In honor of GreenDay, a number of organizations, groups and random folks pitched in to clean up Westport today.
Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve — the former Allen’s Clam House on Hillspoint Road — drew Staples High School grads and students, Coleytown Middle School students, volunteer residents and members of the Sherwood Mill Pond Advisory Committee.
Steve Gustafson is in the foreground, in the photo above. Other volunteers are behind. And yes, the guy on the bench was just relaxing, as others worked all around him.
Meanwhile downtown, the Y’s Men picked up a year’s worth of trash from the Baldwin parking lot:
Among the other activities: Westport VFW and Auxiliary members cleaned up Riverside Avenue, from Treadwell all the way to the Sunoco station.
The weekend clouds parted and the temperature rose, just in time for today’s Memorial Day parade.
From the Westport Y’s Men’s prize-winning Vietnam Wall float, to grand marshal Leonard Everett Fisher’s powerful speech — the 89-year-old recalled watching Civil War veterans marching in parades when he was young — it was a glorious, colorful (and sobering) tribute to our nation’s heritage.
And a much-needed reminder of the countless sacrifices that have been made so that we can enjoy a day — and a life — like this in Westport.
The Y’s Men’s float paid solemn tribute to Vietnam veterans.
The Carpenters’ house on Myrtle Avenue is a favorite spot for pancakes and parade-watching.
What’s a Westport Memorial Day parade without an imported fife-and-drum corps?
Kids march with every kind of group: sports, Scouts, music and more.
A vintage car with vintage firearms carried veterans.
A simple sign, along the parade route.
Grand marshal Leonard Everett Fisher gave a strong speech, with a powerful message. He also noted that he last wore his uniform officially 67 years ago — and it still fits.
Staples trumpeter Devon Lowman played “Taps.” Adam Mirkine echoed the poignant notes.
(Click below — or click here — for the Staples High School Band’s stirring “Armed Forces March.”)
The headline above was stolen directly from today’s New York Times.
Gretchen Morgenson’s story begins:
Stop your bellyaching.
That was the message delivered last Thursday to Americans who today make almost nothing on the savings in their bank accounts.
Sarah Bloom Raskin
It came from Sarah Bloom Raskin, an insider at the Federal Reserve. Ms. Raskin, one of the governors on the Fed board, made the usual disclaimer that her comments reflected her own thinking. But Fed watchers said her remarks probably mirrored views inside the central bank.
The remarks, Morgenson noted, came “during a speech in Westport, Conn.”
The event was a Westport Y’s Men meeting, in the jam-packed Unitarian Church.
The next day Morgenson asked Raskin — a former commissioner for financial regulation in Maryland who also spent time as a managing director at a regulatory consulting firm in Washington, and whose parents live in Westport — for an on-the-record interview. A spokeswoman said she was not available.
So it’s clear: When it comes to discussing the economic future of the United States, the Westport Y’s Men trump the New York Times.
(To read the entire Times story, click here.)