Roundup: FOIA, Blue Coupe, Dog Poop …

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In today’s “What’s Next in Weston” podcast, 1st Selectwoman Sam Nestor addresses a serious situation involving the substantial abuse of FOIA by a Weston couple who have made numerous allegedly frivolous claims and requests from the Freedom of Information Commission regarding Weston Town government and the Board of Education.

The requests have been honored — at great taxpayer expense — but have shown no misdeed or mismanagement, Nestor says. The situation costs the town both volunteer time, and taxpayers’ money.

Nestor offers her view, and explains the town’s response. “What’s Next in Weston” is produced by the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston.


Music fans can hardly wait for VersoFest ’23.

Now they’ve got 3 weeks less to wait.

Blue Coupe — the supergroup formed by Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway, and Blue Öyster Cult founders Joe and Albert Bouchard — headlines a Westport Library show on Friday, March 10 (7 p.m.).

Proceeds from the show benefit VersoFest. The music/multimedia and more event runs March 30 to April 2. It features live performances by Sunflower Bean, Amilia K Spicer and the Smithereens, plus programs and workshops featuring music luminaries, and people behind the scenes. Producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads) offers the keynote address on April 1.

Sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo of Manic Panic join Blue Coupe for the show. DJ B The T Sr. starts the night spinning the rock, R&B and blues music that influenced Alice Cooper and Blue Öyster Cult.

Dunaway — a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee — co-wrote Alice Cooper hits like “I’m 18” and “School’s Out.” Multi-instrumentalist Joe Bouchard — a VersoFest 2022 alum — and drummer Albert Bouchard co-wrote and arranged many of Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest songs, including “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Hot Rails to Hell” and “Astronomy.”

Blue Coupe has released 3 albums. They have performed at major music festivals, and been livestreamed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets to see Blue Coupe live in the Trefz Forum are available on Eventbrite.

Blue Coupe


Speaking of the Library:

Along the Riverwalk yesterday, an “06880” reader was taking photos of the birds and swans.

Then she spotted a gorgeous purple flower.

She was inspired, but realized: despite the warm temperatures, it’s way too early for spring.

She zoomed in — and realized it was a discarded dog poop bag.


She suggests a trash can by the bridge.

That’s one solution. I’ll add another: If you pick up dog doo, hold onto it until you find a trash can. Your inconvenience should not be everyone else’s problem.

Although it is a very lovely color for a poop bag.


This week’s Jazz at the Post is special.

Thursday’s sets (February 2, 7:30 and 8:45 p.m., VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399) salutes Howard Silver. The legendary singer/composer/arranger graduated from Norwalk High School in 1947.

Grammy-nominated Michael Mossman trumpeter knows Silver’s music well: They played 1ogther from 1989-91. Bassist Phil Bowler was also a member of that band.

They duo are joined by drummer Dennis Mackrel, pianist David Berkman and saxophonist Greg “The Jazz Rabbi” Wall.

There is a cover charge of $15. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended:


Who says the Westport Town Clerk’s office doesn’t have a heart?

Check out the door — all dolled up for Valentine’s Day.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)


More than a week ago, the “06880” Roundup included a picture of dozens of bagels, strewn around High Gate Road off Maple Avenue South.

They’re still there.

Now though, they’re a bit grottier.

(Photos/Chris Grimm)

Both photographer Chris Grimm and I wonder why wildlife and weather have not taken more of a toll on the food.

And why no one in the neighborhood has gathered them up for the garbage.


Sunil Hirani captured today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo a few days ago, at Compo Beach.

The dramatic shot is unfiltered. And, he says, “given that it was cloudy and rainy all day, it’s pretty incredible this happened, 20 minutes before sunrise. I would not have believed it if I didn’t see it myself.”

(Photo/Sunil Hirani)


And finally … Weston’s ongoing issue with the Freedom of Information Act (story above) leads of course right into …

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12 responses to “Roundup: FOIA, Blue Coupe, Dog Poop …

  1. Stephanie Frankel

    In regard to the frivolous FOIA request case in Weston:
    This is all a part of the anti- public schools, anti- “CRT”, anti- DEI, anti- LGBTQ playbook for white Christian nationalist parents across this nation right now. These people are funded by dark money from: The Koch Brothers, the Heritage Foundation, Trump inc, Hillsdale College, Steve Banon, Fox News and so many others.

    It is imperative that resident of Weston and Westport learn about what these individuals and the groups they are funded by are doing to DRAIN and DEFUND our public schools!

  2. Linda Pomerantz Novis

    Thanks,Dan,for the ‘Jazz at the Post’ shout-out,Thursday. (..Yes to a
    ‘Salute to Horace Silver’ night’,as Horace had graduated from
    Norwalk High School,1947,he a classmate of (Beloved) Sally White- of Sally’s Place.Sally once told me, ‘Back then,she Always sat and listened to young Horace then practicing the piano in the NHS gymnasium.:-)

  3. Chris, thanks for reminding about my bagels. I like mine with a little age but I totally forgot I spread them out in your hood a while ago. Sorry, buddy!

  4. Hey Chris, since you’ve gone to that spot at least two times, you should bring a bag, put the camera/phone down, and pick them up.

    • I was mainly befuddled by the initial find, because there are so many bagels! Why dump them?

      Now I’m surprised that the residents of the street (only a few feet away) have just left them there. Also, that wildlife hasn’t eaten them – how bad can they be?

      I’ll check back after another week and take another picture!

    • If Mr Grimm cleaned the bagels up, he’d have nothing to whine about.

      • I don’t believe I’m whining. I am simply pointing out something odd.

        I would presume that the people who live on the street, within a few steps, would be capable of cleaning up the mess without outside assistance!

  5. Question to the community: If one is going on a say half hour or so walk with one’s dog, and the dog poops early on, is it ok to pick up the poop with the bag, and then put the bag in an inconspicuous location until you return at the end of the walk – and then throw it away? (This is in the case where there are no garbage cans along the way.) Obviously the danger here is that you forget to pick it up, but assuming a person is conscientious. Is it ok?

  6. Love Richie Havens, don’t think he got the recognition he deserved
    Loved Handsome Johnny which he also performed at Woodstock. I have his CD Richie sings Dylan and Beatles, outstanding.

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