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From the Editor: About Time

I’m asking a lot of this special issue. More stories, more faces, more places, more news, more events. It’s busting at the seams because it has a huge theme: Then, Now & Next. The balancing point between push and pull is a natural state for us and, arguably, defines us. We remember our shared past, enjoy the moment and plan for the future, making this issue a mix of memories, celebrations and dreams.

Our report on the ever-changing downtown, for example, looks at recent changes and reveals what’s next, but also looks at our roots. Many thanks to the talented people at the Westport Historical Society for contributing photographs from the past century. The magazine’s staff got caught up in these shots. We hope you do, too.

In the piece, you’ll see that town landmarks are being reinvented. Wait for a table at a hip, new restaurant (Post 154) where you used to wait on line for postage stamps. Snag deals on planters at the old Town Hall (now Spruce). Instead of checking out books at the old library, check out luxury fashion (now Calypso St. Barth).

Take a step back and look at the buildings of your favorite places. Chances are, these historic buildings and old businesses were reimagined for new uses. Where we saw summer movies is now Restoration Hardware. Where we ordered a take-out is Lynne Scalo’s super-chic design boutique. This is true, too, of the Y. Where we worked out at the Y will soon become a mixed-use property. I’m told that much of the beautiful Bedford Estate will be saved. This issue gives a special nod to the Y, because it’s celebrating its ninetieth anniversary and will open its new facility in September 2014.

One new store that recently opened, called Around the Rosy, a consignment shop for children’s clothes, is owned by Michael Bolton’s daughter. If I had heard about her sooner, I would have included her in a feature we publish in this issue. It’s about growing up in the area as the son or daughter of a celebrity artist (or in one case, two famous artists). The creative gene presents itself in the most delightful ways in a number of talented Westporters raising families of their own.

Looking forward, we also present our annual salute to impressive teens mapping out a path to a bright future. Creative, giving, athletic, intelligent and ambitious, these awe-inspiring teens should reassure us all that the next generation is, indeed, prepared.

All of these pages don’t just happen. That’s why I introduce you to a few of the writers, photographers, editorial advisory boardmembers and staff who have helped build this regional magazine into not only an award winner but also a favorite among readers. The pitches, leads, and feedback all make an impression on the pages. In the end, this is your magazine. You define what it was, what it is and what it will become.