Roundup: June Snow, Safety Fence, Downtown Lights …


That old saying about New England weather — if you don’t like it, wait a minute — is spot on. Still, it doesn’t usually snow in June.

If you’re Netflix, you make it happen. For a couple of weeks, a crew has filmed “The Noel Diary” in a residential neighborhood. It’s a Christmas (as in 2022) movie, so a bit of ingenuity is needed.

Here was one scene, yesterday. I’m sure it will look more realistic 18 months from now.

On screen, and in real life.

(Photo/Molly Alger)


Meanwhile, summer is actually almost here. That means more folks walking, jogging, biking and driving past the former Positano restaurant on Hillspoint Road.

For over a year, permit violations have halted construction on what was to be a private residence. The building — half-finished, swathed in blue, surrounded by weeds — has become a neighborhood eyesore.

A security fence now encloses the property. That makes it safer.

But now it looks worse than ever.

(Photo/Dinkin Fotografix)


The Westport Downtown Association’s GoFundMe campaign was a success.

The organization has installed more lights along Church Lane — including the Patagonia and Urban Outfitters buildings.

Next on the lights list: Main Street.


Jim Hood lives on Compo Beach. Is that where his dog learned to swim? Or does it just paddle instinctively? Who cares? Here’s today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo.

(Photo/Jim Hood)


And finally … today is Flag Day. Long may she wave, proudly and brave!


9 responses to “Roundup: June Snow, Safety Fence, Downtown Lights …

  1. The old Positano’s building had the stop work issued in late 2019, so it has been a year and a half with nothing going save for the fence being put up last week.

    Patagonia needs to fix half the lights in their signage.

    Jim’s dog, Koda, a Great Pyrenees, should have been at he Westminster Dog Show this weekend. There was another GP in the show.

  2. Rindy Higgins

    Though the downtown lights may be pretty and festive, I don’t like nor agree with using more electricity or energy.

  3. When was the last activity on the construction (has it been sitting untouched for a long time)?

  4. The proposed construction on the former Positano’s site should never have been allowed to break ground. The property should not have been allowed to change use. The property should be considered unusable and declared open space.

    • Elizabeth Thibault

      Was there a major problem with the property, that would prevent it from being used, if the construction followed the permits? Is there a difference in this location than the neighboring locations on Hillspoint? The pink home and Tauck properties next door don’t seem to have structural issues that would require this location to be condemned. (Looking at the assessments in the properties right here, and it would cost the town upwards of $12m at market value to obtain these – way more than what was paid for Longshore in today’s prices.)

      If there’s no environmental or safety issues, then it doesn’t seem there’s a compelling public interest to condemn this one property. The owner should bring it back into compliance when their health allows, as others have shared that they were stricken with a severe case of Covid, but seizing it seems severe.

  5. Vanessa Bradford

    If it’s supposed to be a Christmas Netflix movie, maybe the crew will ditch the window air conditioner?

  6. Tom Feeley Sr.

    We faced our classroom flag and said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in class🇺🇸🇺🇸

  7. Wendy Cusick

    I’ve found this out through just a “by the way” conversation and found out the blue wrapped house is too tall. (wishful thinking iif this works in construction, someone can take a saw to the top of building with is concrete and make it shorter. That only happens in Photoshop or cartoons)