Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today that the town has decided not to hold the RECing Crew and Camp Compo programs this summer due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
“Due to the many restrictions placed upon camps by the state, the limited number of children that could be served, limitations of our facilities, the challenge of social distancing, and the new unknowns related to Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome, we are concerned about our ability to provide these programs in a safe manner,” Fava said.
“Additionally, they would not be the camp experiences that our campers and parents have come to expect.”
Other Parks and Recreation summer programs are currently being evaluated and restructured to meet the necessary requirements, she said. “Information on these programs and registration will be provided as soon as they are finalized,” she said.
During this pandemic as Hollywood films have their release dates postponed and local theaters slumber, TV has developed a stranglehold on entertainment primacy. This is what I’ve been binge-watching:
Before he made the Oscar-winning “Parasite,” Korean director Bong Joon Ho devised the dystopian thriller “Snowpiercer” which recently debuted as a sci-fi action series on Sunday nights on TNT.
Like its 2014 predecessor (now on Netflix) and the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” that inspired it, this drama, which stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, is set in a futuristic wasteland where climate change has caused the entire Earth to freeze over.
The only survivors are aboard a 1001-car train, owned by Mr. Wilford, a mysterious billionaire. They’re segregated according to class: the privileged elite are living in luxury at the front of the train, while the poor, along with a starving band of terrorists, are crowded into the rear, or what’s called “the tail.”
With cancellation of this year’s Memorial Day Parade, Westport artist Miggs Burroughs pulled out his colonial George Washington garb and had a parade of one. He adds: “The Westport Woman’s Club’s annual Yankee Doodle Fair will return when it’s safe for us all to be together again!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Memorial Day Parades have been the most photographed event in town. WestportNow contributing photographer David Dreyfuss has been shooting them for years. He put together this collection, which can be viewed by clicking HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
For Bill Vornkahl, 89, Memorial Day today is at best bittersweet.
Bill Vornkahl supervises at an earlier Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
Yes, he had the privilege of watching his two grown granddaughters place a memorial wreath honoring fallen armed service members at the foot of the Doughboy statute in Veterans Green during a small ceremony.
But today was the first time in more than 75 years that Vornkahl did not participate in the Memorial Day Parade.
“Terrible,” said Vornkahl, who served as a corporal during the Korean conflict. “I’m a parade guy.”
With Westport’s Memorial Day Parade canceled because of the coronavirus, Westport police, fire, and EMS held their own mini-parade today—with masks—on Myrtle Avenue in front of Town Hall and Veterans Green. There was also a small ceremony on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Maple Ave. North is in process. Built in 1910, the 1-3/4 story colonial has 1,775-square feet and is situated on a .8-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com