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  • Chamber Brings Back Slice of Sauguatuck
      The Slice of Saugatuck Returns       The third annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival is fast approaching with lawn signs, banners and posters popping up all over town announcing its return. This crowd pleaser of an event is set to go off on Sunday September 14, from 1-4pm (rain date Sept 21). The family friendly Wine & Food and Retail Experience has once again expanded, both in the number of participating venues and what is being offered to the festival goer, especially kids. “The festival is back and it’s bigger,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell, “Not only will there be tastings at over two dozen eateries, and great offerings by all the other merchants; there will be a mini maker space, drones, obstacle courses, bouncy houses, magicians, hoola hoops and rock climbing. The kids are going to love it.” Also added this year, will be a retrospective of historic Saugatuck created by the Town curator Kathie Bennewitz. It will feature many old photos of the area, historic items and a copy of the, currently being restored, Saugatuck Mural by Robert Lambdin. “Overall it’s a triple win for Westport,” Mandell continued, “it promotes the Saugatuck merchants and area, gives the community a great event and raises money for the homeless and hungry.” The Homes with Hope Gillespie Food Pantry will again be the beneficiary, having received a $5000 donation from proceeds from the prior festival. “This is a great partnership for us,” said Homes with Hope Executive Director…
  • Thousands Walk the Slice of Saugatuck
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 Thousands Walk ‘the Slice’     By James Lomuscio  From Westport Now With gastronomic gusto and under sunny September skies with the temperatures in the 60s, more than 2,500 persons today came out for Westport’s third annual Slice of Saugatuck festival. Ashley Borner of Westport cools off today with ice cream from Saugatuck Sweets at the Slice of Saugatuck Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com Surrounded by new and old Saugatuck, they sampled an outdoor array of chilies, oysters, hot dogs, yogurt, olive oil, pulled pork, ziti and sesame chicken. The food seemed endless. So did the walk from the corner of Saugatuck and Riverside Avenues to Railroad Place. This is the heart of the once working-class Italian community now revitalized by construction of the Gault Family-owned Saugatuck Center complex of retail, residential, and offices. The Center with its two plazas was the gathering point for many of today’s 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. events. They included everything from firefighter door breaking demonstrations to making animals out of balloons. Music from three Staples High School bands and a steel drum band in front of Tarry Lodge kept the mood upbeat, the crowd energized. This was the third Slice of Saugatuck Festival. It was begun in 2011 (there was no festival last year) by Matthew Mandell, a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member who said then he wanted to showcase the neighborhood’s redevelopment and history. “I don’t think there’s a better day for Westport than today,”…
  • WWCC Hosts Debate
      WWCC Hosts Debate between State Representatives for the 136th district in Westport Candidate Brandi Briggs, Incumbant Jonathan Steinberg, Moderator Eric Gjede (CBIA) The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce announces its annual candidate debate, set for Tuesday October 14th at noon. Hosted at the Westport Public Library, this year the candidates participating will be vying for the State's 136th Assembly District and will square off in the McManus room. Incumbent Jonathan Steinberg (d) and challenger Brandi Briggs (r) will field questions submitted from the Chamber Board, members of the Chamber and the public. "This is a great opportunity for the business community and others to hear what their current and potential representatives as have to say about the economy, jobs, transportation and taxation," said Matthew Mandell, executive Director of the WWCC. "Finding ways to bring more information that is relevant to the town and our constituency is all about what we do at the Chamber. Moderating the debate this year will be Eric Gjede, Associate Counsel to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. He represents, for the CBIA, the views of Connecticut businesses on labor, employment, commerce, housing and transportation issues. He also directs CBIA’s Labor and Employment Law Council. CBIA is the state’s largest business organization with approximately 10,000 member companies. The association works to promote a healthy business climate, supporting economic growth and job creation in the state. “Connecticut faces serious economic challenges that demand clear thinking and decisive action from our political leaders,” said Brandi Briggs, the republican…

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