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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

NY Times: Westport AbuzzӔ Over

NY Times: Westport AbuzzӔ Over Naming Bridge Issue
Todays New York Times finally gets around to WestportҒs controversy over naming the Post Road Bridge after Ruth Steinkraus Cohen.

In a front-page metro section story headlined Name Bridge for U.N. Backer? Town is Abuzz,Ӕ the Times reports:

Right up to her death last year at the age of 81, Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen went all out for her favorite causes. She was still publishing a yearly “Peace” calendar chock-full of tidbits on countries large and small.

ӓShe greeted hundreds of international visitors at the train station with their native flags and a smile. And she gave to nearly every artistic endeavor in town.

So you would think that when a local state representative proposed naming a town bridge after her, there would have been applause back home.

ӔInstead, in an unlikely marker of these contentious times, the proposal has set off a heated dispute because one of her pet causes was the United Nations, as the bill to name the bridge clearly notes.

Fire at Longshore Halfway House

Fire at Longshore Halfway House Causes Extensive Damage
Fire broke out late Tuesday night at the halfway house on the golf course of Westports Longshore Club Park.

Police reported the town-owned structure on the ninth hole of the course was heavily involved in flames.

Responding firefighters quickly knocked it down, reporting the fire under control shortly before midnight.

The one-story facility, which serves drinks and refreshments to golfers, was damaged extensively.

Fie officials said the blaze appeared to have been intentionally set, but did not give details or say whether there wrere any suspects.

Several years ago, one of Longshore’s nearby cabins was destroyed by a fire which officials believed also was the result of arson. No arrests were made.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Syracuse Post-Standard: Preserving Tracy Sugarman’s

Syracuse Post-Standard: Preserving Tracy Sugarman’s WW II Work
Todays Syracuse Post-Standard takes a look at Wednesday’s Library of Congress ceremony honoring Westporter Tracy Sugarman and the letters, drawings and watercolors he sent to his wife during World War II.

They sat preserved, but forgotten in the couple’s basement and on Wednesday become part of American history.

“You worry about your work when you’re about to leave,” Sugarman, 81, told the newspaper from his Westport home. “This way it’ll be part of the whole permanent archive. It’ll be there as long as the country is.”

Sugarman, who grew up in Syracuse and studied illustration at Syracuse University, donated some 400 letters to the Veterans History Project, part of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Westport’s Train Station Big Dig

It’s not quite on the scale of Boston’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar big dig highway and tunnel epic, but Westport’s mini big dig project is well underway at the town’s main train station, using technology copied from Boston.

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Giant diggers have begun scooping out earth near the west end of the station’s New Haven-bound platform for a new pedestrian tunnel.

The innovative tunnel jacking technique being used, similar to that in Boston, is aimed at completing the work without disruption of traffic above.

The goal of the 18-month, $7.8 million project is to make the 160-year-old station more user-friendly and comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Monday, June 16, 2003

Picture of the Day: MetLife

Picture of the Day: MetLife Blimp Pays Visit to Compo Beach
There weren’t many people at Compo Beach today despite the bright sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s, but that didn’t deter a MetLife blimp from making an overhead visit.

The few beachgoers who were there paid little attention to the 130-foot long, 45-foot high blimp.

According to MetLifes Web site, the company operates two blimps, ғSnoopy One and ԓSnoopy Two.

ԓSnoopy One visited the Westport area shortly before 4 p.m., spending about 15 minutes making its way from Saugatuck Shores, to Compo, then Old Mill-Sherwood Island, and on up the coast.

It was launched in Tampa, Fla. in February 1994 and concentrates on providing aerial television coverage of East Coast sporting and special events. 

Snoopy adorns both sides of the lightship. The corporate tagline “have you met life today?” is displayed on one side with “MetLife” on the other.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Former Norwalk Mayor: Bridgeport Summit

Former Norwalk Mayor: Bridgeport Summit Didnt Discuss Poverty
Former Norwalk Mayor-turned-columnist William Collins takes aim this week at Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell and the recent summit she organized on BridgeportҒs economic development.

Excerpt: The Democratic First Selectman of Westport, having recently savaged BridgeportӒs proposal for an Indian casino, decided shed better try to paper over the breech. Thus she organized a ґsummit in that troubled city to show that she really cares after all.

ғSelf-righteousness gushed from every mouth. Park City leaders were assured that everything would be all right if they just rooted out corruption and put more cops on the street. Bridgeports new mayor also did his best to make a silk purse out of a sowҒs ear, dutifully ticking off the citys modest assets.

ғSomehow, the issue of poverty never came up. All those solicitous suburbanites managed to avoid mentioning it, largely because it is their own zoning policies that squeeze most of the regions poor into Bridgeport. This phenomenon makes the city unappealing to developers and forces it to deal with the bulk of the areaҒs social problems.

Footnote: The above excerpt from Collins’ column came from what appeared in today’s The Advocate of Stamford (but not available online). However the version printed in the NewtownBee is slightly different, beginning:

“The Democratic mayors of Westport and Stamford, having recently savaged Bridgeport’s proposal for an Indian casino, decided they’d better try to paper over the breech. Thus they organized a ‘summit’ in that troubled city, to show that they really care after all.”

No word on why the versions differ, but Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy was not an organizer of the Bridgeport summit. He did attend, however, and caused a few waves with his criticism of Bridgeport’s crime statistics.

Update (6/16/03):Stamford led the nation with a 22 percent decrease in crime last year, making it one of the country’s safest cities, according to preliminary FBI crime reports released Monday. Crime rose by about 5 percent in Bridgeport.

Westports $37 million Riverside Avenue Sale Draws Interest

It didnt draw much local notice at the time, but experts are pointing to the $37 million sale of seven landmark office buildings on WestportҒs Riverside Avenue as indicative of the vitality of the towns commercial real estate market.

New York-based pension fund TIAA Realty Inc., sold the properties to a joint venture of Normandy Realty Partners of Morristown, N.J. and Lexham Private Investors of Stamford, Conn., in April.

The seven-building office complex includes 285 Riverside Ave.; 321-329 Riverside Ave., which consist of five buildings; and 355 Riverside Ave. The complex totals 145,190 square feet of space and was originally constructed from 1981 to 1986.

The space was once home to Marketing Corp. of America, whose founder and former chairman is former Westporter James McManus. The company is now based in Wilton although building tenants include a unit of Interpublic Group, which now owns Marketing Corp.

Among other tenants in the complex is Allied Domecq Spirits North America, part of BritainҒs Allied Domecq PLC, which also owns Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. The unit is headed by Westporter Tom Wilen (see WestportNow March 11, 2003).

David Welsh, managing principal of Normandy Realty Partners, said the partnership expects to invest a significant amount of capital over the next few years to reposition some of the Riverside Avenue building complex for multi-tenant use.

Footnote: The sale added almost $93,000 to the town’s coffers, pushing the town’s revenue for the month on real estate transactions to about $235,000, one of the highest in recent memory, according to Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss.

   

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Fairfield County Business Journal: Judy Rovins Connects as Event Organizer

This weeks Fairfield County Business Journal spotlights former Westport educator Judy Rovins and her event organizing business.

Excerpt: ғAs a 25-year veteran of the education field, former Westport schools superintendent Judy Rovins understood the value of an organized presentation.

Today, sheӒs taken that understanding into her Westport business, The Motivators JK Rovins Associates LLC., a large event-planning business whose clients include NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Association Port of New York and New Jersey.֔

   

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Fairfield County Business Journal: Judy

Fairfield County Business Journal: Judy Rovins Connects as Event Organizer
This weeks Fairfield County Business Journal spotlights former Westport educator Judy Rovins and her event organizing business.

Excerpt: ғAs a 25-year veteran of the education field, former Westport schools superintendent Judy Rovins understood the value of an organized presentation.

Today, sheӒs taken that understanding into her Westport business, The Motivators JK Rovins Associates LLC., a large event-planning business whose clients include NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Association Port of New York and New Jersey.֔

Saturday, June 14, 2003

NYTimes: Oops, Martha Began Catering

NYTimes: Oops, Martha Began Catering in Westport Not Greenwich
Todays New York Times includes a brief correction about Westport and Martha Stewart.

Last week, the Times carried a business section article about Stewart following her insider-trading-related indictment and noted she began her catering business in Greenwich, Conn.

TodayҒs correction sets the record straight as it seems most everyone else knows ֖ it was Westport not Greenwich.

Christian Science Monitor: “Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” Revisited

Westport has had many fictional residents over the years, but perhaps none more famous than Betsy and Tom Rath.

The Raths are the main characters in Sloan Wilson’s 1955 novel “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.”

The novel has received renewed attention with Wilson’s death last month at the age of 83 and that of actor Gregory Peck, who played Rath in the 1956 film version, who died this week at age 87.

Scenes from the film were shot in Westport (See WestportNow May 26, 2003).

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Friday, June 13, 2003

Westport Fire Department Honors Eight

Westport Fire Department Honors Eight Retirees With Almost 250 Years of Service
The Westport Fire Department tonight honored eight retiring firefighters and their combined almost 250 years of service to the community.

First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell led the tributes to Asst. Chief Joe Valiante Jr., 35 years, Asst. Chief Jeffrey Keene, 27 years, Asst. Chief Kevin McCarthy, 26 years, Asst. Chief Mark Gurrier, 25 years, and firefighters Denny Duffy, 37 years, Art Tolentino, 37 years, Hank Zarges, 37 years, and Mike Warner, 25 years.

The retirement of Duffy ended a continuous streak of 219 years combined service in the Westport department by members of the Duffy family.

Keene said with this wave of retirements, Westport was losing not only experienced firefighters, but also men who knew every street, pond, stream and woods in the community, and, at one time, practically every resident.

He recalled a phone call years ago that Duffy took at the firehouse. The woman caller yelled that her house was on fire and hung up,Ӕ Keene said. Denny recognized her voice and dispatched engines to the correct address.”

ӓWe are expendable, but we are not replaceable, he said.

The wave of retirements in the fire department ranks, along with several police officers, came in advance of changes in the pension plans for both departments that would have meant reduced benefits for those retiring after June 1.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Westport Minuteman: Martha Walked Her

Westport Minuteman: Martha Walked Her Dogs at Beach
Westports hot-button celebrity, Martha Stewart, has intersected with WestportҒs hot-button issue dogs at the beach.

The weekly Westport Minuteman reported today that Stewart was spotted early Sunday morning ֖ the day before she appeared for a mug shot and fingerprinting at the FBI on her insider-trading case walking two of her dogs at Compo Beach.

The newspaper said Stewart and her housekeeper took her French purebred dogs Paw Paw and Tutu out for a walk along a Compo Beach path. She posed with the dogs on the backsteps of her Westport home for her new marthatalks.com Web site.

Dogs are banned at the beach and adjacent areas from April 1 to Oct. 1. Revised rules regulating animals have been the subject of much debate and controversy for more than a year.

Violators of the rules are subject to a fine of up to $90.

Westport֒s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting, will take up the issue again at its July 1 meeting.

ғStewart wore a casual black cotton button-down shirt and a pair of slacks, and looked as if she had put on some weight since she appeared before the Westport Y’s Men in February 2002, the Minuteman reported.

ԓAs she walked along the peaceful shoreline vista, she left a swath of gaping Westporters in her wake. The buzz was immediate.

The report said no one approached Stewart to either offer support or scorn. ԓThis is Westport, after all, and the population is respectful of privacy, the newspaper said.

Several other Westporters reported spotting Stewart around town in recent days as well.

Meanwhile, Stewart said in the latest update on her Web site that it has had more than 8 milion hits since its launch and more than 50,000 visitors have sent e-mails.

She also added an"Other Voices” section where she publishes supportive columns from newspapers and a “Setting the Record Straight” section “where my attorneys can post statements that correct misinformation.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

State Board Recommends I-95 Exit

State Board Recommends I-95 Exit Closures, No New Merritt Lane
Theyre not saying which exits, but the board that oversees state transportation policy recommended today that Connecticut close or reconfigure some exit ramps along Interstate 95

The Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) also voted against trying to add another lane to the Merritt Parkway Җ where planners 60 years ago had provided room for possible expansion.

