Monday, April 15, 2024


1963 Staples Grad: How 1% of Us Control the Nation

“I hate to admit it, but I graduated from high school way back in 1963. And although that’s not special in and of itself, the differentiating factor is that it was in Westport, Conn.”

That is how W. F. Walker Johanson,  conservative author and Washington, D.C.-based managing partner of The Dumbarton Group, begins a commentary published Thursday on

“Now, you may not think that there was anything particularly unique about Westport, Conn., in 1963 … but you’d be wrong,” he wrote. “While my high school probably had around 1,600 students total, I happened to be in a ‘political’ social group of no more than 16 girls and guys, who were all decidedly ‘unique.’”

The columnist went on: “These high school friends – and ones just like them from progressive, suburban, upscale high schools up and down each coast – went on to become the college professors, journalists, foreign service officers (at the State Department, the CIA and elsewhere), Capitol Hill functionaries and the behind-the-scene leaders of the Democrat Party.”

Hanukkah Events Planned

Two Hanukkah events are planned throughout December in Westport.

Hanukkah on Ice is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30-8 p.m., and a Menorah lighting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice will take place at the PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park and features Hanukkah gelt, music, face painting, hot chocolate and dreidels. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children and includes skates and potato pancakes.

The Menorah lighting takes place at Compo Acres Shopping Center and features potato latkes, music, hot chocolate and dreidels. The event is free.

For more information, call (203) 221-2767.

Smart Growth Topic of Rotary Session

Smart growth will be topic of discussion at Friday’s Westport Sunrise Rotary session.

Matthew Mandell, an open space advocate and RTM member, will speak at the breakfast session that starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant.

Mandell is a co-director of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, which secured 22 acres of open space on the former F.D. Rich property.

He is also a trustee at Earthplace and represents District 1 on the RTM.

Mandell is also scheduled to appear on the “Lunch with Lisa” program at 11 a.m. on Saturday on AM 1400 WSTC and 1350 WNLK.

Finance Board Supports Baron’s and Jesup Study

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Westport Board of Finance members said they saw the need for an engineering study at Baron’s South and Jesup Green, but some also expressed hesitancy about moving forward with any major spending that could be connected with the study’s results.

The board approved $49,500 for the engineering study during its meeting Wednesday night, and now the request moves to the Representative Town Meeting.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he has a vision of downtown that is vibrant and people-oriented, but he needs to know what can and cannot be done.

Baron’s South has hilly terrain that is not easy to build on, he said, and the senior center influences any development.

Town Plan Session to Air this Weekend

The third meeting about the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development will air on Westport’s cable access channel this weekend.

The meeting will air on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

The session, which took place in November at Bedford Middle School, centered on development issues.

The session can be found on cable channel 79 in Westport.