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Comings & Goings: 7 For All Mankind and Splendid to Main Street

7 For All Mankind & Splendid being fitted for opening on 61 & 63 Main St. in Westport, CT
Two new apparel shops will open on Main Street in November. A store featuring premium denims, 7 For All Mankind, is at 61 Main St.. Splendid, featuring cozy, crafted, casual apparel is at 63 Main St.. Both shops, owned by Delta Galil Industries, will occupy the sub-divided, renovated space. The location was formerly Chico’s, which closed in January, 2017.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Examining Westport’s Response to Storm Isaias

The Westport Emergency Management Team has scheduled an electronic meeting for Monday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. to discuss its response to Tropical Storm Isaias, it was announced today.

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Tree damage on Saugatuck Avenue may have been caused by a tornado. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com

The meeting will be live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov and broadcast on Westport’s Optimum Government Access Channel 79 and Frontier Channel 6020, the announcement said.

The Storm Isaias After-Action report may be found at Tropical Storm Isaias After Action Report (PDF).

Members of the public may submit questions and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line “Storm Isaias After-Action Meeting.”

Questions received during the public comment portion of the meeting will be read aloud, officials said.

They added that questions and comments should be limited to three minutes and include the questioner’s name.

For further information, visit: https://www.westportct.gov/residents/emergency-information-alerts/storm-recovery-update

New Operator Planned for Inn at Longshore

The Inn at Longshore, Westport CT
The Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the town is considering a new tenant for the Inn at Longshore as Rory Tagert, the inn’s operator for 35 years, has announced his retirement.

Tagert is asking that the town assign the lease to hotel and restaurant operators known as Longshore Hospitality LLC, a partnership led by the Greenwich Hospitality Group.

“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen will be considering an exciting proposal regarding the Inn at Longshore,” Marpe said, adding that Tagert, has served the town “with distinction.”

The current lease runs for another eight years and provides for the right of the tenant to assign the lease with the town’s approval, according to the announcement.

The lease will be on the agendas of the Board of Finance pm Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. and the Board of Selectmen’s Friday, Oct. 23, at 12:30 p.m. Both meetings will be virtual.

According to Marpe, Longshore Hospitality LLC has extensive experience in hospitality operations. Founded by Charles Mallory, the company’s CEO, of Greenwich, the company operates boutique hotels in a number of states. In Connecticut, its operations include Delamar hotels in Greenwich, Southport and West Hartford, along with the L’escale and Artisan restaurants at those locations.

Another principal, Michael Ryan, is a Westport resident. Longshore Hospitality has been represented by Jim Randel, a Westport attorney, during the negotiations.

“I feel comfortable and gratified that the Inn at Longshore will be in the hands of experienced, local, and reputable businesspeople who will represent the town well in the years ahead,” Marpe said.

The announcement said Longshore Hospitality LLC plans to continue operating the inn and the banquet facility. It said that hotel and event staff are proposed to remain in place and all scheduled events will be unaffected. The Pearl at Longshore restaurant will continue to stay open, it said.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
8 a.m. – Electronically – Board of Education: live streamed on http://www.westportps.org, Optimum ch. 78, Frontier ch. 6021
6 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  886 3040 0523 Code: 709062 – Library Board of Trustees
6:30 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Webinar: Making Sense of College Admissions with Jeff Selingo
6:30 p.m. – Imperial parking lot – Remarkable Theater Drive-In & Coleytown Elementary: “Hotel Transylvania”
7:30 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  870 3321 0499 Code: 546544 – Parks & Recreation Commission

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Town Launches Halloween House Contest

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department today announced its first Halloween House Decorating Contest, a town wide event to replace the annual Halloween Parade canceled in the wake of COVID 19.

“We understand the disappointment in not being able to host our annual Halloween Parade,” the announcement said. “However, we still wanted our community to have the opportunity to show their creativity and come together as one.

“We encourage you and your families to decorate the outside of your homes in a way that follows the theme of Halloween,” it added. (See “Ellery Lane Home’s Spine-Chilling Transformation.”)

Those interested in participating in the free event can register via the Parks and Recreation Department.

In keeping with social distancing, officials ask participants to submit photos of decorations to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

All photos must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 29, with the winner being announced on Friday, Oct. 30.

At 3% Positive, CT Reaches Another Dangerous COVID-19 Milestone

It took all summer and the first three weeks of fall for daily coronavirus infection test rates in Connecticut to climb back over 2% positive.

But it took only seven days — until today — to surpass 3%, prompting a worried appeal from Gov. Ned Lamont for public vigilance.

“We’re all going to have to be a little more disciplined,” said the governor, who interrupted his own press conference on small business assistance to preview distressing infection statistics set to be released later today.

The rising infection levels also mean Connecticut won’t be shifting to a slightly less-stringent travel quarantine program, the governor said.

And Lamont also said he’s sticking with more lenient limits on business-related gatherings because he believes careless social gatherings are the chief culprits behind Connecticut’s surging COVID-19 issues.

“It’s those small, informal interactions taking place now” that are driving up numbers, the governor said, adding he understands residents are facing pandemic fatigue and have grown tired of the social distancing and other spread-control measures forced upon them since mid-March. “It will be over a lot faster if you wear the mask and keep the distancing.”

Lamont, who appeared at 1:30 at Lilly’s soul food restaurant in Windsor to announce a grant program, did not provide full numbers, which are expected later today.

But he said the daily infection rate for Monday — which involves the share of coronavirus tests completed that day that turned up positive — reached 3%.