Thursday was special for dozens of Club 203 members, relatives, friends and volunteers.
TAP Strength hosted the social group for adults with disabilities, at their 8th event of the year.
The “field day” was led by TAP founder EJ Zebro. His 5-person team facilitated stations for soccer, volleyball, dancing, cornhole, musical chairs and giant Jenga.
Also on “tap”: music, snacks, hacky sack prizes, and lots of laughs.
Joining TAP on Jesup Green were MoCA Westport (crafts and art project), Westport Book Shop (open late for parents to hang out), Lesser Evil Popcorn (snacks), and Kevin Godburn of Toquet Hall (tables and chairs).
Club 203’s next event: a fun day May 25, sponsored by Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department. Click here for more information on the group.
Martha Stewart returns to Westport June 1 (4 to 6 p.m.).
And not just anywhere. The former resident and longtime lifestyle guru will be back at her old Turkey Hill home. She’ll share memories of her years there, as she started her business and grew her media empire.
She’ll guide guests through the gardens, ending with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio. (A few guests will stay for dinner with Stewart.)
It’s a fundraiser for Positive Directions, Westport’s behavioral health organization addressing the national mental health crisis.
Tickets are $1,000; $2,500 gets you that dinner. Click here to purchase, and for more details.
A baseball game between the only 2 undefeated teams in the FCIAC should be a nail-biter.
Yesterday’s was anything but.
Chase Siegel threw a perfect game. He needed just 59 pitches to shut down Danbury 10-0. The game ended early, thanks to the mercy (10-run lead) rule.
It’s been a great season so far for the 7-1 Wreckers, whose lone loss was 8-7 to non-league Fairfield Prep.
Staples has been led by pitchers Hiro Wyatt and Chris Zajac — and great defense. They’ve made only 1 error all season long. Ethan Cukier sparkled at shortstop against the Hatters.
In other Wrecker sports news, the boys lacrosse team — 6-1 after knocking off powerhouses like Massapequa, Bergen Catholic and Darien (13-11, storming back from an 8-1 halftime deficit) are ranked 16th in the latest national poll.
Kings Highway Elementary School students arrived early yesterday, to meet 2 special guests.
First Selectwoman Jen Tooker and Police Chief Foti Koskinas starred in a special “Rise & Read” event. They chatted with parents and kids over donuts, hot chocolate and coffee.
Tooker knows KHS well: Her 3 children went there. She read aloud to the current students from a very appropriate book: “Duck for President.”
The youngsters then asked questions, ranging from what she did to if her job is hard, and the benefits of having an office so close to Cold Fusion.
Compo’s South Beach is a great spot for romance.
Last night’s Pics of the Day featured a young couple enjoying the sunset in a hammock.
Also yesterday; another man proposed, to another woman.
Jody Peters saw it all happen, from a discreet distance. She reports: “I think she said yes…she put the ring on and they exchanged a kiss. It was beautiful.”
Everyone knows Amy Irving as an actress.
She’s now a musician. “Born in A Trunk” includes 10 cover songs, pulled from her life and career.
On June 21 (7 p.m.), Westport welcomes her to the Levitt Pavilion stage.
Free tickets are available now to Levitt members. They’ll be available to everyone else on Monday at noon. Click here for yours.
For years, one of the joys of Parker Harding Plaza — how’s that for an oxymoron?! — has been the pedestrian bridge.
Jutting into the Saugatuck River just a few yards from asphalt and automobiles, it offers a serene chance to stroll, observe nature, and relax.
A chain and stern sign now keep everyone at bay.
It’s not clear whether the danger is because of rotting wood, to protect nesting swans, or another reason.
Nor is it clear when — or if — the bridge will be safe again.
Or who, exactly, is in charge of making it so.
The apple doesn’t fall far …
Shea Frimmer — child of Coleytown Middle School Company’s theater program — is directing a reading of “9:47” — a world premier play. It’s next Friday (April 28, 7 p.m., Toquet Hall).
The cast includes 2 professional adult actors, and 3 students.
Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Click here to purchase.
State Representative Dominique Johnson’s office is open to submissions for a Pride Month video essay contest. Any high school student in Westport or Norwalk can enter.
Video submissions should answer this question: “What is something you have done to build community that makes you most proud?” Creativity counts — but videos must be between 1 and 3 minutes only.
There are 2 categories: 9th-10th grade, and 11th-12th. Winners will receive a state citation, and be honored by Representative Johnson June 10 in Norwalk.
Video submissions should be sent to Dominique.email@example.com. The deadline is May 15.
If you’re wondering why the delay on the Merritt Parkway was longer than usual yesterday: There was a car fire by northbound Exit 41.
Be careful out there.
Heli Stagg manages the Westport Library café. She sees this view — and others like it, though always changing — often.
Today, she shares it with “06880” readers, for our “Westport … Naturally” treat.
And finally … in honor of the prodigal daughter returning to town (story above):
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