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Saturday, June 18, 2011


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
Noon – 10 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Yankee Doodle Fair (rides open at 1 p.m.)
2 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Stone Wall and New England Culture,” Robert Thorson
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Sunrise Rotary’s first 4-Way-Test Poster-Design Contest Winners Announced
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Earthplace – Critters & Crafts (Ages 3+)
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Downunder (575 Riverside Ave.) – “Doggie Paddle” Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) benefit
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Sabrina Fair”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Property Transfers May 30 – June 3, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 30 - June 3, 2011:

Mario and Melissa Manna to Scott Smith, 38 Danbury Ave., $1,900,000WN property.jpg

Todd B. Halky and Meghan Murphy to Brooke L. Coniglio, 5 Keenes Road, $945,000

Francis J. Gilmore Est. to Konstantinos Papadopoulos, 187 Sturges Highway, $400,000

Keith J. and Andrea T. Ruskin to Maureen A. and Robert B. Clark, 6 Tomahawk Lane, $630,000

‘Doggie Paddle’ Saturday to Benefit Animal Shelter

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Doing the dog paddle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s new Downunder kayak, surf and paddle board shop in Saugatuck will host a “Doggie Paddle” on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. to benefit Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA).

Attendees will have the opportunity to hit the water in a kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle board) with their best friend of the four-legged type. 

In addition to safety vests for people, dog safety vests will be available for all sizes of dogs. Half of all rental fees will be donated to WASA to aid its mission to assist and advocate for homeless dogs in Fairfield County. 

Junior’s Weinermobile Catering of Westport will be on site selling hot dogs and snacks. 

Beer Garden Draws Nightlife Downtown

By James Lomuscio

When Bob LeRose hears about the Westport Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission’s plans to reinvigorate the downtown, making it a vibrant nightspot that can hold its own with Fairfield and South Norwalk, he usually rolls his eyes.WestportNow.com Image
Bob LeRose shows off the rooftop beer garden at his Bobby Q’s restaurant on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We as individual businesses have the first responsibility to make our businesses interesting enough for people to come downtown,” he says. “Now if the P&Z wants to clear the way for a movie theater and other interesting things, great, we’ll take it.”

A P&Z downtown subcommittee has been meeting over the past month to explore ways the commission can be more business friendly in terms of regulations, as well as recommending things that are outside the P&Z’s purview such as street scape and signage.

Still, LeRose, owner of Bobby Q’s on Main Street for the past seven years, says the onus is on the business person. And he feels he’s taken an important first step—the opening a few weeks ago of Bobby Q’s al fresco, rooftop beer garden.

More Jobs But Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6.5 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in May was 6.5 percent, a jump from a revised 6.2 percent in April and the highest this year since the same rate in February, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

While the unemployment rate was up, so was the size of Westport’s labor force – perhaps because of colleges and universities letting out, according to economists – and in total numbers, more than 100 more persons had jobs in Westport over the previous month.

Among suburban Fairfield County towns, only Greenwich’s 6.7 rate was worse. New Canaan also had a 6.5 rate, Wilton 6.2 percent, Weston 6.0 percent, and Darien 5.8 percent.

The department said the number of Westport unemployed in May was 832, a jump from 784 in April. The May labor force in Westport numbered 12,890, up from 12,735 in April, with 12,058 employed, up from 11,951 in April, it said.