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Roundup: Jim Marpe, Flying Flags, Free Ice Cream, More

1st Selectman Jim Marpe says:

“On Thursday I announced that on Sunday, October 18, I was in direct contact with an individual who earlier this week exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 and who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The result of my subsequent COVID-19 test was negative, and I’m not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus. To clarify yesterday’s statement, despite my negative test, I will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days (until November 1), following CDC guidelines and medical advice.”

1st Selectman Jim Marpe.

Happy UN Day!

As they have been every October 24 for decades, the flags of member nations fly proudly today, on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge.

That’s appropriate. The span’s namesake was a longtime UN advocate, and founder of the local chapter of the United Nations Association. She also founded jUNe Day, our annual summer event.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

The Ruth Steinkraus Bridge is quite a hub of activity. Here’s a shot from last night, when this message appeared:

Who doesn’t like free ice cream?

Especially when it’s vegan, allergen-friendly, plant-based, non-dairy, frozen, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.

Plus, creamy and delicious.

NewBrook Kitchen on Riverside Avenue offers a free Sunscoop tasting event. It begins Wednesday (October 28), and runs through Saturday, October 31 — or until they run out.

Individual pre-packaged sample cups of the dessert are available in wild blueberry crumble, strawberry maca, toasted coconut butter, moringa mint chip, vanilla tart and dark cacao with reishi. There’s no purchase necessary, but there’s a one-per-customer limit.

There’s a discount for buying a 6-pack of pints (one for each flavor).

NewBrook is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a delivery of the 6-pint case, plus a free tasting cup, call 203-557-6087 or email newbrookkitchen@gmail.com.

And finally … Happy UN Day!

Roundup: Munchkins, Drugs, Halloween, More

Hey, Westport kids (age 5 to 13 ). If you’ve wanted to be in an amazing Staples Players production, here’s your chance!

Players’ radio theatre kicks off with “The Wizard of Oz” this Sunday (October 25, 6 p.m.) — and they want to hear your best munchkin voice.

Send a recording of you saying “follow the yellow brick road!” (munchkin-style). Players’ senior officers will pick 5 winners. Those recordings will be played on air during the live “Wizard of Oz” broadcast. (Click here for details.)

Winners also receive a $10 gift card to Saugatuck Sweets.

Click here, then click the blue “Submit Recording for Munchkin” button to upload your file. Include your name and phone number in the recording. The deadline is 6 p.m. Friday (October 23).

Need inspiration? Click below.

This Saturday (October 24) is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

You can celebrate with the Westport Police Department. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’ll be at the Senior Center collecting unused and/or outdated pills and patches. Vape pens are okay if the batteries can be removed.

If the vape pen battery cannot be removed, try an electronics chain store. Also not accepted on Saturday: liquids, needles and sharps.

The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked. For more information, click here.

PS: A year-round collection bin is located in the lobby of Westport Police headquarters. Prescription drugs can be properly disposed of there at any time.

The good news is: This Saturday  (October 24) over 100 Westport kids will take part in the 10th annual Window Painting Contest. They’ll vie for prizes in 3 categories: Scariest Artwork, Best Halloween Theme, and Most Original.

The more good news; 48 businesses all around town — shops, restaurants, services, delis, fitness centers and more — have offered up their windows.

The bad news: That’s not enough. The sponsoring Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce needs at least 20 more, to fill the demand.

They plead: Please donate your business window! You’ll do the town a service. In fact, it will be the perfect Halloween “treat.” Click here to register your window.

This Saturday (October 24), the United Nations turns 75 years old.

For over 50 of those years, Westport has celebrated that birthday with colorful flags. They fly every UN Day on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. That’s fitting: its namesake founded by the local United Nations Association, and Westport’s’ UN International Hospitality Committee.

On Saturday (11 a.m., Town Hall front steps), a public ceremony marks United Nations Day. First Selectman Jim Marpe, Hospitality Committee vice chair Bill Hass, and Staples High School Model UN president Lucas Slater and vice president Aidan Rogers will speak.

Special guest speaker Aye Aye Thant will discuss the importance of the UN. She should know: The Westport resident’s father is former UN Secretary General U Thant.

After the event, a bipartisan expression of support for the UN takes place at the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. Marpe and local legislators will gather near the flags of UN member countries — which have flown there proudly, for decades.

(Photo/Jeff Simon)

Mike Burns spotted this sign on Compo Road South, near Longshore.

Finally, a candidate we can all agree on!

The Westport Public Schools’ guiding principles include social and emotional awareness, sincere kindness, principled thoughts and actions, and constant learning.

Several students have been selected, for embodying those principles. They are Caroline Caggiano, James Dobin Smith, Rachel Greenberg, Colin Konstanty, Natalia Maidique and Kyla Race.

Congratulations to all!

Three honorees (from left): James Dobin-Smith, Colin Konstanty, Caroline Caggiano.

How foggy was it last night? Very, as Andrew Colabella’s shot of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge shows:

And finally … in honor of Staples Players’ “Wizard of Oz” radio broadcast (see story above):



Flags And Crane

Every year, to celebrate UN Day, dozens of flags flutter on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Post Road bridge.

This year, to celebrate the construction of Bedford Square, a crane dominates the downtown skyline.

Alert “06880” reader Robert Mitchell captured the scene yesterday:

(Photo/Robert Mitchell)

Click or hover on photo to enlarge. (Photo/Robert Mitchell)