Like many Westporters, Yulee Aronson’s family orders a lot of takeout food.
Environmentally conscious, he hates throwing away single-use containers. So he researched companies that offer reusable ones.
He found several. The closest — DeliverZero — is in Brooklyn. They provide containers to restaurants, for takeout or delivery. Diners can return them to the delivery person the next time they order from a participating restaurant, or drop them off themselves. A list of DeliverZero restaurants is on their website.
Yulee asked the owner what it would take to bring his service to Westport. He said, “5 participating restaurants.”
So: How about it, Westport? If you’re a restaurant owner, do you want in? If you’re a diner, would you ask your favorite owners to join?
If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to start!
Not sure who to root for in Sunday’s Super Bowl?
Forget the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. Just cheer for a guard: the Bucs’ Ali Marpet.
He has a great back story: The Hobart College alum is the highest Division III player ever drafted in the NFL. Now he’s got a 5-year, $54 million contract blocking for Tom Brady.
He grew up not far away, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where his mother sang in the band Housewives on Prozac, and founded both the Mamapalooza music and arts festival and the Museum of Motherhood.
Oh, yeah: That mom is 1975 Staples High School graduate Joy Rose.
The New York Post provides the full back story. Click here for details. (Hat tips: Bill Halprin and Fred Cantor)
Before cheering for Ali Marpet — and digging into wings and nachos — consider doing a tough workout. You’ll feel good. And you’ll help a great cause.
The workout is a 6-minute pullup bar hang or 6-minute plank, followed by either a half-mile run and 30 pushups, or 2 rounds of 75 jumping jacks, 35 mountain climbers, 15 pushups and 7 burpees. There are other options too.
The cause — after registering ($25 per person, or $40 if you want a t-shirt) is Catch a Lift. The national organization — which has a strong Westport presence, thanks to Adam Vengrow and Andy Berman — helps thousands of post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans regain mental and physical health through gym memberships, home gym equipment, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and a peer support network.
Click here to register, and for more information.
Lynsey Addario’s compelling New York Times photos of COVID’s very real effects on very real people in the UK has caught the eye of CNN.
The 1991 Staples High School graduate (and Pulitzer Prize winner, and MacArthur fellow) was interviewed by Rosemary Church. It’s a sobering look at her work — and at the lives and deaths of a few of the millions impacted by the pandemic. Click here (not below — that’s a screenshot) to see.
Once again, Homes with Hope is part of the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual Citrus & Chocolate Fundraiser.
A variety of offerings includes combo packaging with samplings of citrus, plus a great assortment of See’s chocolates.
Westporters are used to deer. One, two, sometimes even three eat our bushes, and bound out of the woods.
But it’s rare to 6 at once. Eric Roth took this photo yesterday, on Dogwood Lane.
They look hungry. It’s not easy feeding such a large family — especially in a snowstorm.
Hal Holbrook — who died recently at 95 — spent more than 6 decades portraying Mark Twain.
As John Kelley notes, one of those performances was on Halloween night in 1959, at Staples High School.
The school had just opened its modern North Avenue campus. The PTA had an active arts program, bringing musicians, dancers and actors to the new auditorium stage.
Hal Holbrook might have been the most famous name of all.
COVID-delayed openings today: Westport Library (1 p.m.) and Westport Weston Family YMCA (12:30 p.m.).
And finally … Happy Groundhog Day!