This will no doubt be the most listened-to “Westport … What’s Happening” podcast ever.
In this week’s edition — sponsored, as always, by the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston — 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker and Long Lots School Building Committee chair Jay Keenan chat about the future of the elementary school.
Keenan begins with a brief background of the committee itself. He describes 3 options — renovate the existing structure, construct an addition, or build a new school on the property — and discusses their implications (buses, parking, draining, neighbors) and stakeholders (including the Westport Community Gardens and youth sports).
Options for the Gardens, Keenan says, are that they remain; that they’re modified, or that they’re relocated elsewhere on the property.
“Our main priority is the school, and the children,” the chair notes. “All the rest is juggling” a variety of elements.
The committee’s goal is to have a report to Tooker by the end of August. That will be followed by presentations to the Board of Finance, Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting, with requests for money to complete the design work.
Keenan hopes for “a bid-able set of drawings” within 10-12 months.
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One real estate change that is definitely happening: This white oak tree at 22 Appletree Trail is scheduled to be removed, perhaps as early as today.
It will be replaced by a new home, and pool.
Speaking of the beach: What’s with the recent epidemic of tents?
Yesterday afternoon, I counted more than 2 dozen at Compo. More than half were blue-and-white striped.
Back in the day — like, 2019 — tents were few and far between. Now they’ve taken over.
I’d love to know what’s behind this sudden surge in tents, generally — and, more particularly, this special style.
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But be nice. Don’t throw shade.
On Saturday, “06880” featured some very cool drone photos of Longshore Sailing School.
They were shot by Brandon Malin. The multi-talented 2020 Staples High School graduate is a rising University of Michigan senior, noted lighting designer and photographer, who has spent this summer working at the Sailing School.
On Saturday night, at their annual staff dinner — just a few hours after his photos appeared — Brandon received the “Jimmy A” Spirit Award. It’s Longshore Sailing’s highest honor.
Named for Jim Adelman — a longtime employee and Westport resident — it is given each year to a staff member who embodies exemplary character, a willingness to put others before themselves, and a passion for Longshore Sailing School.
LSS president Jane Pimentel says, “Brandon is a jack of all trades, and a master of them all. He has the best interest of Longshore Sailing School and its staff on his mind at all times. He is a kind soul, someone you can depend on, and just a great human. He is a great example of what it means to represent the spirit of Jimmy A.”
Brandon Malin, with his Jimmy A Award.
Today, the Westport Rotary Club premieres a new video podcast.
“Westport Rotary Speaks” is hosted by member Ifeseyi Adedoyin. The 3- to 4-minute videos will post at least once a month on Rotary’s website, and its social media platforms (Instagram @Westportrotary; YouTube WestportRotarySpeaks; LinkedIn Westport Rotary Club).
This month’s shows will focus on LobsterFest. Next month, club members will discuss a variety of topics.
Lou Weinberg’s has a “real” job: He’s a teacher.
His volunteer job as chair of the Westport Community Gardens takes a ton of time too.
But Lou still finds time to be a wildlife photographer.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” image is one of his bumblebee shots. Ever the educator, Lou writes:
“Thousands of bees, including this, use the Gardens and Long Lots Preserve as a food source and for habitat. This bumblebee adds to the pollen sack on its leg by gathering from shrubby Saint John’s Wort located in the Gardens.
“If you like feeding bees, plant St. John’s Wort! Nature wins!”
And finally … in honor of Brandon Malin, and his Longshore Sailing School award (story above):
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