Roundup: Chiller Island, State Street, Senator Blumenthal, More


Wendy Crowther helped create the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve, at the site of the old Allen’s Clam House. She thought she knew everything about that amazing area.

But the other day on Google Maps, she saw a reference to “Chiller Island.”

That’s the tiny spit of land — not an island at all — near the tidal gates leading out to Compo Cove. There were once 3 small homes there. One was destroyed by a 1950s storm. The other 2 were demolished a few years ago, after being damaged beyond repair in another storm.

The area is now a pocket park. Should we call it Chiller Island Park?

If so, we’d need some history. If you know where the name came from — and when and why it fell out of use — click “Comments” below.

Christmas tree at the pocket park on “Chiller Island.” (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Of course, that’s not the only throwback name Google Maps uses in Westport. Some sections of the Post Road are still called “State Street.”

That was changed in the 1970s. Right around the time Sergey Brin and Larry Page — the founders of Google — were born.


The Westport Library is slowly reopening. Hours are still limited, and restrictions apply.

The Library’s digital services, meanwhile, are available to cardholders 24/7/365.

Popular books, magazines, audiobooks, music and movies — it’s all there.

You don’t have to be a technical wizard to access it. Staff members can help, with everything from setting up accounts to choosing and selecting materials.

Click here for details. And don’t overlook the little blue “Help” button on the bottom right.


Do you have a question for Senator Blumenthal? Go to Instagram, and DM @DaveBriggsTV.

Westporter Dave Briggs — former CNN, NBC Sports and Fox News anchor — interviews him on IG Live at 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday).

You can catch the conversation @GreenwichMag.


Snow has canceled several Red Cross blood drives. The pandemic has made collections even slower.

There are several drives upcoming. Appointments can be made on the Red Cross blood donor smartphone app, at or by calling 800-733-2767.

Click here for a full list of sites. Among the local drives:


  • Feb. 23 (today): 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road
  • March 3: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road
  • March 8: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike
  • March 8: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike


  • Feb. 23: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 25 France St.
  • March 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 25 France St.
  • March 12: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave.


And finally … Peter Fonda was born today, in 1940. He died in 2019.

10 responses to “Roundup: Chiller Island, State Street, Senator Blumenthal, More

  1. Our Library receives so much praise, and yet it fails in one basic aspect that other libraries don’t: borrowing ebooks that work on kindles (that is, the “OverDrive” system that most other public libraries offer).

    So much money was wasted on that renovation, and yet I still can’t borrow a book for usage on a kindle, which is by far the most popular reading device. Why is that?

  2. If you Google “Chiller Island Westport” you get 1 result linking to this very blogpost, and several more that point to real estate listings for Westport homes with upscale kitchens containing both an “island” and a “wine chiller.” If the wine chiller were mounted into a kitchen island itself, it would be a “chiller island.’

  3. Someone please ask Sen. Blumenthal if he supports letting biological men complete in women’s sports🙏🇺🇸

  4. The 38 and 40 Old Mill Rd properties were torn down in 2015. I assisted former Chief Kingsbury with FEMA reimbursements. The town paid the owners, and FEMA reimbursed the town. I don’t recall payments made to the surname Chiller. I am very curious about the name!

  5. The music in “Easy Rider” was way better than the script or acting (the latter with the exception of Jack Nicholson.)

  6. In response to the concern that a reader raised that the Library’s digital books cannot be accessed on a Kindle that is in fact not true, the Cloud Library which is Westport Library’s equivalent of OverDrive can be accessed on the Kindle Fire. The Library has explored in the past whether to change to Overdrive and decided, given Cloud Library’s selection and how few requests we get from non Kindle Fire users, it did not serve the vast majority of our patrons well to transition. It would be cost prohibitive to offer both services.

    • What I said is true, and your response corroborates what I said. I’m not referring to Kindle Fires, I’m referring to the regular Kindle e-books, which are by far the most popular e-readers. The Library does NOT offer e-books for regular Kindle e-readers (as you acknowledged).

      I do not understand why we had money to waste on a recording studio which is used by a small group of people, and there’s no money for OverDrive? Seriously? It’s sad what has become of libraries….. they used to be a source of reading material, and now not only is there less space allocated to books in the new building (let’s throw all the books down into the basement in a flood zone), but one cannot even get e-books on the most popular e-book device.

      Libraries in our neighboring towns offer that service, it’s sad that Westport does not. For example, Norwalk and Fairfield offer OverDrive. Fairfield offers OverDrive, Freegal, Kanopy, Hoopla, Hoonuit, RbDigital, among others. Norwalk has OverDrive, Hoopla, Kanopy, rbDigiatal, and Bibioboard,

      Please don’t insult my intelligence and suggest it’s cost prohibitive when other neighboring libraries offer a greater selection of digital resources.

  7. Michael Calise

    Maybe FEMA still has the money in the “Chiller”

  8. Eric Buchroeder SHS ‘70

    Is it true Senator Blumenthal is lobbying for Secretary of Veterans Affairs?