Roundup: Dolphins, Halloween, Robocalls, More


How cool is this?

Ryan Hartmann spotted 3 dolphins just a couple of miles off Cockenoe Island.

Here’s a screenshot of them playing alongside his boat. Click here for a minute-long video on Facebook Live.


The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce does windows.

Saturday, October 24 — one week before Halloween — is the date for the town’s Window Painting Contest. Westport students can sign up to request a merchant’s window, or be assigned one. They’ll decorate it, and judges will pick winners in 3 categories: Scariest Artwork, Best Halloweeen Theme, and Most Original.

There are different divisions for elementary, middle and high school.

Winners — who supply their own water-based paint, drop cloths and brushes, and clean up after themselves — receive a $25 gift certificate from Donut Crazy.

Click here to sign up.


I thought the most obnoxious robocall was the constant “courtesy call” from someone who had been “trying to reach” me about my (non-existent) automobile warranty.

But that’s almost welcome compared to the daily barrage from (supposedly) the presidential campaigns.

Every day I am assaulted by calls from both sides. The voice sounds the same — and for some reason, all I can think of is George H.W. Bush.

The scripts are similar too: How great the Biden (or Trump) ticket is, as opposed to the awful other side.

Then comes the kicker: Contribute $35. Or $5,000.

And — of course — the acknowledgment that this group with a made-up-but-official-sounding name has no affiliation with the actual campaigns.

It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it. If you want your money to get to Joe Biden, click here. For Donald Trump, click here.


And speaking of politics:

An “06880” reader received an anonymous letter, addressed to “Our Neighbors.” It says:

We have been hesitant to contact you but as the number of signs in your yard has grown, we felt we must reach out. We are writing not about the content of the signs displayed on your front lawn but about the quantity of signs.

This note has no reference to politics; everyone has the right to their beliefs and to the expression of those beliefs. However, your one sign has now blossomed into ten and frankly it is an eye sore to the neighborhood.

Our request is simply that you choose two of the signs to display in front and either display the others elsewhere or remove them altogether. Your consideration of this proposal is greatly appreciated.

The homeowner’s response: “Cowards!”


And finally … Johnny Nash died Tuesday. He was 80. But songs like this will long endure:

7 responses to “Roundup: Dolphins, Halloween, Robocalls, More

  1. Thanks Dan. This will be a fun event for the kids, as it is each year, but this year more than ever.

    WE DO NEED WINDOWS TOO….. if you are merchant, please offer a window. go to http://www.westportwestonchamber.com/halloween to sign up your window.

  2. Regarding lawn signs- my Biden-Harris one keeps being stolen- who knew a sign could be so threatening!

  3. I did not spot them but Ryan Hartmann did! Just sharing his video!

  4. I agree some people go a bit overboard.

  5. i have a few lawn signs, but I’ve aways wondered — has anyone, anywhere ever voted based on a lawn sign?

  6. Arline Gertzoff

    Trying to restrict how many lawn signs people have would impinge on freedom of speech .I know some people get carried away but that is what a free society is all about.In 26 days you can remind your neighbors to take them down

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