Yesterday’s “Roundup” item about what seemed to be a low number of picnic tables at Compo’s South Beach brought a call from Carm Roda, of Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department.
All 17 tables — plus 4 for handicapped users — are there, he says. Because people move them to make larger tables, it might seem that there are fewer. However, as Michael Calise noted in the “Comments” section, that’s a far cry from the 41 that were there pre-COVID.
And, he notes, they were wooden — some double-size, and all more substantial than the new, plastic ones.
So: If you’re coming to our “06880” blog party this Thursday (July 21, 6 p.m., South Beach), please consider bringing a folding table.
There’s plenty of room for everyone. Just not a lot of tables.
It’s Shark Week at the beach!
Hopefully though, the only shark is on the side of the blimp. It advertises “Shark Week” on TV.
Fingers crossed. Stay safe!
Some rites of summer never change.
Bedford Middle School student Aiden Konig writes: “I’m 11 years old. Me and my friends, Liam and Ethan, were hanging out on the beach and made this really cool sand castle. I wanted to share it with your blog.”
Thanks, Aiden. I’m glad you guys are enjoying the timeless fun of the beach. Please be sure your grandkids send a similar photo, in 2092.
Nearby, Dianne Wildman took a walk.
Compo is a beautiful neighborhood. But one sight disturbed her. Dianne writes:
On Friday at Bradley and Fairfield Avenues, I passed a black squishy plastic pillow covering a drain. A stream of water crossed the street, to another drain. Water gushed out at a healthy rate.
A couple walked by as I was taking photos. They said the gushing had been going on for 2 weeks. All this on a day when the town announced we’re officially in a drought.
The woman said it won’t do any good to complain, because the problem was caused by a builder on the corner working on a new house and digging a swimming pool. The water level is 3 feet, so if you go deeper, it floods. “The town authorities always side with the builders,” they said, citing a similar story when someone built a pool last year.
Congratulations to the Westport 11U District All-Star team: Section 1 champs!
They beat North Stamford 11-2 yesterday, in the finals. Next up: the state tournament. It’s set for next weekend, in Newington.
Players include Dylan Burdeshaw, Miles Delorier, Henry Ellis, Justin Goldshore, Wyatt Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Chase Landgraf, Jack McGrath, Luke Moneyhon, Torrey Rossetter, Toby Slavin, Grant Theisinger and Nolan Walters. The manager is Justin Walters; coaches are Marc Theisinger and Jon Ellis.
Michael Szeto is used to seeing egrets at Longshore.
He was surprised, though, to see this one in his Minute Man Hill back yard.
He grabbed his camera, and snapped the scene for our “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … Monty Norman, the British composer who wrote the theme tune for the James Bond films, died this week, He was 94.
Mark Yurkiw calls his work “the most memorable score by the most unmemorable composer.” Click here for a full obituary.