This week’s Board of Education community conversation was wide-ranging, robust and fruitful. If you missed
It was so successful, the board will schedule another conversation. They’ll begin with the topics they ended with: books in the high school library, and equity action planning.
The next event will be scheduled in the evening. When the date is finalized, “06880” will let you know.
“Reconnecting the Riverfront” — the town’s plan addressing downtown parking and pedestrian access — moving into its second public engagement phase.
Initial design concepts and a second public survey are available here. The public is invited to complete the survey, and add comments.
Sure, Buffalo got whacked with a super snowstorm yesterday.
But at Compo Beach, the temperature was a balmy 42
So these 8 intrepid folks went for a midday swim.
Happy November 18!
Meanwhile, around the corner, a wedding took place on the Old Mill Beach sand.
Because of the cold, it was quick — almost over before it began, reports Andrew Colabella.
No word on who the bride and groom are. Or where they headed next.
Hopefully, some place a bit warmer.
More proof it was cold yesterday: A crew was at work early, warming up Hillspoint Road to fill in the cracks.
It’s one of those little things most people never see. Or even think about.
Jonathan Rosenoer spotted it, and took a photo. Thanks to all the workers on this project.
Little things mean a lot.
Meanwhile, last night, a couple of hundred people enjoyed dozens of wines (and excellent hors d’oeuvres), at Westport Sunrise Rotary’s annual (but first since COVID) “Uncorked” fundraiser.
The tastings were courtesy of The Fine Wine Company. The dining came courtesy of the host Inn at Longshore.
And the money raised? It all goes to the many worthy program — here and abroad — supported by our excellent Sunrise Rotary Club.
A reader writes: “The other day I dropped an envelope into a mailbox between the diner and dance studio. I felt something sticky, and realized the envelope was not falling into the box.”
“I called the check’s recipient a few days later. They had not gotten the check. I went to the box to see if I could retrieve it. I couldn’t, so I went to the post office. They gave me a number to call.
“I called, and found out I was scammed. The sticky page catches my envelope. Thieves erase and change all the information they need: signature, amount, routing and account numbers.
“I had to go to the bank, get new account numbers, order new checks, remember all my direct deposits and notify them.
“Why isn’t something posted about this scam? The post office and bank know about it. Why hasn’t he public been alerted?
Since graduating from Staples High School in 2013, and Middlebury College 4 years later, August Laska has done many things.
He worked for Snapchat and Disney. He co-produced an Off-Broadway show. He was a marketer.
Now — after being furloughed in the pandemic — he’s got a new gig. He owns The Old Yew Plant Shop on Horatio Street in the West Village.
It offers plants for all tastes and plant-growing abilities, plus landscaping and installation services, expert advice, and anything else city dwellers need (for their plants, anyway).
August always loved plants. But not until his temporary COVID-induced move back to Westport did he have a chance to indulge in his passion.
Work on his yard led to requests by relatives and friends. When someone asked him to do his work indoors — bingo.
This week, Off the Grid — a Village blog — profiled August and The Old Yew Plant Shop. Click here for a story that’s even livelier than Audrey II.
But August is not sitting around twiddling his (green) thumbs. He’ll open a second Manhattan location soon.
Westport’s oldest church has its newest organ.
And its most up-to-date technology.
Tomorrow’s Green’s Farms Congregational organ rededication — with a concert by renowned improvisationist Justin Bischof, in honor of organist Rick Tripodi, who oversaw the reinstallation but died just before completion — is set for 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, November 20).
Can’t make it? Click here for the livestream.
Longtime Westporter Dick Rauh is 97 years old.
But you’re never too old to have a Westport Library exhibit.
His botanical paintings will be featured in the Sheffer Gallery, from December 5 through February 28. An artist talk and reception, with Rauh and Miggs Burroughs, is set for January 20.
“I am extremely fortunate to be granted the ability to continue to function as well as I do as the years pass,” says Rauh, who took up botanical painting in retirement, after a long career in motion pictures special effects.
“Spread along these walls are the results of what I have observed looking closely at flowers over the years. Whether in my quest for the accurate I have managed to bring a personal statement is for you to judge. It is enough for me that you will look at flowers in a way you never have before.”
Rauh won the gold medal and Best in Show awards at the 2006 Royal Horticultural Society Show in London, and his work is in several permanent collections. He has taught in the botanical illustration certificate program at the New York Botanical Gardens since 1994 and was named its Teacher of the Year in 2010. He also teaches widely in senior centers.
Two other exhibits will be featured at the Library too: “Speak to Me” (woven art by Westporter Tina Puckett), and 8 works from the Westport Public Art Collections.
Click here for more information.
Westport’s Thiel Architecture + Design is known for its office, restaurant, retail and residential projects.
Now they’re known by the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architect too.
Thiel’s design of a Brooklyn office will receive an Excellence in Interior Architecture award. It and 5 other designs are in contention for Connecticut Project of the Year.
The design is for a company that downsized after the pandemic. The new Williamsburg space “functions less as a ‘workhouse’ and more as a ‘clubhouse,’a gathering place where employees come together to re-energize, zoom with remote clients and collaborators, and do intermittent touchdown work.”
Thiel is currently designing the future Weston Town Green, and last year worked with the Westport Farmers’ Market on a concept for a permanent home at the Imperial Avenue lot.
With winter near (despite the Compo swimmers, above), Westporters are stocking up on wood.
James Parisi is one of the few who chops his own.
And probably the only one who takes such a dramatic photo of his work.
Now it will warm him 3 times: Once when he chopped it. Then when he burns it. And now, when he sees it featured as today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo.
And finally … Happy International Men’s Day!
Yes, it’s a thing.