It’s an anomaly: a Post Road house that has withstood decades of growth all around it.
On one side, there’s Westport’s central fire station. On the other, Terrain replaced a car dealership. The lifestyle brand tried to get rid of the wooden structure — for parking, so they wouldn’t have to maintain it, and probably other reasons — but it still stands there, at the corner of Crescent Road.
It’s dilapidated. It’s forlorn. It was also last week’s Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.)
Elaine Marino, Andrew Colabella and Clark Thiemann all knew where and what it was.
It’s easy to overlook. But it’s still — after all these years — an important part of the Westport streetscape.
It’s “time” now for this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
Downtown is Westport’s commercial hub. It’s filled with stores and restaurants, plus parking lots and office buildings of all sizes.
But a beautiful river, dotted with wildlife, runs right through downtown too. And even though we seldom take the time the look, there’s a culvert just like the one in a pond or tidal marsh.
Some readers thought that last week’s Photo Challenge was near the shore. But Tracy Porosoff’s image was taken in the heart of downtown. It’s near the office complex at Gorham Island, not far from GG & Joe’s. (Click here to see.)
Sylvia Robinson Corrigan and Ivy Gosseen knew exactly where it was. So did Robert Giunta. Then again, he should. Thirty years ago, he built that riprap and stone wall.
Today’s Photo Challenge is a bit more whimsical. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
There are few things more iconic in Westport than the Black Duck.
So when last week’s Photo Challenge showed hand-painted directional signs to 2 islands (Cockenoe and Long), and equally watery Key West, many “06880” knew where they can be found: the right side of our favorite dive bar. (Hey, that’s not me: Back in 2009, the Duck was a star attraction on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives“).
Elaine Marino, Derek Fuchs, Michael Calise, Robert Mitchell, Werner Liepolt, Tony Sousa, Andrew Colabella, Bobbie Herman, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Juliana Sloane Fulbright and Seth Braunstein are all (presumably) regulars, who nailed Seth Schachter’s photo as easily as they navigate the old barge’s sloping floor. (Click here for the image.)
This week’s Photo Challenge is also water-related. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
Our “06880” Photo Challenge is fun. The images are sometimes challenging, sometimes easy. I can’t recall any that were controversial.
Until last Sunday.
Jay Walshon’s shot showed an old car, covered in underbrush near a body of water.
Andrew Colabella was the first reader to answer correctly. He said: “Longshore, Lot F. Donated to the Fire Department for practicing on a submerged vehicle.”
Claire Elliot added that it was located near an osprey nest.
That did not sit well with a number of readers. They chastised local officials. “Is open land now a synonym for junk yard and toxic dump?” asked Werner Liepolt.
“So much for all that official talk about the environment and sustainability,” added Morley Boyd.
Fred Roberts wondered about liability.
But not everyone dumped on the town.
Wendy Cusick wrote: “I believe the fire department has the fluids (transmission fluid, motor oil, A/C freon, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid) drained out of the training vehicles before having them toss in weeds and high tide.
“Westport lives in a flood zone between the shoreline, Deadman Brook, Muddy Brook, Saugatuck River and all the other little streams that became raging rivers in crazy weather. You’re going to want the rescuers to know how to get people out of their flooded vehicles.”
NOTE: I don’t usually run photos of the previous Challenge. But I’m showing this one …
… because, a few days after it was posted last Sunday, it was gone. Here was the same scene on Thursday:
This week’s Photo Challenge should be back to normal. In other words: fun.
If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.
But … they serve a purposes: storage for chairs, umbrellas and other summer gear.
They’re great for kids to race around in, and play hide-and-seek — as they have for generations.
And the locks that each renter puts on his or her locker are very, very colorful.
Kevin Carroll’s lock collage was last week’s Photo Challenge. It was too easy, complained many of the readers who quickly identified the location: Joyce Barnhart, Dave Lowrie, Elaine Marino, Gloria Smithson, Rich Stein, Seth Braunstein, John Richers, Andrew Colabella, Jo Ann Flaum, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Arlene Blackman Yolles, Nancy Axthelm and Lawrence Joel Zlatkin.
Sure, it was. But you probably got the answer as you relaxed on the sand, in your beach chair, just after toting it a few yards from your locker.
That’s an “06880” summer Sunday for you.
Here is this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see it, click “Comments” below.
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