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Red Barn Contents Go On Sale Friday & Saturday

Nostalgic about the closing of Westport’s Red Barn Restaurant? On Friday and Saturday you will have a chance to take a piece of the restaurant home to have a permanent memento.

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Richard (l) and Frank (ChIch) Nistico Jr. in front of the Red Barm full service bar, which opened in March 2014 after a 30-year effort to get town approvals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Norwalk’s Fairfield County Antique and Design Center announced that it would be holding an estate-liquidation sale for all the contents of the restaurant at 292 Wilton Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.each day. See pictures of items here.

“We will be selling all fixtures, kitchen equipment, signs, weathervanes, decorations, etc.,” an announcement said. “All are welcome starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. No early birds. Everything will be priced to sell. Own a piece of history from your favorite restaurant.”

The restaurant, owned by the Nistco family since 1983, closed last week after months of swirling rumors of its demise. (See WestportNow July 11, 2015)

The Way We Were: The Red Barn in the 1960s

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This postcard from the 1960s shows the Red Barn Restaurant, 292 Wilton Road, when it operated under Harry and Dorothy Davega. The Nistico family renovated the building when they bought it in 1983. All the contents will go on sale Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. following the restaurant’s closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Back to School Program Set for Income Eligible

Westport’s Back to School program, which offers gift cards to income-eligible families to purchase backpacks and school supplies for their children, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, at Town Hall, Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today.

Butler added that the Salvation Army also provides a limited number of Payless gift cards, so children can start the school year with a new pair of shoes.

She said the program depends solely upon the generosity of community individuals and organizations. Last year, 189 Westport students from 107 income-eligible families, the equivalent of 10 full classrooms,  received assistance.

“Donations at any level are greatly appreciated,” said Butler.

Comings & Goings: Neat Reopens Even Neater

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Westport’s Neat Coffee and Craft Cocktails, 6 Wilton Road, officially reopens Thursday after closing for one week for a “face lift,” according to owner Rachel Haughey. “We replaced the furniture, fixtures, color scheme and the overall feel that our designers said ‘is like a Botox treatment,’” she said. Manager Sandra Walimaki describes the change as “having a warmer feel that’s both a coffee house and bar at the same time.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Leonard Starr, 89

Leonard Starr of Meadow Ridge in Redding, a former Westport resident who created the classic comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” and TV’s “ThunderCats,” and revived “Little Orphan Annie,” died June 30. He was 89.

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Leonard Starr: celebratred cartoonist. Contributed photo

Born in New York City in 1925 and raised on the Lower East Side, he graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art then studied at Pratt Institute.  He began freelancing as a comic book artist at age 16 and within a few years was considered one of the best in the field, drawing “The Human Torch” and “Sub-Mariner” for such publishers as Timely (now Marvel), Fawcett and DC.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he worked on a wide range of comic book titles from “House of Mystery” to “Gang Busters” and “Soldiers of Fortune.” 

In 1957, after a stint doing advertising illustration, he created the realistically drawn daily comic strip “Mary Perkins On Stage” for the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate.

Checking Out Harper Lee’s Much-Anticipated Novel

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Westporter Mary Ellen Marpe looks over a copy of Harper Lee’s highly anticipated “Go Set a Watchman” at Westport’s Barnes & Noble today. The store opened at 7 a.m. ahead of its usual opening time to accommodate the more than 100 customers who reserved the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” in advance. The book went on sale worldwide at midnight local time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9:30 a.m. – Westport Library – TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Citation Hearing
Noon – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Connecticut Ballet
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Softballers Are Division 1 Champs

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The Westport Little League 12-Under All Star softball team today defeated North Branford 7-4 in a dramatic come-from-behind victory to take the Division I title in a game at Darien High School. Westport will play Seymour on Wednesday in Bristol to begin the state bracket, as their march to the Softball World Series continues. Pictured are Charlotte Porzio, Lucy Kaplan (on her knee), Jennifer Westphal, Reilly Caldwell, Milei Wyatt, Ellie Doran, Chloe Chaple, Sophia Alfero, Maisie Dembski, Aydan Moskowitz, Jillian Backus and Ali Green (on her knee) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo