Roundup: Trash, Burgers, Nature …

In my ongoing crusade to call out Westport’s entitled slobs where I see them, I’m posting this photo from yesterday evening at the Compo Beach pavilion.

(Photo/Dan Woog)

Note the trash can 3 steps away from the abandoned, garbage-strewn table.

Note also the yellow toy shovel, behind the far carton. So it’s adults who walked away from this mess.

Kids learn by watching. Good luck in a few years trying to get them to clean their rooms.


After dumping their mess, I headed to Hook’d.

Sure, I’ve been hard on them. But I wanted to give them a chance.

Plus, I was hungry.

I ordered a rare cheeseburger.

“I’m sorry,” the very nice girl at the counter said. “We can’t do that. They’re all the same — medium.”


It’s a rare hamburger stand indeed that can’t handle that simple request.

Open, for medium hamburgers only. (Photo/Karen Como)


It’s classic movie time at the Remarkable Theater next week.

“Dirty Dancing” — postponed from last week — will be screened at the Imperial Avenue drive-in on Monday (July 25, 8:30 p.m.; gate opens at 7:30 for tailgating).

On Wednesday (July 27, 8:15 p.m.; gate opens at 7:15), “Grease” is the word.

Click here for tickets, and more information.


Compo gets most of the love.

But there’s lots to see and do at Sherwood Island State Park too.

The Nature Center sizzles on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays. For example:

July 24 (1- to 2 p.m.): Five Irish musicians (the Shamrogues) play. They’re part of the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, which meets Wednesdays at 7at the Gaelic American Center in Fairfield.

July 24, August 14 (2 to 3 p.m.): Birds of Prey ambassador Siobhan, from Earthplace. An owl? Hawk? Vulture? Find out, and learn how to draw ne.

July 28 August 4, August 11 (1 p.m.):Bug Walk. Every Thursday there’s a treasure hunt to find interesting bugs in the gardens. Learn how to report your findings on iNaturalist, and much more.

July 29, July 31, August 5 (1 p.m.): Bird Walk. Learn about the birds around the Nature Center, including the pair of osprey and their 3 chicks, and the dozens of purple martins. 310 species of birds have been observed at Sherwood Island!

August 7 (2 to 3:30 p.m.).  The popular Turtle’s Back program returns, with up to 8 species of turtles found in Connecticut. Touch, draw and learn about them all.

August 21 (2 to 3:30 p.m.): Butterfly Walk. Expert Michele Sorensen leads a walk along the dunes to find buckeyes, swallowtails, sulphurs, fritillaries, monarchs and more. Bring binoculars and cameras.

September 9 (6 to 8:30 p.m.) Friends of Sherwood Island’s Shorefest annual fundraiser and silent auction. Tickets go on sale in early August:

Admission to everything (except the fundraiser) is free, with a Connecticut license plate! Click here for more information.

Nature abounds at Sherwood Island. (Photo/Maureen Salko)


15 Y’s Men raced — er, drove carefully — to 2 luxury automobile locations yesterday.

They toured Autostrada — the classic car and event space club at the old Steinway piano showroom — and Maserati of Westport, not far away.

They heard about trends in high-end cars. And they learned that about half of the Maserati dealer’s customers come from right here in town. (Hat tip: Dave Matlow)

Autostrada owner Gioel Molinari (far right) welcomes Y’s Men yesterday. (Photo/Dave Matlow)


Daniel Silva’s new novel, “Portrait of an Unknown Woman,” continues the character of Gabriel Allon, the Israeli spy/artist/restorer.

Surprise! Westport features in the first few chapters, via an art expert in Saugatuck.

That’s all we’ll say, about one of the summer’s hottest beach reads. (Hat tip: Jilda Mankas)


Jonathan Prager’s lovely lily starts the weekend off on a nice “Westport … Naturally” note.

(Photo/Jonathan Prager)

And finally … to get you in the mood for Wednesday’s Remarkable Theater drive-in feature:

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13 responses to “Roundup: Trash, Burgers, Nature …

  1. I don’t care if the trash can is 3 steps away or 300 steps away, if you walk away from the table leaving that on there, you’re scum.

  2. I’d love to catch the slobs who left this mess on camera. And the post their picture and NAMES on every social site. And you’re right, their children don’t stand a chance of growing up as responsible adults

  3. Jeff Arciola.

    They probably are used to the nanny or housekeeper cleaning up.

  4. Dick Lowenstein

    Re: Daniel Silva. Maybe he was inspired by his July 15, 2021 presentation at the Westport Library, when he discussed his previous book, “The Cellist.”

  5. Barbara Kellrman

    By calling out – by shaming – those who leave or fling garbage you are doing us a collective service! To varying degrees this is a problem townwide. Consideration should be given to a more aggressive anti-litter campaign. And to shout-outs to those who take it on themselves to discard the debris that others see fit to leave behind.

  6. Jessica Bram

    GREASE: “Tell me more, did she put up a fight?” Heh, heh.

  7. Peter Maloney

    Dear Editor,
    Please lose the negative attitude about Hook’d and try to be open minded. Have you considered that the management is having the young staff follow CDC guidelines, for your’s and everyone’s safety? Most places would offer rare burgers , and for sound reasons.

    • Bobbie Herman

      That is true. I have asked for “medium rare” hamburgers in several places recently, and always get medium. When I complained, I was told that they are not permitted to serve rare hamburgers — that it was a Health Department ruling.

  8. She said all their burgers were cooked medium. So I could not have gotten a well-done one, either.

    • A bad restaurant is a bad restaurant. Making excuses for them helps no one

      • Seriously dude? Presumed ageism much? Last I checked, the 1st Amendment is still breathing, albeit in fumes and it really doesn’ tmatter your age, race, creed or color. One has the right to free speech. Anyone is free to make observations and speak or write about them. And what did u do safely behind your keyboard except slam Dan as petulant ..not..he is quite balanced and measured as far as I can tell. And you slammed some of his readers as old. Tasteless. I have a feeling Dan would pretty much say to your face anything he puts in writing here. As would I. Don’t get on here too much anymore to comment but seriously. This one p..ed me off.

  9. The “restaurant” is just plain lazy…they could simply state on menu that rare meat can be unsafe…they surely can serve rare…so far, the government can’t tell you how your meat must be prepared.