Category Archives: Totally random

Peace Pole?

3rd Selectman Helen Garten has performed many roles in the Marpe administration.

Her latest: detective.

She’s been asked to sniff out the story behind the “peace pole” that stands at the entrance to Town Hall.

Peace pole

“No one I’ve asked can recall how or when it got there,” she says. “Many people have never noticed it before.”

Including, most definitely, me.

If you know when, why and how that sign got there, click “Comments.”

PS: The Westport Sunrise Rotary’s “Make Peace” booth at the Mini-Maker Faire had its own, similar peace pole.

PPS: September 21 was the International Day of Peace.

Hurry! This eBay Offer Won’t Last Forever!

You can get anything you need for your life on eBay.

For death, too.

Right now, for example, you can bid on a Willowbrook  cemetery mausoleum. It fits “two (2) caskets and one (1) urn” comfortably.

The Willowbrook mausoleum.

The Willowbrook mausoleum.

The starting bid is just $2,900.  Thanks to PayPal, 12 months financing is available.

The sellor (loulou0605) has 100% positive feedback.

But that’s not all! There’s “free local pickup”!

The auction ends Wednesday, at 10:25 a.m. So act now.

This offer will expire before you do.

(Here’s the direct eBay link to this mausoleum offer.)

Brian Chapman’s Mission Of Mercy

As summer fades into memory (very quickly), here’s a nice beach story.

Westporter Brian Chapman lives a quiet life. His daughter Colby (Staples High School Class of 2011) says his favorite activities are golf, and watching the sunset several times a week at Compo’s South Beach, with a circle of friends. She relays this story, from her mother.

The other night, Brian noticed a seagull struggling in the water. He borrowed a nearby kayak, and quickly paddled out.

Brian Chapman paddles out...

Brian Chapman paddles out…

The bird’s wings were tangled in a fishing line, and a lure was wrapped around one leg. Brian got the bird in the boat. His reluctant passenger nipped him many times, as Brian paddled to shore.

With the help of the kayak owner, they untangled the bird. Within minutes, it flew off into another beautiful Westport sunset.

...and saves a seagull.

…and saves a seagull.

Lynn And James’ Roadside Adventure

An alert “06880” reader who asked to be identified only as Andy writes:

Many folks in Westport do their best to help keep our town great. Here’s a story about 2 of them.

My weekend bike route takes me down Saugatuck Avenue, and ends at the Cedar Point Yacht Club. On the 1st  weekend of the month, I usually ride by Lynn and James picking up roadside trash. They’re easy to spot, with a purpose-made trash grabber in one hand and a large plastic bag in the other. James used to fill up plastic grocery bags. But they were outlawed, so he now uses regular garbage bags.

James and Lynn, hard at work.

James and Lynn, hard at work.

Their “trash pick-up route” is about 1 1/2 miles long — 3 miles round trip. The 2-hour gig begins on Saugatuck Avenue (New Haven side of the train station), and goes up Duck Pond Road onto Harbor Drive. Lynn and James cover both sides of the road.

The roadside trash usually fills 4 large plastic bags. In order of frequency: cigarette butts, cigarette boxes, drink cup lids and fast food packaging.

These 2 fine folks preferred I not use their last names in the article. But if you pass them on the road one weekend day, feel free to slow down and salute these terrific neighbors of ours.

 

Lost And Found: Kayak

“06880” is loath to post lost-and-found stories, because

  • Most of them are pretty narrow in scope
  • If we start doing it, we’ll be inundated
  • We can’t control who will claim an item.

But this is a special case.

Alert reader Leigh Gage writes:

This kayak with outriggers has sat at Old Mill Beach for a few days. It’s a really nice boat.

Kayak

There was a water bottle in it with someone’s personalized label: James Perse – Los Angeles.

If you know someone who’s lost a kayak, let him or her know it may be sitting on our beach.

If it’s not yours, don’t take it.

 

 

Who You Gonna Call?

Bob Rogers — president of Coastal Tree Experts — has a well-deserved reputation for excellent work, and concern for Westport. Recently, for example, he donated Coastal’s services to Earthplace, for some very important work.

But Bob cares about far more than just customers and their trees.

Recently, he and his company saved not 1, but 2, cats stuck in trees. One was up there for 13 days; the other, 8.

Checking out the scene.

Checking out the scene.

Bob says that he is not in the business of cat rescuing.

But if the job needs to be done, he’s happy to do it.

Just before the rescue, after 8 days in a tree.

Just before the rescue, after 8 days in a tree.

John Weymouth rescues Foo-Foo on Side Hill Road:

(Hat tip to Betsy Pollak)

3 Bears For Sale

No, not the longtime restaurant on Newtown Turnpike. That was sold awhile ago — to Chabad Lubavitch.

These 3 bears — papa, mama and baby? — have stood for years outside the Post Road BP gas station, near Maple Avenue.

Bear collage

Now it’s an Exxon station.

And the bears bear “For Sale” signs.

The oil industry doesn’t get more cutthroat than this.

 

 

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Finally, A Perfect Parking Job

Little car

The Saddest Estate Sale Ever

On the face of it, there’s nothing remarkable about the sign for this estate sale:

Estate sale

Any Westporter knows it refers to an event in the Gault Park section of town, off Cross Highway.

But if you’re not from here, it takes on a whole different meaning.

(Hat tip to Bruce Borner, for first posting this sign on Facebook.)

Andy Yemma Thought About Tweeting This Photo…

…but realized that “06880” readers would appreciate the photo more (if not the pun).

Birds

The robins’ nest is in a hemlock bush in his backyard. Mixing cartoon characters, the family named the fledgings Sleepy, Grumpy and Goofy.

Spring has definitely sprung!