But the TSB did recommend the state evaluate adding another lane on I-95 in Southwest Connecticut with funds to come from an E-Z passӔ kind of toll system that would not require actual toll booths.

The AP reported that TSB members said many of the exits are located too close together, creating a dangerous situation along the busy highway. The panel stopped short of identifying which exits should be considered for closure.

Westport has two exits along I-95—exit 17 alongside the west side of the Saugatuck River, and exit 18 at Sherwood Island State Park.

Unlike other exits in Fairfield and Norwalk, these exits have several miles separation and are unlikely to be closed under the plan, according to state officials.

Local government officials in Fairfield County, while aware of the economic impact on the area of a clogged I-95, are reluctant to endorse exit closures because of the likelihood of increased traffic on local roadways as a result.

They have also opposed using the breakdown lanes during rush hours, fearing it would make getting emergency crews to accidents more difficult.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Westporter Takes Over Helm of Save the Sound

Westporter Nina Sankovitch has always loved the water and moved to Westport to be near it. Now she has a job that allows her to put her love to work improving Long Island Sound.

Sankovitch, a 40-year-old attorney, began working Monday as the new president and executive director of Save the Sound, the environmental education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization based in South Norwalk, according to The Advocate of Stamford.

Sankovitch is experienced in coastal issues, having worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, two nonprofit organizations based in New York City, the newspaper said.

   

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Westporter Takes Over Helm of

Westporter Takes Over Helm of Save the Sound
Westporter Nina Sankovitch has always loved the water and moved to Westport to be near it. Now she has a job that allows her to put her love to work improving Long Island Sound.

Sankovitch, a 40-year-old attorney, began working Monday as the new president and executive director of Save the Sound, the environmental education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization based in South Norwalk, according to The Advocate of Stamford.

Sankovitch is experienced in coastal issues, having worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, two nonprofit organizations based in New York City, the newspaper said.

NY Daily News: Martha Stewart Did Quickie Mug Shot

The New York Daily News says Martha Stewart did a quickie mug shot and fingerprint session at the Manhattan FBI headquarters and then signed paperwork listing her address as Turkey Hill Road South in Westport.

The in-and-out visit early Monday was in sharp contrast to the media frenzy outside federal court in lower Manhattan last Wednesday when she was arraigned on charges related to her insider-trading case.

Wearing no makeup and a casual outfit, Stewart, 61, came and went from 26 Federal Plaza all but unnoticed and unrecognized, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

“A federal guard who was on duty at the time Stewart came through was unaware the nationally known symbol of domestic perfection had passed right by,” it said.

The Daily News said besides the FBI fingerprint session, she signed an advice-of-penalties form advising her that she will be jailed if she does not show up to court when she is supposed to.

It said usually defendants must come to court and listen to a clerk read off the rules, then sign the form in front of the clerk.

Stewart was allowed to do so outside court, with a clerk sent to the unspecified location to carry out the bureaucratic ritual in private, sources said, according to the newspaper.

“She signed her name with the same curlicues portrayed on her new Web site, marthatalks.com, then put down her South Turkey Hill Road, Westport, Conn. address and a business phone number,” the newspaper said.

The New York Post carried a similar report and added: “Sources said prosecutors within the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Jim Comey and federal agents were prepared to grant Stewart’s requests (for a low-key FBI visit) to counter her own campaign claiming that she is being harshly treated to garner sympathy - and influence potential jurors.”

   

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Ambulance Volunteer Mike Feigin Retires

Ambulance Volunteer Mike Feigin Retires After 30 Years
Westport sees many retirements in its volunteer ranks each year, but that of Mike Feigin is special.


   
For almost 25 years the 74-year-old Feigin has tended to Westporters in need as a member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS).

But he worked on the ambulance here and in Norwalk even before WVEMS was founded in 1979 and has 30 years of EMS work behind him.

The insurance executive was the first regional coordinator for EMS in 1975 and helped push for legislation requiring an upgrading of equipment and staffing on all Connecticut ambulances.

