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Tag Archives: Burying Hill Beach
Posted on August 21, 2019
As summer winds down, this week’s Unsung Heroes is a no-brainer.
Everyone — and there’s a ton — who made this year’s Compo, Burying Hill and Old Mill Beach and Longshore experiences so wonderful: Take a bow!
If you are a:
- Parks & Recreation maintenance worker, who cleans up our messes so conscientiously and professionally
- Parks & Rec gate attendant, who waves us in, collects our fees and deals so smilingly with a not-always-smiling public
- Parks & Rec Department staffer or Commission member, who helped shepherd the new improvements (South Beach sidewalk and bathroom, new tables and grills) through from conception to completion
- Lifeguard, who keeps us safe, provides first aid, reunites lost kids with panicked parents, and endured a few very boring days in the chair watching the water when the beaches were closed (special shout-out to directors Heidi List Murphy and Danilo Sierra)
- Marina worker (and of course Westport Police marine unit member), who do so much good stuff the public seldom sees
- Joey Romeo or part of his youthful “By the Shore” staff at Compo and Longshore, who serve great food and never get mad even when we have no idea what to order despite standing in line for 10 minutes thinking about it
- Longshore golf course, tennis court or pool attendant, who we see every day, in all kinds of weather and seldom even nod to
- Early-morning employee like Drew Grega, who grooms the beach so well and unobtrusively we never even know you’re there …
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It would not have been a wonderful Westport summer without you.
PS: I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. If I have — aaargh! Just add those Unsung Heroes in the “Comments” section.
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Posted on August 8, 2019
The skies over Westport darkened ominously — and beautifully — tonight. “06880” readers were ready with their cameras.
Here’s the scene at Compo Beach …
… and sailing into Cedar Point …
… and at Burying Hill:
Posted on May 2, 2019
Like many “06880” readers, Heather Heenehan was grossed out by a recent Pic of the Day. It showed dozens of golf balls floating in the water near Longshore’s Hendricks Point driving range.
They weren’t the only place the Greens Farms Academy teacher had seen them.
Last October, her Oceanography class found a golf ball during their monthly survey of the nearby Burying Hill Beach shoreline.
Curious, they picked it up.
Then they found more, nestled in the rocks. They picked them up too, to clean the beach.
The students realized they now had important evidence of marine debris. They continued the project in Heenehan’s Marine Biology class this spring.
They learned that in the water, golf balls break down into small pieces of plastic that are unhealthy for marine organisms to digest.
In addition, they’re covered in toxic zinc.
But what to do with the 121 golf balls they’d collected — a small fraction of the amount in Long Island Sound? How could they draw attention to what they’d found?
They were inspired by Alex Weber, a California high school student who also noticed golf balls around her coast. She and a few friends collected 50,000 (!).
Heenehan’s students cut and painted their golf balls into a mural.
The bottom layer represents the land along the shoreline: green representing seaweed, brown and tan for rocks and sand.
The middle piece portrays the oceans, with various creatures scattered throughout.
The top piece is the sky and sunset.
(Hat tip: Dawn Henry)