Joe Arcudi was the only one of 7 siblings born at Norwalk Hospital.
He was the youngest. His brothers and sisters were all born at home. “Home” was Saugatuck: the corner of Railroad Place and Charles Street. There’s a big, blotchy office building now. But in the mid-20th century, Joe’s family lived there — right next to his father’s butcher shop.
Joe’s parents’ goal was for all 7 children to graduate from college.
After Staples High School (Class of 1960), Joe headed to Fairfield University. His parents’ wish came true.
In 1973 he opened Arcudi’s restaurant. For the next 21 years — and again from 2009 to 2012 — his “square pizza” drew diners of all ages and stations to the small spot next to Carvel. (Today it’s Aux Delices.)
For many years he ran the Little League and Babe Ruth programs in town.
And — oh, yeah — from 1993 to ’97, Joe Arcudi was Westport’s 1st selectman.
He always thought he’d live in his hometown forever. But with his 5 children scattered all over the country, he’s moving on October 16.
That’s right: Joe Arcudi is moving from Westport.
And how about this? His new home will be Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
His son — and 3 of his 8 grandchildren — are there. He’ll be centrally located for all his kids, who are scattered around the country.
Including Joe’s daughter. She and her 12-year-old live here.
So don’t worry. Joe Arcudi will be back in Westport, every couple of months.