Roundup: Parking, Jobs, Bagpipes …

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We’ve all seen delivery trucks finding creative places to park. We know — it’s not easy finding a spot. (Though hardly impossible. Sometimes you’ll end up further away than you’d like.)

But yesterday’s restaurant deliverer, um, takes the cake.

Miggs Burroughs — who after a lifetime in Westport is still surprised at some of the things he witnesses — watched as a parking officer diligently tried to find where the driver was delivering.

Eventually he gave up, and wrote a ticket.

Which means this guy was parked there, making things difficult in 2 directions, for quite some time.

So no, to refute a common excuse trotted out by some “06880” commenters, the driver probably did not have a sudden “bathroom emergency.”

(Photo/Miggs Burroughs)

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Last night, the Westport Library presented the North American premiere of “Men of Hope.” The fascinating, way-beyond-soccer documentary follows the Afghanistan national team, as it attempts to qualify for the Asian Cup. Challenges include not just opposing teams, but war, political squabbling and corruption.

When the lights came up, there was a special guest: former Afghan national team captain Djelaludin Sharityar. Now living in New York, he spoke candidly about the problems facing his soccer federation and native land — and lovingly about Afghanistan’s beauty and people.

The Library event was a collaboration with Kicking + Screening. Since 2009, the gloriously named organization has screened hundreds of soccer-related films, raised thousands of dollars for soccer charities, and organized panels, parties, soccer poetry readings and soccer art shows.

Kicking + Screening has (of course) strong Westport roots. Co-founder Rachel Markus — a former “ruthless striker,” and 20-year film industry veteran — lives here.

The film was fascinating. It’s available for livestreaming now through August 1. Click here for details.

Former Afghan national soccer team captain Djelaludin Sharityar made a surprise appearance at the Westport Library last night. (Photo/Dan Woog)

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Speaking of the Library: If you love it — and who doesn’t? — why not work there?

The downtown institution hosts a job fair next Tuesday (August 3, 5 to 7 p.m.). Positions are available in circulation, IT, building support and the café. Bring your resume. For more information, click here.

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VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 held an open house and Red Cross blood drive yesterday.

Staples High School students Joseph and Michael Pontoriero, with Art Began, played bagpipes to celebrate. Veterans and guests enjoyed the event, which celebrated the state Veteran Service Office, VFW Post 399 Auxiliary, and Catch A Lift.

Of course, the VFW is open to everyone, all the time, to enjoy the facility, food and Saugatuck River views. Click here for more.

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George Billis Gallery hosts a reception today (Friday, July 30, 4 to 7 p.m., 166 Main Street) for its new exhibit. It’s an invitational group show, with over 45 artists.

Among them: “Cruising the Hudson,” an oil on canvas (below) by James Wolford.

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Sure, “Westport … Naturally” gets lots of images of flowers and shrubs. And birds, swans, ducks and rabbits.

But this is Westport. So, naturally, “06880” readers’ favorite photo ops are …

(Photo/Karen Weingarten)

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And finally … in honor of the musical entertainment at yesterday’s VFW open house:

 

5 responses to “Roundup: Parking, Jobs, Bagpipes …

  1. Have lunch at the VFW‼️
    turn your watches back 70 years and see posters of a bygone era, beautiful flags, and friendly bartenders and servers.
    It’s a trip👏👏Don’t miss it ‼️
    They need the business and would love to fill your belly and show you the place…they have a full bar/kitchen downstairs for parties 🙏🇺🇸

  2. Peterr Barlow

    About the painting, “Cruising on the Hudson” (!), I don’t know why the artist shows the vessel that way – no wind in the sails and not all of them up. Apparently from a photo.

  3. Dick Lowenstein

    Re: delivery truck. Bet it was Basso where they were making a delivery

  4. The VFW Menu seems to have the Lunch and Dinner offerings switched.

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