Tag Archives: Compo Beach

Pic Of The Day #358

Compo Beach scene (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Pics Of The Day #350

Yes, it really is April 2.

Compo Beach (Photo/Michelle Cardello)

Minute Man monument (Photo/Nicola Sharian)

Ned Dimes Marina (Photo/Michelle Cardello)

One lonely hummingbird (Photo/Chuck Greenlee)

A Compo Beach backyard (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #349

Compo sunset (Photo/Gary Shakespeare)

Easter Bunny Brings Dog Ban

The signs — and the law — are clear: From April 1 to October 1, dogs are not allowed on Compo Beach. 

Or Old Mill, or Burying Hill.

As usual, some Westporters think the rules are merely “suggestions.” An alert “06880” reader writes:

I’m a lifelong Westporter.

My greatest pleasure throughout the years has been to go to the town beaches with family and friends. We visit with one another, swim, walk, and enjoy the sun and fresh air.

We do it every day from May to mid-October, when the water gets too cold to swim. There is nothing better.

Except that a number of dogs show up with their owners after April 1 — despite town laws that dogs are not allowed until October 1.

(Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

I know. You’re surprised that people would be so willing to ignore the signs telling them to “hold it” until the leaves start to turn.

You can’t blame the dogs. They go where they are led. It’s those pesky owners who chomp at the bit to let their “rovers” run free.

We have dogs too. We’ve had them for years.

But we respect the fact that rules are rules. There is a good reason for them — particularly in this instance.

So we don’t bring our dogs to the beach when it’s not allowed. That would be rude and selfish. It would be all about what I (and my loyal friend) would want, disregarding the rules and preference of those who use the beach for all those fun activities I mentioned above.

I’m a little “ruff”led by this lack of courtesy to those of us who want to enjoy a clean beach.

And I’m tired of nicely asking those with dogs to refrain from visiting the town beaches until the calendar turns.

These dogs were legal. The photo was taken on October 11.

If you agree, how do we get the Westport police or dog warden to enforce this quality of life issue. It seems so small, particularly these days, but is really so emblematic of the “me first” mentality that seems to have pattered its way into Westport life?

It’s the small things that often make a difference in the day.

Now how about those speeding cars?

What do you all think?

Pics Of The Day #338

Celebrating the first full day of spring!

Beachside Avenue (Photo/David Squires)

Grace Salmon Park (Photo/Doris Ghitelman)

Compo cannons (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Longshore (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #335

Compo Beach neighborhood (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

Pic Of The Day #334

Today’s strong winds were perfect for kitesurfing at Compo Beach (Photo/Nancy Lewis)

Pics Of The Day #324

Most of us stayed inside today, waiting for the nor’easter.

It arrived. As of 7:30 pm, over 1500 Westport customers were without power. Including yours truly. With many trees down, this could be a long restoration.

Earlier today, when it was quieter — and prettier — Betsy P. Kahn roamed around town. Camera in hand, she captured these beautiful scenes:

A bench at Grace Salmon Park.

One view of the tugboat in Ned Dimes Marina …

… and another.

Compo Beach surf …

… and sand.

And of course, the cannons. (Photos/Betsy P. Kahn)

Late Arrival

Today’s “nor’easter” took its time arriving.

There were flurries all morning. Kids loved their day off from school. They didn’t even have to shovel. (Of course, there wasn’t enough snow to go sledding either.)

This was the scene around noon, at Compo Beach:

(Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

(Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

A bit inland on Imperial Avenue, snow dusted Grace Salmon Park:

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

By mid-afternoon, the snow was real:

(Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Here was Wakeman Field, next to Bedford Middle School — often the windiest spot in Westport:

(Photo/Louise Lafontan)

Yet the winds were not as strong as forecast. The snow was not as heavy.

High winds and steady snow are still predicted, particularly from 5 to 7 p.m.

We shall see…


Heavy rain, high winds, a full moon and high tides made for a messy Westport this morning.

Be prepared for more this afternoon.

Westport schools are closing 2 hours early. Stay safe and dry!

It’s all water underneath the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge downtown. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Another view of the Saugatuck River. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

A car tries to navigate Parker Harding Plaza. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Stores on the river side of Main Street. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Imperial Avenue is flooded. (Photo/Shari Lebowitz)

Long Island Sound laps up against Soundview Drive. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Another view of Soundview. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

High water on South Compo, near the Minute Man monument. (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Ned Dimes Marina is higher than usual. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Southbound traffic on I-95 is near a standstill. This shot is from Hillspoint Road. (Photo/Larry Untermeyer)

Eversource crews stand ready, at the Merritt Parkway exit 41 commuter parking lot. (Photo/Dan Woog)