Last week, we gave a shout-out to Trader Joe’s for the very selfish reason that a study shows the store’s presence in a town increases property values.
Today we salute the fun, funky and reasonably priced market for doing good for folks who may not have homes.
Alert “06880” reader Jo Ann Davidson — okay, very alert — noticed something the other day in the little hall near the bathrooms. (You didn’t know Trader Joe’s had bathrooms? They do — and they’re spacious, clean and nicely decorated. But I never spotted what Jo Ann saw.)
A sign nearby notes — proudly, but without bragging — that Trader Joe’s recycles about-to-expire (yet still quite edible) food.
As the photo above explains, every store in the chain partners with “reliable and trustworthy” non-profits to pick up nearly expired food. (Flowers too!) Last week alone, Trader Joe’s donated nearly $12,000 worth of food.
But wait! There’s more!
They also collect winter items like coats, hats and gloves in a nearby box.
What great ideas! Thanks, Trader Joe’s (and Jo Ann).
Just imagine how much they’d collect though, if they moved the collection box away from the who-knew-they-were-there bathrooms?
Like, say, over by the spot where they hand out (fantastic) free samples every day.
In the surest sign yet that our long, nightmarish winter is giving way to spring, Westport’s favorite ospreys have returned.
Last year, they nested on a dangerous high pole near Fresh Market. After they caused a power outage in July, CL&P (now Eversource) rerouted an electrical feed, to save the magnificent birds from harm.
In October — after the birds flew south for the winter* — the utility company relocated the nest to a higher utility pole, 150 feet away. This one had fewer wires. The hope was that the ospreys would return to the less dangerous nest this spring.
They did. Today, Jo Ann Davidson observed them, home again for the summer.
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