Giving Thanks (“06880″-Style)

Thank you.

Thank you to Westport, for being — despite the ease and frequency with which we/I often knock it — a wonderful, warm, creative, arts-supporting, involved and ever-evolving community. At the dawn of a new administration, the best is yet to come.

Thank you to the people I spend so much time with: Westport’s teenagers. You are smart, passionate, compassionate and clever. You work far harder than I did when I was at Staples. You’ve got far more pressures on you than I had. Yet you handle it all with maturity and poise (most of the time). And you do it with plenty of smiles.

Thank you to the readers of “06880.” You are never without opinions, information and feedback. You feed me ideas and photos. You read my words at 5 a.m., noon and midnight. And — thankfully — you are no longer anonymous.

Those are my thanks, this Thanksgiving day 2013. I’d love to hear yours. And — more importantly — so would everyone else in this great “06880” community. Just click “Comments.”

Thank you!

I am thankful I live in a beautiful town. I am also thankful I'm not a turkey.

I am thankful I live in a beautiful town. I am also thankful I’m not a turkey.

24 responses to “Giving Thanks (“06880″-Style)

  1. And we, your readers, are thankful to you for all you do for Westport, notably in publishing 06880. All best!

  2. Well said

  3. I am so thankful for growing up in Westport and for the outstanding teachers who changed my life: George Wiegle, Trevor Cushman, Senorita Atkins and our Principal Mr. Calkins. From this foundation we have flourished. Such a blessing!

  4. Charles Halper

    And thank you, Dan, for creating this wonderful blog that keeps the past and present of Westport into each home.

    Roe and Chuck Halper

  5. I was thinking this morning how grateful I am to have a father who taught me to challenge myself – to always push myself to grow and become a better person.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Dan. Thanks for keeping us all informed. And by the way, I have dozens of turkeys parading back and forth in my yard and none of them look as good as the ones in your picture.

  7. Yes, thanks for all the effort you put into the 06880 blog to keep Westporters near and far informed, and thanks for all you do in keeping alive the wonderful tradition of Staples soccer.

  8. Estelle T. Margolis

    I am thankful for Dan Woog’s 06880. I would not know half of what I learn
    about what is going on and who is important in town if it were not for
    06880. I would not know about all the brilliant illustrative graduate of
    Staples High School. I would not know about them and all the great work being done by these “kids” who grew up in a town that nurtured their
    talents and provided a foundation for amazing lives.

  9. Thanks to you, Dan, for a wonderful daily dose of something interesting……

  10. Dan, I am thankful our friendship has spanned over 40 years no matter how often we see each other and that I get to connect to everything Westport — old and new — when I read your blog.

  11. thank-you Danny for your never-boring and always interesting thoughts–my day does not start until i read 06880–Audrey D

  12. thank you, Dan, for all you do and write.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dan, and to all the readers of 06880. I am thankful for all of the hard work you put into a very informative blog. I, too, am thankful for all the wonderful teachers I had in Westport, the best of whom were John Hanulik and George Weigle. Thank you.

  14. Jill Nash von Schmidt

    Thank you, Dan, for keeping this blog going. It’s nice to know what’s going on around town even when we’re as far away as we are! You are truly an asset to Westport and we are thankful for you! :-)

  15. Being so thankful for the three ladies in my life I have to give thanks to the great USA. I travel to many places in this world and every time I come home I am so thankful for what we have.

    06880 is the true example. The opportunity to have an opinion that can be freely distributed. We have what so many people wish they had, this very blog where we can freely speak.

    Thanks Dan for using what we have been given and to keep us informed. Keep us learning of the past and looking towards the future. And to allow the lively debate that normally happens.

    I wIsh everyone and your love ones a happy health and safe Thanksgiving. And thank you USA. I try to never take you for granted.

  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dan for all you do to keep me a ‘Westporter’. I know more now about ‘my town’ than in all the years I had lived there.
    Even before I ‘wash my hands’ in the morning I go to read your blog.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Keep well and keep us all so wonderfully
    informed.
    Thank you again. Michele Smolen

  17. Simply said, THANK YOU

  18. thank you Dan for 06880. Sarasota, FL knows more about Wstpt then some people that live there. My group of girlfriends from school still are very tight & in touch with each other. Every year we get together to take a fabulous trip together & of course the topics are always all the things we did together at good old Staples & Westport.. We are all from different states and are 79 yrs & 80 yrs old & still going strong but we are all tuned in to 06880 and reliving & thinking about the old days through you. Thank you again Dan. You are a Gem..

  19. Catherine Burnett, Staples '84

    Much thanks, Dan, for keeping us Wesporters near and far connected. Enjoy the holiday Season. Wishing you many blessings. Catherine

  20. These responses demonstrate the contributions you have made to Westport. Never taking sides, always informing and creating a forum.
    Thanks Dan

  21. And thank you Dan for keeping us all together kinda like a great big family!
    Speaking of which I just got 25 super duper Thanksgiving dinners out to the Westport seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The Westport Woman’s Club sponsers and organizes the delivery of this and I’m happy to do my community service by doing what I do best!! (I could attach pics but this site doesn’t give me the option?) Happy Day to you and yours!

  22. Nancy Powers Conklin

    Dan, heartfelt thanks to you for what you do for us, those who know, love and lived Westport! Whether near or far, reading your blog takes us right back to our “home.” Thank you for being so committed to this blog and to us, your readers! Love you, Dan! Keep up the great work.

  23. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Westport is an enigma to me, and always will be. I miss the place.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  24. We fed over 300 people at the Thanksgiving Feast hosted by Saugatuck Congregational Church in partnership with The Unitarian Church of Westport, Temple Israel and Christ & Holy Trinity and many, many community partners. I’m thankful to live among neighbors who reach across boundaries to serve others. Thank you Dan for your informative, interesting and thought-provoking blog. I look forward to reading it daily.