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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NEAR & FAR AID Modern Ball 2019


Southport Teen Wins at St. Luke's Hackathon 2019

Upper School 1st Place Winners L to R: Connor Rosow ‘20 (Southport), Henry Jodka ‘20 (New Canaan), Jamie Ullman ‘20 (New Canaan) , Marco Volpitta ‘20 (Pound Ridge)
photo by: Valerie Parker

Southport Teen Wins 
at St. Luke's Hackathon 2019

Forty-seven students answered the recent call to create at St. Luke’s 5th Annual Hackathon. Southport resident and St. Luke’s junior Connor Rosow was on the first place winning team in the Upper School division.

Leading the charge at the Hackathon was St. Luke’s designLab Director Michael Mitchell. The designLab is part of St. Luke’s Center for Leadership and its motto is Make it Better. The annual Hackathon brings that motto to life by inviting students to think up design and prototype solutions to life’s most interesting problems.

Solve a Transportation Problem for Your Community 

This year’s Hackathon challenge was to solve a transportation problem. This same challenge inspired the launch of Hackathon sponsor Mustard transportation. In the words of Mustard’s founder Alberto Escarlate: “Parents are crazy busy and need help getting kids to and from school and activities. Mustard came up with the idea of tech-enabled vans that allow parents to schedule and track their child’s transportation efficiently and surprise-free.”

Students responded with transportation solutions that included computer-optimized school pickup lines, a snowplow bicycle, an app that finds the best path to your classes and a soda-retrieving robot. See the hackers at work: St. Luke’s 2019 Hackathon photo galleries.

Failure is Part of Creation

David Pakman, an Internet Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist at Venrock, is a St. Luke’s parent and trustee. Pakman helped inspire the first St. Luke’s Hackathon and continues to participate with his family every year: “The fundamental idea of the Hackathon is that you come with an idea and have this focused time to figure it out. And a lot of times you can’t. You have to learn to use tools, you have to think linearly to solve a problem, you have to stumble through challenges, hit a brick wall and move around it. These are all part of the design and building process for any product. So these are valuable product development skills. And failure is part of creation. So the fact that we emphasize learning as more important than completion of your product, your hack, I think we’re teaching kids something valuable, part of the real world.”

It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature

When bad weather turned the planned 30-hour Hackathon into a condensed 10-hour event, participants had to adapt quickly. Michael Mitchell modeled perfect hacker-mentality by going with the flow: “The weather was out of our control, but we chose to see our shortened time frame as a challenge. There’s a popular programming expression, It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. It’s tongue-in-cheek but also a great response to a setback—ask, how do we make this a positive?”
According to Mitchell, the limited time did not detract from the students’ ability to create: “The students were highly focused and once again impressed us with the development of their prototypes.”

And Now, the Winning Hacks…

Students presented their ideas, demonstrated their prototypes, and received feedback from guest mentors and judges. The winning hacks were:

Upper School

1st: Raspberry Pi License Plate Detection System
Connor Rosow ‘20 (Southport), Jamie Ullman ‘20 (New Canaan), Henry Jodka ‘20 (New Canaan), Marco Volpitta ‘20 (Pound Ridge)
2nd: Robotic Hand
Jack Briggs ‘21 (Darien) & Liam Patty ‘21 (Wilton)
3rd: Eye Tracking
Sam Pakman ‘22 (New Canaan)

Middle School

1st: Smart Luggage Tag
Jack Silverman ‘23 (Westport)
2nd: Drone Parachute Delivery
Bradford Cooper ‘24 (Pound Ridge), Jack Chuhta ‘25 (Stratford), William Warren ‘24 (Pound Ridge)
3rd: Regenerative Train Braking
Chris Briggs ‘24 (Darien), Andrew LaPadula ‘24 (Greenwich)

St. Luke’s Hackathon 2019 Mentors & Judges:
Special guests: Harry Amadeo (Prospector Theater), Alberto Escarlate (Mustard), Craig Lambert (Mustard), Mark Mathias (Westport MakerFaire), Jim Paris (Bolt), Ryan Wenke (Prospector Theater)

