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Roundup: Outdoor Dining And Fitness; Downtown Flowers and Barber; More

Last night, the Planning & Zoning Commission took steps to hear 2 COVID-related text amendments. Both respond to the changing business environment in town, and will be voted on July 23.

One amendment would extend temporary outdoor dining permits through the end of March 2021. Commissioners spoke of their desire to support local restaurants during an uncertain time, and reassure owners that investments they make for outdoor dining will be worthwhile beyond summer.

The second proposed text amendment would extend similar restaurant flexibility to fitness studios and gyms hoping to temporarily locate equipment outdoors. This applies to facilities like JoyRide, nearly all of which are locally owned.

Drafts of both text amendments will be posted Monday for review by the public. Comments may be emailed (pandzcomments@westportct.gov). To request a Zoom link to participate with “in-person” testimony at the July 23 meeting, email maryyoung@westportct.gov.

Romanacci’s Xpress is one of 3 Railroad Place restaurants with outdoor dining.

The pots and flower barrels lining Main Street, and hanging from poles throughout downtown, look gorgeous.

But they don’t water themselves.

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association needs volunteers. Watering takes about an hour a day. To learn more about the sign-up system — and how to choose your time — email events1@westportdma.com.

Main Street planters

Speaking of downtown: There will be one less barber next month.

Ron Provenzano — owner of the shop named for himself at 190 Main Street, in the old Sally’s Place space — is closing around August 7. He, his wife and their children are moving to Wilmington, North Carolina.

It’s not COVID-related, he says. His wife’s business is booming, and she loves that area.

Ron has been in his present shop, above Le Rouge Aaartisan Chocolates, for 6 years. That follows more than a dozen on Railroad Place.

With the closing the other day of Compo Barbers, 2 old-school men’s hair cutters are gone. Westporters will miss them both.

Ron Provenzano

Scott Smith writes:

“In all my years enjoying Old Mill Beach and Compo Beach (this social-distanced season, more than ever), I’ve never seen such a large boat working the waters so close to shore.

“I took photos from near the jetty at Soundview Avenue as this sturdy boat churned in a tight loop up and back, just off the far rocks at Compo Cove. No nets or traps; near as I can tell, it looked like it was sluicing a mound of dirt-like material piled amidships over the gunwales with a water jet.

“After an hour or so, the big black boat was off, headed for deep water and turning west.

“Anybody know if the boat was indeed offloading material into the Sound, and if so, where it came from and what it is?” If you have a clue, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Scott Smith)

Westport Library Book Sale donations are back!

Beginning next week, materials will be accepted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, during any hours the library is open.

Donors should come to the gray brick shed in the upper parking lot. Donations will be quarantined there for 3 days, before being handled by sale volunteers.

You can bring used books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage magazines and other ephemera. Please: no water-damaged or mildewed materials, VHS tapes, audiocassettes, or self-recorded CDs and DVDs.  For more information, click here.

New book sale volunteers are always welcome. Help is needed all year to sort, research and price donated materials; provide merchandising and customer support at book sale events, and supervise and train employees with disabilities.  To learn more, email  info@westportbooksales.org

As noted in yesterday’s Roundup, MoCA Westport’s Helmut Lang exhibition is now open. There’s plenty of room to enjoy the show — just be like these visitors, and wear a mask!

And finally … yesterday’s “06880” story on the Paycheck Protection Program noted the 137 Westport businesses that got loans of at least $150,000, helping them meet payrolls and keep folks employed.

Another Paycheck — Johnny — had a different view of work. Back in 1977, he sang:

Ron Provenzano’s Promise

Back in 2009, Ron Provenzano opened a barber shop across from the train station. It featured wooden floors, an old-fashioned cash register, a striped barber’s pole — and actual “shaves.”

A few years ago, he moved to 190 Main Street. Settling into the famed Sally’s Place record shop, he kept that old-fashioned feel and his many loyal customers. He added plenty of new ones too.

Earlier today, a guy walked inside. He held a business card from the old Railroad Place spot. On the back, the barber had scrawled “One free haircut.”

The man had never redeemed it — never been to Ron’s, in fact.

Was it still good?

“Of course!” he said.

It took a decade. But today, Ron Provenzano made a customer for life.

Ron Provenzano, and the 10-year-old business card.

Saugatuck Scenes

For an old part of town, there’s plenty new in Saugatuck.

Though — befitting the neighborhood — it’s old-style, retro-new.

Directly across from the train station, Ron’s Barber Shop features wooden floors, an old-fashioned cash register, a striped barber’s pole — and actual “shaves.”

Ron Provenzano opened his 2-chair shop in March (on the site of a former limo company).  He always loved the area — “quaint, classy” he calls it — and he’s building up a steady clientele.

About those shaves:  They come with hot towels.  Men on their way to the city for business meetings like them; after a shave, Ron says, you feel “very revived.”  (They cost $17 — not 2 bits.)

Ron Provenzano trims -- and talks with -- Giovanni Iaffaldano.

Ron Provenzano trims -- and talks with -- Giovanni Iaffaldano.

A couple of doors down, on the same block, the Green Living Centre sells natural products.  It’s not your typical Saugatuck fare, but owners Adam Lutsky and Brian Cleary have found a strong market for  reclaimed-wood flooring and formaldehyde-free carpeting; countertops made from compressed paper; composters and rainwater barrels; natural insect killer; organic cotton clothing and bags; a sun oven; soap bars with biodegradable containers; solar bags for charging electronic devices, and solar-powered flashlights (for every 1 purchased, another is donated to someone in the developing world).

The store’s aim is twofold:  sell eco-friendly products, and educate customers.

The station location is perfect, says associate Caroline Carrier.  “We promote taking the train, and riding bikes here.”  There are no bike racks at the station yet, but Green Living is working on that.  Also ahead:  creating a garden of native plants and grasses across the street, on the shabby bank of the westbound platform.

“Some people never see us.  They come off the train with blinders on,” Caroline admits.

“But we’re also getting very good street traffic.  Plenty of people love to come in and browse while they wait for their train.”

Caroline Carrier likes Living Green.

Caroline Carrier likes Living Green.