Roundup: Downtown Parking; Irma Schachter’s Honor; More

There’s no time like now to shop downtown.

And — starting Wednesday, June 17 — there’s no time limit either.

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association and town officials have agreed to lift time restrictions on all legal, public parking spaces, through August 21. The goal is to encourage shopping, dining and browsing.

Specifically, curbside on Main Street (from Elm Street to Avery Place), and the  Parker Harding, Baldwin, Sigrid Schultz, Bay Street, Taylor Place, Jesup Green, Jesup Road and upper library lots will have no time limits. In other words: no tickets!

Beginning June 22nd, there will be no curbside parking on Main Street from the Post Road to Elm Street. That’s to allow shoppers more room, and enable social spaciousness.

While you’re there, enjoy beautiful new street planters too.

Irma Schachter — a longtime Westport resident, and a 1945 graduate of the Northfield School for Girls (now Northfield Mt. Hermon) — was honored recently with the school’s Lamplighter Award. The highest honor given by the Alumni Association, it is awarded for service to the school far beyond the call of day.

This month is Irma’s 75th reunion year for NMH. She has held numerous volunteer roles, including reunion chair, class agent and gift chair (her current role, since 2000).

In 2005, for her 60th reunion, Irma achieved 100% participation from the class for their reunion gift. No class has since matched that.

After graduating from Connecticut College for Women, and graduate courses in management training at Harvard Radcliffe, she worked for department stores like G. Fox, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor.

“I love Northfield,” the proud Lamplighter says.

Irma Schachter and her husband Joe.\

And finally … at the end of another long week …

9 responses to “Roundup: Downtown Parking; Irma Schachter’s Honor; More

  1. Morley Boyd

    For years we’ve been told that “parking limits encourage shopping” via turnover. Now we’re going to encourage shopping by doing the opposite. Whatever. In other local news, on the 10th, the Board of Selectmen approved a drive in movie theater. Never mind that it’s in a Residential A zone and thus a 110% total and complete zoning violation. Interesting times.

    • Where is the drive in movie theatre ?
      I’ve heard little about this ?

      • Morley Boyd

        The town-owned lot on Imperial Ave. Movie sound to be broadcast via FM – plus additional loudspeakers. 80 car maximum. June to Labor Day, est 4 nights a week till 11:30 pm. Perfect for a residential neighborhood.

      • Imperial Avenue parking lot — but I believe they are starting with 4 films, in the final 2 weeks of June.

  2. Irma and Joe are my next door neighbors are are two of my most favorite people in the world!! Congrats Irma!!

  3. Stephen Stein

    Agree with Dave Eason- Irma and Joe are two of the nicest, smartest and most involved people we know.

  4. Irma, I would love to meet you sometime! I am a 1971 grad of the last Northfield School for Girls class. Am going to my 50th reunion next year!

  5. Bruce Campbell

    Irma and Joe are two of the most wonderful people in Westport. We have been neighbors for 25 years. Well done Irma!