Roundup: Safe Homes, Mercury Gas, Gulls, More


Now through Sunday (August 30), the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is collecting supplies for the 2 Domestic Violence Crisis Center safe houses that serve area residents.

Besides providing confidential shelters for victims of intimate partner violence and their children, the DVCC offers assistance with basic needs like food, clothing and personal items, along with counseling, legal services, transportation assistance, children’s advocacy, weekly play-based children’s programming focused on self-esteem, healthy communication, referrals to community resources and economic advocacy, including budget development and assistance with job searches and resumes.

Children living in the safe houses need several items for the new school year:

  • New backpacks
  • Notebooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Graphing calculators
  • New or lightly used Chromebooks
  • Diapers (sizes 4-7).

To arrange ontactless pickup, email Task Force co-chair Jillian Cabana wdvtf06880@gmail.com.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, call 888-774-2900 or click here.


It’s been a few months. But the renovation project for the Mercury gas station at the Post Road/Bulkley Avenue North corner is done.

It still looks like a gas station. But it’s a lot nicer than the previous version. And the prices still seem lower than most others in town.

Mercury gas station (Photo/Seth Schachter)


Early Tuesday morning, Bart Stuck was walking on Soundview Avenue, toward Compo Beach. He saw dozens of gulls — maybe 100 — circling nearby.

When he got to the garbage can near the Soundview lot, he saw the problem. A gull had landed, then caught its webbed feet on the wooden slats. It hung beak down on the side.

Bart grabbed the 2 feet, pulled the gull up, and placed it on the sand. It shook itself off, then flew away. All the other gulls left too. 

Bart was amazed that several passersby had walked by, and done nothing. He was glad to help.

Let’s hope the next time he has a picnic, the gulls return the favor — and leave him and his food alone.

Not Bart’s gull.


And finally … as Hurricane Laura slams into the US, we’re thinking of everyone in it path.

3 responses to “Roundup: Safe Homes, Mercury Gas, Gulls, More

  1. Hooray for Bart! Thank you for caring! (Perhaps Bart should change his name to UNStuck!)

  2. What a wonderful post. Personally, someone will correct me if I am wrong but I am fairly sure that the renovated gas station on the Post Road at Buckley Ave was the C & F Texaco in the 1960’s that was run by my brother Corky Cookman and Freddie Fable. They both would be so pleased to know that it is no longer an eye sore. Then Glenn Campbell and Galveston. Dan as a DJ you are a genius. The photos are of a very recent Galveston. The Pleasure pier with the rides out over the water is relatively new as is the one quick shot of Moody Gardens’ Water park. The Cruise Ships are also a new addition. Seeing the Tankers off shore waiting their turn to go into the Turning Basin in Houston are authentic. I have decided to falsely claim the the young woman running on the beach is our son’s wife. From the back it could be. We dodged a bullet here but east of here the storm took a toll. I do want to say that I will take Compo any day over Galveston. Oh! There were other really good reports in this post. You brought a smile to my face today. These are dark times politically, for many there are financial and health concerns also. Again, thanks for the uplift.

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