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Roundup: GF Church COVID Tribute; Real Estate; Sports News …


A year after Connecticut was locked down, COVID has killed over 7,700 state residents. Nearly 2,100 have been in Fairfield County — 28 in Westport alone.

This Saturday, members and friends of Green’s Farms Church will mark the somber anniversary by placing 2,00 luminarias on Veterans Green.

Bagpipes and a brief service of dedication begins at 7 p.m. Thepublic is invited to walk among the lights (or view them from cars), reflect, and light their own LED luminarias in tribute to a life lost or affected by the pandemic, or as a symbol of hope for the future. The display will remain in place for 24 hours.

A Green’s Farms Church luminaria.


Sunday’s New York Times Real Estate section explored trends in the tristate suburbs.

Much of the Connecticut focus was on Westport. The paper said:

Gains were perhaps expected south of the Merritt Parkway, whose popularity derives in part from regular train service. Indeed, in the past two months, Westport saw 33 sales of single-family homes priced from $1 million to $2.5 million, compared with 19 sales last winter, according to William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

There were quotes from a man who missed out on a home here, despite offering a 10% premium (“There seems to be so much irrational behavior”), and retirees from White Plains who very much wanted to move to town,

After two failed purchases, they swooped in last month with an all-cash offer for a four-bedroom house, listed for $1.749 million. And it seemed to do the trick; a contract was in the works.

But a rushed title search missed problems, and on Feb. 24, (they) walked away. (The seller upped the price to $1.849 million a day later.)

The piece is illustrated with 2 photos too. Note the New York license plate! (Click here for the full story. Hat tip: Peter Gold)

(Photo courtesy of New York Times/Jane Beiles)


1992 Staples High School graduate Susan Izzo co-founded The Sports Management Mastermind. The company helps professional athletes maximize their potential — while never losing sight of who they are as people.

At 7 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 9) and Thursday (March 11), she and another sports agent host a 90-minute virtual sports management masterclass for aspiring pro, college and Olympic athletes, and their families.

I am hosting/teaching tomorrow and on Thursday.  I am joining forces with another female sports agent and we are hosting a free 90-minute virtual sports management masterclass for aspiring professional, collegiate and Olympic athletes and their families.

Topics include building a successful career as a competitive athlete; creating and amplifying your brand; learning what sponsors, agents and coaches look for, and how to build those relationships; NCAA and Olympics regulations, and more.

The sessions are free, but spots are limited. Click here to register.

Susan Izzo


Speaking of sports: Westport READS continues during March with a fascinating conversation about baseball.

Andrea Williams — author of “Baseball’s Leading Lady” — chats with Westport Museum for History & Culture executive director Ramin Ganeshram about a little-known woman at the center of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles.

The event is set for Monday, March 22 (7 p.m.).

Williams worked in marketing and development for the Negro Baseball Museum in Kansas City. She’s now a fulltime writer.

Click here to register for the free discussion.


Westporters keep clamoring for COVID tests.

This was the scene a couple of afternoons ago, at the Urgent Care clinic on Post Road East. It’s one of the area’s most popular sites.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

And finally … today in 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in Los Angeles after attending the Soul Train Music Awards. The case remains unsolved.

Susan Izzo’s Sochi Wrap-Up

1992 Staples grad Susan Izzo just returned from the Sochi Olympics, where 4 snowboarders — all represented by her Mosaic Sports Management firm — competed.

Here’s her behind-the-scenes report, and photos:

After 4 flights and spending Valentine’s Day in 3 different countries, I made it back from Russia to my home in California. What an experience!

February 11th was our big day. Three of our athletes competed in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe event. Unfortunately, like the Vancouver games, they were not able to showcase their best abilities due to a subpar halfpipe.

Two of Susan Izzo's athletes relax between events.

Two of Susan Izzo’s US snowboarding halfpipe riders — Greg Bretz (left) and Danny Davis — relax between events.

In Vancouver on the day of finals, the halfpipe shapers worked miracles and pulled it together. Unfortunately in Russia, this was not the case. The best riders on that particular day were from Switzerland and Japan. They deserved their medals, for navigating through the less-than-desirable terrain. Kudos to each of them for being able to land their runs and come out on top.

Every 4 years the world gets excited about the Olympics, and they should. It is an amazing experience watching all of these countries come to one place to compete in so many sports. The fans, families, athletes, media, event organizers and sponsors all unite for the sake of sport. It is special.

The eyes of the world were on Sochi -- and spectators there had a great time.

The eyes of the world were on Sochi — and spectators there had a great time.

The security was blended among the Olympic-goers and in camouflaged tents along the mountainside, but I never felt as though it was unsafe to be there. It saddens me how many people did not attend because of the bad press and scare tactics of the media. I do not doubt there were terrorist threats; there typically are at any major event that brings that number of people to one place. But it was a shame, because Russia did its best to create a beautiful and safe environment.

ID tags were required everywhere.

ID tags were required everywhere.

Walking through the Mountain Cluster, it was evident that the Russians ran out of time to get everything ready. The buildings were built, but only the lower levels were occupied. You could see that so many of these places were meant to be hotels or restaurants, but time and perhaps resources were not on their side.

The Coastal Cluster and Olympic Park, which was 1 1/2 hours south of the Mountain Cluster down by the Black Sea, was a very scaled-back version of what we experienced in Vancouver. Sochi did not have buildings in place to host large activities by corporate sponsors.

However, the Olympic torch still shined brightly. Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales (my new favorite TV host) and the “Today” show crew were all smiles. And plenty of Olympic enthusiasts from the around world continued to exchange pins and take photos with one another.

The athletes — the reason we come together — wore their countries’ uniforms proudly, and did their best to showcase their exceptional abilities and talents in sport.

And by the way, Bob Costas’ pinkeye was brought on by him calling the slopestyle discipline “jackass stuff.” Karma gets ya every time, Bob.

Nighttime in the Olympic Village.

Nighttime in the Olympic Village.

Susan Izzo: Report From Sochi

Yesterday, “06880” spotlighted Staples grad Susan Izzo, whose sports management firm represents 4 snowboarders at the Winter Olympics.

This morning, she sent this report from Sochi. Despite reports of roaming packs of stray dogs, poisonous tap water and athletes trapped in bathrooms, Susan is having a great time. She says:

Before my trip Russia I was a bit terrified, due to all of the negative press regarding safety. People in my industry were canceling their trips. They were not willing to risk their lives to support their athletes.

I completely understood. I own a house, a dog and a business. My  peers have children and spouses to worry about. I respected their decision.

The flight to Russia was a bit a of trek. I flew from LA to Paris, then to Adler, Russia. As we walked out of the gateway I expected security guards, machine guns, bomb-sniffing dogs, the works. Instead I was greeted by incredibly kind and accommodating Russian volunteers helping us obtain our Olympic credentials and guides to get us to our hotels.

The scene in Sochi. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

The scene in Sochi. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

Booking hotels in Russia was difficult. Russia has been preparing for the Games for 7 years. They built a city from the ground up. Unfortunately many of the hotels were not finished in time. The structures here are beautiful. It is like walking around in Whistler, Canada. It is a village-type feel with shops and restaurants and hotels. It could have been amazing, but they ran out of time. Each day we see a new store or restaurant having a grand opening.

We ended up having to book a b-and-b about 9 miles south of the Mountain Cluster, the Olympic Village in the mountains. The accommodations are fine: hot, clean running water, clean beds, private internet, etc.  We have visited friends staying at the Marriott, Radisson and other hotels in the mountain cluster that are brand new. They are the first people to stay in the rooms, and when they arrived construction was literally being finished.

The Olympic spirit is alive and well. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

The Olympic spirit flourishes. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

I am disappointed in the American media and press. Russia has been amazing. The people are incredibly kind and happy to help. Yes there is a language barrier at times, but I refuse to be an arrogant American who expects everyone to speak English. We have used our iPhone translator and have lots of laughs with the Russians trying to figure out what we are both trying to say. The media scared all of us, when in actuality I could not feel more safe and experience such a wonderful vibe from the Russian community.

The mountain cluster/village is spotless. It has an Austrian vibe, with beautiful buildings on either side of a rushing river. There are a lot fewer people than the Vancouver games, but the Olympic spirit is alive and well.

Some of the scenery is breathtaking. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

A mountain scene. (Photo/Susan Izzo)

I am aware of the people who were displaced to build these venues, the laborers who most likely were not treated well, and the absurd amount of money spent on construction. It is disheartening to think about these things, as I imagine this place will be like an empty Vegas strip 2 weeks from now.  But in the meantime the media should focus on the athletes — their personal stories, the passion, dedication and perseverance that has gotten them to this place, to have this moment.

Russia, you definitely are not as bad as what the media made you out to be. And it feels good to be cheering for your athletes, as well as ours.

Добро пожаловать в Россию! (Photo/Susan Izzo)

Добро пожаловать в Россию! (Photo/Susan Izzo)

Susan Izzo’s Sochi Snowboarders

The Winter Olympics opened yesterday in Sochi. As happens once every 4 years, American viewers are suddenly experts about sports like biathlon, curling and the bizarrely named “skeleton.”

NBC does a nice job personalizing athletes we’ve never heard of. Each of them, it seems, has an amazingly warm and compelling back story. Picking favorites is not easy.

Susan Izzo

Susan Izzo

But Westporters have a way to root for 4 snowboarders. Greg Bretz and Danny Davis (US), Charles Reid (Canada) and Christian Haller (Sweden) are all represented by 1992 Staples graduate Susan Izzo.

Susan — part of the famous family that owns Crossroads Hardware — first saw the business potential of snowboarding as a student at Vermont’s St. Michael’s College. After graduation, she worked for snowboard mogul Jake Burton.

She now owns Mosaic Management. Based in Encinitas, California, the company represents extreme sports athletes: surfers, motocross racers, snowboarders and the like.

Susan is now in Sochi. If When one of her athletes climbs the medal stand, we can all enjoy our 2 degrees of separation from them.

Though, hopefully, it’s a lot warmer than that there.

Danny Davis is one of Susan Izzo's athletes. Dude, how could you not root for him?

Danny Davis is one of Susan Izzo’s athletes. Dude, how could you not root for him?