Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wooster Square Waits, Wicked Wonderful Women's World Class Tennis - 2016 Connecticut Open Preview!

2016 Connecticut Open 

Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale 

August 19-27

Ah, August in New Haven Connecticut, 
the New "San Diego" of the East.

And the whole tennis world turns to New Haven,
one week before the US Open in a little town 60 miles south of here called New York.


Shut the front door!

Because, right here in New Haven we 
have World Class Women's Tennis,
The Connecticut Open.

Three Time and Defending Champion,Petra Kvitiva, has a chance
to tie for all time New Haven Championships
with one more win. Ms. Kvitiva ties
Venus Williams and Miss New Haven herself,
Caroline Wozniaki with 4 titles.

Ms. Kvitiva 
with fans, Sarah Greenblatt and Cheryl Szczarba

In a recent interview with the CT Open, Ms. Kvitiva said that she feels very comfortable in New Haven.

And when she's comfortable?

Keep your eyes on the ball for some
serious, sensational super sweet tennis!

3 Time and defending Champion,
Petra Kvitiva measures up a hot return!

So what about the rest of the players draw?

Well let's say it's deeper than anything you will
hear at a Presidential Convention!

A Sakura Square Stunning Sempiternal
20 of the top 31 players 
in the world are desending on 
the Greatest Small City in America
#gscia #nhv
New Haven

According to the 
Connecticut Open Website, quote:

 "The draw will feature Grand Slam Champions Svetlana Kuznetsova (2009 Roland Garros, 2004 US Open) and Petra Kvitova (2012, 2014 Wimbledon), former World No. 1 players Jelena Jankovic and Wozniacki, and numerous players who have won titles this year – World No. 8 Roberta Vinci, World No. 11 Madison Keys, World No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova, World No. 16 Karolina Pliskova, World No. 17 Timea Bacsinszky, World No. 20 Elina Svitolina, World No. 21 Sara Errani, World No. 23 Sloane Stephens (three titles), and World No. 26 Kiki Bertens.

In addition a trio of up and coming players to watch this year in New Haven are World No. 15 Belinda Bencic, the Swiss star won two tournaments last year and reached the final of St. Petersburg in 2016; World No. 18 Johanna Konta, the British player advanced to this year’s Australian Open semifinals, and World No. 29 Daria Kasatkina, the Russian who was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells and Charleston in 2016.

Rounding out the field are 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Vesnina as well as, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Barbora Strycova, Ekaterina Makarova, and Irina-Camelia Begu."

I am hoping if you are in 
New Haven during the
"Tennis" Week, you can
get out and see these great
athletes perform.

If not?

Then be sure to follow me on twitter @ blossomblogger. I will be tweeting 
live from the stands!

Reporting from Box 4A!

This year, the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, has given the Wooster Square Blossom Blog exclusive* media access and insight
that only New Haven's Blossom Blogger can deliver!
*(no more than any other media outlet)

So what does that mean?

More tennis, more inside scoop and tweets 
and photos from New Haven's first

Follow and like the WSBB on facebook!!

Pictures will be posted during the tennis on the Wooster Square Blossom Blog facebook page,
and a complete wrap up on the blog will follow.

Enjoy a few photos from past years, and from
my Photography show, "Box Shots"

Keep Calm
(Our own Anne Worcester, Tournament
Director, Head of Market New Haven
and all around nice person!)

3 time 2016 Winner, Sloane Stevens

Dominika Cibulkova

Sarah Errani

The Drive for Five
Caroline Wozniacki Wacks a wallop!

Elana Jankovic reaches for the title again this year!

Order tickets now!

See you at the Tennis,
See You Round the Square!

Come see what all the fun is about!

Thank you WSBB Sponsors!

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Downtown living... 
 at it's most

Dinner? Show? Concert? Museum?

Just walk out your door and
enjoy what everyone's
talking about in New Haven!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Celebrating 10 years of the Wonderful World of Historic, Famous Wooster Square!

Making Meaningful Memories, 

Moment by Moment

Wow. Ten years has passed since I moved 
here to our Sweet Sakura Square, a
Slice of Shangi-La, 
our sort of Lost Horizon. 

A bit East of Eden, way east.

When I moved to Wooster Square in 2006, I was
determined to live in an environment that was
conducive to walking, near great restaurants,
and oh yeah, forget about the pizza.
Best in the USA.

And I wanted to be near people. 

However, 10 years ago, the Colosseum still stood.
There was no 360 State Street, just a vacant lot.

There was no See Click Fix! 

There were no lights on the Court Street Bridge,
not to mention the flashing cross walk on 
Olive Street after losing one of our own
walking across the street.

Fuel coffee shop just opened and was my neighbor.

Little did I know that the seeds were planted. 
There were many like minded folks here in 
Wooster Square, and in New Haven itself. 

Wooster Square is a real neighborhood
where we see each other daily and 
entertain each other in our homes.

Wooster Square Cares.
Carre' Wooster signifie avec la France,
la liberte' et la justice pour tous.


I met Cheryl in 2006 walking Zippy.
Cheryl was walking Chyna.

The Zipster is Wooster Square's Blind
Rock Star Italian Stallion Greyhound
Chyna, 4.5 pounds of love

We married 2008.

Now we have picnics, festivals, concerts, movies
on our Historic Square.

Our Cherry Blossom Festival has blossomed
from hundreds of people to 10,000.

We have two exciting new residential developments on Olive Street 
right at the end of Wooster Street.

America's Pizza Main Street.

Wooster Square has been called Connecticut's
Brooklyn. New Haven bills itself as
the Greatest Small City in America
#gscia #nhv

Thanks for the sweet memories 
Wooster Square!

But wait!

That's not all!

