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We’ve seen the rockets’ red glare. The bombs bursting in air.
We’ve left our beach chairs, tents, flip flops and food in the Compo Beach sand.
But Westport’s Parks and Rec crew is up to the task. They see our garbage, and in a fantastic show of coordination, energy and grit they remove it.
Betsy P. Kahn was up at 6 this morning. She lives on the shore, and took her regular dawn walk. Today, she brought her camera. Here’s what she saw:
Meanwhile, here are 2 more looks back at the night before the morning after:
It’s our biggest party of the year: the fireworks.
But there’s so much more to Westport’s Greatest Day of the Year than that. Here’s how we kicked off the 4th of July weekend:
Tomorrow is the 3rd of July. Cue the fireworks!
In May, I asked “06880” readers to crowd-source Memorial Day photos. Dozens came in. By early afternoon, I posted a selection. It was a great way to see the parade, through many different eyes.
Let’s do the same tomorrow. As you get ready for the fireworks — picnicking, painting faces red-white-and-blue, playing with sparklers — send your photos (email: email@example.com). Deadline: 10 p.m. Please include brief identification if needed, and of course your own name.
I’ll post some (not all!) by early morning.
Be creative! We want special photos, for our special day. Just one request: Go easy on the fireworks photos. No offense, but unless you’re a real pro they all look the same.
Experts have long believed that Westport had reached its maximum NS/WR threshold.
You know: Nail Salon/Westport Resident ratio.
But in a development that has stunned everyone — from commercial real estate agents and Post Road motorists to Westport women with nails — one more salon has arrived.
This one is in the shopping center opposite Fresh Market, bracketed by Sam Sloat Coins and Wish List.
Particularly riveting is the fact that the cleverly named “Luxe Nail Spa” sits inches away from a long-established nail salon next to Bagel Maven — and a new mega-salon that took over the Westport Pancake House.
I won’t even mention it’s across the street from a frozen yogurt shop.
(Hat tip: Wendy Cusick)
Alert “06880” reader Ed Simek is — like us — tired of all the signs we see around town. But unlike most of us, he’s got a plan. Ed writes:
Here’s a suggestion on how we can improve Westport aesthetically, and raise town revenues at the same time.
While we all enjoy scouring these sales, no one enjoys looking at weatherbeaten signs all over town, many of which may be weeks old.
My suggestion: Have someone drive through town on Tuesday mornings and accumulate the signs that people haven’t removed themselves. There will be a $25 fine for each sign found still posted on Tuesday morning. Such a rule will certainly serve as a strong impetus for tag sale sign removal.
I’m certain there are senior citizens/college kids who’d love the opportunity to make a few bucks doing this.
A viable idea? Or one destined for the scrap heap? Click “Comments” below!
As the “Welcome to Westport” video continues to rocket around cyberspace — and rack up comments — a bit of background adds some intriguing context.
The film was a group project on “satire” for an Advanced Placement English Language class. While I credited Nick Ribolla for it alone, he wrote and directed it with Jimmy Ray Stagg and Harrison Knapp. It was filmed all in 1 day.
But wait! There’s more!
Part of the inspiration came from a 1985 video called “Westport’s Got It All.” Produced by MCA as a gift for the town’s 150th anniversary, it was a very upbeat ode to the town.
Nick, Jimmy Ray and Harrison subtly satirized the cheesy music, and the opening scene of a man with a newspaper on the banks of the Saugatuck — though I’m sure the Staples juniors have no idea that guy was famed “ABC Wide World of Sports” anchor and Westport resident Jim McKay.
The final line — “Westport’s got it all!” — is a direct ripoff of the 30-year-old video. That’s the mark of great satire: It works for everyone, but it’s especially sweet for those who are in on a deeper joke.
Back in 1985, here’s what Westporters were saying about their town:
- “I’m worried the town is losing its mix of a variety of people.”
- “Westporters have extraordinary aspirations for their children. And they’re willing to pay for it.”
- “Westport has the sophistication of New York, the exuberance of a California town, the quaintness of New England — and a sense of humor.”
- “We do have latchkey children, as more and more parents go off to work.”
- “The Post Road is a disaster. But every town has its Post Road. This one looks better than many.”
- “Commercialization has really changed this town. It’s been good and bad.”
So check out “Westport’s Got It All”:
Then look (again) at “Welcome to Westport” (click here if your browser does not take you directly to YouTube.)
Now tell me Nick, Jimmy Ray and Harrison don’t deserve an A+ for satire.
A video — with the innocuous title “Welcome to Westport” — has been rocketing around the interwebs. At least, that portion of cyberspace that is interested in all things our town-related.
It certainly does not make our town look like Our Town.
Created by Nick Ribolla — a very smart, multi-talented (Players, choir) and energetic Staples High School junior — it offers a teenager’s cynical eye on his hometown. As of last night, it had been viewed nearly 10,000 times.
With jangly music, clever cinematography and near-professional editing, Nick takes on (and down) much of Westport life: our values, our diversity, our drivers, our downtown.
More than a dozen “06880” readers have emailed me the link. Some think it’s hilarious. Others have called it “offensive,” “childish” and “anti-Semitic.”
I think Nick has treated everyone equally cynically. (For the record: He’s Brazilian, and a good friend in the video is Indian.)
There are hits and misses. (Though everyone will agree the scene outside Toquet Hall is spot on.)
It’s something I probably would have made when I was at Staples if I were as talented as Nick, and had all kinds of modern technology at my disposal.
And if I had made it then, I’d probably look back on it now and say, “Wow — that was pretty good. But I can’t believe I actually said…”
Judge for yourself. Here’s the video. Then click “Comments,” to let everyone know how much you do or don’t welcome “Welcome to Westport.” (If your browser does not take you directly to YouTube, click here.)
Maybe you watched the entire Memorial Day parade this year. Or you marched in it, so you saw only the Y’s Men or Suzuki violinists in front of you.
Perhaps you slept in. Or you’re 3,000 miles from Westport.
Whatever happened this morning, here’s a chance to relive the entire parade — in 59 seconds.
Nick Pisarro — a Westport resident (off and on) since 1951 — created this fantastic time-lapse video.
It’s got everyone, and everything. You just have to look close — and keep your finger on the pause button.