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Photo Challenge #154

In 1954, Aldous Huxley wrote “The Doors of Perception.” A dozen years later, Jim Morrison’s band took their name from that book.

Doors offer intriguing ways of seeing things. So does Lynn U. Miller’s camera — which provided last week’s photo challenge. (Click here to see it.)

The view through a door window — of a potted plant — was taken at Town Hall. Andrew Colabella, Susan Schmidt, Susan Lloyd and Stephanie Ehrman were able to recognize that where-have-I-seen-it-before? shot.

Wrong guesses included Earthplace and Greens Farms Elementary School.

Now we open the door to this week’s challenge.

(Photo/Mary Maynard)

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

 

Photo Challenge #153

Positano has been gone from Old Mill for nearly 3 years. But “06880” readers have not forgotten it.*

Even though it’s abandoned and empty, current and ex-Westporters recognized Dana Kuyper’s photo of the interior — with Long Island Sound in the background — as that popular restaurant. Many referenced its much-loved predecessor — Cafe de la Plage — too. (Click here for the photo.)

Congratulations to Fred Cantor, Mary Palmieri Gai, Chip Stephens, Rich Stein, Christopher Buckley, Luke Garvey, David Sampson, Jonathan McClure, Linda Amos, Tom Siebrasse, Linda Stern, Dana Brownell, Marion Kelly, Cindy Zuckerbrod, Stephanie Bass, Ralph Balducci, Bert Reisman, Sandy Rothenberg, Shirlee Gordon, Kelle Ruden, David Abrams, Mitzi Lyman, Peter Swift, Stephanie Ehrman, Seth Goltzer, Fran White, Grover Fitch, Eileen Belmont, Andrea Metchick, Mary Ann Batsell, Claire Hurley, Ken Palumbo, Rosalie Kaye, Peter Ritchey, Mike Moore, Mark Soboslai, Amy Katz and Jeanine Esposito. You know your old restaurants!

But do you know where this week’s photo challenge was taken? If you think you do, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

*Nor should anyone else. It’s still serving great food, at its new location next to the Westport Country Playhouse.

Photo Challenge #152

A dozen “06880” readers knew exactly where last week’s photo challenge was.

They just couldn’t agree on how to describe its location.

Patricia McMahon’s image showed the badly corroded trestles of the railroad bridge that crosses the Saugatuck River near the train station. Some described it as Ferry Lane. Others called it Railroad Place. One just said it was near Donut Crazy.

Hey, Seth Schachter, Bob Knoebel, Jay Tormey, Peter Hirst, Seth Goltzer, Scott Brodie, Wendy  Cusick, Dominique Dwor-Frecaut, Michael Brennecke, Andrew Colabella, Suzanne Tager Obsitnik and Seth Braunstein — you’re all right! It seems Ferry Lane West turns into Railroad Place right under the bridge.

Which, by the way, sorely needs a name. Any suggestions? (Click here to see the photo of the bridge you’re naming.)

Now: Can you name this week’s photo challenge? If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Dana Kuyper)

Photo Challenge #150

Compo Road South is home to 2 beautiful town-owned properties.

Everyone knows Baron’s South. A few “06880” readers thought last week’s photo showed rocks and woods on that land a few steps from downtown, once owned by perfume mogul Walter Langer von Langendorff.

Nope. As Leigh Gage, Alec Head and Jamie Walsh knew, it was Haskins Preserve — the much-lesser-known gem on Green Acre Lane, off South Compo. It’s just as lovely as Baron’s South, and easier to access. Click here for the back story; click here for Wendy Cusick’s photo.

Equally rustic is this sign, commemorating Westport’s founding as a town. In fact, it looks like it dates all the way back to 1835. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

Photo Challenge #149

The #1 was a hint. But where was #1?

Turns out to be 1 Canal Street. Oddly, that’s in the middle of the road, at the light by the bridge leading to the Willows Medical Center (aka “Fort Apache”).

To the west, it’s Kings Highway North (it’s actually Kings Highway North the rest of the way to the Main Street light).

To the east and north — heading to Coffee An’ and Crossroads Hardware — it’s Canal Street.

#1 once belonged to Bridgeport Hydraulic (now Aquarion). Now it’s the Board of Education’s facilities office. Congratulations to Elaine Marino, David Sampson, Dan Herman and Seth Goltzer, all of whom somehow knew where the paint-chipped sign in last week’s photo challenge is located. (Click here for Amy Schneider’s photo, and all the guesses.)

This week’s challenge comes courtesy of Wendy Cusick. If you think you know where she took the photo, click “Comments” below.

Photo Challenge #148

You’d think a plaque honoring all of Westport’s veterans — “living or dead” — would be located in a prominent spot. Veterans Green, probably. The VFW, perhaps.

You’d also think that because it was dedicated in 1975, plenty of people would remember where it was.

You’d be wrong.

Jack Whittle and Deej Webb were the only “06880” readers who knew where last week’s photo challenge can be found. (Click here for the image, and all comments.)

It’s not what our veterans deserve. The plaque is at the old Bertucci’s (and older: Clam Box) property, near where a memorial flagpole once stood.

There’s a reason it’s there, and it has nothing to do with clams or pizza. For several decades, a Doughboy statue once graced the median, between the restaurant and Torno Hardware.

It was relocated probably 20-25 years ago to Veterans Green (though it was not called that then). It’s certainly a more appropriate spot — across from Town Hall, next to the Westport Historical Society.

Also appropriately, I’m honored to pass along alert (and patriotic) “06880” reader Adam Vengrow’s reminder:

Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11. Westport’s Town Hall ceremony is always inspiring — but  lightly attended. Consider going (10:30 a.m.). School’s not in session that day, so bring the kids too. It’s a great way — besides a plaque — to honor our veterans.

Now here’s this week’s photo challenge. If you think you know where in Westport it is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Amy Schneider)

Photo Challenge #147

It’s tough to post a photo challenge involving the Compo Beach cannons.

But Lynn U. Miller found a way.

The talented photographer took a close-up shot of a spot every Westporter — and everyone who has ever been here — knows well. (Click here for the photo.)

Her image fooled most “06880” readers. Not Craig Clark and Elaine Marino, though. They’re as eagle-eyed as the colonists who spotted the British arriving offshore 240 years ago!

Here’s the next photo challenge:

The plaque — photographed by Westport tree warden Bruce Lindsay — seems important. What better group to honor than all of our local veterans, living and dead?

But even Westport’s most involved citizens probably don’t know where to find it.

If you do, click “Comments” below. And if you’ve got a back story about who dedicated the plaque, and why it’s where it is, let us know.

 

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)