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Tag Archives: Longshore golf course
Longshore is one of Westport’s crown jewels.
The golf course looks great. The Inn sits handsomely — if under-utilizedly — on a prime piece of Sound-side property.
But plopped in between the 1st tee and the Inn sits a forlorn little traffic island.
That was last week’s Photo Challenge. Al Fiore, Andrew Colabella, Brandon Malin and John Richers all recognized it. Click here for Bob Weingarten’s photo — unless you’d prefer not to be depressed.
This week’s challenge is even more neglected. I can’t imagine the last time anyone bought a paper from this rusted-out kiosk.
As for the $1 price: USA Today raised it to $2.
If you know where in Westport you’d see this sorry sight, click Comments below.
A bill that would have banned municipalities from imposing high fees that might restrict non-residents from using public beaches — and from barring out-of-towners in order to prevent the spread of COVID — will not come up for a vote in the state legislature.
Politicians are spending their time on 2 other controversial measures — zoning reform and affordable housing — instead. The deadline for moving bills out of committee is April 5.
Speaking of our Parks & Recreation … they say:
“It has been nice to see so many people out using our facilities as the weather has improved, including some people using the Longshore golf course as an open space for walking. As of Monday (March 29), it will be open for play, and no longer available for those not actively playing golf.
“Please keep in mind, even using the roadways through Longshore can be dangerous as errant golf balls can cause serious injury or damage. For your safety, we urge you to use other locations for getting outside.”
Westport Country Playhouse’s popular “Script in Hand” series returns next month, with a virtual play reading of “Rent Control.” The Off-Broadway hit comedy tells the true story of a struggling-to-survive New York actor who invents a moneymaking scheme that (of course) backfires.
After premiering April 26 (7 p.m.), “Rent Control” is available on demand from April 27 through May 2.
Virtual tickets are available online, at 203-227-4177, or by email: email@example.com.
Happy Passover — chag Pesach samech — to all who will celebrate tonight.
Gold’s was hopping yesterday. Here is a small part of the large crowd of people (and dogs), waiting to pick up food for the Seder.
Meanwhile, we never get tired of these horses-at-Sherwood Island photos:
And finally … Larry McMurtry died on Thursday in Texas. He was 84.
He was a novelist, not a musician. But when he and Peter Bogdanovich adapted his novel “The Last Picture Show” into a movie, the soundtrack included a number of Hank Williams’ songs.
It’s still one of my favorite films of all time. And I’ve been a Hank Williams fan ever since.
It started out as a white Christmas. By the end of the day, rain and 50-degree weather had washed most of the snow away.
All that remains are brown, crusty mounds like the ones below, at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
The forecast is for temperatures in the high 40s today, 30s tomorrow and Wednesday, 40s and 50s the rest of the week and weekend.
Rain is predicted for New Year’s Eve. No big deal — you weren’t going out anyway, were you?
Was it a line for COVID testing — or the vaccine?
Perhaps PlayStation 5?
Nope, nope and nope.
This was the post-Christmas line outside Lululemon yesterday.
Jo Shields reports: “People waiting say it’s just social distancing, combined with shopping appointments and a limited number allowed in the store. Sounds like a really responsible company policy. Maybe even smart for sales.
“And although there were complaints about being cold, everyone was good natured and patient. And wearing masks.”
Barbara Levy entertained this good-looking — but hungry — visitor outside her Greens Farms home yesterday:
Pam Kesselman jokes: “Someone left a Big Bertha (large driver) in the 9th hole sand trap at Longshore. Please claim before it disappears.”
And finally … we catch up with one more recently deceased musician.
Chad Stuart died last week of pneumonia. He was 79.
One-half of Chad & Jeremy — often confused with the longer-lived, more successful, equally cute British duo, one of whom also wore glasses — Chad & Jeremy made a brief career out of summer-themed songs.
And there’s this tidbit from Stuart’s New York Times obituary: describing Stuart’s solo career after the pair broke up: “At one point he opened for the hard-rock band Mountain in a bowling alley in Hartford, Conn.” Yesterday’s Roundup paid tribute to Mountain founder Leslie West, who died just 3 days after Chad Stuart.
If you’re stressed — and between COVID-19, Isaias, the state of the nation and the world, who isn’t? — you can talk to a shrink. You can take it out on your spouse or kids.
Or you can spend an hour or two on the Saugatuck River, on a kayak or paddle board.
For relaxation (and cost), I’ll take the water. On these hot August days, there is nothing like a leisurely (or harder workout) paddle up toward downtown, or down toward Long Island Sound.
And one of the most popular places to do it is Westport Paddle Club.
The facility — at Bridgebrook Marina, on Riverside Avenue between the VFW and Saugatuck Rowing Club — has quickly become the go-to place for rentals, group activities, and a very popular summer camp for kids.
Now there’s more. Last night was the first “Taco Tuesday” in the parking lot by the dock (near the palm tree).
A taco truck will be there every Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. A nice breeze, the calming river, fun food — you won’t care about the pandemic, a tropical storm, or anything else.
As of early this morning, 98 Westport customers still lack electricity. That’s 0.78% of the town — meaning Eversource met their promise of 99% by Tuesday midnight.
The utility notes that a derecho storm that caused nearly a million outages in the Midwest caused some crews from those states to be called home to restore power there. Just think of those drives those workers had, getting here and back — and the work they do, here and there.
Eversource says, “at this time, we do not expect this to impact our restoration process” across Connecticut.
However, Jeff Jacobs takes issue with Eversource and the town’s announcement that all Westport roads are now passable.
Kings Highway South is closed just below Birchwood Country Club.
Finally yesterday, a barrier — mostly traffic cones — was erected at the junction of Kings Highway and Treadwell Avenue. There are still no signs or barriers at Post Road West, however, so drivers keep coming. And keep turning around.
Meanwhile, as Westport’s cleanup continues, residents — including David Meth — remain concerned about a utility pole in a very visible spot.
It rests on cables attached to another utility pole across from Willowbrook Cemetery, near the Main Street/Cross Highway split.
“If it crashes, it will pull down all the cables and then some,” David says. “I spoke to 2 Eversource workers nearby. One said he would take a look. The result: nothing.”
Today marks the Westport Library’s return to normal — that is, COVID-normal — hours. Curbside pickup is available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The building is open for browsing and staff support weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Beginning this Monday (August 17), appointments are recommended for the Children’s Library.
A family (or cohort of up to 5 people) will have the Children’s Library to themselves for 30 minutes. If they leave before their 30 minutes are up, walk-ins can book the remaining time.
Click here to reserve an appointment for the Children’s Room.
The Longshore golf course reopened today. The tennis courts will be back tomorrow (Thursday, August 13), after reconditioning.
Next up in the Remarkable Theater’s remarkable summer drive-in movie series at the Imperial Avenue parking lot: “The Jungle Game” (Thursday, August 13), “Thelma and Louise” (Friday, August 14) and “School of Rock” (Saturday, August 15).
The lot opens at 7:45 p.m. Movies begin around 8:45. Tickets are $50 per car. Click here to reserve a spot, and for more information.
Last night, Darren Spencer and his family made their first trip to the pop-up series. He reports:
“It was a balmy evening in the parking lot with 49 other cars, but you would not have known it. Tuned in to 90.9 FM with clear audio and a brilliant screen, it made for a memorable evening.
“Thank you, Remarkable Theater, for breathing life into Westport in these uncertain and unusual times, and for turning what used to be unremarkable before the pandemic into the truly remarkable. And to Westport Town officials, I let’s ensure we turn this into a Westport institution every summer for many years to come!”
Still need a place to work? Serendipity Labs — the co-working space which opened at 55 Post Road West just a month before COVID hit — is offering complimentary day passes for the first visit. Click here to learn more.
Many voters in yesterday’s Democratic and Republican primaries sent ballots by mail. But those who ventured to the one polling place in town — Bedford Middle School — gave high marks to local officials.
Everyone working wore masks. They hand voters plastic gloves. They strictly enforced the 6-foot rule. And — though you couldn’t see them — they did it all with smiles.
