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 … read more

Operation Hope thanks community for supporting annual tag sale

To the Editor: We at Operation Hope of Fairfield express our thanks to the community for its support of our 29th annual Tag Sale, which took place August 18-19. Your generosity helps us provide food, clinical support, affordable housing and hope for the future for so many. Thanks to First Church Congregational for loaning the space to hold our largest … read more

International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday

More than 1,000 Save the Sound volunteers are expected to hit Connecticut beaches this weekend for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Individuals and community groups ranging from a SCUBA club to Bridgeport’s US District Court will #SuitUpToCleanUp their favorite spots across the full width of Connecticut’s shoreline. Each September, the International Coastal Cleanup, founded by Ocean Conservancy 33 years ago, brings … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — The beauty of sport

The U.S. Women’s National Basketball team came through Bridgeport last Saturday night, allowing our region the opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world as they prepared for next week’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. However, those lucky enough to catch the squads from Canada and Japan the night before were treated to everything … read more

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 … 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 maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer 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 … 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 … read more