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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Treehouse Comedy Club Back at Levitt

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Vinnie Mark of thr Treehouse Comedy Club performed at the Levitt Pavilion tonight. It was the Comedy Club’s third appearance at the Levitt this season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: A Look at Under $1M Market

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

The average price of homes in Westport has been holding fairly steady at over $2.2 million, and the median price is around $1.8 million.

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Featured Home This home at 2 Brookside Park is listed at $959,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) TYPE NAME for WestportNow.com

That being said, exactly what kind of home can your money buy for under $1 million?

As of this writing, there are 77 single-family homes available under $1 million. Fifty-one of them were built between 1940-1969, and just three are less than 20 years old.

Their average price is $780,792 and they have been on the market 101 days. You can also reasonably expect a home in this range to have seven rooms, three baths and 2,233-square feet on average.

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New Staples Principal Ready for Challenges, Stage Appearances

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New Staples High School Principal James D’Amico today detailed qualities he seeks to instill in graduating seniors. Addressing the Westport Rotary Club’s weekly meeting, he said they include emotional and social awareness; kindness with sincerity in relationships with all fellow students; highest principles in thought and action, and always learning. Referring to some of the challenges he faces, D’Amico said bullying issues are high on the list, particularly cyber-bullying and the use of social media. Asked by a Rotary member if he is prepared to sing and dance in Staples Players productions as other principals have done, D’Amico said he is well prepared because in his high school days he played Bernardo in “West Side Story” and Motel, the tailor in “Fiddler on the Roof.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Practicing Hose Operations

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Westport firefighters today practiced hose operations at 6 Hillandale Lane off Hillandale Road in Westport’s Greens Farms section. According to section leader Todd Hall the single firefighter hose stretching evolution exercise allows one rather than two firefighters to deploy the hose, which increases efficiency by utilizing fewer staff. The house, scheduled for demolition, will be used for training over a one-month period, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rob Yost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Summer Daytrips to Ride CT’s Rail History

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

If you’re looking for family fun this summer, consider visiting one of Connecticut’s many living museums celebrating our rail heritage.

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The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven (http://www.shorelinetrolley.com) was founded in 1945 and now boasts more than 100 trolley cars in its collection. 

It still runs excursion trolleys for a short run on tracks once used by The Connecticut Company for its “F Line” from New Haven to Branford. 

You can walk through the car barns and watch volunteers painstakingly restoring the old cars. There’s also a small museum exhibit and gift shop.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


9:15 a.m. - Westport Library - Introduction to PYTHON Coding TinkerShop (Grades 4-6)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage Thrift Sale Half-price Sale
10:30 a.m. - Longshore Club Park - Westport Library Storytime at Longshore
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Advanced PYTHON Coding TinkerShop (Grades 5-9)
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - PageTurners: “Pride & Prejudice”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - 323 Restaurant (323 Main St.) - Westport Library Let’s Get Quizzical: Pub Trivia Night
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Club III

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Letter: Developer Says Nothing to Show for ‘Good Intentions’

To the Editor:

I have lived in Westport for 25 years and am president of SIR Development, LLC a new construction luxury home builder. I have noted that historic structures and their place in this town have been a constant debate.

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This house at 25 Center St. was the subject of lengthy negotiations with developer Rob Haroun and the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

During this time, hundreds of older homes have been demolished to make room for larger ones leaving a small inventory of older structures that retain the character of yesteryear. Some efforts have been made to create incentive programs for saving these structures through the existing 32–18 zoning regulations, but clearly the existing regulations fall short.

After seeing that 32-18 was deficient, we embarked on an effort to amend Section 32-18. With a specific property in mind, 25 Center St., we saw an opportunity to save an historic structure and provide a win-win for both the town and preservationists.

Knowing that the process was quite protracted, we proceeded in good faith with the town and the community to accomplish this goal.

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After a Year’s Delay, a Bridge Reopen Promise

By James Lomuscio

Standing today on the still unpaved deck of the North Avenue Bridge spanning the Merritt Parkway, Shalal Hussein vowed that the bridge would finally reopen 10 days from now, on Thursday, Aug. 25—more than a year past due.

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Workers do some final repairs to a section of the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“If it doesn’t, I’ll be in serious trouble,” said Hussein, manager of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) restoration project.

The 81-year-old, 211-foot-long bridge redo was supposed to be completed Aug. 17, 2015.

“I’ll have a lot of questions to answer,” Hussein said if he does not make the new deadline.

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Drug Arrests at Westport Home

Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman on narcotics violations, as well as well as tampering with evidence and violating a protective order, police said today.

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Marianna Perez: found hiding. Westport Police photo

Police found Marianna Perez, 37, hiding in the attic of a Cricket Lane (off Hogan Trail in the Saugatuck area) home on Wednesday, with narcotics and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Held in lieu of a $10,000 bond, she was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court the next day.

According to Lt. David Farrell, officers had responded to the address after the homeowner called to report that a motor vehicle had been taken without the owner’s permission.

“While on scene, officers observed that a window pane on the front door was shattered, and there were pry marks by the door knob,” Farrell said.

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Woman Arrested for Stealing License Plate

Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman for having a stolen North Carolina license plate, while they were investigating the report of plates stolen from a vehicle at the Canal Park housing complex, police said today.

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Mechell Perry:  free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

Mechell Perry, 47, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and misuse of plates upon her arrest Thursday, and released on a $500 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 25.

According to Lt. David Farrell, a Canal Park resident had reported on Wednesday that plates had been stolen right outside of her apartment sometime overnight.

“The investigating officer was able to develop a description of the suspect, as well as the car that the suspect was driving,” Farrell said.

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Comings & Goings: Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses Closing

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Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, 141 Post Road East, will close at the end of the week according to owner Dave Spittal. “We may open another store in the Westport area, maybe New Canaan, Stamford or Greenwich,” he said. He said the Westport store, which opened in September 2012 “is the worst of all our stores—it may be the parking, the model just did not work for us in Westport.” Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses stores are located in New York, Mt. Kisco,  and Beacon, N.Y., Ridgewood and Summit, N.J., as well as Boston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Roseville Open, Cable, Phone Lines Under Repair

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UPDATE A Cablevision technician works on downed wires in the area of 125 Roseville Road today. The road was reopened in the early morning hours after power lines and poles were replaced following Saturday night’s powerful thunderstorm that brought down trees, power lines, and a transformer in addition to the cable and phone lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Letter: Longshore Assistant Golf Pro Says Goodbye

To the Editor:

After 17 great seasons at Longshore Club Park, my wife and I have decided it’s time to move out of state.  I want to thank all my dedicated golf students for their loyal support.

I would publicly thank the longtime head and new PGA Master Professional, John Cooper, for his faith in me.  John, I learned so much from you about teaching and the golf business I never would have received elsewhere.

The staff John has assembled to represent Longshore, the cashiers, starters, and rangers are the best and most professional I have ever worked with and do a thankless job cheerfully.  A round of golf at Longshore flows so well due to a team effort.

Longshore golfers,  John and the staff have your best interests at heart. Trust in them today and down the road.

Best wishes.

Christopher Carriero
Longshore Golf Professional
Westport

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Roseville Road Open

Westport police said at 5 a.m. that Roseville Road, closed since Saturday night by downed trees and power lines, was reopened.

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Storm Cloud Sunset

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Sunday night’s sunset was partially obscured by storm clouds as seen from Westport’s Owenoke Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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