In the wake of last weekend’s hate messages on Church Lane, leaders of Westport’s Democratic and Republican parties — along with the town’s 3 selectmen, also representing both parties — issued this statement:
As chairs of the Westport Republican and Democratic Town Committees and elected leaders of Westport, we publicly and jointly denounce the hateful messaging that was discovered in town on Sunday morning. We believe that regardless of political affiliation or personal beliefs, there is no place for disrespect, hateful messaging or violence to express one’s perspective. We hope that all Westport residents will do what they can to maintain civility both leading up to and beyond Election Day.
The Joggers Club has new long and short courses at Compo Beach. Members meet every Saturday at 8 a.m. Annual membership ($50 individual, $75 family) in the fun, social organization includes running gear and invitations to private running parties. Click here for more information. For routes, check out Facebook or Strava.
And finally … Helen Reddy died Tuesday, at 78. Her most famous song is an anthem that resonates today, 48 years after it reached #1. But there’s a local connection with the Australian-born artist too: She was the guitar-playing nun in “Airport 1975” (released in 1974) who comforted a sick little girl on a doomed plane. That child was Westport’s own Linda Blair.