As scheduled, parts of I-95 were closed last night — along with the northbound Exit 17 entrance and exit ramps, and the southbound exit ramp — as part of the “slide,” to replace the old bridge with the new one.
As expected, traffic — including plenty of trucks — jammed the Post Road.
The closure is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday (October 23).
Tomorrow’s forecast is better than today’s.
Sunday’s “Bring Them Home” candlelight vigil on Jesup Green (6 to 6:45 p.m.) — “an opportunity to come together, united as a community, to pray for the safe return of the hostages and show our support for Israel” — is on.
It might be windy. Organizers suggest electric candles, in addition to or in place of ones that might blow out.
Speaking of Israel: 4 Westporters — Jennifer and Eric Blankfein, and Wendy and Spencer Brown — were on a flight there when Hamas attacked.
They landed at 10:30 on Saturday morning,, October 7.
Jennifer documented their 4 days in Israel on her blog, “Book Nation by Jen.” It’s long, but well worth the time. Click here for “A Trip to the Holy Land; Timing is Everything.” (Hat tip: Betsy Pollak)
Speaking of the Israeli flag: It has appeared many places in Westport.
One spot it has probably never been seen before: Compo Beach.
June Rose Whittaker spotted it there Thursday, draped across one of the benches used often for rest and reflection.
(Photo/June Rose Whittaker)
Speaking still of the crisis in the Middle East: The Westport Writers’ Workshops is raising funds the best way they know how.
Next Thursday (October 26, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Zoom), Julie Sarkissian will lead a writing circle. All proceeds from the $35 registration fee will provide aid to children affected by the fighting.
Attendees will write together to prompts, and share work aloud. Click here to register.
Neil Gaiman — noted author of “American Gods,” “Coraline” and “The Sandman” series — kicked off this weekend’s StoryFest at the Westport Library.
His keynote conversation doubled as the Fall 2023 Malloy Lecture in the Arts.
A full slate of events — panel discussions, workshops, children’s activities, a story pitch session and the world premiere of the psychological thriller “Gentle Hacksaw” — take place today and tomorrow.
Click here for a schedule, and more details.
Neil Gaiman, at the Westport Library. (Photo/Dinkin Fotografix)
Christian Siriano’s The Collective West will soon have a new neighbor.
It may not be what the fashion designer hoped for, in the former Subway on the Post Road East/West Parish Road corner.
In addition to the previously announced 8-24 hearing on Parker Harding Plaza, next Monday’s Planning & Zoning Commission meeting (October 23, 7 p.m., Zoom) includes a proposed text amendment to modify affordable housing standards.
The request — to increased the number of bedrooms from 20 to 24 per gross acre, and authorize approval of off-site affordable housing — would turn 259 Riverside Avenue, currently an office building, into residences.
Click here for the full agenda of Monday’s P&Z meeting.
259 Riverside Avenue.
La Plage says “adieu” to their patio for the season, in a spooky way.
On Sunday, October 29 (5 p.m. until late), the Longshore restaurant hosts a Halloween Soiree.
On the menu: complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (“boo-ze”) from Litchfield Distillery, music, and a costume contest.
RSVP by phone (203-684-6232) or email (Info@laplagewestport.com).
Sustainable Westport’s second Residential Energy Learning series focuses on solar energy. “Everything Solar” is set for the Westport Library on November 7 (6:30 p.m., reception, 6:45 presentation and Q-and-A).
Westport architect John Rountree and Nathan Hernandez, solar consultant, will discuss how to transition your home or business to solar energy. They’ll cover solar panels, installation companies, design considerations, the expected ROI, and financing options (with federal and state incentives).
Westporter Dan Schlesinger will talk about his recent process of going solar.
The final Residential Learning Series, “Going Geothermal,” is December 12.
Thinking of going solar? See you November 7!
The Westport Woman’s Club’s annual clothing sale continues this weekend, at their clubhouse at 44 Imperial Avenue.
Check out a wide variety of gently used suits, dresses, pants, blouses, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats.
Hours are today (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and tomorrow (Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Funds raised help support the town’s food closet, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships.
Items for sale at the Westport Woman’s Club.
We’d love you to check out 4 great houses on our “Historic Homes of 06880” tour on November 5 (2 to 5 p.m.; click here for details).
But there’s another tour that very same day, and in the interest of fairness I’m posting that info too.
Histoury — a non-profit dedicated to preserving and appreciating historic buildings in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts — is offering a bus tour of Frazier Peters homes in Westport.
It begins at 1 p.m. November 5, and lasts 4 hours. The bus will include 20 stone homes designed by the famed architect, with stops for a few interior looks.
Click here for tickets ($75 for adults, $49 for students).
A typical Frazier Forman Peters home.
Due to artist availability. the Westport Country Playhouse November 13 Script in Hand play reading has been changed.
“Cleo” has been replaced by “Theatre People,” by Paul Slade Smith.
Based on Ferenc Molnár’s Hungarian farce “Play at the Castle,” this adaptation is a comedy about people in love with theater. But pursuit of a surefire Broadway hit, they might have to give reality a rewrite.
Click here for more information, and tickets to the 7 p.m. play reading.
Longtime Westporter Edward (Doug) Hyde, Jr. died Wednesday, surrounded by loved ones. He was 85.
The Ridgefield native was a graduate of Fairfield Prep and the University of Detroit. He served proudly as a sergeant in the US Army Reserve.
Doug was a credit analyst in New York, and the owner of Hyde’s Wines & Liquors in Ridgefield. He later bought Beacon Liquor Store in Westport. He also took on the role of manager at Depot Liquors in Saugatuck
He and his wife Joan Masnato, former Westport town clerk, were married for 53 years.
Doug and Joan loved to travel. He found solace and joy in fishing and boating. As an amateur radio operator, he connected with the world through his airwaves. He also enjoyed reading historical and Stephen King novels, cooking and entertaining.
He is survived by his wife; brothers Brian of Winchester, Virginia and Gary (companion Christine Lamadrid) of Avon; sister Marilyn Gregory of Shelton; nieces Sara Hyde, Marybeth McAllister (John) and Rena Hemmann (Tom); nephews Paul Hyde (Annie), Jason Hyde (Jamie), Kenneth Hyde (Jen S.), William Gregory (Susanna) and Thomas Gregory, and goddaughter Sally Anastos (Tarsey).
A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday (October 24, St. Pius X Parish, Fairfield). Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Westport Volunteer EMS, 50 Jesup Rd, Westport CT 06880 or St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Egrets at the Sherwood Mill Pond always make us smile.
Today — in the golden sun of autumn — they make our “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … happy 83rd birthday to Manfred Mann.
You know his band. But the South African/English keyboardist was not its lead singer. That was Paul Jones.
But he did sing with another, later group, also named for him: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
(Just another regular “Roundup” — in other words, everything you need to know in Westport today. If you like what you learn, please consider a contribution to “06880.” Click here — and thank you!)