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Kids’ Art Contest Honors Earth Day

With all the excitement over Easter and Passover, we may forget that Earth Day is coming.

And not just any ol’ Earth Day. This is the 50th anniversary! It could not have come at a more appropriate time.

To celebrate, the United Nations Association’s local chapter invites students throughout the area to submit art work — all kinds, in any media. There are 3 prizes — $300, $150 and $75 — and the first 50 submissions will be posted on Instagram.

Winners will also be invited to the UN.

Winners can choose to have part or all of their prize money donated to UN agency working with at-risk populations. Donations will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Unsure of what to do, or how to do it? Beloved Westport artist Miggs Burroughs will tell you everything you need to know — and offer suggestions.

Just click here this Thursday (April 9, 3 p.m.).

Entries are due April 16. Include name, age, school and grade, and make the submission via a parent or guardian’s email address. For submissions and questions, email UNASWCTIG@gmail.com.

Green Day Comes To Westport (Video Added)

Eco-Fest — Staples High School’s Club Green annual celebration of our planet — will not be held this year.

Instead, the hard-working environmental club is producing 5 different “eco-events.”

They’ll take place — one after the other — this Sunday (April 28). It’s called Green Day, and it promises to be more even entertaining than the band of the same name.

Plus a lot less punk.


All activities are very family friendly. And nearly all are free.

Sunday begins with a clean-up of Longshore (8-10 a.m.). There’s plenty of post-Sandy debris to pick up. Wear hiking or rubber boots; bring gloves; park by the 1st tee — and do your part to make this town jewel sparkle.

From 10 a.m. to noon at Wakeman Town Farm, kids can meet animals, plant vegetables and do crafts. Mini-workshops on gardening are planned for adults. Representatives from local farms, farmers markets and CSAs will provide info too.

At noon, Earthplace sponsors 2 hours of guided nature walks, pond activities, and sustainable energy displays — even toy solar car-building.

LoraxBetween 2 and 4 p.m., the Westport Library hosts video showings of the classic Dr. Seuss story The Lorax. There are also children’s crafts and other activities related to that classic 1971 book. (Spark Notes: A beautiful valley becomes polluted, but there’s a ray of hope at the end.)

All that eco-stuff can work up an appetite. With hunger still a real problem in America, there’s a screening of the haunting documentary “A Place at the Table” at Town Hall (4 p.m.). A panel discussion on hunger in the U.S. follows. It’s co-sponsored by Westport Cinema Initiative and Saugatuck Congregational Church, and tickets are $10.

Sunday’s forecast is for blue skies. How perfect for a Green Day.

(To see today’s “Good Morning Staples” TV show — featuring a preview of Green Day activities — click here, or click the YouTube video below.)

“This Is Our River, And It Is Filthy”

Alert “06880” reader Christy Colasurdo writes:

Sunday was beautiful and sunny. My 13-year-old son was excited to show me the swan’s nest he recently spotted behind Parker Harding Plaza

I brought my camera, and looked forward to taking a few shots of the mama swan sitting on her eggs.

Saugatuck River swan by Christy Colasurdo

Then I got a glimpse of all the trash — literally, piles and piles of it — poking through the reeds and floating in the muck just below the boardwalk.

There were so many Starbucks cups, water bottles and straws that I couldn’t count them all. Too many Gatorade bottles and soda cans to mention. The garbage and debris was so plentiful that the poor mama swan wove the most colorful tidbits into her nest.

Saugatuck River garbage by Christy Colasurdo

I promised Charlie we would return with high boots and trash bags at the next low tide, and do our part to clean up this mess.

But then I thought it might be worth it to appeal to all Westporters to help in the clean-up — in the spirit of Earth Day on Monday, April 22.

So I am throwing down the gauntlet, to all Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, all environmental groups, families, local organizations and individuals who care about our environment.

Come do your part to clean up the Saugatuck. This is our river, and it is filthy.

I assumed that local businesses on Main Street, or even our municipality, would take some sort of responsibility for keeping the riverfront clean. Perhaps they are not aware of the sad state of riverfront at low tide, just as I was.

But I am seriously disgusted that a walk along the river — one of the town’s gems — would uncover such a dirty little secret.

Let’s clean it up, Westport.