Overview: Pivot Ministries, Clarinet by Ed Capasse, Cars by Paul Newman…


Today dawned gloriously.

And the weekly Sunday morning service in Compo Beach – sponsored by several local churches – welcomed pivotal ministries again.

Their special brand of songs and testimonies got the day off to a glorious start, for a large group of devotees. Today’s service was hosted by The United Methodist Church. (Hat tip: Gloria Smithson)

Pivot Ministries, at Compo Beach this morning. (Photo/Karen Como)

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Yesterday’s story about Ed Capasse and his appearance as the Staples High School Marching Band trumpeter on a 1946 Saturday night post cover designed by Stevan Dohanos, attracted many excellent comments.

It also drew a fascinating note from Dave Matlow.

The longtime Westport photographer says that once in Capasse’s law office they discussed a replica of the painting, which hung on the wall.

Capasse told Matlow that he didn’t actually play the trumpet. He was a clarinetist. But Dohanos thought a clarinet was too difficult or time-consuming to draw – so Capasse ended up with the brass instrument.

Now, can anyone answer this question: How did Capasse play in the marching band? and in the football team, simultaneously?

Ed Capasse, in the 1948 Staples High School yearbook.

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Speaking of music:

The 3-day Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition concluded last night with an awards ceremony at MoCA Westport.

And the winner of the $10,000 grand prize is…

… Artem Kuznetsov, of Russian origin.

The other 3 finalists – selected in a global audition – won $2,500 each.

Led by famed Westport native Alexander Platt, the competition is in its 50th year. It includes master classes, lectures and performances. The president of the jury was internationally renowned – and Westport resident Frederic Chiu.

A celebration of the Heida, featuring past finalists, is scheduled for Nov. 19 at MoCA Westport. Click here for tickets and more information.

Alexander Platt (far left) with Heida Hermanns 2022 finalists (left to right): Nathan Cheung, Katharine Bensen, Aaron Kurz and winner Artem Kuznetsov.

Meanwhile, at the end of the competition, a young pianist — possibly a future winner of the Heida Hermanns Competition — tried out MoCA’s magnificent Steinway.

(Photos/Leslie La Sala)

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The original house at 2 Owenoke Park dates back to 1910.

But this is not a beach hut. The 4,400 square foot 2-story Colonial Colony spreads out so wide that I couldn’t fit it all in one shot.

(Photos/Dan Woog)

It is a beautiful house. But enjoy it while you can.

Because, yes, it’s a “Demolition” sign stuck on the first floor, between some of the many windows.

The property sold for $3,112,500 in June. The new owners are planning a new house, with a swimming pool.

Here’s the FEMA-compliant look:

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Lisa Seidenberg writes:

“Friday’s knife attack on author Salmon Rushdie was sobering.

“The first is that while violence has become an unfortunate norm in our country, it seems so incomprehensible and despicable that physical violence should be inflicted on a writer. The “fatwa” or death decree issued by Ayatollah Khomeini dates back to 1989, long before the author was born. That books, cartoons and art are inflaming self-proclaimed religious fanatics to violence is more than disturbing.

“I remember hearing Rushdie speak at Staples High School in 2015. It was memorable for the intense security surrounding the event. We went through a checkpoint like in an airport. The purses have been inspected. Backpacks were not allowed in the building at all, presumably to stop a makeshift bomb. Some parents objected, but in the end it was a great exercise in free speech and an example for the students.

“Westport’s speech was captivating. Rushdie was well-spoken and erudite, and had a surprisingly lively and witty sense of humor. He is a product of top British schools, and his language reflects that.

“Looking back, I am grateful that so much security has been put in place at Westport. Unfortunately, protection must be provided, not only for politicians, but also for artists and writers who speak with courage.

For more on Rushdie’s Westport appearance, click here.

Salman Rushdie/© Beowulf Sheehan http://www.beowulfsheehan.com


Bonus feature! Remarkable Theater just added a special movie.

“The Minions” will premiere at the Imperial Avenue drive-in tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. for tailgating).

“Girls Trip” will follow on Wednesday (August 17; departs 8:15 a.m., gate 7:15 a.m.).

Click here for tickets and more information.


Magnus and Lavinia Larsson are food rescuers.

