The Westport Police Department arrested 4 people between October 19 and 26 on the following charges:
- Reckless driving; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol; failure to drive in the proper lane; failure to wear a safety belt.
- Criminal mischief (2 arrests)
- Violation of probation (2 counts); failure to appear.
In addition, the WPD issued the following summonses:
- Cell phone use, 1st offense (17 people)
- Traveling unreasonably fast (5 people)
- Speeding (2 people)
- Operating a motor vehicle under suspension (2 people)
- Failure to obey traffic control signal
- Violation of Traffic Commission regulation
- Failure to grant right of way
- Insurance coverage fails minimum requirement.
There will be new life for the old “poor farm” on Compo Road North.
First a farmhouse, then a home for needy Westporters, and most recently the site of “Susie’s House” for Project Return, the property between the Little League fields and town tennis courts will be renovated into 6 residential units for homeless women.
The agreement with Homes with Hope was ratified this week by the Board of Selectwomen. The non-profit agency will provide 24-hour supervision and counseling to the residents.
Homes with Hope has already raised most of the $900,000 needed for renovations, says CEO Helen McAlinden.
The long saga of Garden Cinemas ended yesterday.
Demolition began on the Norwalk art house, beloved for many years by countless Westporters and other area residents.
Attempts to turn the theater into a non-profit, with film-related after-school activities, failed. The site will now be developed for the Wall Street Place condominiums. (Hat tip: Matt Murray)
Tomorrow (Friday, October 28), Westport celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month. First Selectwoman Jen Tooker and the town’s Commission on People with Disabilities invite residents, businesses, employment services agencies and disability advocates to a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Senior Center.
The event includes coffee and donuts thanks to the Friends of the Senior Center, baked goods from Sweet P Bakery and the Porch, and a “network of employment champions.”
For more information about the Commission on People with Disabilities or the Employment is for Everyone initiative, click here, call Westport Human Services at 203 341-1050, or email email@example.com.
One of the town’s most anticipated clothing tag sales takes place this weekend.
The Westport Woman’s Club holds its annual event tomorrow and Saturday (October 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sunday (October 30, noon to 3 p.m.). The site is the WWC clubhouse at 44 Imperial Avenue.
Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories are back, with a wide array of suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.
Funds raised from the clothing tag sale support the Westport Food Closet, many local charities, and need-based student scholarships.
On November 12, Sustainable Westport sponsors 2 important — and very “green” — events.
Free mattress and box spring recycling runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Earthplace (10 Woodside Lane). They must be dry and unsoiled.
Up to 90% of the 55,000 old mattresses disposed of every day by Americans can be recycled into new products like carpet pads, cushioning for exercise equipment and bike seats, insulation, air filters, and steel materials.
Boy Scout Troop 36 provides pickup service, for a small donation. Click here for details, and to sign up.
Then head to the Staples High School fieldhouse, for the first-ever Westport Holiday Green Festival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
The joint effort of Sustainable Westport and Staples’ Zero Waste Committee includes crafters, artists, local resources and businesses, presenters, food, and the Staples Zero Waste Committee thrift store.
Westporters love to speculate about Bridgewater. The nation’s largest hedge fund is headquartered here, but keeps a very low profile.
Part of the curtain may be pulled back next fall. An “unauthorized, unvarnished” biography of its billionaire manager, Ray Dalio will be published then.
“The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend,” will be written by Wall Street Journal investigative reporter Rob Copeland. He’s conducting hundreds of interviews for the book.
“’The Fund’ peels back the curtain to reveal a rarified world of wealth and power, where former FBI director Jim Comey kisses Dalio’s ring, recent Pennsylvania Senate candidate David McCormick sells out, and countless Bridgewater acolytes describe what it’s like to work at this fascinating firm,” publisher St. Martin’s Press says.
While working for Bridgewater — and later, as head of the FBI — Comey had a Westport home.
Click here for more, from the Washington Post. (Hat tip: Bill Dedman)
Jeera Thai has expanded its hours. The great, very authentic and much-loved Thai downtown restaurant is now open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, either in-person or takeout.
Click here for the menu, and more information.
La Plage’s special Halloween party begins this Sunday (October 30) from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s also a way to say goodbye to the patio bar (for the season).
There’s a DJ on the patio, complimentary bites, Belvedere shots — and a costume contest.
Speaking of Halloween: Creative decorations are seen all over town. This is on Plunkett Place, off North Avenue:
One of the stranger casualties of COVID was the “I Voted!” stickers. Handing them out to voters was deemed a health risk, I guess.
Just in time for the 2022 election, they’re back. The town registrars’ office has given permission to poll workers to hand out the civic souvenirs.
They expect a heavy turnout, and have ordered 15,000 ballots. The League of Women Voters has several thousand stickers on hand, and ordered 12,000 more.
Support democracy. Vote on November 8. Then — for the first time in 3 years — wear your sticker with pride.
Salon Nash is one of the Westport’s most popular hair styling salons.
Now boys and girls of all ages can have their hair styled in a grown-up salon — while enjoying an afternoon of fun friends.
Salon Nash is available for kids’ parties. There is plenty of room inside, plus an outdoor patio. Owner Felicia Catale, and her entertainment, can also come to you.
Salon Nash provides a 45-minute magic show, with balloon sculpting or face painting. Candy cups are also available. Meanwhile, Felicia will style hair for adults and children
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text 203-747-9753 for details.
The Camp Gallery’s new solo exhibition for Westport artist Liz Leggett opens tomorrow (October 28, 5 to 8 p.m., 190 Main Street). She’s an abstract expressionist, working on canvas and panel.
Leggett will be at the opening. Wine and cheese will be served.
Sure, and Stephen Fogerty has been named one of the Irish Legal 100 for 2022 by the Irish Voice. The honor goes to 100 attorneys in the US who share pride in their Irish roots. Fogerty — whose roots are in county Tipperary and Sligo — practices with FLB Law in Westport.
Longtime Weston resident Stephen Steinbrecher died October 18. He was 88.
In 1949 the graduate of the Walden School and Clark University met Phyllis Schwartz at the University Settlement camp in Beacon, New York, They were married 6 years later.
Steve served on the New York Hotel Trades council, where he bridged industry divides, and on the Clark University board of trustees, where he founded the David Steinbrecher Fellowship Program. For more on Steve Steinbrecher’s impact on Clark University, click here.
Steve also sat on the University Settlement board, and helped create the Phyllis Steinbrecher Fellowship program.
He is survived by daughters Marcy Steinbrecher Puklin of Norwalk and Laura Steinbrecher of Weston; grandchildren Rachel Johnson, Sarah Livingston, Matthew LiVigni and Mikaela LiVigni, and his beloved dog Brooklyn. He was predeceased by his wife Steinbrecher in 2009, and son David Steinbrecher in 2004.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Phyllis Steinbrecher Scholarship at University Settlement and the David Steinbrecher Fellowship Program at Clark University.
There must be a back story to this tree on Fairport Road.
Whatever it is, it makes an intriguing “Westport … Naturally” photo.
And finally … I never cared for Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.” I cared even less for Jody Miller’s reply song, “Queen of the House.” But both Millers (no relation) won Grammys for their work.
I never heard (or can’t remember) her biggest hit, “Home of the Brave,” about a boy bullied and barred from school for being different.
But Jody Miller died earlier this month in Oklahoma, at 80. Today’s songs are hers. (And Roger’s.) Click here for Jody Miller’s obituary.
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