Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign? (“Signs,” 5 Man Electrical Band, 1971)
Carl Addison Swanson often runs through the back of Staples High School — his alma matter — and the nearby Wakeman Field complex.
He counts 81 signs.
He classifies 15 as notices of past athletic team titles, records and scoreboards; 9 thanking donors to fundraising efforts, and 57 as “instructions” (traffic signs, and those indicating where to sit or stand, informing people they are on camera, and one noting how to behave at a game).
Perhaps, Carl suggests, just one is needed: “We are the Wreckers, and we are going to kick your ass.”
An alert “06880” reader took time off from cleaning her shoes to write:
I’m as dog-friendly as the average Westporter. I have nothing against our furry friends. What I do resent is when their masters walk them on school playgrounds or local parks, and leave their poop behind.
At Long Lots Elementary, the issue has become quite problematic. Recently, the Westport School District posted signs reminding dog walkers that the playground is used daily by children. and to please clean up dog waste. Sadly, it seems not a day goes by that head custodian Peter Barcello and his crew aren’t faced with cleaning up after someone’s pet.
Please, dog owners of Westport: Clean up after your pets when you walk them on public property!
I’ve noticed the problem has gotten worse too, at Staples High School and the Wakeman Fields.
It could be one more sign of the actions of “entitled Westporters.” Of course, the rest of us are entitled to something too: not taking crap from dogs, and their owners.
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