A former Westporter — who graduated from Staples in the early 1950s — recently returned, for her near-60th reunion.
She lives out of state, and has not been back for many years. Afterward, she wrote “06880”:
Most of us don’t live there anymore, but after having many discussions with my classmates, what in the world has happened to our beautiful town!
Maybe you don’t realize it because you live there and see it every day, but it has become so seedy looking. Main Street is a disaster. It felt dirty and abandoned. Town property looked neglected.
I feel so sad looking back on what was. When I moved in the 1990s, I left a beautiful Westport. Yes, I know it has McMansions and Compo Beach, but where in the world did its heart disappear to?
She also did not care for the Westport Inn. “A good, moderate-priced inn is badly needed,” she said.
Despite those disappointments, our reunion-goer had a great time.
“The good news is that all the classmates who attended still had the spirit we had back in Staples,” she reported.