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Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Moving

By James Lomuscio

Westport Postmaster Dennis Kassimis says that he has been too busy with holiday mail and the scheduled move to Playhouse Square to wax nostalgic about the Westport Post Office leaving the brick building it has called home since the 1930s.

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Westport Postermaster Dennis Kassimis outside the new Main Post Office in Playhouse Square which opens on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“We’re just too busy to think about it,” Kassimis said about leaving the time honored facility at 154 Post Road East. “It’s always after the storm, when things quiet down, that you start to think about it.”

Kassimis and the five employees there will not have too much time to reflect. The old, 7,000-square-foot facility officially closes Saturday, and on Tuesday, Jan. 3 will reopen in smaller, 2,700-square-foot space in Playhouse Square. The official address, Kassimis notes, is 275 Post Road East, Suite 10, a section of building that had previously been occupied by Derma Clinic.

He is quick to point out that the new building, while smaller, will have added advantages such as better parking and 24-hour access to Post Office boxes compared to the current building’s 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours. The number of boxes will be 678 compared to 758 at the current facility.

Chefs Star at Farmers Market Fund-Raiser

The Westport Farmers Market is sponsoring what it calls a “casual celebration of local, sustainable, healthy food” on Saturday, Jan. 28, which will feature several Fairfield County “farm-to-table” chefs.

Tickets for the “Fork It Over” event at the Greenhouses at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens on Sylvan Lane South are $150 and go on sale on Jan. 3.

“This casual evening will give diners the opportunity to mingle with chefs while enjoying a seasonal tasting menu, paired perfectly with wines, all while listening to light jazz,” an announcement said.

“This is the perfect opportunity to pull up a stool, mingle and hang out with friends under the glow of candlelight.”

Marie A. Davis, 97

Marie Albin Davis of Raleigh, N.C., a former employee of radio station WMMM in Westport, died Dec. 27 at Capital Nursing in Raleigh, N.C. She was 97.

She was born April 21, 1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of five children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Albin.

A business college graduate, she was an accountant and office manager for radio station WMMM in Westport, which was on the air from 1959 to 1997.

She was a gifted Bible teacher, counselor, and friend to both children and adults for many years.

It’s Official: Main Post Office Closing on Saturday

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A U.S. Postal Service note to customers at the main Westport Post Office makes it official—Saturday will be its last day at its Post Road East home since 1935. Beginning Tuesday, the Main Westport Post Office moves to Playhouse Square where postal boxes will be accessible 24 hours a day, according to the note. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Storms a Windfall for Generator Sales

By James Lomuscio

Westporter Carla Rea says that despite Tuesday night’s fierce, howling winds that made her cable television go out briefly, she had no fear of losing power thanks to a propane-powered, 14 kW generator installed to the tune of $12,000.

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This 40 kW generator, which runs on natural gas, starts up instantly to power everything in this Westport home when electric service fails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Like all permanently installed, free standing, automatic generators, Rea’s unit kicks in the second a power outage hits. She says it was well worth the price tag considering how many days she and her husband Michael Rea, a member of Westport’s Board of Finance, were left without power after Hurricane Irene in late summer and again with the October Nor’easter.

“I knew if something happened yesterday with the wind, I wouldn’t have to worry,” she said.

The Reas are just one of more 175 Westport households that have opted to put in permanent, standby generators since Hurricane Irene, according to Laurence Bradley, director of the Planning and Zoning Department.

Remembering Cindy D’Aiuto

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Today’s anniversary of the death a year ago in a Kings Highway North parking lot of Westporter Cindy D’Aiuto, 48, was marked with the posting of ribbons and photographs dedicated to her near where she died. Whitney Cusa, a sister, put up family pictures including one of the two of them together that said “I Miss U – Whitty” and another of D’Aiuto’s dog Bear which said “Bear Misses U Too.” An autopsy determined that she died of hypothermia and her death was ruled accidental. The Medical Examiner’s Office said that underlying medical issues may have been contributing factors as well. (See WestportNow Dec. 29, 2010) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com