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Holiday Season ‘Kickoff’ Thursday in Downtown

By James Lomuscio

Bob LeRose says that the holiday celebrations set for Thursday evening downtown will mark the first time Westport has has an “official kickoff” to the season.

“We’ve always had a natural end to the holiday season with First Night, but we’ve never had an official kickoff,” said LeRose, president of the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA). “So, we just thought it would be great to have the community gather downtown on Dec. 1.”

The evening is set to begin with a Town Hall Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. followed by hot cocoa at the Westport Historical Society and at 5 p.m., an all out celebration inside and outside the new Great Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Church Lane.

“We looked at several options, and we thought this would be a great way to welcome that new hall to the downtown,” said LeRose.

Comings and Goings: West Elm to Main Street

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UPDATE It was moving in day today for home furnishings retailer West Elm at Westport’s 37 Main St. The retailer, owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc., takes over space formerly occupied by Gap Kids. Opening is set for Dec. 8. An announcement said the brand’s “first pop-up shop in Connecticut will open with a unique assortment of furniture, décor and gifts.” It said on opening day, the first 100 customers to pop in will receive a free West Elm tote bag, and all seasonal trim and rugs will be 20 percent off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Remaining Candlelight Tickets Available at School

Remaining tickets for next month’s 71st annual Candlelight Concerts at Westport’s Staples High School are available for pick up at the school, it was announced today.

The tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis on school days up to 3 p.m. at the welcome/security desk in the lobby.

The concerts are scheduled on Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Donations to the school’s Music Department are gratefully accepted.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society –  “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
12:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Writers Artists Collaborative
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – World Affairs in Foreign Films

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

All Smiles on a Night to Remember

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UPDATE Staples senior Jon Heil has plenty to smile about tonight after scoring four touchdowns in the Staples 48-21 rout of Ridgefield in the Class LL state quarterfinals at Wilton. His 366 yards on 27 carries shattered the Staples single-game running record. The Wreckers move on to play Newtown on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bunnell High School in Stratford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Staples Crushes Ridgefield 48-21 to Advance in States

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Staples senior Jon Heil scores one of his four touchdowns in tonight’s Class LL quarter-final in the rain match that saw the Wreckers crush Ridgefield 48-21 at Wilton High School. The Wreckers will play Newtown on Saturday in the semifinals at 2p.m. at Bunnell High School in Stratford.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

Saugatuck Center Tree Lighting ‘A New Tradition’

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Sam Gault said the more than 50 friends and well wishers who gathered for food and cheer at the Saugatuck Center Christmas tree lighting tonight exemplified his vision for the commercial, office and residential development.

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The Christmas tree lights went on at the new Saugatuck Center tonight as Santa arrived by boat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During

“The vision has always been to bring people together,” said Gault, president of LH Gault & Son, Inc., a hometown company started in 1863.

“It marks our first Christmas season here and shows that this is a place for the community to gather beyond the season,” he added about the new, two-building, one-acre complex on Riverside Avenue and overlooking the Saugatuck River.

Gault noted that the complex is replete with a public access boardwalk, and that all of the amenities are aimed at bringing back a sense of neighborhood to Westport’s Saugatuck section.