Saturday, March 02, 2024



Waiting for the Store Opening Image
Many Main Street Westport stores—including Brooks Brothers, 136 Main St.—had waiting customers at opening time today. Some were returning or exchanging gifts while others were seeking post-Christmas sale bargains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Comings & Goings: GolfTec to Post Road East Image
GolfTec, a golf instruction and club fitting company headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, opens soon at 877 Post Road East. Regional Director of Instruction, Dan Benzenberg, (above). said “We’re applying finishing touches right now and will announce our grand opening date soon.” He said the Westport facility is one of almost 200 locations in the country, many which are franchises, but the Westport location is corporate-owned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

CT Defense Industry, Social Programs Gain in Spending Bill

By Ana Radelat

Washington — The U.S. House today approved a $1.4 trillion spending package that would significantly boost defense spending in Connecticut and increase funding for a slew of social programs as well, including Head Start and child care programs.

The spending bill would provide a total of $738 billion in fiscal 2020 funding for the military and $632 billion for nondefense departments such as Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, increasing spending for both “guns and butter” and adding to the federal deficit.

The 2,300-page bill, the result of a bipartisan compromise between congressional appropriators, also changes federal policy.

It would, for the first time in decades, fund federal studies of gun violence, a provision sought by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, who is the chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the budgets of the Labor Department, the Education Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Comings & Goings: Yoga. to Main Street Image
“Yoga. by Shana Swanson,” a yoga studio, has opened at 201 Main St. According to owner Shana Swanson, raised in New York and now a Westport resident since January, 2016, “it’s simply yoga in its basic form – breathing, moving, self-care, being kind to yourself, being super centered—that’s why the studio name is Yoga., which reflects this basic discipline.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westporter’s NY Firm Honored

Group Gordon, a strategic communications firm owned by Westporter Michael Gordon, today was named one of New York City’s 100 best workplaces.

The honor was bestowed as part of the Crain’s Best Places to Work Awards program following a survey of more than 20,000 employees. Group Gordon was recognized for its commitment to fostering a fulfilling work environment.

“We have an employee-first culture, and as it turns out, that’s better for clients, too,” said Gordon, a former Westport Board of Education chair.

“Crain’s recognizing us for our work environment is arguably the greatest honor we could achieve.”

Comings & Goings: Sam Sloat Coins Relocates Image
Sam Sloat Coins has relocated from 606 Post Road East to 1767 Post Road East in the Westfair Shopping Center. According to Bob Walter (above), who has been associated with the Sam Sloat store since 1974 and became co-owner in 1984, the business was started by Sam Sloat at 136 Main St., Brooks Corner, in 1969, and after 23 years relocated to 606 Post Road East from where it operated for the past 27 years.  Walter said, “When our lease ran out, we decided to move to a smaller space here in the Westfair Center. We also are back to our core business of coins, currency and precious metals. In the past, we also traded in sports memorabilia and estate jewelry.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Top Democrats Unite Behind Lamont on Truck Tolls

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Ned Lamont and Democratic legislative leaders today united behind a transportation financing concept that would rely on trucks-only tolls.

It was a breakthrough for a governor whose own party had repeatedly frustrated his major first-year objective of modernizing Connecticut’s aging highways and commuter rail system.

Senate Democratic leaders, who had summarily dismissed Lamont’s two earlier proposals for tolls on all motor vehicles as politically unpalatable and rejected his characterization of transportation infrastructure as a crisis, endorsed the new approach.

And they insisted it should be refined and passed in special session, most likely in January.

Comings & Goings: United Bank Closing Image
Bridgeport-based People’s United Bank has announced that it will close the Hartford-based United Bank at 370 Post Road East, which is across Post Road East from its branch at 371 Post Road East. The closing had been expected following the July announcement that People’s United Bank would acquire United Bank for $759 million. The Westport branch had been open for about a year and previously was the site of Patriot National Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo