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Freshii Prepares for Monday Opening

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Freshii, part of a health-oriented restaurant chain, opens Monday at 1 Main St., also known as 19 Post Road East, near Starbuck’s. Accessible from Parker Harding Plaza, the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Freshii operates in 35 cities and eight countries around the world. The Westport owner is Jonathan Blob, who as a hedge fund manager invested and performed analysis on the food service industry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, September 28, 2013


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – WWC Fundraiser Tag Sale
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
1 p.m. – Schenk’s Island, Wilton (Center Street & River Road) – Earthplace River Walk
1:30 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Something to Crow About” Scarecrow-making Party
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Steven Parlato: Writing for Young Adults
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Nature Encounters
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Historical Society Exhibit Honors Westport Artists

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Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher shows off his painting “Celebrants” at tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Framing the Past, Present and Future: 20 Years of the Westport Arts Awards.“The exhibit highlights more than 40 pieces of art from the Permanent Westport Art Collection and includes sculpture, painting, photography and illustration.  A special tribute to Walt Reed is located in the Molly Donovan Gallery. Both exhibits will remain on view through Jan. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Arts Awards Retrospective at Westport Historical Society


Scenes from tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Framing the Past, Present and Future: 20 Years of the Westport Arts Awards.“ Since their inception in 1994, the Westport Arts Awards have honored 49 visual artists, including painter and stamp designer Stevan Dohanos, painter Jak Kovatch, whose montage “Warriors Dream” is included in the exhibit, and photojournalist Lynsey Addario. The retrospective features more than 45 original works — paintings, drawings, illustrations, comics, etchings, photographs and sculptures on loan from regional museums, private collections, the Town of Westport, the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection and the artists themselves. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Con Ed Working on Temporary Train Fix

Con Edison said today it was setting up three transformers to try to supply the needed 27,000 volts of power to a high-voltage line that failed Wednesday at a Mount Vernon station, knocking out power to the New Haven line.

But it was unclear how many electric trains could be served by the transformers’ power, which would take power from lines in residential areas and step them up to reach the needed 27,000 volts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Con Ed said.

Officials said they would be testing the alternative power source over the weekend to see if it could work.

“We’ve been working on a couple of strategies to get power back to the tracks as quickly as possible,” Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin said.

Bond Panel Okays Financing for Bridgeport Development

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

The State Bond Commission today approved $31 million in financing to allow a leading sporting goods retailer to locate in the long-planned commercial development on Steel Point in Bridgeport.

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Bass Pro Shops will benefit from the state funds. Contributed photo

And though the commission unanimously approved the financing for Bass Pro Shops, that endorsement came amidst an ongoing partisan debate over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of the state’s credit card for capital programs.

Bass Pro has announced plans to open a 140,000-square-foot facility at the harbor, with total development and financing costs expected to fall just under $70 million.

Besides the $31 million approved today, the state also is expected to provide $9 million in future assistance with the developer providing the remaining $38.5 million.

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Chamber Hosts First Select Candidates

By James Lomuscio

Making Westport more receptive and friendly toward businesses was the theme of a Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Conversation with First Selectman Candidates,” Republican Jim Marpe and Democrat Helen Garten, held in the Westport Library’s McManus Room today.

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First Selectman candidates Helen Garten and Jim Marpe answer questions at today’s Westport Library event sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

While business remained the primary focus, the event that drew about 50 occasionally veered off topic to affordable housing, the library’s expansion and a proposed senior housing center at the town-owned Baron’s South property—all issues both candidates said they supported.

“We really do need to have a conversation with Town Hall as it pertains to business and what matters most to them if they are elected,” said Lisa Perelli Gray, who directed the talk.

Each candidate—Marpe, former acting chairman of the Board of Education, and Garten, Board of Finance member and former chairwoman—spoke for two minutes followed by questions from the audience.

Auto Art on Display at Library

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UPDATE (corrects dates) Weston artist Ken Scaglia shows his passion for automobiles reflected in 16 colorful canvases on display in the Great Hall of The Westport Library where a reception Oct. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. marks the opening of the exhibit.  Chris Timmons of the library staff adjusts one of the works. The show will remain on display through Jan. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 98 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 98 Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1930, the one-story raised ranch has 1,736 square feet, is situated on a .81-acre property and changed ownership this month fro $670,000. 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

Senior Center Kicks Off Cultural Series Lectures

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Pianist Orin Grossman today kicked off a series of five cultural events at the Westport Center for Senior Services with a lecture and concert about George and Ira Gershwin. Grossman, former academic vice president at Fairfield University, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree and doctorate in music history from Yale University. AT&T is sponsoring the cultural series presented by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The next four events will be on Fridays starting at 1:30 p.m. with the Oct. 4 presentation by former Staple teacher Gerry Kuroghlian who will present an introduction to film literacy through examples from the film “Citizen Kane.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com