Where Westport Meets the World

Time to get ready for Kindergarten!

Memorial Day Parade; late 1940's or early 50's?


Was clearing out a drawer and came across these contact prints from an old Memorial Day parade. The photos show the parade turning from Taylor Place onto State Street.  I guess in those days the parade began at Rogers Field or maybe (I hope not) the old town dump.

The prints are 2 ¼ inch square,  just like the film stock from the old Rolleiflex camera my dad used for his work as an illustrator. So I originally assumed that he took these photos after we moved to Westport in April 1954. But I sent one to my older brother Artie, and he thinks that these photos are older, based on clothing styles (checkered shirts & skirts...very cool) and the fact that Gristedes was on State Street and not on Main Street. Also I don’t remember when Colgan’s Pharmacy became Thompson’s, and I don’t remember the Colonial Restaurant being where the Ship’s Lantern was, at all. I was only a baby in 1954 so I don’t remember much of anything.  Artie is probably a more reliable source here.

My dad sometimes exchanged photos with other illustrators for his clip files, so these photos may be taken by someone else prior to 1954. I’m hoping somebody with better vision than I can date the photos from the movie displayed on the Fine Arts Theater marquee.  

While I’m at it. Does anyone know when Compo Shopping center was built? My forsythia hedge is in dazzling bloom now and family legend has it that my folks took the plants from that property when it was being cleared for construction.

Dave Barton    

Staples class of '71

All hands on Duck! “Applause For The Cause” Black Duck Karaoke 25 Year Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser


This year marks the 25th anniversary of our weekly Tuesday karaoke show at the Black Duck Café.   “Eat, drink, sing, go nuts – not necessarily in that order!” has been our motto and we’ve sure done a boatload of that in the past 25 years!   To celebrate this milestone we’ve teamed up with the American Cancer Society (ACS)/Relay For Life for a karaoke fundraiser with a goal of raising $10,000 to help save lives and support cancer victims.  And we need your help!   

Here’s our plan and here’s how you can participate or support us:

The event will be held on two consecutive Tuesdays,  June 13 and 20, at the Black Duck, 9:00 to 12:30

June 20  “Sing-a-Thon”:

This  night will feature four time slots per hour over a three hour period.   Each time slot will allow the team leader three songs to sing (up to 15 minutes total)

Become a Team Leader:

The team leader will set a goal of raising $500 in donations.   Donations can be made directly to their team through the ACS/Relay “Applause For The Cause” website

Team leaders can do whatever they like with their time slot - perform solo, duo or more – or donate it to another singer.   You DON’T need to be a singer to be a team leader! 

The team leader will have their own web page in which to securely solicit and keep track of donations, contact people and promote the event.  

    Or support a team leader by donating to their team! 

June 13 – “Only A Pay-Per-Tune”  

Make a $25 donation for each song you sing - or donate your song to another singer. 

For more information or to sign up for this event, donate to a team or become a sponsor, go to www.BlackDuckApplauseForTheCause.org or contact Leigh Henry lh@leighhenrymusic.com

1977 Stapleite Dedication

I hope you all remember Jeff Brown.  Your year book dedication:

"Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind; quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.  I know but I do not approve, and I am not resigned."  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)


Carver Center Charity Piano Concert on April 10, 2017 at 12-12:30 pm in the Saugatuck Congregational Church Sanctuary, 245 Post Road East, Westport

Women and Diabetes Event, New Canaan Connecticut


Join us and fellow women who deal with diabetes every day. We created this event to help women empower themselves and share how one can live one’s life as someone who has diabetes or is caring for someone with diabetes but is not defined by it.    

Our powerful and uplifting speakers for the day will be:

Karin Hehenberger, MD, Ph.D. Founder of Lyfebulb 

Diane Sheehan, APRN, Bridgeport Hospital

Liz Sacco – Creator of Diabetic Dabs and mother of child with diabetes

Stronger than Diabetes Panel speaking about Diabetes and Exercise

We will be serving a delicious catered lunch, participating in a GlucoseZone guided exercise session lead by Charles O’Connell, networking over cocktails, mocktails and cheese and everyone who attends will receive a free subscription to the GLUCOSEZONE app exercise guidance specifically designed for people with diabetes and a beautiful “Stronger Than Diabetes” T-shirt.

Wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring your glucometer. Water and snacks will be available throughout the day. 

Women & Diabetes by Fitscript is dedicated to building connections among supportive individuals and celebrating the drive that will reshape the future of diabetes. We hope you’ll join us. Register now!


Sat, April 8, 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm


Halo Studios,

45 Grove

St, New Canaan, CT 06840

The Role of Ergonomics on Workplace Musculoskeletal Conditions, a Community Education program

Join us for a FREE lecture!

What is ergonomics? How can it play a role in addressing the aches and pains I feel in my bones and muscles? A strong link has been found between workplace physical exposures and work-related musculoskeletal conditions.

Join us to learn how ergonomic principles can help reduce stress and prevent workplace injuries associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

WHERE: HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, 06902

SPEAKER:  Sarah Schlosser Giacalone, OTR/L, CHT,  Occupational Therapist, HSS Sports Rehab

Space is limited, register early!

To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at villagomezp@hss.edu.

CHT Preschool Spring Open House on March 23, 2017 at 10 am in Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Westport, CT


By 2030, the UN estimates two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water. Tapped illustrates the impact of the global water crisis on American and what we can do as individuals to enact change sooner rather than later. Thursday March 2 at 7PM watch the movie TAPPED with us, followed by an expert panel discussion. Panelists are Gail Lavielle, George Logan, Alicia Mozian and Isabelle Amlicke. This event is free. For Addition Information: Visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400

Join us for a FREE lecture on Nutrition for Healthy Bones

Nutrition plays a role in keeping our bones healthy at all stages of life.  We know how important Calcium and Vitamin D are, but are there other nutrients we should focus on as well?   Join us to learn about the fundamental elements of eating healthy to build and maintain healthy bones!

WHEN:  Wednesday, March8, 2017, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm

WHERE: HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, 06902

SPEAKER:  Dana Pitman, MS, RD, CDN, Clinical Nutritionist, Hospital for Special Surgery

Space is limited, register early! 
To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at villagomezp@hss.edu.