NEW​s & Important Dates

Current Issues

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From the Alleviating

Hunger Committee:

Westbrook has a large percentage of

households that are struggling to make ends meet. These include those below the poverty level and those above poverty level but below the basic cost of living threshold. In August of 2016 the Westbrook Council of Beaches established the Alleviating Hunger Committee to devise strategies to assist in alleviating this situation. Initiatives that have been undertaken or are in the planning stages include: Food collection for local food pantries. If you happen to be free on a Tuesday between 1: 30 and 2:30, go to St. Marks to get an appreciation of what happens. We will continue our food collection. Options for contributing food. 1) Bring to St. Marks between noon and 2pm, any Tuesday. Many of you have been doing this. 2) Bring food to our meetings and we will make sure it gets to one of the food pantries. 3) Get in touch with the Alleviating Hunger Committee and a pick up can be arranged. (Note: we are finalizing a program to include fruits and vegetables from our gardens with food donations).

Support of Westbrook Friday night meals at the Congregational Church- COB has seven volunteers assisting.

A system has been set up with the Town and Schools to identify needy families and children that the Council of Beaches members can make monetary or gift card donations to assist these individuals. If you would like to contribute please contact Elizabeth Carpenter, Westbrook Social Services Coordinator at ecarpenter@westbrookct.us. Her office is in Town Hall, next to the First Selectman’s Office. Her phone number is 860-399-3090.
Summer lunches for students and take home Backpack Program- We are presently working through the issues and logistics for this and will have more information at the next COB Meeting.
As the Committee progresses it will be requiring additional volunteers to assist in these and other initiatives. If you have interest in doing so or would like further information please contact us at  ajcbeachboy@comcast.net    Our members are Mary Polchaninoff, Jamie Abraham, Patty Hubbard, Dianne Ammerman, Halle Baron, Samantha Cates and Tony Cozza. Andy Schatz and Jim Crawford have been great resources for us.


Town review of Westbrook Zoning Régulations

Westbrook is reviewing  its zoning régulations, expected to take about 18 months. The Council heard a présentation on June 6, 2016  from the town's consultant.   


President -  Traver Steiner

Vice President - Diane Ammerman

Treasurer - Steve Smith

Secretary - Paul Ireland

2017 MeetingS


 All meetings are at 7pm in the Multi-Media Room of the  Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building 866 Boston Post Road, unless otherwise indicated.

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Wednesday, May 3  

Agenda May 3

Minutes May 3

Monday, June 5

Agenda June 5 

Minutes June 5
Monday, June 26  
Agenda June 26

Minutes June 26

Monday, August 7
Monday, August 28

There are no meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2017.

See you in the spring!  

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Please join this informal gathering of beach residents from Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Clinton to discuss common issues and concerns.  The meeting will be held at the  Knollwood Clubhouse, 10 Clubhouse Lane, Old Saybrook, between Atlantic and Knollwood drive.  This is now the third summer we have met. 

If you can't make it but would like to be on our email distribution list,  please send your email address to wcobeaches@comcast.net

Congratulations to Natalia Martins, the 2017 recipient of the WCOB  Scholarship.  Natalia graduated in June from Westbrook High School and will be attending LaSalle College in the fall, majoring in management and business.
Joe Marino, who presented the scholarship, commented:  “Natalia has a strong work ethic; is reliable and personable and has been involved in several important leadership positions in various clubs and organizations in Westbrook.”

 Pictured above:  Joe Marino, Barbara Wolf, Westbrook Council of Beaches, Natalia Martins, Mr. & Mrs. Martins, Noel Bishop, First Selectman

Results of Blight Referendum

756 people voted – including absentee ballots

296 yes

460 no

The Blight Ordinance was defeated.

Mooring Permit Applications

A permit is required for any mooring in the waters off of the Westbrook beaches, and must be submitted to either to the Town ClerkThere is a fee of $20.  The 2017 application for beach moorings and specifications is here.   


Jonathan J. Pohorylo was awarded the 2016 Westbrook Council of Beaches Scholarship. Congratulations Jonathan!
(Jonathan with Joe Marino, Chair of the Scholarship Committee) (Photo by Steve Smith) 

​​Historic Building Plaques Available to Residents

The Westbrook Historical Society (WHS) has a plaque program for historic buildings,  intended to educate citizens and visitors about the wealth of historic structures in Westbrook, and honor those who are the caretakers of these structures.  An historic building is one that is 100+ years old and is visually recognizable as a historic structure.   

  We have been assured that there is no connection to any outside registry, database, local historic district, or any other current restrictions.   Please note that a $200 tax-deductible contribution is required.

Click for the order form which has more information: Order


If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Rie at deborahrie@sbcglobal.net or at 860.399.0664.


Hurricane Preparedness -  A Message from Westbrook Emergency Management.  Click here.

Meeting with Beach Associations from Clinton, Old Saybrook and Old Lyme

On July 31, 2016 at 3pm there was a second and well attended meeting of representatives of beach associations and councils in nearby towns.  


From the town:  Regarding Public (not private) Beaches: Policies and Rules for Dogs, Alcohol, Smoking, Etc.