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Two important organizations (Homes with Hope and the Norwalk NAACP) will benefit from a drive sponsored by 2 important department (Westport Police and Human Services), and an important business (Mental Grit Fitness).
This Friday (December 18, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., Imperial Avenue parking lot), you can drop off non-perishable foods, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
You can help another way too: by volunteering at the drive. Click here to sign up.
Congratulations, Autumn Smith! The Staples High School senior soccer player has been named to United Soccer Coaches’ All-America team.
She scored 38 goals, and added 49 assists, in her stellar career (shortened this year by COVID). Due to the coronavirus too, there will not be an actual awards ceremony as in previous years.
That hardly diminishes Autumn’s accomplishment though. Well done!
Dan Hoffman writes about a pet peeve:
“When I make a local phone call with a 203 area code, I try to guess whether I need to use a prefix of ‘1’ or not.
“When I’m wrong, a program tells me either I need to use a 1 or I don’t need to use a 1.
“If the phone system knows the answer, why does it make me redial instead of just putting the call through? Always drives me nuts.”
They don’t call it JoyRide for nothing.
A new app — JoyRideGO — brings the popular Westport-based fitness community’s joy and energy to cyberspace.
It features on-demand and live fitness class to enJoy (ho ho) anywhere, any time. They include the signature JoyRide cycle classes; popular JoyX Strength, Pilates, barre and yoga classes, and hybrids like Cycle + Strength, Cycle + Pilates, Abs + Arms, and Abs + Glutes. All are taught by JoyRide instructors.
No one likes waiting in traffic.
Unless you’re by Playhouse Square, in front of Winslow Park Animal Hospital.
They always manage to amuse drives. Here’s their latest holiday tableau.
PS: Enjoy it now. Tomorrow it may be covered by snow.
Speaking of traffic: How’s this for a great photo of Westport’s worst intersection?
Taken this way by Rowene Weems, it looks almost magical.
As COVID cases rise, the Pequot in Southport — Westporters’ 2nd favorite library — has temporarily suspended browsing hours. Curbside pickup is still available.
And finally … in honor of today:
Kids don’t have a lot to laugh about these days. And — let’s face it — Harvard and MIT scientists are not usual much for giggles.
But Westport mom Alli DiVincenzo — an accomplished entrepreneurial designer — has joined forced with those university researchers. They’ve created playful personal care products for kids, turning “ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences.”
The first product from One Fun Company is a hand soap called Splatz. A gentle squeeze makes a “splat.” Each Splatz soap bubble “turns this essential, often tedious task into good clean fun,” Alli says.
She should know. Her son did not like washing his hands. But he enjoyed playing with slime, and anything else tactile.
She tracked down those scientists, and pitched them the idea for a popping hand soap. They loved it. For a couple of years they all tinkered in their kitchens.
When Alli dropped off 100 samples with friends, kids used up the entire test bottles in a day. She and the scientists knew they were on to something.
For the holidays, One Fun has teamed up with WestportMoms’ Local Love initiative, and Westport elementary schools’ Pay It Forward campaign. And in conjunction with the upcoming Small Business Saturday, One Fun offers 10% off Splatz all weekend long. Just click here, and use the code WOOG10.
PS: Keeping it local, Splatz’s packaging and distribution comes courtesy of Randy Herbertson’s The Visual Brand.
How’s this for a provocative title: The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America.
That’s Daniel Okrent’s latest book. The insightful observer of American politics and history — and the first New York Times public editor — will be featured in a virtual talk December 2 (7 p.m.).
He’ll discuss his new work. It’s a chilling tale of how anti-immigration activists of the early 20th century — most of them well-born, many of them progressives –used the bogus science of eugenics to justify closing the immigration door in 1924.
Okrent’s appearance is sponsored by the Westport Library and Silvermine Arts Center. The center’s current exhibit, “The Golden Door” — an exploration of the complex histories and cultural identities that define and enrich contemporary America — runs through January 16.
Click here to register for Okrent’s free virtual talk.
In other Library news:
The Westport Book Sale is temporarily suspending book donations effective today, until further notice. The decision is a result of rising COVID cases, and concern for volunteers who stand in the cold for hours accepting donations.
They invite everyone — in Westport and beyond — to shop the Online Holiday and Winter Book Sale.
I don’t know if Winslow Park Animal Hospital treats turkeys, as well as dogs.
But the Post Road East veterinary clinic always manages to mark holidays well.
And finally … on this day in 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.
It’s the project that never ends.
The Kings Highway North Bridge — the one at the light near Canal Street, near several medical office buildings — has been under construction since (it seems) the Truman administration.
Work may last through the Sasha Obama (or Barron Trump) administration.
But it’s important work. The bridge was in dire need of repair or replacement. School buses could no longer legally cross, because of its deteriorated condition.
Last winter, the P&Z explored many options to speed up the process. However, as chair Danielle Dobin notes on Westport Front Porch, work will continue through this winter.
The Frontier telephone lines that go under the sidewalk are being relocated now. Crews will then finish the sheeting, build the footings, set the precast bridge sections, and build the parapet walls (which are designed to evoke the historic design of the old bridge).
If this winter is warm, work could be completed by April or May. Otherwise, it will likely continue through May or June.
Saturday’s Westport Library “Show of Shows” was wonderful. The hour-long program featured tons of local personalities in comedy sketches, humorous shout-outs and musical numbers.
David Pogue MCed the event, and Andrew Wilk produced and directed. It ended with 2 powerful moments: a stirring video created by teens through the library’s media program, and the Staples Orphenians singing “Imagine.”
If you missed the show — or want to see it again — click here.
Wakeman Town Farm’s upcoming offerings are intriguing. Among them: a Little Farmers Parent/Child class, and an Election Day Camp for kids ages 8-12.
Click here to register (search for “WTF”) for programs. Problems? Call 203-341-5152 or email email@example.com.
WTF’s holiday pie fundraiser kicks off next week too. To get on the email list for notification, cilck here.
Sighted recently at Compo Beach: a baby shark.
But not in the Sound. This one was displayed on a South Beach picnic table, far from shore.
I’m not sure how it got there. But it sure got my attention.
Drivers stopped at the Playhouse Square traffic light often delight in the whimsical, ever-changing costumes worn by the animal sculptures on the Post Road lawn.
This Halloween, the creatures have been joined by a slew of skeletons. Despite COVID, looks like the animal hospital staff are up to their old tricks.
And finally … Mahalia Jackson was born 109 years ago yesterday. The Queen of Gospel died just 60 years later. But she left a remarkable legacy.