Bagpipes played, colleagues saluted, and hundreds of mourners grieved yesterday, as Mark Blake was laid to rest.
The beloved Westport Emergency Medical Services crew chief and Weston EMS volunteer died last week, after a long battle with COVID. After a funeral at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk he was buried in Westport’s Willowbrook Cemetery.
“A servant on earth, now a servant in heaven,” one admirer said.
As soon as Sue Pfister announced her retirement yesterday, after 35 years as director of Westport’s Senior Center, tributes began pouring in.
They’ll continue through the day she leaves the place she loves, on Imperial Avenue.
I was fortunate to interview Sue on my “06880” podcast at the Westport Library last February. To get a sense of what she means to Westport — and to enjoy her energy, wisdom, enormous commitment and lively sense of humor — click here, then scroll down to February 18.
The saga of 233 Hillspoint Road — aka “The Blue House” — may be nearing an end.
For more than 2 years, construction of a large home to replace Positano restaurant has been halted, due to permit violations. The structure has been wrapped in blue construction material ever since.
This summer, the Zoning Board of Appeals reached a settlement with the owners.
This morning, lumber was delivered to the site.
Ah, progress! (Hat tip: Totney Benson)
Speaking of blight … a reader writes:
“The Furniture on Consignment outlet on the Post Road near Izzo’s and Castle Wine is a junk heap, and a blight on the whole area.
“I believe that residents of Regents Park across the road have tried to do something, without success. I think the same may be true of Castle Wine, which is next door.
“Surely the town must have regulations on the books which enable it to address issues like this.”
Well … click here for a copy of Westport’s “anti-blight provisions.”
Is the consignment store simply showcasing its merchandise? Or is it “dilapidated”?
That’s above my pay grade.
Positive Directions is taking its October 6 Open House & Wellness Fair in a very positive direction.
The event (3 to 6 p.m., 90 Post Road West) includes free behavioral health and blood pressure screenings, a “sensory café,” prevention awareness activities and more. For more information, click here.
The next “Andrew Wilk Presents …” is a musical highlight.
The Emmy Award-winning TV, film, music and media producer (and longtime executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center) brings American String Quartet violinist Peter Winograd and celebrated pianist Rohan De Silva to the Westport Library on October 16 (2 p.m.).
They’ll perform — and also answer questions from Wilk. Click here for more information, and to register for a seat in the Trefz Forum.
There’s something fishy about today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo.
Here it is: from the Ned Dimes Marina, at Compo Beach:
And finally … speaking of today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo (above):