Ryan Faber writes:
“I’m one of the parents who continues to walk their kids to school (Coleytown Elementary) every day on the sidewalk along the Easton Road ‘speedway,’ instead of adding to idling cars waiting for drop-off. Over the years, more and more families have decided not to walk. due to these issues.
“Our hope is to continue to do this. But it has become increasingly more dangerous.
“Easton Road is a poorly marked 25 mph zone, with cars during morning rush hour usually doubling that. To make matters worse, distracted drivers (often texting) have created a number of recent close calls for families (including us), and crossing guards who brave this dangerous stretch of sidewalk.
“Local parents and CES/CMS want more protection. But it’s a state road, and requests have gone unanswered for years.
“Things are getting worse. See this photo from the intersection of Easton Road and North Avenue, taken Friday morning:
That’s not all. Ryan sent along another photo, from August. It shows the aftermath of a car hitting a tree. Fortunately, he says, there were no pedestrians nearby.
Be careful out there!
The Connecticut chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club comes down from the trail, and welcomes William Burnett, for dinner and a travel presentation with photos, video clips and sound.
The longtime friend of AMC offers “Nine Short Stories” on November 8 (6:15 p.m., Saugatuck Congregational Church Hoskins Hall).
The evening includes appetizers, beverages and dinner. It’s $10 for members, $15 for non-members. For more information, email email@example.com.
In 1998, the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard — a gay University of Wyoming student — stunned the nation.
Two years later “The Laramie Project” — a play exploring both the crime and the town’s soul-searching reaction to it — shone a light on issues like morality, religion and humanity itself.
Next month, the UU Players — part of the Unitarian Church in Westport — present the groundbreaking show.
Dates are Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, November 20 (2 p.m.). Tickets are $25, available at the door. For more information, call 203-227-7205.
Hook’d had some customer service issues this year.
Now they’ve reached out to a new customer base.
“Fur Friends Welcomed,” the sign says. “Pup cups” are $1.50 each.
Let’s hope they don’t bitch too.
Meanwhile, it’s been nearly 2 months since lifeguards left their Compo Beach posts.
But that didn’t stop 3 intrepid Long Island Sound swimmers yesterday.
Hey — the sun was shining. So why not?
No, this is not Martha Stewart’s house. But she’d be envious.
It’s on Birch Hill Road in Weston. It’s almost too nice to trick or treat there.
Just in time for Halloween, Andrew Colabella spotted this timely license plate:
It’s not just the tag. Check out the decoration on the rear window.
And — in case you can’t read it — the orange logo is for the Zombie Outbreak Response Team.
This driver clearly has Halloween covered.
The fall’s foliage has been spectacular. Among the beauties joining our “Westport … Naturally” gallery: This one at Staples High School. It’s courtesy of 10th grader Max Saperstein.
And finally … in honor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s upcoming event (story above):
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