In 1979, he was playing tennis at an indoor court in Westport and saw a fellow tennis player go down. Along with two police officers, Feigin performed CPR on the man for almost 30 minutes. He survived and went on to play tennis for 12 more years.

Fellow volunteers honored Feigin with a retirement celebration tonight —the time for his usual Monday night shift that he has led for many years as a crew chief.

While he wont be doing regular duty any more, Feigin is not turning in his uniform and pager just yet. He says heҒll be available in emergencies.

ItӒs time, he said. ԓYou want to go out before you do any damage to your patients, your crew or yourself.

Monday, June 09, 2003

NY Post: Westport in Nations No. 1 Wealth Corridor

The New York Post takes note of this months American Demographics magazine and says it identifies the Stamford-Norwalk area of Connecticut, including Westport, as the ғepicenter of American wealth.

In a story headlined ԓConnecti-Cash, the newspaper said a ԓstaggering 25 percent of households in the Southwest Connecticut area rank among the nation’s ԓupper crust” of richest families.

The Post quoted a survey by American Demographics magazine that it said shows that one in four households in the Stamford-Norwalk area - home to embattled domestic diva Martha Stewart, actor Paul Newman and designer Tommy Hilfiger - have a net worth of at least $2 million and annual incomes over $200,000.Ӕ

It said running a distant second to Stamford is Silicon Valley’s San Jose, Calif., where 12.9 percent of households meet the magzines “upper crust” criteria.

The Post said the survey showed the Stamford-Norwalk areaҒs 35,000 rich households are three times more likely to use Grey Poupon mustard than the average American, prefer Samuel Adams beer and are twice as likely to drive Jaguars, Volvos and BMWs, thumbing their noses at American-made cars.Ӕ

   

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NY Post: Westport in Nations

NY Post: Westport in Nations No. 1 Wealth Corridor
The New York Post takes note of this monthҒs American Demographics magazine and says it identifies the Stamford-Norwalk area of Connecticut, including Westport, as the epicenter of American wealth.Ӕ

In a story headlined Connecti-Cash,Ӕ the newspaper said a staggering 25 percentӔ of households in the Southwest Connecticut area rank among the nation’s upper crust” of richest families.

The Post quoted a survey by American Demographics magazine that it said shows that ӓone in four households in the Stamford-Norwalk area - home to embattled domestic diva Martha Stewart, actor Paul Newman and designer Tommy Hilfiger - have a net worth of at least $2 million and annual incomes over $200,000.

It said running a distant second to Stamford is Silicon Valley’s San Jose, Calif., where 12.9 percent of households meet the magzineԒs “upper crust” criteria.

The Post said the survey showed the Stamford-Norwalk areas 35,000 rich households ғare three times more likely to use Grey Poupon mustard than the average American, prefer Samuel Adams beer and are twice as likely to drive Jaguars, Volvos and BMWs, thumbing their noses at American-made cars.

NY Times on Westport: Despite

NY Times on Westport:  Despite Snub, Sympathy for StewartӔ
Todays New York Times joins the national mediaҒs scrutiny of Westport and its relationship with its most famous possible-prisoner-to-be, Martha Stewart.

In a Westport Journal,Ӕ the second in the newspaper in less than a month (the other was about tax “gadfly” Michael Gilbertie), reporter Paul von Zielbauer sums up the Westport reaction this way:

Here in the town she once publicly snubbed, and where people later signed a public letter of good riddance, the freshly indicted Martha Stewart has become an object more of sympathy than derision.”

The account mentioned StewartӒs now-famous New York Times Magazine article three years ago in which she announced she was leaving Westport (but didnt) and said many Westporters had pointed out that unlike Paul Newman, Phil Donahue and several of the town’s other celebrity residents, Stewart ғnever seemed interested in reaching out to her own community.

It added, ԓBut among the latte and Land Rover crowd populating Westport’s fashionable Main Street shopping district over the weekend, the dominant feeling was that Ms. Stewart who was charged on Wednesday with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and securities fraud ח is getting a raw deal.

Martha Talks Update: 6 Million

Martha Talks Update: 6 Million Hits, 40,000 Messages and Counting
In the second update of her marthatalks.com Web site since its launch last week, Martha Stewart says she continues to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has come my way.”