It’s not easy voting in the midst of a pandemic, right after a treacherous storm. In Westport at least, we proved we can multi-task. On to November 3!
First, an outdoor volleyball court popped up at the old Save the Children property on Wilton Road.
Now there’s a floating water polo game in the waters off Compo Beach.
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And finally … you may not recognize the name Wayne Fontana. The lead singer of the Mindbenders died last week in England, at 74. But if you’re a certain age, you probably remember his signature song:
In his afternoon briefing on WWPT-FM (90.3) yesterday, fire inspector Nate Gibbons warned that golfers would find a very different course when Longshore reopens.
He’s not kidding.
Director Jen Fava’s crew has worked tirelessly to get the town jewel back in shape, after it took a particularly hard shot from Tropical Storm Isaias.
Here, for example, is — er, was — a white oak, along the end of the 18th hole fairway. Judging by its rings, it was 275 to 300 years old.
Brian Sikorski — who took the photo above — sent images of more damage, all over the course. Fortunately, no greens were damaged.
But Nate Gibbons was right. Golfers’ views are now very, very different.
There’s plenty of good recreation news!
The tennis courts at Town Farm (North Compo Road) and Doubleday (behind Saugatuck Elementary School) open next Friday (June 5). Play is limited to singles, on only those courts with nets. For all tennis court rules and regulations, click here.
Beginning Monday (June 1), single rider and pull golf carts will be available at Longshore, through the 2 p.m. tee time. That ensures enough time for proper sanitation. Carts are limited, and available while supplies last.
As of Friday (June 5), Longshore tee times begin at 7 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They remain at 8 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Play is extended daily; the last tee time is 7 p.m.
And — to the delight of young athletes throughout town, and runners of all ages — fields at Wakeman, Staples High School (including the outdoor track) and Kings Highway Elementary School open for individual use and exercise on Monday (June 1).
No organized, competitive, pick-up team play, practices or games are allowed. Groups can include no more than 5 people, and social distancing must be followed. Non-compliance may result in field closures, Parks & Recreation officials say.
NOTE: Jinny Parker (field hockey) Field at Staples, and PJ Romano Field at Saugatuck Elementary will be closed for the summer, due to construction.
Every day you seen, sense and feel it: More and more activity, all around town.
This was the scene yesterday on Wilton Road. A long line at the Post Road light — it’s almost a welcome sight!
It takes a lot of cojones to open a new restaurant in the midst of a pandemic
But that’s what the owners of Mexica are doing. The new spot — with similar cuisine — replaces Señor Salsa in the small Post Road West shopping center by Sylvan Lane.
Who doesn’t need a shot of tequila right now?!
You know all those bottles and can you’ve been collecting since the coronavirus hit, and Stop & Shop closed their return center?
Bring ’em back. The doors are open once again.
Except 7 to 7:30 a.m., and 2 to 2:30 p.m. The room is closed then, for cleaning.
JL Rocks started at Bungalow. Now the luxury jeweler and home emporium are separate stores. But owners Jamie Camche and Wende Cohen still collaborate.
They’ve survived the Great Recession — and now, a retail apocalypse — by offering great quality, exemplary customer service, and a unique aesthetic.
Safe 1-on-1 appointments, FaceTime consultations, curbside pick-ups and shipping have kept their many loyal customers delighted.
Jamie and Wende are working together on a new project: the “City of Lights” collection. They created a series of slim, stackable rings, each highlighted with a stunning diamond. Available in 14K yellow, white and rose gold, the 5 rings are inspired by Parisian landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles and Notre Dame.
So what if the coronavirus has canceled your European trip? It’s a lot less expensive to buy a beautiful ring. You’ll have it forever. And you’re helping 2 wonderful women, whose 2 stores — and close partnership — has brought joy to so many Westporters.
And finally … when Paul Simon wrote “America” in 1966, our nation was in the midst of convulsive change. Half a century later — battered by a pandemic, polarized by beliefs, ripped apart by race and class and so many other divisions — we’re still empty and aching. And we don’t know why.