Back in the day, the Town Crier was Westport’s must-read, twice-weekly newspaper. It covered all the usual local stuff — politics, sports, entertainment — as well as lots that would never be in a paper today. (“New Folks in Town” described new arrivals’ jobs, hobbies and religions. Police Reports included stop sign violations. And Divorce Reports cited names and reasons: abandonment, intolerable cruelty, whatever.)
The Town Crier is still around. And — though it has nothing to do with its predecessor, except the name — it is equally compelling reading.
Our Town Crier is Betsy Pollak’s website. It’s filled with business listings, upcoming events, classified ads and more — just like an old-fashioned newspaper. Of course, it’s a lot better looking. And much more interactive. (The calendar is searchable by day, week, month, and categories like “kids” or “music.”)
Now, Our Town Crier has been upgraded. That’s good news for local business owners. Any store, restaurant, veterinarian, personal trainer, yoga instructor — you name it — can have his or her (or its) own page.
Non-profits are welcome too. The Westport Woman’s Club, Westport Historical Society and Homes With Hope are on there already.
And it’s absolutely free.
(The fine print: It’s free if you create it yourself — which is astonishingly simple. If you want Betsy to do it for you, there’s a small fee.)
On your business page, you can post info about hours of operation, sales, featured merchandise, new hires, photos, videos — whatever.
Our Town Crier is open to all Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton businesses. It’s limited to mom-and-pops though — locally owned, in other words. No big-box stores allowed!
Betsy’s upgrade has been accomplished with help from several Staples High School interns. A couple of talented Westport women have helped too.
A lot of businesses don’t have their own website, Betsy notes. Our Town Crier becomes their web presence. Party Harty is a great example.
Click here for Our Town Crier. It’s a worthy successor to the newspaper of the same time.
Though without the divorce news.