Would you have been outside playing badminton in Thursday's heat? Ken Klosson and Scott Trowbridge were. So were Randy Christophersen and Katie Laszo. They were also pitching horseshoes and playing Frisbee golf.
The Pepperidge Farm employees were making the best of their outing at Cranbury Park, scheduled in advance of the weather forecast. The temperature topped 90 degrees, according to The Weather Channel, but felt like 98 degrees.
The normally busy park was quiet at 3 p.m., save for the Pepperidge people, most of whom were clustered in the shade of the pavilion. Christophersen said many people had been out earlier, taking advantage of the Frisbee golf course. The badminton game lasted about half an hour--the foursome played in the sun as the mercury hovered around 89 degrees. It was a draw. "The heat won," Christophersen said. "Not to be confused with the Miami Heat."
The crew turned down a chance to play bocce afterward in the shade.
They had earned their day out by sweating Wednesday. The employees had chosen that day to do community service work, installing plants in the edible garden at Brien McMahon High School and creating a new garden at Brookside Elementary School. They helped the high school kids with their project, doing the planting outside for them. At Brookside, they planted 100 vegetables and flowers, and 20 tomato plants, all in new beds.
Brookside let out early Thursday, as did the other Norwalk schools. Cafeteria worker Paula Weldon said the kids had been well-behaved, as they are every day. "I can't wait to get home and turn on the air conditioner," Weldon said as she waited for the bus.
Miguel Rosa, 16, walked his younger siblings and a family friend home. He said they'd like the air conditioning, too, and would be drinking plenty of juice.
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