Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge #257

Was it the rainy weather? Too many things to do 4 days before Thanksgiving? The fact that virtually no one knew where the toy donkey pictured in last week’s Photo Challenge could possibly be?

Whatever the reason, Rose Porosoff’s image drew only a few guesses. But 2 were right: Rod Smith and James Lupo knew the curious scene could be seen at the Greens Farms fire station, on Center Street.

It’s a random shot in an out-of-the-way location — unless you live in Greens Farms — so click here to see what you’ve always missed (or never knew existed).

This week’s Photo Challenge stays in the Porosoff family. It’s from Rose’s mother, Tracy. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Photo Challenge #256

There are some sights in Westport we pass by often, but don’t really “see.”

Once we spot them, though — or someone points them out to us — we will never again not notice them.

That’s the case with last week’s Photo Challenge. The wooden “06880” sign is part of a larger one that sits above the stores in Bridge Square, at the foot of the William F. Cribari Bridge where Bridge Street meets Riverside Avenue.

Once upon a time, it hung over Peter’s Bridge Market. There are other businesses there now — a Japanese restaurant and health food spot, for example — but much about Bridge Square remains unchanged. It’s a throwback, for sure. (Click here to see the image.)

Andrew Colabella, Robert Mitchell, Arthurt Hayes, Jonathan McClure, Amy Schneider and Mary Schmerker all knew that the “06880” sign is in Saugatuck. The next time you’re stopped in traffic there, look up.

You’ll never not notice it again.

Have you noticed this week’s Photo Challenge? If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Rose Porosoff)

Photo Challenge #255

First there were the library windows.

Then there was the point behind Levitt Pavilion, on the Saugatuck River.

Last week — for the 3rd Photo Challenge in a row — our image showed a bit of that beautiful, active slice of Westport just steps from downtown.

Johanna Rossi’s shot was of the charming, underused bridge spanning Deadman Brook (which honors not a no-longer-living person, but someone long ago with the improbable last name of Deadman).

It connects the Levitt/library parking lot with another lot, off Imperial Avenue. (It is transformed every Thursday from May to November, into the Westport Farmers’ Market.)

Johanna took the photo at night. The lights threw some readers off. Incorrect guesses included the Sherwood Mill Pond bridge heading to Compo Cove; the wooden bridge extending from Parker Harding Plaza over the Saugatuck River; Bridgewater headquarters off Weston Road; Saugatuck Shores, and Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.

Louis Weinberg, Dan Vener, Andrew Colabella, Fred Rubin, Ralph Balducci, Jonathan McClure, Jo Ann Flaum and Jalna Jaeger all knew that the bridge is actually downtown, over Deadman Brook.

To see the photo, click here. To see it in real life — which you really should — head downtown. Any time, day or night.

Today’s Photo Challenge comes courtesy of Seth Schachter. If you know where in “06880” you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

 

Photo Challenge #254

Last week’s Photo Challenge showed a spot not far from downtown that most Westporters have never gone.

Though it’s a place everyone should see.

Sandy Rothernberg’s image was of the point at the Riverwalk path behind the Levitt Pavilion where Deadman Brook flows into the Saugatuck River.

It’s beautiful, serene — and open to the public. You’ll get a different perspective there of the water, and our town’s relation to it.

Since the Levitt renovation, the path now winds all the way around — from the library to the Imperial parking lot side. Midway there, you’ll see the scene Sandy captured. Or click here for the closeup.

This one was tough. It took nearly 24 hours before the first readers guessed correctly. Congratulations, Madison Malin and Steve Dopp!

This week’s Photo Challenge, meanwhile, may be our first-ever nighttime shot. If you know where in Westport you’d find this — night, day, whenever — click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Photo Challenge #253

With all the ooohing and aaahing over the new Westport Library — the versatile Forum, the amazing children’s space, the great conference rooms and exhibition spaces and café — it’s easy to overlook the windows.

The east side — the one facing the police station — features a striking set of windows. I’m not sure how to describe them — heavy? curved? — so you can click here to see for yourself.

Wendy Cusick, Jonathan McClure, Clark Thiemann, James Weisz, Amy Schneider and Mark Jacobs are all library-goers who knew exactly what Heli Stagg’s photo showed. (She declined photo credit last week. She figured her role as the library’s retail manager would be too much of a hint.)

Meanwhile — for obvious reasons — I “love” this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Sandy Rothenberg)

Photo Challenge #252

Last week’s Photo Challenge — with a stone wall, wood fence and tall grass — could have been many places in Westport.

It actually was on the Saugatuck River — specifically, Riverside Avenue near the medical center (formerly Marketing Corporation of America). (Click here to see.)

It’s a lovely spot, though not many Westporters know it’s there.

Rich Stein, Jonathan McClure, Michael Calise, Susan Miller and Bill Kutik did, though. Congratulations for nailing this tough one.

This week’s Photo Challenge is below. If you know where in Westport you would see this, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #251

There are 2 types of Westporters: those who know that the cannon in front of the VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 building on Riverside Avenue is an original from Compo Beach.

It was vandalized in 1957. The Rotary Club restored it in 1999, and presented it to the VFW. The cannon at the beach today is a replica.

The 2nd type of Westporters are those who drive by every day, and never notice it.

The first group thought that last week’s Photo Challenge — showing the cannon — was the easiest one ever. Specifically, it includes Tom Risch, Robert Mitchell, Michael Calise, Jacques Voris, Tom Feeley, Diane Silfen, Jonathan McClure, Mary Ann Batsell, Peter Swift, Lois Himes, Linda Amos and Nancy Engel.

If you’re in the 2nd group: Click here for the photo. Then click here for more info on the VFW — an important presence in town, for nearly 100 years. And when you’ve done that, the next time you head to Saugatuck, check out the history you’ve spent so much time passing by.

And when you’re finished doing that, you can figure out this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Photo Challenge #250

I’ve said it before: You guys are good.

I was sure last week’s Photo Challenge would be tough. Tim Woodruff’s image showed something dark, and rough textured. It could have been anything. (Water cascading over the old Embalmer’s Supply dam, someone suggested.)

But most of you knew — and quickly — that it was a close-up of one of the Compo Beach cannons.

It’s one of our town’s most beloved spots. Generations of Westporters have climbed and played on the cannons (and been photographed by other generations.)

Still, I’m impressed so many readers could identify them so easily. Kudos to Sharon Paulsen, Will Hamilton, Dan Herman, Andrew Colabella, Joyce Barnhart, Fran Taylor, Wendy Cusick, Mary Schmerker and Carla Fostet. (Click here for that very up-close look.)

So you like cannons? Here’s one!

If you know where in Westport you can find it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Mark Mathias)

 

Photo Challenge #249

I thought last week’s Photo Challenge might be too tough for any “06880” reader.

I did not reckon on Mary Papageorge and Lynn Untermeyer Miller.

Both knew that Amy Schneider’s image of a painted smiling face is located on the back side of the large star sculpture that Howard Munce created years ago. It sits on the bank of the Saugatuck River, in Parker Harding Plaza directly behind Rye Ridge Deli.

The fisherman — that’s what the face is — faces the river. It’s not easy to see — and not too many people actually stroll by there (though it is a nice, beautiful spot).

Mary no doubt knows it because the Papageorge family owned Oscar’s — the long-time, beloved predecessor to Rye Ridge.

Lynn knows it because — well, she sees and knows everything.

Can Mary, Lynn and/or you figure out this week’s Photo Challenge? If you think you know, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Tim Woodruff)

 

Photo Challenge #248

Fall is here. The Levitt Pavilion is dark.

But for dozens of nights this summer — like every other one — the Levitt lit up Westport with free concerts.

The lights above the stage were last week’s Photo Challenge (click here to see). A couple of readers guessed the Staples High School auditorium or Westport Library — but nearly everyone else nailed it. The Levitt Pavilion has tons of fans.

Congratulations to Matt Murray, Fred Rubin, Andrew O’Brien, Jack Backiel, Les Dinkin, Jay Tormey,. Seth Braunstein, Martin Gitlin, Rich Stein, Bobbie Herman, James Weisz, Seth Goltzer, Darcy Sledge, Jonathan McClure and Joelle Malec– you lit up the answers!

Amy Schneider snapped this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

And if you know who this guy is, we’d love to find out!

(Photo/Amy Schneider)