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Saturday,  November 29, 2014


Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Perception Illusion Magic”
2 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Nutcracker Tea Party
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Turkey Walk
1 p.m. – Westport Library – Family Movie Special: “Sound of Music” Sing-a-long
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Brett Steinberg w/ Cal Kehoe and Kenny Ward
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful LIfe”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

After 110 Years, Silver of Westport is Closing

By James Lomuscio

On this Black Friday, Stephen Silver quipped “this is the blackest Friday of all of them. ” The 110-year-old, family business, Silver of Westport at 390 Post Road East, will close once the holiday shopping season ends, he said.

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Stephen Silver was upbeat after announcing the store’s closing. “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Silver said the decision to shut the specialty gift and luggage shop was made with his two sons and daughters-in-law at 5 p.m. Thursday following Thanksgiving dinner.

He noted his grandfather, Samuel Silver, started the family business in Bridgeport in 1904, selling canes and umbrellas. In 1951, his father, Philip Silver, opened the Westport shop, growing the business with specialty gifts and luggage in Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center.

“We’ve been teetering, talking about closing it for a long time,” he said, adding, “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.”

Donating to Needy Children

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The Longshore Club Park P.A.L. Ice Rink was the site of free skate rentals and two hours of free skating today, compliments of Westport’s P.A.L. for those who donated unwrapped new toys in support of Al’s Angels toy drive to help needy children enjoy the holiday season. Stamford resident Mary Donovan is pictured donating new unwrapped toys to Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido while her 7-year-old twin sons enjoyed an evening of skating. As DiGuido thanked her for her contributions Donovan, in turn, thanked DiGuido for his generous support of children from needy families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Silver of Westport to Close

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UPDATE One of the last mom and pop mainstays in Westport, Silver of Westport, is closing. Co-owner Steve Silver (pictured with his co-owner sister, Susan, before they relocated the store in Compo Acres Shopping Center in 2011) said a “retirement sale: sale of the century, nothing excluded” began today. No date has been set for the closing, he said. The family-owned and operated gift and travel necessity business has served Fairfield County since 1904 and has been in Compo Acres since 1951. It and its neighboring retailers lately have been impacted by remodeling of the exterior and reconfiguration of the rear parking lot.  “Business had not been good, but the scaffolding covering the storefront for the past eight months was the icing on the cake,” Silver said. He added: “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Drunk Mother Punches Cop in Face

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Alyssa Miklinevich:  tried to drive away with child. Westport Police photo

A 36-year-old Westport mother who was drunk and trying to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away early today punched a police officer in the face as they attempted to stop her, police said.

Alyssa Miklinevich of 10 Davenport Ave. was taken into custody after police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, police said.

“Miklinevich who was visibly intoxicated and attempting to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away,” said Capt. Vincent Penna in a statement. “Officers attempted to keep her from entering her vehicle at which point she became uncooperative and belligerent. Miklinevich then punched one of the officers in the face with a closed fist.”

Miklinevich was arrested and charged with breach of peace, assault on an officer, and interfering with an officer, he said. She was held in lieu of $1,000 bond for arraignment today in Norwalk Superior Court.

Comings & Goings: Chocolate Shop Opens on Main Street

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Westport and Weston First Selectmen Jim Marpe and Gail Weinstein today welcomed Weston resident Aarti Khosia (c) and celebrated the official opening of Khosia’s Le Rouge handmade chocolates on the lower level of 190 Main St. Khosia, whose business is also operated online (www.LeRougeByAarti.com), said the hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Monday and “will extend hours as we get closer to the holidays.”  She added, “We’re a cafe as well and serve a range of flavored coffee selections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com