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Getting Ready for Holiday Party

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Marina White (l) and Sarah Kelley from the Westport Arts Center begin set-up for the Community Holiday Party to be held today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Representatives from 16 local nonprofit organizations will take part in a “Wish List Gift Fair,” along with live music, food, children’s activities, special performances and Santa. The family-friendly event is free, compliments of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Gift Wrap

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A utility pole on Westport’s Post Road East outside of Tiffany & Co. gets a gift wrap today. The holiday season kicks off at 5 p.m. today with the lighting of the Town Hall Christmas tree followed by a community holiday party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church which is free an open to the public . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Finance Board: Fewer Affordable Units on Baron’s South

By James Lomuscio

Though Wednesday night’s Board of Finance public hearing was a record five-and-a-half hours, board members say it was time well spent on how to proceed with the planned senior housing facility on Baron’s South.

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Developer Jonathan Rose answers questions before the Board of Finance Wednesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It was a conversation I think the public needed to have,” board member Michael Rea said about the presentations made by three bidders on the project. “The Baron’s South Committee did a lot of good work, but a lot of it was sub rosa, and there were a lot of answers the public needed.”

It was the second time the three bidders, including the Jonathan Rose Companies, the developer favored by the Baron’s South Committee, and Affirmative Hillspoint LLC and Becker & Becker came before the finance board, having tweaked their initial presentations.

“I think all of us on the board learned a lot more about what was going on listening to the bidders that had bid,” said Rea, adding that the Representative Town Meeting will examine the topic Tuesday evening. “I think we changed the parameters of the conversation.”

State Department Honors Westport Tea Firm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has honored a family-owned Westport tea business with the Secretary’s 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).

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Westport tea firm president Andrew Wertheim receives applause Wednesday at a State Department ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Tea Importers, Inc., with headquarters on Riverside Avenue, was honored at a State Department ceremony Wednesday for its majority-owned tea farm, Sorwathe, which it operates in the central and east African nation of Rwanda.

The ACE award, which the company won in the small-medium size category, recognizes U.S.-owned businesses that exhibit exemplary corporate citizenship, promote innovation, and advance democratic principles around the world.

“This is a wonderful classic American story,” said Clinton in the ceremony in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room. “Joseph Wertheim came to this country to escape Nazi Germany, settled in Connecticut, and set up shop importing tea in 1953.

Comings & Goings: Pink Sumo Sushi to Church Lane

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Pink Sumo, Sushi and Sake Cafe has opened at Westport’s 4 Church Lane. The restaurant space below Patagonia was originally occupied by Zest and then by Manola. It is the third restaurant in Fairfield County owned by Skye Kwok, 32, who opened Feima in Bridgeport in 2000 and then Sweet Basil in Fairfield in 2007. Head sushi chef is Eric Cheng who previously worked at the well known New York City sushi restaurant Nobu. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, November 29, 2012


10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. –  4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Ordinance Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Front Lawn – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Christ & Holy Trinity Church – Community holiday party
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – P&Z Subcommittee on Flood Zone Regulations
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – All About Google Mail
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance/Health and Human Services Committees
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Woman In Black”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Helping Navigate Sandy’s Aftermath

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Victims of Storm Sandy got some help tonight in navigating its aftermath with a session at Christ & Holy Trinity Church that focused on issues involving federal aid, insurance, loans, and rebuilding. Sponsored by William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, those taking part included Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration, and others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chamber Members Visit WHS for After Hours

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The Westport Historical Society tonight was the venue for the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours gathering. Westport artist Miggs Burroughs (r), as a guest host for the event, narrated the current exhibit, “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists.” His eight-cent U.S. postal stamp is among those featured. Susan Gold (2nd l), Society executive director, and Lisa Parrelli Gray (l), Chamber president, welcomed members to the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com