Roundup: Happy 4th!

For 15 years, families on Sherwood Farms Lane off Greens Farms Road have celebrated the 4th of July with a kids’ parade.

Many residents have international backgrounds. But they love the tradition. It’s kept alive by Mark Rubino, who passed the flag this year to one of the few American-born neighbors.


Happy 4th of July from Jolantha, Hans Wilhelm’s very popular and holiday-conscious pig.

(Photo/Hans Wilhelm)


Jeanine Esposito has lived in Westport for over 30 years. She and her husband Frederic Chiu also own an apartment in SoNo.

But Saturday marked the first time they ever took the Norwalk Seaport Association’s boat tour to Sheffield Island, and the 2 spark plug lighthouses (only 33 survive in the entire US).

Peck Ledge sits on the line of Westport/Norwalk maritime border, and has been purchased privately to become an Airbnb.

Peck Ledge Lighthouse (Photo/Jeanine Esposito_

Greens Ledge has been bought by an arts non-profit. They’ll repair damage from Superstorm Sandy, and keep it running.

Greens Ledge Lighthouse (Photo/Jeanine Esposito)

“It was an amazing trip, right next door and with so much history,” Jeanine reports.

“Frederic and I were fascinated the whole tour — and embarrassed we never knew about it. Please share this with all the new people in town, so they don’t take 30 years to find these treasures!”

For more information, click here.



Speaking of Norwalk: That city’s fireworks display was last night.

Visitors to Cockenoe Island — and those on a number of boats, on Long Island Sound — enjoyed a free show.

(Photo/Lawrence Zlatkin)


“Max Orland never focuses on his limitations, only his many strengths.”

That’s the first sentence in a story about a very accomplished, very forward-looking Westporter.

The 2006 Staples High School graduate followed his passion for sports to the University of Delaware, where he managed the basketball and baseball teams. He worked for the Boston Red Sox (and won their Green Monster Award), Philadelphia Phillies and Legends and Yankee Stadium.

Now he’s in his 2nd year running the practice range at prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. He’s profiled in a recent edition of Met Golfer magazine.

Winged Foot’s general manager calls Max “one of the most sensational young men I’ve ever met. He has a bag full of inspiration. He’s changed a lot of people’s lives, in a lot of ways.”

Click here to read more about our remarkable neighbor.

Max Orland (Photo courtesy of Met Golfer Magazine)


The Ted Thomas Dance Foundation and East Coast Contemporary Ballet present a series of free outdoor dance performances throughout Fairfield County this summer.

The tour includes MoCA Westport, on July 28 (6 p.m.). The event features Thomas Ortiz Dance and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Click here for details.


I was looking for a photo of an eagle — or something red, white and blue — for today’s Independence Day “Westport … Naturally” feature.

I couldn’t find one. But the white and blue in this shot of a heron is quite nice.

(Photo/Diane Lowman)


And finally … many singers have honored America’s past and our promise, our perils and our potential.

But no one has done it better than Ray Charles.

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