Roundup: Ralphola Taylor Gifts, PAL Toy Drive, Mystery Buoys …

The Ralphola Taylor Center is a Bridgeport community organization serving low- income children.

They earn points for good behavior during after-school activities, and doing their homework. At the Holiday Store each year, the youngsters redeem their points to buy holidays presents for their families.

It’s a fantastic motivator for good behavior. The children feel proud and empowered to provide joy to their loved ones — which in turn reinforces their good behavior.

There are 2 Westport stores where shoppers can buy items that Ralphola Taylor Center children then “purchase” for their families: Savvy + Grace (146 Main Street) and Awesome Toys (Compo Shopping Center).

You can also order from the stores online. Click here for Savvy + Grace; click here for Awesome Toys.

Savvy + Grace — and Awesome Toys — both help kids and families. Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)


Speaking of giving: Barbara Tirola was among the many Westporters who dropped off toys this weekend, at the Westport Police Department and Police Athletic League drive for underprivileged children in Fairfield County.

Barbara Tirola and friends.

It’s on next weekend too. Officers will accept new, unopened and unwrapped toys — plus cash donations — in the ASF Sports & Outdoors parking lot (1560 Post Road East) Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Toy collection boxes are also available all week at:

  • Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road
  • ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East
  • PAL ice rink, Longshore
  • Awesome Toys & Gifts, 429 Post Road East
  • The Toy Post, 180 Post Road East.

Questions? Contact Officer Craig Bergamo: 203-341-6000;


MoCA’s Film Salon series continues this weekend.

“Jay Myself” (Saturday, December 10) is an intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary on the fascinating life of photographer and artist Jay Maisel, directed by noted Westport photographer Stephen Wilkes.

The film documents the sale of Maisel’s 35,000-square foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan (“The Bank”), showing a man grappling with time, life, change and the end of a New York era. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Wilkes.

“The Art of Making It” (Sunday, December 11) examines the lives of 17 compelling young artists navigating emerging careers in the contemporary art world. Who gets seen? Who gets left behind? The screening will be followed by a conversation with the producer, director and featured film artist.

Each event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets include cocktails and light bites. Click here to purchase, and for more information.


Peter Swift spotted these “mystery buoys,” off Compo Beach:

(Photo/Peter J. Swift)

They’re mysterious, he says, because

  • He has not seen them in that location before.
  • Buoys are seldom black. Fishing buoys are usually predominantly white.
  • They are not navigation buoys.

I’m sunk. But if any “06880” reader has an idea, click “Comments” below. 


Nature’s camouflage was no match for Peter J. Swift’s eye, as today’s “Westport … Naturally” image shows:

(Photo/Peter J. Swift)


And finally … on this day in 1848,President James K. Polk told Congress that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California. The Gold Rush was on!

(“06880” is not looking for pots of gold. However, contributions of any amount are always welcome. Please click here to help. Thank you!)

6 responses to “Roundup: Ralphola Taylor Gifts, PAL Toy Drive, Mystery Buoys …

  1. Re buoys. Hard to tell in the pic but I assume either markers from sailboat races (Cedar Point Y.C.) or the local oyster co. Likely the sailing. – They are in that location due to heavy winds, with moved the buoys.

  2. They are not racing markers and I don’t think they’re oyster buoys either as they usually have a long stake attached to them.

  3. I’ve wondered the same thing – saw them weeks ago. I guess we can observe if they’re fixed or moving.

  4. Are they kelp lines? There were some over the summer.

  5. Lawrence Zlatkin

    Definitely not racing buoys. And, I cannot investigate since my boat is now out of the water. Based on location, I wonder if they are oyster markers for Hummock Island oysters since that is where the oyster beds were placed about 10 years ago. (Most are in the Mill Pond). Or, they could be markers for a new environmental review/study.

  6. navigation buoys are two of three colors: red; green/black. Never white. Red buoys may have red lights; green/black buoys may have green lights.

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