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Snow Day!

Westport students received an unexpected day off from school today.

It wasn’t a blizzard — just a very pretty snowfall.

If you didn’t have to go out, it was a nice start to the weekend.

Even if you had to get on a train, it was not so bad:

(Photo/Siobhan Crise)

(Photo/Siobhan Crise)

For others, it’s a day for beauty. But not for sitting in the garden…

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

…or a hot tub.

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

(Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

Pixar Is Up2 Something Here

To you and me, it looks like a typical teardown lot.

To Disney’s Pixar film studio though, it may be a movie set:

Pixar in Westport

Earlier today, alert “06880” reader Siobhan Crise spotted this poster affixed to the construction site’s chain link fence.

It reads:

Production site notice for Pixar’s Up2.
Executive producer: Barron Von Gimple
Producer: Compo Cornhole Club
Please stay clear of this work area.
Filming to begin 1/12/16.
Flash photography prohibited.

A Google search of “Barron Von Gimple” turns up nothing. “Compo Cornhole Club”: ditto.

There’s nothing for “UP2” either, except a trailer from either 2012 or 2015 — it’s hard to tell, if you check out the video on the full YouTube site — which may or may not be fake:

“06880” has either a huge scoop, or we’ve all been scammed.

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Community Plates Serves Us All

As we round the corner toward the holiday season — America’s favorite glutton-gorging time — we might spend a second or two thinking about others.

Just like Community Plates always does.

The little-known, non-profit organization helps people in 3 states (Connecticut, Ohio and New Mexico) donate time, money — and food itself — to lessen the impact of hunger.

Americans throw away between 25 and 40 percent of our food supply. CommunityPlates moves fresh food that would have otherwise be tossed from homes, restaurants, stores and farms, to places it can make a difference: shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and food pantries.

Siobhan Crise is a Community Plates “food runner.” Whenever she can, she clicks on her CP app. She sees which “runs” need doing locally.

Community Plates appShe might grab 6 crates of the previous day’s fruit and bread products from the Trader Joe’s loading bay, and take it to the Gillespie Center. Or head from Bartaco to Norwalk’s Person-to-Person.

Thanks to the app, donors know their food will be picked up. Receiving agencies know fresh food (including meat) is coming in.

“The people who run Community Plates, and the ones you meet — especially at the agencies — are wonderful. Talk about dedication!” Siobhan says.

“And the runners are a really fun and diverse bunch.”

Siobhan likes the convenience of creating her own schedule. If she misses a week — even a month — no one harasses her. “It’s like NPR,” she says. “You give what you can.” (She does admit, “Some Catholic guilt kicks in if I miss a couple of weeks in a row.”)

She likes volunteering in her “scruffiest gym/kickboxing clothes.”

And, Siobhan says, “I can do it with my kids. I won’t pretend it’s their favorite task ever. But it’s important to me that they understand that Westport is an extremely wealthy, and in many ways unusual, town. ”

Community Plates logoLike all of us, Siobhan is busy. She wishes she had more hours to dedicate to the community. But Community Plates offers “so much bang for my volunteering buck. There’s no talking, no planning, no meeting, no egos, no blah blah blah. Just doing.

Her favorite run is to the Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport. Watching people line up for their food allowance, Siobhan knows  the fresh food she brings will be on their dinner table that night.

“They eat better because I had a spare hour and some wheels,” she says. “Am I selfish to say this makes me feel good?”

No, Siobhan. Not selfish at all. Because volunteering for Community Plates makes everyone feel good.

And does good, too.