Kristen Stroud posted this important — but depressing — information on social media:
“My family owns Malone’s Refuse Service. A customer brought to our attention that someone is fraudulently soliciting holiday tips.
“The person placed these cards (photo below) in mailboxes, hoping the customer will then mail them a holiday gift. This person is not employed by Malone’s Refuse Service. We will be reporting it to the police.
“Between this scam and all of the recent issues with check washing and mail being stolen, if you would like to gift your actual refuse collector, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure out the safest way to do so.”
Calling Sherlock Holmes!
Or really, any 1st grader who can read.
With the address provided, it should not take long to crack this case wide open.
Every organization in Westport (and beyond) asks Miggs Burroughs for favors.
He always obliges.
For over 30 years, the talented and generous artist/graphic designer (and longtime runner) has designed t-shirts for the Pequot Running Club’s annual “Turkey Trot.” Proceeds go to the club, and charity.
They’re great souvenirs. Then they end up in the bottom of runners’ drawers, replaced by their next race t-shirt.
This year Miggs commemorated 45 years of Turkey Trotting. He chose historic national and world events from those past years, and included them in the design.
A Tik Tok user named “Crawlie” — who did not run in the race, and apparently had way too much time on her hands — did not like Miggs’ choices. She posted her thoughts.
For reasons known only to Tik Tok users, Crawlie’s post has received over 688,000 views. It’s generated more than 2,800 comments.
Most people did not share her outrage.
In fact, requests to buy t-shirts have poured in from across the country.
Take that, Crawlie!
PS: Another Tik Toker attempted a Billy Joel/”We Didn’t Start the Fire”-style video. It’s pretty weak. Still, it gives you an idea of the “controversy” surrounding the shirt.
Our towns Turkey trot shirt decided to make a “run through history list” and this is what they came up with…
Staples High School’s elite Orphenians sang …
… and 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker made brief remarks (including a shout out to the Public Works Department, for decorations). She then asked kids in the crowd to join her, counting down “3 … 2 … 1!” …
… and wham! Last night, Westport’s Christmas (aka Holiday) tree was lit, in front of Town Hall by Myrtle Avenue.
Missed it? No problem!
There’s another tree lighting tonight (Friday, 4:30 p.m., Wakeman Town Farm). Stick around for carols and treats, too.
Speaking of Christmas songs: The Saugatuck Caroling Crawl returns a week from tomorrow (Saturday, December 10).
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce event was last held in pre-COVID 2019.
This year once again, 6 Staples Orphenians will sing holiday songs, moving from one restaurant to the next. They’ll hit 14 in all.
Carolers begin their rounds at the Boathouse at 6:30 p.m. They’ll head to Parker Mansion, Kawa Ni, The Whelk, Tutti’s and the Black Duck, before making their way to Railroad Place to sing at Tarantino, Harvest, Romanacci and Allium.
They finish by 8:30 p.m., after entertaining diners at Match Lobster Burger, Rizzuto’s, Viva Zapata and Dunville’s.
Participating Orphs include Sophia Betit, Madelyn Spera, James Dobin-Smith, Alyssa Lee, Deneil Betfarhad and Ethan Tober will be performing.
Reservations are recommended.
The Westport Farmers’ Market adds a special “Holiday Artists’ Market” a week from tomorrow (Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane). The market features a wide range of handcrafted gift ideas, from 25 local artists.
Carolers will entertain. Bubble & Brew will provide cold and hot beverages, plus sweet treats. Chef Dan Kardos will bring his Oak & Oar food truck too. “Mark(et)” the date right now.
Yesterday’s “Roundup” featured a Jeep smushing a traffic pylon on Main Street.
Today we feature a different scene, from almost the exact same spot:
After zipping past several prominent “One Way/Do Not Enter” signs, the driver continued the wrong way, refusing to back up or turn around — even when told to. (Had she looked around, she might have noticed every other car pointed in the other direction.)
The driver never stopped (or acknowledged reality). She just kept going, all the way to the Post Road.
‘Tis the holiday season. So Westport Country Playhouse ends its 2022 Script in Hand series on December 12 with …
… “Bad Jews.”
Spoiler alert: It’s a comedy.
The night after their grandfather’s funeral, 3 cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. There’s Daphna Feygenbaum, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured and unbending; her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man with a shiksa girlfriend Melody in tow, and Liam’s brother Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray.
There’s live music at 6 p.m. in the lobby before the show. Click here for tickets, and more information.
Baby, it’s cold outside. But Misty shows off her fashionable winter coat, in today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … Lucy Biggers tried to mock the Turkey Trot t-shirt, by channeling her inner Billy Joel (story above).
She failed miserably. Here’s how it’s done:
(You won’t get a souvenir t-shirt for supporting “06880” — just our eternal thanks. Hopefully, that’s enough. Please click here to donate.)