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Handmade Hardwood Products Popular at Farmers Market

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Among vendors at the Westport Farmers Market today was Eileen Russell of Albany, N.Y.‘s The American Bow Knife and More. Russell, who describes her product line as “functional wood for the kitchen’,” said she sells her wares only through farmers markets, craft shows, and online, “All of our pruducts are handmade from solid hardwood,” the company says. “Each piece has its own unique characteristics such as knots, blemishes, scars, age rings and discoloration”.  She offers knives, choppers, serving bowls, and cutting boards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, January 9, 2016


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “DREAMscapes” (last day)
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – WestportREADS 2016 Movie: “Miracle at St. Anna”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Ethel A. Ferenc, 96

Ethel A. Ferenc of Westport, wife of the late Charles E. Ferenc, died Jan. 5 in Fareview Health Center of Southport. She was 96.

She was born Jan.25, 1920 in New York City and was the daughter of the late Fritz and Frances (Deneke) Riedel. She lived in the Greens Farms section of Westport for more than 60 years and has been a member of Greens Farms Congregational Church. She was a loving mother and she loved cats and dogs.

She is survived by one daughter; Donna F. Chachakis and her husband Paul of Westport. In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by one brother; Fred Riedel.

The family will receive friends on Monday Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East.  interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, 2610 Nichols Ave. Stratford. Contributions in her memory in lieu of flowers may be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 7428, Wilton, CT 06897.

Comings & Goings: Bobby Q’s Closing

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Bobby Q’s, a Westport Main Street ribs favorite since 2004, is closing March 31, owner Bob LeRose (above) announced today. The building at 36-42 Main St. was sold for $9.2 million in November 2014 by longtime owner Drew Friedman, who originally opened Onion Alley in the Bobby Q space. “While I’m sad that this chapter of my restaurant career is coming to an end, I’ll have some exciting news coming soon on my next chapter,” LeRose said. Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, said he hears Bobby Q’s will move to West Avenue in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Parker Mansion Opening Soon

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Parker Mansion, described as an “American casual” restaurant and bar, will open this month at 541 Riverside Ave. in space previously occupied by the Mansion Clam House, according to owner Patrick Fahy (above). The space, which has undergone a major makeover inside and out, now includes seating on the second floor indoor and deck and will offer patio seating in warmer temperatures. “Our menu has a wide range, serving everything from hamburger to filet mignon,” Fahy said. He added that the restaurant owns nine boat slips along the Saugatuck River so sailors can pull right up to the property. He owns two other restaurants, Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull, and Parker Eatery & Bar. Mansion Clam House closed in October 2014 (see WestportNow Oct. 12, 2014) after being there since 1958, according to its website. The property, which includes the adjoining Julian’s Brick Oven Pizza, changed hands in April 2014 for $2.1 million. The listing said the building was built in 1900. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

BOE Concerned about Staff Cuts

Westport’s Board of Education hunkered down for more than five hours today in the Westport Library’s McManus Room, poring over Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon’s proposed $113.4 million 2016-17 school operating budget, a 2.03 percent increase over the current year.

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Members of the Board of Education and staff members at budget meeting today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Today’s emphasis was on school employee salaries, an area that Landon has proposed cuts in noncontractual positions, including the elimination of third grade paraprofessionals, middle school team leaders, elementary school bus monitors, and a staff assistant at the high school.

A number of parental concerns over the cuts came up at the workshop, which was open to the public, according to Michael Gordon, school board chairman, and Jeannie Smith, vice chairwoman.

“In an attempt to meet the Board of Finance’s request of a 1.5 percent increase, the superintendent came up with a lean budget, but it included many cuts that will directly impact students, so the board will have to look at that,”  Gordon said.

Expanding: Bar de Beaute Now Salon de Beaute

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Salon de Beaute, formerly Bar de Beaute, 24 Taylor Place, is relaunching its business with expansion to a full service hair salon in addition to its ongoing clinical skin care services, according to owner Judith Connors. Bar de Beaute opened in July 2014 (see Westportnow July 24, 2014) in the space formerly occupied by Jacadi Children’s apparel and its successor Chic Jolie, women’s apparel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com