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Support Pete “Happy Feet” Romano

Westporters know and love Pete Romano for many things:

His civil engineering and site work for LandTech — including the redevelopment of Saugatuck. His involvement with Saugatuck Sweets, Westport’s 21st-century Ice Cream Parlor. His long years of volunteer work with Al’s Angels, PAL and many more organizations.

We do not, however, know and love Pete Romano for his dancing.

After this Saturday (April 9, 6:30 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club), though, we might add that the list.

Pete will don his best duds, lace up his dance shoes, and join professional dancer Anna Belyavtseva in Elderhouse‘s “Dancing with the Stars” benefit.

The competition will be fierce — including Kitt Shapiro, founder and creator of “Simply Eartha” — but Pete is both a great competitor, and game.

His goal is $15,000 in pledges, to help the adult day care center that provides services to seniors coping with memory loss and other serious conditions.

There’s still time to contribute. Just click here. (In the spirit of friendly competition, Pete sent along Kitt Shapiro’s contributor’s page too — click here!)

And the next time you see Pete, tell him: “Shake a leg.”

Pete Romano and his friendly competitor, Kit Shapiro.

Pete Romano and his friendly competitor, Kitt Shapiro.

 

Sweet Sounds Of Summer Return

Last July, the “Sweet Sounds of Summer” on the plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and the Whelk was stilled. A few noise complaints doomed the popular band concert series.

The music soon moved around the corner, to the daily parking lot next to Luciano Park. But the vibe wasn’t the same.

All is now right by the river. Saugatuck Sweets co-owner Al DiGuido just received the okay for 6 acoustic concerts on the plaza. They’ll be held in June, July and August.

While they won’t be as loud as last year’s, they’ll be just as much fun.

Adult Swim rocked along the river last year -- before the "Summer Sounds" concert series was shut down.

Adult Swim rocked along the river last year — before the “Summer Sounds” concert series was shut down.

Meanwhile, over in Fairfield — where Saugatuck Sweets just opened their 2nd store — they’ve been approved for 11 concerts at the gazebo on the Town Green, just across Reef Road from their shop.

DiGuido is already booking all his acts.

Sweet Saugatuck News

Saugatuck Sweets is all about community. Westport’s happiest store sponsors summer concerts on the plaza, and Halloween fun in the fall.

As the holidays approach, they’ve added festive decorations out front, and a mailbox for Santa’s letters by the door.

So it seems entirely appropriate that the place where everyone hangs out and shares news should have some of its own.

Saugatuck Sweets Christmas

“It’s A Boy!” boasts a blue stork sign, right near the festive lights on Riverside Avenue.

Whose boy?

Owner Al DiGuido — everyone’s favorite angel — and his wife Chris welcomed their 6th grandchild on Tuesday. Their oldest daughter Rosemarie gave birth to Reagan Alexander DiGuido. He’s 5 pounds, 2 ounces.

It won’t be long before he joins every other local kid, lining up for the best ice cream and coolest candy in town.

 

Just Another Day In Paradise: The Sequel

Compo and Old Mill were not the only local places looking lovely this weekend.

An  “06880” post earlier today spurred a couple of alert reader/photographers to send in their own images of fantastic already-well-into-November scenes. Enjoy!

Catherine Onyemelukwe drove by this Ford Road scene earlier today. It was so beautiful she stopped, turned around, got out, and captured the scene forever.

Catherine Onyemelukwe drove by this Ford Road scene earlier today. It was so beautiful she stopped, turned around, got out, and captured it forever.

Life in Fairfield County is good -- and gorgeous. (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

Life around here is good — and gorgeous. (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

The view from Saugatuck Sweets' plaza, across the river. Sweet indeed! (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

The view from Saugatuck Sweets’ plaza, across the river. Sweet indeed! (Photo/Amy Saperstein)

Click on or hover over any photo to enlarge it.

 

Pumpkin Patch Kids

Yesterday was perfect for just about any fall activity. (Except leaf-peeping. It’s Columbus Day weekend, and the trees still haven’t really turned? Cue the ominous climate change music!)

