Monday, December 11, 2023


Comings & Goings: Brooks Brothers Reopens Image
Brooks Brothers, 136 Main St., one of many Westport businesses that closed as a COVID-19 preventative measure, has reopened for the first time since its March 13 closure. The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July. At the time, the company said it planned to close 51 stores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Shorefest on a Roll Set for Sunday

There’s a different kind of Friends of Sherwood Island fundraiser set for Sunday. Image

Called Shorefest on a Roll, it will take place from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. with tickets purchased in advance.

Guests will take a drive through the park and pick up a fresh curbside lobster roll dinner, an announcement said.

“Guests will be treated to a rolling tour of the park accompanied by a podcast describing the history and fabulous features of the 236 acre gem – the oldest park in Connecticut, and a lobster roll-to-go feast,” it said.

Entertainment will include a field of whirligigs, exotic kites, disc golf exhibitions, several socially distanced musical performances and model plane flyovers at the park airfield all while cruising a loop at about 10 mph.

The only stop will be near the end of the tour to pick up their prepaid hot or cold lobster roll dinners safely and contact-free. The entire loop will take about 12 minutes.

Tickets are available at:

Connecticut Removes Six States from Pandemic Travel Advisory

Connecticut today removed California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio from its COVID-19 travel advisory, while adding back Puerto Rico.

The advisory now includes 28 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam. Visitors from listed states must fill out a travel form upon arriving in Connecticut, then quarantine for 14 days. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday he would tweak the advisory to let visitors show a negative COVID-19 test in place of quarantining.

Today’s advisory update comes as Connecticut’s coronavirus numbers begin to rise but those in other states continue to decline. Westport’s case count since Sept. 1 is up 14.

California and Nevada had qualified for Connecticut’s advisory since late June, while Minnesota had been listed since late July and Hawaii since mid-August.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
8 a.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  827 8113 5158 – TEAM Westport
11 a.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Pageturner’s Book Discussion Group
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Open for limited services
5 p.m. – Electronically – Zoning Board of Appeals: live streamed on, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – StoryFest 2020: Stoker on Stoker – The Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula
8 p.m. – Zoom Webinar – Michael S. Turner: What we know & don’t know about the Universe
8:30 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – StoryFest 2020: Beyond Stoker – Contemporary Visions of Vampires in Fiction

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Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
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Westport COVID-19 Case Count Up 5, Deaths Unchanged

The state said today its Westport COVID-19 case count was up five at 366 (351 confirmed and 15 probable) while the number of deaths was unchanged at 23.

Gov. Ned Lamont established a new series of fines today ranging from $100 to $500, for those who refuse to wear protective masks in public or who organize or attend large, private events.

The new penalties, administration officials said, were requested by municipal leaders whose only other option to enforce coronavirus containment rules was to arrest violators and charge them with misdemeanor offenses.

The penalties include $100 for failing to wear a protective mask in public, $250 for attending a private gathering that exceeds state limits set early in the pandemic, and $500 for organizing such events.

Limits for most private gatherings include 25 people indoors and 100 individuals outdoors.

Outdoor gatherings in municipal parks — at fireworks, for example — are limited to 500 people, provided there is at least 15 feet of space between each party or grouping.

“If you have to count — get out,” Lamont offered as advice to those uncertain whether event organizing or attendance could get them into trouble.

— contributed reporting

State Realtors Endorse Haskell

The Connecticut Association of Realtors has endorsed Democrat Will Haskell for re-election, the first Democrat to earn the endorsement in the 26th state Senate district in more than a decade.

“Connecticut’s realtors have their fingers on the pulse of our state economy—when markets are looking strong, they’re often the first ones to see it. That’s why I’m so proud to have earned their endorsement after two years of fighting for pro-growth legislation in Hartford,” said Haskell.

Prior to 2020, the CT Realtors had endorsed the Republican candidate in consecutive elections dating back to 2010. In the past several months, Connecticut’s real estate market has seen a pronounced jump in interest and activity, driven in part by the state’s intensive COVID-19 containment policies drawing young families from New York City.

Haskell also secured an endorsement this week from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s environment by making it a priority for elected leaders.

Finally, Sen. Haskell also earned an “F” grade from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Affairs. The grade indicates that Haskell opposes the NRA’s legislative agenda of radical firearm deregulation.

Haskell is running for re-election to the state senate in the 26th district of Connecticut, which includes portions of Westport, Ridgefield, Wilton, Redding, Weston, Bethel, and New Canaan.

Theodore R. Voss, 77

Theodore “Ted” Robert Voss of Westport, husband of Judith “Judy” Ann Voss, died Sept. 2. He was 77. Image
Ted Voss Contributed photo

Ted was born on Oct. 6, 1942 to the late Norbert and Frances (Endres) Voss in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Wauwatosa High School and from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in 1964 and a J.D. in 1967. 

In the fall of 1967 Ted was set up on a blind date with Judy Schmahl; the following year they were married on Dec. 21, 1968 in West Allis, Wisconsin.  Together the two would live in Milwaukee,  Heidelberg, Germany and Indianapolis before settling in Westport for the last 45 plus years.

Ted served in the United States Army for two years from 1968 to 1970.  After serving in the Army, he worked as an attorney for several corporations including Eli Lilly, JC Penney, General Mills, Crystal Brands and The Starter Corporation prior to his retirement.

Ted will be remembered by friends and family alike for his easy going nature and sense of humor.  Ted was active with the Westport Y’s Men where he served as secretary and humorist, and was an avid hiker and walker.

Ted is survived by his wife Judy of more than 50 years, his daughter Trista Soh and her husband Edward Soh of New York City, and granddaughters Evelyn and Madeline.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Westport Public Library or The Salvation Army.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Open for limited services
7 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport Weston Health District Board of Directors
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment
7:15 p.m. – 929-205-6099 ID:  899 3369 8592 passcode 380650 – Youth Commission Town Improvements Advocacy Group

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Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
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