In a letter to visitors, accompanied by a picture of her with two of her dogs on the back steps of her Westport home, she said her site has logged more than 6 million hits.

And she said almost 40,000 visitors have taken the time to send messages of support and encouragement.

ԔWhile I would like very much to be able to respond to each of these messages individually, Im sure you can imagine that simply isnҒt feasible, given the volume of mail I am receiving,” she wrote.

For now, I hope that those of you who have written will accept my heartfelt public thanks for your kind words and good wishes.Ӕ

Stewart added, What I can do here is share a selection of the notes I have received that are most representative of the thoughts that so many have sent.

ӓI invite you to read them and to keep sharing your thoughts as I hope to post new selections regularly.

A note accompanying the messages said the authors had given permission to post them along with their name and hometown.

Newsweek: Martha Stewart Should Try for Danbury Prison

The legal pundits are having a field day discussing the likelihood that Martha Stewart may go to prison. Now Newsweek has found one expert suggesting which prison and he picked Danbury.

In its issue hitting newsstands this week, the magazine reported:

֓Sentencing consultant Alan Ellis, coauthor of the Federal Prison Guidebook,ђ says if shes facing prison time, heҒd try to get her sent to the minimum-security prison camp in Danbury, Conn., so shed be closer to visitors from New York.

ғOne small consolation: according to the guidebook, the camp features craft and aerobics classes.

The last prominent Westporter to do time in a federal prison was Stew Leonard Sr., jailed for three and a half years in 1993 in a tax evasion scheme. The founder of the ԓworlds largest dairy storeҔ served his sentence at the minimum-security federal prison in Bradford, Pa.

   

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Newsweek: Martha Stewart Should Try

Newsweek: Martha Stewart Should Try for Danbury Prison
The legal pundits are having a field day discussing the likelihood that Martha Stewart may go to prison. Now Newsweek has found one expert suggesting which prison and he picked Danbury.

In its issue hitting newsstands this week, the magazine reported:

֓Sentencing consultant Alan Ellis, coauthor of the Federal Prison Guidebook,ђ says if shes facing prison time, heҒd try to get her sent to the minimum-security prison camp in Danbury, Conn., so shed be closer to visitors from New York.

ғOne small consolation: according to the guidebook, the camp features craft and aerobics classes.

The last prominent Westporter to do time in a federal prison was Stew Leonard Sr., jailed for three and a half years in 1993 in a tax evasion scheme. The founder of the ԓworlds largest dairy storeҔ served his sentence at the minimum-security federal prison in Bradford, Pa.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

NY Times: Westport Retains Retail Allure with Old-Time Shopping

Todays New York Times focuses on WestportҒs Main Street and Greenwichs downtown as bastions of old-time shopping.

In a story headlined ғOld-Time Shopping Is in Fashion in Wealthy Towns, Times correspondent Eleanor Charles, who has written often about WestportԒs real estate market, said Westport attracts those who find mall shopping unsatisfying.

It has been a factor in the success and continued high rents ֖ of Main Street for years, but the Times lead paragraph makes it sound as if it is something new:

In some affluent suburbs around the country, people are returning to the old-fashioned way of shopping, urban retail analysts say: strolling along a downtown street, stepping into a store, stepping outside to browse the next few stores, lunching at a cozy restaurant, pausing to chat with a friend in the shade of a sidewalk tree.Ӕ

But the Times then quotes an expert who acknowledges it is a trend in place at least since the mid 90s.

The story includes details of recent Main Street sales transactions but notes that not everything on the street is high-end retail Җ citing Oscars Deli, opened in 1948, and AchornҒs Pharmacy, a Main Street fixture since 1927.

The Times does have an error many Westporters will be quick to spot. It said Westports population is 23,000. The 2000 census put it at 25,749. It has not been 23,000 at least since the 60Ғs. The Times also listed Greenwich’s population as 65,000. The 2000 census put it at 61,101.

Less apparent is the error stating a Main Street property changed hands “last month” for $18.1 million. It was actually April 14 (see WestportNow on April 19, 2003).

