sports Teams Feed Front Line Personnel

As former president of Staples High School’s Gridiron Club and current treasurer of the Staples Boys Basketball Association, Amanda Thaw knows that whenever a Wrecker team needs help for a fundraiser, it turns to local restaurants and businesses.

They always come through.

Now, she thought, there must be a way to help support those owners in their time of need. And at the same time, to help front line personnel when they’re working so hard.

She made a few calls. Quickly, nearly a dozen Staples sports teams said “sign us up!”

#FeedItForward works this way: Teams pair up with a restaurant they choose. They provide a meal for a front line group of their choice. The restaurant delivers. The hungry personnel eat well. Everyone wins!

So far the girls soccer team fed Norwalk Hospital staffers, from Sherwood Diner. Boys soccer provided Tutti’s dinner to the Westport Police Department. The football team took care of the Westport Police Department, thanks to Viva Zapata. And boys lacrosse donated dinner to Westport EMS, through Colony Grill.

Girls soccer calls Norwalk Hospital staff “our heroes.”

Also committed: boys basketball, rugby, wrestling, boys track, boys volleyball, baseball and boys tennis.

Future food providers include Calise’s Market, Jr’s Deli & Grille, and Four Brothers Pizza. All are grateful for the business, and eager to help.

Boys soccer co-captain Jack Douglas, flanked by Tutti’s owner Maria Funicello and Officer Jimmy Sullivan.

ASF — the always-helpful sports store — is involved too. Norwalk Hospital staffers are on their feet all day. So they’ve been provided new socks — and chewing gum. (Their mouths get stale wearing masks).

Hot meals for the Fire Department, courtesy of Staples football and Viva Zapata.

There are plenty of other groups to feed too, like supermarket and pharmacy personnel, utility workers and others.

More teams can get involved — not just Staples, but throughout town. Other organizations can help as well.

For details, email amandathaw@gmail.com.

The boys lacrosse team hooks up Westport EMS.