Roundup: jUNe Day, Redistricting, Ham Radio, Staples Class of ’73 …

Jesup Green was hopping this morning.

Westport Sunrise Rotary was preparing for its Great Duck Race, with family-friendly activities all morning and afternoon.

Meanwhile, 200 guests arrived from the United Nations, for our town’s annual jUNe Day celebration.

Oh, yeah: the Westport Downtown Association’s Sidewalk Sale is on too.

The world is coming to Westport. And we’re happy to show everyone a good time!

(Photo/Mark Mathias)


There is only 1 discussion item on Monday’s Board of Education agenda (June 26, 5 p.m., Staples High School cafeteria): redistricting.

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice will present the topic. No materials are yet available on the town website.

The meeting can be viewed on Optimum Channel 78, and by livestream here.

Population shifts have made Long Lots the largest elementary school in town. As work moves forward on renovations or a new school on the site, redistricting may also be on the table.


Every June, more than 40,000 ham radio operators across the continent set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate science, skill and service.

“Field Day” — an annual event since 1933 — combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills.

The Westport Astronomical Society’s Amateur Radio Club K1WAS celebrates Field Day this weekend. They’ll contact as many stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands today (Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m.) and tomorrow (Sunday,  June 25, 5 p.m.) at their ham shack (classroom) at the Observatory on Bayberry Lane.


The Staples High School Class of 1973 is ready for their 50th reunion.

They’ll celebrate Friday, October 6 at 2 familiar spots: the Black Duck and Viva Zapata. Saturday, October 7 includes a golf outing and 1 p.m. party at Compo Beach. On Sunday, October 8 they’ll enjoy a 4 p.m. cocktail party at Bridgeport’s Fayerweather Yacht Club.

Email, or click here for the Facebook page, for more details,

Staples High School looked like this, back in 1973. (Photo/Fred Cantor)


It’s impossible not to love hummingbirds.

Marcella Lozyniak captured this one, in a rare stationary moment, for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Marcella Lozyniak)


And finally …. Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Broadway smash hits like “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Fiorello!,” died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 99. Click here for a full obituary.

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5 responses to “Roundup: jUNe Day, Redistricting, Ham Radio, Staples Class of ’73 …

  1. Has K1UAT out of Staples been abandoned? That was the late Nick Georgis’ radio set that he used to license many of us in the 80s and 90s and, I imagine, more in the 70s.

  2. Richard Fogel

    I had a nice conversation with Miggs. He is very down to earth.

  3. Eric Buchroeder

    He certainly has paid his dues to Westport. And then some.

  4. Tom Duquette, SHS '75

    Thanks Dan for posting that throwback photo of Staples circa 1973, that’s the campus I remember.

  5. Steve Stein

    Nice to see Biggs has inherited the most important job in the world from a prior art submission world record holder!!