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Morgan Mermagen Boosts Pepperlane

Westport is filled with working women. They enjoy professional networking opportunities too.

But our town is also filled with women taking a hiatus from work. They spend time raising children — a full-time job itself, of course.

Many hope to eventually return to work. Some re-enter their former fields.

Others — out of necessity or choice — look to start their own business. The possibilities are endless: catering, childcare, eldercare, computer support, event planning, floral design, home organization, interior design, landscaping, travel, photography, bookkeeping, tutoring, graphic design and much more.

But where do they turn for advice and support? How can they learn to be entrepreneurs, while still balancing the demands of running a household and raising kids?

Pepperlane is an online community. Women use the platform to set up a business site, and market themselves. There are lessons on finances. It’s all done by mothers, for mothers, about mothers.

Pepperlane is a great service. But personal, face-to-face contact is important too.

Welcome, Pepperlane Boost. A Boost is a meeting: part networking, part advice-giving, part back-patting.

It’s the kind of event women in the corporate world often attend, but that those running their own businesses seldom have access to.

Tomorrow — Wednesday, March 6 — Pepperlane Boost comes to Westport. It’s the first one in the state.

Morgan Mermagen (Photo/Pamela Einarsen Photography)

The event — set for the Panera Bread conference room — is organized by Morgan Mermagen. She’s the perfect example of the type of woman Pepperlane Boost hopes to attract.

She spent 16 years on Wall Street. But she took time to raise her kids. Last year, Morgan made a career change. She got certified as an executive coach.

Tomorrow’s Pepperlane Boost is the first of what Morgan hopes will be monthly events. She looks forward to meeting an eager, active group of entrepreneurial mothers.

Panera Bread is an inspired choice. They’ll be hungry for advice — and to meet others like them.

(Tomorrow’s Pepperlane Boost event is sold out. Click here to be put on the wait list. For more information, email morganmmc1@gmail.com.) 

“One Word: Plastics”

In 2015, phone books — particularly “yellow pages” — are passe.

If we need a business phone number, we ask Siri.

If we need to find a plumber or tarot card reader, we use Google, Yelp, or a squintillion other sources.

And don’t tell me that yellow pages are great for folks who are not internet-savvy. They’re the ones who need large print, which is not exactly the yellow pages’ forte.

Alert “06880” reader Gil Ghitelman sent this photo, showing an unsightly mess:

Plastics - Gil Ghitelman

Morgan Mermagen also noticed a recent plague of yellow pages, littering our lawns:

Phone books

Morgan calls it “a scourge on our neighborhoods,” and writes:

Right now, the law in our town is that you must opt out. Why can’t it be opt-in?

My neighborhood is littered with bags. A rare few use them. Some neighbors leave them to rot, to make a point. At best, they end up recycled.  It’s wasteful and ugly.

Morgan raised the issue with an RTM member. The official said they’d look into the phone book issue “again.” Morgan was surprised it had been addressed in the past.

“I am hopeful,” Morgan says. “An eternal optimist.”

Meanwhile, more plastic is on the way. A press release from the 1st selectman’s office says that effective tomorrow, the Minuteman newspaper will be delivered directly to subscribers’ driveways, not through the US Postal Service.

“The protective plastic bag is not subject to the Town of Westport’s Retail Checkout Bags Ordinance,” the announcement adds.


The papers will be delivered to homes of customers “who have previously requested Minuteman delivery.” I don’t know about you, but I never requested it — it could be the least newsy, most poorly written paper in the history of journalism — yet it is still dumped in my mailbox every week.

The good news: The delivery service will travel the route 3 days after tossing, and pick up “all newspapers that have not been retrieved by subscribers.”

The better news: If you don’t want one more unwanted newspaper cluttering your driveway, call 866-361-9064 to be removed from the list. (UPDATE: That number was not operational as of this morning; Minuteman officials promised it would be working later today. Here’s another number to try: 203-752-2711.)

While You And I Slept This Morning…

…Kelly Konstanty, Morgan Mermagen and Mike Grant were on the run.

The trio ran through Westport, in Stage 315 of the One Run for Boston. The charity event — for One Fund Boston, which supports victims of last year’s horrific Boston Marathon bombing — began March 16 in Los Angeles. It ends tomorrow in Massachusetts, a week before the Marathon.

So far, over $410,000 has been raised, by 1,990 runners.

Morgan Mermagen, Mike Grant and Kelly Konstanty, after finishing their Westport to Bridgeport run.

Morgan Mermagen, Mike Grant and Kelly Konstanty, after finishing their Westport to Bridgeport run.

The trio received the baton downtown, around 4:30 a.m., from a group that started in Darien. Kelly, Morgan and Mike ran to Bridgeport, arriving there around 6:05.

Kelly has run the Boston Marathon before, but can’t this year. This is her way of showing support for “Boston Strong.” 

Grant adds, “If you are trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target. We run for those who can’t.”

The runners thanked the Westport Police for their escort, and their supporters who cheered them on.

Congratulations, Kelly, Morgan and Mike. You did more before dawn today than many of us will achieve all weekend!