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It’s a Staples High School sports tradition.
Before post-season tournaments, some boys teams shave their heads. Others get Mohawks.
This year, the volleyball guys decided that instead of looking fierce (or stupid), they’d look good.
Yesterday, they headed to Effi’s Salon in Saugatuck.
There, owner Effie Andriotis colored the Wreckers.
But make no mistake: This team is tough.
The volleyballers finished their regular season last week with a perfect 19-0 record.
Even more incredible: They won 57 sets this spring, and lost just 2.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), the top-seeded Westporters take on Trumbull in the FCIAC semifinals. Game time is 5 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
They’d love a huge crowd to cheer them on.
They wouldn’t mind some props for their hair, too.
The collage is beautiful.
But some “06880” readers may have been intimidated by the challenge.
Last week, we invited you to guess where in downtown Westport Shelly Welfeld found all the images she photographed to formed the “letters” in this work.
The first correct complete answer wins a $50 gift certificate, generously donated by The ‘Port restaurant. But we don’t expect anyone to get all 26 — maybe not even half. So if no one gets all 26, the person with the most correct answer wins.
The contest deadline is extended to noon on Wednesday, May 30. Email your entries to email@example.com.
Come on! Don’t be intimidated. This is your chance to win a great meal at The ‘Port.
Which of course is located in National Hall — one of the photos in the collage.
See — you’re already on your way!
Olympics are not just for athletes.
It was held last weekend at Colorado State University.
So how did our guys and girls do?
Here are 2 reports. The first — from parent Danielle Teplica — sets the scene:
It was a fantastic experience — a deep and extreme immersion into a much higher level of science competition than they had yet been able to fathom, let alone experience.
They had the chance to feel what it’s like to respect awesome competition, and perform their best against it. It was a non-stop, fast-paced 4 days, packed with parades and pageantry, bright lights, loud music, big arenas, learning how to run from one event to another across a university campus, high altitude, little sleep and lots of science.
Plus live tarantulas, turkey costumes, CalTech professors — a lot to take in.
The team bus arrived at BMS Monday around 2 a.m. None of them had napped on the plane or bus. They were still excited by what they’d just done.
What had they done? Read this report, from parent chaperone Trudie Gubitz:
They performed exceptionally well. The team brought home 2 medals: 6th place for Mystery Architecture, and 1st place for Rollercoaster! In the 34 years of Nationals competition, no Connecticut team had won a gold.
Overall, Bedford finished 25th out of 60 teams — the highest ever for a team from our state. That’s a wonderful achievement — especially because BMS had competed at nationals only once before (in 2015). Most of the top 20 teams are regulars.
For me, the most inspiring thing was the team’s cohesion. These kids have worked, built and studied for this event for almost a year. Over this time they have created a bond that is hard to describe in words.
They laugh and play while working to a common goal. They support each other when things do not go as planned, celebrate each other’s successes, and pick each other up from disappointments.
Fifteen children competed in the 23 diverse events: Microbe Mission, Hovercraft, Dynamic Planet and Road Scholar, to name a few.
Another 9 students and their parents also formed part of the team as alternates, showing enormous support.
The support extended further to BMS alumni, who came from Staples to help during preparations. One was even there at 2 a.m. to cheer the returning team bus.
The children had a wonderful time. That speaks to the amazing guidance provided by the 3 teachers who support this program: Arthur Ellis, Dr. Daniel Cortright and Kathryn Nicholas.
Thanks too to all the Westporters who donated to help get the team to Colorado (and back).
Now get some sleep.
And then get ready for next year!
The Westport Farmers’ Market is 12 years old — and wildly popular.
Every Thursday from May through November throngs fill the Imperial Avenue parking lot, on a hunt for fresh produce, meat and fish, baked goods, even pizza, tacos and dog food.
But the Market always looks to add spice to its spices, herbs and more.
So — even though the Westport Farmers’ Market is a community celebration, not a competition — they’re introducing a Chef of the Market contest.
The brainchild of board member — and no-slouch-himself chef Bill Taibe — works like this.
On the 3rd Thursday of each month, 3 chefs go head-to-head-to-head.
At 10 a.m., they get $20. They have 45 minutes to shop for ingredients, cook, and present their appetizer-size dish to the judges. PS: Electricity is not allowed.
In keeping with the fun theme, judges are randomly selected from any shopper who wants to participate.
The first round runs through August. The winner of each group moves on to the semifinals, the 3rd Thursday in September.
Finals are set for “Fork it Over,” the Westport Farmers’ Market annual October fundraiser.
All chefs donate one $50 gift certificate from their restaurant. The winner gets every gift card — so he can enjoy his competitors’ meals yet not pay for them — along with other prizes.
The early chefs — particularly those tomorrow — have it tough. They can’t choose from flavorful snap peas, strawberries or squash. However, Taibe is sure they’ll do imaginative, tasty things with this month’s bounty, like radishes and kale.
All 12 chefs gathered at the Market last week, to pick their dates out of a hat.
There was already smack talk — including between the chefs at Taibe’s own Whelk, Kawa Ni and Jesup Hall, all of whom are competing. Other Westport chefs represent The Cottage, OKO, Match Lobster Burger and Amis.
There’s chatter on social media too.
Starting Thursday, the rest of us can see where it all leads.
Let the Chef of the Market games begin!
Chef competitors include: May 24, Geoff Lazlo, Ben Freemole, Christian Wilki; (June 21) Matt Storch, Jeff Taibe, Adam Roytman; (July 19), Jonas/Brad, Anthony Kostelis, Anthony Rinaldi; (August 16) Nick Martschenko, Dan Sabia, Carlos Baez.
Most Westport Fire Department press releases describe house blazes, motor vehicle extrications and hazardous waste clean-ups.
This one’s different.
And one more reason why we love our firefighters:
Earlier this evening, Westport Fire Department dispatchers received numerous calls for an animal rescue on I-95. A family of ducks had been observed trying to navigate I-95 at rush hour, resulting in 9 ducklings falling into a storm drain.
Rescue 3 and the shift commander responded to I-95 North to provide assistance, meeting up with state police troopers just prior to exit 17. A Department of Transportation Safety Patrol vehicle provided critical barrier protection for those working on the highway.
Firefighters used a variety of hand tools, hydraulic rescue tools and metering equipment to gain access to the storm drain. Firefighter Andrew Ponticiello entered the storm drain via a ladder and patiently rescued all 9 of the ducklings, despite their reluctance to exit. This was his second animal rescue from a storm drain in as many days.
As a reminder, if you are concerned about the welfare of any animal — particularly when the animals are on a highway or main road — call 911 and ask for assistance. The roads and highways are dangerous places to be. We want to make sure everyone goes home safely.
Like a true veteran, Ted Diamond keeps serving.
He’s 100 years old. He’s a former Memorial Day parade grand marshal.
And he wants to make sure that every vet — particularly those who, like he, served in World War II — get a chance to participate in the event.
For the past 10 years, he has arranged transportation in the parade. Once again, he’s made sure there are a few cars available, for vets to ride in.
Any veterans wishing to participate next Monday should call Ted (203-227-7680), or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the rest of us: We’ll line the route, waving and giving our thanks.