Tarpon Towers II and AT&T are proceeding with plans for a 124-foot cell tower in the back yard of a private home, at 92 Greens Farms Road.
Neighbors, meanwhile, are proceeding with their fight against it.
A petition cites environmental and aesthetic concerns with the proposal. It’s already garnered over 200 signatures.
Verizon is an “intervenor” in the case. They’ll join AT&T in leasing space on the tower.
Stephen Goldstein says: “Verizon admits that only ~1.5% of its calls in the area get dropped (vs their “target performance” of less than 1% – pretty darned close…) – and they say the reason for this tower is ‘primarily’ to increase coverage on I-95. That’s a tough pill for the neighborhood to swallow, for sure.”
The Connecticut Siting Council will hold a Zoom meeting about the application on August 9. It begins at 2 p.m. with an evidentiary session. Public comment follows at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the link.
To participate in the 6:30 p.m. public comment session, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and mailing address, by August 8. Public comments may also be submitted to the Council by email (see address above).
Baseball and ’70s/’80s music are the stars of this week’s Remarkable Theater offerings.
Today (Monday, August 1, 8 p.m.; gates open at 7 p.m.), the Imperial Avenue drive-in screens “The Sandlot.” Besides baseball, the film includes treehouse sleep-ins, a desirous lifeguard, snooty rivals, a travelling fair and a ball-eating dog..
“Mamma Mia!” needs no introduction, beyond one word: ABBA. It’s set for Wednesday (August 3, 8:15 p.m.; gates open at 7:15). Glittery costumes are optional.
Click here for tickets, and more information.
Like many Westporters, Nancy Wilson is intrigued by the “Destination Westport Walking Tours” signs popping up all over town.
Like most people, she drives — not walks — past them.
She’d love to know more. However, the QR code does not work on a photo like the one she took (above).
And there’s no other info on the signs, as to a sponsor, date, or anything else.
So although these signs are posted on major roads, they all lead to dead ends.
Wakeman Town Farm’s bee team harvested a big batch of home-grown local honey yesterday. Overseen by beekeeper Jaime Smith, WTF worker bees 🐝 spun 11 boxes, which they then turned into golden nectar.
The process begins with opening up the capped comb by scraping off the wax, then putting the frame into the extractor. Once the extractor is filled with frames, the spinning begins.
Honey drips to the bottom of the tank. It is then poured into storage to be siphoned into glass jars.
It’s a sticky process. But the result is delicious — and it’s sold at WTF’s farm stand every Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Sweeeeet!
If you’re not aware: AWARE is a wonderful Fairfield County-wide organization.
The acronym stands for Assisting Women with Actions, Resources and Education. Each year, members partner with a local non-profit. They volunteer with that group, organize an educational event and host a fundraiser.
Among AWARE’s past partners: the Cancer Couch Foundation (health), International Institute of Connecticut (human trafficking), Mercy Learning Center (education), Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (veterans) and Malta House (pregnant and new mothers).
The other day, AWARE volunteers gathered at Compo Beach. They celebrated the work they do, their commitment to helping other women — and the beautiful sunset they felt lucky to enjoy.
As Old Mill Grocery celebrates its first week in operation, Westporters continue to give thanks for the revival of the neighborhood deli/market.
And by “Westporters,” we mean humans of all ages.
And man’s best friend.
In June there was a shooting at Wafu — the Asian fusion restaurant just over the town line, in Southport.
Then the state suspended its liquor license.
That was just Wafu’s latest problem. In the months before, Fairfield police had been called there numerous times, for public urination, underage drinking, and a bouncer allegedly pepper spraying a crowd.
Now it’s permanently closed. Chris Grimm snapped this photo, noting that the sign with its name is removed.
The Westport location in Bedford Square — which calls itself a “Korean BBQ” restaurant — is still open.
There have been no reports there of shootings. Or public urination, underage drinking or a bouncer using pepper spray.
“06880” readers are sharp.
When I posted a “Roundup” item about Jillian Elder’s Westport-themed t-shirts, hoodies and tumblers, a number of you quickly spotted a misspelling: “Patrick Wetlands,” not “Partrick.”
Clicking on the link provided, several also noticed that “Greens Farms” was rendered as “Green Farms.” There’s plenty of debate about an apostrophe — both Greens Farms and Green’s Farms are used — but there’s no doubt there’s an “s” at the end.
Jillian quickly apologized — and printed new shirts. She thanks all who pointed out the errors.
To order a correctly spelled item, click here.
Speaking of eagle eyes:
“06880” reader Jill Haymes was watching yesterday’s Yankees-Royals game.
This “Veteran of the Game” came on:
Thanks, Seaman First Class Wall, for your service.
And thanks, Jill, for helping us honor him today.
Wendy Levy spotted this bee on hydrangea at Little Barn. We’ve run some “Westport … Naturally” plant and insect photos before.
But never from a restaurant.
And finally, on this date in 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th US state.