Where Westport Meets the World

Books and supplies needed in the Bronx

Hurricane Harvey has devastated lives and affected many people. 

Grace Li is set to begin teaching at Bronx Compass High School next week. She had planned to ship her own personal books from her hometown. However, her hometown is Houston and the books, if not ruined, are currently inaccessible.

I am so impressed by Grace and her desire to provide much needed books to the kids in her school, and even more impressed by her willingness to use her personal library to facilitate getting books into their hands. I plan to send books her way, and I hope you will too!

And, as always, schools need supplies. Teachers often dip into their own pockets to make sure their students have the basics and beyond.

If you have any YA books you are willing to part with and/or if you would like to donate school supplies, please get in touch with Grace at gli@bronxcompass.org or through twitter @gracedli. Or, if you’d prefer to simply send them, they can be mailed to Grace’s attention at:

Bronx Compass High School, 1980 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10473

Thanks so much for any assistance you are able to give Grace and her students!

Helicopters ???

Question to the Universe:

What are the helicopters that regularly traverse our airspace ?  This question has been debated before, but I don't think I have seen the correct answer.  The copters are large, dark, and often cross the Westport area flying northwest to southeast in the morning, southeast to northwest in the evening.  To my way of thinking, that rules out commuter craft en route to NYC or the airports, Sikorsky helicopters to and from Stratford, or Life Star copters to and from Fairfield County hospitals.

Anyone know?




 Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET


WHAT:           Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the stigma of addiction, will host a public rappel on Saturday, October 7 in Fairfield County. Participants are invited to rappel 22 stories down Beacon Harbor Point. In addition to the rappel, CEO & Founder Gary Mendell will host “Meet Shatterproof” on-site, where he and local elected officials will speak to the Shatterproof mission and the importance of ending the stigma of addiction.100% of every dollar raised funds Shatterproof’s life-saving prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. This event is part of the “Shatterproof Challenge Rappel,” a series of rappel events in major cities across America that are working to end the stigma of addiction.


WHO:             Gary Mendell (CEO & Founder, Shatterproof), and more.


WHEN:          Challenge Rappel Fairfield County

Saturday, October 7

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET

“Meet Shatterproof” at 10 a.m.


WHERE:        Beacon Harbor Point

                        1 Harbor Point Road

                        Stamford, CT 06902

Join the movement to make Fairfield County Shatterproof by registering today!


Donations Are Being Accepted

The Westport Woman's Club at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport is currently accepting donations of ladies, men's and children's gently used clothing. Donations may be dropped off 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday until the sale in November.

Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting

Kosher Like Me, a lifestyle food blog, is partnering with Red Bee Honey for Sweeten Your New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Honey Tasting event that will elevate your holiday menu and inspire fresh ideas for your table setting.  

The event will be held at Red Bee Apiary, a hidden gem in Weston, CT, and will include a brief tour of the apiary and gardens, led by Marina Marchese, author and beekeeper. Afterwards, she will take guests on a guided tasting flight of five local honeys paired with artisanal, kosher cheeses donated by The Cheese Guy and seasonal, local produce. The tasting will be held on the second floor of Red Bee’s new Honey House Barn.

Liz Rueven, founder of Kosher Like Me blog, will offer tips and tricks for incorporating honey goodness into your holiday menu by sharing favorite recipes and notes on symbolic ingredients to sweeten your Rosh Hashanah meal. Seasonal inspiration for Rosh Hashanah table settings will be artfully styled by Lauren Kreter of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite honeys, a variety of gift boxes and vintage tabletop accessories.

Sample Honey Tasting Flight

Goldenrod honey with melon and goat cheese

Dark wildflower honey with Brie and blackberry

Alfalfa honey with carrots

Red Currant honey with dark chocolate

Buckwheat honey with manchego and pears

Honey in the comb 

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit redbee.com or email Emily at redbeehoneyevents@gmail.com

Liz Rueven is the founder and editor of the blog, Kosher Like Me. She provides readers with a tempting array of approachable and unique seasonal recipes, holiday inspiration, restaurant, book and product reviews and profiles of food innovators.

