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Roundup: Mark Blake, Sue Pfister, Consignment Furniture …

Bagpipes played, colleagues saluted, and hundreds of mourners grieved yesterday, as Mark Blake was laid to rest.

Mark Blake leaves St. Matthew Church for the last time …

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 friends and colleagues pay tribute. (Photos/Andrew Colabella)

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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.

Sue Pfister

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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)

Lumber at 233 Hillspoint Road (Photo/Totney Benson)

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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.”

Furniture on Consignment

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.

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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.

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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.

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There’s something fishy about today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo.

Here it is: from the Ned Dimes Marina, at Compo Beach:

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

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And finally … speaking of today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo (above):

 

Pics Of The Day #1076

Westport in the coronavirus crisis: scenes from yesterday and today.

Empty chairs at Longshore (Photo/Sandy Rothernberg)

Social distancing at the beach (Photo/Bob Weingarten)

Empty Compo Beach pavilion (Photo/Sarah Menninger)

One of the final days for dogs on the beach (Photo/Sophie Pollman)

With drive-thru service only, Starbucks’ line was long (Photo/Robert Hauck)

A plea for help (Photo/Jen Kobetitsch)

Westport’s Unitarian Church (Photo/David Vita)

Furniture On Consignment On The Move

Westport is awash in women’s clothing stores.

We don’t need another nail salon.

But we do need stores like Furniture on Consignment.

Jim Klinko’s shop has been in town for 35 years. Featuring “black Friday pricing” every day for home decorations, artwork, furs and other goods, it was located for over 2 decades near the Big & Tall shop.

Twelve years ago — due to rising rent — Furniture on Consignment moved down the Post Road, next to J&J Auto near Super Stop & Shop.

Furniture on Consignment's current home.

Furniture on Consignment’s current home.

Now Klinko is moving again. Once again, the reason is rent.

Furniture on Consignment heads back across Route 1. The new location is 1435 Post Road East — the former Leonce Antiques. (Back in the day, it was Tirreno Buick — before he moved across the street.)

“I’m just a local business trying to stay alive,” Klinko says. “I work hard to make a living — 7 days a week.”

Like a lot of mom and pops, he adds, “landlords are squeezing us out.”

Much of his merchandise is marked down, from its already low prices. He hopes to move much of it before April 1 — when he makes his next move.

The new location of Furniture on Consignment.

The new location of Furniture on Consignment.