The other day, Mary-Lou Weisman emailed the Parks & Recreation Department.
She and her husband had been upset to find the Compo Beach bathrooms locked. They were replaced by porta potties “filled nearly to the brim” (and lacking toilet paper).
Mary-Lou noted that medical experts have warned against using such small, secured enclosures during COVID.
A Parks & Rec employee replied. She noted that bathrooms are seasonal facilities only, and the water has been shut off for the winter. (Year-round bathrooms are available at the Ned Dimes Marina.) The department is following up with the service company that maintains the porta-johns.
Mary-Lou responded: “Are the 2 proper restrooms at Compo closed because of financial concerns. or because the water pipes would burst in cold weather? If the concerns are financial, I would hope the town would provide the necessary funds to keep them open. I would further suggest that if frozen pipes are a concern, that problem might be mitigated by being wrapped, and probably by other means.
“If Westport can afford to build pickleball courts and skateboard ramps, the town should be able to keep the bathrooms open all year.”
On Friday, the William F. Cribari Bridge will glow again. It’s a holiday tradition that makes Saugatuck special.
Yesterday, “06880” reported that a crew of Al’s Angels and friends worked for hours, restringing lights and replacing broken bulbs.
They don’t want a lot of publicity. But here’s the gang to thank. They bring a bit of joy, at a time we all desperately need it.
COVID has canceled some of Suzuki Music Schools’ traditional performances.
So the Westport students are going online. Among the highlights: a mid-month “Ode to Joy.” The virtual orchestra project features students and faculty from the Westport and Orange campuses and KEYS Bridgeport, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday.
Suzuki adds: “As a non-profit music school, we keep the community culturally connected by providing free concerts, scholarships, and international events to the public directly due to the generosity of others, so it is inherent that we help those around us grow as well. In that spirit, we encourage the public to not only donate to Suzuki Schools at www.suzukischools.org this Giving Tuesday, but also to the organizations they appreciate and that affect them most.
And finally … whenever I think of Suzuki musicians, I think of “M*A*S*H.” In the unforgettable final episode, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is aggravated that a group of
Chinese North Korean POWs are musicians. He tries to teach them his beloved Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, with moderate success.
With the war’s end imminent, the prisoners ship out from the 4077th. Gamely, they play the piece in the back of the truck.
Casualties continue to arrive — including one of the just-released POWs. The entire group had been killed, minutes after leaving camp.
“He wasn’t even a soldier,” the distraught doctor says. “He was a musician.”
Winchester returns to his tent. He puts on a record of the Clarinet Quintet, then smashes it in rage.