Wednesday, December 08, 2021

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Senior Center Fall Classes Begin Oct. 1

Because of COVID-19, the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) remains closed to in-person classes. However, 41 programs are offered via Zoom.

Classes range from health and fitness activities to history, concerts, support groups, and more. A full list can be found at www.westportct.gov/seniorcenter.

Registration can be done online at https://myactivecenter.com/ or by phone at 203-341-5099, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scholarships for Westport residents are available by contacting WCSA Director Susan Pfister at 203.341.5098.

Dogs Allowed Back on the Beach on Thursday

Westport Parks & Recreation director Jennifer Fava announced dogs are allowed on the beach from Oct. 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Dogs are not allowed in the Pavilion or on the Playground or the Boardwalk.

Dogs must be leashed except in designated off-leash areas south of the Pavilion, including South Beach.

Owners must clean up after their dogs or face a $77 fine.

Westport Trump Supporter Arrested After Disturbance at Fairfield Dem HQ

A Westport man was arrested after Fairfield police said he showed up at the front door of the Democratic Town Committee office yelling profanities and insults at volunteers inside.

Michael Silverstein, 61, of Bayberry Lane, a Trump supporter, was issued a summons for breach of peace after the incident that happened around 4 p.m. at the DTC office at 1 Sasco Hill Road, the Connecticut Post reported.

Reached Saturday, he, said, “I let my emotions get the best of me. I wish I didn’t do it. I’m better than that,” the newspaper reported

While he did say that he did “terrorize and curse them out,” he never made any threat

“The situation escalated quickly. I screamed and yelled, but I never touched (the volunteer worker),” he said.

Silverstein alleged over the past four years, Trump supporters “on a daily basis have been attacked, harassed and threatened. I’m fed up.”

He criticized the mainstream media, liberals, the “radical left and Marxists” for criticizing Trump and his supporters.

Silverstein, a chiropractor, said when he saw all the Biden/Harris signs outside the DTC headquarters, he felt compelled to speak his mind.

A Jazzy Evening at MoCA Tonight

Fred Hersch Trio at MoCA Westport
The Fred Hersch Trio performed on the outdoor stage of MoCA Westport tonight. Besides jazz pianist Hersch, Trio members include bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. The performance tonight was their first since February 2020. The final MoCA outdoor concert will be an Oct. 2, fundraiser featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet with Wynton Marsalis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

Blumenthal on Supreme Court Nomination: ‘Sham Process’

Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsberg at Unitarian Church, Westport CT
More than 80 people gathered at The Unitarian Church for a vigil in tribute to Justice Ginsberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Vita for WestportNow.com

Following today’s announcement that President Trump is appointing Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S.. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he would oppose her nomination.

“I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely one month before an election as Americans are already casting their votes,” he said in a statement. “The American people deserve a voice in this hugely consequential decision.”

“Judge Barrett’s views would harm real lives—real people—in real ways, from children with pre-existing conditions to women who just want to be able to decide when and how to have a family. I’m fighting for them.”

He added “I refuse to treat this process as legitimate and will not meet with Judge Barrett.”

Blumenthal’s statement came two days after Westporters paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg..

More than 80 people gathered at a socially safe distance in the parking lot of The Unitarian Church in Westport for the event.

Vigil organizer and congregant Beth Cliff welcomed the group, opening with Maya Angelou’s moving poem “When Great Trees Fall” which Angelou wrote after MLK Jr.‘s assassination.

Unitarian Church Intern Minister Kim Warman offered a prayer before an extended period of candle lit silence followed by the singing of “Spirit of Life”.

A number of people in attendance, unable to travel to Washington, D.C. to pay their last respects to Ginsberg, expressed that they felt the need to come together in community to say farewell to the unparalleled advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.

Comings & Goings: Capuli Restaurant into Westport Pizzeria Space

Capuli Restaurant to 143 Post Road East, Westport CT
The Capuli Restaurant will open at 143 Post Road East in the space formerly occupied by Westport Pizzeria, a town mainstay for 51 years. The new restaurant will feature California-Mediterranean cooking. Westport Pizzeria operated at 107 Main St. from 1968 to 2012 before reopening at the Post Road East site in 2014 and finally closing in January 2020. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com