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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Early Returns

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On the day after Christmas, a traditional day for gift purchase exchanges, Westporters Greg Tapfar and Karen Friedman today patiently await the opening of Brooks Brothers, 136 Main St. The store was kicking off its semi-annual sale today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Comings & Goings: Westport Hair & Co. Opens

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Westport Hair & Co. salon has opened at Westport’s 407 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center.  The store replaces Gina’s Hair Designs which closed a few months ago and reopened under its new name after having undergone renovations, according to Cuba-born owner Dania Morejon (above), a Stamford resident. The 1,500-square feet facility employs six. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Westport Travel Professional Leads Trump Boycott

A Westport travel designer is spearheading a boycott of Donald Trump’s owned and operated hotels around the world.

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Westporter Susan Farewell (in front of Old City of Istanbul, Turkey): “We are outraged by Trump’s denigration of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The boycott is in response to the presidential candidate’s controversial comments about Hillary Clinton being “schlonged.”

“We are outraged by Trump’s denigration of women,” said Susan Farewell, founder and owner of Farewell Travels. “We are demonstrating our disapproval in the language Trump knows best: through his wallet.”

The anti-Trump campaign is building through social media and is receiving support from travel professionals around the world, from Hawaii to Turkey, Farewell said.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chicago Firm Acquires Westport’s RDM Financial Group

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Westport-based RDM Financial Group, a registered investment adviser managing $700 million in client assets, has been acquired by HighTower Advisors LLC of Chicago, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

No purchase price for RDM Financial Group, which is led by Chief Executive Ron Weiner at 1555 Post Road East, was disclosed, the report said.

Weiner will maintain his 15-person team at the firm’s Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., locations.

He also will have an office with HighTower in New York, according to the newspaper.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Comings & Goings: Second Location for Sun Reflexology

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Sun Reflexology opened today at 877 Post Road East in the shopping center near the Sherwood Island Connector.  The new salon is the second location in Westport for Sun Reflexology, which will continue to operate its first site at 1543 Post Road East, which opened in 2011, according to Hannah Sun, the owner’s daughter. The salon’s brochure describes reflexology as “a technique that works critical points on the hands and feet that improve the entire body’s health - the reflexologist views the hands and feet as a mirror image of the entire body and every organ.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Polishing the Pearl

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Workers today were busy getting The Pearl at Longshore ready for its February opening. The owners announced the opening date on Monday for the restaurant which takes over space occupied by the Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore for 19 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting the Pearl Patio Ready

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The outdoor patio area of The Pearl at Longshore restaurant was still getting a makeover today as the restaurant prepared for a February opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pearl at Longshore to Open in February

Pearl at Longshore, which is taking over space occupied for 19 years by Splash Restaurant at the Inn at Longshore before abruptly closing in October 2014, will open in February, its owners announced today.

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An announcement said the opening follows “an extensive restoration and revitalization under the vision of owners Marc Backon, Antonio Ninivaggi and a group of local investors.”

It said the restaurant would feature “sophisticated, seasonally inspired, American cuisine” under Michael Hazen, executive chef, “who will create a menu of delicious, healthy meals that reflect the seasons and focus on the simplicity and flavors of the ingredients.”

It said his menu would include seafood dishes, grass-fed beef and fresh, seasonal produce with a variety of organic, healthy and gluten-free selections.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Balmy Holiday Shopping

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Westport’s Main Street was busy with shoppers in 60-degree temperatures today that made it seem more like summer than eight days before winter. Only one weekend of shopping remains before Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Chipotle Westport Business Slows

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Westport’s Chipotle Mexican Grill, 376 Post Road East, was not doing much business tonight amid confirmation that more than 120 Boston College students have reported symptoms associated with the highly contagious norovirus since eating at a Chipotle restaurant near the school. In another outbreak, since October, 52 people have fallen ill from E. coli traced to Chipotle locations in nine states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The Westport restaurant opened in June.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Rothbard Rathskeller to Old Town Hall

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Rothbard Ale + Larder, a rathskeller restaurant, has opened in the basement of Westport’s Old Town Hall, 90 Post Road East next to Restoration Hardware. The 65-seat restaurant seats an additional 30 patrons on the patio during the warm weather months. Co-owners Joe Farrell (l), 33, of Stratford and Adam Roytman, 38, of Bridgeport also own Walrus+Carpenter, a popular barbecue restaurant in Bridgeport,.The space was formerly occupied by Tierra Restaurant, which closed in March. The restaurant has only been open for dinner but beginning Friday will be open Friday, Saturday for lunch, and Sunday brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bill Closing Deficit, Cutting Business Taxes Heads to Malloy

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becker

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE The House of Representatives gave final legislative approval tonight to a bill that closes the current budget deficit, mitigates bigger problems in the future, offers modest tax relief to businesses and restores a portion of funds cut this fall from hospitals and social services.

