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Pinkberry Comes to Westport

A swirl of yogurt. A snowstorm of toppings. And, yes, the commotion of yet another new frozen yogurt store.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt opened at 111 Post Road to the delight of many Westport residents. Though there has been a Pinkberry located in Fairfield for some time, Staples students were excited to finally have one in their own town.

“I don’t have to force my parents to drive to Fairfield—I can walk now,” Lilly Valente ’16 said with a smile. “It’s a good time.”

The store offers ample frozen yogurt flavors such as original, salted caramel, chocolate hazelnut, grapefruit, pomegranate, passion fruit, and many more. However, though Pinkberry has an abundance of flavors, they opt not to dish them out conventionally. Unlike Sixteen Handles and Top This, Pinkberry does not have its customers serve themselves—the workers there prepare the frozen yogurt themselves.

“It’s nice that they do it for you, and you have a lot of options,” Elizabeth Mitas ’16 said.

However, some believe that not being able to self-serve is a detriment to the frozen yogurt experience.

“They skimped out on the toppings big time compared to Fairfield,” Gabi Duncan ’15 said. “I barely got anything.”

Despite the difference in the amount of toppings given not only between other frozen yogurt places, but also between the Westport and Fairfield locations, many students, especially those who frequently went to the older Pinkberry in Fairfield, are excited that there is now a Pinkberry closer to home.

“I finally don’t have to go to Fairfield every single day of the year,” Kendall Rochlin ’16 said.

Other Staples students rave about Pinkberry no matter the location.

Says Daisy Laska ’16, “It’s so frickin’ delicious.”

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By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”
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