On the Riverside Avenue plaza, a swarm of kids had a blast decorating pumpkins donated by Saugatuck Sweets. They were assisted by volunteers from the Westport Arts Center and National Charity League, who manned (or womanned) a variety of decorating stations.

The event was called “Reach Out for Outreach.” Proceeds help fund the WAC’s many programs that provide arts experiences to underserved urban youth in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, and area cancer patients and their caregivers, homeless veterans, senior citizens and children with special needs.

The boys and girls who decorated pumpkins yesterday had a blast. And boys, girls, men and women they don’t even know will benefit from it.

WAC - 1

WAC - 2

WAC - 4

(Photos/Leslie LaSala)

(Photos/Leslie LaSala)

Slicing Through Saugatuck

You never realize how many restaurants are in Saugatuck — until they start giving away free* food.

Viva’s, Julian’s, Rizzuto’s, Tutti’s; the Whelk, the Duck, Rainbow Thai and Tarry Lodge — all those and more handed out their specialties at today’s Slice of Saugatuck.

Add in Saugatuck Sweets, Garelick & Herbs, Craft Butchery — plus Dunkin’ Donuts and the Mobil Mini-Mart — and it’s a good thing there was lots of walking.

Today’s Slice also featured musical bands of kids and kids-at-heart; a steel band and calypso band (different spots); a bouncy house, and much more.

The only party poopers were a couple of restaurants that opted not to participate. And the private parking lot across from Dunville’s was completely closed, even though most tenants have fled.

That’s okay. We can deal. And if you’re reading this before 3 p.m. Saturday, stop! You’ve still got time for the Slice. It runs until then.

PS: Bands play at Luciano Park until 5.

*With the purchase of a $10 ticket.

Tutti's went all out -- and had some of the longest lines.

Tutti’s went all out to offer great food.

The band Forester traveled from Bethany to play.

The band Forester traveled from Bethany to play on the plaza.

What kid doesn't like getting in a fire truck?

What kid doesn’t like getting in a fire truck?

Harvest does not take over the old Mario's spot until late October. But they were at the Slice of Saugatuck too.

Harvest does not take over the old Mario’s spot until late October. But they were at the Slice of Saugatuck too.

Downunder offers kayak rides. The boat cruising up the Saugatuck River may or may not have been part of the Slice.

Downunder offers kayak rides. The boat cruising up the Saugatuck River may or may not have been heading to the Slice.

Tarry Lodge was big on desserts.

Tarry Lodge was big on faro salad.

A young visitors checks off every restaurant she visited.

A young visitor checks off every restaurant she visited.

Sweet Pete!

Pete Romano is a legend.

The native Westporter has followed his parents — PJ and Joan — as an avid supporter of everything every local kid does. He’s now one of the prime movers behind Al’s Angels, touching youngsters and their families in extra-special ways.

He’s helped build his company — Landtech — into a well respected civil engineering and environmental consulting firm.

Pete Romano

Pete Romano

Pete was a driving force behind the long-running, very popular Festival Italiano, and now he’s a leader in the redevelopment of Saugatuck.

But — in the same way Paul Newman is known to a new generation as a food purveyor rather than a movie star — many Westporters know Pete only as an owner of Saugatuck Sweets, the riverfront ice cream-and-candy shop that will be remembered fondly years from now by every kid growing up today in town.

So it’s fitting that Saugatuck Sweets is the site this Saturday (August 8) of Westport’s celebration of Pete’s 60th birthday.

The festivities go on all day. At 2 pm, First Selectman Jim Marpe will present an official town proclamation.

At 7 p.m. there’s a concert with Silver Steel at 96 Franklin Street, near Luciano Park. There’ll be ice cream, zeppoles and soft drinks, plus a chance to “touch a fire truck” from the Saugatuck station.

The event would have been held at the plaza Pete helped create next to Saugatuck Sweets. A noise complaint earlier this summer shut that concert series down.

