“06880” is all about stories.
There are stories of Westporters doing amazing things. Stories of Westport’s past history, present challenges and future trends. Stories of Westport drivers and parking lots, both of which have serious issues.
Unfortunately, “06880” cannot cover everything.
One of the toughest parts of my job is saying no.
I say no to people — wonderful people — who want me to publicize their Girl Scout cookie sale. Their upcoming book signing/book reading/estate sale.
I say no to people who want help finding a missing dog, missing ring, missing classmate.
I say no to publicity about reunions, fundraisers, GoFundMe campaigns and political fundraisers.
I say no a lot more than I say yes. I hate doing it, and I hate that some people hate me for it.
But every problem* has a solution. Here’s mine:
That’s the newest addition to the “06880” community. It’s a community bulletin board.
Designed by Dylan Diamond — the very talented Staples High School rising senior whose MyHAC grade/class assignment/transcript app has been downloaded tens of thousands of times, across the country — “06880+” is the new go-to spot for posting all the stuff I say “no” to.
And adding your event to the handy calendar on the page too.
“06880+” — pronounced “06880 Plus” — is accessible here. And from the home page of “06880” (there’s a link at the top, and on the side). You can bookmark it as a Favorite too.
I hope you’ll use it often: As a page to publicize your upcoming event, post notices and seek help. (You can post images too — a logo for your organization maybe, or something you’re trying to sell.)
I hope too that “06880+” evolves. It may become a forum where folks seek advice. Questions are welcome: “Does anyone have a stroller I can borrow for when my granddaughter visits?” “What’s the best nail salon?” “What was the name of that place before it was 323 and Bogey’s?”
Like “06880,” I hope that “06880+” is a place where everyone feels welcome. Where all viewpoints are welcome.
And where I don’t have to say “no” to a story about your cat.
*Except those that come before the US Congress