Roundup: Teuscher Wetlands, Networking, CMS Math Club …

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Three dolphins continued their weekend in Bermuda Lagoon, off Saugatuck Shores, yesterday.

For the 2nd day in a row, they delighted residents and onlookers with their play.

There’s no indication how long they’ll stay. But given the state of today’s world, we’re delighted to have them.

Dolphins in Bermuda Lagoon (Photo/Gina Beranek)

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Regina Olshan loves the Teuscher Wetlands Preserve, off Imperial Avenue.

She does not like its current ratty look.

“My husband and I went for a walk in this normally lovely natural area. We were upset to see it filled with trash,” she writes.

“Perhaps Boy Scouts, some other community organization or the town itself could organize a cleanup?”

Teuscher Wetlands Preserve (Photo/Regina Olshan)

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Business owners: The luck of the Irish may be with you this St. Patrick’s Day.

Business Networking International’s Westport chapter is holding a “Virtual Visitors Day” (March 17, 7:30 to 9 a.m.).

They’re looking for new members in these areas: security, HVAC, solar, photographer, caterer, bakery, florist, event planner, home inspector, moving company, travel tours, auto repair, and dry cleaner/tailor/shoe repair.

The Westport BNI Group has 48 members. Membership is structured to allow only 1 person per profession in each chapter. For example, the local group already has 1 landscaper, 1 realtor and 1 chiropractor.

Meetings are held weekly and referrals are exchanged in a structured manner.

Email Curtis@health-directions.com or billhall747@gmail.com to sign up for the Virtual Visitors Day. All visitors must pre-register for Zoom access to BNI. Click here for more information.

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Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids — the Westport-based children’s haircut franchise — has long given back to worthy organizations. Each child gets a token to put in a box for a charity of their choice.

All boxes are now changed to Ukraine relief. All Sharkey’s franchises can choose any 2 Ukraine-related charities that touch them the most.

The Westport location — the busiest of all 100-plus locations in the world — is at 1568 Post Road East, just east of ASF.

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Congratulations to the Coleytown Middle School Math Club!

Ten students participated in the Southwestern Connecticut “Mathcounts” competitions. Vikram Sarkar, Ayush Rudra and Adan Wang finished in the Top 10 (#1, 4 and 10), and qualify for the state event as individual competitors. That’s the highest number of qualifiers for any Fairfield County school. The top 4 finishers at the state level advance to the national contest.

There was also a team competition. CMS’ Team A (Adan, Ayush, Vikram and Owen Wood) came in first in that category, by a wide margin. Bedford Middle School was third.

Other Coleytown competitors include Akil Arvind, Anit Arvind, Justin Jendrock, Sarah Lyle, Charlie McGillion-Moore and Mateo Riero.

Coleytown Middle School Math Club

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Lynsey Addario’s dramatic images from Ukraine have enraged the world.

But the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer — 1991 Staples High School graduate — was working on another project, before the Russian invasion.

Her photos illustrate an in-depth Atlantic story on Mohammed bin Salman, the astonishingly wealthy and equally mysterious crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia. Click here for the long, but very intriguing, story (and photos.) (Hat tip: Dave Lowrie)

Mohammed bin Salman (center), with members of the Saudi royal family. (PHoto/Lynsey Addario for The Atlantic)

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Dominick “Babe” DeMace died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday. He was 90 years old.

Born in 1932 to Josephine and Pasquale DeMace in Westport, and raised here, he served as an Army corporal in Trieste from 1952 to 1954.

After his discharge he met his future wife, Margaret Labbance, when she moved in across the street.

Dominick DeMace

He spent his career as a well-respected union electrician. He was a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Norwalk.

On Saturdays he ushered at Assumption Church’s evening mass, then visited his brother Frank’s restaurant, Mario’s. He was well known there, helping in any capacity.

Family was most important to Babe. He was generous, both in his trade and in his personal life. There was nothing he could not fix. His family says, “His Italian heritage meant he was an authority on cooking and consuming delicious meals. He worked hard to provide for his family and will be remembered for his loyalty and loving nature.”

He was predeceased by his sister Marie Wallace and brothers Michael, Joseph and Frank DeMace. He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Margaret, sister Theresa (Tess) DeMattia, children David, Danielle Yingling and Dominick (Joanne), grandchildren Stephanie Fagan (Joseph), Christina Bierwirth, Natalie, Emily, Elisabeth and Eric DeMace, great-grandchildren Connor and Devin Fagan and Andrew Bierwirth, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Harding Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Assumption Church on Wednesday (March 9, 10 a.m.). Burial with full military honors will follow at Saint John’s Cemetery in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to Saint Jude.

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It’s a month until Little League season begins. Until then, this team has Rogers Field on North Compo to its “Westport … Naturally” self.

(Photo/Richard Abramowitz)

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6 responses to “Roundup: Teuscher Wetlands, Networking, CMS Math Club …

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    In other news…..Starbucks Ukraine reports double parking situation has gotten totally out of control at their Kiev locations. “Where are the police?”

  2. Regina, there IS a townwide cleanup on April 9. I, for one, am involved and will do Canal Beach. Perhaps you can get involved, or, bring a bag and some gloves when you go to the park again.

  3. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    I would be very careful not to be observed at the Teuscher Wetlands Preserve with a trash bag. Putin has eyes everywhere and it could very possibly trigger a nuclear Holocaust. A protest is being organized at the RSC memorial bridge. There’s a three month waiting period for Saturday appointment slots.

  4. MICHAEL CALISE

    No Worries. The “other guy” will take care of it.

  5. Regina, bring a plastic bag on your walk, and some gloves and clean it up!
    that is what I do in my neighborhood!

  6. Dermot Meuchner

    MBS is a Taliban with oil. Thank the Sauds for introducing a nihilist version of Islam.

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