Roundup: Board Of Ed, Downtown, Scam Alert…

This week’s Board of Education community conversation was broad, robust and fruitful. If you missed

It was so successful that the board will plan another conversation. They will start with the topics they ended on: high school library books and equity action planning.

The next event will take place in the evening. When the date is finalized, “06880” will let you know.

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“Reconnecting the Riverfront” — the city’s plan for downtown parking and pedestrian access — is entering its second phase of public engagement.

Initial design concepts and second public inquiry are available here. The public is invited to complete the survey and add comments.

Screenshot of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee website. A public survey is also available on the site.

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Of course, Buffalo was hit by a super snowstorm yesterday.

But at Compo Beach, the temperature was mild 42

So these 8 intrepid went swimming at noon.

Happy November 18!

(Photo/Matt Murray)

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Meanwhile, around the corner, a wedding took place on the sands of Old Mill Beach.

Because of the cold, it was quick — almost over before it started, reports Andrew Colabella.

No word on who the bride and groom are. Or where they headed next.

Hopefully some places are a bit warmer.

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)

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More proof has been cold yesterday: A crew was at work early, warming up Hillspoint Road to fill cracks.

It’s one of those little things that most people never see. Or even think.

Jonathan Rosenoer spotted it and took a picture. Thank you to all the workers on this project.

Little things mean a lot.

(Photo/Jonathan Rosenoer)

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Meanwhile, last night a few hundred people sampled dozens of wines (and excellent appetizers) at Westport Sunrise Rotary’s annual (but first since COVID) “Uncorked” fundraiser.

The tastings were offered by The Fine Wine Company. Dinner came courtesy of the Inn at Longshore host.

And the money raised? It all goes to the many worthy programs – here and abroad – supported by our excellent Sunrise Rotary Club.

“Westport Uncorked” from last night at the Inn at Longshore. (Photo/Dan Woog)

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Scam alert!

A reader writes: “The other day I dropped an envelope in a mailbox between the restaurant and the dance studio. I felt something sticky and realized the envelope was not falling into the box.

“I called the recipient of the check a few days later. They had not received the check. I went to the box to see if I could get it back. I couldn’t, so I went to the post office. They gave me a number to call.

“I called and found out I had been scammed. The sticky page grabs my envelope. The 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 is there nothing posted about this scam? The post office and the bank know about it. Why was the public not alerted?

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Since graduating from Staples High School in 2013 and Middlebury College 4 years later, August Laska has done a lot.

He has worked for Snapchat and Disney. He co-produced an Off-Broadway show. He was a trader.

Now – after being furloughed during the pandemic – he has a new gig. He owns The old yew plant store on Horatio Street in the West Village.

It offers plants for all tastes and growing abilities, as well as landscaping and installation services, expert advice, and everything city dwellers need (for their plants, anyway). .

August has always loved plants. But it wasn’t until his COVID-induced temporary return to Westport that he got the chance to pursue his passion.

Work on his yard prompted requests from relatives and friends. When someone asked him to do his work inside – bingo.

This week, Off the Grid — a Village blog — featured August and The Old Yew Plant Shop. Click here for an even livelier story than Audrey II.

But August is not sitting twiddling his (green) thumbs. It will soon open a second location in Manhattan.

August Laska at The Old Yew Plant Shop. (Photo courtesy of Off the Grid)

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Westport’s oldest church has its newest organ.

And its latest technology.

Tomorrow’s Green’s Farms Congregation organ rededication – featuring a concert by renowned improviser Justin Bischof, in honor of organist Rick Tripodi, who oversaw the reinstallation but died shortly before completion – is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, November 20).

You can’t do it? Click here for live streaming.


Longtime Westporter Dick Rauh is 97.

But you’re never too old to have a Westport Library exhibit.

His botanical paintings will be presented at the Sheffer Gallery, from December 5 to February 28. An artist talk and reception, featuring Rauh and Miggs Burroughs, is scheduled for January 20.

“I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to continue performing as well as I have over the years,” says Rauh, who began botanical painting in retirement, after a long career in film special effects.

“Spread along these walls are the results of what I have observed looking closely at the flowers over the years. If in my quest for accuracy I managed to make a personal statement, that’s up to you to judge. It’s enough for me that you look at flowers in a way you’ve never seen 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 Teacher of the Year in 2010. He also teaches at many senior centers.

Two other exhibits will also be on display at the library: “Speak to Me” (woven art by Westporter Tina Puckett) and 8 works from Westport’s public art collections.

Click on herand for more information.

Dick Rauh and his art.

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Westport’s Thiel Architecture + Design is known for office, restaurant, retail and residential projects.

Now they are also known to the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architect.

Thiel’s design of a Brooklyn office will receive an award for excellence in interior design. It and 5 other designs are up for Connecticut Project of the Year.

The design is for a company that downsized after the pandemic. The new Williamsburg space “functions less like a ‘work house’ and more like a ‘clubhouse,’ a gathering place where employees come together to recharge, zoom in with remote clients and collaborators, and get work done. intermittent.”

Thiel is currently designing the future Weston Town Green and last year worked with the Westport Farmers Market on a permanent residence concept on the Imperial Avenue land.

Thiel Architecture’s award-winning Brooklyn office. (Photo/Sam Sachs Morgan)

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With winter approaching (despite the swimmers in Compo, above), the Westporters are stocking up on wood.

James Parisi is one of the few to cut his.

And probably the only one to take such a dramatic shot of his work.

Now he will reheat it 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.

(Photo/James Parisi)

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And finally… Happy International Men’s Day!

Yes, It’s a thing.