Recent beach closures (for swimming only) due to high bacteria counts after heavy rains have residents wondering: How do I know if they’re open?
Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department follows a directive from the Aspetuck Health District to close when rainfall reaches an inch or more within a 24-hour period. The Health District tests the water.
(Parks & Rec notes that the problem has been exacerbated recently by heavy flooding in northern New England. That’s meant a large amount of debris and other pollutants is entering Long Island Sound, from the Connecticut River.
For updated information, Parks & Rec maintains a cancellation line for all activities: 203-341-5074. You can also check the Parks & Rec page on the town website (click here).
Everyone out of the water! (Photo/Sunil Hirani)
When the going gets tough … Westport helps the Funicello family.
Maria and Pasquale own Tutti’s — the very popular, very family-focused Saugatuck restaurant.
Their great-nephew Mason Dent was born at just 24 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces. His medical journey has been harrowing — and expensive.
So on Sunday, Tutti’s had a special pasta-and-meatballs deal. It raised over $5,000.
Meanwhile, the entire staff is donating all cash tips throughout this month to the Dent family.
There’s also a GoFundMe page.
“We want to thank all of our customers who helped,” Maria says. “We cannot get over the generosity of everyone! Mason has a long road ahead, and this will help them very much. God bless.”
An update on Mason, posted yesterday.
Every day, town officials help make Westport a better place to live, work and play.
Now we can nominate them for an award.
The 8th annual Connecticut Conference of Municipalities’ Excellence Awards will recognize “innovative projects and individuals that have significantly improved the quality of life for citizens, established partnerships, and built community support.” Anyone can submit a nomination.
Towns and cities are recognized in 3 population categories. There’s also an award for “Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
There are 2 individual honors too. One is for lifetime achievement; the other, for innovation.
For more information, including how to nominate, click here.
The deadline is August 25. For a list of last year’s winners, click here. (Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein)
You may not be ready for back-to-school shopping.
But the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is already hard at work. They’re collecting supplies for residents of 2 safe houses.
- New (unused) backpacks
- Pens, pencils, highlighters, crayons
- New lunchboxes
- Graphing calculators
- Gift cards (Staples, Target, Walmart, Amazon, etc.).
Donations can be left from now through July 23 in collection bins at the Westport police station lobby (50 Jesup Road), and at ASF Sports & Outdoors (1560 Post Road East).
The Y’s Men of Westport and Weston (and guests) headed to a familiar (to them) spot yesterday: Flushing Meadows, site of the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
As the group passed landmarks like the Unisphere, Hall of Science and pavilions (GM, GE, Bell System and others), they shared memories of experiences there.
The latest in a series of historical walking tours was led by member Warren Jahn.
Y’s Men (and guests) on tour. (Photo and hat tip/Dave Matlow)
Bunny Franco and her son Jimmy have been Westporters for 60 years.
What better place to pose Sunday than this classic spot?
PS: Jimmy is sporting Westport’s iconic 150th-anniversary t-shirt, from 1985. He’s already been here for 23 years.
Fred Cantor sends today’s “Westport … Naturally” image.
And, he adds: “Kudos to whoever planted and/or takes care of the flower bed surrounding the Doughboy statue. Truly beautiful!”
And finally … since we’re talking about closing the beach to swimming (story above):
(Whether Westport’s your home — or Boston — please consider a contribution to “06880.” Just click here. Thank you!)