Monday, December 11, 2023


Spelling and Geographically-Challenged ‘American Housewife’ Debuts

By Gordon Joseloff

“American Housewife,” the ABC-TV sitcom set in Westport starring Katy Mixon, debuted tonight with 12 mentions of Westport, no scenes shot in Westport, and a Connecticut map that misspelled the town’s name as “Wesport.” Image
A map on the premiere episode of “American Housewife” misspelled Westport as “Wesport,” among other errors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo from ABC-TV

The 30-minute episode –- originally named “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”—was actually 21 minutes and 12 seconds of program with the rest devoted to commercials and network promotions of other series.

“It’s the kind of town where people have big houses and tiny butts,” says Mixon’s character, Katie Otto. “Where every idiot has a boat and a labra doodle.”

To give viewers an idea where Westport is located, it showed a map with a ribbon across part of it that said “Greetings From Connecticut.”

Luncheon Guests Image
Executive Chef and part owner Luis Arias of Boca Restaurant, 43 Main St., today welcomes lunch guests Matthew Mandell (c) executive director Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, and First Selectman Jim Marpe during the second week of the chamber’s annual Restaurant Week(s) promotion which runs through Sunday.  Boca, operating in the space previously occupied by Acqua Mediterranean Restaurant for two decades, opened one week ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Helen L. Gordon, 96

Helen L. Gordon of Ridgefield, a former Westport resident, died Oct. 8 at Danbury Hospital. She was 96.

The wife of the late John W. Gordon was born in New Sharon, Maine on April 4, 1920,  the daughter of the late William and Marjorie (Reynolds) Haase.

She was a longtime resident of Westport before moving to Ridgefield eight years ago.

She worked for many companies over the course of several years including Pepperidge Farms, Famous Artists School and MBI.

Staples Girls Soccer to Honor Seniors Image
The Staples girls soccer team will recognize its nine graduating seniors in a pregame ceremony today at 2:40 P.M., at Loeffler Field, before a 3 p.m. home match against the Norwalk Bears. Pictured (l-r, rear) are Eve Korus, Lydia Shaw, Tia Zajec, Taylor Githens, Morgan McWhirter, Nicole Welch and (front) Grace Wynne, Charlotte Rossi and Justine Shikowitz. Community members are invited to come cheer for the Wreckers as they honor and celebrate these players and their contributions to the team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Preservation Award Winner: 25 Cavalry Road Image
A house at 25 Cavalry Road is among nine winners of the Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) 2016 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m. The HDC said the award will be presented to Kevin M. and Deborah L. Dorsey, owners of the house known as the Alva Finch House, circa 1837.  The HDC, citing the owners for their preservation efforts, wrote “after the owners purchased the homestead for their young family they meticulously restored the house to its former splendor.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Art to the Max”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Hard-boiled—Noir Films Through the Years: “Brick”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Camelot”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Racquets Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

School Budget May Be Up 4.1%, Mold Found at CMS

The Board of Education was told tonight that next year’s school budget may be up 4.1 percent and that hidden mold at Coleytown Middle School (CMS), which is not a health hazard, may cost as much as $250,000 to remediate. Image
Colleen Palmer: budget number “daunting.”  Dave Matlow for

Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer, who took over July 1 from retiring Elliott Landon, informed the board about the budget and health issues and said the budget number was “a very preliminary one.”

“If we kept the same workforce and just moved those folks forward a year and followed our bargaining union contracts… and projected increase in health costs, we would have to ask for an increase of 4.1 percent,” she said. “That number is daunting.”

She reminded board members that the current operating budget, which increased 1.29 percent over the previous year, benefitted from “positive trends” in the health reserve account as well as other factors.