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.
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 RedCrossBlood.org 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.