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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.

 

Roundup: Turkey, More

 


Spotted on Soundview Drive:

(Photo/Mary Sikorski)


And finally … Ian Finkel, “the world’s greatest xylophonist,” has died at 72. Who even knew there was such a thing?

Pic Of The Day #1247

Compo crosswalk (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pic Of The Day #1228

Moon over Soundview (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Pics Of The Day #1135

Interesting scenes at Compo Beach:

Photographer Brendan Byrne captured this scene, just offshore. He writes: “Said they were waiting to pick someone up – one way to avoid the airport ;-)”

Another view, with Compo Beach in the background (Photos/Brendan Byrne)

Soundview Drive, Memorial Day weekend (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Compo Beach Parking Lots Are Closed. So Westporters Parked On Soundview.

Around noon …

… and a couple of hours later.

Pics Of The Day #939

Tonight’s spectacular sunset: Soundview Drive … (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

… and South Beach (Photo/Isabelle Taglia, Bedford Middle School 6th grader)

Photo Challenge #243

Readers often stump me with Photo Challenge submissions. They send images of places I can’t quite recognize, have not noticed before, or never seen.

But I never thought I’d be stumped by a picture of  Compo Beach.

Until I saw Matt Murray’s shot. His Photo Challenge last week showed an old-fashioned bottle opener — with a box underneath, presumably for the tops — mounted on what looked like wood. (Click here for the photo.)

Matt said it was on a utility pole at Compo Beach, on the Soundview exit road at Fairfield Avenue. I took his word for it.

I’m not the only one who noticed it — though not many have. Kathe Damman, Dan Aron (who lives on Soundview, and walks by it every day) and Michele Whybrow quickly checked in with the right answer.

So now, readers — including myself — want to know:

  • Who put this bottle opener at Compo?
  • Why? Was it a joke, a luxury — or a necessity?
  • And when? Glass bottles have long been banned from that part of the beach.

If you can shed any light on this Great Bottle Opener Mystery, click “Comments” below. And do the same if you know where in Westport you’d find this week’s Photo Challenge:

(Photo/Bill Dedman)

Pic Of The Day #680

John Videler’s drone shots have earned raves from “06880” readers. They are breathtakingly beautiful. And they force us to look at very familiar scenes in new, unique ways.

This shot of Compo Beach, Soundview Drive, Schlaet’s Point and environs may be his best yet. If you thought you knew the shore: Think again.

All of John’s drone shots (and more) are available for purchase. Click here for a 21st-century slice of timeless Westport.

(Drone image by John Videler/Videler Photography)

Nor’easter: Part II

Saugatuck Shores was hit hardest by today’s near-nor’easter. Jennifer Seymour reports:

2 hours after high tide, there was still several feet of water. My husband rescued me and my sons by kayak on the island side of the Saugatuck Island bridge. I lived here during Irene and Sandy, and have seen nothing close since then.

With Saugatuck Shores flooded, Jennifer Seymour’s husband and daughter paddle a kayak.

One view of Saugatuck Shores …

… and another. Yes, that’s a road. (Saugatuck Shores photos/Jennifer Seymour)

Longshore’s ER Strait Marina …

… and nearby Evan Harding Point. (Longshore photos/Scott Smith)

The Soundview Drive seawall took a pounding … (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

… but it doesn’t faze Soundview resident Paul Lane. He’s lived there for decades, and weathered many storms. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

An old standby: the Compo cannons. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)

Quentin Road, off Compo Beach Road. (Photo/Bruce Becker)

Grove Point Road was underwater too. (Photo/Andrew Colabella)