Tag Archives: Sherwood Mill Pond

Pic Of The Day #759

Maritime heritage at Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Ted Horowitz)

Mill Pond Egret Lured To Death

Sherwood Mill Pond is one of Westport’s most beautiful spots. Teeming with wildlife, it’s loved by photographers, painters, kayakers, fishermen, and anyone who likes to admire nature.

However, the site is not always respected.

Yesterday, an alert — and saddened — “06880” reader sent this disturbing photo:

The egret died after getting tangled in a fishing line that had been cast over an electric line.

Similar lines, the reader says, are also collecting debris and trapping waterfowl.

The bird died very close to the estuary designed expressly for the preservation of wildlife. “Tidal Gates Park” — on the way to Compo Cove — is where 2 hurricane-damaged houses were demolished a couple of years ago.

Someone posted a notice near the dead egret. “This is unacceptable,” it says. “Clean up your lures & lines.”

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)

Pics Of The Day #660

One view of the Sherwood Mill Pond … (Photo/Katherine Ross)

… and another. (Photo/Matt Murray)

Slush Puppy

Westport was spared the snow, ice and wind that’s buffeting much of the rest of the country.

All we’ve gotten is light rain, and slush. This was the scene at otherwise empty Winslow Park this morning:

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

And here’s Camp Mahackeno, seen from the Westport Weston Family Y:

(Photo/Dan Woog)

But we did not escape today’s weather unscathed.

As happens more and more often, there’s flooding all around town. Some are places that flood often; some are spots we seldom worry about.

Grove Point — off Hillspoint — saw waters high enough from Sherwood Mill Pond to close the road. Here’s the view:

(Photo/John Kantor)

Standing water is everywhere. Be careful out there!

Pic Of The Day #628

Sun glistens off the Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Rick Benson)

Friday Flashback #120

Last week’s demolition of the old Positano’s restaurant — remembered by real old-time Westporters as its earlier incarnation, Café de la Plage — evoked a welter of emotions.

It also revived memories of Allen’s Clam House, the other waterfront restaurant in the otherwise residential  neighborhood.

Allen’s was right around the corner, on Sherwood Mill Pond. Built in 1890 by Captain Walter Allen, customers flocked there for seafood — and views — from as far as New York.

Allen’s Clam House, in the 1940s.

It was the go-to place for generations of celebrations — proms, anniversaries, holidays, you name it.

An aerial view of Allen’s Clam House, on the Sherwood Mill Pond. (Photo courtesy of Paul Ehrismann)

In 1999, the restaurant and surrounding .83-acre property was up for sale. To protect it from the developers, the town bought it for $1.2 million. Private donations — including $50,000 each from Paul Newman and Harvey Weinstein — defrayed part of the cost.

The restaurant was torn down a few years later. Today — thanks to efforts of Sherry Jagerson, and a group of dedicated volunteers — the land is known as the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve.

It’s one of Westport’s hidden-in-plain-sight gems. Of course, you can’t buy clams there any more.

But you can bring your own, and have a very fine picnic indeed.

Captain Allen and his wife Lida, in front of the clam house.

Pic Of The Day #561

Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Michael Tomashefsky)

Pic Of The Day #542

Soggy Sherwood Mill Pond, after today’s rain (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Pic Of The Day #540

Artist Matthew Levine, en plein air at Sherwood Mill Pond (Photo/Patricia McMahon)