Category Archives: Totally random

Westport’s Oldest Bank?

The other day, alert “06880” reader Peter Tulupman noticed something strange on the side of the Bank of America building downtown.

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High up on the side was the numeral “1806.”

That’s not the street number — it’s 126 Post Road East.

And it’s certainly not the year it was built. Despite circling through a number of names (Fleet, anyone?) since its days as Connecticut Bank & Trust — the original tenant, I believe — this is not a 211-year-old property.

If anyone has any idea why this bank bears that number, click “Comments” below.

The first person with the right answer gets a toaster.

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Former Westporter Looks Back On 2016

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A Sign For The Ages

Alert “06880” reader Mary Sikorski spotted this sign this morning, on her daily walk down South Compo Road. It’s at the end of Sherman’s Way, near the Post Road:

(Photo/Mary Sikorski)

(Photo/Mary Sikorski)

Amen!

Dumping On Winslow Park

No, the headline does not refer to owners who refuse to clean up their pet’s poop at Westport’s wonderful dog park.

It’s a reference to some bizarre sightings recently:

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Yes, someone has been hauling furniture to Winslow Park, and dumping it there.

This raises a few questions:

  • Why would someone bring old furniture to a dog run?
  • How did they get it there?
  • When did they do it, without anyone seeing them?
  • What did they expect would happen to it?

If you know the answers, click “Comments” below.

Meanwhile, if you want some old furniture, it seems to be yours for the taking.

(Hat tip: Michelle Lieberson)

Westports Of The World, Unite!

The “06880” tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.”

The theme of this story is “Where the Westports of the world meet.”

Every few year from 1985 to 2010, an organization called Westports of the World sponsored gatherings of representatives from towns called Westport. There are at least 25 spread around the planet, as close as Massachusetts and as far as New Zealand.

Now, the Westport in County Mayo, Ireland is reviving the idea.

Westport, Ireland's version of the William Cribari/Bridge Street Bridge.

Westport, Ireland’s version of the William Cribari/Bridge Street Bridge.

The timing is perfect. Next September, the Irish Westport celebrates its 250th birthday.

(By comparison, 250 years ago our Westport was not even a concept. Saugatuck was part of Norwalk. Greens Farms was part of Fairfield. Of course, we were still a decade away from forming our own country.)

County Mayo has planned 4 days of Westports of the World fun. There’s a tour of the town followed by “a cuppa in one of the many cafes,” formal meetings, banquets, a traditional Irish music show, live theater, tours of the area, religious services — and of course a pub crawl.

All Westporters — in the 25-plus Westports, all over the world — are invited.

(“Westports of the World” will be held September 14-17, 2017. For more information, email dlangan@mayococo.ie. To learn more about Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, click here.) 

A scene from Westport, County Cork. In Westport, Connecticut this would be a Teardown of the Day.

A scene from Westport, County Mayo. In Westport, Connecticut this would be a Teardown of the Day.

This Place Has Good Bones

Sure, cemeteries are called “boneyards.”

And yeah, last week was Halloween.

Still, it was kind of creepy to see this sight last week at the “Lower Greens Farms Colonial Burying Ground,” on the corner of Greens Farms Road and the Sherwood Island Connector.

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Alert “06880” reader Heidi McGee and her son spotted it. She took the photo.

If you know what’s going on, click “Comments” below.

And if you’re in the medical field, please let us know exactly what kind of bone this is.

Great News From World’s Greatest Scavenger Hunt

In August, “06880” reported on Tia Pogue’s summer. The Staples High School senior was competing in The Greatest Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. Suffice it to say, she was not searching for restaurant menus.

Earlier this month, we added details about one of her quests. She and her team had to get a child to write a letter to the universe. Then launch the letter into space. And provide video proof too.

Yesterday, Tia and her diverse, around-the-world group — they call themselves Team Raised From Perdition — got the news they’d been waiting for:

They won!

Perdition beat out more than 2,000 teams — that’s over 30,000 people — to take 1st prize.

Which is: an all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland.

That makes sense. Tia’s already taken care of outer space.

Tia and David Pogue, in their Yahoo video of their outer space adventure.

Tia and David Pogue, in their Yahoo video of their outer space adventure.

Below: Tia Pogue plays a human piano:

(To see Tia’s complete team page, click here. For their spreadsheet, click here. For more information on the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, click here.)


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On Your Honor

The Wakeman Town Farm stand is open Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s fresh, wonderful seasonal produce — zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, flowers and more.

WTF depends entirely on volunteers. There’s always a lot going on. Sometimes, you’ve got to help yourself.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Go ahead. Take what you need. Leave what you owe.

Who says Westport is no longer a small, friendly town?

Bob: The Tree

Not long ago, a big tree on the corner of Maple Lane and New Creek Road in Greens Farms was chopped down.

The other day, alert “06880” readers Mariken Wolffenbuttel and Oliva Morehouse Schoen noticed this sign on the stump:

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So, “06880” readers:

Who — or what — is Bob?

And — more importantly — is that his nose or his mouth that’s blue?

Proving Without A Doubt That Donald Trump Is Proud To Have Support From The Uneducated

Seen cruising slowly up and down the Whole Foods parking lot recently:

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(Photo/Jane Sherman)

Whether you’re with her or him — and whether you agree with or oppose everything this driver believes — you have to admit:

That last line is a classic.