St. Luke’s alumni: Logan Diliberto ‘18 (Drexel), Tyler Klein ‘15 (Tufts), Bilal Memon ‘18 (Brown), and Andrew Sudano ‘13 (Boeing)

St. Luke’s faculty: Matt Bavone (Academic Technologist), Zach Brusko (Computer Science teacher), Kimberly Gerardi (designLab)

Chris Frantz The Talking Head Radio Show Feb.22nd

Chris Frantz The Talking Head Radio Show Friday February 22, 2019 4pm-6:50pm EST on 89.5FM and STREAMS LIVE on all devices worldwide at

Southport Harbor circa 1880's

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Another early view of Southport Harbor at low tide looking north towards the Jelliff Block.
Sasco Hill and the onion fields to the right. To the far right, the bow of a vessel can be seen at anchor. Circa 1880's.
Special thanks to Arthur Jennings for this rare view of the past.

Adirondack Night at Connecticut Audubon Society March 2nd


Luin B. Switzer Drug Store on Harbor Road (at Main Street) in 1910

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Drug Store, Harbor Road circa 1910
Southport, Connecticut
Description "Quarto Chrome" postcard, #E5219, Published by L B Switzer, Southport, Conn. Made in Germany. See comments with photo #275. Printed on front of postcard "Harbor Road, Southport, Conn." The picture is thought to have been taken around 1910. On the left is the Luin B Switzer drugstore. Electric light had not yet been installed (done in 1913). There had been another store building to the west (right) of the drug store. It burned around 1903 and was taken down. These data have been used in establishing a tentative date. Beyond the drugstore is a park which belonged to the Perry family. Next, going west on Harbor Rd, is the BC&MMR (Bachelor's Comfort & Married Men's Relief) Club. The three white buildings beyond the club house are the Meeker onion warehouses which were at the foot of Westway Road.
Creator:  V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1910
Format: Photograph

YYY in 1947

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Ye Yacht Yard
Southport, CT
Summer 1947
Photographer unknown

Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis

Monday, February 18, 2019

TONIGHT at Horseshoe Cafe in Southport Village!

TONIGHT at Horseshoe Cafe Mike Suozzi and Ian Lear-Nikum in the 8:30PM Feature spot with a Special Double Feature appearance by Roger Lienke. Join us ⁦


RECYCLED LINES Spring Sale March 24th - March 26th 2019

Recycled Lines


Sunday March 24th 12pm-5pm
Monday March 25th 10am-5pm
Tuesday March 26th 10am-3pm

Located at 1435 Post Road East
Westport CT


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Pequot Library Midwinter Book Sale February 16-17th

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Pequot Library Midwinter Book Sale 
February 16-17th, 2019

The Pequot Library Midwinter Book Sale is the little sister of the Library’s nationally known Summer Book Sale; it’s smaller but more intimate, with many treasures and bargains to be found!

Become a Book Sale Volunteer by emailing us:


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dave & Ned Russell in 1934

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Dave & Ned Russell

Subject Southport, Connecticut

Description: Family snapshot. Written on reverse of snapshot: "Dave & Ned Russell, 1934 Blizzard, 26 Main St, Southport Ct."

Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1934
Format: Photograph

Monday, February 11, 2019

Harbor Road near Rose Hill circa 1909

Harbor Road near Rose Hill circa 1909.
Postcard, Southport CT

Friday, February 8, 2019


Head Over Heels for Pequot Library A DANCE PARTY Fundraising Gala for Pequot Library February 14th 6:30pm-9pm


Launching a vessel at YYY in the 1930's

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Launching a vessel at YYY in the 1930's
On the rails at Ye Yacht Yard.
Note barge and activity on sand bar in the distance.
Photo property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis

Early Ye Yacht Yard

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At Ye Yacht Yard.
Date Unknown. On reverse: Processed by: W.A. Gough Fairfield, Conn.
Most likely Howard Burr to the far left.
Photograph property and courtesy of Howard Burr Collection/Joe Rainis.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ye Yard Yard on Thursday

