Monday, August 15, 2016

It's Official! Wooster Square Blossom Blog Rocks New Haven Living's "Best of New Haven 2016"

Wooster Square Blossom Blogger 

voted 1st Runner up in Bloggers, 

1st Runner up as best Twitter-er.

(tweeter?) 

Both categories under 

Best Of New Haven: Local People.

I was literally sakura square slapped silly, seriously surprisingly stupefyingly stunningly speechless, when I saw the Wooster Square Blossom Blog
in print as first runner up. 

Well almost speechless.





When Cheryl came to me with whimsical whigmaleerie idea of a Blossom Blog over 5 years ago, 
We had no idea that if would morph into whatever it is today.

Which is now, in fact, part of the mainstream media.
(yes folks, that means I am despised by Mr. Trump)

However, if you look at our Predictiveness Chart,
The Wooster Square Blossom Blog
stands alone in being 100% accurate
when it comes to our Wooster Square Blossoms.


Click chart to enlarge




Click here for New Haven Livings Best of Local People

Pots of Gold in Wooster Square!

If you're not following the 
World's First Photoblogumentary,
 you don't know what you're missing.

What's is it, this Blossom Blog a newbie might say?

First and foremost, the
Wooster Square Blossom Blog 
was created with the blessing of the Historic Wooster Square Association, and was to report and photo when 
our World Famous, Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms
are blooming on the Square in the Spring.

Second, it is a blog. There are words to go with
the pictures, perhaps some tongue twisters!

Thirdly, its a documentary of our Sweet Sakura Square,
the goings on in our Historic corner of New Haven.

Cheryl Szczarba is the Chief editor, sponsor and publisher of
the Wooster Square Blossom Blog.

The Wooster Square Blossom Blog wants
to thank Cheryl for 5 great years of sponsorship.

Thanks New Haven Living!

But most of all thanks to those that voted
and Love New Haven as much as we do!

Next week we will be reporting from the 
Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale for the
Connecticut Open! 

Makarova Makes Magic

Follow the Wooster Square Blossom Blog 
Facebook Page
and 
@ BlossomBlogger on twitter
for all the latest photos, action and commentary!

Thanks Again New Haven!!

Bart and Cheryl Szczarba

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

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

There's a hole in New Haven's Soul, Grove Street Grieves.

Wooster Square Remembers


Bill Cameron knew just about
 everybody in New Haven.
 That is, if you stopped by his 
place of employment,
The Grove Street Cemetery.

Since 2004, I have regularly walked my dogs, photographed, biked, or more sadly buried Cheryl's father's remains at Grove Street.

The Szczarba plot(s) Bill helped us pick out.
And the Fence was designed by Ann Lehman.

I first met them in another life, when I was
a banker and handled some 
financial dealings in the 1990's.

 Wooster Squarian! Lived at the corner
of Chapel Street and Wooster Place.

You don't forget a man and wife, who work at the 
same job, their whole lives. 


When you walked through those pearly gates, er
Henry Austin designed gate, Bill and Joan's
dogs would come running up to the half door
letting them know they have another visitor.

Stones from New Haven colony's first cemetery.
The upper New Haven Green!
(no they didn't move the remains.)

Always happy to help, Bill never had anything but
a smile on his face 
and a kind word as you passed by.

History Loves Company

You see, Bill and Joan were a New Haven enigma.

And you don't have to take it from a bumbling, brassy, bodacious,
bumptious, boisterous, Blossom Blogger!


Ask anyone in #nhv 


But not just that, Bill and Joan 
were ALWAYS there.
Grove Street Cemetery never is closed.

Free tours every weekend, or just stop by pick up
a brochure and look at all of America's history!

Well, at night I suppose, but every day,
 every holiday, every Christmas, every Easter,
 Bill and Joan
were masters of the 
Historic Hallowed Grounds.

For over 40 years!

Unfortunately, Joan is in a rehab hospital,
falling ill after Bill passed.

I spoke to their children, who are filling
in until they can find another superintendent.

The tears in Bill's daughters eyes told the story as
she looked about the property, 
saying she's doing the best she can.

Trying to find one, person, let alone two,
that dedicated their whole lives,
their whole beings, to the 
Grove Street Cemetery 
is inherently impossible.

Nobody can ever take Bill and Joan's place.

My first visits without Bill and Joan
sitting in their office just seemed weird.

Empty. A hole in New Haven's soul.



Eli Whitney, inventor of the gin and tonic.
(I'm told he invented the Cotton Gin)


This summer, I have biked through 
Grove Street almost daily.


Now, I don't think about how much
they are missed.

New Haven has big wings for an angel.

I see Bill and Joan everywhere in Grove Street's
Historic Hallowed Grounds. 

Rest in Peace Friend.

See You Round the Square!


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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.

Why? 

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."
(source, ctopen.org)

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
Photoblogumentary!

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
&
Love
On! 
(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,
or
See You Round the Square!



Come see what all the fun is about!

Thank you WSBB Sponsors!

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Just walk out your door and
enjoy what everyone's
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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! 
(Gasp)

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)
Photoblogumentary!

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


2006
"April in Wooster Square"
(poster available on right)

2007

2008
We got married (eloped) and became
Cheryl Szczarba 
and
Bart Connors Szczarba!

2009
Radio City Music Hall Tour, highly recommend!


2010
Italy Honeymoon


2011
In Memorian, Robert Szczarba.
Mathematician, sculptor, father, friend.



Arlene and Bob Szczarba


(Luce Hall Sculpture)


2012

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

2013

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

2014
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"
Roxie!

2015
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
A Great Black Backed Gull (the largest)
going after an Osprey with a fish!

2016

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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