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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Topo View of Westport Image
For a different view of Westport, check out the National Geographic website, which just put every U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. The Westport quad actually brings up five maps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Geological Survey


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment & 401(k) Defined Contribution Plan Investment Committees
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
4:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fairfield County String Quartet classical chamber music concert
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Works Information Presentation
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Simrit: Syllables of Change”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Court of Oaks Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Court of Oaks, off Hickory Drive, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story colonial has 1,400-square feet and is situated on a .36-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Joe Mioli Honored in Hartford Image
The legislature’s Italian-American Legislative Caucus today presented longtime Westporter Joe Mioli—co-owner of the Westport Pizzeria and who served as the town’s state representative from 2004 to 2010—with an official General Assembly citation for his “promotion and prosperity of the Italian culture and history.” Mioli has been active with the Italian-American caucus’ education fund. Joining Mioli were his successor, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, and state Sen. Toni Boucher, who represents a portion of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Real Estate Report: Sales, Median Price Up

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Westport’s real estate market has not been this active for quite a long time. Image
Featured Home: This home at 8 Bradley St. is listed at $3,950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis/The Fair Group

In fact, closed sales are up from the first quarter of last year, and the median sale price is up by an impressive $200,000.

The current buyer activity is higher than we have seen for quite some time, and may possibly facilitate a nominal rise in property values.

Although the seasonal spring market is fueling part of this increase in activity, a mostly mild winter also gave us a wonderful base to start from, and a great head start on the season.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

3 Clinton Ave.              $564,000->$555,000
79 Compo Road North         $659,000->$649,000
299 Main St.              $675,000->$669,000
33 Pumpkin Hill Road         $789,000->$769,000
118 Wilton Road           $1,159,000->$1,109,000
166 Roseville Road       $1,400,000->$1,550,000 (Increase)
20-26 Morningside Drive South.  $1,950,000->$1,650,000
15 High Point Road         $1,779,000->$1,689,000
2 Mimi Lane               $1,895,000->$1,795,000
318 Wilton Road           $1,999,900->$1,899,000
1 Oak Ridge Park         $1,999,999->$1,899,999
196 Long Lots Road       $2,099,000->$1,999,000
8 Harbor Road             $2,300,000->$2,150,000
129 Beachside Ave.    $2,685,000->$2,499,000
19 Hillspoint Road         $2,695,000->$2,569,000
6 Hillandale Lane           $2,495,000->$2,585,000
104 Easton Road           $2,675,000->$2,585,000
—Judy Szablak


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High Winds Bring Power Outages

UPDATE High winds brought down trees and power lines around Westport today.

At 2 p.m., Eversource Energy reported 56 Westport customers were without power. Service was restored several hours later.

Winds gusting to 37 miles per hour as measured at Westport Fire Headquarters whipped through the area in early afternoon.


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Staples Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian Image
Emily Schussheim (l) has been named valedictorian of Staples High School’s Class of 2017 and Christopher Scherban is salutatorian. Emily has spent her entire academic career in the Westport school system while Christopher moved here in 10th grade, in large part for the schools. They will be featured speakers in June — she at the graduation ceremonies, he the night before at baccalaureate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area, which is in effect until 6 p.m. today.

It said to expect winds northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph with the highest winds in the afternoon.

Strong winds are expected to blow down limbs, trees, and power lines, and scattered power outages are expected, the Weather Service said.


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Capturing the Moment Image
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday used a cell photo to capture the sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
2:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - An Investigation into the Many Sides of Salt
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Westport March on Sunday ‘to Defend Democracy’

Westport Democrats tonight heard about plans for a march through Westport on Sunday “to defend democracy.” Image
Lauren Soloff: addressing DTC tonight. photo

It is officially billed as “CT on the Move March to Defend Democracy — One Small State, One Big Voice.”

The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) is a co-sponsor of the event that will feature addresses by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

One of the organizers of the march, Lauren Soloff, told a meeting of the DTC at Town Hall tonight the event will go on rain or shine.

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Steinberg: Malloy Teacher Pension Plan ‘Not Going to Happen’ Image
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (r) told a meeting of the Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) tonight that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy “doesn’t have the votes” to push through his plan to make municipalities responsible for paying a portion of teacher pensions. “It’s not going to happen,” he said, adding that Democrats will have to find revenues elsewhere. At the same meeting, Board of Education Chair Michael Gordon said the board will seek full or partial restoration of the $1.67 million cut from its budget last week by the Board of Finance. “There’s not a scenario in the world that we could sustain a $1.67 million cut” without seriously impacting children’s education, he said. The finance board will consider the request at its Wednesday, April 5 meeting.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Baseball Buffs Image
Coach Jack McFarland and the Staples baseball players held their annual Little League Clinic tonight at the Staples Fieldhouse with a record turnout—just in time for spring (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Granger at the Movies: ‘Beauty and the Beast, ‘The Belko Experiment’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Beauty and the Beast” is Bill Condon’s hybrid live action/digital remake of the “tale as old as time” — with sumptuous special effects and enhanced character back stories. Image

Set in rural France in 1740, it introduces brainy Belle (Emma Watson) whose academic father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), has been imprisoned in the Beast’s labyrinthine castle.

Because he was once a spoiled young Prince, spurning pleas for assistance from an old lady/witch, the ghastly, horned Beast (Dan Stevens) has been cursed until he can find true love.

Eager to escape the confines of her provincial village and unwelcome romantic advances by boorish, boastful Gaston (Luke Evans), Belle offers to exchange places with her beloved father.

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