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Westport Shoppers Gain an Hour Downtown

By James Lomuscio

Holiday shoppers along Westport’s Main Street and sections of Parker-Harding Plaza will have an extra hour without worrying about be ticketed. So, too, will downtown restaurant patrons.

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The diagonal parking in Parker-Harding Plaza will go from one hour to two hours along with spaces on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The Board of Selectmen today unanimously approved a request from the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) to replace one-hour with two-hour parking along Main Street from Post Road East to Kings Highway North, as well as in the diagonal spaces in Parker-Harding Plaza at the back of Main Street buildings.

“What the Board of Selectmen has done was to do it on a three-month trial basis, and after three months, we will evaluate it,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Marpe said that the one-hour limit, which has been in place for decades, was designed for a different Main Street, “basically where you would have people run in for 15 minutes to the hardware store or Gristede’s that was here,” he added. “You wanted to encourage people to shop and leave.”

Selectman Approve Two-Hour Parking for Parker-Harding

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UPDATE Westport Traffic Agent Gerald Waldron checks cars in the Parker-Harding Plaza parking lot today hours after the Board of Selectmen approved a change to two-hour parking for the entire lot for a three-month trial. Also changing will be one hour parking on Main Street to two hours. The board acted upon the request of the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) which said it had received repeated complaints over the years that the one-hour parking limit—in Parker-Harding for cars on the left against the back of the Main Street buildings—was too short. Adding to the confusion of Parker-Harding parkers was the fact that some of the spaces were two hours and some one hour. The board said it would evaluate the change in three months with an eye to making it permanent. Stephen Desloge, DMA president, said he hoped the change would be implemented before “Black Friday” shopping the day after Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Comings & Goings: Positano’s to Playhouse Campus

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Positano’s Restaurant, a mainstay at Westport’s Old Mill Beach for 13 years, will move in February to the Westport Country Playhouse campus in a building occupied until last February by the Dressing Room Restaurant, (See WestportNow Feb. 1, 2014), the Playhouse announced today. The Positano property changed hands in September for $2 million. Positano’s will close on Dec. 31 at its current location. It is unclear whether it will remain a restaurant or become a residential building.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Look: Eastbound Steps at Green’s Farms

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Riders at the Metro-North Green’s Farms station can once again enjoy the convenience of a stairway that connects parking lots to the arrival and departure platforms. The project of replacing wooden steps with granite ones was completed two weeks ahead of schedule, according to Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas. View is of the steps to the eastbound platform. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Have You Seen This Cat?

Injured Cat
This cat was hit by a car yesterday, 11/11/2014, at around 4pm near 4 Cross Highway.  A witness believes the cat was injured but was able to scamper off into the woods and /or under a house.  The cat visits a nearby property often (hence the photo), but I am not sure whose cat this is or whether the owner knows it was injured today.  If anyone has seen this cat or knows what has become of him (her), please email the editor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Thank-you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Board of Education Special Meeting
1 p.m. – Westport Library – Options for Treatment of Hip & Knee Pain presentation
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Imagination Foundation Workshops (grades 6-8)
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Creative Writing Workshop Series for Grades 3-5
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Women & Finance Series: The State of Your Estate
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Hall Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

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