Tag Archives: Parks & Recreation Department

Roundup: Weston Market, Baron’s South, Parks & Rec Programs …

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Peter’s Market closed in January. For 7 months, Weston residents — and their neighbors in northern Weston — have schlepped to Westport or Wilton for basic needs.

Soon — “as soon as possible,” in fact — Lily’s Market will open in Weston Shopping Center. The news was first reported by Weston Today.

Among the familiar faces: Jay Stasko, who worked at Peter’s on and off since he was 16 (and whose daughter is Lily), and DJ Hall, who managed it for 22 years.

Westporter Mark McWhirter will head up the business side.

Also in the works; Weston Pharmacy. The goal for Ken and Susan Lee — who signed the lease — is to open in early September. (Hat tip: Dick Wingate)

Coming soon: Lily’s Weston Market

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Registration for Westport Parks & Recreation fall programs begins online on Wednesday, September 8 (9 a.m.)..

Programs are available by clicking here. Visit us at http://www.westportrecreation.com to view our upcoming Fall programs!

Administrators say: “Please log into your online account to verify your family information. Once you have logged into your account, click ‘manage family members’ on the bottom right. To view more details, click the name of the member you want to view. Please check email addresses provided and other personal information that may have changed. Make any necessary changes and hit ‘save’ at the end.”

Have an address change? Email recreation@westportct.gov.

If you cannot log into your online account, do not create another profile. Email recreation@westportct.gov or call us 203-341-5152 for help.

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The Parks & Recreation Commission meets next Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Zoom) to review 2 Baron’s South conceptual plans. To attend via Zoom, use Meeting ID 840 1308 5788; Passcode 398959.

What’s next for Baron’s South? The Parks & Recreation Commission will begin discussing the issue next Wednesday . (Photo/Cathy Walsh)

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Heather Frimmer’s new book, “Better to Trust,” launches with a party at the Westport Library. It’s September 21 (7 p.m.), and includes an interview with Suzy Leopold.

Click here to register (in-person or virtually), and obtain a signed copy.

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Today’s “Westport … Naturally” contribution is not, notes Margo Amgott, “cute fawns, bunnies, local turkeys or fuzzy bears.” It is, however, what’s been hanging out at her house.

(Photo/Margo Amgott)

“Her web is about 4 feet wide,” Margo describes. (I have no idea how she determined its gender.)

“She’s still most of the day. But a half hour or so every day she spins (pun intended) into action.

“She’s got long black stockings and gloves, yellow markings, and is about 2 feet inches long. She has a large sac (venom? Babies?).

“We are terrified but also charmed. Anyone know what she is?”

If so, click Comments below. And let Margo know whether she should be completely charmed. Or totally terrified.

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And finally … Charlie Watts’ passing marks the end of an era. The Rolling Stones’ drummer (and bandmate of our neighbor Keith Richards) died yesterday in London. He was 80.

The New York Times called his style “strong but unflashy.” It cited his work on 3 songs in particular as emblematic of the group’s success:

“He was relentless on “Paint It, Black” (No. 1 in 1966), supple on “Ruby Tuesday” (No. 1 in 1967) and the master of a funky cowbell groove on “Honky Tonk Women” (No. 1 in 1969).”

Thanks, Charlie. You gave us plenty of satisfaction.

 

COVID-19 Roundup: Beach Parking; Fine Arts Festival; PPE Drive; Lax Drive; More


Vehicle parking emblems (aka “stickers”) are required as of May 15 for entrance to the Compo Beach parking lots.

Because of COVID-19 limitations, emblems will be available for Westport and Weston residents only. No daily parking passes will be sold. Parking will be limited to 50% capacity until further notice, from 8 a.m. too 8 p.m. daily.

Longshore parking regulations also take effect May 15. The Old Mill lot remains open for residents of Old Mill and Compo Mill Cove only.

If you purchased emblems in prior years, you have an online account established. Click here (or here, then choose “Memberships”; in the search box type “Vehicle”).

All parking emblem purchases must be made online, and will be mailed within a week to 10 days.

If you forgot your login and/or password, email recreation@westportct.gov or call 203-341-5152,

Parks & Recreation officials may require a copy of your current vehicle registration and/or additional proof of your Westport/Weston residency.


The latest victim of the coronavirus is Westport’s Fine Arts Festival.

The summer event — which this year had moved to an earlier, less-than-broiling May date, from its longtime mid-July slot — has been postponed.

The sponsoring Westport Downtown Merchants Association will announce a new date soon. That will be welcome news to the 170 fine artists who display their art, photography and sculpture — and the thousands of visitors who flock to their booths, and enjoy live music, great food and family activities too.


Next Saturday (May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., railroad station parking lot across from Mystic Market), the Westport Police Department Benevolent Association hosts a PPE collection drive.

But it’s not for them.

They ask for unopened and unused items like gloves, masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer, bleach wipes, etc., as well as monetary donations. All supplies collected and money raised will benefit front line health care workers at Westport EMS and Norwalk Hospital.

Funds are also being raised through a GoFundMe page. Click here — and thank you!


The good news from Staples High School keeps on coming.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, the boys lacrosse team delivered 1,000 items of food and cleaning supplies to the Gillespie Center yesterday — along with a $1,000 check for Homes With Hope today. These guys are winners on and off the field!


And finally … Phil Collins released this is 1981. Nearly 4 decades later, the first line says it all.