We all feel battered by bad news. This morning — reminded of Sandy Hook, Buffalo and so much more by the tragedy in Texas — seems especially difficult.
Fortunately, birds don’t read the papers. They just live their lives — and bring joy and beauty into ours.
A tiny bit of good news: The oystercatchers have hatched at Compo Beach.
Please give them space. They need it. Enjoy them from afar — as in this great telephoto view.
Longshore is on the drawing board.
As Westport plans “replacement, relocations and/or enhancements of existing facilities and new facilities” for Longshore, the town seeks residents’ input.
Stantec — a landscape architect, planning and engineering firm — has developed a town-wide survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to participate. The link will be active until June 14.
Click here for more information, and project updates.
The Staples girls golf team — ranked #1 in the state — added to their superb season by defeating Greenwich 181-186 yesterday. The win clinches the FCIAC Western Division championship, the Wreckers’ first solely held division title since 2016.
Staples — now 13-1 — vies for the FCIAC crown on June 2. Two days earlier, they end the league season with a match against Eastern Division champion New Canaan.
Congratulations to coach Patty Kondub and her team!
No one loved Staples High School more than Gerry Kuroghlian. The beloved English teacher collected many Wrecker items during his long career — including yearbooks.
“Dr. K” died last November. Now his wife Ellen is offering some of those yearbooks to anyone who wants them. They’re free — but she hopes their new owners will make a donation to the Dr. K. Humanitarian Scholarship, created by friends and administered by Staples Tuition Grants.
(The first award will be given out May 31. Donations are always welcome!)
The yearbooks are from 1970, ’71, ’72, ’75, ’79, 2000, ’02, ’03 and ’05. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Speaking of Staples collectors’ items:
Yesterday’s Roundup included an item about the Class of 1967 Homecoming Queen ballot, now for sale on eBay.
Robert Gerrity — who sent that link — has discovered another Class of ’67 eBay goodie. This one has a bit more appeal: a vinyl recording of an Orchestra concert.
Click here to buy this rare item. If, that is, you’ve still got a turntable. And are willing to pay $100.
There’s only one week left in Gilbertie’s Herb & Garden Center’s town-wide scavenger hunt. It’s one of the fun lead-ups to the family-owned business’ 100th anniversary celebration June 4.
All you need for the scavenger hunt is a smartphone, car and driver, and the clues (click here).
It takes half an hour. It’s a great activity for families, anyone new to Westport, anyone who’s lived here a long time and loves Gilbertie’s — or anyone else.
Click here for details. Then click your seatbelt, and scavenge away. When you’re done, you’ve got a chance to win a $50 Gilbertie’s gift certificate.
Meanwhile: Congratulations to the first winners: Bonnie and Allan Arkush.
Some youngsters with critical illnesses ask Make-a-Wish for a trip to Disney World, or to meet a celebrity.
Aaron James wanted to serve food from a truck.
The 17-year-old was diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago. It’s now in remission. So the other day he happily took over Dan Kardo’s food truck at Don Memo. Along with great chefs like Bill Taibe (Don Memo, Kawa Ni, The Whelk), Jess Bengtson (Terrain Café and Amis Trattoria), Matt Storch (Match Burger Lobster, Match) and Robin Selden (Marcia Selden Catering), he served up tacos, oysters and more.
Aaron’s goal is to have his own food truck one day. Here’s hoping that’s one more wish that comes true.
Yesterday, Westport Police released the name of the man killed in Monday evening’s fatal automobile accident on Saugatuck Avenue. He was Mark Lemoult, age 59 of Norwalk.
The incident remains under investigation.
Westport Country Playhouse’s current production — “Straight White Men” — is both funny and thought-provoking. In between male bonding rituals and conversations about money, work, and love, a father and his 3 adult sons face serious questions about their own identities.
The play runs now through June 5. But the Playhouse is offering free post-curtain events, open to all who want to learn more about the production and its themes.
Anyone can attend; tickets are not needed. Just arrive at the Playhouse 90 minutes after curtain time.
The first (Thursday, May 26) is a conversation with director Mark Lamos,
A symposium after this Sunday’s (May 29) 3 p.m. matinee features the full cast, in an in-depth discussion. of “Straight White Men” for an in-depth discussion about the show.
On June 3 Edson Rivas, executive director of the Triangle Community Center, leads a discussion on gender expectations
Click here for more information “Straight White Men.”
The threshold for entitled parking photos on “06880” is now taking up 3 spaces — not just 2. And a parking job must be a lot more egregious than just a “No Parking” zone to make the cut these days.
But this driver managed to do both yesterday, at the Westport Library. He or she came all the way from Florida (or registers his or her car there, to avoid Connecticut taxes), just to 1) hog 2 spaces perfectly and 2) ignore the sign that says — smack in front of the driver — “No Parking/Loading & Unloading Only.”
But hey: It is a very nice car.
Spring brings a riot of colors to Westport. Sunil Ghirani captured some of them on Soundview Drive, for our “Westport … Naturally” feature.
The sailboat in the distance adds even more.
And finally … on this day in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “HMS Pinafore” opened in London.