Online registration for fall Westport Parks & Recreation Department programs begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday (September 7).
Among the events: traditional favorites like tennis clinics, Sports Squirts, IST football, Wakeman Town Farm and Skyhawks Sports Academy, and new ones: Future Wreckers’ basketball clinics, Next Generation skateboard clinics, Overtime Athletics Heads Up dodgeball and Kaboom Kickball.
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A resident of Pequot Trail, off Sylvan Road North, writes:
“A house on our street has the greenest lawn in town, because they water it twice a day. Many neighbors have reported the house to Aquarion and the town, and placed notes in the mailbox. Yet the sprinklers keep running:=
“We’re curious about what happens in this situation, when someone blatantly ignores repeated notices about water usage/restrictions.”
We’re curious too.
Aquarion calls its water restrictions “mandatory.”
But its website says that residents “should” follow the twice-weekly (not twice-daily) schedule.
And its FAQ page answers a question about penalties for “violating the two-day mandatory irrigation schedule” this way:
Our main commitment is to educate the public about how they can use water more efficiently and sustainably; however, we can penalize violators, including shutting off their water, if their failure to follow the schedule impairs public resources.
Sounds as if “can” has not yet translated to “will.”
Perhaps the next step is to print this story out, and put it in the green lawn owner’s mailbox.
And then send a copy to Aquarion.
PS: This was the scene this morning, with several sprinklers going. Sunday is a legal watering day for house numbers ending in even numbers, or homes without numbers. The Pequot Trail home has an odd number:
Meanwhile, Seth Schachter offers this sad photo for our continuing drought coverage.
It’s at the Turkey Hill North/Post Road intersection. He calls it “weeds need water too.”
On the brighter environmental side:
Fran Taylor graduated from Staples High School in 1971. She’s lived for years in her native Kentucky, and loves it. But she remembers Westport fondly too. Fran writes:
“I love the Ned Dimes Marina photos on ‘06880.’ They bring back many memories of hanging out there regularly with a variety of friends.
“Imagine my surprise when I finally identified the name (Maritime Sunburst Lichen) of the yellow lichen creeping on to my back porch in Lexington — a thousand miles from any ‘maritime’ setting.
“It looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I’d seen it before. Cue Ned Dimes Marina — and just like that, so many memories came flooding back.
“Thanks to 06880 for keeping those precious memories, which trigger sights, sounds, smells and emotions, alive a half century later.”
And thank you, Fran. Please come visit whenever you can!
The curtain rose officially last night for “4000 Miles.” The Westport Country Playhouse production stars Staples High School Class of 2013 graduate Clay Singer, and Fairfield resident Mia Dillon. The thought-provoking, rollercoaster-of-emotions show runs through September 4.
Jim White has lived or worked in Westport for 18 years.
His sister Kate White has no connection here, beyond knowing how much he loves this town.
But when Kate — a best-selling author, and former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan — was writing her 16th suspense novel, The Second Husband, she set it in Westport
Jim had a great time helping his sister with background research. Among the local spots mentioned: Terrain, Spotted Horse and the Whelk.
Surprise! Those are some of Jim’s favorite restaurants too.
“It’s an excellent read,” Jim praises. And, he adds proudly, “Not only is she an amazing writer and editor, but she recently gave the commencement address at Union College — where she received an honorary doctorate of letters.
“She was in the first class of women accepted at Union, and was part of their celebration of 50 years of being co-ed. She has been a great inspiration to me, and I am sure many others.”
Jim hopes to get Kate here for a book signing or discussion. In the meantime, click here to order.
Hayden S. Cabral died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on Thursday. He was 21 years old.
Hayden is survived by his father Kevin Cabral, his mother Dawn Loecher, step-mother Laura Cabral, brothers Logan and Payton, sisters Lianna and Hailey, aunt and godmother Susan Cabral-Hiltz, uncle Harry Hiltz, uncle and godfather Scott Loecher, grand-uncle Carlo and aunt Marcy Cabral, cousins and many great friends.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Joseph and Betty Cabral, and Janet and Robert Loecher.
Friends will be received at the Harding Funeral Home tomorrow (Monday, August 29, 4 to 8 p.m.) A Funeral Mass will be held at Assumption Church on Tuesday (August 30, 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery.
Today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature features a beautiful blue heron. Amy Schneider sighted it on the Saugatuck River, near the Levitt Pavilion.
And finally … today is the 67th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till. In 1955, the Black 14-yer-old was abducted, tortured and murdered in Mississippi. His brutal death — and the decision by his mother to have an open casket, and a public funeral — helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
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