Tag Archives: Sherwood Island State Park

Roundup: Timari Rivera, Polo Ponies, Free Range Children, More


It was a gorgeous sunrise on Soundview Drive this morning.

Let’s hope it foretells a better week ahead than the last one. (As for that “red sky in morning” stuff … there’s no rain or snow in the forecast.)

(Photo/Susan Ford)


The family of Timari Rivera — the Staples High School senior who died last week — has released his obituary:

Timari Raquan Rivera, 17, was greeted in heaven on Monday, January 4, 2021 from his earthly home.

He was born August 5, 2003 to Timothy Rivera and Anglie Edmounds in Bridgeport. He attended local schools and began his love of the game at age 6, when his pediatrician suggested that if his mom didn’t put a basketball into Timari’s hands, he would.

His passion for basketball grew from PAL league, leading him to play in several leagues – including Weston Wilton Travel Team, NE Playaz, and CT Elite AAU, but his varsity position with the Staples High School Wreckers remained his primary focus.

Timari was a math whiz, fluent in basketball statistics, and loved pottery. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, playing 2K, and every teen’s passion, eating. He was set to graduate from Staples this year.

In addition to his parents, left to cherish the memory of this “gentle giant,” are stepfather Devin Robinson, big little brothers Taurean and Tyron Rivera, 9 additional siblings, nephews Amir and Tristian Rivera, bonus niece Marlo Perkins, and a host of family and friends.

A private Service of Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 729 Union Avenue, Bridgeport. Friends may greet the family from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church. The family will proceed to a private interment immediately following service.

The family wishes to thank those who have expressed their love and condolence in various ways. It is truly appreciated. To plant memorial trees in memory, click here.

Timari Rivera


Seen yesterday at Sherwood Island:

(Photo/Mary Sikorski)

Photographer Mary Sikorski reports that the riders’ jackets said “Yale Polo.”

So that’s why they look like 3 Wise Men.


Those kids playing on Saugatuck Shores are so adorable, you could just eat them!

(Photo/Les Dinkin)


And finally … on this day in 1972, East Pakistan officially renamed itself Bangladesh.

 

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Sherwood Island metal detector (Photo/Molly Alger)

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Sherwood Island, late fall (Photo/Sharon Fiarman)

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Sherwood Island artists, on a beautiful day … (Photo/Molly Alger) 

… and a Y’s Men’s walk, on a grayer one … (Photo/Molly Alger)

… and a deserted path to the beach (Photo/Amy Unikewicz)

Sketching Roots

Elaine Clayton is a longtime Westport. She’s been an “06880” reader from the start, 11 years ago. She’s an artist too, with a passion for sketching her home town.

But despite her many years here, Elaine had no idea how strong her roots are. She writes:

Lately my sister has been exploring our family tree on my maternal side.

She asked if I realized we had ancestors in Westport. I did not.

It turns out my 8th great-grandmother was Abigail Sherwood (whose nephew Daniel was the original owner of Sherwood Island).

Sherwood Island (Elaine Clayton)

In the same family line — which includes Ogdens and Jenningses — my g-grandfather was Joshua Jennings I,; my great-etc. uncles were Joshua Jennings II and III. They married into the Sturges, Bulkley and Burr families. Ogden House on Bronson Road in Fairfield was a many times great uncle’s house.

I had fun too contacting a new-found cousin, Peter Jennings.

This fascinates me, because I have gone around drawing as much of Westport and Southport as I could. My younger son is part of the town too, tending to the beaches and fields with the town crew.

Compo Beach, from Soundview (Elaine Clayton)

How far do your roots go back in Westport? Check them out. They may be deeper than you think! Let us know your links — click “Comments” below.

Roundup: WTF Dinner, Sherwood Island, Friday Flowers, More


Wakeman Town Farm’s Harvest Fest is a major fundraiser — and major fun.

This year’s event (Saturday, Sept 12, 5 to 9 p.m.), is still on. But it’s “reimagined,” to be COVID-compliant.

The dinner features a small number of tables of 4 to 8 friends, spaced out on the lawn, served by masked-and-gloved waiters. There is a 75 guest limit.

There’s an outdoor, multi-course feast by Marcia Selden Catering + Events, drinks courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka (signature cocktails) and Iain and Linda Bruce (wines), and live acoustic music by Henry Jones. Town Fair Tire is the presenting sponsor. Click here for tickets.

Because of limited seating (tables sell out fast!), WTF chefs created a gourmet picnic box, to be enjoyed at the beach, a favorite scenic spot or home.

Each box includes a full meal for 2: Long Island lobster roll, jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce, classic creamy coleslaw, handcut crisp potato chips with French onion dip, and truffled popcorn. Click here to order.

You can even help Wakeman Town Farm without eating. It costs more than $10,000 a year to feed their alpacas, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Click here to donate.


We’re #4!

That’s the rank of Sherwood Island State Park on New England Travel Today’s list of 10 Prettiest Beaches in the 6 states. Many Westporters already know how great it is. Others have no clue.

Click here to read the writeup, and compare. (Hat tip: Jon Sinish)

Very pretty indeed! (Photo/Lauri Weiser)


Also beautiful: this week’s Westport Garden Club’s #FridayFlowers basket.

The group honored the hard work of school administrators and staff to reopen the district.

Shown below on the Town Hall steps are (from left) Michael Rizzo, assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services; John Bayers, director of human resources and general administration; Anthony Buono, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning.

(Photo/Kelle Ruden)


Melissa Newman has not yet decided “weather” or not she’ll be on Main Street at Elm at 12:30 p.m. today, distributing her Paul Newman “register and vote” poster. That depends on the skies.

