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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


9:30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseeker Special: Advanced Resume Workshop
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory 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”
6:30 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples football vs West Haven in Class LL playoffs
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Downtown 2020 Committee Public Meeting
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Citizens Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Winter Farmers Market Switches to Saturdays

The Winter Westport Farmers Market, responding to what it said was input from its customers, this season will switch from Thursdays to Saturdays beginning Dec. 8 at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden on Sylvan Lane, organizers announced today.

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A poster announces the Winter Farmers Market move to Saturdays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“We’ve listened to you and we value your opinion and this is why the Westport Farmers Market will now be held on Saturday mornings,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, director.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include vendors Arogya, Beltane Farm, Boxcar Cantina, Doc’s Organic Maple Syrup, Du Soleil Fine Foods, Flour City Pasta, Fort Hill Farm, Oxhollow Farm, Pastabilities, Hoardable Hot Sauce, Huckleberry Artisan Pastries, Kaia Café, The Local Catch, Nothin’ But Granola, Norwegian Wood Bakery, Raus Coffee, Riverbank Farm, Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, Skinny Pines, Sono Baking Company, Sticky Nutz, Sweet Sage Bakery, Two Guys From Woodbridge, Winding Drive Jams. and Woodland Farm.

“Our mission is to create and maintain a regional hub where real farmers connect with consumers over real food,” Cochran-Dougall said.

Mom & Pops: Sandy Cast Pall on Small Business Saturday

By James Lomuscio

Sandwiched between Black Friday and today’s Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday pays homage to local retailers, the Davids amidst the onslaught of Goliath chains and big box stores. According to Westport Mom & Pop establishments, the concept has not only worked, but caught on over the past decade,

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Chic Jolie was open and participated in Small Business Saturday, but storm-damaged Crumbs across the street was closed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

But this year, with some exceptions, was far from stellar, retailers say, noting Saturday’s sales were a shadow of what they were a year ago. Some blame Storm Sandy for getting the holiday shopping season off to a shaky start. Others say an uncertain economy is making consumers more tight fisted.

“Christmas is definitely off to a slow start because of Sandy and probably appropriately so,” said Steve Silver, the third generation owner of Silver of Westport, Inc., a Post Road East specialty gift store in town since 1951.“People have to look after their families and their homes. They have a whole different set of priorities.

“We’d love to see them come in, and we’re ready when they are,” added Silver, saying he is optimistic that as Christmas approaches and memories of Sandy fade, sales will pick up.

Going Down: 2 Harbor Hill

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The house at Westport’s 2 Harbor Hill (aka 317 Compo Road South),was demolished today. Built in 1988, the two-story custom colonial had 5,071 square feet, was situated on a 1.1-acre property and changed ownership in July for $2.1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 22, 2012. Among those on hand to watch were former owners Arthur Kirsch (l) and Denise McLaughlin (c) who are now New Canaan residents, and neighbor Viveka Kjellgren. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Holiday Giving Program Seeks Donations

Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the Department of Human Services will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.   

“Over the years, the generosity of volunteer donors has made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children, families and seniors in our town,” said Butler. “We hope that Westporters will continue to support their neighbors, many of whom have an even greater need after Hurricane Sandy.”

Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver.

“Some of the most appreciated gifts are grocery and gas gift cards of any amount, as well as gift cards to local stores where residents may shop,” she said.  In addition, cash donations are always welcome as they allow for the purchase of last minute gift cards for clients.

Going Down: 19 Buena Vista Drive

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The house at Westport’s 19 Buena Vista Drive, in the Compo Mill area, was demolished today. Built in 1955, the 1 1/2-story cape had 1,536 square feet, was situated on a .17-acre property for which transfer of 10 percent ownership at $105,000 was recorded last month. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 25, 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Norwalk Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Norwalk Ave., in the Compo Road section, is in process. Built in 1927, the 1 3/4-story conventional has 1,828 square feet and is situated on a .12-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Solar Look

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Workers from Stratford-based Encon Solar Energy today installed solar panels on the roof of the recently renovated eastbound station house at Westport’s Metro-North station. The solar panels will power the interior of the station house as well as 20 electric vehicle charging stations outside. Parking permit holders with electric vehicles will be able to access the prime parking spaces when the new Westport Solar Transportation Hub opens in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com