   

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NY Times: Westport Retains Retail

NY Times: Westport Retains Retail Allure with Old-Time Shopping
Todays New York Times focuses on WestportҒs Main Street and Greenwichs downtown as bastions of old-time shopping.

In a story headlined ғOld-Time Shopping Is in Fashion in Wealthy Towns, Times correspondent Eleanor Charles, who has written often about WestportԒs real estate market, said Westport attracts those who find mall shopping unsatisfying.

It has been a factor in the success and continued high rents ֖ of Main Street for years, but the Times lead paragraph makes it sound as if it is something new:

In some affluent suburbs around the country, people are returning to the old-fashioned way of shopping, urban retail analysts say: strolling along a downtown street, stepping into a store, stepping outside to browse the next few stores, lunching at a cozy restaurant, pausing to chat with a friend in the shade of a sidewalk tree.Ӕ

But the Times then quotes an expert who acknowledges it is a trend in place at least since the mid 90s.

The story includes details of recent Main Street sales transactions but notes that not everything on the street is high-end retail Җ citing Oscars Deli, opened in 1948, and AchornҒs Pharmacy, a Main Street fixture since 1927.

The Times does have an error many Westporters will be quick to spot. It said Westports population is 23,000. The 2000 census put it at 25,749. It has not been 23,000 at least since the 60Ғs. The Times also listed Greenwich’s population as 65,000. The 2000 census put it at 61,101.

Less apparent is the error stating a Main Street property changed hands “last month” for $18.1 million. It was actually April 14 (see WestportNow on April 19, 2003).

Larry King to Martha: We Were So Poor When We Were Kids We Couldnt Say ғWestport

CNN tonight aired a rerun of an interview Larry King did in February 2002 with Martha Stewart and the conversation touched briefly on Westport.

King: YouӒre in Westport?

Stewart: ԓOh, yes, we have a state-of-the-art television studio in Westport.

King: ԓDo you know how poor we were when we were kids? We couldnt say ‘Westport.’Ҕ

   

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Larry King to Martha: We

Larry King to Martha: We Were So Poor When We Were Kids We Couldnt Say ғWestport
CNN tonight aired a rerun of an interview Larry King did in February 2002 with Martha Stewart and the conversation touched briefly on Westport.

King: ԓYoure in Westport?Ҕ

Stewart: Oh, yes, we have a state-of-the-art television studio in Westport.Ӕ

King: Do you know how poor we were when we were kids? We couldnӒt say ‘Westport.’

Saturday, June 07, 2003

NY Times: Mitchells Shrinking its Mens Clothing Space, Part of National Trend

Sundays New York Times takes a look at what it says is smaller space being devoted to menҒs clothing at retailers around the country and zeroes in on Mitchells of Westport.

Mitchells is known around the country as one of the last great men’s retailers ӗ an icon of the traditional carriage trade, a bastion of ribbon belts and club ties, dark green linen jackets and light yellow socks, interspersed with Armani, the newspaper said.

ԓNow this venerable men’s store in Westport, Conn., is shrinking its men’s clothing space and expanding its women’s department. Herms purses at $4,750 are shoving aside Tommy Bahama sport shirts.

Mitchells is hardly the only merchant making a change: last month, Target said it would reduce the floor space for its men’s collections 蓗 to make room for more food.

   

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NY Times: Mitchells Shrinking its

NY Times: Mitchells Shrinking its Mens Clothing Space, Part of National Trend
SundayҒs New York Times takes a look at what it says is smaller space being devoted to mens clothing at retailers around the country and zeroes in on Mitchells of Westport.

ғMitchells is known around the country as one of the last great men’s retailers an icon of the traditional carriage trade, a bastion of ribbon belts and club ties, dark green linen jackets and light yellow socks, interspersed with Armani,ה the newspaper said.

Now this venerable men’s store in Westport, Conn., is shrinking its men’s clothing space and expanding its women’s department. HermӨs purses at $4,750 are shoving aside Tommy Bahama sport shirts.

Mitchells is hardly the only merchant making a change: last month, Target said it would reduce the floor space for its men’s collections ӗ to make room for more food.

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