The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 75-65, largely along party lines, to send to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy a deficit-mitigation bill that also explores the closure of Southbury Training School and other facilities for the developmentally disabled.

The Democrat-controlled Senate approved the measure 20-15 earlier today in another vote largely along party lines.

“I’m here to say Connecticut is a great place to live and our quality of life ranks higher than just about any state out there,” said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin. “… I think it was a good bargain.”

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Comings & Goings: First County Bank to New Home

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First County Bank will move into a new commercial/residential development under construction at 1135 Post Road East, at the intersection of Morningside Drive North, according to Coastal Construction co-owner Joe Feinleib. He said the bank, currently at 1260 Post Road East, at the intersection of Turkey Hill Road South, will relocate to the first floor of the building facing Post Road East next spring. The middle building of the three-building complex will house a wellness spa, while 12 residential units, including two affordable, will occupy the third building. The style will be consistent with that of the barn that occupied a space at the former Geiger Garden Center. “All three will have a residential feel with natural stone front and wood siding,” Feinleib said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 04, 2015

Comings & Goings: Cottage Restaurant Opens

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The Cottage Restaurant opened today at 256 Post Road East in Colonial Green in space formerly occupied by LeFarm (see WestportNow, Oct. 2, 2015).  Chef/owner Brian Lewis (above) describes the cuisine as “locally inspired, cultivated over the years with European and Japanese influences” and his 12 years of experience in California. A Culinary Institute of America graduate with honors, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in business management from Johnson and Wales University. He formerly was owner and chef of New Canaan’s elm restaurant. In addition to dinner 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), Lewis said the 40-seat Cottage will soon offer a 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday brunch and a 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. supper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Comings & Goings: Harvest Restaurant to Open This Month

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Harvest Restaurant, 36 Railroad Place, in the space previously occupied by Mario’s, will open “during the holiday season” according to a real estate source. The owners, Vicente and Nuve Siguenza, also operate Cava in New Canaan, Harvest in Greenwich, New Haven, Scena in Darien, and 55 Degrees in Fairfield. Frank ”Tiger” DeMace, co-founder of Mario’s with the late Mario Sacco, died in 2012 at age 78. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Comings & Goings: Rio Bravo to Post Road East

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Rio Bravo, a Mexican restaurant, has opened at 1460 Post Road East, next door to Bravo, an italian restaurant.  The establishments are unaffiliated—different owners, no business relationship according to management of each restaurant. Bravo which opened in 2014 is owned by Michael Sias of Stratford. Rio Bravo is owned by Edgar Brambila. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Comings & Goings: New Management For Westport Wine

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Westport Wine & Spirits, 877 Post Road East, opposite the Sherwood Island Connector, has reopened under new management The new owner is Zak Ginzburg, a Westport resident for the past three years. He also operates Cost Less Wines and Liquor on High Ridge Road in Stamford since 2000.  He said in addition to wine, liquor and beer, the Westport store also offers a gourmet cheese selection. The store opened in April 2014 under former owner Paul Sherman. (See WestportNow April 28, 2014)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Marking 25 Years

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The A&J Farm Stand, a Post Road East icon at 1680 near Stop & Shop, celebrates its 25th year at that location, according to owner Albert Cuseo, a lifelong Westport residents and 1987 graduate of Staples High School.  He said the stand opened as a seasonal business in 1990, selling locally grown produce in the warm months and in the winter holiday season offering Christmas trees, wreaths poinsettias and other festive holiday items. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Comings & Goings: Shoe-Inn to Move Across Main St.

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Shoe-Inn, the women’s designer shoe store for four decades at 38 Main St., will move across the street to 21 Main St. in space formerly occupied by Henry Lehr. The space has been vacant since September 2014.  According to the store manager, Shoe-Inn will open across the street in February. It has seven other stores located in New Jersey, Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Matt Bernson to Brooks Corner

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Tribeca-based Matt Bernson, specializing in shoes, handbags, jewelry and small leather goods, will open at 136 Main St.in the Brooks Corner shopping center in space previously occupied by the Johnston & Murphy shoe and accessories store.  According to its website, “our shoes are produced in quantities of 100 per color. all of our jewelry is handmade in NYC and our handbags are all produced in quantities of 30 per color.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Shoppers Crowd Westport’s Main Street

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Black Friday shoppers crowded Westport’s Main Street today in search of bargains. Unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60s made it seem more like September than the day after Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shopping Frenzy

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The Gap on Westport’s Main Street was crowded today with bargain hunters seeking Black Friday discounts on the ay after Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Moody’s Rates Westport’s $8.56M Bond Issue Triple-A

Editor’s note: The following article originally was published on Nov. 16. It has been updated with additional information released today.

