Roundup: Veterans, Board of Ed, Farmers Markets…

Veterans Day was special for Christine Quinn Antal.

A 1994 Staples High School graduate and former Army attorney, she and her husband Mark, a decorated former Green Beret, formed an organization — Task Force Antal — that helped Afghanistan’s allies flee the Taliban, and provided humanitarian aid to soldiers in Ukraine.

Dozens of veterans help, know the partner cuts through the red tape and delivers what they promise quickly and efficiently.

For Veterans Day, the “Today” show produced live segments with couples, their daughters, and veterans’ organizations honoring them. Click here for that inspiring story.

Christine and Mark also participated in Bedford Middlel School’s 8th grade Veterans Day event. They speak powerfully about their work, and inspire young people in Christine’s hometown. (Hats: Kerry Long, Kate Tarrant)

Christine Quinn and Mark Antal, in a screenshot from yesterday’s “Today” show.

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Everyone is talking about the Westport school.

Here is an opportunity to do so with members of the Board of Education.

A community forum is set for November 15 (noon to 1:30 p.m., Westport Library).

Former RTM moderator Velma Heller will facilitate a conversation, on all topics related to our local school. That should be a very interesting dialogue.

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Just in time for the holidays, the Westport Farmers Market is moving indoors.

Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center is once again hosting a winter market. Opens November 17 and runs from 10 am to 2 pm every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) until March 9.

Vendors will fill 3 heated greenhouses with local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, dairy, baked and prepared, and high quality handmade items,

The Farmers Market kicks off the season with a celebration. Bubbles & Brew and Parlor Pizza will set up their trucks outside the greenhouse. Luke Molina will play music and Mae Farrell will entertain the children with a nature-inspired theme.

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As Batman fans around the world mourned the death of Kevin Conroy — the distinctive voice of characters on television, in movies and video games — the Staples High School graduate remembers him as a classmate and friend.

The 1973 alum starred in several Staples Players productions, including “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Crucible.”

He was also Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls.” Opening night was 50 years ago yesterday – the same date as the premiere of the same show last night.

Eric Bosch sent this photo of Kevin Conroy, from the Staples yearbook:

Kevin Conroy in “The Crucible”.

Kevin Conroy in “Romeo and Juliet”.

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Election day was Tuesday. The votes have been cast and counted. Time for political signs to disappear.

Most have left. Some still remain, though.

Westport Ordinance says the sign must be removed within 48 hours of an event.

Today is a gorgeous day. Here’s a gentle reminder: If you put up a sign for a candidate, please go outside and leave.

Let’s enjoy the still-lovely view of autumn without thinking about politics.

Beachside Avenue at Greens Farms Road. The Westport Library Book Sale sign is fine – running today through Monday.

Imperial Avenue (Photo and hat tip: John Karrel)

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Can we desegregate the suburbs?

That’s the provocative subtitle of the Zoom discussion set for Monday (November 14, 19:30).

Sponsored by the Democratic Women of Westport, titled “Who Is My Neighbor?,” the event featured Nancy Gagnier. He is part of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, a non-profit with the goal of building suburban communities free of racial segregation in housing and community involvement.

For more information, and to access the link, email [email protected]

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Three years ago, “06880” honor Charlotte – the Balducci cashier long known as “Charle” – as the Unsigned Hero.

The “Comments” page quickly filled with more praise for him.

Now, Susan Weingarten reports, she was recently in a very bad car accident. The car is totaled.

The good news: After recovering at Orange’s home, he’s back at the store. Susan encouraged all of Charles’ friends to stay and say “welcome back!”

Charles, at Balducci’s.

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The Weston Police Commission’s selection for Citizen of the Year is a no-brainer.

For over 30 years, Mark Blake served the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Weston Volunteer Emergency Medical Services. He is also the supervisor of Westport EMS. Mark died in September, after a long battle with COVID.

A ceremony is set for Monday (November 14, 6 pm, Weston Town Hall).

Among Mark’s many contributions to public safety: Weston’s Child Passenger Safety Program. It offers training on the correct use of child car seats, and seats for those who need them.

The public – including all of Mark’s friends and fans – is invited to the event.

Mark Blake

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Ukraine has moved off the front page.

But the war is very real for the tens of millions of people who live there. And friends and relatives, like Tatyana Hisxon of Westport.

She helps organize the fundraiser (Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan).

The non-political event – called “Ukraine Fast Forward” – will showcase our country’s culture, art and science.

All profit results Big Dream Children’s Foundation. Long active with orphans and disabled children, now helping children and women affected by fighting.

Raffle prizes include a private tour of the United Nations, and use of the artist’s exhibit.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 646)872-9799.

One of the raffle prizes.

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Today’s “Westport … Natural” actually comes from Weston.

There’s a lot of beauty there too, as Richard Ellis’s Japanese red maple shwo leaves.

(Photo/Richard Ellis)

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And finally… in honor of Kevin Conroy (see story above):

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