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Sunday, June 29, 2003

First Sunny Summer Sunday Draws

First Sunny Summer Sunday Draws Crowds to Compo
It was the first sunny summer Sunday of the year and scores of Westporters and their guests plopped down on the beach and took the waters of Long Island Sound at Compo Beach.


Everyone into the water on first sunny summer Sunday at Compo Beach. WestportNow.com photo

The parking lots filled quickly during the day as morning rain showers gave way to picture postcard skies in the afternoon. The temperature at the beach stayed in the comfortable low 80s.

Compo Beach goers had the opportunity to purchase car passes for this ThursdayҒs annual fireworks display sponsored by the Police Athletic League (PAL).

The fireworks were held last year at nearby Sherwood Island State Park, much to the disappointment of many Westporters who liked the more intimate and crowded ֖ Compo Beach venue.

PAL was forced to relocate the display to Sherwood Island last year after being unable to secure a barge for launching of the fireworks. This year the group has hired a unit of the well-known Grucci fireworks family, which arranged for a barge.

Rain date for the fireworks is Monday, July 7.

Merritt Parkway Day Marked with

Merritt Parkway Day Marked with Classic Car Parade.


Just like the old days on the Merritt. WestportNow.com photo

They didnt go too fast and traffic backed up behind them, but more than two dozen classic cars tooled along the Merritt Parkway today to mark the 65th anniversary of the parkwayҒs opening.

The Merritt Parkway Conservancy, a group dedicated to revitalizing and celebrating the parkway, sponsored the parade. The drive was topped off with a luncheon at Westports Three Bears Restaurant.

Gov. John G. Rowland marked the anniversary by proclaiming today Merritt Parkway Day in the state.

The group hopes to improve the parkwayҒs appearance by bringing architectural, conservation, and landscaping expertise to complement the knowledge and resources of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The groups part-time executive director is Peter S. Szabo, a former deputy commissioner in the department.

One of the projects planned by the group is a demonstration effort to light a Merritt Parkway bridge for several months this fall.

It says the goal is to ғheighten public appreciation of the Merritts beauty by drawing attention to the parkwayҒs remarkable bridges.

The Conservancy plans to select one bridge and give it ԓsubtle, architectural lighting during the evening hours.

Media Fascination with Post-Indictment Martha

Media Fascination with Post-Indictment Martha Continues:  At Home in Westport
Todays New York Daily News takes a look at Martha Stewart and her life following her federal indictment on obstruction of justice charges in connection with her insider-trading case. Its conclusion—sheҒs happy tending her Westport garden.

Excerpt: Last week, she went about her usual high-octane schedule, checking her Turkey Hill garden in Westport, personally feeding her chow chows, Paw Paw and Zu Zu, and working the cell phone, friends and co-workers said.

“ӒShe’s going about working and living her, I guess, normal life, said one friend. ґShe’s not curled up in a fetal position somewhere. That’s just not her style.”

Saturday, June 28, 2003

jUNe Day Flags Fly on

jUNe Day Flags Fly on Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge
Westport flew the flags of the United Nations today on the newly named Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge to welcome visitors to town from the international body.

The annual jUNe day was begun by the late Westporter as part of her personal diplomacy efforts to break down barriers among peoples of different cultures and background.

The towns hospitality committee planned a day-long series of events for the visitors, including swimming, sports, and picnics.

Due to the large number of member states of the United Nations Җ 191 at the latest count   town public works employees had to erect extra flagpoles in both parking plazas on the east side of the bridge to accommodate the overflow.

The bridge was named for Steinkraus Cohen by an act of the state legislature last month.