Roundup: Trash, Crash …

Yesterday’s Roundup gave a shout-out to a small group of residents. Each week, they clean up a different part of town.

Several “06880” readers wondered how they could help.

You can email organizer Andrew Colabella ( He’ll add you to the list.

This Sunday’s clean-up is at the Sherwood Island Connector park-and-ride commuter lot, near I-95 Exit 18 (January 15, 11 a.m.).

Bring gloves and trash bags, and wear shoes or boots you’re not afraid to muddy up.

Meanwhile, one reader snorted, “Where are our people from the Department of Public Works? You know, the folks who get paid to do this?”

Andrew replies: “Our Public Works Department has been extremely responsive to areas I see that need to be cleaned up immediately and cannot wait until the weekend.

“Our Parks and Recreation Department, specifically Ed Frawley’s maintenance department, has picked up garbage in every area where a pick has done and disposed of it properly, while doing their own picks too. Shoutout to David Wilcox and Nick Rosa for removing the garbage after I called and scheduled a pick up,

“You may not seem them doing it but I, and many others have.”

Andrew adds:

“Our town is extremely proactive, because of our residents. If you see trash, pull over and pick it up. Keep a garbage bag under your seat or in the cargo or trunk area of your vehicle.

“If you’re new to town, welcome! Join us and get involved. Be proactive, get great exercise, meet new and longtime residents, socialize and clean up!”

Andrew Colabella (front row, center) and friends picked up trash last weekend at the Greens Farms train station.


Just after 6 p.m. yesterday, the Westport Fire Department, Police Department and EMS responded to a multi-vehicle crash in front of 40 Bridge Street.

One driver was trapped, and required extrication with hydraulic tools. The patient was transported to the hospital.

No other injuries were reported. Be careful out there!

Bridge Street accident. (Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Department)

Earlier in the day, the Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire on Berndale Drive.

It began when an electric stove knob was bumped accidentally. That activated a burner, which set fire to items on the stove.

“Do not store items on your stovetop,” the department emphasizes.

Berndale Drive kitchen fire. (Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Department)


Pianist Chris Coogan is a local legend.

He grew up here. He has made Fairfield County his home — and home base for his multi-faceted music career.

Coogan is a world-class jazz pianist; a sensitive and popular accompanist for singers; a powerhouse Gospel pianist, choir director and bandleader; a highly effective and inspiring educator, and an all-around good guy.

Saxophonist Greg “The Jazz Rabbi” Wall met Coogan shortly after moving to Westport almost 10 years ago. They share a deep spiritual attachment to American music that digs deep into its roots.

Coogan and the Jazz Rabbi join bassist Boots Maleson and drummer Jim Royle for this Thursday’s “Jazz at the Post” (January 12, shows at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m.; $15 cover; dinner at 7 p.m.).

Reservations are strongly recommended:

Greg Wall and Chris Coogan.


Today’s serene “Westport … Naturally” Burying Hill Beach scene comes from grateful nearby resident Wendy Levy.

(Photo/Wendy Levy)


And finally … today is the birthday of Scott McKenzie. The singer is known for just one song. But it’s a generational anthem.

(Hippies looked down on money. “06880” does not. To contribute, please click here. Thank you!)

6 responses to “Roundup: Trash, Crash …

  1. Andrew Colabella

    Anyone interested, yes, it’s January 15th 11AM but it’s SUNDAY.

    Sherwood Island Connector Park & Ride

  2. Mary McCallum

    “Hippies looked down on money. 06880 does not.”
    What does that even mean?

  3. Thanks Andrew. You do a lot.

  4. Ellen Dale Naftalin

    This anthem brings me back to the point in time when I decided to move to Berkeley in ’67 at age 18 and changed the trajectory of my life. Very nostaalgic, No regrets. Thanks Dan.

  5. Hanne Jeppesen

    I remember that song when l lived on the East coast, NYC and Westport even though l loved New York and especially Westport it really made me want to go to California and San Francisco. Little did l know l would spend most of my life here. Moved to San Francisco in 1975 when my ex husband was transferred. Been living in the Bay Area ever since.

    I came to Westport as an au pair from Denmark and my first au pair family lived on Berndale Drive.