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Roundup: Field Hockey Champs, Devastating Fire, Holiday Lights And Tips …

The 3rd time was indeed the charm.

And the biggest.

The Staples High School field hockey team lost 3-2 in overtime to Darien during the regular season. The Blue Wave shut out the Wreckers 3-0 in the FCIAC championship earlier this month.

But Staples won the game that really counted: the state class “L” (large schools) championship.

The #2-seeded Wreckers prevailed 3-1 over their #1-ranked archrivals yesterday, at Wethersfield High School.

Darien led 1-0 in the second quarter, but Sofia Fidalgo-Schioppa equalized 4;40 before, the half, on Staples’ first  shot of the game.

Soon after intermission, freshman Leah Larit knocked in a rebound off a penalty corner, giving the Wreckers the lead. Storey Ahl added an insurance goal in the final quarter.

Goalie Paige Knesich and her defense secured the win.

it was the 5th Connecticut crown for coach Ian Tapsall’s girls, but the first since their 4 consecutive titles from 2016-19.

Congratulations to all. You kept your eye on the prize — and now its yours.

State champion Staples High School field hockey team.


A popular barista at the downtown Starbucks, and her 3 sons — in 11th, 10th and 7th grade — lost everything in a Bridgeport house fire this week.

They need everything: money, food, clothes, shoes … you name it.

A GoFundMe page has been organized. Click here to help.

Help needed family.


The holidays are here!

Now everyone living, shopping or dining in Saugatuck — or driving through it — knows it for sure.

The William F. Cribari Bridge lights were lit last night. They’re a gift to the town — and visitors — from Al’s Angels. The non-profit provides holiday meals  and gifts to children (and their families) battling cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and severe financial hardship. (Click here to give back to Al’s Angels.)

The lights are traditionally lit the day after Thanksgiving. This year, they came on a few days early,

Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido says, “we believe that our world needs a beacon of hope and love right now (as always). We are called to be a light in the world!”

The Cribari Bridge lights are on! (Photo/Patti Brill)


The holidays are here! (See above).

And with it, spectacular amounts of food and consumer waste.

Sustainable Westport can help. Westport’s non-profit environmental advisory group says:

“This holiday season, we encourage you to consider small changes that will help you minimize your impact on the environment.

“It is estimated that 305 million pounds of Thanksgiving food is thrown out each year. Click here for our tips on how to ‘rethink the feast,’ and minimize the food waste you produce at Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings.

“Speaking of gatherings, if you are hosting this season, click here for our sustainable hospitality guide for recommendations on how to make your party less wasteful and more eco-friendly.”

With so much to celebrate and so much pressure to “make magic,” Sustainable Westport knows it can be hard to commit to change.

To encourage residents to reduce food waste and participate in the Westport Zero Food Waste Challenge, they are giving away an Alabama Sawyer countertop compost bin (retail value $195) to one Instagram or Facebook follower.

To enter, follow Sustainable Westport on Instagram and/or Facebook, like the post shown below, like the “Compost Bin Giveaway” post, and tag a Westporter who you think should follow them. The deadline is this Tuesday (November 21).


The Flying Fingers Jug Band bring season 1 of “First Folk Sunday” to a rousing close.

They group — featuring  washboard, string bass, jug, dobro, fiddle, kazoo, mouth harp and stove pipe — are booked for December 3 (12:30 to 2:30 p.m., VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399). 

Former Westonite David Barron joins them, on banjo and mandolin.

Suzanne Sheridan, First Folk Sunday’s lead singer, recently saw the Flying Fingers perform, and recruited them for her series.

Click here for tickets. The music cover charge is $10. A special holiday brunch buffet and cash bar are available for an additional cost. Questions? Call 203-984-7562.

Flying Fingers Jug Band


Johanna Keyser Rossi spotted today’s “Westport … Naturally” subject — a kingfisher — at Grace Salmon Park. She was surprised he has not yet headed south for the winter.

(Photo/Johanna Keyser Rossi)


And finally … on this date in 1493, Christopher Columbus landed on an island he spotted the previous day. He named it San Juan Bautista. It is now called Puerto Rico,

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