Westport 6/5

Here's a reminder about the upcoming vote on the municipal building project, which takes place Tuesday, June 15 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. I've written enough about this to hope that the basic outlines of the project will be familiar to most Valley News readers by now, so I won't repeat them here. But if you're a new reader and would like to learn more, drop me a note at the e-mail address above and I'll be happy to send you links to columns and informational articles on the project's background.

One way or another, this is something that affects us all, and it's very important that all registered voters show up and let their voices be heard on the issue.

The Chamber of Commerce has launched the "Buy a Boom" campaign to raise money for the Independence Day fireworks display at Lee Park, which will take place this year on Saturday, July 3, starting at 9:30 p.m. Boxes have been set up for donations at Ernie's Market, Everybody's, Me and My Girls Caf , the Bank, and the Marina, and checks can be made out to the Westport Chamber of Commerce.

Among the possibilities-under $15 could go toward a color burst, $15 could get you two color bursts with a loud boom, $30 might end up in a big whistling umbrella that showers down, $60 could make happy faces, stars, and hearts. For $100 or more, you could get a piece of the grand finale, with lots of colors, bursts, and booms.

A rocket will chart the fund's progress toward the goal of $4,000, and you can watch its progress in the glass window on Bill McHone's door. Donors will be listed there by name or initials (unless requesting anonymity), though the amount given won't be revealed. The chart will be updated regularly.

We do love our fireworks! This display is always one of our biggest moments of civic pride each year. Please stop by one of our local businesses and give generously so that we can all enjoy the excitement together.

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