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Tag Archives: Joey’s by the Shore
If you’ve ever been to Joey’s by the Shore in the summer — or winter, when he manages Joey’s at the Longshore ice rink — you know Billy Hess.
He’s worked there for 3 decades. Every July 4th he dresses up as Uncle Sam.
Owner Joey Romeo says:
Billy has been the heart and soul of Joey’s for 30 years. Known for his selfless demeanor and permanent smile, he loves Westport and serving our customers.
In addition to an unparalleled work ethic, he’s the unofficial “Mr. Fix-It” of Compo and Longshore. Whether changing a flat tire, retrieving a kite from a tree or repairing a broken beach chair, he’s always there and eager to help — whether he knows you or not. He’s the first to volunteer and the last to take credit.
Billy and his wife Gina have 3 daughters. He has countless friends: customers he has served with passion and dedication, and workers he has mentored with love and care.
A couple of months ago, Billy was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. Since then, it’s spread. He’s endured surgeries and chemo with great strength.
There’s more treatment ahead. He also faces mounting medical bills.
Sara Colabella — who worked with Billy when she was in high school and college — has created a GoFundMe page. The goal is $50,000. Click here for the link.
He’s been humbled by the support and concern the community has shown.
But it’s the least we can do, after all Billy Hess has done for all of us.
I can’t believe anyone had Easter dinner today.
Everyone was at the beach.
The best weather of the year drew enormous crowds of all ages to the playground:
Joey Romeo was everywhere — as usual — making sure his snack bar served everyone:
But the biggest attraction was a kitesurfer. For at least 2 hours, this guy whipped through the waves. He leaped 20 feet in the air. He circled far out, then zoomed close to land.
That dude has amazing upper body strength, great balance, and a sailor’s sense of the wind.
Thanks for the show!
It’s an annual rite of spring: Starting April 1, dogs can no longer roam Compo Beach.
But humans were out in force this afternoon — the first nice Sunday in a while.
Rain is forecast for much of the coming week. But next Sunday should be gorgeous again.
The current Positano property has already been sold. One rumor is that the new owners plan to tear it down, and construct a (big) home there.
Another rumor is that some nearby neighbors would like to buy those owners out, and bring in a new restaurant.
If that doesn’t happen, our town — which loves the water — will be left with only 1 beachfront restaurant: Splash.
Or 2, counting Joey’s.
Once today’s storm passed, Fred Cantor headed to Compo Beach. Here’s the serene scene:
Plus, he reports, Joey’s was open.
Once confined to Compo Beach’s South Beach grills, the plague of illegally saving picnic tables by planting tablecloths, plates and cutlery on top, then scurrying away for many hours, has spread to the brick pavilion next to Joey’s.
This was the scene at 9:30 this morning:
Two hours later, it was still a feast for ghosts.
On the upside, that is a really nice setup.
(Hat tip to Dick Lowenstein)
As the weather gets nicer — though it’s taking its own damn time — Joey’s gears up for another season.
For over 20 years, Westporters have flocked to the very popular Compo Beach restaurant. For almost as long, some cool old photos have hung on the walls.
But until very recently, no one looked too closely at them.
Very alert “06880” reader Christine Cullen did.
She loved the shot of the old wooden bathhouses, extending where the playground is now:
She was also intrigued by a 2nd shot of the beach back in the day, with all its rocks:
But when Christine looked closely, she saw that the top photo says “Campo Beach.” And the bottom one is labeled “Longshore Beach.”
During all these years, nobody noticed the errors.
We’re too busy enjoying Joey’s, and all the other pleasures of Campo (aka Longshore) Beach.