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Mixed Day of Shopping on Main Street

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Everyone agreed the number of shoppers on Westport’s Main Street was down from a year ago on today’s post-Thanksgiving Day “Black Friday.”  But there was disagreement by how much. Some retailers said business was better than they expected while others said it was down as sharply as they had feared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Blumenthal Warns on Gift Cards

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today warned consumers to be especially wary of purchasing gift cards this holiday season because of the precarious financial condition of many large retailers and other businesses in bankruptcy and called for legislation to secure gift card value.

“In light of staggering consumer losses—more than $100 million this year alone—I will propose and advocate legislation requiring retailers to establish a special, separate account for money from purchases of gift cards, so the money can be held in escrow,” Blumenthal said.

“An alternative would be a state fund similar to the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund to provide for refunds in case of retail failures with money from fees paid by retailers.

“In the meantime, consumers can avoid January surprises by giving cash instead of cards, guaranteeing the full value of the gifts. Cold hard cash may be crass, but it’s forever.”

Friday, November 28, 2008


Thanksgiving recess: Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Westport/Weston Health District are closed
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Not all Rubber Ducks Look Alike”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Optimism”
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Family Vacation Movies (Ages 3+ with adult)
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Unitarian Church – Chowdafest ‘08
8 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest”