When out of towners drive down the Post Road, do you suppose they somehow sense that this community is anything but indifferent? That it is fueled by people who share what they have and help where and when they can? Perhaps that is asking too much. After all, so much individual good work is purposely unheralded. That’s not to say that we don’t have many fund-raising events in Westport, Weston, Wilton and Fairfield. We do. But those events support the charities, not the people who make it all happen. The people who make it happen are often found only behind the scenes. Still, sometimes at the publication, we are so moved by what volunteers and workers at nonprofits do, that we want to cheer, “Thank you!” It is nearly impossible to celebrate these talented individuals, though; most of them go about their efforts with a genuine lack of interest in personal accolades; they shun attention, unless, of course, their names or status help the bigger cause. Amazed by their dedication, creativity and ability to get things done, we offer in this issue respectful recognition for their good works (see page 65). We asked you, our readers, to nominate local unsung […]
Twenty years have passed since Westporter Paul Newman had a great idea to create a retreat for children facing cancer and other serious illnesses. See how it has grown.
Need a nanny, but not sure where to start? Here, how to select and keep the best one for your family.
One would think putting a magazine together is like driving down one of our scenic back roads. Surely there must be equivalents to stop signs and yield signs, bright green go signals and, of course, a yellow line, straight down the center to show you the path ahead. Don’t stories and photos just flow into place? Well, that would be nice. I would love to say things worked like that. But I can tell you this issue was nothing like a drive in the country. Yes, there were the quiet reflective moments, and lots of great stories were shared, but this is our Ten-Year Anniversary Collector’s Edition — and we were on a mission to cover a decade of one of the most exciting communities in the country. We took this responsibility to heart, which, to us, meant thoughtful reminiscing, but also pushing ourselves ambitiously to break new ground. You’ll see this most clearly in our Town Trivia Quiz (page 62) — the first time we’ve done something like this. Over the years, we’ve covered so many of this community’s celebrities, civic and business leaders, accomplished artists and writers as well as social issues, landmarks and historic moments, that we […]
When we started Westport Magazine in 1998, we knew we had a community that was endlessly interesting and ever-evolving. To grow a business here, we also recognized that we would have to be guided by two unwavering core principles: integrity and authenticity. We not only work here, we also live here. What we produce matters as much as how we produce it, and because of your support, We have been the voice of these towns through the years. We know that you have high standards from a publication that represents you. We are proud to honor that, not only in our editorial features, but also in how we approach our business. We understand that being part of the community means giving back by volunteering our time, sponsoring charitable events and evolving our products to move with the needs of those we serve. For example, since founding Westport Magazine, we started New Canaan• Darien Magazine; a shelter publication called atHome; the food section inGoodTaste; inFashion and Fairfield County Weddings. We also launched a website and created lots of community events, from fashion shows to our popular Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut party. Through it all, at heart we remain a […]
Westport without Mitchells? Inconceivable. Time to celebrate their huge milestone — a golden anniversary.
Test your community IQ! We check you on landmarks, moments in history, and recognizable personalities.
Favorite writer, photographer and staff assignments over the years.
It didn’t end with Broadwater. Our in-depth report card shows clearly why the Sound still needs our help — and five ways you can make a difference.
Westport Magazine talks to Weston’s Lucie Arnaz about growing up famous and finding her place in the spotlight
Got an opinion on Mahackeno? Here’s the place to sound off.
What’s in a Name? You would think that with a name like “Wright,” most things in life would go your way. “Mr. Wright is here for his job interview.” It’s almost an unfair advantage. Even if you wanted to be rational about it, something just triggers yes inside. “Suzanne, I’d like you to meet Mr. Wright.” But it isn’t always the case. I’m thinking of Bob Wright, a Southport resident for thirty years, who has held enviable top positions at NBC Universal as well as at GE Financial. Then there’s his charismatic wife and the beautiful home they share in the storybook-like community. He’s made good decisions, mastered control over complex, ever-evolving businesses and juggled staggering responsibilities. His whole life, he’s been Mr. Wright, in both senses of the word. Until something took him out of charge. When his grandson, Christian, was born, he was instantly, of course, his grandparents’ delight. A loving child to adore. But before two years had passed, Christian’s world changed, and it became undeniable that something was very wrong. Eventually, he was diagnosed with autism — a shock that upended the Wrights’ paradigm. As you will read in Stephen Sawicki’s story, these grandparents were not […]
Local folks making a difference in the world on nonprofits.
James Naughton fights to help a Weston nonprofit help injured and orphaned wildlife.
Westport Magazine looks back at the Revolutionary War and ponders the question: would you really have been a Patriot?
Stories of young love should be about tenderness and innocence. The reality for some teens is the damage of abuse.
Well, a month has passed since New Year’s Day — how do those resolutions look to you now? Does your steely resolve gleam in the sunshine like a flashing sword of truth? Or did it all somehow get stashed away in the cupboard along with Aunt Martha’s gravy boat? I’ll tell you one promise I made last December. It is to stop telling friends that I’m just too busy. This actually was inspired by a friend who had simply heard one too many people claim that they’ve been too busy, you know, to keep in touch, get together, have a drink, enjoy life properly. Her response, finally, was to screech: “Don’t tell me you’re too busy!!” It struck me that the claims of being busy had become a pointless mantra. And yet almost everyone I know is given to these proclamations of exasperation. Sometimes we need fresh perspective. And generally the most valued perspective comes from voices from the past. Sometimes I am haunted by something I heard quite a while ago from a fellow named Richard Boyle. He had served a couple of tours in Vietnam, and the experience defined him, and yet he always endeavored to keep up […]
Commuter reveal the tricks and unspoken rules of surviving life with fellow Metro-North passengers.
