Category Archives: Longshore

Pic Of The Day #605

Longshore’s Westport PAL rink is open — and skaters are flooding in (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

Pic Of The Day #588

End of the season at Longshore’s ER Strait Marina (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

Pic Of The Day #577

A cold evening at Longshore’s ER Strait Marina (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

Pics Of The Day #569

Fantastic fall foliage, all around town.

(Photo/David McKenzie)

Longshore (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Bridge over Deadman Brook, downtown (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Saugatuck River and beyond, from Grace Salmon Park (Photo/Samuel Wang)

Fall comes to Wild Rose Lane (Photo/Julie Fatherley)

 

Larry Silver Goes To Harvard

Larry Silver has been taking photos since he was a teenager.

Finally — at 83 years old — he’s gotten into Harvard.

The prestigious university’s Fogg Museum of Art has acquired 20 of the world-renowned photographer’s images, for their permanent collection.

Westport is prominently featured in Silver’s work. That’s no surprise: He’s lived here for 45 years.

Among the photos headed to Harvard is “Jogger” (1979).

Larry Silver’s famous 1979 photo is headed to Harvard.

Another is “Shower at the Beach.”

Silver continues to photograph scenes all around Westport — except for his shower series.

A complaint by someone concerned that he had his camera at Westport’s iconic outdoor public shower led town officials to tell Silver: no more photography there.

“Shower at Compo Beach” (Photo/Larry Silver)

Nor’easter: Part II

Saugatuck Shores was hit hardest by today’s near-nor’easter. Jennifer Seymour reports:

2 hours after high tide, there was still several feet of water. My husband rescued me and my sons by kayak on the island side of the Saugatuck Island bridge. I lived here during Irene and Sandy, and have seen nothing close since then.

With Saugatuck Shores flooded, Jennifer Seymour’s husband and daughter paddle a kayak.

One view of Saugatuck Shores …

… and another. Yes, that’s a road. (Saugatuck Shores photos/Jennifer Seymour)

Longshore’s ER Strait Marina …

… and nearby Evan Harding Point. (Longshore photos/Scott Smith)

The Soundview Drive seawall took a pounding … (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

… but it doesn’t faze Soundview resident Paul Lane. He’s lived there for decades, and weathered many storms. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

An old standby: the Compo cannons. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Quentin Road, off Compo Beach Road. (Photo/Bruce Becker)

Grove Point Road was underwater too. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Pic Of The Day #521

Longshore Sailing School (Photo/Carolyn McPhee)

100 Teens, 370 Pounds Of Trash

Longshore is a beautiful park.

It’s well-cared-for, lovingly maintained — almost spotless.

Yet you’d be surprised what you’d find there.

Or rather, what the Assumption Church youth group and Staples High School AP Environmental Sciences classes found yesterday.

Over 100 teenagers gathered nearly 370 pounds of trash and debris. Their haul included plastic, golf balls (a huge maritime hazard), part of a car windshield (!), and what appeared to be a rusted piece of a large boat engine.

That last piece of junk was too heavy to carry. So 2 boys borrowed a cart from the E.R. Strait Marina, and added it to the items they disposed of.

The event was part of Save the Sound‘s Coastal Clean-Up Day.

Marine life, golfers, and everyone else in and around Longshore thanks all who helped!

A large tire was one small part of yesterday’s Longshore trash haul.

(Hat tip: Michele Harding)

Friday Flashback #106

Another summer is nearly over. Kids no longer crowd the Longshore pool. A few older swimmers do their final laps, before it’s closed for the season.

Which makes this a great time to look back at the days when there was an actual high dive there.

Marie Corridon jumps off the Longshore high diving board in 1946. It was a private club then — but the high dive remained for years after 1960, when the town of Westport bought the property. (Photo courtesy of James Corridon)

It was imposing. Jumping off was a test of courage. It kept the lifeguards on their toes too.

When was the last time you saw a sight like this?

Pic Of The Day #488

Longshore Sailing School adds color, on a gray day (Photo/William Armstrong)