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Question Box #6

Our Question Box is once again full.

Unfortunately, I have almost none of the answers. I thought I knew a lot about Westport. Now I see how clueless I am.

So readers: Please chime in with any additional information. Click “Comments” below.

If you’ve got a question for our box, email 06880blog@gmail.com

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Why are there so many streets without sidewalks? (Monica Buesser)

This is an eternal question — particularly by newcomers from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

There are a few reasons:

  • Money
  • No one asked for them in a particular area
  • A desire to cling to a “rural” feel
  • Postwar Westport grew around cars and bikes — not feet.

So here’s my question: In the areas where we do have sidewalks, why do people walk instead on the road?

The Imperial Avenue sidewalk. Sometimes, people even use it.

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Who was the “Webb” in Webb Road?

I have no idea. All I know is it’s a nice street off Whitney. And I think Michael Douglas lived there — at least for a while — with his mother.

For that matter, who was Whitney? The Abbott of Abbott’s Lane? The The Pamela and Plunkett of their Places?

This should keep the Answer Box of our Question Box filled. If you know the back story of interesting Westport road names (though not, obviously, Main Street, North Avenue or the like), let us know!

I think a young Michael Douglas once lived near Webb Road, on Whitney Street.

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I notice that some newer driveways have a threshold of Belgium blocks or similar. Why?

Belgium blocks

Also, some quite new driveways seem to have a drain as a threshold. Why and where does it drain, if at all? 

Driveway drain.

Finally, most homes simply have a driveway with no threshold blocks or drain. I presume this is before anyone decided to put them in. (Mark Mathias)

No drain (Photos/Mark Mathias)

Here’s the “06880” answer: I have no idea.

If a builder/driveway specialist out there knows the answer — or a homeowner thinks he or she does — please weigh in.

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I think I know the rivers and reservoirs in our area. But I wonder: Does any map show the creeks, streams and brooks? All I found is that you can step over a brook, jump over a creek, wade across a stream and swim across a river. (Jeff Jacobs)

Muddy, Willow and Deadman — those are 3 of our brooks (which I’ve always thought of as “streams” too). I’m not sure if we have a creek.

There’s our old friend Google (as in Google Maps). You’ll need to zoom out or in, depending on your settings.

But maybe there’s a geological survey or topographical-type map that’s better. If you know of one, please share!

Deadman Brook flows into the Saugatuck River by the Levitt Pavilion. I’m not sure if you could actually “step over” this. (Photo/Judy Jahnel)

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There’s a big rock off Saugatuck Shores named Seymour Rock. Any idea who Seymour was? (Jack Harder)

Nope. And to be honest, I’ve never heard of Seymour Rock in my life.

But a quick search confirmed it. Last year, Westport Local Press ran a photo of Longshore Sailing School students exploring it — as a “rite of passage” — off Bluff Point.

So ask John Kantor. Or Jaime Bairaktaris. They’ll rock it.

Seymour Rock (Photo courtesy of Westport Local Press)

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Pic Of The Day #1462

Deadman Brook, near Sconset Square (Photo/Mary Sikorski)

Friday Flashback #195

In the first weekend of June 1982 — during a full moon — up to 8 inches of rain pounded the area. Across the state, rivers and lakes flooded. Dams broke; 38,000 customers lost power. Seven people died. More than 1,300 others were evacuated from their homes.

It was the worst flooding here since 1955.

Downtown — where water runs underneath the Post Road, from Sconset Square to near Bay Street — a drama unfolded.

According to the New York Times: 

Christa Lawrence, 13, of Westport, tried to cross a narrow, rushing stream called Dead Man’s Creek and was swept downstream and into a low, 150-foot-long underground tunnel.

Deadman Brook at Sconset Square, near where Christa Lawrence was swept away…

”I thought I was going to die any second,” she said. ”The current was pulling me under, and I lost track of up or down. I couldn’t breathe. Every time I tried to go up for air, I hit my head on the top of the tunnel.”

One of her friends, Steve Treadway, 14, ran to the opposite end of the tunnel and, holding onto a tree with one hand, grabbed her as she swept out and pulled her to safety. Covered with sand and dirt, she was taken to Norwalk Hospital and treated for shock, cuts and bruises.

”Now I know why it’s called Dead Man’s Creek,” Miss Lawrence said.

… and the area near Bay Street, behind 180 Post Road East, where she was pulled out.

I remember that well. It was a scary weekend, and Christa nearly did not make it.

But I have two questions: Isn’t it a brook — not a creek?

And isn’t it “Deadman” — named for the Deadman family — and not “Dead Man’s”?!

(Hat tip: Elaine Marino)

Pic Of The Day #1031

Deadman Brook, as it flows into the Saugatuck River (Photo/Michele Carey-Moody)

Pic Of The Day #1001

View from the Deadman Brook bridge (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pics Of The Day #974

Deadman Brook, behind the police station … (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

… and the nearby Library Riverwalk, tonight (Photo/Doris Ghitelman)

Photo Challenge #255

First there were the library windows.

Then there was the point behind Levitt Pavilion, on the Saugatuck River.

Last week — for the 3rd Photo Challenge in a row — our image showed a bit of that beautiful, active slice of Westport just steps from downtown.

Johanna Rossi’s shot was of the charming, underused bridge spanning Deadman Brook (which honors not a no-longer-living person, but someone long ago with the improbable last name of Deadman).

It connects the Levitt/library parking lot with another lot, off Imperial Avenue. (It is transformed every Thursday from May to November, into the Westport Farmers’ Market.)

Johanna took the photo at night. The lights threw some readers off. Incorrect guesses included the Sherwood Mill Pond bridge heading to Compo Cove; the wooden bridge extending from Parker Harding Plaza over the Saugatuck River; Bridgewater headquarters off Weston Road; Saugatuck Shores, and Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach.

Louis Weinberg, Dan Vener, Andrew Colabella, Fred Rubin, Ralph Balducci, Jonathan McClure, Jo Ann Flaum and Jalna Jaeger all knew that the bridge is actually downtown, over Deadman Brook.

To see the photo, click here. To see it in real life — which you really should — head downtown. Any time, day or night.

Today’s Photo Challenge comes courtesy of Seth Schachter. If you know where in “06880” you’d see it, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Seth Schachter)

 

Pic Of The Day #900

Deadman Brook bridge, between the Levitt Pavilion and Imperial Avenue (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pic Of The Day #879

Low tide at Deadman Brook (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Pic Of The Day #873

Low tide, Deadman Brook near the Levitt Pavilion (Photo/Johanna Rossi)