Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Malloy Budget Cuts Social Services, Higher Ed; Raises Tax Revenue
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled a nearly $40 billion, two-year budget that boosts tax receipts $830 million despite a sales tax cut, preserves municipal aid and cuts deeply into social services and higher education.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlines his budget proposal today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alvin Chang/Ctmirror.org photo
The governor’s plan also outlines a major transportation initiative, but does not recommend how to pay for it. But the administration’s projections show it would require $112 million in new transportation revenues by 2018 and $400 million above current revenues by 2020.
And while the transportation initiative is billed as a $100 billion investment over 30 years, only about $5.1 billion extra would be spent on projects over the governor’s four-year term.
Malloy also would close one unnamed state prison and redirect a portion of the savings to his “Second Chance Society” plan, an initiative to reduce criminal recidivism and assist youth at risk of becoming offenders.
UConn Think Tank Predicts State’s Economy Will Flourish in 2015
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
After growing modestly over the past three years, the state’s economy is ready to shift into high gear in 2015, according to a quarterly report today from the University of Connecticut’s economic think tank.
And while the director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis says the 8.1 percent growth projected for 2015 probably is too good to be true, achieving even most of that would allow the state to far outstrip the national economy.
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Monday, February 09, 2015
Info Session Tuesday on Achieving ‘Meaningful Social Impact’
Leaders of nonprofits interested in funding to achieve “meaningful social impact in Connecticut” are invited to an information session Tuesday on how to apply for grants of up to $50,000.
The session, sponsored by Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP-CT), will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Westport Innovation Hub, 20 Ketchum St. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at http://www.socialventurepartners.org/connecticut.
The deadline for submission of letters of Interest for the group’s 2015 investment cycle is Feb. 24.
SVP-CT provides both financial support and strategic advice to nonprofits providing social services that are located in Fairfield County and vicinity.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Cold Outside But Hot IPO Inside
UPDATE It was bitter cold outside Westport’s Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, today but the company founded 14 years ago by restaurateur Danny Meyer was basking in the heat of Wall Street as its initial public offering (IPO) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock, which went public at $21, closed at $45.90, up almost 119 percent, after trading as high as $52.50. The New York-born cult modern day “roadside” burger stand opened in Westport in July 2011. Meyer was on hand for the debut of the chain’s first actual drive-in eatery and first suburban location. (See WestportNow July 20, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Open and Awaiting Customers
Tutti Ristorante, 599 Riverside Ave., was among Westport restaurants open today and awaiting customers. Maria Funicello, co-owner with her chef husband Pasquale, said, “We opened at 4 o’clock, but we don’t have a single reservation for tonight and the phone has not rung even once. I don’t think anyone knows we’re open, but we plan to stay until our usual closing time at 9 p.m.” Their phone is (203)221-0262. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Chamber Guests Hear About Compo Penguin Plunge
Guests at tonight’s Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After Hours networking reception heard details of the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m., according to Lisa Carole of the Special Olympics, who attended the event at the Symphony Space office complex, 55 Greens Farms Road. Register to plunge, or support a participant or team at http://www.soct.org. To join in the fun, participants must be at least 8 years old and need to raise a minimum of $100. In addition to awards for top fundraisers and best costume, participants receive incentive prizes for their fundraising efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Town to Secure New Restaurant to Replace Splash
Westporters beginning this spring will be able to dine overlooking Long Island Sound in space formerly occupied by Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore Club Park.
Splash Restaurant & Bar had been a Westport waterside favorite since 1995 before it closed last October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Jim Marpe and Rory Tagert, who has leased the Inn at Longshore, a the town-owned facility, for more than 30 years, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to identify and secure a new restaurant to replace Splash, which closed last October after 19 years. (See WestportNow Oct. 31, 2014)
“It is imperative that a first class restaurant for all Westporters is in operation for the spring and summer 2015 seasons,” Marpe said in a statement. “The restaurant must also include services for golfers.”
Marpe noted that a long-term sublease with a restaurant operator would be subject to the town’s terms, conditions, and approval.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Still Going Strong for the Moment
There is a “retirement sale” banner in the window of The Textile Stores, 415 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, which has announced it is closing in February. But for the moment, it is still going strong after 75 years in business, 55 at its current location. Customers keep coming to buy and say “thank you” to owners Marty Yanell (above) and his daughter, Lori Yanell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Comings & Goings: The Textiles Stores Closing
After 75 years in business, 55 at its current Westport location, The Textile Stores, 415 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close at the end of February, according to Lori Yanell (above), daughter of owner Marty Yanell. She is the granddaughter of founder Samuel Unofsky who, she said, started the business in South Norwalk in 1940. Yanell said, “We’re following in the path of Silver’s—the rents have gone just too high.” Describing how long she has been associated with the business she said, “I was practically born in the back of the store.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Comings & Goings: Jewelry by Sara Kennedy Closing
After 45 years in business, Jewelry by Sara Kennedy Cellar Workshop at 44 Railroad Place will close Jan. 14. Kennedy, who began her business on Avery Place in 1969 and has been in Saugatuck since 2006, said she will retire to Tucson, Ariz, where she has purchased a home after going there for 47 years. She recalled she moved to Westport when was in seventh grade, two years after her father purchased Compo Acres Pharmacy. “I want to tour the country,” she said. “I want to explore, to paint, to sculpt, to enjoy a physical freedom.” As for leaving Westport, she said: “I value my many relationships in Westport. I even have customers from the same family for three generations.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 02, 2015
Bargains Galore at Silver of Westport
Steve Silver, co-owner of Silver of Westport, gives a wave today as the store began a 50 percent off sale to reduce inventory prior to its shutting down. Silver announced in November that the 110-year-old family business at 390 Post Road East will close once the inventory is gone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
It’s the last day for Positano Ristorante at Westport’s Old Mill Beach. Closing after tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration, the restaurant will reopen early in the year adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse in space formerly occupied by the Dressing Room. Manager Gianni Rizzi said Positano, owned by Westchester County resident Giuseppe Scarpati, occupied its current space for 15 years and was on Post Road East, where Tengda is now, for two years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Comings & Goings: Cake Suite Closes
UPDATE After a five-year run, Cake Suite, 47 Saugatuck Ave., near Dunville’s Restaurant, has closed. Owner Michelle Klem of Fairfield said today it closed on Dec. 20 and “had nothing to do with the economy or anything like that. All was going well. But I needed to change my lifestyle.” She said she needed to devote more time to her 12-year-old son. But she said she will continue to work with wholesale customers and area caterers, teach baking classes, and is researching a book on operating a bake shop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 19, 2014
Westport Unemployment Drops to 4.3 Percent
Westport’s unemployment rate in November was 4.3 percent, the lowest in six years, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.
The rate had edged up in October to 4.7 percent after falling to 4.5 percent in September.
The last time Westport’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent was in December 2008, just before the recession began to be felt.
The town’s labor force in November was 12,971, down from 12,922 in October. The number of unemployed in November was 563, down from 609 in October, the department said.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes
Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport