Tag Archives: Compo Beach

Pic Of The Day #549

Compo Beach dark and light (Photo/Tom Wambach)

Pic Of The Day #534

Compo Beach after dark (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #532

Colorful Compo (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Photo Challenge #196

Two weeks ago, Peter Barlow stumped nearly everyone with a photo of a spire that — until it was knocked over in a hurricane — stood with a dozen others atop the Compo Beach bathhouse.

Last week’s Photo Challenge also came courtesy of Peter. This one was much easier: the cupola at Kings Highway Elementary School.

Though they showed different images, and were orders of magnitude apart in difficulty, they share one thing.

As Peter notes, the 4 spires at the base of the cupola are very similar to those once on the bathhouse. Both structures date from the late 1920s and early ’30s. (From its opening through 1958, Kings Highway served as Bedford Junior High School.)

Congratulations to Victor Belyaev, Elaine Marino, Tom Ryan, Wendy Cusick, Michelle Saunders, Jacques Voris, Michael Calise, James Weisz, Jonathan McClure, Lawrence Zlatkin, Eva Pastor, Jill Turner Odice, Mary Cookman Schmerker, Ritu Johorey, Bonnie Bradley, Sharon Paulsen, Dede Fitch and Mary Palmieri Gai — some of whom are proud BJHS or KHS graduates. (Click here for last week’s photo.)

Is this week’s Photo Challenge as tough as the bathhouse spire, or as easy as the Kings Highway cupola?

We’ll find out. If you think you know where in Westport you’d find this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Franco Fellah)


Friday Flashback #109

On Monday (October 1, 7 p.m., Town Hall auditorium), a public information session explores Westport’s “Main to Train” study. The goal is to create better transportation connections between downtown and the Saugatuck train station.

Someone may mention trolleys. Cities and towns around the country are reintroducing the old-time vehicles as a way to move large numbers of people quietly and efficiently.

Westport had trolleys back in the day too. Streetcars carried passengers to and from Bridgeport and Norwalk — and beyond.

A trolley car on the Post Road (then called State Street).

Spurs operated from the town center to the railroad station and Compo Beach.

The trolley line to Compo Beach.

I’m not sure when service ended — or why. But the tracks remained at least through the 1950s.

If you remember Westport’s trolleys, click “Comments” below.

(Hat tip: John Kelley)

Pics Of The Day #527

The day after 7 inches of rain flooded Westport, the Deadman’s Brook bridge was out at Winslow Park. (Photo/Jennifer Johnson)

Meanwhile, sand trails mark Compo Beach. (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #524

Compo Beach at dusk (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pic Of The Day #514

Saugatuck Island sunset (Photo/William Adler)

Pic Of The Day #513

Compo Beach gates (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Surf’s Up!

Today’s cold rain is steady, but light.

Down at Compo Beach though, there’s more going on.

Winds are strong. Combined with high tide, it’s a dramatic scene.

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Rain will continue through tonight. Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday — with temperatures rising back to the 80s.