Tag Archives: Parker Harding Plaza

Friday Flashback #167

If you think the back entrances to Main Street stores — the ones on Parker Harding Plaza — look bad today, be glad you were not around in the mid-1950s.

Before the parking lot was built, the Saugatuck River lapped up against those stores.

The landfill changed downtown — and the river. It must have been quite a project. Jim Ezzes shares some photos of the construction.

The Westport Hardware building at the far left is the current site of The Gap.

A bit further south.

Paul and Mary Kowalsky — whose construction company created Parker Harding Plaza — stand next to an earth mover.

Photo Challenge #249

I thought last week’s Photo Challenge might be too tough for any “06880” reader.

I did not reckon on Mary Papageorge and Lynn Untermeyer Miller.

Both knew that Amy Schneider’s image of a painted smiling face is located on the back side of the large star sculpture that Howard Munce created years ago. It sits on the bank of the Saugatuck River, in Parker Harding Plaza directly behind Rye Ridge Deli.

The fisherman — that’s what the face is — faces the river. It’s not easy to see — and not too many people actually stroll by there (though it is a nice, beautiful spot).

Mary no doubt knows it because the Papageorge family owned Oscar’s — the long-time, beloved predecessor to Rye Ridge.

Lynn knows it because — well, she sees and knows everything.

Can Mary, Lynn and/or you figure out this week’s Photo Challenge? If you think you know, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Tim Woodruff)

 

Garden Growth

An alert — and peeved — “06880 reader writes:

Flanking the east bank of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge on the Post Road, next to the Saugatuck River, are 2 small, triangular, landscaped signs. One says the gardens were “Designed and Donated by The Laurelrock Company.”

These gardens also include granite pillars of varying heights. They do not have an explanatory plaque.

One of the small gardens by the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge …

These pillars seem to echo similar installations memorializing sad events.
Does anyone know their significance?

Whatever their meaning, it’s a pet peeve of mine that these gardens — and many other public Westport plots — are being overrun by lawn signs for various organizations and events,

Many are commendable. Some are even non-profit.

But must we now have lawn signs all over town year-round, rather than only during election season?

… and the other.

Pics Of The Day #744

Springtime downtown: The Library Riverwalk …

… one end of Parker Harding Plaza …

… and the other. (Photos/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Pic Of The Day #719

Ordinarily, this would not warrant selection as Pic of the Day. It looks like just another shot of the disgusting state of Parker Harding Plaza.

But it’s worth noting the box next to the trash can, with its free papers. The issues inside are dated June 2018.

Safe to say they — and the entire news stand — can be removed, no?

(Photo/James Olson)

Parker Harding Garbage Dump Continues

A few merchants have promised to crack down on employees’ misuse of the Parker Harding dumpsters.

Not enough, apparently.

This was the scene this afternoon, a few feet from the beautiful river in what is supposed to be a proud part of our downtown retail experience.

(Photo/Mary Ann Mayo)

(Photo/Chip Stephens)

Note the sticker warning of a fine on the dumpster in the closeup above.

I’m as  tired of posting photos like these as you are of seeing them.

So here’s a challenge to “06880” readers: Stake out the place. Take a photo of any asshats you see tossing garbage next to the dumpster. Follow them to their place of business. Take another photo. Then send the photo to dwoog@optonline.net.

We can’t let this garbage continue.

Parker Harding Garbage: The Sequel

This morning’s post –showing garbage where the dumpster once sat in Parker Harding Plaza, just a few yards away from the finally-working compactor — drew plenty of comments from readers.

And this email from Scott Martin:

I own the Rye Ridge Deli. Someone sent me the pic of the garbage by the compactors.

That is a mix of garbage from various tenants there. A couple of those boxes are ours: the bacon, avocados and Rockland bakery.

I just spoke to a number of my employees who take garbage out at night and during the day. Last night, the compactors were completely filled and overflowing. Everything was stuffed in them to the top. They would not compact any more.

The mess this morning. The dumpster — across from the compactors — is no longer there.

Maybe they were a day late picking up due to the holiday. We are not sure. But when they come to remove the compactors it seems they cannot drive away with them overflowing so they knock it out, and when they return from the dump or wherever they take the trash they fill it back with what was knocked out.

There have been many occasions since the compactors have been installed with them not functioning at all. I guess the kinks are being worked out back there.

Going forward my guys have been instructed to let myself or a manager know when there is this sort of mess back there. Rather then leaving it for someone else to find, we can call City Carting to address it or figure out a better way rather than leaving that mess.

Those compactors are great, better than regular dumpsters, as long as they work (which is not always the case). I have been dealing with them for years in my other locations.

I just got off the phone with Scott. He apologizes for his guys leaving a mess. Nice to know he contacted “06880” to take responsibility.

As he notes though, only a small portion of the garbage is his. The hunt continues.

You Can’t Make This Garbage Up!

Good news! The trash compactor in Parker Harding Plaza is up and running.

Bad news! Although the old garbage dumpsters were removed last night, some lazy, entitled dipshit deposited heaps of garbage in the exact spot where they used to be.

Yes, that’s the compactor there in the background.

But great news! When some poor volunteer from the Westport Downtown Merchants Association — or a good-hearted citizen — moves the trash a few yards away to where it should be, all they have to do is rummage through to find out which store or restaurant thinks this is a cool thing to do.

Then email dwoog@optonline.net. We’re happy to let our 10,000 readers know whose garbage this is.

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It’s B-a-a-a-a-c-k!

Our Long Parker Harding Nightmare Has Ended

(Photo/Chip Stephens)