Roundup: Absentee Ballots, Pumpkin Recycling, Black Holes, More


Counting Westport’s approximately 8,000 returned absentee ballots began at noon yesterday. The goal was to finish today, and attempt to reach voters whose ballots were rejected beginning tomorrow morning.

A herculean effort resulted in the opening of all ballots by 6 p.m. last night. Astonishingly, only 5 ballots were rejected, for errors like improper insertion of the inner envelope, or lack of a signature.

Registrars of voters will contact those individuals. They will be able to vote on Election Day.


Your Halloween candy may be all gone (given away and/or eaten). Your pumpkin probably is not.

No problem!

Bring it to the Westport Farmer’s Market (Imperial Avenue parking lot) this Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They’ll “recycle” it.

It’s one small way to lessen the 1.3 billion pumpkins that end up in landfill each year. (Hat tip: Johanna Rossi)


2020 may seem like a black hole. The real black holes, of course, are in outer space.

On November 17 (8 p.m.), the Westport Astronomical Society presents a virtual lecture. Yale astronomy and physics professor Priyamvada Natarajan’s talk is titled “Searching for the Elusive Population of Intermediate Mass Black Holes.” It’s available via Zoom and YouTube.

The WAS is also selling their 2021 calendar. It includes astrophotography from talented members, and daily astronomical data.

The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, plus $5 shipping for 1 or 2 calendars, $10 for 3 to 5. Supplies are limited. Email alex@was-ct.org, and include the number you’d like and mailing address. You’ll be invoiced via PayPal.


And finally … if you’ve made it this far without realizing you gained an hour of sleep last night:

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