The Chic front man/3-time Grammy Award-winning/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee/ “We Are Family” songwriter-producer has played at the Levitt Pavilion, helped out the Library, and contributed to the Saugatuck Shores vibe.
But he’s joining Ashford & Simpson, Neil Sedaka and Johnny Winter — among others — on the list of former Westport music royalty.
His Bermuda Lagoon home is on the market for $5.25 million. The price does not include his recording studio.
Nile Rodgers’ house. (Photo/Stephanie Loda for Greenwich Photography)
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The roughly half-acre property has about 90 feet of waterfront on the Bermuda Lagoon off Long Island Sound, Mr. Rodgers said. He bought the house in 1980 for $269,000, he said, because it offered a dock that he could use for boating.
Nile Rodgers’ house features water views from everywhere. (Photo/Stephanie Loda for Greenwich Photography)
Built in 1953, the house has an indoor pool, a library, a dining room and a great room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace…
The recording studio, where Mr. Rodgers said he has hosted artists including Diana Ross, Slash, Blondie and Mick Jagger, has an outdoor terrace overlooking the lagoon. The studio, which was once an additional bedroom, is outfitted with audio equipment and a vocal recording booth, which isn’t included in the sale. It also has a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wet bar….
Nile Rodgers will be taking his gold and platinum records with him. (Photo/Stephanie Loda for Greenwich Photography)
He said he is selling the property because he plans to spend more time at his home in Turks and Caicos; he also has homes in New York City and Florida. He said he plans to donate proceeds from the sale of the house to his “We Are Family” foundation, which promotes cultural diversity and mentors youth.
Click here for the full story (and some awesome photos). (Hat tip: Jeff Jacobs)
Business owners: The luck of the Irish may be with you this St. Patrick’s Day.
Business Networking International’s Westport chapter is holding a “Virtual Visitors Day” (March 17, 7:30 to 9 a.m.).
They’re looking for new members in these areas: security, HVAC, solar, photographer, caterer, bakery, florist, event planner, home inspector, moving company, travel tours, auto repair, and dry cleaner/tailor/shoe repair.
The Westport BNI Group has 48 members. Membership is structured to allow only 1 person per profession in each chapter. For example, the local group already has 1 landscaper, 1 realtor and 1 chiropractor.
Meetings are held weekly and referrals are exchanged in a structured manner.
Congratulations to the Coleytown Middle School Math Club!
Ten students participated in the Southwestern Connecticut “Mathcounts” competitions. Vikram Sarkar, Ayush Rudra and Adan Wang finished in the Top 10 (#1, 4 and 10), and qualify for the state event as individual competitors. That’s the highest number of qualifiers for any Fairfield County school. The top 4 finishers at the state level advance to the national contest.
There was also a team competition. CMS’ Team A (Adan, Ayush, Vikram and Owen Wood) came in first in that category, by a wide margin. Bedford Middle School was third.
Other Coleytown competitors include Akil Arvind, Anit Arvind, Justin Jendrock, Sarah Lyle, Charlie McGillion-Moore and Mateo Riero.
Lynsey Addario’s dramatic images from Ukraine have enraged the world.
But the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer — 1991 Staples High School graduate — was working on another project, before the Russian invasion.
Her photos illustrate an in-depth Atlantic story on Mohammed bin Salman, the astonishingly wealthy and equally mysterious crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Saudi Arabia. Click here for the long, but very intriguing, story (and photos.) (Hat tip: Dave Lowrie)
Mohammed bin Salman (center), with members of the Saudi royal family. (PHoto/Lynsey Addario for The Atlantic)
Dominick “Babe” DeMace died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday. He was 90 years old.
Born in 1932 to Josephine and Pasquale DeMace in Westport, and raised here, he served as an Army corporal in Trieste from 1952 to 1954.
After his discharge he met his future wife, Margaret Labbance, when she moved in across the street.
He spent his career as a well-respected union electrician. He was a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Norwalk.
On Saturdays he ushered at Assumption Church’s evening mass, then visited his brother Frank’s restaurant, Mario’s. He was well known there, helping in any capacity.
Family was most important to Babe. He was generous, both in his trade and in his personal life. There was nothing he could not fix. His family says, “His Italian heritage meant he was an authority on cooking and consuming delicious meals. He worked hard to provide for his family and will be remembered for his loyalty and loving nature.”
He was predeceased by his sister Marie Wallace and brothers Michael, Joseph and Frank DeMace. He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Margaret, sister Theresa (Tess) DeMattia, children David, Danielle Yingling and Dominick (Joanne), grandchildren Stephanie Fagan (Joseph), Christina Bierwirth, Natalie, Emily, Elisabeth and Eric DeMace, great-grandchildren Connor and Devin Fagan and Andrew Bierwirth, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive relatives and friends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Harding Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Assumption Church on Wednesday (March 9, 10 a.m.). Burial with full military honors will follow at Saint John’s Cemetery in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to Saint Jude.
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