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Westport’s most famous bear is dead.
Westport Local Press reports that “Bear 211” — the black bear tagged with that number by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and reported at various sites in northern Westport and environs over the past 2 months — was struck by a car and killed yesterday, on Route 136 in Easton. The driver left the scene.
Click here for the full story.
The Westport Public Art Collections includes an astonishing array of 1,500 paintings, illustrations, photos and more. They hang in every public school, and buildings like Town Hall, the Parks & Recreation Department office, even fire headquarters.
But not everyone has access to schools. Town Hall is still pretty much closed. And when was the last time you were at the fire station?
This winter, there’s an exciting opportunity to see 40 or so outstanding works.
MoCA Westport and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee are collaborating on an exhibit, at MoCA’s expansive gallery space.
Two of the works are shown below. As for the few dozen others: well, you’ll have to see for yourself!
“06880”‘s favorite Piglet is actually a dog.
Piglet is the name of a deaf, blind pink dachshund/Chihuahua mix. He was rescued by Westport veterinarian Melissa Shapiro. (Click here for a 2017 story.)
She’s just written a book. “Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family” will be published August 3. Simon & Schuster calls it “a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog.”
Click here for details. And watch “Good Morning America” this Saturday (July 31), for an interview with Melissa. (Hat tip: WEndy Bouthillier)
It’s a little bit of vandalism: a couple of benches overturned by Ned Dimes Marina, off Compo Beach Road.
But the benches are memorials to real, much-loved human beings. Richard Webb — who says this is the second time it’s happened this month — notes that the perpetrators “might as well be turning over headstones.”
Mark Mathias writes:
“As I’ve been walking my dog recently, I noticed wood shavings at the bottom of most of the telephone, power, cable and such poles around town.
“I also recently saw a truck with 2 guys drilling holes in a pole, and wondered if it’s related.
“Upon further investigation, it appears that at least 3 holes have been drilled and then plugged.
“I also noticed a metal tag nailed into each pole saying “Maverick Inspected 2021 Cobra Rod.”
Any idea what this is for?
Nope. But I’m sure at least one alert “06880” reader does. Click “Comments,” to let us all know.
These sunflowers graced Peter Wormser‘s memorial service Sunday, at Cedar Point Yacht Club. The architect, cook, outdoorsman — and avid gardener — died earlier this month.
The service was moving and memorable. And Nanette Hausman thought this “Naturally … Westport” photo epitomized Peter’s love of beauty and life.
And finally … in honor of Melissa Shapiro’s new book (above):
For 2 days, Westporters grieved with Laurie Crouse over the loss of a Compo Beach bench dedicated to her husband.
Today, we can all celebrate!
This morning Westport Police — working with the Parks & Recreation Department — recovered Martin Crouse’s bench. It was in the channel, near Ned Dimes Marina.
They found a second bench too. Spotted yesterday from afar by Tina Green, as she looked for birds, it had traveled all the way to Cockenoe Island.
Both benches have been brought ashore. They’ll be cleaned, and put back in their honored spots.
The benches were probably thrown into the water as a thoughtless prank. Fortunately they floated for a while; they did not sink to the bottom.
Even more fortunately, our Police and Parks & Rec departments were there to help. Thank you, Chief Foti Koskinas, Deputy Chief Sam Arciola; your men and women, and the Parks & Rec crew.
If that doesn’t make you smile today, nothing will.
On Friday I posted Laurie Crouse’s heart-wrenching story. The Compo Beach bench she’d bought to memorialize her late husband was missing.
But I had faith. I was sure it would turn up soon.
So did “06880” readers.
There are many benches, on every part of the beach. “They get moved around a lot,” wrote one commenter who had lost — and then found — her family’s bench.
Westporters promised to look carefully. Some said they’d make a special trip. A few folks theorized that a storm or exceptionally high tide had submerged the one with Martin’s plaque.
I did not realize that Laurie had sat on the bench earlier this month. There has been no bad weather since.
Now it turns out that hers is not the only memorial bench that’s gone missing.
Laurie writes that her good friend Vicki Mintz lost her husband Robert last year. She bought a bench, and had it placed next to Martin’s several months ago.
It too has vanished.
So are all the others that had provided such solace on the little peninsula between South Beach and the Ned Dimes Marina.
Laurie took a photo March 3. It shows Robert’s bench (left), moved from its original spot. Martin’s bench is further back. on the right. A third bench is in the shot too, behind the people.
All 3 benches are now gone.
Vicki’s daughter investigated yesterday. She noted tire tracks on the sand
“It looks like a vehicle pulled up there,” Laurie says.
If this was an actual, premeditated theft: That’s awful. The benches are public property, sure. More importantly, they were purchased to honor people who loved Compo, and who themselves were loved.
Thieves stole more than benches. They tore out our neighbors’ hearts and souls.
Everyone does things they regret. If you’ve got the benches — or you know where they are — please do the right thing. Email email@example.com, or text 203-984-9635. I’ll let Parks & Rec know where and how to pick up the benches.
Anonymity is assured. Getting the benches back is more important than making sure justice is done.
In the meantime, it’s come to this: Perhaps we need security cameras at the beach. Or at least at the entrance and exit roads.
It’s pretty clear those benches did not move themselves.