While these two dads may seem remarkably similar (both work at Bridgewater, both love golf – one slightly more than the other!- and both are often willing to hold down the fort at any bar on a Saturday night), they met fortuitously through their wives (go us!) just 5 years ago. Fred and Greg both have older daughters and younger sons, and love spending time with them at the Beach, on hikes (Fred) and at Longshore (Greg). Some may not know that Fred loves playing the piano and the always up for a good time Greg embraces his quiet time at home with the kids. While they both claim that we keep their lives in order and help them be the best dads they can be, on this Father’s Day, we are grateful to them for loving us, our kids, and for supporting us on this journey.
If you don’t already know Greg, he is certainly someone to watch! A Westport dad of two boys, he has sparked his own personal passion via involvement in local politics, and is currently running for the CT House of Representatives as a way to ensure Westport and the state of CT remain a great place for families to live. He somewhat regrets not working more in education (and also thinks he may have missed his opportunity to be an NFL QB…=)), and hopes as a state government representative, he can really make a difference where we need It. Many may not know he is a Vegan, who swears by iced coffee, any and all things Compo Beach, and gets his workouts in by doing sit ups and push ups with his boys. Greg cares about people, and our town, and about CT at large. If you haven’t met him, keep an eye out; he is undoubtedly – in Westport fashion – making waves.
If you often see a dad around Westport who looks very familiar but you cannot figure out how you know him, chances are it’s because you usually see him when you are drinking coffee while watching NBC News or as the co-anchor of The Today show Saturday edition (and many weekdays now too). Craig Melvin is a Westport dad of two, who balances reporting on topical issues that matter most while also making his family feel like his number one priority. When Craig is not working he loves to spend time with his family at Compo Beach, Saugatuck Sweets, or grab dinner at Dunville’s. He loves Bourbon, the Carolina Panthers, and is grateful for Twitter for keeping him in the know. Though reporting runs crazy hours, he loves what he does, and even met his wife – Westport Mom, Lindsay Czarniak, and rockstar reporter and sports anchor – doing it! Together, Lindsay & Craig are a force to be reckoned with on and off the TV, and we are so lucky that they chose Westport to call home.
If you have been thinking about renovating your kitchen, redesigning a kid’s bedroom, or even just need that missing piece in the living room you never furnished, Simona Levin is a mom not to miss. Simona is a mom of three in Westport, who loves nothing more than Friday night beach sunsets followed by ice cream at Saugatuck Sweets. She has managed to get her kids to eat fish by convincing them it’s “chicken-fish” and swears by Biologique Recherche Toner. What some may not know is Simona is 100% Russian, and went to the high school where the movie “FAME” was filmed! After years doing fashion and beauty PR, she decided to channel her creative energy and passion for design into her own entrepreneurial venture post-kids, and founded Winding Lane Design, where she is dedicated to keeping each project it’s own and thinking outside the box. Simona is creative, kind and authentic, a winning combination.
If you have ever driven down the Post Rd and wondered about that New Beauty & Wellness place, It is worth popping in. There you will find a beautiful spa that quickly takes you outside of your day to day life, and transports you somewhere Zen. There you will also find Jennifer, a truly special esthetician who is kind, authentic, funny, and loves what she does. When she is with her two little ones, she loves camping, beach nights, and pizza at Colony Grill. She is not afraid to tell her kids that something is spicy (when it’s not!) as a simple ploy to keep them disinterested, and in a next life would maybe be a female contractor. If you meet Jennifer, you immediately want to do whatever she’s doing to her skin; stop by the spa sometime…we’re pretty sure you won’t regret It!
While we can always come up with some products and services that WE love, we thought for this Mother’s Day we’d turn to the moms who we have featured on the site over the last 15 months to share their favorites and their go-tos with all of us! So, here goes – the 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide, courtesy of 40 superstar local moms! Ali Cammeyer My Tom Ford Concealing Pen for under my eyes. My acrylic notes holder...