Westporters have been talking this week about trees, and their removal near property lines and roadsides. A Planning & Zoning Commission subcommittee is drafting a regulation to protect mature trees in setbacks, stop clear-cutting, and ensure that when mature trees are removed, new trees are planted.
One of the most recent examples of clear-cutting is on Hideaway Lane. Several days ago the lot that fronts Hillspoint Road — opposite Loretta Lane, on the last gentle hill before Old Mill Beach — was stripped of every tree.
Here’s the before shot …
… and how it looked yesterday:
If your kids can’t wait to see Santa … he makes a special appearance tonight!
From 5:30 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday), the Bearded One will wave to everyone driving past 28 Oak Street. It’s Josh and Rose Philip’s gift to Westport.
And if Santa looks a tiny bit like Josh — well, what a remarkable coincidence!
A GoFundMe page has been set up for a Westport family.
Marius Sarapinas is a master carpenter, whose work ethic is equaled only by his attention to detail. He is loved by clients and colleagues.
His dedication to his sons, age 13 and 8, is legendary. He suffered a brain aneurysm just before Thanksgiving, and has been in the ICU at Yale New Haven Hospital ever since. He has made some progress, but the road to recovery is long.
The family must pay medical expenses, along with their mortgage, food, utility and Christmas bills.
The fund is halfway to its $25,000 goal. To help, click here. (Hat tip: Danielle Alexander.)
Yesterday’s, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids and Garelick & Herbs provided a holiday lunch for 30 firefighters, at Westport’s main station.
The meal was delicious — and (thankfully) uninterrupted. The department thanks these 2 great local businesses for their generosity.
Not to be a Debbie Downer as we head into the final, festive week of the year, but I have to repeat this thought, first seen on the WestportMoms Instagram:
Next year is pronounced “2020, too.”
A ring with the inscription “United States Veteran,” surrounding a green stone (photo below), was found in the Staples High School gym. If it’s yours — or you know whose it is — email firstname.lastname@example.org (after the Christmas break).
Today is one of the busiest days of the year.
To help de-stress, just look at today’s “Westport … Naturally” image.
Relax. Fly above it all. Enjoy the view!
And finally … on this day in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine” promotional film premiered on American TV. The single and album of the same name was released a year earlier.
Fifty years later, its message still resonates.