But Pete and his pals are problem solvers. Their creative solutions have helped make Westport a better place for — well, in Pete’s case, 60 years.

Happy birthday, Pete! See you in Saugatuck on Saturday!

Saugatuck Sweets

 

 

 

Sweet Saugatuck

Some people might see this as a perfect summer afternoon: relaxing at the plaza by Saugatuck Sweets.

Others might see the cellphone and the I-95 bridge.

What do you think? Is the ice cream cone half empty, or half full?

Lazy hazy days

Slice Is Nice!

Hundreds of Westporters — and many more out-of-towners — poured into the narrow streets of Saugatuck today.

They ambled along Riverside Avenue, Railroad Place and Saugatuck Avenue, enjoying our 3rd annual Slice of Saugatuck festival.

Food and drink was the main attraction. Over 25 restaurants and merchanats — including Viva’s, Mansion, Rainbow Thai, Craft Butchery, Saugatuck Sweets, The Duck, Chinese Takeout, Cuatros Hermanos — even 99 Bottles and Dunkin’ Donuts — offered treats.

But there was music too, ranging from School of Rock and folk to steel drums, along with stuff from hair salons, galleries and a tae kwan do place.

The weather was perfect. The vibe was cool.

And — because most people stayed off the roads — even the traffic was fine.

It was a fantastic slice of life, on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. With proceeds benefiting the Gillespie Center food pantry too, what’s not to like?

Tutti's was 1 of many Saugatuck restaurants dishing out some of its most popular items. Lines formed instantly, and stayed long.

Tutti’s was one of many Saugatuck restaurants dishing out some of its most popular items. Lines formed instantly, and stayed long.

The plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk rocked all afternoon long.

The plaza between Saugatuck Sweets and The Whelk rocked all afternoon long.

What's a street festival without a bounce house? This one was in the Rizzuto's parking lot.

What’s a street festival without a bounce house? This one was in the Rizzuto’s lot.

Mr. Sausage showed up too, to help promote Saugatuck Craft Butchery's carnivorous samples.

Mr. Sausage showed up too, to help promote Saugatuck Craft Butchery’s carnivorous samples.

Downunder was busy all day, offering kayak and paddleboard rides. Nearby, boat owners tied up at the dock.

Downunder was busy all day, offering kayak and paddleboard rides. Nearby, boat owners tied up at the dock.

 

Sweet Sounds Of Summer

First came the redevelopment of Saugatuck.

Then came Saugatuck Sweets.

Now we’ve got “Sweet Sounds of Summer.” It’s a weekend concert series promoted by (cue the marketing tie-in) Saugatuck Sweets, the candy and ice cream store that is part of a sizzling new riverside scene.

The series kicked off Saturday night, on the plaza between Sweets and The Whelk. The band – Adult Swim — proves you’re never old to play rock ‘n’ roll.

Members include Westporters Karen Greenblatt, Trish Boyle and Jonathan Schwartz. They met at Fairfield’s School of Rock (which should change its tagline of “Inspiring Kids to Rock on Stage”).

Adult Swim rocks along the river.

Adult Swim rocks along the river.

The 2 female guitarists started playing a couple of years ago. Greenblatt took piano lessons as a youngster, but stage fright prevented her from even playing at a recital.

She’s now following through on a dream of playing in a band — and in public.

Public it was on Saturday. The plaza is right off Riverside Avenue. So besides the good-sized crowd, everyone walking and driving by saw and heard the music.

The Adult Swimmers have fun. But they’re serious about their craft. They rehearse once a week. They performed recently at the Acoustic Cafe in Bridgeport, and have 2 upcoming gigs at Bobby Q’s.

Their music spans several decades. It includes lesser-known songs, like the Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.”

A small portion of the big crowd, after the sun went down.

A small portion of the big crowd, after the sun went down.

The concert series continues Fridays and Saturdays, with new groups and singers all the time.

How sweet is that!

(Hat tip to Fred Cantor, for the story idea and research.)