Tuesday, March 05, 2024


‘High Tea’ Tuesday at Senior Center

The fourth annual British High Tea replete with cakes, scones, toast and cheese is set for Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

“Dress up and Join us for High Tea,” the announcement reads.

As part of the Senior Center’s Cultural Cuisine Programs, the Westport Young Women’s League-hosted event pays homage to an English tradition dating back to the mid-1700s.

Thought of today as only an upper crust repast, the senior center’s announcement explains that high tea started to allow the working class man a meal break from 3 to 4 p.m. The easy access meal was taken either standing up or on high stools, hence the term “high tea.”

Compo Seal Commotion

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A crowd gathers today near the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach to watch a seal that appeared on the rocks. It was not known if the seal was injured, sick, or merely sunning itself. But after an hour or so after being spotted, it made its way back into the water as the tide came in. Westport animal control, firefighters and police watched the animal and were in touch with officials at the Mystic Aquarium animal rescue clinic while the seal was out of the water.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Stranded (?) on the Rocks at Compo

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UPDATE A seal—sick, injured or enjoying the sun—was spotted today on the rocks near the cannons at Compo Beach. Westport’s animal control and firefighters were on scene determining whether and how to aid the seal. About an hour after it was first spotted, the seal made its way back into the water on its own as the tide was coming in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heidi Curran for WestportNow.com

Woman’s Club Accepting Proposals for Ruegg Grant

The Westport Woman’s Club announced its Ruegg Grant Committee is inviting local nonprofit organizations to apply by Friday, March 8 for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a 2019 project.

Submitted proposals should be high-profile initiatives that make a meaningful difference in the Westport community, an announcement said.

This grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, considers an annual grant to a deserving organization’s project that enhances social services, health, safety, the arts or education. 

Recent Ruegg Grant beneficiaries include the Westport Astronomical Society, Project Return, Earthplace and Wakeman Town Farm.

Judith Quigley, 76

Judith Ann Quigley, a former Westport resident and wife of the late Joseph M. Quigley, died Jan. 17 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 76.

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Judith Quigley: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

To her friends and family, she was variously known as Judy, Mrs. Quigley, Mrs. Cahill, Aunt Judy, Mrs. Q, Jude, Mamo and simply, Mom.

Born Judith Ann Plain in Poughkeepsie, New York, June 18, 1942, she lived her life on earth with the fullness of force for several lifetimes.

At age 13, she converted to Catholicism, wanting to emulate her grandfather Harry Valentine Welch. It was a faith she found great comfort and strength from throughout her life.

Saturday, Janaury 26, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
Noon – 2 p.m. – Toquet Hall – “Day of Activism”
3 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportREADS 2019: Susan Ross Introduces “Kiki and Jacques”
8 p.m. – Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) – Voices Café: Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar