Saturday, May 29, 2004
To Westporters savvy about housing prices, it’s nothing new, but Sunday’s New York Times cites Westport as among southern Connecticut communities where $1 million often buys a teardown.
Two of the three pictures illustrating the newspaper’s Connecticut section cover story show Westport homes, one for sale for $1.1 million and other for $2.3 million.
Ten years ago, $1 million bought a “pretty high-end home, but $1 million now is pretty much entry level,” said Mary Palmieri Gai, a broker at William Raveis of Westport.
“A million buys a tired house on half an acre or less that is waiting to be knocked down,” she said.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Handcraft Show
Friday, May 28, 2004
As the second anniversary of the Westport Arts Center (WAC) gallery approaches, preparations are underway for the center’s annual members exhibition, “The Big Show 2004,” which opens in mid-July. Deadline for submissions is June 14.
The show is an all-inclusive, multimedia visual arts exhibit held each summer that is open to all artists who are members of the Westport Arts Center.
“The ‘Big Show’ is aptly named for the quantity of work exhibited,” said Miggs Burroughs, a local artist and one of the organizers of the exhibit.
“I’m always impressed by the depth of talent and creativity we have here in our own backyard.
The Westport Country Playhouse has announced that tickets will be on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m., for all performances and events in its 2004 summer season.
The sale includes the special event “Trumbo” featuring Gordon MacDonald and Paul Newman.
The Playhouse’s box office is now located at The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, where the majority of this season’s performances will be staged while major renovation is underway at its Westport home.
Two full productions will be presented in partnership with The Ridgefield Playhouse.
To help readers keep up on what’s new inside WestportNow, we introduce this occasional note to keep you up to date:
On the COMMUNITY page: Marian Harding celebrates her 95th birthday…A Better Chance appoints a new board…the Westport Historical Society prepares for its new “Westport By the Sea” exhibit.
On the ARTS & LEISURE page: The Westport Arts Center readies its Builders Beyond Borders exhibit…the Westport Youth Film Festival names its winners…WestportNow’s new Wine Talk column by Chris Grimm.
On the BUSINESS page: Westport’s Jane Sherman accepts an award from Congressman Christopher Shays for Norwalk-based Alden O. Sherman Co. Inc. joining the CONNSTEP program.
No public meetings scheduled.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
In moving remarks to a Staples High School assembly today, Mariann Hudak of Stratford told of the accident that killed her 21-year-old daughter, Laurie. She died in a Fairfield crash on Nov. 25, 2001, when a friend who had been drinking and driving crashed into a utility pole. Husak, a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), took part in “Grim Reaper Day 2004” aimed at warning of the dangers of drinking and driving. WestportNow.com photo
Staples High School students found these wrecked cars waiting for them outside school today a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving. WestportNow.com photo
The pools at Longshore Club Park are sparkling clean and ready for the first cannonballs of the season when they open Saturday. The Longshore pools will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days of Memorial Day weekend. WestportNow.com photo
By Chris GrimmWestportNow Community Correspondent
Two committees of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) have voted overwhelmingly to recommend “passive use” zoning for Winslow Park a direct rebuke to a recommendation by the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
The RTM Parks and Recreation Committee voted Tuesday night while the RTM Long Range Planning Committee voted Wednesday night.
At its May 10 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission had voted unanimously to recommend that the Planning and Zoning Commission adopt two Dedicated Open Space and Recreation District (DOSRD) classifications that could be applied to Westport parks and open spaces.
The P&Z will discuss amending zoning regulations to add these two classifications at its June 3 meeting.
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7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7: 30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Builders Beyond Borders art exhibition
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