Roundup: Tacombi, Tennis, Tuition Grants …

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According to its website, Tacombi is “a Mexican company founded on the soft sands of the Yucatan … focused on sharing authentic taco culture. Our taqueros proudly work every day to preserve and share Mexico’s culinary traditions — and we do it sustainably with wholesome, simple ingredients free of antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification or artificial additives & preservatives.”

Danny Meyer just led a $27.5 million round of investments. That will allow Tacombi to expand beyond its 11 locations in the trendiest neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus new locations soon in Miami and Bethesda.

And — in December 2022 — Westport.

The website gives no information, other than “Old Post Road.”

Muy interesante! There is an Old Post Road in Fairfield — but here in Westport, it’s “Post Road East” and “Post Road West.”

Of course, Fairfield is just a few yards away from a restaurant Danny Meyer already owns: Shake Shack.

Readers: If you know anything more about Tacombi coming to Westport, click “Comments” below.

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Westporters are avid supporters of the Oyebog Tennis Academy. The brainchild of Intensity pro Joseph Oyebog, it sends gently used equipment and clothing to his native Cameroon.

A container is almost ready to ship — and a very generous donor is covering its cost. There’s a final push now to make sure every inch is filled.

Among the requests: used tennis balls, racquets, bags, sneakers and clothes; new poly strings and new heavy-duty balls (US Open, Slazenger, Technifibre).

Items can be dropped off now through December 26, at 104 Long Lots Road. There are OTA bins by the garage.

Want to donate cash? Click here!

Joseph Oyebog (center) and friends, with the 2018 shipment.

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Applications are open for Staples Tuition Grants’ awards for the 2022-23 school year.

Since its start in 1943 with one $100 scholarship, STG has helped students with financial need attend college. Last year, the organization provided $350,000 in grants to 129 graduating seniors, and students already in college.

Click here to apply for a grant — or donate. The application deadline is April 10.

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Speaking of Staples: Congratulations to the high school’s Students of the Month!

Seniors Molly Liles and Jack Kuster, juniors Franca Strandell and John Whittle, sophomore Samantha Sheldon and freshmen Isabel Brookbanks and Westley Dick awere nominated by their teachers.

Principal Stafford Thomas calls them ” the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who keep the high school together, making it the special place that it is. The award recognizes the positive attitude they bring to school every day.”

From left: Jack Kuster, Westley Dick, Isabel Brookbanks, Franca Strandell, Molly Liles, Samatha Sheldon. Missing: John Whittle.

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There are just 2 Thursdays remaining — December 16 and 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — to stock up on local food and gifts from local farmers, prepared food vendors and artisans with unique crafts at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

WFM takes place at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center (7 Sylvan Lane) — itself an area icon for Christmas trees, holiday plants, ornaments, and more,

In addition to the Farmers’ Market familiar list of vendors, the upcoming markets feature surprise guest artisans, music, caroling, food and beverages (with tables set up for lunch).

Children of all ages will enjoy Get Growing, a popular kids’ craft event.

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One of the highlights of Saturday’s “06880” Holiday Stroll was an Ugly Sweater Contest.

These women did not win. But they took their show on the road. Yesterday, they proudly showed off their ugliest sweaters, on their own stroll.

Wait till next year …

From left: Jen Seideman, Patti Brill, Tammy Barry.

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Marleen Salko calls this “Westport … Naturally” photo “Morning.” It’s from her Greens Farms yard.

(Photo/Marleen Salko)

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And finally … Stonewall Jackson — the country music artist, not the general — died earlier this month in Nashville, from vascular dementia. He was 89.

Stonewall was his real name. He earned his greatest fame in the late 1950s and early ’60s. He had 35 Top 40 country hits, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry for decades. Click here for a full obituary. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)

 

 

 

2 responses to “Roundup: Tacombi, Tennis, Tuition Grants …

  1. Jen Seideman shudda won Bro😂🔥

  2. Tacombi will be opening on Post Road East in late 2022 (this from the horse’s mouth, no less). Westport looks like becoming the gourmet capital of Connecticut. Woohoo!

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