Based on its residents’ increasing levels of education from high school through professional and doctoral degrees, the town has been ranked the ninth most educated community in America by the consumer advocacy website NerdWallet.
In the top 10, it was No. 1 with most bachelor degrees—37 percent.
Westport was the only Connecticut community to make the site’s top 20 list, while Massachusetts boasted five such communities, according to Julia Baily, NerdWallet’s communications associate.
UPDATE Metro-North said at 9:39 a.m. that New Haven Line Service into Grand Central Terminal is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays of 5-10 minutes due to circuit problems in the Bronx.
Westport will welcome United Nations guests Saturday for its 48th annual jUNe Day marking the anniversary of the 1945 signing of the U.N Charter founding the world body. Flags of the U.N. member nations will again fly from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Patricia O’Brien, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, and U.N. Under-Secretary General Joseph Verner Reed are scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and U.N. Association of Southwestern Connecticut President Bill Hass are also scheduled to welcome guests, and jUNe Day Chairperson Michaela Maccoll will outline the day’s activities.
They include a variety of sporting and recreational events, including: a soccer match between the U.N. team and the Westport Knights; a tennis tournament and a day of golf at the Longshore Golf Course; and tours of historic Westport, as well Earthplace. Event planners note that a visit to the WakemanTown Farm will also be included, and that guests will also have free access to the Compo Beach and town pools at Longshore Park.
Mystic Bowie, from humble beginnings in Jamaica to one of reggae’s hardest working independent artists, opned the Levitt Paviion’s 40th season tonight at its temporary home on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With the setting sun and Saugatuck River as a backdrop, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts opened its 40th season of free entertainment tonight at its temporary home on Jesup Green. Reggae music maker Mystic Bowie provided the entertainment for the first of 53 nights of free performances. The new Levitt Pavilion is expected to be ready for the 2014 season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Getting together before tonight’s opening night Levitt Pavilion performance were (l-r) mother and daughter Freda Welsh, Levitt executive director, and Carleigh, communications manager, Janet Plotkin, chairman of the board, and Mystic Bowie. He and his band entertained with a mix of reggae, zydeco and blues. Before he took the stage, Jamaican-born Bowie, a Norwalk resident, said, “I see a lot of people here tonight that follow our group. The most requested song in our repertoire is always ‘Music is My Drug of Choice.’” He said tonight is the first time he has been on the Levitt stage during the regular season, having appeared in a 2009 Levitt fundraiser for Haiti relief. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com