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Unsung Heroes #112

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

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

  • Longshore golf course, tennis court or pool attendant, who we see every day, in all kinds of weather and seldom even nod to
  • Public Works crew member, 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.

(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)

Recycling The Beach

Alert “06880” reader/concerned environmentalist Amy Berkin — a Weston resident who loves Compo Beach, and often picks up straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers and other trash on her early morning visits — writes:

I’ve always wondered why there are so few recycling receptacles at Compo — especially given how many people I see throwing plastic into the trash.

I usually try to bring my plastic home with me to recycle. It seems wrong sitting looking out at the water, knowing that’s where so much plastic winds up.

The other night, I asked someone who was collecting the black trash bags from the receptacles why we don’t recycle at the beach. He explained that the town has never provided clear plastic bags, which are required for recycle collection.

Compo Beach receptacle (Photo/Amy Berkin)

Even though there are a few recycle bins at the beach, it all goes into the same fill because the collection bags are not clear. The town collectors don’t have the manpower to separate the trash (nor should they have to, in my opinion).

I think the general population is conscious enough about the need to recycle. Can’t the town supply clear bags?!

I asked Parks & Recreation Department director Jennifer Fava about this. She replied:

The issue is not about whether or not there are clear bags. The issue is that in public places it is very difficult to actually have separate recycling, as once the bin is contaminated the contents can no longer be recycled. This can occur with just one ice cream wrapper, one used food wrapper, plate, etc.

Pic Of The Day #847

Compo Beach jogger (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Pic Of The Day #845

Kids like Lily Josephine Katchmer are timeless at Compo (Photo/Melissa Gai Katchmer)

Bonus Pics Of The Day: Storm Cloud Edition

The skies over Westport darkened ominously — and beautifully — tonight. “06880” readers were ready with their cameras.

Here’s the scene at Compo Beach …

(Photo/Dave Whybrow)

(Photo/Carolyn Wilkinson)

(Photo/Carolyn Wilkinson)

… and sailing into Cedar Point …

 (Photo/Linda Stern)

… and at Burying Hill:

(Burying Hill photos/Nico Eisenberger)

Beaches Open: Everyone Into The Water!

Earlier this afternoon, the Westport Weston Health District gave the all-clear.

Westport beaches are now safe for swimming. They were closed on Saturday afternoon, following a sewage spill.

Compo Beach was almost empty today. Tomorrow, the crowds will return.

Weather permitting, of course.

Jump for joy! The water’s fine! (Photo/Richard Wiese)

(Hat tip: Amy Schneider)

Floating Wheelchairs Are A Sound Gift

First came the sand wheelchair.

Next was the Mobi-Mat.

Then Parks & Rec added picnic tables with cutouts for wheelchairs, and handicap-accessible barbecue grills.

On Tuesday (August 6, 12 noon, pavilion), Compo Beach adds another amenity: floating wheelchairs.

They’re donated by SMILE (Small Miracles In Life Exist) Mass. The organization has provided over 130 floating beach wheelchairs — but these are the first in Connecticut. Fairfield and Norwalk get them too.

A floating beach wheelchair.

The devices look like beach recliners. Yet in addition to maneuvering over sand — like the chair donated in 2012 by the Westport Rotary Club — these allow children in wheelchairs to float comfortably in the ocean.

They also allow therapeutic movement in water. Because salt water is more buoyant than fresh water, people who use beach wheelchairs in the ocean move more than in a pool.

On Tuesday, the saying “everyone into the water!” will really be true.

Pic Of The Day #831

Early morning Compo Beach run (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Pics Of The Day #829

Compo solitude …

… and near solitude (Photos/Mark Alex Maidique)

Pics Of The Day #824

Haskins Preserve, off Green Acre Lane (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Meanwhile, after the hottest day of the summer, things cooled off enough for an enjoyable evening at Compo. (Photo/Dan Woog)