Friday, October 31, 2014
Compo Beach, as Usual, Draws Halloween Crowds
Splash Restaurant Appears to Have Closed
Westport’s Splash Restaurant & Bar appears to have closed.
Splash Restaurant & Bar has been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The shorefront haunt at Westport’s Longshore Park since 1995 has shut its doors for good, according to a woman who answered the phone there this week.
Three weeks ago, Teresa De Caro, whose brother owns the business, insisted that the restaurant had not shut down but was closed for maintenance, plumbing and electrical repairs. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2014) She also said that it would reopen Oct. 21.
When it did not reopen, she said the electrical repairs “are taking longer than expected.” She did not say when the work would be completed. Efforts to reach her today or anyone else at the De Caro group headquarters were unsuccessful.
Levitt Billy Joel Tribute Concert Saturday Moved Indoors
The forecast of bad weather has forced the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to move Saturday’s benefit concert featuring Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot celebrating the music of Billy Joel indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced today.
The special ticketed benefit event will take place at 2 p.m. at the school, 170 Riverside Ave., with doors opening at 1 p.m.
Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band.
Advance-price tickets will remain on sale online and by phone (866-811-4111) until noon Saturday while supplies last with a limited number of tickets on sale at the door, organizers said.
Saugatuck Sweets Ready for Trick or Treaters
Saugatuck Sweets in Westport’s Saugatuck Center was ready today for Halloween trick or treaters. Al DiGuido co-owner, said there will be a Halloween party and steel band concert on the plaza from 7-10 p.m. today with all band members in costume. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Halloween Look at Staples
Showing off their Halloween look at Westport’s Staples High School today were Morgan Whelan (tigger), Aliza Gross (angel), and Jessica Greenwald (devil). Students were also preparing for tonight’s home football game against Trumbull. Most of the costume-wearing students were seniors, as is tradition to dress up your last year. Costumes ranged from cats, hamburgers, celebrities and beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 13 - 17, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 13 - 17, 2014:
Grassy Plains Development LLC to Thomas R. and Marcie Gow Pajolek, 31 Grassy Plains Road, $1,430,100
N. Nicoll and Lori Ann Meehan Snow to Rose Mary Cordaro, 230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 4, $544,000
Joseph M. and Robin G. Scarella to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 18 Moss Ledge Road, $1,250,000
Fall Look on the Saugatuck
Halloween at Staples: Don’t Hide Your Face
John Dodig:“It’s a safety issue.” WN file photoGuidelines issued to Staples High School students wishing to wear Halloween costumes to class today include a warning not to hide their faces.
A memo from Principal John Dodig outlined the costume do’s and don’t for students and emphasized “nothing completely covering the face.”
He explained: “There have been far too many shootings in our country in the last few years. We must know who every student is. Please understand that it is a safety issue.”
Friday, October 31, 2014 - Halloween
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Skate Park Supported, Beachfront Parking to be Determined
By James Lomuscio
Though it was only a straw vote tonight in favor of keeping, even upgrading, Westport’s Compo Beach skate park, 14-year-old James Bowles saw it as a vote of confidence in his favorite sport.
James Bowles, 14, (l) and Gabriel Dick, 13, were not allowed to speak tonight, but their sign spoke for them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“I’m excited to hear what they had to say, and that more people were in favor,” the Staples High School freshman said as he walked out of the joint work session meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee at Town Hall. “I look forward to seeing the outcome.”
“It’s nice that the kids voices were heard,” Jeanne Bowles, his mother, chimed in.
Though the public was not permitted to speak during the work session, it did not deter James and his friend Gabriel Dick, 13, from displaying a sign “Save Compo Skate Park.”
Susan Granger at the Movies: Halloween Offerings
By Susan Granger
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the gruesome, sadistic horror thriller “Saw” is back in theaters for a week, and the only other scary stories are “Nightcrawler,” “Dracula Untold” and “Ouija.”
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller “Nightcrawler” as a sociopath who prowls Los Angeles at night with a video camera, doing accident and crime-reporting and selling his footage to a TV news director (Rene Russo), who’s hungry for ratings.
Problem is: instead of remaining a passive bystander, he brazenly begins to stage his own roadside carnage -– until he stumbles onto an apparent home invasion.
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Nightcrawler” is a dark, cynical 7, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence.
Michelle Obama Attends Raucous Malloy Rally
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
New Haven –- Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally today in the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or finds safe harbor.
“We’re in New Haven for a reason,” Malloy told a capacity crowd of 1,600 from a stage in the gym of Wilbur Cross High School, whose teams are nicknamed the Governors. “If you want to know why I’m on this stage, it’s because people like you never stopped. You never gave up.”
The last votes for Malloy in 2010 may have been counted in Bridgeport, the scene of a chaotic Election Day, but more of them came from New Haven, the city whose voting list were double-checked for days by Republicans astonished at the turnout that gave Malloy a narrow win.
“New Haven is the linchpin,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat elected to his first term that same day, albeit by a comfortable margin.
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Westport Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport