Yesterday’s “06880” lead story yesterday celebrated the works of members of 4 Westport synagogues. They’ll be honored December 12 by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, as part of their annual “Mitzvah Heroes” celebration.
But there’s a 5th Westporter too — from Congregation Beth El in Norwalk.
Stephanie Gordon has been a shul leader since 2007. A lawyer professionally, she focuses her volunteerism in 2 areas: working toward “tikkun olam” (repairing the world), and improving her congregation
Committee work at Beth El includes Membership, vice president for Education and Fundraising, and the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. But she’s hands-on too, from decorating the sukkah to greeting congregants on Shabbat.
For years Stephanie was part of Norwalk Open Doors’ shelter and kitchen crew. She then stepped up to lead. The pandemic notwithstanding, Stephanie continues to plan healthy menus, shops, recruits volunteers, and leads meal prep and service.
This winter could be one of the most expensive on record. That’s scary news for neighbors who already have trouble heating their homes.
The Westport Warm-Up Fund can help.
The initiative helps hundreds of Westporters with home heating expenses — thanks to others who donate.
Tax-deductible contributions can be made online (click here) or by mail: Westport Warm-Up Fund, Department of Human Services, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport CT 06880.
For more information — or to request help — call 203-341-1050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaby Gonzalez — the state champion Staples High School girls soccer star — has been named to the All-New England team.
Next fall, Gaby will play at Cornell University. It’s familiar territory: both her older sister Mia and father Jack played for the Big Red.
Human beings are not the only living things in Westport enjoying holiday decorations.
Chickens in this Hillspoint Road coop do too.
They also are happy that chicken is not a traditional Christmas meal.
Late-autumn Compo Beach reeds frame today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature:
And finally … on this day in 1988, Roy Orbison played his final concert. The country singer with an astonishing, angelic, operatic voice — who had a 2nd career with the Traveling Wilburys — died of heart failure 2 days later, at 52.