10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Exhibit: “MORE Than Words: As We Are!” 11 a.m. – Westport Library – Anyone Can Use … Excel 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help 3:30 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – EK Theater Video Game Puppetry Class 6:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Art as Activism” Conversation 7 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – CMS Coleytown Company: “Cinderella” 7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – “The Witches”
Tucked in a corner of the new Anthropologie & Co. concept store at the Bedford Square development, which had a VIP preview tonight, is a wheel containing the YMCA logo. Next to it is a display of architectural elements of the original YMCA built in 1923. David McCreight, CEO of Anthropologie Group, said the store was proud to pay tribute to the building’s YMCA heritage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Anthropologie & Co. tonight opened its new Westport concept store in the Bedford Square development to VIP guests in advance of its official 10 a.m. opening on Friday. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks as they wandered through the almost 25,000-square foot store on three levels in the building that from 1923 to 2014 housed the Westport Weston Family YMCA. A mini-department store, the facility features clothing—everything from swimwear to wedding gowns—home furnishings, a design center, and a beauty boutique. Guests also got a preview of the adjoining Amis Trattoria, also owned by Anthropologie parent company Urban Outfitters. The complex also includes other yet to be opened retail stores, offices, and rental apartments. WestportNow.com photos
Welcoming guests tonight at the VIP preview of the new Anthropologie & Co. concept store in the Bedford Square development were Anthpologie executives (l-r) Andrew Carnie, president of Home, garden & Europe, Anthropologie; Gareth Lewis, creative director, Home at Anthropologie; David McCreight, CEO of the Anthropologie Group and president of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN), and Matt Strode, chief talent officer, URBN. McCreight said Anthropologie & Co. at Bedford Square is everything the company had hoped for in size, downtown location, and being in a highly desirable upscale community such as Westport. It is the company’s first concept location in New England and the sixth in the United States. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Amis Trattoria, the Roman eatery from Philadelphia-based Vetri Family of Restaurants in the Bedford Square development, offered a sneak preview tonight to media and VIP guests. It officially opens on Friday adjacent to Anthropologie—both owned by Urban Outfitters. It features seasonally-driven small plates, handcrafted pastas, local seafood and antipasti selections from Executive Chef Brad Spence. Amis Trattoria seats 75 inside with additional seating in warmer weather on the outside terrace. WestportNow.com photos
Westport Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Fava today reminded residents that beginning Saturday, animals will not be allowed on town beaches.
Animals in or out of vehicles will not be allowed on any beach property which includes all grass, sand, and parking areas (except Soundview parking lot at Compo Beach) as well as the roads within the beach area, she said. The regulation is in effect until Oct. 1.
Fava added: “For the safety and well-being of the public and athletes, and to help keep ball fields in good playing condition, animals are not allowed on playing fields at any time of year. It is recommended that dogs remain on leash while on the perimeter of these town facilities.”
She said owners are welcome to walk dogs on leash on the road around the Longshore Golf Course, but animals are not allowed on the course at any time. Winslow Park welcomes dogs year-round with posted on- and off-leash areas.
Ann Marie (Hufnagel) Fanning, a longtime Westport resident, died March 29 at home. She was 67.
The wife of Jack Fanning was born in New York City to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Murphy) Hufnagel.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Michael Fanning of Cambridge, Massachusetts; her brother, Joseph Hufnagel and his wife, Barbara, of Bethel; her brother, William Hufnagel, and his wife, Joan, of Montclair, Virginia; her sister, Marybeth Errico and her husband, Rich, of Valley Stream, New York; her sister, Susan Hufnagel, of Edgewater, New Jsersey, and her sister, Cathy Hufnagel, of New York City; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Fanning.
Friends may greet her family on Sunday, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church in Westport. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery.
Danbury police said today they have arrested a Westport man as part of an investigation into a sex for money human trafficking ring.
William Trefzger: held on $500,000 bond. Danbury Police photo
William Trefzger, 71, of Greens Farms Road, was one of three arrested in connection with the scheme in which men with mental health issues were allegedly delivered to wealthy people throughout the state, police said.
Detectives and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Haven Office also arrested Bruce J. Bemer, 63, of Glastonbury, according to police.
Police previously arrested Robert King, of Danbury, and charged him with promoting prostitution and witness tampering.