Roundup: Vacation Alert, Paving, Nitrogen …

IMPORTANT ALERT: The “Roundup” will join me on vacation for a few days. “06880” will continue as usual, but you won’t see the Roundup until the weekend. My apologies — but hey, everyone else is away too!


It’s taken a couple of weeks, but the paving projects at Long Lots Elementary School and Wakeman Fields is done. The dust and gravel are finally gone.

That’s good news for everyone — except Splash Car Wash.

(Photo/Dan Woog)


Like the photo above, last night’s Levitt Pavilion concert was a bit soggy.

But Mimi & the Podd Brothers brought their special mix of jazz, classical and soul to an appreciative audience. It was another wonderful night under the stars — even if you couldn’t see them.

The Levitt is dark tonight, as it is every Monday. Click here for the full calendar, and free ticket information.

Mimi & the Podd Brothers (JC Martin)


Staples High School Class of 1971 graduate David Jones has been involved in some very interesting ventures. His latest has him particularly excited.

“Granular fertilizer is destroying the plant,” he says. “There are too many chemicals. The runoff gets into water tables and aquifers.”

NTP Technologies’ new product is water-infused, with nitrogen. There are no chemicals at all.

They’ve built a machine that reacts the plain tap water through electricity, creating high nitrogen content.

“We want to change farming forever,” Jones says. They’ve got a building in Florida, and a strong management team.

Intrigued? Want to learn more? Email


Today’s soothing “Westport … Naturally” photo reminds us that it is almost mid-August. And that means September is just around the corner…

(Photo/Lauri Weiser)


And finally … on this date in 1936, Jesse Owens won his 4th gold medal at the Berlin Olympics.

He was not scheduled to compete in that 4th event — the 4×100 meter sprint relay — but the head coach replaced Jewish sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller with him and Ralph Metcalfe.

Owens’ performance was said to have “single-handedly crushed Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy.”

I don’t remember any songs honoring Jesse Owens’ accomplishments. Well, there is one that mentions him — “Jesse Owens,” by the rapper Rowdy Rebel — but it’s got waaaaaay too many drug, misogynistic and “N-word” references to post here.

So these will have to do.

One response to “Roundup: Vacation Alert, Paving, Nitrogen …

  1. Wendy Crowther

    How about Janis Ian’s “Jesse.” It was a fave back in the day, though heartbreaking. Roberta Flack covered it too.

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