Successes & weird finds at International Coastal Cleanup Day

Foam and tires at Seaside Park, Bridgeport

An estimated 900 Save the Sound volunteers hit 31 Connecticut beaches last Saturday and Sunday for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Local land trusts and conservation groups, a SCUBA club, Bridgeport’s US District Court, businesses, and hundreds of high school and college students came out to pick up trash from their favorite spots across Connecticut’s shoreline. Unusual finds included a carburetor at Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk, a battered golf club at Longshore Country Club in Westport, and a foam block with flowers growing out of it in East Haven’s Farm River Estuary. Another 19 cleanups are planned for upcoming weekends. … Read more

Taste, Sip & Support fund-raiser to help end hunger

The 1st annual Taste, Sip & Support fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The 1st annual Taste, Sip & Support fundraiser to help end hunger will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon-4 p.m., at Black Rock Yacht Club, 80 Grovers Avenue in Bridgeport. With a motto of ‘ending hunger one taste bud at a time,’ the event is open to the public and will raise funds for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Foodshare and Operation Hope, as well as scholarships to the CT Chefs Association, and Lincoln Culinary Institute. The event features signature dishes from award-winning chefs, beers presented by Aspetuck Brew Lab and cocktails featuring selections by Asylum Distillery. Tickets are … Read more

Weston’s 1960’s festival takes people down memory lane

While Leigh Henry may have been at the Westonstock musical festival Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, he was recalling memories of another time and place. “I was at Woodstock for three nights, a hippie 18 year old into sex, drugs and rock and roll. I slept on the ground. I remember waking up at 2 a.m. on the last night to hear Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner,” said Henry, 67, of Westport. “It was like yesterday.” Weston’s first ever Westonstock, a tribute to the Woodstock event of the 1960s, took place at the Weston Historical Society and featured vintage … Read more

Missing Redding teen found after first responders search all night

A 19-year-old male was found at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, after first responders from across Connecticut spent the night searching for him.  Between midnight and around 1 a.m., Redding police received a call from the teen’s friends, who said they were worried about him, according to a member of the Redding volunteer fire department. The caller stated his friend was threatening suicide. The caller also said his friend had threatened to hurt himself on prior occasions. At around 2 a.m., after police had been searching for at least one hour, they contacted all three Redding volunteer fire departments for assistance in … Read more

Trumbull Arts Festival set for Sept. 16

The 40th annual Trumbull Arts Festival takes place on Sunday Sept. 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the Historic Town Hall Green, 5866 Main St., Trumbull, rain or shine; free admission. The festival features more than 30 juried crafters, 20 fine artists, authors, community booths,  food trucks and vendors, and a Children’s Creative Center. Entertainment  begins at 11:30 a.m., by Trumbull’s own Smile Awhile, featuring songs from Broadway and the movies. At 1 p.m., The Red Hots take the stage, followed by a performance by Fairfield Center Stage at 2:15 p.m., highlighting music from their new season. Closing out the … Read more

An Evening with Teddy: The Conservation President

The Connecticut Audubon Society will turn back the clock for a special cocktail and buffet fundraising event at the Center at Fairfield on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The evening’s esteemed guest speaker will be President Theodore Roosevelt as portrayed by Joe Wiegand, a performer and scholar who is highly regarded as the country’s premier Teddy Roosevelt reprisor. An Evening with Teddy: The Conservation President, will honor Fairfield resident Judith Fay Richardson for her dedication and commitment to The Connecticut Audubon Society. The festivities will include cocktails, appetizers, buffet and desserts, as well as a silent auction. … Read more

Lost dog last seen on Stevenson Road

Finn is a male neutered beagle mix, about 37 pounds, tan/white, and about 7-years-old. He is very friendly. He does not have his tags or collar on. He is microchipped. He is terribly missed by his elderly owners.  Finn was last seen on Stevenson Road in Fairfield, borderline of Easton and Trumbull, but he could be anywhere. If you see him or think you may have seen him, please call 203-414-1298, anytime. There is a reward. [wide] [/wide]

Maritime Aquarium offers marine science series for homeschool students

Avalon Bunge, STEM education specialist for The Maritime Aquarium, lets students touch a flounder during a recent Marine Life Encounter Cruise on Long Island Sound.

Homeschool students can explore the marine world in a new weekly series of standards-based programs utilizing the vast educational resources of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. A Marine Animal Adaptations series for ages 7 to 9 and a Marine Biology series for ages 10 to 13 will meet on Monday mornings from Sept. 24 to Nov. 12. Each session in the eight-week series runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Times may vary on the days of a coastal beach exploration and a study cruise onto Long Island Sound). “We’re happy to include and involve homeschool students in these unique explorations … Read more

Maritime Aquarium seeks volunteers

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking volunteers to help interpret the “Intertidal Touch Tank” and other animal exhibits for visitors. Interviews will be held Sept. 12 and 19 — choose one — for anyone over age 15 interested in signing up for a four-week Volunteer Training Course that begins Oct. 2. For details and to sign up, visit or call 203-852-0700, Ext. 2225. —Photo provided by Maritime Aquarium.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is conducting interviews for potential volunteers — with details provided about an October training course — on Wednesday, Sept. 12 or Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. Volunteers only need to attend one session. “Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling The Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service. “If you’re retired, the Aquarium offers a great way to stay active and connected. A weekday-morning shift could be perfect for stay-at-home parents after they … Read more

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo seeks donations for Browse Garden

Prairie dogs —Photo by Jack Bradley

With more than 300 animals making the Zoo their home, animal welfare is at the top of the priority list for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Animal welfare includes a species appropriate habitat, veterinary care, regular enrichment to keep mind and body in peak physical condition, and proper nutrition. In addition to the human-grade food prepared daily as animal meals in the state-of-the-art commissary on grounds, the Zoo is planning to add a “Browse Garden” to supplement regular diets. Plants play a significant role in maintaining our animals’ wellbeing. When available, animal care specialists provide our residents with “browse”: tender shoots, twigs, … Read more

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