This is the 45th reunion weekend for the Staples High School Class of 1976. (Sorry, guys — time marches on.)
Like most classes, they’re enjoying each other’s company at the Duck, the beach, and a more formal affair.
But they’re also doing something every reunion class should emulate. This morning, members volunteered in a service project at CLASP Homes.
Tracy Flood — a proud member of Staples’ bicentennial class — is president of the local non-profit, which serves people with autism and intellectual disabilities, and their families.
(Coincidentally, CLASP was founded in 1976.)
Thanks, and congrats, to Staples’ Class of ’76. They came from all over the country to celebrate. To help their classmate. And to give back to the town where they grew up.
And, as is clear, grew into wonderful human beings.
Connecticut’s COVID numbers don’t look great.
There’s been a 225% increase in cases over the past 2 weeks. Hospitalizations are up 93%, and deaths 133%.
The 2 most troubling hot spot Windham County, in the northeast (up 682%) and New Haven County (up 244%). Fairfield County is up 253%, the 2nd highest percentage of the state’s 8 counties.
The other day, David Pogue interviewed Robin Frank for his “CBS Sunday Morning” feature.
David’s subject was Coney Island. Robin wrote a great book about it (“Visions of an American Dreamland: 1861-2008”), and curated a traveling exhibition about it.
The interview took place at the Coney Island Museum, and on the famous boardwalk. (Click below to see.)
Only afterward did David and Robin discover that both live in Westport.
“06880”: Where Westport meets the World. Including — especially — Coney Island.
Sherwood Island — the 235-acre gem between Compo and Burying Hill Beaches — is the oldest state park in Connecticut. It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 (as the many Westporters who discovered it during the pandemic now know).
But who knew that this is the 100th anniversary of lifeguards at the famed beach?
Well, Karen Scott did. The KMS Partners @ Compass realtor snapped this photo the other day. Congratulations,
PS: Entrance is free to all cars with Connecticut license plates.
Speaking of Sherwood Island: The park is filled with natural wonders. So — naturally — it’s a great subject for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature:
Thanks to the Westport Police Department — and the generosity of many Westporters — Homes with Hope’ food pantry is now 303 bags of groceries more full.
Yesterday’s drive at Stop & Shop was a roaring success, says Helen McAlinden, CEO of the Westport non-profit that runs the Gillespie Center, and associated supportive housing and meal programs.
Missed your chance? Click here to see how to help.
No, Linda Ronstadt was not at the Levitt Pavilion last night.
But Rita Harvey’s tribute made it seem like the star was on the Westport stage. Harvey — a Broadway veteran — interspersed songs with anecdotes about Ronstadt’s long career.
Tonight, the Levitt features the American Patchwork Quartet. Upcoming: Treehouse Comedy (Tuesday), Hopalong Andrew (children’s series, Wednesday), Nicki Parrott Trio (Thursday), The Lone Bellow (special benefit show, Friday) and Isaiah Sharkey (Saturday).
Click here for times, tickets (free — except Friday!), and more information.
Our athletes in Tokyo will never see it.
But — like graduates before them, who were also honored by a clever, colorful sign — this display on Pumpkin Hill near Colony Road illustrates well: It’s the thought that counts.
Yesterday’s “Roundup” featured the Westport Garden Club’s #FridayFlowers arrangement at the Wadsworth Arboretum.
It did not last long. Within hours, four deer devoured it.
Hey: As with the Olympic sign (above), it’s the thought that counts. (Hat tip: Dottie Fincher)
And finally … I never liked the song “Chuck E.’s in Love.” It just kind of sat there.
But Chuck E. Weiss — the blues musician, club owner and “outsize Los Angeles character” who was the star of Rickie Lee Jones’ hit — died the other day in LA, of kidney failure. He was 76.
So, Chuck E.: This one’s for you. (PS: If for some reason you want his full obit click here.)