Subscribe to ‘06880’ in a reader
Please support “06880” — thanks!
SEARCH THE “06880” ARCHIVES
06880+Community bulletin board: post your event, ask a question, lost-and-found -- anything! Just click on: 06880+
- William Strittmatter on Aquarion Water Towers: Jim Marpe Responds
- Patricia Driscoll on Friday Flashback #129
- Chris Woods on [OPINION] Robert Harrington: Leadership Needed On Aquarion Tanks
- Chris Woods on Avi Kaner Hopes To Kick This Can Down The Road
- Chris Woods on Aquarion Water Towers: Jim Marpe Responds
- Pic Of The Day #671
- Photo Challenge #216
- Avi Kaner Hopes To Kick This Can Down The Road
- Pic Of The Day #670
- Aquarion Water Towers: Jim Marpe Responds
- [OPINION] Robert Harrington: Leadership Needed On Aquarion Tanks
- Teachers Whip Up A Tasty Day
- Pic Of The Day #669
- Meatball Shop Update: ImPortant News
- Mmmm … That’s A Spicy Meatball!
Bored? Wander through ‘06880’
- Friday Flashback
- Local business
- Local politics
- Looking back
- Photo Challenge
- Pic of the Day
- Real estate
- Staples HS
- Totally random
- Unsung Heroes
- Westport Country Playhouse
- Westport life
DISCLAIMERThis blog is personal opinion, and is not representative of the views of the Westport School District or Board of Education.
You don’t get more “Westport” than last week’s Photo Challenge.
Michael Tomashefsky’s image showed rocks, a jetty and water. It’s a scene we see all over town — from Frost Point on Beachside Avenue and nearby Burying Hill Beach, to Sherwood Island, Schlaet’s Point and Compo.
Those were some of the guesses. Others ranged further afield: Cockenoe, and Canfield/Sprite Island. John McCarthy was somewhat correct, but not quite precise enough, when he suggested “somewhere near the water.”
The first winner was Diane Silfen. She knew that this photo was taken at the end of Canal Road, off Saugatuck Shores. That’s a part of Westport that many residents may not be familiar with.
But — like so many other spots in town — it offers stunning, and ever-changing, water views. (Click here for the photo, and all the guesses.)
Caitlin Engle checked in later, calling it one of Westport’s “hidden gems.”
There’s a bit of water in this week’s Photo Challenge too. If you know where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.
Avi Kaner is a poster boy for civic involvement.
He’s chaired Westport’s Board of Finance, and served as 2nd selectman. He and his wife Liz are active members of Chabad of Westport, and lead philanthropic efforts in this town and Israel.
Now, Avi Kaner is a poster boy — and cover subject — in a battle against expansion of a New York law.
When Crain’s New York Business ran a long story on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to expand the state’s nickel-deposit law to include plastic and glass bottles containing juice, coffee and tea concoctions, plus sports and energy drinks, they illustrated it in print and online with a photo of a less-than-pleased Kaner — holding plastic bottles.
This issue has nothing to do with the Westporter’s civic work. His day job is co-owner of Morton Williams. That’s the family-owned chain of supermarkets, primarily in Manhattan, focused on fresh, organic, specialty and international foods.
Crain’s says Kaner “isn’t relishing the thought of folks bringing in a lot more bottles and cans” to his West 57th Street location. Morton Williams recently spent $10 million, turning the ground floor and lower level into retail space.
Customers can return up to 240 items a day. They are first stored near a street-facing window, then in the basement.
“It’s not an optimal use of space in a store where rent is $200 per square foot and every inch of shelving counts,” Crain’s says. Workers who sort the returnables earn $15 an hour.
Kaner is not anti-environment.
“Anything that can be done to prevent waste and help the planet is a good thing,” he told Crain’s. “But the economics of recycling don’t work for a business like ours.”
To read the full story — including its possible impact on curbside recycling — click here.
(Hat tip: John Karrel)
For years, the Westport Farmers’ Market and Staples High School’s culinary arts program have teamed up to bring great food to folks in need.
Once a month, students shop for provisions at the market. Then they prepare and serve a delicious, nutritious meal at the Gillespie Center.
Yesterday, many more people got in the act.
As part of Westport’s Professional Development Day, culinary students and staff helped interested teachers — from throughout the district — shop for ingredients, then create and serve a meal too.
The initiative was led by Staples’ 3 culinary instructors: Cecily Gans (owner of The Main Course Catering, and a member of the Farmers’ Market Board); Alison Milwe-Grace (owner of AMG Catering and Events), and Laura Wendt.
The goal was to give educators in the district “an overview of the culinary program’s relationship with the community, the Farmers’ Market, the farmers who provide the raw product for meals the students create, and the challenges those students face as they put meals together,” Milwe-Grace says.
Gans adds, “Building relationships around local food, and connecting farmers to the recipients of the food they grow, catch or raise is fundamental to the Farmers’ Market mission.” The Professional Development Day event strengthened other relationships too: those between students and teachers.
The Farmers’ Market and culinary instructors are dedicated to helping students “grow” — as cooks and people.
Yesterday, those students turned the tables on some of our town’s top teachers.
Earlier today, “06880” reported that the Meatball Shop will open its 8th restaurant this spring in Westport.
The location has just been confirmed. They’ll be serving ‘balls in what was, most recently, The ‘Port. The family-style restaurant closed last June.
National Hall has seen a lot, since it was built in the early 1800s. It’s housed the Westporter Herald newspaper, Horace Staples’ bank (and, very briefly, the first classes of his high school).
It was the site of the town meeting hall, and — for many years — Fairfield Furniture.
In the early 1990s, Arthur Tauck saved the historic building from the wrecking ball. (After decades of pigeon droppings, the roof was ready to cave in.)
He and his family converted National Hall into an inn and restaurant of the same name. Several other restaurants later occupied that prime ground floor space.
Now it’s ready for its next phase.
Arlo Guthrie once sang, “You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant.”
You can only get meatballs (of many kinds, for sure) at the Meatball Shop.
But — with Arezzo, OKO and Bartaco all just steps away, and David Waldman’s new project at the old Save the Children headquarters moving quickly along — the west bank of the Saugatuck River just got a little spicier.
If you’ve ever said, “Westport’s restaurant scene is okay, but what we really need is a meatball place” — your wish will soon come true.
Actually, it will happen even if you never said that.
The Meatball Shop opened on the Lower East Side in 2010. They added 5 more locations in New York, and last fall expanded to Washington, DC.
Now they’re coming here.
Actually, according to a Craiglist ad — looking for a manager — they are “bringing our Balls to Westport, CT this Spring!”
The ad does not say where. But it does say:
Our “ballers” are the most important part of The Meatball Shop family, and we are passionate about serving our guests simple, sustainable, and delicious food. We believe in creating a culture that promotes creativity and individuality within our communities. Our shops each have a unique energy & vibe about them, while staying true to our values and beliefs.
We are a hands-on team that trains our “ballers” in every aspect of food, service and culture. You’re not afraid to get your hands dirty and jump in wherever is needed, but most importantly you’re rock star, and confident at leading a team!
And finally: “Our ideal candidate will be a proven leader who is also not afraid of ball jokes!”
Because, as the final line says: “We are looking for candidate to start immediately. Do you have the balls?”
I could make a snarky comment here.
But I won’t. A few years ago, I wrote a book called We Kick Balls: True Stories From the Youth Soccer Wars.
(Hat tip: David Meth)