I will keep reporting on our Historic Hanami Happening here from 
Wooster Street,
for the next 10 years and beyond!

Follow me on twitter @ blossomblogger
and don't forget to like the Wooster Square
Blossom Blog Facebook page!

Pictures from your favorite, world's
only (and probably one of the best)

Let's look at 10 photos from 10 years,
from the Square and beyond!
(actually, 11 photos with 2006)
((maybe more))

"April in Wooster Square"
(poster available on right)


We got married (eloped) and became
Cheryl Szczarba 
Bart Connors Szczarba!

Radio City Music Hall Tour, highly recommend!

Italy Honeymoon

In Memorian, Robert Szczarba.
Mathematician, sculptor, father, friend.

Arlene and Bob Szczarba

(Luce Hall Sculpture)


St. Andrews Society Parade around 
Wooster Square. A tradition brought
from Amalfi Italy, who settled here.


Luisa also started the Cherry Blossom Festival\
(Wooster Street)

An abandoned dog came into our life.
We tried to find her owner.
She was starving, it was freezing cold.
Cheryl tried to give her away.
We welcomed her into our home
and named her
"Rockette Wooster Square"

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
A Great Black Backed Gull (the largest)
going after an Osprey with a fish!


Q-Bridge lit up on 4th of July

What an eventful 10 years. So much has happened to Wooster Square. Many more people are
moving from the burbs downtown
and are discovering Urban Living at its Best.

I have been in Wooster Square, but in 2 years
will mark my 30th year of living in and 
paying taxes in New Haven.

I think New Haven's a great City
and Wooster Square one of it's jewels.

See You Round the Square!

Bart Connors Szczarba 
and Alder
Aaron Greenberg.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pepe's and Sally's Blossom Blog Smackdown! The Question is...Who's #1?

Wooster Street Wows World with Mouth Watering Apizza!

Sally's Tomato Pie (top) & Pepe's Clam Pie (bottom)

Where else but here, on the 
Wooster Square Blossom Blog 
are you going to get great photos, 
flowers and foodie fun?

The World's First and only,
is your source for everything
Wooster Square, New Haven and beyond!

Having moved the Headquarters to Wooster Street almost a year ago, we have a unique perspective on 
New Haven's quirky classic cuisine question. 

What's better? Pepe's or Sally's?

Many would argue Bar or Modern should be thrown
into the calculation. But they can't. 

This is Wooster Street Pizza. So yes, Abate's could be
included, we get take out from there often.
Abate's Cheryl Special: Pepperoni & garlic well done

But that's not the question folks. 

In New Haven, Pepe's or Sally's is akin to:

Red Sox or Yankees?

Mustard or Catsup?

Republican or Democrat? 

East Coast or West Coast?
(ask your kids...Rap music)

The mere question can start a frenzied flurry of flying furious fisticuffs folks!

And we New Havener's
know how to pick a fight, and win.

Ah, but not here in our fair Square. We are a kinder

and gentler peaceful picky pizza people. 

Like the Hamburger and New Haven's
claim to having invented it
at Louis Lunch.

Click here for food history at Louis Lunch!

Two generally valid other possible 
Cities held claims also
to having invented the hamburger.
They're stories are compelling. 

But New Haven kicks burger butt baby and
Louis Lunch in New Haven is credited
with the Invention of America's own favorite food,
and you can read about it in the Library of Congress.

Then comes Pizza. Or I should say
Apizza (pronounced, Ah-beets),
New Haven's own.

Pepe's Pepperoni and mootz

New Haven Style Apizza was born on Wooster Street
with Pepe's opening in 1925. They still use
the same coal fired oven.

Perfect Pies People!

President Clinton is a Pepe's Person

Reaganomics at Work!

I spoke to Bill outside Pepe's last month
in a Blossom Blog Exclusive.

When asked THE QUESTION?

And, Sally's, were relatives that worked at 
Pepe's and wanted to strike off on their own.

With a coal fired oven.

Sal in Photo on wall

Sally's Sausage and Pepperoni


All information at the Blossom Mainframe has been tabulated. Using Yale's super computer,
the Wooster Square Blossom Blog
has the answer to that question!

Pepe's vs Sally's
Tale of the Tape

Ranked nationally, Pepe's was picked #1 by the Daily Meal,
and by their readers. Sally's came in at #6. 

New Haven had 3 in the top 10,
including Modern Apizza moving to #4. 

But to answer the question, we painstakingly ate over and over at Pepe's and Sally's to help people understand, who have eaten at one or the other, or neither (GASP!).
And many pounds later...

The verdict is in. Like they say, when in Rome, do as 
the Romans do. And when in New Haven,
do what Wooster Squarians do.

At Sally's, no question you get their Tomato Pie, but it is
said that Frank Sinatra liked Sally's clam pie.

Sally's tomato pie has just sauce, grated parm and garlic

Your first bite of Sally's will never be your last.
It tastes like nothing you have ever had.
So simple and elegant.

At Pepe's no question that you get their Clam pie,
that is the #1 pie in America.

Why? It's not like anything you have ever tasted.

Don't like Clam? Pepe's has a Margarita pie
and other specialty pies.

All the Data has been analyzed, and eaten.

Sally's has the #1 Tomato Pie in America

Pepe's has the #1 clam pie in America!

They are unlike any pizza you have ever had.
You have to try both and pick a side!

But here at Blossom Blog International Headquarters,
located on Wooster Street in World Famous,
Historic Wooster Square says...

Pepe's + Sally's = #1 Pizza 
in USA
Hands down!

St. Andrew's Society
is having it's Italian Fest
on Chapel Street in
Wooster Square!

Sausage and peppers oh my!
Click here for hours, entertainment and fun!

See You Round the Square!

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