Mailboxes Etc.

Last night, a number of mailboxes in the Greens Farms and Cross Highway neighborhoods were vandalized or stolen.

Police believe it was the work of teenagers.

Normally, this would not be an “06880” story. But there’s more.

This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of a Westport woman’s husband’s death.

When they moved into their home, she wanted a red mailbox. He bought it for her, as a gift. Now it’s gone.

The post that held the missing mailbox.

This Sunday is also Mother’s Day. The woman calls this “the hardest weekend of the year for me.”

She adds:

“I love Westport. I feel proud of calling this community home. I have great respect for the families that live here.”

However, she is appalled by what happened. She feels that her family — and others — have had their privacy violated. She calls what happened “irresponsible and damaging.”

This is a long shot. But if you’re reading this, and you stole that red mailbox — or know where it is — do the right thing.

Bring it back.

17 responses to “Mailboxes Etc.

  1. Rachel Zibelman

    That is absolutely disgusting. I would love to contribute money for a new mailbox if that’s possible. Please let me know how I can do that.

  2. Amy Saperstein

    Rachel,

    That’s a great idea – I’m happy to donate to a new mailbox as well. At least we can come together and try to help! If you are collecting money, please let us know where to send it!

  3. Joyce Barnhart

    When we moved to Westport in the early ’70’s there were frequent entries about mailbox vandalism in the police reports of The Westport News until the day there was a report of the apprehension of some Staples kids who had been driving around town bashing boxes with a baseball bat. We thought it all kind of funny, but now I sympathize with that woman. That mailbox was probably a reminder of happier times. Since the vandals probably tossed it somewhere on the side of the road, maybe it can be recovered. I hope so.

  4. yesterday was the last day of school for seniors at Staples. It’s a pathetic way to “celebrate.”

  5. Dave Feliciano

    Spring comes every year. Followed by Summer and as one season follows another senior have historically “done THE mailboxes”. It’s a tradition of sorts and like the seasons it’s not going to stop. I am saddened that a family was so senselessly damaged, and again point to the overwhelming sentiments to make things “right ” in our community.

    As for the sentiments of innocent till proven guilty etc. Take you medication and continue to to defy logic and history, kind of like HRC.

    • I agree, Dave. The seniors in June and the snow plows in winter. It happened to me one June not so long ago also. The seniors from my class (of the ilk) were into mailbox bashing. This goes way back. Though Not excusing!

  6. I too would be happy to contribute to the installation of a new red mailbox!

  7. Buying a new mailbox for the poor woman will not undo what has been done. It is the value of the original, a gift to their family and life from her late husband and the memories it represents that are the loss here.
    Throwing money at a problem does not solve anything – look at Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago……
    Hopefully, this publicity will result in the people who swiped it examining their consciences and they will return it.
    Hopefully………

  8. The value of small things can be enormous. When my father emigrated from Scotland, the fortune teller in his wee fishing village (yes, they had a fortune teller, Maggie by name) gave him a silver dollar for good luck. By the time he found a job and got his first paycheque the silver dollar was all the money he had left. It symbolised so much to him. Thirty years later, his house was burglarised, and they stole the silver dollar. He thought it might have hurt less if they had burned down the house. He still had the memories, and the life he had built, obviously, but the simple token meant a lot, and could not be replaced.

  9. Art Schoeller

    Dan – if it’s possible to share the address, and if needed email directly. I’d be happy to do some searching along the highways to see if it’s around.
    Art Schoeller

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