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Friday Flashback #96

Yesterday was the first day of summer.

Today is the last day of school.

Soon, we’ll see scenes like this at Compo Beach.

Well, sort of.

Westport artist Stevan Dohanos used our beach as the inspiration for this painting.

I’m not sure if the Good Humor man was ever allowed to hang out where he did.

But the raft is totally legit.

Back in the 1950s and early ’60s, several of them were anchored off shore.

Kids did actually what the models are doing in Dohanos’ work. And a lot more.

Which is probably why there are no more rafts in the waters off Compo Beach today.

Pic Of The Day #429

Mother and sonset (Photo and caption/Andrew Colabella)

Pic Of The Day #425

Kids on the Compo Beach lifeguard stand (Photo by Coleytown Middle School 6th grader Ashley Carcara; photo editing by Melody Stanger)

“New” Beach : A Lot To Love. And The Back Story On Ball-Playing.

Westporters got their first look at the “new” Compo Beach last Saturday — the most beautiful day of the holiday weekend.

It passed with flying colors.

Residents raved about the new entrance pattern, easing traffic into the beach; the sign by the Minute Man noting that the limit of daily parking permits had been reached; the new lot for daily parkers; the updated pavilion, and enormous new seating area next to Joey’s; the spiffy new bathrooms, and the Mobi-Mat allowing easy access to the water for people with walkers, in wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

There were smiles all around, and grateful praise for the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The new pavilion, near Joey’s by the Shore. (Photo/Carmine Picarello)

The only frowns were on the faces of folks told they could not toss a football or frisbee on the beach.

For decades, rules prohibited those kinds of activities on the sand. In recent years, lifeguards have turned a blind eye.

This weekend however, they were enforced strongly.

(Photo/Anne Bernier)

I asked Parks & Rec chair Charlie Haberstroh for a comment. He said:

These rules are not new. At Parks & Rec Commission meetings during the winter and spring we updated and clarified some of the rules.

It is clear from the fact that it is the Parks and Recreation Commission that all commissioners are in favor of recreation and increased physical activity.  At the same time, we held many meetings on how to improve Compo Beach and deal with the perceived overcrowding evident in 2017.

I hope all residents and non-residents appreciate all the positive changes we made. One change was better enforcement of existing rules and regulations.  We also knew we would have pushback from folks at the beach who were not aware of the rules.

Specifically about throwing a football/frisbee etc. at the beach: After discussion with Parks & Rec director Jen Fava, together we have decided to designate at least 2 areas at Compo — tentatively one in front of the volleyball area, and one on the north end of East Beach for throwing footballs, frisbees and the like.

The department will make the final determination of locations. They will have movable boundaries, depending on how crowded the beach is.  Parks & Rec personnel and the police department officers on duty will continue to educate folks on the rules.

The Commission will review the rules, and the 2018 summer experience, at a fall meeting, and make permanent changes then.  We will continue to tweak things as appropriate and within the rules.

We are committed to making Compo enjoyable to all, within existing rules. If anyone has issues with any aspect of the Compo Beach, please contact me at haberstroh.prc@gmail.com, or text or call me at 203-515-2064.



There’s an epidemic out there.

Westporters are getting hooked on … hooks.

The other morning, alert “06880” reader Jonathan Greenfield swam at Compo Beach. He got snared by a tangled fishing hook and line.

(Photo/Jonathan Greenfield)

Scary, right?

Amazingly, that’s not the hook that hooked him. The photo above is another one Jonathan found nearby.

A few days later, equally alert “06880” reader Wendy May sent this:

(Photo/Wendy May)

It’s from a different beach: the small one off Saugatuck Shores.

Whether you’re a swimmer, a beach walker, a dog — or a fisherman: Be careful out there!

Compo Ready For All Comers

The temperature is near 90. A 3-day weekend beckons.

Let’s head to the beach!

Compo is certainly ready.

The new pavilion next to Joey’s is finished. A handsome new roof is up. Picnic tables — including some with cutouts for wheelchairs — are back.

(Photo/Carmine Picarello)

An eco-friendly “Mobi-Mat” has been installed. It’s perfect for people with walkers or canes, in wheelchairs, and parents with strollers.

(Photo/Carmine Picarello)

New signs direct daily parkers to a special area. Season sticker owners now get first dibs on the best spots.

(Photo/Chip Stephens)

Parks & Rec has made sure Compo is all set for summer.

Are you?

Pic Of The Day #395

Compo Beach foot bath (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

It Was A Dark And Stormy Evening …

… and it will continue. A severe thunderstorm watch — with possible winds up to 70 mph, and maybe even a tornado — is in effect until 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, this was the scene as the first storm rolled in, just an hour ago.

The day-old palm tree at Compo Beach. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

The Compo Beach neighborhood… (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

… and another view. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Jesup Green (Photo/Catherine Calise)

Pic Of The Day #392

Are downward dogs allowed at Compo? (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Photo Challenge #176

Last week’s photo challenge seemed unfair.

Alan Phillips’ image showed a men’s restroom. (You could tell by the urinals.)

But never underestimate the power of a woman.

Two of the 1st 3 correct answers came from people who — presumably — have never set foot inside that men’s room. (Or probably any other.)

Christopher Austin — followed by Pat Saviano and Karen Como — knew that the shiny new loo is located at Compo Beach. It — and its women’s room cousin — are nestled between Joey’s and the lifeguard shack.

Other correct guesses came from Michael Calise (whose license plate reads “Compaug”). Pete Powell, Andrew Colabella and Les Dinkin.

They replace a pair of very old, incredibly grungy and truly repulsive restrooms. It’s not really beach season yet, but they’re already getting good use.

And rave reviews.

Parts of the Compo Beach improvement plan — and the new fees for beach stickers — have drawn criticism. But everyone can agree: This was money well spent. (Click here for the photo, and all responses.)

This week’s photo challenge is — like that we run most — a spot every Westporter (regardless of gender) can go to. If you know where it is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Brant Mozingo)