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Roundup: Goodwill, Chadwick Boseman, Native Plant Sale, More


Like most state senators running for re-election, Will Haskell has a corps of helpful volunteers.

They knock on doors. They make calls.

On Friday though, they turned from campaigning to community service.

Over 40 people — of all ages — headed to Westport’s Goodwill. The organization often gets more book donations than they can use. Haskell’s crew plowed through 16 bins, finding over 8,000 appropriate for elementary school children in Bridgeport.

I’ll resist the urge to make a pun like “Good, Will!” (Hat tip: Jeff Wieser)

Sorting through books at Goodwill.


The death of Chadwick Boseman on Friday at age 43 saddened his many fans. It also brought renewed attention to his starring role as Thurgood Marshall — America’s first Black Supreme Court justice.

The 2017 movie “Marshall” was written by Westporter Michael Koskoff — a noted civil rights attorney — and his son Jacob, a Staples High School graduate who is now a screenwriter.

The film takes place in 1941, when a young Marshall defended a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial. Marshall was partnered with Sam Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer in Bridgeport who had never tried a case. Click here for the amazing back story. (Hat tip: Mary Gai)

Chadwick Boseman at the premiere of “Marshall” with Mike Koskoff’s wife Roz and grandson Eli. (Photo courtesy of Darcy Hicks)


Aspetuck Land Trust is staying true to its roots. The non-profit announces its first-ever fall native plant sale. All are grown at Planter’s Choice in Newtown.

The goal is to encourage biodiversity, as all offerings — from perennials to trees — attract pollinators and wildlife.

All come with plans, kits and instructions for all locations, levels of sun and soil conditions. Four landscape partners are also available to help (click here for details).

They can be picked up at Earthplace, or delivered to your home. 50% of each purchase is tax-deductible.

Online orders are open while supplies last, or until September 17. The spring sale sold out quickly. Click here for all offerings.


Westport artist Michael Chait offers an outdoor exhibit today, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard outside 11 Riverside Avenue.

He’ll show his “fun and kooky experimental videos” on vintage television sets. He pays homage to television’s beginning, and explores where it may be going.

He calls it “Video Paradisio,” and it plays on a continuous 10-minute loop. The public is invited.


And finally … it’s Sunday morning!

 

 

[OPINION] Questioning The Good In Goodwill

An alert “06880” reader named Jennifer writes:

I frequent Goodwill in Westport, both as a donor of my kid’s outgrown clothing and a shopper looking for unique items. I am a single mom often in search of a bargain. (I love estate sales, so I enjoy the thrill of the chase). My favorite pair of shoes are Kate Spade hot pink velvet flats, proudly purchased at Goodwill.

More and more I notice that drivers dropping off Goodwill donations then make a U-turn in the parking lot, find a spot, and go in to shop. I am one of them.

It seems that Goodwill has adjusted their prices to the Westport clientele. For instance, a man’s Orvis or Tommy Hilfiger polo goes for $25 a shirt, rather than the usual $2 to $11 Goodwill price. It seems like the store is appealing to those donating (who end up parking the car to shop), rather than those who actually need clothing at discounted prices.

I have not done any research on how Goodwill uses the income from the goods we purchase. I recently read on a Facebook Moms group that a local mom was looking for a place to donate clothing that actually went to a family in need, rather than Goodwill.

PS: I am curious how Tina Dragone now feels about her neighbor. In 2012 she was not pleased Goodwill was moving closer to her boutique. Has she warmed up?

The Goodwill store in Westport, on opening day.

Not A Lot Of Good Will From Tina

In December 2010, Tina Dragone was mad as hell. And she wasn’t going to take it anymore.

Goodwill was about to move a few hundred yards down the Post Road — to the old Peppermill site, across from the store Dragone named after herself. It’s “Westport’s premiere (sic) style destination.” (According to the website, anyway.)

She gave the Planning and Zoning Commission a piece of her mind.

She raged about the “32 arrests” at the current Goodwill. She talked about larcenies, shoplifting and stolen handbags. (Goodwill’s attorney replied that there had been 7 police calls that year — some from people locked out of their cars.)

Dragone said that Goodwill hires “ex-convicts.” She pronounced “this kind of element coming into our neighborhood” to be “ludicrous.”

And, she concluded ominously: “We are really afraid.”

Dragone got pilloried by “06880” readers.

But it’s now 2012 — not 2010 — and with the new Goodwill opening to out-the-door lines, I decided to see if the Dragone Lady had softened. I wanted to give her a chance to say, yeah, I just sent over a welcome-to-the-neighborhood fruit basket.

I called yesterday afternoon. I told her who I was, mentioned the “controversy,” and asked what she thought now.

She put me on hold. For 5 minutes. Then she returned.

Click!

Tina Dragone (the store).

Perhaps she hung up on me. Maybe we got cut off? (What you believe probably correlates to whether you think President Obama is a Muslim or Christian.)

I called right back. Someone else answered.

I asked for Tina. The new woman asked if she could help.

I explained again why I was calling.

She didn’t hang up immediately.

Instead, she said, “We’re really busy right now.”

Then she hung up.

Bad Will At Goodwill

Westport friends made a special trip yesterday to Goodwill. With both kids in college, they had an extra TV. It worked fine — the perfect donation, they thought, for the holidays.

Goodwill said no.

The only TVs they accept, they said, are flat screens.

My friends took the rejection in stride. Though they did wonder what’s next. Will the Salvation Army accept only $20 bills?