Roundup: Postal Service, Parks & Rec Programs, More

A reader warns:

“Don’t put checks or anything important — such as your absentee ballot — in your mailbox.

“Although many people pay bills online or by phone, checks are still being mailed as gifts. Bring them directly to the post office.

“A card containing a check, which I put in my mailbox around noon, was stolen out of the mailbox before the mailman arrived. By the end of that day the thief removed the ink from the check, changing the payee’s name and the amount of the check to thousands of dollars more than the original.

“Fortunately my bank contacted me, the funds were restored, and the checking account frozen. I was told that this crime is occurring often in other towns as well.

“Since the current election is so heated, it probably isn’t safe to put the absentee ballot in our home mailboxes.”

Safer than your own mailbox.

Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department has extended its fall programs — and added more sessions through the end of November. The goal is to keep folks active, and outside, as long as possible.

Programs include Keep Kickin’ Soccer, IST Multi-Sports, adult tennis clinics (see below), Wakeman Town Farm, ice skating, and others that are virtual.

Click here for program information. Click here to register.

Speaking of Parks & Rec: Last weekend they sponsored a tennis tournament for 16 women in their Advanced Beginner class. All had great fun — and look forward to continuing. They’ll form small groups, and play outdoors as long as they can.

Interested in joining? Call Dave Kardas (203-520-9815), Alex Walsh (203-644-8779) or Gabriella Gatto (203-803-8472).

Participants at the Town Farm courts.

And finally … the latest rock star to die is Spencer Davis. He was 81.

He was not the lead singer for the group — that was 16-year-old Stevie Winwood — but Davis played rhythm guitar and helped form the band. It was named after him because he did not mind doing interviews — allowing the other musicians to sleep more.

The Spencer Davis Group had several big hits. This one epitomizes them — and their role in rock ‘n’ roll.

6 responses to “Roundup: Postal Service, Parks & Rec Programs, More

  1. Kristin Schneeman

    Just wanted to offer an easy alternative for absentee ballots – drop them in the official secure drop box directly behind town hall. Please vote, everyone!

  2. Indeed, another sad day for music. The Spencer Davis Group were from Birmingham in England, where I was born and bred. This one hits home harder than most.

    In the early 60s, when the world was infatuated with The Beatles and Liverpool, The Spencer Davis Group gave kids from Birmingham their very own musical heroes. Not only were SDG having hit records, but they were arguably the most musical of all the pop groups. They were dripping in musical credibility. Thank you Spencer for having the necessary foresight, lack of ego, and bravery to draft a 14yr old Stevie Winwood, with his freakishly good voice and guitar/piano/organ chops, into the frontman slot of your band. From The Golden Eagle on Hill St, to worldwide respect.

    R.I.P. Spencer David Nelson Davies (17 July 1939 – 19 October 2020). “Keep On Running”

  3. Unnerving story about mailboxes being violated this way. Seems like nothing is safe anymore.

  4. Arline Gertzoff

    If you use a uni 207 rollerball it does not erase

  5. “It was named after him because he did not mind doing interviews — allowing the other musicians to sleep more.“ Holy cow! I had never heard or read that factoid before. What a fascinating piece of music trivia.

    And “Gimme Some Lovin’” is absolutely one of the great rockers of the sixties.

    • Spencer was about 10 years older than Steve Winwood and was the de facto father figure of the band. No other member was really that equipped to do the interviews. Interesting and unusual chemistry due the vast difference in ages.