Headlines and first paragraphs we may — or may not — see in 2016:

Waldman Buys More Downtown Property; Major Projects Planned:David Waldman — the developer whose Bedford Square complex will open later this year, and who recently purchased the Save the Children property on Wilton Road — is the new owner of Main Street, Parker Harding Plaza, Jesup Green and the Saugatuck River. ‘These properties have plenty of potential, but they’ve long been underutilized,’ the native Westporter said.”

Lack of Snow Plays Havoc with Town Budget: “Though there was no measurable snowfall during the entire 2015-16 winter, town officials warned that savings might be minimal. The $2 million allocated for snow removal and $500,000 in heating-oil costs were almost exactly offset by unforeseen expenses: tree work when leaves appeared in February, grass cutting all winter long and lifeguards when Compo Beach opened for the season on Presidents Day.”

Athletic Facilities Proposal for Baron’s South Causes Uproar: “Following defeat of a proposed senior housing complex at Baron’s South, a coalition of Westporters suggests a new use for the 22-acre site: athletic fields for elementary, middle and high schoolers. ‘We understand the hilly terrain poses engineering challenges,’ the group — called Kids, Not Coots — said in a statement. ‘However, because there is no other open space in Westport large enough for even a tennis court, we feel this is the last chance to keep our youngsters off the streets.’ ”

State Unveils New Plan for Saugatuck River Bridge: “After months of contentious hearings, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has revealed its final redesign decision for the controversial Saugatuck River bridge. The span — also known as the William F. Cribari Bridge — will be returned to its original wooden form, as constructed in 1869. ‘It was impossible to know what the townspeople wanted,’ a DOT spokesman declared. ‘We heard everything from a complete renovation to leaving it untouched. So we said the hell with it, let’s just go back to where everything started. If the shipworms get it again, we’ll deal with that later.’ ”

YMCA Receives Another $40 Million Gift: “Just months after a $40 million bequest fell from the Ruth Bedford estate sky onto the Westport Weston Family YMCA, officials announced another $40 million gift. ‘We have no idea who gave it to us, or why,’ a Y board member said. ‘It was just some cash that got left in the member’s survey box at the front desk. But we are very grateful for the community’s support of us.’ The organization has no immediate plans for the funds. ‘While there are some urgent needs, like a clock in the men’s locker room, we’ll take our time prioritizing,’ the board member added. ‘You can’t rush into these things.’ ”

Budget Hearings Conclude; Transit District Suffers Only Cut: “The RTM voted unanimously last night to accept the Board of Finance’s proposed $82.9 million budget. There was no discussion of any department’s request, except for the Transit District. For four hours, members questioned the need for $8,000 for marketing materials. ‘Can’t this be $7,500?’ asked several members.”

Deer Population of Westport Surpasses Humans: “A study by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reveals what many Westporters have long suspected: The deer invasion continues unabated. Officials say there are 27,889 deer living in Westport’s woods, back yards and the shoulders of roads, compared to 26,452 people. The department promises to release figures shortly on the number of deer ticks and destroyed shrubbery.”

Work on Merritt Parkway North Avenue Bridge Resumes Soon: “Scaffolding reappeared this week, on the Merritt Parkway North Avenue bridge. That means one thing: The renovation plan will be underway again in just a few months. ‘It’s unfortunate we had to stop working for a year or so,’ a state Department of Transportation spokesman said. ‘I think there was a pretty good reason, though unfortunately I can’t recall it now.’ The DOT says it will ‘fast-track’ the project, making the anticipated end date September 2023.”

Metro-North Announces Adjustments to Train Schedules: “Beginning next month, Metro-North will revise its published timetables for all trains arriving at and departing from Grand Central Terminal. Unlike previous adjustments, this one is simple. Riders can simply add 20 minutes to all previous schedules. A transit official called the new timetables ‘one additional way we can serve our customers better.’ ”

Final Downtown Mom & Pop Shop Closes: “With the sale of Oscar’s Delicatessen to Oscar de la Renta, the makeover of Main Street from locally owned, diverse businesses to an outdoor mall of national clothing chain stores is complete. ‘This is fantastic!’ gushed one downtown shopper. ‘We, like, really needed a different type of women’s stores here, and now we’ve got it!’ ”

Dan Woog is a Westport writer, and his “Woog’s World” appears each Friday. He can be reached at dwoog@optonline.net. His personal blog is www.danwoog06880.com.