Roundup: COVID Testing, Cortez Refuse, Cross Country Skis, More

This was the scene yesterday at St. Vincent’s Health Services on Long Lots Road.

With COVID cases rising — locally, statewide and nationally — and the holidays near, demand for testing increases too.

(Photo/Randy Ford)

The after this season’s first snowfall, Katherine Calise found “an absolute angel.”

The path to her trash can had not yet been shoveled. Her recyclables were far away. Yet her collector — Chino Cortez, of Cortez Refuse — took out a shovel, and cleared a path to her cans.

“He is the kindest person — all around, the nicest person you could meet,” she says. “In the summer he sprays the garbage cans so you will not get sick.”

Others agree. On social media, they say he takes away Christmas trees, makes sure the cans are safely stored in the wind, and texts customers if they forget to put the trash out.

Chino also does cleanups and dump runs. You can email him at, or call 203-522-1250.

Among its many charms, Westport offers many spots for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Longshore is a particular favorite.

While most snowshoers make parallel tracks to those laid down by cross country skiers, some don’t. Rick Yu reminds all to stay in their own lanes!

Down to the sea, by snowshoe and ski. (Photo/John Kantor)

And finally … the other day I posted the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy’s Christmas” song, and wondered why I haven’t heard it this year.

Here’s another lost classic that deserves to stay in the rotation. It’s from 1958 — but it never gets old.



2 responses to “Roundup: COVID Testing, Cortez Refuse, Cross Country Skis, More

  1. I worked for the daughter of the Alvin and the Chipmunks guy. Bagdasarian. She would get residuals. Nice.

  2. I just googled him. Ross Bagdasarian is the guy; his stage name was David Seville. Alvin’s chipmunk song won 3 Grammy awards — wow! And David Seville also produced the “Witch Doctor” song — “ooh eee, ooh ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang.” No Grammys, but it did reach #1 in 1958.