Roundup: Badass Bagels, Train Trees, Badass Book…

Popup Bagels did the New York Times. This means they will be harder to catch than ever.

But it’s not the only local bagel maker that’s stepped up a gear. Sugar and olives are also tough.

Their Badass Bagels line – that’s the name – just signed a deal with belly of gold. The website showcases the best food in the country and ships overnight. The page is not live yet, but it will soon display a variety of offers.

They will also sell 3,000 bagels at the Smorgasburg every Sunday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, starting in early June. It is one of the best and most selective food markets in the country.

But you don’t have to schlep all the way there. Many satisfied customers – business and personal – right here rave about the 100% sourdough recipe. (Okay, technically Sugar & Olives is a few yards from the border in Norwalk. So sue me.)

They also sell at the Westport Farmers’ Market and Double L Market. Outside of Westport, they’re at the Kitchen Table in Pound Ridge, a few other farmers’ markets, the Granola Bar in Greenwich, and the Old Yew in the West Village.

The bagel company took over much of Sugar & Olives. There are no more meals in person. But Jennifer Balin and her wonderful team offer seasonal prepared meals, which can be picked up by customers with their bagels. Click here for more details.

Some Badass Bagels.

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Like many Westporters, Joey Kaempfer was appalled by the recent clearcut at Westport station. It was a security project, according to Eversource and Metro-North.

“We need to raise funds to replace them,” says Kaempfer – a 1966 Staples High School graduate, who is building a house nearby.

He’s willing to donate $5,000 for the seed. But, he says, “a serious group needs to raise the balance – probably $95,000.” They must also obtain permission to plant the new trees, of course.

Is it doable? Are groups or individuals interested? Click “Comments” below.

Recent removal of trees (and overhead wires) at Westport station. (Photo/Matthew Mandell)

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Many books (and LPs, CDs, DVDs, etc.) are still available for the Westport Library book sale.

Plus one that’s absolutely, positively one hell of a book.

(Photo/Frank Bruce)

Today (Sunday, May 1, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) all items are half price. Tomorrow (Monday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon), you can fill a bag for $5 or purchase individual items for half price.

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The Wakeman Town Farm Old-Time Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will not take place until Saturday, June 18 (9 a.m. to noon). But people are already signing up for a time slot.

The menu includes crepes and sausages with all the fixins, as well as coffee and orange juice. It’s outdoors, so kids can wander around to greet the alpacas, sheep, and goats.

The price is $13 per adult, $5 per child 2 years and older. Money raised will help renovate the aging red barn, providing space for classes and programs. Click here record.

Wakeman Town Farm Barn. (Photo/Amy Schneider)

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Want to learn more about the little known but amazing gem known as Smith Richardson Wildlife Preserve?

Aspetuck Land Trust partner, Connecticut Audubon Land Steward Charlie Stebbins will host a “Walk and Talk” this Thursday (May 5, 10 a.m.), at the Sasco Creek Road site at the Southport border.

He will describe the remarkable transformation from an overgrown weedy nest to a haven for nesting birds (and bees). All are welcome – and like the reserve, it’s free.

Charlie Stebbins

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This swan in a swirling pool is perfect for a spring Sunday – and for our “Westport…Naturally” feature.

(Photo/Becky Keeler)

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And finally… today is May Day – aka “May Day”. It is a traditional festival in many European cultures, with dances, songs and cakes.

“Mayday” – one word – is an international distress signal. But that has nothing to do with the month. It is an anglicized version of “help me” – French for “help me!”

There is another way to call for help: “SOS!” It means “Save our souls”. It became popular when Morse code was new: 3 dots, 3 dashes, 3 dots.

Which, in a roundabout way, brings us to today’s song:

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