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Final Purchase

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Michelle Schmerzler, one of many longtime loyal customers of Crossroads Hardware, 345 Main St., makes a final purchase of compactor bags today on a goodbye visit to A.J. and Jimmy Izzo, co-owner of the iconic store that announced its closing after 28 years in the same location. “It’s 28 years of labor, fun and friendships,” said A.J. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 37 Lincoln St.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 37 Lincoln St., between Post Road West and Riverside Avenue, is in process. Built in 1860, the 2-1/4 story conventional has 2,771-square feet and is situated on a .5-acre property. 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

Francis Reynolds, 89

Frances “Fran” Reynolds of Westport, former senior services coordinator for the Town of Westport and an inspiration to seniors in the community, died May 25. She was 89.

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Fran Reynolds: friend to all seniors. Contributed photo

Beloved by many who made her acquaintance over the years, Reynolds held the senior services position for almost 25 years and received numerous awards during that time.

A Westport resident for 56 years, she was the wife of the late Robert “Bob” Reynolds.

Francis Kord Reynolds was born July 31, 1928, in Arlington, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Lucy and Zigmont Kord.

Among CT Cities & Towns, the Wealthiest — Including Westport — Are the Big Spenders

Editor’s note: This is the second article in an occasional Connecticut Mirror series exploring wealth and income inequality in Connecticut and its impact on a state struggling to cope with massive debt. Today’s installment highlights Westport among the wealthiest communities.

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Clarice Silber

www.ctmirror.org

When Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin appealed for help to save his municipality from bankruptcy, one response he faced was that the capital city’s big-spending ways had come home to roost.

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The perception that Connecticut’s cities, facing struggling schools, poverty, crime and heavily traveled roads, easily outspend their suburban and rural neighbors can be found both around the capital city and elsewhere in the state.

But when municipal spending is examined on a per capita basis, it’s Connecticut’s suburbs — and particularly those in Fairfield County — that lead the way in spending.

Rather than a greater need for government services, it is the availability of wealth, tax reform advocates say, that determines which communities will spend the most.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Westport Library is closed for renovation.
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Pension Investment & 401k Investment Committees
10 a.m. – Westport Library Program Room – RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art” & “4th Annual Student Art Exhibition”
3 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Daniel Curson, “The Slaves of Central Fairfield County”
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Flyin’ West”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings & Goings: Bankwell Opens June 9

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Bankwell, the New Canaan-based online and retail bank, will open at 100 Post Road East on June 9, according to Mike Pida, branch manager (above.)  The space formerly was occupied by Steven Alan, men’s and women’s casual apparel and accessories, which closed in August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Westway Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Westway Road, near Greens Farms Road, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,722-square feet and is situated on a .49-acre property. 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

Jean Lowrie, 87

Jean Lowrie of Westport died May 19 at home of heart failure. She was 87.

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Jean Lowrie: loved Westport. Contributed photo

She was born July 17, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of Jane Murdoch Sammons and Edward Sammons.  Her mother was born in Scotland and met her father when he was in the Navy during World War I.

She grew up in Chicago and was a flight attendant for TWA based in San Francisco and New York City.  After her marriage to Thomas, she was employed at the World Council of Churches in New York.

Jean loved Westport, especially Compo Beach and the Community Theater. She was admired by her many friends. She loved to travel to Europe on river cruises and she and her family enjoyed visits to her many Scottish relatives.

‘Flyin’ West’ previews at Country Playhouse

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“Flyin’ West,” a drama of humor, suspense, and sisterhood directed by Seret Scott, previews tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse and will run through June 16.  It is set in 1898 as the Civil War is still a living memory and the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, offers a refuge for many formerly enslaved people. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves.  They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past. Opening night is Saturday. Pictured are (l-r) Keona Welch, Brittany Bradford and Nikita Mathis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com