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Carriage Rides Popular at First Light

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Carriage rides were a popular attraction at tonight’s First Light celebration despite a steady drizzle. The annual First Light Festival was launched last year to fill the void with the end of First Night. The event was organized by the Westport Museum for History and Culture, formerly the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 – New Year’s Eve


Westport Town Hall is closed. Westport Library closes at 5 p.m.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – “Becoming Westport”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Tuesdays at Two Film: “The Farewell”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Language Conversation Group: Spanish
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Museum for History and Culture – First Light Festival

See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Pizzeria Closing Jan. 11

By James Lomuscio

After more than 51 years of serving up slices and a welcoming sense of community to generations of townspeople, the Westport Pizzeria will officially shut its doors Saturday, Jan. 11, owner Carmelo Mioli said today.

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Mel Mioli in front of Westport Pizzeria, 143 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s been my life,” said Mioli, who with his brother Joe Mioli opened the shop at 107 Main St. on Oct. 12, Columbus Day, 1968. “But it’s time. I’m going to be 80 years old May 19.

“If I don’t retire now, I never will, and I can’t be 100 and still working here,” he added. “There are other things I want to do.”

Mioli, known as Mel around town, moved to the current location in a building he owns on Feb. 24, 2014 after the Main Street lease was not renewed.