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Roundup: Marshalls, SLOBs …

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Barnes & Noble’s departure for downtown has left a large vacancy in the shopping center between Little Barn and Greens Farms Elementary School.

Next week, it won’t be the only one. Marshalls Shoe Shop is closing Saturday (May 8).

Everything is on sale now for 40% off — but almost nothing is left.

The Norwalk store will remain open.

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As “06880” reported earlier, yesterday was SLOBs’ Day of Service.

Dozens of members of Staples High School’s Service League of Boys fanned out across town. They planted, weeded, hauled rocks, and did all kinds of other work to help non-profits and the needy.

One site was the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum. SLOBs joined members of Westport’s Tree Board to make the Stony Brook Road preserve even more welcoming than it already was.

They filled and removed 20 trash bags with the noxious invasive, garlic mustard. They mulched and marked trails for families to enjoy the new Story Walk, a signed pathway with an illustrated story that’s a collaboration between the Tree Board and Westport Library.

It was a beautiful day. And Staples’ SLOBs made it far lovelier. (Hat tip: Alice Ely)

SLOBs at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum.

And if you haven’t seen the Story Walk, here it is. Like the Arboretum itself, it’s one of Westport’s many hidden gems.

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Have you been thinking about getting solar panels installed on your house? Should you lease or rent? Will you actually save money?

Those questions — and many more — will be answered next Monday (May 10, 7 p.m., Zoom) at a Wakeman Town Farm-sponsored virtual panel.

“The Pros and Cons of Solar” will be moderated by Bill Constantino. He’s co-chair of WTF, and has worked in the renewable and energy efficiency industry for over 10 years.

Panelists include John Rountree, whose Westport-based Rountree Architects specializes in Net Zero homes; Matthew Macunas, a policy specialist for the Connecticut Green Bank; Emily Basham, senior manager of partnership development at the Connecticut Green Bank, and Susan Young, community marketing manager at PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency.

Click here to register.

Solar panels

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And finally … Bing Crosby was born on this day, in 1903. He was multi-talented, leading in record sales, radio ratings and movie grosses from 1930 to 1954. He made over 70 films, and recorded more than 1,600 songs. He died in 1977, age 74.

He hit #1 on the charts 43 times — more than the Beatles (24) and Elvis Presley (18) combined. Here are 5 of them.

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