Community Channel: Voting info, nonprofits and more
Pier 1 Imports has closed its Post Road East store in Westport. The company has three other southwestern Connecticut locations, in Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury. Pier 1 had been the anchor tenant at Greens Farms Plaza at 1460 Post Road E., occupying more than 14,000 square feet.
Fort Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 closed the Westport store as part of a restructuring launched last year under CEO Alex Smith, who is stepping down in December. The company hasn’t named a successor.
Greenwich-based Urstadt Biddle Properties has owned Greens Farms Plaza since 2003.
Not registered, but want to vote?
Same-day registration in Westport will take place at the Town Hall auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave., from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.
Important information: Please come early. The Election Day registration process takes longer than the process for voting at the polls. Also, the secretary of the state requires cessation of all Election Day registration activity promptly at 8 p.m. Residents whose registrations have not been processed by 8 p.m. will not be allowed to complete the process and will not be able to vote.
Identification requirements: Residents must appear in person and must provide proof of identity and residence. Current Connecticut driver’s/non-driver’s license and learner permits satisfy both proof of identity and residence. (Adhesive strip with change of address acceptable.)
Proof of identity examples: birth certificate, Social Security card, passport, college photo ID, out-of-state or Connecticut driver’s license without Westport address change. Oath of elector or proof acceptable to both registrars.
Proof of residence examples (showing current Westport address): lease, paycheck, bank statement, property tax bill, naturalization documents, current college/university registration/fee statement, passport which includes Westport address, utility bill-due no later than 30 days post-election.
For information, contact the Registrars’ Office at 203-341-1115 or visit the Voter Registration page on the town website at westportct.gov.
Aid for Westport nonprofits
The First County Bank Foundation has awarded $25,000 to six Westport nonprofits.
It granted Homes with Hope $10,000 for its emergency shelter for homeless single mothers and their children; $5,000 to Positive Directions for its adolescent behavioral health treatment program; $2,500 to Project Return for its HEAL Program, which helps young women in crisis; $2,500 to Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center for its natural history museum, wildlife rehabilitation program, water-quality laboratory, after-school and summer camp programs; $2,500 to Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service; and $2,500 to United Way of Coastal Connecticut — Westport.
Thanks to two Verrill Dana attorneys, Homes with Hope will also be able to expand its services.
With a common mission of providing a wide range of supportive services for young women in crisis, including those that are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, the transaction prevents a disruption in these programs.