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Roundup: Cell Tower, Health & Wellness, Will Haskell …

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The northeast corner of the office building complex at 55 Greens Farms Road — the one that seems oddly out of place, next to Assumption Cemetery between Hillspoint and Hales Roads — may be the site of Westport’s next cell tower.

The site is an alternate for previous discussions about a tower at 92 Greens Farms Road. Both were proposed by Tarpon Towers and AT&T.

Construction at the office complex would involve a wetland crossing. It will be reviewed by the Westport Conservation Commission on January 31. A public information session is set for February 8 to discuss the 2 locations. Both meetings will be held virtually.

Click here for more information.

55 Greens Farms Road: proposed site of the cell tower.

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With COVID still hanging around, health and wellness is more important than ever.

WestportMoms just released their 2022 Health &Wellness guide.

They say: “Whether you need new motivation for working out, new ideas for what to cook each night, some CBD to help you sleep, or even someone to help you organize that closet or garage, we have you covered.”

Referring to fellow moms, they add: “We spent 2020 and 2021 making sure everyone else was feeling ok. Now it’s your turn!”

Click here for the free guide.

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You’ve read about Will Haskell on “06880.” Now hear him live at the Westport Library.

The State Senator dons his author’s hat on Thursday (January 27, 7 p.m., in-person and Zoom). He’ll talk about his new book: 100,000 First Bosses: My Unlikely Path as a 22-Year-Old Lawmaker.

It’s the story of his campaign for the State Senate at age 22 — and then learning

Will is both a gifted politician and an entertaining author,. For a seat at the Library or to watch from home, click here.

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And finally … Jon Lind, who wrote hit songs for Earth Wind & Fire, Madonna, Vanessa Williams and others, died recently. He was 73, and had battled cancer for 2 years.

Among his biggest tunes: “Boogie Wonderland,” “Sun Goddess,” “Crazy for You” and “Save the Best for Last.”

Click here for a full obituary. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)

Symphony Workplaces: Singing A Different Office Tune

Remember “the office”?

Not the TV show — the actual place. People (usually men) came in at 9. They had assigned spots — size and location directly proportional to their status — along with a “secretary.” They did some work, had lunch, came back, and left at 5.

In 2015, nearly all that has changed. People (men and women) work in all kinds of locations, in all kinds of ways, at all kinds of hours.

Even the name has changed. “Offices” are now “workplaces.”

Which is why Symphony Workplaces is an idea whose time has come. And it’s come to Westport.

The setting is 55 Greens Farms Road. Symphony — which offers flexible workspace and meeting rooms by the hour, day, month or year — occupies 18,000 square feet of the 2nd floor in that odd, often overlooked 2-building complex next to a cemetery.

55 Greens Farms Road: hidden in plain sight, across from I-95 and next to a cemetery.

55 Greens Farms Road: hidden in plain sight, across from I-95 and next to a cemetery.

There, Symphony offers a handsome reception area; 35 offices, ranging in size from 1 person to 24; 7 meeting rooms; a conference/training center, and the “Hub” — a gathering spot to socialize, network, and eat.

Each office has furniture and a phone. One office features a standing desk. There’s a special “phone booth,” for private conversations.

High-speed bandwidth and natural light is everywhere. There’s a gym in the building. And a generator — with a 7-day supply of diesel. I know where I’ll go when the next blackout hits.

Like everything else at Symphony, this board room can be rented out by anyone.

Like everything else at Symphony, this board room can be rented out by anyone.

Symphony even offers a “virtual address” program. If a client or vendor plugs your address into Google Maps, the office complex pops up — not your house.

Symphony Workplaces is the brainchild of Nick Logothetis. He developed his 1st shared office space — for attorneys only, complete with a law library — 25 years ago in Morristown, New Jersey. Quickly, he realized the concept could move beyond specialized professions.

Nick Logothetis, in the reception area. He took every photo in the entire place.

Nick Logothetis, in the reception area. He took every photo in the entire place.

“Work has changed,” Logothetis explains. “People no longer need to be in a fixed place, at a certain time. But they still need offices. They still have to meet clients, get away from interruptions and interact with other people.”

Logothetis added a 2nd Symphony site in New Jersey, and is building one in Palm Beach. This is his 1st in Connecticut.

He searched for 10 years before finding the perfect Fairfield County spot. Since opening in October, Symphony has attracted a mix of users: branch offices, solo businesses, and an attorney. (There’s no law library, unfortunately.)

They’re impressed with the quality of the facility. “It’s a million-dollar look, for $700 to $800 a month,” Logothetis says proudly.

The "hub," for socializing, networking -- and eating.

The “hub,” for socializing, networking — and eating.

But why is it called “Symphony”?

The original name was “Symphony Suites,” Logothetis says. “The idea was to bring together groups of different instruments — businesses — all in harmony.”

Now — as business has evolved — “Suites” has given way to “Workplaces.”

Symphony’s Greens Farms Road site is music to many Westport workers’ ears.

An added attraction: visitors' names, opposite the elevator doors.

An added attraction: visitors’ names, opposite the elevator doors.