A reader writes:
The recent “06880” story about 233 Hillspoint Road [the former Positano restaurant, now being rebuilt as a private home] led me down the Google rabbit hole, to a wonderful surprise.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I had a Positano reunion at the former Chef Joseph’s son and daughter’s recently opened West Village restaurant, Ferdi.
The hospitality and food is instantly, wonderfully, familiar, while also sparkling with the imprint of the next generation of Chef Fernando and Manager Aida.
My sister and her husband were with us, visiting from Ohio. They married on the beach outside Positano 21 years ago, and had their wedding party at the restaurant. (Its first, I think.)
My adult children, who also were at this dinner with my husband and me, grew up talking to young Fernando and Aida during our countless meals at Positano.
The evening was meaningful for all of us — and we have “06880” to thank for getting the ball rolling.
What are you doing at 9 a.m. this Thursday (December 1)?
If you’re a fan of both Staples High School’s Candlelight Concert and the Westport Library’s Crossword Puzzle Contest, you’ll have to prioritize.
Tickets for both popular events go on sale — at the exact same moment. And they go quickly for both.
Click here for the December 16-17 holiday production.
Click here for the February 4 word games event.
And good luck to all!
Aaron and Brett Fortunoff are Bedford Middle School students, with big hearts and great goals. They write:
“In the spirit of giving and being thankful, we can’t forget about those who are less fortunate and fail to receive a proper daily breakfast — the most important meal of the day.
“So we teamed up with a non-profit called Cereal4All that helps provide cereals to local food pantries. We hope ‘06880’ readers can help us with this important cause.
“For local readers, we will be by both entrances of Stop & Shop this weekend (December 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We will then deliver the collected cereal to food pantries in Fairfield County.
“There will also be a collection box at Temple Israel in Westport, from December 2 to 16.
“For readers are not local, we created an Amazon wish list you can donate to. Also, you can Venmo our mother, Laurie. She will buy cereal with the money raised: @lauriefortunoff. You can also click here and donate directly to the charity. The donation is tax deductible.
The Hidden Gem — the combination hair salon/crystal shop on Maple Avenue South, just south of the Exxon station — has closed.
A “for sale” sign sits on the property, the former site of Juljen, Bill’s and Mario & Mike’s.
The asking price is $2 million. Click here for details. (Hat tip: Chris Grimm)
The stars are aligned. This is your chance to order a 2023 Westport Astronomical Society calendar.
It’s filled with daily astronomical data from Phil Harrington, and illustrated with astro-photography from talented WAS members.
The calendar is $15 for members, $20 for non-members ($5 shipping for 1-2; $10 for 3-5). It’s available at any upcoming event (click here for the calendar), or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org; include quantity and shipping address; you’ll be invoiced via PayPal).
No matter what the season, there’s beauty at Compo Beach.
Today’s timeless “Westport … Naturally” photo comes from Lauri Weiser.
And finally … Keith Levene — a founding member of both the Clash and Public Image Ltd. — died earlier this month in England. He was 65, and suffered from liver cancer. Click here for a full obituary.
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