But she’ll be there for sure on Saturday, September 12. In the meantime, here’s another look at what she’s handing out:


And finally … just look at the sky outside:

Roundup: Young Performers, JPs, Debris Dump, More


Among the early casualties of COVID-19 last March: dozens of young performers, in the final days of rehearsals for school plays. Months of work went for naught.

Many students in canceled shows are in the acting program TheaterCamp4Kids! Broadway Academy. Owner/artistic director Laura Curley Pendergast decided to create a “Canceled Concert” video. The selection of short clips allows her young actors — from high school down through elementary age — to perform their “lost songs.”

Selections come from “Wizard of Oz,” “Seussical: The Musical,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Legally Blonde,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more.

David Bibbey — an Emmy Award winner and talented producer of the Westport Library’s media studios — shot the video. Now just click on, sit back and enjoy!


It’s a good thing no one commutes to New York anymore.

After Tropical Storm Isaias, the town has used the Greens Farms railroad station parking lot as a spot to dump trees, branches and debri.

A few months ago, that would have wreaked havoc. Today: no problem.

There’s even plenty of room to expand.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)


Always dreamed of being a justice of the peace?

Now’s your chance!

Westport voters who are not members of a major political party but are interested in becoming a JP can request an application (email tclerk@westportct.gov) between now and November 1.

A voter must have been an unaffiliated or minor party member voter since May 1. Registered Democrats and Republicans must be named by their parties, and cannot now become unaffiliated to apply as an unaffiliated JP.

Justices of the Peace have authority to take oaths and depositions, perform marriages, and handle other duties.

Justice of the Peace Wally Meyer (left) performed a marriage at Old Mill Beach, during the first days of the pandemic lockdown.


Like so many nonprofits, Friends of Sherwood Island State Park is reinventing their annual appeal.

Theirs — an evening of food and drink at the pavilion, called the “FUNdraiser” — will this year be called … “Shorefest on a Roll.”

On Sunday, September 20, guests will enjoy a “rolling tour of the park.” As they drive through the 236-acre gem — Connecticut’s oldest state park — a podcast will describe its history and features.

There’s entertainment, including whirligigs, kites, disc golf, music and model plane flyovers. Plus: a lobster roll-to-go feast.

Proceeds support the Friends’ efforts, including the newly renovated Nature Center, tree planting, maintenance of the vast purple martin colony, and the 9/11 Memorial.

Tickets will be available soon on www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org.


And finally … true?

Photo Challenge #292

On a hot Sunday last week, “06880” offered a cool view.

Harrison Gordon’s image showed the back of a Wilton Road house, near the Kings Highway North intersection. The view was from across the Saugatuck River, by Parker Harding Plaza. (Click here to see.)

The home was designed to maximize its view. As Harrison’s photo shows, it sure does.

Wendy Cusick, Bob Grant, Susan Iseman, Rich Stein, Andrew Colabella, Ralph Balducci, Diane Silfen, James Weisz, Seth Schachter, Ken Gilbertie, PK Cleary, Lynn Untermeyer Miller and Mary Ann Batsell all nailed this one. Congrats!

Before moving on to this week’s Photo Challenge, here’s a note on the one before last. It featured “Alvord Beach” — the name of Sherwood Island State Park’s East Beach, which virtually no one has ever heard of (or used). No one around here has ever heard of “Alvord,” either.

But MaryAnn Meyer — who lives not far from Sherwood Island — found an “Alvord Genealogy” online. It mentions Nelson Alvord’s home at 295 Greens Farms Road.

Nelson Alvord began a carriage-making business in Torrington, in 1835. The genealogy notes:

He was a pioneer in shipping top vehicles to Ga. These were used for distributing merchandise through the country long before the advent of railroads in that section of the South.

He built up a large business, probably the largest in the state, employing at times 125 men. Before the railroad was built through the Naugatuck Valley, he had to transport his wagons by team to New Haven, thence by water to Savannah, Ga. He continued in active business until he retired in 1863, and removed to Green’s Farms, Conn., on the shore of Long Island Sound.

See you at Alvord Beach!

Meanwhile, see if you can identify this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport this is, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Lee Scharfstein)

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Another wonderful day at Sherwood Island:

(Photos/Lauri Weiser)

Photo Challenge #291

Every Westporter knows Compo Beach.

Many know Old Mill; most know Burying (or is it Burial?) Hill Beach. Unless you live on Saugatuck Shores, you’re probably unaware of Canal Beach.

Of course we’re also blessed with Sherwood Island, the beautiful state park on Long Island Sound between Burying Hill and Old Mill.

But Alvord Beach? Who ever heard of that?

Hardly anyone.

It was news to me too when Amy Schneider sent a photo of it. Turns out that’s the official name of “East Beach” — the section of Sherwood Island closest to (and separated only by a channel from) Burying Hill. (Click here to see.)

“Where is Alvord Beach?” was last week’s question, accompanying Amy’s photo.

Jonathan Maddock and Jalna Jaeger correctly identified the image as Sherwood Island. But only Chris Swan knew the exact location there.

How did Chris — one of the state park’s biggest fans — have the answer?

He looked in his membership package, from Friends of Sherwood Island.

So who was Mr. (or Ms.) Alvord?

That’s still a mystery. If you know, click “Comments” below.

Which is exactly what you should do if you know where you’d see this week’s artsy, almost-painting-like (but vaguely familiar?) Photo Challenge:

(Photo/Harrison Gordon)