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Photo Challenge #324

As Staples High School’s head boys soccer coach, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time at the Wakeman Fields.

I know the turf. I know the grass. I know the ridiculous parking situation.

But — until Elaine Marino sent me a photo — I had no idea a log-lined, wood chip-filled path led from Wakeman to North Pasture. (Click here to see.)

Nor did any other readers — except Julianne Low.

She nailed it. Every other guess — Earthplace, the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, Winslow Park, Baron’s South, a cemetery — was wrong.

So to all my fellow coaches, plus parents, athletes, dog walkers, model plane flyers and everyone else who enjoys Wakeman: We have to look around more.

And, of course, park better.

This week’s challenge Photo Challenge is less “straightforward.” If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Janine Scotti)

Signs Of The Wreckers

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
(“Signs,” 5 Man Electrical Band, 1971)

Carl Addison Swanson often runs through the back of Staples High School — his alma matter — and the nearby Wakeman Field complex.

He counts 81 signs.

He classifies 15 as notices of past athletic team titles, records and scoreboards; 9 thanking donors to fundraising efforts, and 57 as “instructions” (traffic signs, and those indicating where to sit or stand, informing people they are on camera, and one noting how to behave at a game).

Perhaps, Carl suggests, just one is needed: “We are the Wreckers, and we are going to kick your ass.”

(Photos/Carl Addison Swanson)

Pic Of The Day #704

Last night’s rain flushed a ton of worms onto the Wakeman athletic fields asphalt. Happy spring! (Photo/Tim Fielding)

Pic Of The Day #153

Wakeman Athletic Fields, 6:30 a.m. (Photo/Lisa Hilton)

Straight Poop From “06880”

An alert “06880” reader took time off from cleaning her shoes to write:

I’m as dog-friendly as the average Westporter. I have nothing against our furry friends. What I do resent is when their masters walk them on school playgrounds or local parks, and leave their poop behind.

Dog shitAt Long Lots Elementary, the issue has become quite problematic. Recently, the Westport School District posted signs reminding dog walkers that the playground is used daily by children. and to please clean up dog waste. Sadly, it seems not a day goes by that head custodian Peter Barcello and his crew aren’t faced with cleaning up after someone’s pet.

Please, dog owners of Westport: Clean up after your pets when you walk them on public property!

 I’ve noticed the problem has gotten worse too, at Staples High School and the Wakeman Fields.

It could be one more sign of the actions of “entitled Westporters.” Of course, the rest of us are entitled to something too: not taking crap from dogs, and their owners.