Category Archives: Beach

Hallmark Does Not Sell Labor Day Cards…

…but if they did, this shot — taken earlier today at Compo Beach — might be a great one for Westport.

Compo Beach on Labor Day

If you sent this to someone, what would your message be?

Brian Chapman’s Mission Of Mercy

As summer fades into memory (very quickly), here’s a nice beach story.

Westporter Brian Chapman lives a quiet life. His daughter Colby (Staples High School Class of 2011) says his favorite activities are golf, and watching the sunset several times a week at Compo’s South Beach, with a circle of friends. She relays this story, from her mother.

The other night, Brian noticed a seagull struggling in the water. He borrowed a nearby kayak, and quickly paddled out.

Brian Chapman paddles out...

Brian Chapman paddles out…

The bird’s wings were tangled in a fishing line, and a lure was wrapped around one leg. Brian got the bird in the boat. His reluctant passenger nipped him many times, as Brian paddled to shore.

With the help of the kayak owner, they untangled the bird. Within minutes, it flew off into another beautiful Westport sunset.

...and saves a seagull.

…and saves a seagull.

See Ya, Summer

It’s been a fantastic summer: No heat wave. No oppressive humidity. No power-outaging thunderstorms (knock wood).

It was, in other words, a great reward for a very tough winter.

But — like every summer — it raced by. School starts Monday.

Stacy Waldman Bass took this photo today, at Compo Beach. Already, it seems, we’ve said goodbye to Summer 2014.

Compo Beach by Stacy Waldman Bass

If You Teach Some Kids To Fish…

Summer vacation ends with a crash on Monday. The 1st day of school is ominously close.

But last evening, a mother gave a lesson of a different type to her kids. Alert “06880” reader Fred Cantor was at Old Mill Beach, and captured this classic Westport scene:

Fishing lesson at Old Mill Beach - Fred Cantor

Lost And Found: Kayak

“06880” is loath to post lost-and-found stories, because

  • Most of them are pretty narrow in scope
  • If we start doing it, we’ll be inundated
  • We can’t control who will claim an item.

But this is a special case.

Alert reader Leigh Gage writes:

This kayak with outriggers has sat at Old Mill Beach for a few days. It’s a really nice boat.

Kayak

There was a water bottle in it with someone’s personalized label: James Perse – Los Angeles.

If you know someone who’s lost a kayak, let him or her know it may be sitting on our beach.

If it’s not yours, don’t take it.

 

 

Super Sunday, Super Moon

Mark Edwards took this shot tonight at Compo Beach. A lone swimmer is bathed by the light of the “super moon.”

Super moon - Mark Edwards

Quite a way to end a gorgeous, sun-filled weekend.

Picnic Table Plague Spreads

Once confined to Compo Beach’s South Beach grills, the plague of illegally saving picnic tables by planting tablecloths, plates and cutlery on top, then scurrying away for many hours, has spread to the brick pavilion next to Joey’s.

This was the scene at 9:30 this morning:

Picnic table

Two hours later, it was still a feast for ghosts.

On the upside, that is a really nice setup.

(Hat tip to Dick Lowenstein)

Lifeguard Olympics: Everyone Into The Water!

They save lives. They comfort lost children. They also compete in rescue board relays, 1-mile runs, a jetty-to-jetty swim, beach volleyball and a relay race.

They’re the Compo Beach lifeguards. On Friday night — after stowing their walkie-talkies and zinc oxide — the very fit, very tan guards hosted their Longshore counterparts in a “Lifeguard Olympics.”

Kyle Mikesh of Compo Beach (left) and Will Brant of Longshore fly into the water, at the start of the rescue board relay race. (Photo/Justin Rende)

Kyle Mikesh of Compo Beach (left) and Will Brant of Longshore fly into the water, at the start of the rescue board relay race. (Photo/Justin Rende)

The friendly (I guess) competition — sponsored by Westport Parks and Recreation — was a continuation of a tradition established years ago, when teams from Norwalk and Fairfield competed. (That’s why every night’s we’re-now-off-duty announcement mentions the “award-winning Compo Beach lifeguards”).

Compo guards practice for the volleyball event.

Compo guards practice for the volleyball event.

Friday’s event drew a large, appreciative crowd. They saw one more side to Westport’s superb lifeguards, who truly do it all.

Connor Weiler is very proud to be a Compo Beach lifeguard.

Connor Weiler is very proud to be a Compo Beach lifeguard.

The Compo guards. Front (from left): Emily Harris, Dylan Schattman, Justin Rende, Kaitlyn Mello, Connor Weiler, Emma Mikesh, Kara Millington, Alex Mirabile. Back: Red Siecienski, Kyle Mikesh, Casey Searl. Not pictured: Callie Collins, Hannah Mello.

The Compo guards…

...and their Longshore foes.

…and their Longshore foes. (Photo/Justin Rende)

 

Lifeguards On Duty

Alert “06880” reader Dick Lowenstein has been puzzled by the permanent-looking “No Lifeguards on Duty” sign at Burying Hill Beach. Clearly though — as this photo shows — guards are very much at work.

Lifeguards on duty - Burying Hill

Burying Hill Beach is just around the bend — as the gull flies — from Compo. It’s got an entirely different vibe, and far fewer folks.

But it’s guarded just as well as the bigger beach.

Thanks, as always, to the guys (and girls) in red.

No Lifeguards On Duty…

…but if this isn’t the quintessential Compo-in-the-early-evening photo, I don’t know what is.

Lifeguard chair