Woog's World / The 'rhyme' and reasons of 2011
Another year has flown right by
Like reindeer through a snowy sky
Where did it go? Where has it went?
Can you explain what it all meant?
In just a week we'll close the book
On 2011 -- it gets the hook
We'll toast it with champagne (or beer)
And move right in to one more year
But `fore we say a fond adieu
(Though "good riddance" may be your view)
Let's look back for one last glimpse
On all the good guys (and the wimps)
Who make this town the place it is
Who give it so much glitz and fizz
And life and laughter, grace and joy
(As well as tsuris -- oh my, oy!)
To our selectmen, hats we doff
First there's Gordon Joseloff
Then Shelly Kassen, Haberstroh
They make our government go go go
(Except when it goes slow slow slow)
And even then, well, hey, you know
The ship of state sails gaily on
The best town in the state of Conn.
The P&Z has four new faces
Making sure historic places
Like houses (old) and horse barns (red)
And fields (with lights) and graveyards (dead)
And bars and cafes, stores (retail)
And movie theaters (too tall? Fail!)
Though being Westport, tempers flare
Both sides shout "You're so unfair!"
So then we trust our wise commissioners
To be objective, patient listeners
And make a sage (and legal) call
That satisfies us, one and all.
And speaking (as we are) of smart
Talk here always seems to start
And end with one word: Education
We all know of our sorry nation
Last in testing -- behind Albania
Leading to this crazy mania
For 4.0 grades and perfect teachers
For rooms with all the latest features
For schools that do it all, but whoa --
Make sure to keep my taxes low!
By the river, down in Saugatuck
Near the station, past the Duck
Phase I revealed new stuff galore
Apartments, plazas, a kayak store
There's more to come -- just wait and see
Grazie, great Gault family!
Meanwhile, cross town, a farm was growing
Though controversial winds were blowing
Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead
Were loved by most, though some folks said
"They must be gone!" -- but in the end
Wise heads prevailed, and now they tend
WTF -- great initials, three
(Unlike unloved CL&P).
New faces were on the beat this fall
Led by top cop, Chief Dale Call
Koskinas (Foti), Batlin (Ned)
Sereneti (great name!) -- their street cred
Is real high, so let's thank their service
(Though seeing them still makes us nervous).
Gracias too to our firefighters
They're there all day (and pull all-nighters)
Keeping Westport safe and sound
They truly are the best around
As are, of course, our EMT crew
We are in awe of all they do
Treating every scrape and fall
And car crash, concussion -- they do it all.
As does, for sure, our library
Covering the world from A to Z
With DVDs and lecture series
Concerts, a cafe, answering queries
It's Westport's gem, our grand broad realm
With Maxine standing at its helm
There's all you need, in every nook
(Even something called "a book").
In one more way, this town's astounding
In time of hurt, there's help abounding
From Woman's Club to Homes With Hope
For folks who need a hand to cope
A check for heat, backpack for school
Westport's Human Services are cool.
Religious groups, and those non-churchly
Make sure that hunger, housing, virtually
Every time life throws a curveball
Someone's there to heed the call.
The call is answered too by those
Whose time and effort to us shows
The spirit of "community"
They give to you, they give to me
The gifts of time and energy
To showcase arts, and history
To preserve our land, to coach our teams
To help our town fulfill its dreams
To help our kids reach all their goals
To open minds and nourish souls
These volunteers are Westport's best
So here is one "Woog's World" request
This holiday let's pause a sec
And give some thanks (perhaps a check)
To folks and groups who make our hamlet
The greatest place this side of Camelot.