Love giving gifts? Hate giving gifts that are energy-inefficient, non-recyclable or otherwise wasteful?
Check out Sustainable Westport’s first-ever Gift Guide.
Heavy on products made or sourced locally, and/or sold by area merchants, it’s a much-needed resource.
And, Sustainable Westport adds: “Some of the best (and most meaningful) sustainable gifts are ones that you make yourself (art or pottery, knitting, baking, building) or include giving of your time (attending local theater performances or sporting events with family and friends or giving lessons in one of your particular skill sets).
Local blogger and sustainably-minded mother Julia Dzafic of Lemonstripes created the guide. Click here to see. Let’s hope she sustains it for years to come.
Last year, the Hackett family collected a truck full of new and gently used sports and playground equipment, from generous donors. It was distributed to youngsters who needed it by Leveling the Playing Field, a non-profit organization.
Leveling the Playing Field. The non-profit seemed perfect.
They’re at it again.
Chloe — a Staples High School junior, and an athlete — and her family are at The Granola Bar today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Cleats, field hockey sticks, lacrosse equipment, bats, hockey skates, footballs, softball gloves — it will all make a difference. Click here for a full list of acceptable and non-acceptable items.
Speaking of sports: I am very proud of the on-field accomplishments of the Staples High School boys soccer team I coach.
I’m just as proud of what they achieve off it.
For the 19th time in 21 years — and the 16th season in a row — the Wrecker boys soccer team has achieved Academic All-American status. United Soccer Coaches honors go to squads with a team GPA of 3.25 or higher. The 2020 side was just announced. Their team GPA was a mind-boggling 3.57.
The award is given for the previous year’s team. All indications are that the 2021 squad will earn the boys soccer team’s 20th award.
Bad news for residents of northwest Westport.
The long-running Cavalry Road bridge replacement will take even longer to finish.
The project “has suffered delays related to various aspects of the construction that are beyond the towns’ control,” Westport and Weston officials announce.
“The contractor experienced complications associated with installing the proposed bridge deep foundations. This required additional testing, to ensure the proposed bridge is adequately supported.
“In addition, the process of installing large prefabricated concrete girders has taken longer than expected. The bridge is located on a rural local road and installing the girders with the least amount of impacts to the residents and the regulated waterway is a high priority.”
The current 2-span bridge is being replaced with a single, longer structure. It will provide “more hydraulic conveyance, and reduce future maintenance needs.”
Westport and Weston officials apologized for the delay, and thanked residents for their patience.
If there’s an upcoming holiday — and there definitely is right now — then Winslow Park Animal Hospital has it covered.
Check out their decorations, when you’re stuck at the Post Road light between Playhouse Square and North Compo. It will bring a smile to even the Grinchiest face.
Avid “06880” reader Jack Backiel enjoyed yesterday’s Friday Flashback: a photo of town directories, the long-ago source for data on all Westport residents and businesses.
And I do mean “all.”
Jack sent along this photo of one page, from the 1950s. Check out the third Taylor from the top. Yes, that’s the actress we know better as “Liz.”
Jack has written in the Comments section of his family’s long history in Westport. He sent along one directory page from the 1920s, and this from the ’50. There sure were a batch of Backiels here then.
Town directories can be found today in the Westport Library.
A Photo Challenge from a couple of weeks ago brought a follow-up report from an “06880” reader.
The image showed a “North Pole Post” mailbox. It’s on Wright Street, though few readers knew it.
Nearby resident Anne Reilly provides the back story. She says the box “just showed up on the tree before Christmas last year … hmmm.
“The letters seem to go into the box and then disappear. Children believe they are magically sent directly to Santa in the North Pole.”
She asked 2 children what happens to them. One said: “I think that they get scooped up by your elves, and your elves bring them to the north pole like Bam”
The other added, “The elves come get them every night and give them to the reindeer or the UPS man to take up to Santa.”
Today’s serene Sherwood Island “Westport … Naturally” shot comes courtesy of Maureen Salko:
And finally … hey hey, they were the Monkees.
Michael Nesmith — the “quiet, cerebral, sardonic, contemplative” member of that ’60s TV-turned-true band — died yesterday of heart failure. He was 78.
Nesmith was sometimes called the only true musician in the group. He went on to a successful video career after the Monkees’ 2-year TV run ended. Click here for a full obituary. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)