Marina Marchese is the founder of Red Bee Honey and the author of Honeybee and The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey. She is a member of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey and founder of The American Honey Tasting Society.

Lauren Kreter is the founder of Borrowed, a vintage inspired company, which is focused on bringing unique, mismatched and whimsical touches to any event.


The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the third annual student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.
The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market.

The jurors will select winners in three age groups (8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15-18 years old) and all photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

All selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives restaurant. First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and will also have the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe, local chef extraordinaire. Second place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize.

The community will also have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions beginning August 20, with “Fan Favorite” winners in each age category receiving a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.

To submit work, email your submission to submissions@westportartscenter.org

  • Students may submit up to 2 photographs.
  • Images should be 1MB – 4 MB, saved as .jpg, and labled lastname_firstname_title.jpg.
  • Please include your age in the email.


August 14

All photographers ages 8 – 18 may submit.
Students will be juried in 3 separate age groups: ages 8 – 10, 11 – 14, and 15 – 18.

All photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, at 50 Imperial Ave in Westport.
Edits and stylistic enhancements are permissible.
Selected artists must print and frame their work.

The Photography Competition is free.

MEET THE MASTERS/IPhone Photography Summer Camp

Meet the Masters AM:Ages 4-7

All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, have an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!

Iphone Photography PM: Ages 8-12

Our worlds are inundated with technology, and we love to share our lives with others through this technology- specifically through the art of image. Our phones are our own personal sidekicks that let us take immediate, hi-resolution images to post to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. People are Insta-famous! Let you child learn creativity and artistry through the use of their iPhone! Participate in this highly interactive class and learn all the magic tricks and skills of phone photography. We will explore everything from selfies to food photography, curating your photo album. Learn how to adjust for light and composition, and edit on the phone, while gaining valuable knowledge from visiting artists.

For more info, visit our website!

7th Annual Giant Indoor Tag Sale

Multi-family tag sale - rain or shine as it is indoors!

10 Lyons Plain Road, Westport

Large selection of items - bric-a-brac, vases, glassware, unique one of a kind items, lots of small furniture (dressers, desks, tables, dining tables, chairs; bed-frames with free mattresses with purchase of frame), kitchen appliances, pots/pans, baking items, artwork, baby items, toys, bikes and exercise equipment, books, gardening/auto tools and accessories.   Large clothing boutique!

Early birds - enter at 8am for $10; closing special - 3pm - $5 to fill a bag!

Local Comedians - Norwalk - Aug 12

A Night of Comedy Improvisation at The Factory Underground in Norwalk,

On Saturday August 12th at 8:00 p.m., come see local comedians in a family-friendly show at the Factory Underground at 16 Isaac Street in Norwalk, Adults $20, Students $10. Cash only at the door. Cheer on hometown comedy talent featuring Fairfield of Dreams improv team and student alumni of Wilton High School's Freeplay comedy improv troupe, directed by Second City Conservatory alumna and Wilton High School teacher Heather DeLude. The night also features the "Black Tie Affair" jazz band in a delightful, family-friendly, one-of-a-kind night out. The venue, the Factory Underground, is like a lower Manhattan comedy club without all the travel; it is right around the corner from the Garden Cinema in Norwalk at 16 Isaacs Street. No reserved seating so come early. Concessions will be sold at intermission so come hungry! Support your local comedy scene!  http://fairfieldofdreams.com  Westport residents Kerstin Rao and Dana Rossi are founding members of Fairfield of Dreams comedy group.

Freecycle.Org - Keeping stuff out of the landfill since 2003

Wait! Don't throw it out!  If you no longer love your stuff, set it FREE! 

Westport's Freecycle™ group gives people a way to "recycle" things no longer used, but too good to throw out.  The goal is to find a good home for things otherwise headed for the landfill.

Made up of over 5,000 groups with more than 9 million members around the world, The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

(Posted as a reminder of good community options for reducing waste.  People can contact me for additional information but I urge you to visit www.freecycle.org and consider joining the Westport group.