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“06880” Podcast: Rev. Alison Patton

Whenever a minister moves to a new church, there’s a story.

The story was particularly intriguing when Rev. Alison Patton came to Saugatuck Congregational Church.

It’s one of our oldest congregations. In fact, the meetinghouse was where Westport was founded — from parts of Norwalk, Fairfield and Weston — in 1835.

Even more intriguing: The new pastor did not actually have a church to preach and work in. It was closed for rebuilding, after a Thanksgiving fire that nearly burned it to the ground.

What impelled her to take on that challenge? What has she learned about Westport in the years since? Why is social justice so important to her church, and to her personally? What drives her interfaith work in Westport?

Those are some of the topics Rev. Patton and I discussed in the latest “06880” podcast. Now — thanks to the Westport Library– you can hear our conversation. Just click below.

“06880” Podcast: Bill Mitchell

More than 90% of family-owned businesses never make it to the 3rd generation.

Mitchells is headed to its 4th.

That’s no accident. Two of the keys to the steady growth, continued success — and future — of the men’s clothing store founded in 1958 by Ed and Norma Mitchell (which now includes women’s wear, and other locations on both coasts) are the founders’ sons, Bill and Jack Mitchell.

The other day, Bill — a 1962 Staples High School graduate, and still a proud Westporter — sat down for the latest “06880” podcast.

The clothier/civic volunteer/philanthropist/all-around good guy describes the 6-decade back story of Mitchell’s. He talks about Westport, then and now. He looks at the current state of retailing here, and its future.

And he does it all with his typical self-deprecating wit, intriguing stories and great enthusiasm.

Click below to hear the newest “06880” podcast. You’ll learn — and laugh — a lot.


“06880” Podcast: Granola Bar’s Julie Mountain & Dana Noorily

The Granola Bar is one of Westport’s liveliest, and most fun, places.

That’s natural. Owners Julie Mountain and Dana Noorily are 2 of our town’s liveliest, and most fun, people.

So it was only natural that they told their stories — and many others — on “06880: The Podcast.”

They dish on how they started, how they grew, why granola?!, Westport’s dining and retail scenes, and other questions Westporters are hungry to know the answer to.

Click below, to feast on Dana and Julie’s comments.