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Fairfield County Residents Head Out To Enjoy The End Of Summer On Labor Day

A group of friends gathers together for a game of volleyball in Barrett Park in Stamford on Monday on the unofficial end of summer. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
A boat glides back into its mooring in Stamford near Cummings Beach on Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Sebastian Neufuss, 16, goes for the ball during a pickup basketball game with a group of friends on Labor Day in Stamford. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Boats in Stamford Harbor take a break on Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Teresa Correa keeps score for friends playing volleyball at Barrett Park on Labor Day. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Summertime, and the living is easy in Fairfield County as residents headed out on Labor Day for one last chance to enjoy.

For many people, Monday, the unofficial last day of summer, was a holiday to celebrate with friends on a warm and muggy late summer day.

At Barrett Park in Stamford, a group of friends played volleyball, as Teresa Correa kept score with a flip chart.

Mitchell Zavala of Darien was watching from the sidelines as the two teams lunged and spiked the ball as they competed furiously.

"We try to get together as much as we can," he said. "It's just a group of friends and most are from Stamford."

The friends have set up their court in a number of parks around the city, including Scalzi and Courtland parks, but like Barrett Park for its low-key atmosphere, Zavala said.

Nearby, a group of teenage friends were playing a pickup game of basketball.

Among them was Michael Sottile, 17, who shrugged when asked whether the summer passed too quickly.

"It went by the right time I guess," said Sottile, a Westhill High School student.

That may be a sentiment shared by some but not all students - and parents - as the summer winds down and the official start of fall is just a few weeks away.

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