Odd Side – May 28, 2019

Massachusetts Town to Fine People Who Pilfer Beach Rocks

WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts town is sick of homeowners and businesses raiding its beaches for free landscaping materials.

So the coastal community of Westport has approved a town bylaw that would impose a $250 fine on people who take rocks or vegetation from town-owned beaches.

Sean Leach, vice president of the Westport Beach Committee, says he’s seen people and commercial landscapers fill up trucks with rocks that they use for fire pits, rock gardens and driveway aprons.

He says winter berries and other vegetation are taken by people to be used as holiday decor.

The rock pilfering affects the resiliency of the beaches, which are important in protecting the coast.

The town plans to put up signs in beach areas reminding people about the ordinance.

Waiter Returns Lost $424,000 Check to Retired Social Worker

NEW YORK (AP) – A waiter has returned a cashier’s check worth nearly $424,000 to the retired social worker who lost it.

Armando Markaj found a bank envelope while cleaning off a table at Patsy’s restaurant in East Harlem. Markaj ran outside but the customer was gone. He opened the envelope and got a shock.

After an unsuccessful search, the restaurant’s owner called the Daily News for help.

A “relieved” Karen Vinacour was reunited with her check. It contained proceeds from her apartment sale, earmarked for a down payment on a new home.

Vinacour had not tipped the waiter after her meal. She tried to rectify that but he graciously declined. Markaj, who’s working his way through school, did accept Vinacour’s apology and gratitude and said he’s “happy for her.”

Squirrel Initially Scares, Then Snuggles With Subway Riders

BOSTON (AP) – A surprise passenger hitched a ride on a Boston commuter trolley, frightening some people at first, but warming their hearts when it willingly snuggled in a passenger’s arms.

Commuters say a squirrel bounded onto a Red Line trolley at an aboveground stop, prompting some passengers to hop onto their seats.

Passenger Rosanne Foley, the executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission, posted a Twitter photo of the squirrel resting on another person’s arm. She tells boston.com someone even tried to feed the rodent a piece of granola bar.

The rodent rider was let off by passengers at another aboveground station.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokeswoman Lisa Battiston commended the kindness of passengers but warned against interacting with wild animals on a train.

Arizona Woman Attacked by Bees After Hive Falls on Her Head

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona woman is recovering from more than 20 bee stings after heavy winds blew a hive off a tree and it landed on her head.

Assistant Fire Chief Andrea Glass says the woman happened to be walking under the tree where the hive was when wind blew it off.

Glass says the woman was stung 20 to 30 times on and around her head.