The next meeting of the Long Lots School Building Committee is tomorrow (Thursday, August 10, 6 p.m., Town Hall Room 201).
The first 15 minutes are open for public comment and/or questions about the project.
A work session with the design team follows, for project status updates and review. The public may attend the work session, but not participate.
Long Lots Elementary School is 70 years old. It began as a junior high school.
Westport has one less elm tree.
The large one in front of Stop & Shop — among the last survivors in Westport — was taken down a few days ago.
The removal was part of the Post Road improvement project.
We all know the gorgeous specimen on Long Lots Road. Where else in town can we see a majestic elm? Click “Comments,” with your favorite. (Hat tip: Nate Gibbons)
Sixteen members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew left yesterday to fight wildfires in Montana. They flew from Bradley International Airport, on a multi-week deployment.
Among them: 2 former Westport Fire Department chiefs, Michael Kronick and Andrew Kingsbury.
Connecticut firefighters, at Bradley Airport.
Yesterday’s Westport Rotary meeting highlighted the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. President/CEO Susan Schnitzer and associate director Deo Byakisaka discussed their 105-year-old organization, which offers services, advocacy, and social, educational and life skills programming for refugees, immigrants, survivors of human trafficking and torture, and unaccompanied minors.
Deo described his own journey as a refugee, and his successful integration into the local community.
He left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003 because of war, persecution and violence. He and his family spent 11 years in a resettlement camp in Uganda before arriving in Bridgeport in 2014.
CIRI helped him establish a productive life for himself and his children. He now gives back, working in refugee services at CIRI.
Deo Byakisaka, at yesterday’s Westport Rotary Club meeting.
Fishermen are known for telling tall tales.
If these guys tell you they can walk on water: Don’t believe them.
They were actually at the end of the Schlaet’s Point jetty, at Hillspoint Road and Soundview Drive, during high tide yesterday.
But it sure is a very cool photo.
The best weekend on the Earthplace calendar returns soon.
It kicks off Saturday, September 30 (7 to 10 p.m.), with the “Woodside Bash.” There’s an open bar, fire pit, music by Pimpinella, and a mechanical bull. Click here for tickets.
The next day is for families. The Fall Festival (Sunday, October 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) includes a climbing wall, apple slingshot, donut on a string, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, a corn pool and more. Click here for tickets.
It’s been a while since the Westport Country Playhouse Script in Hand play reading series offered a good, old-fashioned romantic comedy.
But that’s next. “Maytag Virgin” takes the stage on August 21 (7 p.m.).
Script in Hand curator Mark Shanahan says, “I know our audience will fall in love with these wonderful characters as Jack and Lizzy meditate on life, love, and joys of folding laundry.”
For more information, including tickets, click here.
The Abraham Accords, Iran appeasement, food inflation, security concerns, immigration, New York real estate — that’s a lot to cover.
But Avi Kaner did, in a wide-ranging interview with WABC radio’s Suzanne Miller.
Westporters know Avi as a former Board of Finance chair, and 2nd Selectman.
He was on the air though as co-owner of New York’s Morton Williams supermarket chain.
Click here to listen.
An Eastern tiger swallowtail poses handsomely, for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature:
And finally … Happy National Polka Day!
(Please click here to “prosím darujte“ — or, as polka fans everywhere know, “please donate” — to “06880.” Thank you!)