UPDATE Moody’s Investors Service said today it had assigned a triple-A (Aaa) rating and stable outlook to the Town of Westport’s planned $8.56 million general obligations refunding bond issue and affirmed the top rating to its $93 million in long-term general obligations debt.

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“Moody’s highest quality long-term rating reflects the Westport’s sizable tax base with extremely high wealth and income indices, and a manageable debt position,” the rating agency said in a statement.

“The rating further incorporates the town’s well-managed financial operations marked by adequate reserve levels, a well-funded pension system, and proactive funding of the town’s post-retirement benefits liability.”

It said the bonds, with an expected sale date of Nov. 19, are secured by the town’s unlimited general obligation tax pledge and will be used to refund the town’s Issue of 2009 general obligation bonds, for an estimated net present value savings of $122,000, or 6.7 percent of refunded principal.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tax Assessor Has Some Good and Bad News

By Roy Fuchs

Westport Assessor Paul Friia today offered some good news and some bad news to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston about the almost concluded full revaluation.

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Tax Assessor Paul Friia: commercial values have increased more than residential. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The good news—the commercial grand list grew faster than the residential during the five years since the last revaluation, meaning businesses will shoulder a larger portion of total taxes. The bad news—not by much.

Addressing the group’s weekly meeting at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Friia said state statute requires that every community perform a reval every five years, alternating a “full inspection” assessment, as his office is concluding now, with a desktop update.

Revaluations, he said are done “not to raise taxes…  but “to create “an equitable distribution of taxes across the municipality.”

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Unemployment Drops to 5.1%, But State Loses jobs

By Mark Pazniokas

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Connecticut today posted a contradictory jobs report for the second consecutive month, showing that the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to a post-recession low of 5.1 percent in October, despite the loss of 2,200 jobs.

First, the good news: Unemployment in the state has not been this low since March 2008, the start of the Great Recession that eventually claimed 119,000 jobs. And the state made a net gain of 24,100 nonfarm jobs in the past 12 months.

Now, the bad: Preliminary nonfarm employment estimates for October show a loss of 2,200 jobs. It was the fourth month this year in which a survey of businesses found a net loss of jobs.

“For the second month in a row Connecticut has shown job losses, possibly indicating a softening of the strong growth we have seen through August of this year,” said Andy Condon, director of research at the state Department of Labor. “However, our annual employment growth rate continues at a strong pace.”

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Little Exterior Restoring to Restoration Hardware

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The outside of Westport’s Restoration Hardware, 76 Post Road East, gets a new coat of paint today just in time for the holiday season. The store opened in 1999 in the former Fine Arts Theatre property, which was built 100 years ago by Norwalk real estate developer Robert Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reviving the Westport-Weston Bar Association

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More than 70 Westport and Weston attorneys gathered tonight at the Boathouse Restaurant in Westport at the inaugural cocktail party to kick of the renewal of the Westport-Weston Bar Association. The Westport Bar Association operated for 30 years until 1990. Special guest was retired senior U.S. District Court judge Alan H. Nevas (3rd r)  of Westport, who is pictured with steering committee members (l-r) Ken Bernhard, Rita Steinberger, Ira Bloom, Eileen Lavigne Flug, Amy Day and Gail Kelly. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Comings & Goings: Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens

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Jersey Mike’s Subs officially opened today at 398 Post Rost Eats in the Compo Acres Shopping Center. (See WestportNow Aug. 21, 2015). Robek Juice formerly occupied the space, between Trader Joe’s and Farrow & Ball.  According to Brian O’Hagan, who co-owns the franchise area with Troy Davidson, they will own 15 stores by the end of the year.  As a promotion the Westport store offers a free sub to everyone who donates at least one dollar to Special Olympics, an offer good through Sunday.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sandwich Wrap Cutting to Open

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matthew Mandell today cut a sandwich wrap ribbon to officially welcome Jersey Mike’s Subs to the Compo Acres Shopping Center in Westport. They were joined by co-owners Brian O’Hagan, (l) and Troy Davidson (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.co

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Comings & Goings: Crumbs Closes—Again

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The open and closed cycle of Crumbs at the corner of Jesup Road and Taylor Place is closed again.The bakery cafe opened in Westport in April 2009 (see WestportNow April 18, 2009), shuttered in July 2014 (see WestportNow, July 8, 2014) and reopened in November 2014 (see WestportNow Nov. 3, 2014). Crumbs retains its other Connecticut location in Greenwich, where an employee there said today he was unaware of the closing of the Westport location. The Crumbs website, which no longer lists a Westport location, shows 14 remaining locations in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and California. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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