Category Archives: Photo Challenge

Photo Challenge #146

Last week’s photo challenge was one of those I’m-sure-I-saw-it-somewhere images.

If you’ve ever strolled along Soundview Avenue — and every Westporter enjoys the beach exit road at some point — you noticed the handsome gray-shingled home on the corner of Norwalk Avenue.

And you saw — whether you remembered it or not — the red postal box by the porch.

Congratulations to Patricia McMahon, Fred Cantor, Elaine Marino, Catherine Ryan and Seth Goltzer. They remembered exactly where it was. (Click here for the photo.) 

Back in the day, the entire Compo Beach neighborhood was summer homes only. Many — like this now-renovated house — date to the early 20th century. In addition to the postal box, 15 Soundview boasts a historic plaque.

Here’s this week’s photo challenge. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Photo Challenge #145

Unlike Sam Cooke (and Herman’s Hermits), “06880” readers do know much about history.

Last week’s photo challenge showed part of a historic marker (click here to view). Very quickly, you guys (and gals) identified the location as the small Machamux park, nestled near I-95 off Greens Farms Road between Beachside Avenue and the train station.

You chimed in with other information: “Machamux” means “beautiful land” in Pequot. The plaque is on a boulder that’s the site of the very first Greens Farms meetinghouse.

But no one commented on the name of the young sachem on the plaque: “Chickens.” (Maybe people were too scared…?)

Congratulations to Fred Cantor, Joyce Barnhart, Seth Schachter, Robert Mitchell, Wendy Cusick, Jacques Voris, Amy Schneider, Seth Goltzer, W. Tucker Clark and Jacque O’Brien. You know your onions — er,  your Westport history.

But do you know where in Westport this is?

If you do, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #144

The 1st of all 143 photo challenges to show an aerial view of a Westport scene proved to be the easiest of all 143.

A whopping 24 “06880” readers quickly — and correctly — guessed that the image was of 90 Hillspoint Road, from the air. (Click here to see.)

But was it Hillspoint Elementary School? A Child’s Place preschool? The Learning Community? Children’s Community Development Center?

All were correct. The architecturally daring, functionally absurd school opened in 1960 (and promptly closed, when a large glass panel fell into a classroom).

After it closed in the 1980s, it became home to 3 daycare/childcare/preschool programs. All operate under the umbrella of the Parent Child Center.

Congratulations to every “06880” reader who was not fooled by the top-down photo: Christopher Buckley, Fred Cantor, Amy Day, Jerry Kuyper, Susan Schmidt, Joyce Barnhart, Seth Schachter, Iain Bruce, Andrew Colabella, Beau James, Phil Rubin, Joseph Weisz, Linda Amos, Craig Clark, Scott Brodie, Tammy Barry, Jacques Voris, Kathleen Burke, Stephanie Ehrman, Seth Braunstein, Rebecca Wolin, Darryl Manning, Amee Borys and Diana Sawicki.

We’re back on the ground this week. If you know where in Westport you’d find this — and what it refers to — click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Mark Bates)


Photo Challenge #143

To solve last week’s photo challenge, you needed a kid.

Karen Kim, Susan Schmidt and Victor Belyaev have all spent time at the Compo Beach playground. That’s how they nailed the unusual image. Click here for Amy Schneider’s crop circle-like photo.

How about this week’s puzzle? If you know where you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo courtesy of Paul Ehrismann)

Photo Challenge #142

Who knew we had so many ponds in Westport?

Nash’s. The Longshore golf course. Haskins Preserve. Gray’s Creek.

Those were some of the wrong guesses for last week’s photo challenge.

The correct answer — nailed by only Lynn U. Miller and Sally Mott — was: Bulkley Pond.

In fact, it was just before the waterfall, viewed from the Post Road on the bridge that divides Westport and Southport. Click here to see that beautiful sight.

Meanwhile, where in Westport — not Southport, not England, not anywhere else — would you see this shot? If you know, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

Photo Challenge #141

Last week’s photo challenge — showing an Old World grotto — could have been taken in Italy.

But it was shot right here in Westport, at the highly regarded Arezzo restaurant. The waterfall and window are tucked away in the back, on the way to the riverfront patio.

Only 2 alert readers knew where this secluded spot was: Stephanie Mastrocciolo and Breno Donatti. Of course, Breno has an inside track: Arezzo shares a rear wall with his Winfield Street Deli. (Click here for the photo.)

This week’s challenge is also water-related. If you think you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Ed Simek)

Photo Challenge #140

Every Westporter has his or her favorite town park.

And nearly every one was guessed, in last week’s photo challenge.

The correct answer to Seth Schachter’s image was H. Smith Richardson Wildlife Preserve. That’s the 74-acre Connecticut Audubon Society gem tucked away near Southport.

The photo (click here) was taken on a path leading to the back — the northeast corner of Greens Farms Academy.

Only Alexandra Wiberg and John Hartwell correctly identified the park as H. Smith Richardson — not Winslow, Grace Salmon, Paul Newman, Edna Haskins, Hilla von Rebay or the Nature Center.

Of course, they’re all worth visiting.

Now it’s on to this week’s photo challenge. If you recognize it, click “Comments” below. As always, back stories and/or more info is always welcome.

Photo Challenge #139

You guys are good.

No — you’re great.

I would have bet any amount of money that last week’s photo challenge was impossible. I steeled myself for many wrong guesses — and howls of outrage.

Instead, 4 spectacularly alert “06880” readers knew that Heli Stagg’s ethereal photo was taken at Compo Beach, after the tide ran out (or “down,” as Alan Beasley corrected).

Julie Fatherley, Jill Turner Odice, Seth Goltzer, Rosalie Kaye and Lainey Gomar all know the beauty of our ever-changing sand. Click here so you can see it too.

You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out what this week’s photo shows:

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

They’re meadows, trees and bushes.

Ah — but where in Westport are they?

If you think you know, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #138

“06880” readers were cranking last Sunday.

We may not agree on what to call the span over the river: William Cribari Bridge? Bridge Street Bridge? Saugatuck Bridge?

But many folks instantly recognized last week’s photo challenge as the hand crank that once opened that multi-named bridge (and still does, if the motorized system fails).

Andy Kaplan, Peter Fulbright, Tom Erickson, David Sampson, Andrew Colabella (who also spotted the extension cord for Al’s Angels’ Christmas lights), Jay Tormey, Jonathan McClure, Joelle Malec, Seth Braunstein and Carmine Picarello all nailed it. To see Tom Feeley’s image, and read all the comments, click here.

This week’s challenge is harder.

Much harder.

If you know where in Westport you’d find this scene, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Heli Stagg)

Photo Challenge #137

“06880” readers sure know where all the bones are buried.

Especially the ones in the Platt Burial Ground.

Many of us whiz past on Post Road West, never noticing the small cemetery just this side of Whole Foods. (Click here for the photo.)

But Susan Lloyd, Jill Turner Odice, Ellen Greenberg, Bob Weingarten, Diane Silfen, Bill Kiedaisch, James Weisz, Jacques Voris and Lawrence Zlatkin all knew exactly where it is.

Weingarten — the Westport Historical Society house historian — also knew the back story. He wrote:

In 1812 Samuel Platt willed a small lot to be used as a family cemetery which was used into the 20th Century on Post Road West, next to Whole Foods shopping area. The cemetery is now owned and preserved by the town.

We go above ground for this week’s photo challenge. If you think you know where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Tom Feeley)