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The shop at YYY day 2 of the exterior renovation project on Thursday morning.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Exterior renovation work begins today at Ye Yacht Yard

President John Antonelli of J. Antonelli Roofing & crew on site this morning, begins the exterior renovation of the shop at historic Ye Yacht Yard in #SouthportCT 
The shop’s unique character and detail will be preserved, & with new roof & siding, 
funded 100% by community efforts ⚓️

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Pre-1920's Ye Yacht Yard

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Never before seen panoramic photo of pre-1920's view of  Whyte's Rock and
Ye Yacht Yard before the shop was built.
With special thanks to Arthur Jennings for sharing this photo.
Photo property and courtesy of Arthur Jennings Collection.

Near Lower Wharf several decades ago

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"Between Lower Wharf and YYY"
Photograph property and courtesy of Arthur Jennings Collection

Valentine's Day at Paci


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Barbara Burr works on a hull

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Barbara Burr at Ye Yacht Yard.
Photographer and date unknown.
Photo property of Howard Burr Collection, courtesy of Joe Rainis.

Southport Harbor circa 1950's

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A vintage postcard,  the type sold at Switzer's Pharmacy on the racks in the 1950's.
From Arthur Jennings Collection

Big Y Local Love - Bigelow Tea in Fairfield, CT

Fred's Unlimited Car Wash Pass

1930's Southport Harbor postcard

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1930's Southport Harbor postcard
Most likely the type of postcard sold at Switzer's in the 1930's.
From: Arthur Jennings' collection.

FLASHBACK: Southport on February 3, 2010

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

"Onion Fields, Sasco Hill" about 1890

Onion Fields, Sasco Hill and Southport, Connecticut
Photographer: Edward, Clinton, or Eugene Hall. Note found with glass plate negative: "The onion fields on the side of Sasco Hill taken from the present Sasco Hill Road. Showing Southport in the distance. Taken about 1890". On the glass plate is written: "Dec 11." In the harbor a two-masted schooner is visible.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Southport Harbor entrance area in 1930's

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Harbor Entrance Area
Southport, Connecticut
Description: This view was taken at the Lawson estate, end of Willow Street. The people on the raft are identified as Evelyn, Agnes & Sylvia Cliff of Philadelphia, cousins of Elmer Craven. (8/2000 VL Higgins)
Creator: V Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: 1930
Format: Photograph

Southport Savings Bank circa 1905

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Southport Savings Bank
Main Street
Southport, Connecticut circa 1905 

Description: The Savings Bank was built 1863-65. It is the subject of HABS (Historical American Bldgs. Survey) Report Ct #315. This building is also discussed in Cigliano & Schwarz, _Southport, Architectural Legacy of a Ct Village_. There were some offices on the second floor. Sign at door on right is that of H H Perry, insurance agent; the sign at door on left may be for Dr Joseph Hetzel, who had an office here in the early 1900's. The wooden signpost visible at right originally stood at the foot of Main St where the DAR Memorial fountain was installed in 1903. The signpost was moved here when the fountain was put in. Visible to the far right of the bank is a portion of the Disbrow market building, a structure removed in 1926. 
Creator: V Louise Higgins 
Publisher: Pequot Library Association 
Date: c1905 
Format: Photograph

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Water Street (Harbor Road) in 1910

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VINTAGE POSTCARD: Water Street (now Harbor Road) Southport in 1910
Near the entrance to  where Ye Yacht Yard is today on then Water Street (Harbor Road).
Set-a-spell on the left, also on the left appears to be a mast of one of Southport's last market boats moored
in the Harbor, probably the schooner Mary Elizabeth.
To the right, the turret of Captain Peet's home.

Pequot Library's Fireside Tales Tuesday January 29th

Pequot Library's Fireside Tales 
for Fathers and their children
January 29, 2019 
 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Fathers and their children (ages 3+) can relax in front of the Library’s Reading Room fireplace and enjoy a bedtime story with children’s librarians. 
Kids and adults can wear pajamas and make popcorn in the fireplace. 
Free and open to the public. 
No registration required.

Winter Dates:
December 18
January 8, 22, 29