Yesterday’s Roundup article about what appeared to be a small number of picnic tables at Compo’s South Beach brought a call from Carm Roda, of the Westport Parks and Recreation Department.
All 17 desks – plus 4 for disabled users – are there, he says. Because people move them around to make larger tables, it may seem like there are fewer. However, as Michael Calise pointed out in the Comments section, that’s a far cry from the 41 that were there before COVID.
And, he notes, they were wooden—some twice the size, and all more substantial than the new, plastic ones.
So: If you’re coming to our “06880” blog party this Thursday (July 21, 6:00 p.m., South Beach), please consider bringing a folding table.
There is plenty of room for everyone. Just not many tables.
It’s Shark Week at the Beach!
Hopefully, though, the lone shark is on the plane’s side. It advertises “Shark Week” on TV.
Fingers crossed. Stay safe!
Some summer rituals never change.
Bedford High School student Aiden Konig writes: “I’m 11 years old. My friends Liam and Ethan and I were hanging out at the beach and we made this really cool sandcastle. I wanted to share it with your blog.”
Thank you, Aiden. Glad you guys are enjoying the eternal beach fun. Please make sure your grandchildren send a similar photo in 2092.
Nearby, Dianne Wildman took a walk.
Compo is a beautiful neighborhood. But one sight troubled him. Dianne writes:
Friday at Bradley and Fairfield Avenues, I passed a scratched black plastic pad covering a sewer. A stream of water crossed the road, into another channel. The water came out at a healthy rate.
A couple walked by as I was taking pictures. They said the eruption had been going on for 2 weeks. All this on a day when the city announced that we are officially in a drought.
The woman said it would do no good to complain because the problem was caused by a builder around the corner working on a new house and digging a pool. The water level is 3 feet, so if you go deeper, you get flooded. “The city authorities are always on the side of the builders,” they said, citing a similar story when someone built a swimming pool last year.
Congratulations to the Westport District 11U All-Star Team: Section 1 Champions!
They beat North Stamford 11-2 yesterday, in the final. Next up: the state tournament. It is set for next weekend, in Newington.
Players include Dylan Burdeshaw, Miles Delorier, Henry Ellis, Justin Goldshore, Wyatt Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Chase Landgraf, Jack McGrath, Luke Moneyhon, Torrey Rossetter, Toby Slavin, Grant Theisinger and Nolan Walters. The manager is Justin Walters; coaches are Marc Theisinger and Jon Ellis.
Michael Szeto is used to seeing herons on Longshore.
However, he was surprised to see this in his own backyard on Minute Man Hill.
He grabbed his camera and shot the scene for our ‘Westport… Obviously’ feature.
And finally… Monty Norman, the British composer who wrote the theme tune for the James Bond films, died this week. He was 94.
Mark Yurkiw calls his work “the most memorable painting by the most memorable composer.” Click here for a full obituary.