The town missed a chance to move the little building at 1 Wilton Road — the former yarn shop at the Post Road West corner. A land swap with David Waldman’s Save the Children development project diagonally across the street could have enabled a turning lane, helping alleviate some of the traffic at what’s been called the state’s worst intersection.
But now there’s a demolition sign posted on the southwest corner. That’s the Westport Aquarium building, at 2 Riverside Avenue.
2 Riverside Avenue
It’s probably making way for a new structure — one that would (of course) draw more traffic.
Maybe though, there’s still a way to make this a turning lane — or at least somehow reconfigure that traffic-choked intersection.
Sam Goldblat is 12 years old. A while back, the young Westporter heard about the Adam J. Lewis Preschool. Like all who learn of it, he was impressed by the great work done by the Bridgeport institution named for a 9/11 victim, and nurtured by a board that includes many Westport residents.
He wondered if the school wanted a fish tank. He thought 3- and 4-year-olds would love to see and learn about fish (and be calmed down by them, if kids were stressed or angry).
When the school said yes, Sam wanted to get the largest size he could afford. He described different types of tanks to the Adam J. Lewis staff, based on his own volunteer work at Westport Aquarium. He said he’d be happy to help take care of the tank too, on his own.
Sam Goldblat, volunteering at Westport Aquarium.
Sam’s next step was to organize a fundraiser, so he could buy the tank. He did that too.
So this Sunday (June 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m.), Sports Center of CT in Shelton hosts an evening of golf, mini-golf, fun bowl, batting cages and lazer tag. The cost is just $20 per person (which includes 4 free tokens to the Game Zone).
Sam will add his own savings to Sunday’s proceeds.
Some very happy Adam J. Lewis preschoolers.
“I will also do other fundraisers if needed until I reach my goal,” Sam wrote to the Adam J. Lewis Preschool. If he exceeds the cost of the tank, extra funds will be given to the school.
“I promise I will do this. You can count on me.”
He concluded his letter to them: “Thank you for this great opportunity! I’m really excited!”
(Tickets, at $20 each, can be ordered by mail. Make payable to Becca Goldblat, and send to 3 Pilgrim Trail, Westport, CT 06880. Donations accepted too! For more info, email email@example.com)
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