Nearly every weekend, Bob Braczyk and his wife Monica Bernier come to Westport from their Manhattan apartment.
Every morning they’re here — rain or shine — Bob joins Mark Yurkiw and his wife Wendy Van Wie on their daily 3.5-mile dog walk. The route includes Cross Highway, Sturges Highway, Meeker Road and Bayberry Lane.
Bob is here to relax. But when he joins the Yurkiws Bob brings a plastic claw, and the biggest recycled plastic bag he can find. He wants to clean the streets of his weekend hometown.
No matter how big the bag — and some are huge — he always fills it up. By the end, he’s stuffing in more trash than it can hold.
Mostly, Mark says, the garbage is
- Coffee cups
- Beer cans
- Liquor bottles
- Cigarette packs
- Fast food wrappers
- Really gross things
“It’s virtually always the same items,” Mark says. “And I suspect from the same people — who live here.”
It’s great that Bob — who lives here only a couple of days a week — cleans up after us.
But what a shame he has to.