Though Jen Tooker – Westport mom of three – once dreamed of having 6 kids and of being a professional soccer player, she could not be more excited about running with Jim Marpe for the Board of Selectmen this November. After 22 years working for a reinsurance company and traveling the world (including London for 12 years!), she decided it was time to serve her community through public service – and she remains committed to doing so. When Jen is not on the campaign trail, she loves days with her family in their 20 foot wooden canoe, and being present for her kids – whenever they may need her. We were honored to talk to Jen, and are grateful for her passion and commitment to Westport!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock=), you have likely seen and heard that Melissa Kane – Westport mom of two – is running for First Selectwoman this November. After a successful career in writing, followed by owning her own flower and home décor business, Melissa fell into the world of local politics – and it was love at first debate. Melissa shared her path to the campaign trail with us and why she wants to be our First SelectWoman, as well as some fun tidbits including that she toured with Peter Gabriel as his publicist and got kicked out of sleep-away camp as a teenager! She also likes the meditating App called Headspace which helps make her zen admist all the campaign chaos (sounds like an App some of us moms could use as well:)). Melissa is truly an inspiration to us all and we commend her dedication to Westport!
While many of us may know Melissa Joan Hart from our years of obsession with Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, what many likely don’t know is that Melissa is a mom of 3 boys here in Westport. Melissa began her acting career when she was 4 in a commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy and is still acting and now producing. A few interesting facts about our local celeb is that she has a pet peeve for white cars, maintains her own yard, and if she had 24 free hours (or days) she would watch all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones. She loves Bar Taco with her family, Terrain with friends, and is incredibly grateful for a recent month spent with her family in Australia. Her most recent act is directing and producing a remake of the film “The Watcher in the Woods,” which will premiere on Lifetime on October 21st; be sure to SET YOUR DVRs NOW!
While most people living in Fairfield County know of the William Raveis Real Estate Company, not quite as many know Meghan Raveis, the incredible woman and mom of 3 behind the company’s Charitable Fund, whose annual Ride + Walk event coming up on Sunday, October 1st, raises money to support up and coming cancer researchers. While Meghan is as dedicated to her work as they come, she loves biking or hiking in the Aspetuck Land Trust in Weston with her family, dinner at Luigi’s Pizza in Fairfield, and swears by Melotonin to keep her well rested. Some fun facts – she loves Disney World, and recently started abstract painting which she loves. Meghan is warm, authentic, and tenacious and we are so grateful for the incredible impact she has made!
While almost anyone living in Westport knows what an enormous influence “Melissa & Doug” has had both on our children and this local community, not many know that Melissa has lived here for 35 years, has 6 children, and is a self-proclaimed introvert! She is also the quintessential bargain shopper (embarrassing her kids at times with her coupon cutting!), uses no apps, and holds a small number of friends close like precious jewels. In the midst of her very full life, she has recently found herself fantasizing about dance parties with everyone she loves most, and only regrets not being immortal so as to be there for every moment of her childrens’ lives. She has been using her imagination to create products since she was a child, and feels incredibly fortunate to have met Doug and to have taken a risk to follow her passion almost 30 years ago.
Since 2002, Linda Sharkey and her husband Scott have had a tremendous impact on the Fairfield County community with their founding of Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, a business that now has 40 franchises worldwide. While Sharkey’s has been like a child in and of itself, Linda has 3 other children who she loves spending days with at Compo and a night out at Pink Sumo. She is recently addicted to SnapChat, a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie (Maybelline Baby Lips is a recent fave!), and like so many of us can’t get enough of Joey’s fries! She values loyalty above all, and shares how important she feels it is to ensure each of us maintains something – be it a hobby, job, friend – just for ourselves!