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Westy Self Storage Provides Temporary Storage for Charity

by Kim Kilpatrick June 19, 2014 4:19 PM
When you think about the different types of charitable projects that self storage facilities participate in, you probably think of food drives during the holidays and drives for coats and shoes. You might think about collecting toys at Christmas time, donating books to libraries, supporting high school sports teams and choirs, and helping those who are victims of natural disasters. Westy Self Storage in Norwalk, Connecticut, is helping out with something that is a little unusual – collecting sheets. [More]

Westy Self Storage Supports Swim Across America

by Holly Robinson June 3, 2014 7:46 PM
Westy Self Storage is very community minded and supports many local charities. They have helped the Habitat for Humanity, been a drop-off location for winter coat drives, participated in recycling drives for bottles and cans, and collected toys for the Toys for Tots program. This month they are supporting the eighth annual Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America (SAA) benefit. [More]

Storage Wars TV Show Inspired Creation of Thrift Shop

by Tony Gonzalez May 13, 2014 7:54 PM
Everybody knows about the Storage Wars TV show. That show has increased the general public’s awareness of auctions held at self storage facilities. This awareness brings more people to those auctions, which is good for the self storage facility. There are lots more people willing to bid and buy the contents of a unit during an auction allowing self storage owners to recoup some of the unpaid rent. [More]

Westy Self Storage to Support Annual Block Party

by Kim Kilpatrick November 8, 2013 8:33 PM
Everyone loves a block party. When you think of them, you think of food, music, dancing, and games. Westy Self Storage of Fairfield, Connecticut, is helping out with a block party – but it isn’t your typical party. It is centered around LEGOS building blocks. [More]

Westy Self Storage Sponsors Recyling Drive

by Holly Robinson October 31, 2013 10:15 PM
Many adults feel like they are just one person and as only one person they can’t do much to make a difference in the world. It is amazing that some young school-aged children don’t have that attitude. Because they don’t, they have been effective in creating a successful recycling activity that has raised over $2,000 and donated the money to an organization that supports public schools.

And those children were only in the second grade. [More]

Ridgefield Connecticut Considers a New Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick September 30, 2013 8:36 PM
A self storage facility, a hotel, a commercial building, and a sewage treatment plant – all rather interesting neighbors.

In 1948, Henri Doll founded the Schlumberger research laboratory in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In 2006, the lab moved to Cambridge and the campus in Ridgefield sat empty. In late 2011, city residents approved the $7 million purchase of the 45-acre property late. (Six million dollars of the purchase price was for the property and one million dollars went to surveying, lawyers, and demolition of the abandoned research complex that was on the property.) [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick December 19, 2012 8:15 PM
In Fairfield, Connecticut, Westy Self Storage is participating in the Toys for Tots donation drive again this year. The drive will run until December 24. People can drop off new toys 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 on Sundays. [More]

Upcoming State Self Storage Association Trade Shows for 2012

by Winnie Hsiu January 30, 2012 10:42 AM
In the next few months, several self storage state associations will hold conferences and trade shows. Here is some information on ones held in Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, and Canada. [More]

Connecticut Self Storage Facility Working to Help Kids After School

by John Stevens February 4, 2011 8:43 AM
With as many as 15 million children leaving school each day with nowhere to go other than the streets, one Connecticut self storage facility is doing something about it. New London Self Storage is offering a 10’ x 25’ sq. ft. unit free of charge to Heavy Hitters USA, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and early-evening wrestling, boxing and conditioning programs for kids and young adults from New London and nearby towns. [More]

Moving Companies Face Hard Times When Families Stay Put

by Holly Robinson August 27, 2010 3:36 PM
Analysts say that the decline in new home sales is starting to hurt moving businesses, which normally would be starting to hit their peak season at this time of the year. In July of this year, new home sales fell to their lowest level since the government began tracking home sales in 1963. According to the American Moving and Storage Association industry fact sheet, almost 50 percent of residential moves occur when families upgrade their homes (looking for more space) or buy their first home. Now that home sales are down, Americans are moving less, and some moving companies are suffering. [More]
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