Our good life didn’t just happen. Many people worked hard to influence the direction and the nature of our area. Here, our Top 40 who left a lasting legacy.
America’s favorite comedy show, I Love Lucy, moved in its final season to Westport, where the local color became the fuel for jokes.
He was all of five years old, maybe six, too young for any of it to make much sense. It still doesn’t. The words — pieces of a macabre jigsaw puzzle — would tumble from the old man’s mouth: “soldiers … guns … prison camps … gas chambers … mother and father dead … so many tears … .” Often, his grandfather would cry. So would the other adults who gathered, usually on holidays, to hear Seymour Mayer tell of how his idyllic youth was transformed into a living hell by a madman with a comical mustache, his jackbooted minions and Seymour’s very own neighbors, who did nothing to stop it. The craziest part of all, Brian thought, was the reason they did it — not because Seymour, his family and the millions of others they tortured and killed were guilty of some crime, but because they were Jews. While still a sophomore at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Brian, now eighteen, journeyed back to the old country in 2003 with his parents, Jeffrey Mayer and Nancy Diamond, his younger brother Marshall and his grandfather to come face to face with their shared history. That trip is the subject […]
Ever wondered if that old something gathering dust in the attic might be worth something? Of course you have!
Social season, the holidays, an anniversary? Don’t panic. Westport’s Moshe Aelyon has raised the bar for event planners everywhere — unapologetically so
Ten years ago, during the long summer campaign that would lead up to the Clinton-Dole showdown, I found myself having brandies at a local club with a savvy captain of industry. Ever the CEO, he surveyed the field of candidates in the primaries and said grimly: “I don’t see one guy I’d choose to run my company.” The notion has stuck with me ever since. The often emotional issue of choosing one politician over another is essentially a matter of choosing a management team. So who’s going to do a better job at helping to guide America Inc.? Shays or Farrell? Lieberman or Lamont? According to Tip O’Neill’s famous dictum, all politics is local. The coming congressional election is really local as these four candidates are our neighbors. Among my Republican friends, half of them are defensive about being loyal to the Bush Administration and half are truly angry. The Democrats, of course, are furious. And the apathetic people are now twice as apathetic. The nation is in danger of resembling one of those corporations that my CEO friend would talk about — a big, lumbering behemoth that’s losing its way. We need the kind of vision and courage that […]
Smug, opinionated, fashionably sensitive – say what you will about Westporter and ESPN heavy-hitter Mike Greenberg, he’s anything but an idiot.
Building on the blockbuster success of last year’s inaugural Best of the Gold Coast, we’re ready to do it again.
Boldly reaching out to major world and religious leaders, Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz is on a mission to promote religious tolerance and understanding.
When I first set up house in Westport, it was in a cottage just off Compo Beach Road. I’d walk by that house and try to imagine the soirees.
A crime wave, it was once explained, is what occurs when a newspaper editor gets mugged.
Greenfield Hill is one of the most beautiful places in Fairfield County with a long, proud history. It’s just that nobody seems to agree on where it is, exactly.
Jodi Rell went from raising a family to governing the state. Now she’s out to win the seat she’s in.
The Excitement Continues
Take on Joseph Lieberman for his Senate seat? Greenwich’s Ned Lamont seems to enjoy the
If you think the recent cell-phone ban for drivers was a discomforting thing, wait till you see what happens next. And new laws will happen, make no mistake. Some of our local intersections are
getting so weird and hectic in their competitive frenzy, they are beginning to resemble Turkish wrestling pits.
It’s that time of year again when people are thinking very heavily about real estate. You might argue, of course, that people in our towns never stop thinking about it. Our April issue, always devoted to the subject, is usually one of the year’s biggest sellers.
Christopher Eykyn is the rising star of Christie’s Auction House — traveling in very impressive circles and dealing in millions of dollars of art. But this Weston resident is surprisingly down to earth.
Who says youth is wasted on the young? Here are four seniors who have redefined the term ”retirement” while adding a new sheen to their golden years.
He took on special-interest groups that threatened the integrity of campaign financing — and won. Meet the congressman who crosses party lines for what he believes in.
These are not typical spring sojourns. In fact, they can be like a vacation with the Peace Corps. Read how these local students went to Cuba, rolled up their shirtsleeves and made a difference.
Is major nationwide energy crunch looming? If we don’t change the way we live, the answer is yes. Thinking globally and acting locally has never been more appropriate.
More than just a break from the classroom and beyond the fun that’s integral to them, field trips offer youngsters important insights and lessons about the real world.
For countless kids the learning process is not as easy as ABC. Whether it’s dyslexia, ADD or hearing and perception problems, getting your child diagnosed quickly and correctly is crucial.
Media-savvy criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina talks about winning controversial acquittals, including the Abner Louima case.
Want to know what it’s like to train Steve Martin’s pooch or how to get a dog to shake on cue? Peggy Reed, dog trainer to the stars (and some regular types), will tell you.