Yes, it’s capitalized. Food Rescue US is an app that really makes you want to look at your phone.

The idea is spectacularly simple. Foodservice — grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, businesses — sign up. When they have extra food — at the end of the day, after an event, whatever — they post it online.

Individuals also register. They check the app when it suits them. If they see a place nearby, they agree to pick it up.

Then they deliver it to social service agencies – soup kitchens, shelters, veterans facilities, etc. – who have also registered with Food Rescue US.

Magnus reminds readers of “06880”: “Tthere are a lot of less fortunate people, and also a lot of food waste. Yesterday, Lavinia and I brought generous donations from Whole Foods (thanks, Siobhan!) to an agency in Bridgeport. They will distribute it in the community.

To learn more, click here.

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Most of Paul Newman’s news this year has been on “The Last Movie Stars”: HBO’s 6-part series about the longtime Westport actor and his wife, Joanne Woodward.

This one is about his cars.

When he got into motor racing, Newman was as successful as he was in acting (and, later, philanthropy). He and Carl Haas formed a team with riders like Mario and Michael Andretti. They have racked up 108 Indycar wins,

In October, these cars – and other Newman/Haas items – will be auctioned off in 78 lots, by RM Sotheby’s. Click here for more details.

During the 1960s and 1970s, when hitchhiking around town was commonplace, countless Westporters knew Paul Newman as the driver who would always pick them up.

His car at the time was a Volvo or a VW. “Come up, my son! he would say.

And we left.

(Advice: Chris Grimm)

Pual Newman (left) with her friend, the late Westporter Michael Brockman.

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It’s a Laugh: Save the Date (October 15).

The 15th annual Homes with Hope Stand Up event – ​​a comedic fundraiser for the full-service housing and food provider – is planned for the Quick Center at Fairfield University. This is the first time live since COVID hit.

The headliner is Pat McGann. He’s a veteran of Madison Square Garden, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert.

Ticket details will be available soon.

Pat McGann

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Longtime Westport dentist Dr Victor Oliver died earlier this year. He was 83 years old.

He graduated from Providence College, then studied dentistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served as an Air Force dentist in Albany, Georgia for two years.

Following his service, Victor and his wife Pauline settled in Westport. He opened a home dental practice in 1968 and practiced there for 50 years.

Victor was an avid tennis player. He and Polly loved vacations in Florida and weekends in Nantucket. His family says, “He will be remembered for his gentle dental care and dedication to his patients. He was a kind and generous man who always took the time to help those in need. He was known to be a quiet, reserved man – unless you were sitting in his dental chair, where he was the most talkative, trying to put you at ease.

Victor is survived by his wife of 59 years Pauline; daughters Kimberly (Jim) Vallieres of West Hartford and Robin (Sean) Ross of Holly Springs, North Carolina, and grandchildren Sean Heintz, Emma Heintz, Olivia Heintz and her fiancé Jonathan Davis, Audrey Ross and Jack Ross.

Donations in Victor’s name have been made to the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 370036, West Hartford, CT 06137, where for many years he enjoyed watching his daughter Kim play the violin.

Dr Victor Oliver


Many of the photos in “Westport…Naturally” show living things flying, buzzing, biting, crawling, barking, meowing, or doing similar things.

Some show flowers and buds.

This one is just sitting there. It’s majestic – and often overlooked. But it’s a downtown anchor, and as much a part of our natural world as any other creature or plant.

(Photo/Tom Lowrie)

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And finally… Bill Pitman passed away earlier this week in California. He was 102 years old.

You don’t know his name. But you know his music.

For decades he was a session musician. As a member of the Wrecking Crew – a “loosely organized body of peerless Los Angeles freelancers who were constantly in demand by record producers to back the big names… (a set that) transformed routine recording sessions and live performances into extraordinary musical moments” – he has supported the Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Monkees, Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, Ricky Nelson, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, the Byrds, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, the Everly Brothers, Peggy Lee, and “virtually every prominent artist of the day.

Pitman’s work ranged from “Strangers in the Night” and “The Way We Were” to “Be My Baby”, “Good Vibrations” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”.

He has also worked on TV and film scores, cartoon soundtracks – you name it.

Click here for Bill Pitman’s very intriguing obituary.


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