Unsung Heroes #109

Alert — and grateful — “06880” reader Peter Boyd loves the Longshore pool.

“It’s an incredible town resource,” he says. “For just the price of a handpass, you can swim in a well-kept pool surrounded by the Long Island Sound. It’s great.”

Last week — following an energy-sapping heat wave — the temperature dropped substantially. Then it rained.

But Peter is intrepid. At 5 p.m., he headed to Longshore to swim.

No one was there — no one, that is, except a man named Jay. He’d covered his computer — used to check those handpasses — with a trash bag.

Jay welcomes swimmers to the Longshore pool.

He cheerfully told Peter that the pool was open according to the published schedule — rain or shine. It’s closed only during thunderstorms, and for 30 minutes afterward.

“He was happy to let me in,” Peter says. “And the lifeguards were happy to come out to ensure I was safe.

“They’re a great team. Service was cheerful and professional, as always. Whether it’s a crowded weekend in the sun or a deserted weekday in the rain, we are very lucky to have them.”

Thank you, Jay and everyone else at the Longshore pool. You are our Unsung Heroes of the Week!

Rain or shine, the Longshore pool is a town gem. (Photos/Peter Boyd)

7 responses to “Unsung Heroes #109

  1. Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    Too bad they’ve decided to move it north to Allen Raymond Lane.

    • Eric / the Y moved north to near the Merritt – over ten years ago I believe…Longshore is still where it’s always been, pool included.

      • Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

        Hey Chris!!!! How are you and Carol?
        I was kidding about moving the Longshore pool. It wouldn’t surprise me though. Best Regards, Eric Buchroeder

      • Eric William Buchroeder SHS ‘70

        Hey Chris,
        I was kidding. Dry NE sense of humor.

  2. Bunny Franco

    I agree w/ Peter! A gem!!! Sorry he just advertised this treasure & the great staff! Bunny Franco

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. It is a not such hidden treasure!
    Not hidden at all! Thanks to Phil & his wonderful crew👍

  4. Richard Fogel

    I think we should Sing a hero song so the good person wont be unsung. Sing the hero song.