Tag Archives: Old Mill Beach

Sandy Shores

For years, tides and storms have pushed sand onto Old Mill Beach.

But it’s hard to realize how much has built up — until you see the activity going on there now.

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Flood mitigation efforts are a start.

Who knows? Maybe the lifeguards will come back too.

Pic Of The Day #733

Bumber sticker spotted (appropriately) at Old Mill Beach (Photo/Seth Schachter)

The Only Time, Ever, You Will See This View

Old Mill parking lot project is finished. But cars have not yet returned. (Photo/Matt Murray)

Down At The Old Mill Parking Lot

The Old Mill Beach parking lot repaving project began this morning.

(Photo/Matt Murray)

It’s noisy, messy — and necessary.

And — for the next few days — Old Mill residents will have to find another place to park.

Pics Of The Day #686

It wasn’t the biggest snowfall. It shouldn’t have caused as many power outages as it did.

But it sure was pretty.

Here are some scenes, captured around Westport by alert “06880” photographers.

And now — okay. It’s March. We’re ready for some spring shots!

This yard on Roseville Road sparkled (Photo/Gregg Bromberg)

Marion Road (Photo/Anne Bernier)

Winslow Park (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Levitt Pavilion (Photo/JP Vellotti)

Kings Highway Elementary School (Photo/Maggie Gomez)

Playhouse condos, from Winslow Park (Photo/Molly Alger)

Old Mill Beach (Photo/Matt Murray)

The train station last night, in the thick of the storm (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Pic Of The Day #677

Dog day at Old Mill Beach (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #652

This morning’s sunrise at Old Mil Beach (Photo/Matt Murray)

Pic Of The Day #620

Flood-proofing, at Old Mill Beach. (Photo/John Videler, Videler Photography)

Photo Challenge #208

If you’ve spent any time at all on the walkway between Old Mill Beach and Compo Cove — and if you haven’t, you should; it’s one of the most beautiful spots in Westport — you know there’s a lot to see.

The spectacular views of Long Island Sound, sand, and the Mediterranean-like homes and terraces on Compo Hill. Sherwood Mill Pond, with an oyster house far in the distance. Two wooden bridges, reminders of long-ago days.

If you’re a longtime resident, you may know that the home straddling the inlet was owned for many years by the Aitkin family. But unless you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you may never have noticed 2 plaques on the walkway, a few feet from the (recently raised) house.

They read “A. King Aitkin, July 5, 1887-July 22, 1974” and “Kathleen A. Aitkin, September 14, 1906-March 21, 1969.” They were placed there by the couple’s daughter, Melissa Aitkin Beers, when the home was sold, in recognition of her parents’ love of the area, and attention to environmental issues.

(Fun fact: Black Duck owner Pete Aitkin grew up in that house.)

Andrew Colabella, Michael Calise, Diane Silfen, Jay Tormey, Rick Benson and Caryl Beatus all knew exactly where those plaques lie.

Click here for the photo from last week’s Challenge, and all guesses. You’ll find Rick’s comment amusing: He called them “headstone markers for 2 dogs.” King lived to be 87, and Kathleen died relatively young, at 62 — but that’s still a crazy among of dog-years.

Today’s Photo Challenge is seen by many more people each day than the Aitkin plaques.

(Photo/Jerry Kuyper)

Yet — like last week’s photo at the Old Mill walkway — odds are high we seldom really notice it.

Click “Comments” below if you know where in Westport you’d see this.

Pic Of The Day #599

Old Mill and Compo Cove: the view from John Videler’s office (Photo/John Videler Photography)