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Sunday Farmer’s Market at Saugatuck Church

Westport will have two weekly farmer’s markets after all. Organizers Wednesday announced a farmer’s market will open Sunday behind the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and run until Nov. 22.WestportNow.com Image

A Thursday farmer’s market opened last week and continues today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Thursday until Nov. 19 at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.

An announcement said Sunday market visitors will see both new and familiar faces and vendors selling popular items each weekend. In 2007, the Sunday market was located behind the Westport Center for Senior Activities and moved in 2008 to the Imperial Avenue parking lot.

Alexis Gazy, market executive director, said that the Saugatuck Congregational Church has been welcoming to the vendors and farmers and she looks forward to the New England tradition of a locally supported market. Westport resident Michelle Albano is the market master.

New Faces on Saugatuck

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Two young swans known as cygnets.are the newest residents of the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center. Almost three weeks ago on Mother’s Day, WestportNow published a photo of the mother mute swan nesting on a large mound waiting out her incubation period. (See WestportNow May 10, 2009) On Wednesday, two cygnets were seen for the first time, suggesting they may have been born late in the evening of Memorial Day. The male will continue to remain close to the nest protecting the family from intruders until they learn to fly on their own at about four months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Thursday, May 28, 2009


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot – Westport Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art,”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Main Street – Inaugural Westport Streetfest (rain or shine)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Sports Writing Workshop by Rob Sullivan
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Children” preview

Community Theatre’s “Don’t Drink the Water” Opens Friday

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The Westport Community Theatre’s production of Woody Allen’s 1966 farce “Don’t Drink the Water,” opens Friday and runs three weekends until June 14. Pictured during a rehearsal (l-r) are Westporter Mark Hartog, Ryan Hendrickson of Stamford, Jessie Gilbert of Weston, and Vic Terenzio of Norwalk. The play directed by Dan Friedman has a cast of 13 including five Westporters – Marc and Cindy Hartog, Nik Shpilberg, Manny Lieberman and Nicole Whitney. The Community Theatre is located in Westport’s Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Pequot Capital Mangement Shutting Down

Pequot Capital Management Inc., the well known hedge fund firm long based in Westport which recently moved to Wilton, is being closed down by founder Arthur Samberg amid an ongoing investigation into possible insider trading, The Wall Street Journal said today.

“Public disclosures about the continuing investigation have cast a cloud over the firm and have become a source of personal distraction,” Samberg wrote in a letter that was sent to investors today, the newspaper said on its Web site..

“With the situation increasingly untenable for the firm and for me, I have concluded that Pequot can no longer stay in business.”

Samberg, a pioneer in the hedge-fund business, has a track record that is among the best in the business, even while dealing with an on-again, off-again investigation by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Journal said.

Staples Senior Wins Congressional Art Competition

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Staples senior Nick Weir won with his mixed-media self-portrait. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A senior from Westport’s Staples High School, Nick Weir, has won first prize in the Congressional Art Awards competition hosted by the office of U.S. Representative Jim Himes, a distinction attained by Staples students for the fifth consecutive year.

Nick moved to Westport from England several years ago and will return to England next year for university study.

The jurors chose Nick’s mixed-media self-portrait from student entries from the 4th Congressional District, which includes Bridgeport, Fairfield, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich, among others.

Two other Staples students, Kaitlin Flinn and Sarah Hyun, will receive Certificates of Participation for their entries in the competition.

Joseloff Urges Swift Action on State Budget

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff joined other municipal leaders in Hartford today to press the state legislature for an early agreement on the budget and to urge legislators not to pass any additional unfunded mandates.WestportNow.com Image
Among area First Selectmen traveling to Hartford today were (l-r) Woody Bliss of Weston, Gordon F. Joseloff of Westport, Jeb Walker of New Canaan, and Bill Brennan of Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Among those joining Joseloff at a news conference in the Capitol were Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan, Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss, and New Canaan First Selectman Jeb Walker.

The rally and news conference were organized by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, the Council of Small Towns, and the Capital Region Council of Governments.

“It is imperative to get action on a budget to protect and at least maintain level funding of state aid to municipalities,” Joseloff said. “We have approved Westport’s 2009-10 budget and don’t need any surprises from Hartford. The governor and legislature need to do their job.”

Westport Inaugural Streetfest Set for Thursday

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Westport’s Main Street will become a traffic-free zone Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the inaugural Westport Streetfest.

Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature music, food, and fun.

Organizers hope the event will become an annual affair and draw people to Westport’s downtown area.

Police will begin restricting traffic on the street from about 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.