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Pic Of The Day #1329

Post Road East at Roseville Road (Photo/Molly Alger)

Annual Beach Replenishment Project Washes Away

Alert “06880” reader — and longtime Westport observer — Chip Stephens writes:

Those of us who have been around a while remember that not so long ago, Sherwood Mill Pond neighbors had the sand in front of their houses replenished once a year. A barge would recover sand washed into Compo Cove from their beaches by storms and high tides. Big Kowalsky front-end loaders spread it out, recovering private beaches up and down the cove.

In recent years, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has restricted that activity. You can see what’s happened by not replenishing the beaches from Hillspoint Road. Landowners see it more painfully from their windows.

Old Mill "Beach." (Photo/Chip Stephens)

Old Mill “Beach.” (Photo/Chip Stephens)

We’ve long been told that the reason the sand washes away is that the Army Corps of Engineers made errors when they replaced reefs and stones on Sherwood Island and Compo Beach. That caused misdirection of natural currents, sweeping away sand on those local beaches into the Mill Cove flats.

Now the landowners face difficulties with DEEP and local boards in placing erosion controls, walls or reefs to save their beach, their land and their houses.

DEEP’s answer is to plant the beach with grasses and plantings. Unfortuantely, even modest storms wash them away.

What will happen? Well, time and tide wait for no man…

Picture Wendy Nylen’s Gallery

For 20 years, Picture This owner Wendy Nylen enjoyed a good relationship with her landlord.

Her art gallery and custom framing shop was in Village Center, aka “the strip mall with Dunkin’ Donuts opposite Fresh Market.”

Six years ago, her lease ran out. Since then, she rented on a month-to-month basis.

Last year, Equity One bought the shopping center. They offered Wendy a new lease — almost exactly double what she’d been paying. They would not negotiate.

Wendy moved out (to the former Great Cakes, just down the road). She paid Equity One the rent and property taxes, up to her move date.

Picture This in its new location, the former Great Cakes. (Photo/Billy Scalzi)

Picture This in its new location, the former Great Cakes. (Photo/Billy Scalzi)

The owners now claim she owes $576.73, for some maintenance charges — not damage to the space — and for removing the sign. Wendy says that neither were her responsibility while Kowalsky owned the building.

She told Equity One exactly that, and noted that she had no lease with them.

Wendy was rewarded with a letter from a law firm threatening to sue her business — and “enter litigation against the principals on a personal basis should the corporate judgment appear uncollectible.”

“They may be counting on the fact that hiring a lawyer to defend myself would cost me more than the amount they claim,” Wendy notes. “I find this bullying and despicable. What do you think?”

Hey, don’t ask me. Ask the readers of “06880.” I’m sure they’ve got opinions!

Kowalsky’s Creche

Alert “06880” reader Wendy Crowther was driving down the Post Road a couple of days ago.  Suddenly, across from Green’s Farms Elementary School, she spotted a decidedly un-Westport scene:  Kowalsky’s creche.  Here’s her story:

The manger scene is now set up on the front lawn of Kowalsky’s headquarters, complete with live sheep. I’ve always especially loved the addition of the dyed-in-the-wool livestock.

In these days, when everyone is careful about how to acknowledge the holidays in ways that don’t offend any one else’s beliefs, I think it’s kinda cool that the Kowalskys are unabashed about what Christmas is really about — its religious roots, rather than its Santa heritage.

I also have to admit that I worry about the sheep – do they sleep there overnight, or do they go home to their own “crib.”  Also, even though they’ve got wool coats on, are they okay on a day like this with gale force winds, and temperatures below freezing?

I’m sure the Kowalskys are well-informed on the topic of animal husbandry — their little farm on Morningside was a favorite petting place for local kids (I think someone else leases that farm now and cares for the animals).  Anyway, I’m sure the sheep in the manger scene are just fine.

Though I wonder if one has ever escaped by mistake?

I also wonder if anyone has ever stolen the Kowalsky’s baby Jesus from themanger scene?  (It happens in other towns.)

It would be fun to know how the Kowalkys started this tradition, and how Westporters have reacted to it over the years.

There you have it:  The Nativity scene, in Westport blog form.  A far nicer story than Tina Dragone and her anti-Goodwill screed, that’s for sure.