The Westport Library parking lot is being repaved.
Fingers crossed that the project will eliminate some of those lake-sized puddles that form even after a sprinkle.
Now about the topsy-turvy entrance to the lot itself …
Speaking of books: The Westport Book Shop’s featured artist for May is Miggs Burroughs.
The native Westporter — and devoted book lover — exhibits his large lenticular installation “Sign Language” at the Drew Friedman Art Place. That’s at the rear of the popular used book store on Jesup Green.
“Sign Language” includes 25 small signs. Depending on the angle of the viewer, the words change in ironic or humorous ways.
Miggs has created art since he was 20. Six years later he was chosen to design a commemorative US postage stamp. He has also illustrated covers for Time magazine — and the Westport town flag. Miggs is a co-founder of the Artists Collective of Westport.
One more sign the pandemic is abating: AMG Catering has ended curbside pickup.
Business has picked up substantially. Owner Alison Milwe Grace is focusing once again on off-site events.
She is grateful to the many clients who kept her business afloat for the past 16 months. Bon appétit!
Dr. Parthena Penny Proskinitopoulos has big shoes to fill. But she’s ready to step right in.
The Fairfield educator is Staples’ newest assistant principal. She takes over from Meghan Ward on July 1.
She is a former technology integration specialist and social studies teacher. Most recently, she served as interim assistant principal at Roger Ludlowe Middle School.
Staples principal Stafford Thomas says, “Penny was the standout candidate out of a very large and talented administrator pool. She is thrilled to be joining our team at Staples, and I am excited that her arrival will coincide with our summer efforts to create an exciting and fulfilling 2021-22 school year.”
Dr. Proskinitopoulos earned a BA in psychology from St. John’s University, an MA in teaching and 6th year diploma from Sacred Heart University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Bridgeport.
Speaking of Staples: Praise keeps pouring in for the high school’s SLOBs.
Among the many organizations the Service League of Boys helped at last weekend’s community work day: Homes with Hope.
COVID had depleted the food pantry, while more people than ever need help. A townwide appeal brought in over 300 bags — and SLOBs worked tirelessly to collect and unpack them, then stock the shelves.
It takes a village to help, HwH officials said. They’re thankful SLOBs are part of ours.
PS: If you could not drop off food, monetary donations are needed to buy supplies. Click here: www.hwhct.org.
During this graduation season, here’s a shout-out to Tom Tarrant. He recently graduated from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind school — along with his new guide dog, a black Lab named Velvet.
Tom is a longtime Westporter, but this is his first guide dog. An avid rower, Tom has participated in his local area’s rowing club on and off for over twenty years. He looks forward to running with Velvet.
He and his wife have 2 sons, ages 20 and 14, and a 9-year-old golden retriever. The newest member of the family fits right in.
Wendy Crowther found this morel mushroom the other day, in her backyard near Winslow Park. She says, “The morel has a reputation for being one of the greatest mushrooms in the world — edible when cooked and prized by gourmets. It was such a surprise to find one.”
And finally … Happy Cinco de Mayo!
The holiday has become commercialized here in the US — primarily by bars and restaurants — and it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico.
It is not “Mexican Independence Day.” Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla. It was part of the Franco-Mexican War — a conflict I had never heard of until a few seconds ago.