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Planners Get Public Input for Compo Improvements

By James Lomuscio

The suggestions to improve Compo Beach were as varied as the scores of Westporters gathered today at the Bedford Middle School (BMS) for a “charrette,” a collaborative work session with designers and architects.

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Some of the “Nice to Have” suggestions at today’s Compo Beach master plan session were very practical. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Among the “must have” and “nice to have” suggestions those in attendance wrote down and posted on boards were: better restrooms, warm outdoor showers, better food options, more shade trees, a South Beach pavilion, even creating dunes with beach grass and sea spray rose plants, like those found on Cape Cod.

Dogs, geese and their droppings headed the list of things people wanted to see removed from the beach, as did, to the consternation of some, getting rid of the baseball and skate parks to garner more parking.

The charrette was conducted for the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee by the architectural firm Lothrop Associates, Inc. and AKRF, Inc., environmental, planning and engineering consultants. Both groups are based in White Plains, N.Y.

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Scenes from today’s Bedford Middle School meeting on improvements at Compo Beach. Attendees were asked to pen sticky notes on must have items, those nice to have, those that could be take it or leave it, and things to remove. The ideas will go toward developing a master plane for Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos

Saturday, November 23, 2013


9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Bedford Middle School (88 North Ave.) – Compo Beach Master Plan Community Charrette
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – St. Luke Parish (49 Turkey Hill Road North) – Harvest Fair
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Town Hall – 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center -“Chuck Close: About Face”
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Staples – Staples Players: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
4 p.m. – United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) – Westport School of Music Faculty Chamber Music Concert
7:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Greens Farms Academy: “Fiddler on the Roof”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Special Guest at Chuck Close Exhibit Opening

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A special guest at tonight’s opening of the Westport Arts Center’s exhibition, “Chuck Close: About Face” was Robert Elson of Westport. He stands next to a portrait of himself created in 1973-74 by Close, whose wife was a close friend of his in junior high school. Elson said the charcoal print had never been shown before to a large crowd. It is a smaller version of “Robert/104,072,” a much larger work by Close now at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The title refers to the 104,072-square grid to which Close painstakingly applied tiny black dots to create the work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com