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Friday, June 26, 2009


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
1:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Film Festival with Thelma Gordon: “The Buddy Holly Story”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “2009 Solos Show”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “tick, tick … Boom!” (preview)
8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East ) – “Morgan: Zero to Sixty in Diva Time!”

Westport $12.5 Million Bond Sale Goes to PNC Capital Markets

Westport today awarded its $12.5 million general obligation bond sale to PNC Capital Markets at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

The bonds, maturing from 2010 to 2029, sold at an average interest rate of 3.56 percent, said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.

“This is the most favorable rate on Westport debt in four decades,” he said. “We are extremely gratified by the auction results.”

Proceeds from the bond sale will finance various school, sewer and municipal improvements.

Fine Arts Festival T-Shirt Winners

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The Westport Downtown Merchants Association announced the winners of the contest to design this year’s official Westport Fine Arts Festival t-shirt. The contest was open to students of Staples High School’s Design and Tech class. The winners received cash prizes from the Westport DMA and gift certificates for Bobby Q’s Restaurant. Pictured (l-r) are: (front row) Cal Rider, designer of the winning children’s shirt being modeled by his brother, Jack Rider; Mario Lisanti and Robert Mahieu, who, along with Emily Weber (missing from photo) designed the winning adult shirt. (back row) Michelle Weber, festival chairman and owner of Cocoa Michelle, Beth Orwasher, WDMA intern and t-shirt coordinator, and Bob Le Rose, president of the WDMA and owner of Bobby Q’s Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Compo Colors

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Wednesday was another day of on and off rain showers and intermittent sun that perplexed would-be visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. Kayaks and canoes remained in a colorful array on their racks awaiting consistently clear skies. Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009


10 a.m. – noon – Westport Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: intermediate class Microsoft Office Word 2003
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot – Westport Farmers’ Market
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
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Sentimental Shipbuilding”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “2009 Solos Show”
12:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectman (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – CTWorks Career Coach: intermediate class Microsoft Office PowerPoint
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teddy Bear Tea (Grades 1 & up)
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Whole Foods Market – “Classic Combinations: A Tasting Experience” with Lauren Braun Costello
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Family Program: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
7 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “How Biography Becomes Biology,” Paul Epstein
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Running With Giants w/ Score 24, Vivacity, and Way Anchor
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “tick, tick … Boom!” (preview)

Moody’s Affirms Westport’s Triple-A Rating

UPDATE Moody’s Investor Service has affirmed Westport’s triple-A rating, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today.

The rating service assigned its highest Aaa rating to the town’s $12.5 million General Obligation Bonds, Issue of 2009. It also affirmed the Aaa rating on the town’s parity debt, Joseloff said.

Proceeds from the bond sale will finance various school, sewer and municipal improvements. The bonds, maturing from 2010 to 2029, sold at an average interest rate of 3.56 percent. PNC Capital Markets won the bidding for the offering.

“We are very pleased with the rating review,” Joseloff said. “Despite these difficult economic times, it shows that Westport’s finances are in good shape.”

Comings and Goings: Artisan Kitchens to Open

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Another entrepreneur has chosen Westport to open a business.  According to owner John Minnock of Newtown, Artisan Kitchens and Countertops will open at 1252 Post Road East (next to Greens Farms Spirits Shop) around the first week of August.  “Now is the time to get a good deal on leases” he said. The proud father of two children, Minnock said the business will be family operated which includes his wife Gail who will do the bookkeeping and son-in-law Steve. Minnock, who operated his business for two years at 941 Danbury Ave. in Wilton, chose to move to Westport because he said most of his clients live here and to take advantage of more favorable leasing arrangements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com