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Bookcycle’s Remarkable Journey

The Remarkable Bookcycle sure gets around.

The mobile free library — a fun, funky collaboration between writer Jane Green, her husband Ian Warburg, artist/longtime Remarkable Book Shop enthusiast Miggs Burroughs and former Staples High School student Ryan Peterson — made its way from the Green/Warburgs’ Owenoke home to Bedford Square last fall.

EJ Zebro — owner of TAP StrengthLab — pedaled it over to Main Street recently, where it greeted visitors to the 1st Outdoor Market behind Savvy + Grace.

But Jane — a client and friend of EJ’s — told him the Bookcycle had to be back at the beach for the summer.

He and his TAP staff jumped at the chance to help. When the weather was right, Lauren Leppla hopped on, and made her move.

Local director Amelia Arnold chronicled the trip. If you didn’t see her (and it) riding by, here you go:

EJ Zebro Draws Attention At NFL Combine

Westport did not have any future stars at this week’s NFL Combine.

But we did have EJ Zebro. And his work may have more of an impact on the game than any one of the 300-plus football hopefuls who put their running, jumping and lifting talents on display in Indianapolis.

Zebro owns TAP StrengthLab. At his downtown Westport center, the certified movement and performance coach shows people of all ages that intelligent, functional movement — coupled with awareness of their own bodies — can minimize, or even eliminate, pain they may feel from injuries.

It’s a message tailored for the NFL meat market.

Zebro was invited by Bill Parisi, Phil Simms’ personal trainer. He’s written a book about fascia training — exercises that improve the functioning of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and muscular envelopes. One of Parisi’s chapters profiles Zebro.

The Westporter focused his talk on utilizing fascia training to help high-level athletes.

He also demonstrated an Optimal Human Motion machine. Developed by David Schmidt of Darien, and a key feature of Zebro’s TAP StrengthLab, it limits joint compression forces.

EJ Zebro (left) and Dave Schmidt, with the Optimal Human Motion machine.

Once users become more “balanced,” they can focus on becoming more powerful. That appeals to the folks who swarmed the exhibit hall in Indianapolis.

One of Zebro’s first conversations was with Dan Dalrymple. He’s the New Orleans Saints strength and conditioning coach — and an NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

He told Zebro about his own orthopedic issues — including difficulty moving his neck, and a bad knee. The  Westport trainer worked on his fascia. Dalrymple hobbled over to the OHM machine. Ten minutes later, he finished his workout — pain-free.

Dalrymple raved about his experience. That sent other coaches flocking to Zebro.

EJ Zebro works on Dan Dalrymple.

Since returning home, Zebro has followed up with many of them. They may incorporate some of what he does into their own NFL routines.

Which means that in years to come, the stars you watch — or whom you pray stay healthy, for your fantasy teams — may owe a debt of gratitude to perhaps the only Westporter who attended the 2019 NFL Combine.

4 Good Guys, 1 Good Deed

Over 400 Staples High School seniors have completed their internships. For the past 4 weeks they’ve worked at non-profits, in offices and on farms. They’ve served customers and clients, discovered a bit about the real world, and learned something about themselves.

Nearly every employer has a story about his or her Staples intern. EJ Zebro wants the entire “06880” community to hear about his.

Train Away Pain logoActually, the owner of Train Away Pain — the downtown Westport preventive sports injury and lifestyle practice — had 4 interns this year.

After a long morning, the quartet — Jack Zeldes, Josh Willis, Jack Griffin and Sam Arciola — headed out to lunch.

They spotted a patient — a woman recovering from spinal surgery — holding a cane and struggling. She’d been driven to her session, but was unsure how she’d get home.

No one told them what to do. On their own, the interns offered her a ride.

It was a wonderful gesture. The woman was so thrilled that when they dropped her off, she insisted they take a photo together.

It’s a little thing, sure. But, Zebro says, “Little things like that happen every year in the Staples internship program year after year. And it’s the little things that give me great hope for the future of this community.”

A grateful Westporter, surrounded by Staples interns (from left) Jack Griffin, Josh Willis, Jack Zeldes and Sam Arciola.

A grateful Westporter, surrounded by Staples interns (from left) Jack Griffin, Josh Willis, Jack Zeldes and Sam Arciola.