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Northrops: New Fence Is Temporary

The fence at Sherwood Mill Pond is temporary, says Jeff Northrop Jr.

His family owns the strip of land where a fence was erected yesterday. It’s on the north side of the walking path between Old Mill and Compo Cove.

The temporary fence keeps people and pets off of the property while water quality monitoring tests are conducted.

The testing — which may take a year — will examine eutrophication, Northrop says. That occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with minerals and nutrients, which induces excessive algae growth. The process may result in oxygen depletion of the water, which harms fish and other wildlife.

“Protecting marine resources starts with sound agricultural and waste management practices,” Northrop notes.

Sherwood Mill Pond. (Drone photo/Brandon Malin)

Sherwood Mill Pond was in bad shape in the 1970s. It took decades of work to get it where it is today.

The fence will prevent dogs, and humans like fishermen and crabbers, from accessing the pond, which could impact the testing.

If a permanent fence is needed — for liability purposes, and/or to keep hordes of youngsters from jumping off the bridge (as they did last loudly and constantly last summer, to the annoyance of neighbors) — Northrop says it will be more aesthetically pleasing than the chain link one that’s there now.

Temporarily.

The new fence at Sherwood Mill Pond.

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Sherwood Mill Pond morning (Photo/Michelle Garvey)

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Oyster cages at Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Breathtaking Beach Beauty

Nearly half a year into the pandemic, it’s easy to dwell on what we miss.

The Memorial Day parade and July 4th fireworks. Large backyard barbecues. A normal school year. Life as we knew it.

But let’s not forget all that we have. Here in Westport, we are truly, bountifully blessed. We live in a loving, caring community. We have a broad array of resources to help us through.

And we have our beaches.

Staples High School senior Brandon Malin sent his drone flying over our shores. No matter how worried or down you feel, his astonishing photos will raise your spirits, and lift you high.

We don’t have a coronavirus vaccine yet. Until we do, these images are enough. (Click on or hover over to enlarge.)

Compo Beach: the cannons’ jetty.

Compo Beach: Ned Dimes Marina.

Compo Beach: Ned Dimes Marina closeup.

Compo Beach: the main beach.

Compo Beach: pavilion and concession stand.

Compo Beach: playground, pavilions and more.

Soundview Drive near Schlaet’s Point.

Schlaet’s Point toward Old Mill Beach.

Schlaet’s Point and Old Mill.

Sherwood Mill Pond.

Sherwood Mill Pond and Compo Cove.

Another Day, Another Possible Tornado

It wasn’t Hurricane Laura. It wasn’t Tropical Storm Isaiais.

It was just another torrential thunderstorm — kind of like, oh, 48 hours ago.

With a tornado warning.

The first one moved through a few minutes ago. Another is expected at 6:15 p.m.

Clouds over Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Matt Murray)

Oh, yeah: A downed power line on Bridge Street cut power to over 1,400 customers around 4 p.m., without any wind or rain. Power was restored an hour or so later.

Rain and sun. (Photo/Ellen Wentworth)

As we always say: At least it’s not a blizzard…

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A rite of passage at Sherwood Mill Pond … (Photo/Richard Santalesa)

… and the weekend was busy, in the Saugatuck River near Rive Bistro (Photo/Lauri Weiser)

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Boat at Sherwood Mill Pond … (Photo/Les Dinkin)

… and near Cockenoe Island (Photo/Ilmar Tamm)

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Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Tom Kretsch)

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Serene scenes at Compo Beach … (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

… and the jetty … (Photo/Lauri Weiser)

… and Sherwood Mill Pond … (Photo/Ed Simek)

… and back at Compo, at night (Photo/Tom Leyden)

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On a normal Friday morning, Westport’s business district would have been bustling.

Today was not a normal Friday morning. Neither was any day this week, or last. And it won’t be normal next week either.

Alert — and saddened — Molly Alger took a lonely tour through town this morning. Here’s what she saw.

Post Road East, looking west

Compo Shopping Center

Playhouse Square

Another view of Post Road East

Church Lane

Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge

Taylor parking lot

Main Street

Main Street, further north

Brooks Corner

Baldwin parking lot

190 Main Street

North Main Street (Photos/Molly Alger)

But then — a few hours later — skies cleared. The sun came out. And all over town, people smiled.

Saugatuck River (Photo by Chris Tait; hat tip Stephen Kempson)

Kowalsky Farm and Frost Point, Greens Farms (Photo/Nico Eisenberger)

Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/William Ritter)