9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov) 10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Exhibition: “Paradise” 11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – WPCA Executive Session Noon – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Superintendent Parent Forum (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, & www.westportps.org) 4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult 6 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Fundraiser for the Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses, Bridgeport, the oldest surviving Connecticut homes built by African Americans 6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Cribari Bridge PAC 7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance, Education, Public Works, & Protection Committees 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – RTM Public Protection CommitteeSee Above 8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)
Local retailers should be getting a lot of love this holiday season due to the brainchild of Melissa Post and Megan Rutstein, aka WestportMoms.
The Local Love card. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Their campaign dubbed Westport Local Love lets consumers buy a Local Love card for $40 and then use it for discounts up to 20 percent at more than 100 town businesses, including retailers, salons, spas, restaurants, even the Westport Playhouse.
“Not only is this campaign a wonderful push for consumers to shop local this holiday season, but a portion of the proceeds will also go toward building a playground in downtown Westport,” said Colleen Angione-Wiedmann, communications director for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA).
“The WDMA is thrilled to support this campaign, along with the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Westport,” she added.
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight paved the way for the completion of Main Street’s underground utilities to enhance the downtown streetscape.
Some of the wires to be buried. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By a 24 to 2 with 1 abstention vote, the legislative body approved a $328,000 appropriation to remove the remaining three utility poles at the intersection of Main Street, Avery Place and Parker Harding Road at Gorham Island and to bury the communications wires.
Public Works Director Pete Ratkiewich, who made the request, said the poles’ removal would allow his department to complete the repaving of Main Street and to begin repaving of Parker Harding Plaza.
The three poles, which Ratkiewich called unsightly, currently support only communications wires because Eversource removed the overhead electrical wires several years ago.
Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer, members of the Board of Education, and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) tonight held the first of two meetings to discuss the various options for the 2019-20 academic year. The meeting with parents on options following the closure of Coleytown Middle School was held at Long Lots Elementary School. A second event will be held Wednesday at noon in Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thomas Tremonte, Jr. of Londonderry, New Hampshire, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 22 at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home, Tilton, New Hampshire. He was 71.
Thomas Tremonte, Jr,: Staples graduate. Contributed photo
He had been a resident there for eight years. He was born on Feb. 2, 1947, a son of Thomas Sr. and Felecia (Borriello) Tremonte, and grew up in Westport.
Following graduation from Staples High School, he attended Southern Connecticut University for a brief period before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1967. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69 and was decorated with several commendations and medals.
His lifelong career as a plumbing and heating contractor began with training he received while serving his country. Upon his active military discharge in 1971, he completed formal training and apprenticeship as a master plumber. He ran his own successful plumbing and heating company for over 25 years.
Mike Clay of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association was busy today stringing holiday lights on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced an online donation option to support its programs.
“Those people wishing to help Westport’s most vulnerable residents can go to one site to donate to a wide variety of our income-based programs, including seasonal programs and other supports for individuals facing financial hardship,” said DHS Director Elaine Daignault.
Two unlocked cars with keys inside were stolen and two unlocked ones were burglarized today in Westport’s Hillspoint area during the early morning hours, police said.
According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, credit cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in Stratford.
“All vehicles were believed to have been unlocked and keys were left inside the stolen motor vehicles,” Cabana said. “Another vehicle was stolen over the weekend, which was also unsecured with the keys left inside.”
Cabana said that despite multiple warnings over the last few years, residents continue to leave valuables and keys in their unlocked vehicles.