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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Colors

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Fall colors as seen from the bridge connecting the Imperial Avenue parking lot to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  October 25, 2014


9 a.m. - Sherwood Island - 3rd Annual CHT Preschool Ghost & Goblin 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - CrimeCONN: All Day Mystery Conference
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Compo Beach Parking Lot - Connecticut Humane Society Free Cats & Dogs Vaccine Clinic
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sherwood Island - Haunted Island at Sherwood Island State Park
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Civil Pilots w/ Fighting Static and One of these Days

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Staples Boys Soccer Upsets Danbury in FCIAC Quarterfinals

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Staples tri-captain Patrick Beusse rounds the corner at Danbury tonight, about to serve Graham Gudis for Staples’ second goal in a 49-second span. The twin strikes, with less than 10 minutes to play, lifted the Wreckers to a 2-1 upset win in the FCIAC quarterfinals. The Westporters were sparked by Denzel Robinson, keeper Noah Schwaeber and midfielder Michael Reid. Staples advances to the semifinals on Monday. They will take on Greenwich at 5 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Staples Footballers Fall to New Canaan 35-2

New Canaan ran roughshod over the Staples varsity football team tonight, defeating the Wreckers 35-2 at New Canaan.

The only Wreckers points came on a safety when Will Newman sacked Rams quarterback Michael Collins for a nine-yard loss in the end zone.

Staples dropped to 3-4, while the No. 1-ranked Rams improved to 7-0.

Staples next meets Trumbull at home on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

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Black Eyes at Saugatuck ‘Halloween Spooktacular’

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Saugatuck Elementary School students and families—800 revelers in all—showed off their costumes and danced the night away tonight at the school’s third annual “Halloween Spooktacular.” It is the PTA’s largest fundraiser and proceeds provide enrichments throughout the school year as well as teacher grants. Displaying their Halloween black eyes are (l-r) Tessa Moore, Natasha Taubenheim, and Elle DesMarteau, all fifth graders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunrise Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting Draws Crowd

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About 250 guests tonight attended the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s 25th annual wine and beer tasting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Guests sampled from among 60 wines and12 beers while watching a live auction. Proceeds go to support the club’s annual donations to local nonprofits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Presidential Toast

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Westport Rotary Club President Steve Lewine (l) toasts host President Dennis Wong of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club at tonight Sunrise Rotary annual wine and beer tasting at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com

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Board of Finance Chairs Get-Together

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Four Westport Board of Finance chairs met tonight and posed for a selfie at the Sunrise Rotary Club annual wine and beer tasting. They are (l-r) Jeffrey Mayer (2005-2009), John Pincavage (2013-present), Avi Kaner (2011-2013), and Helen Garten (2009-2011). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Wraps Up Again With Billy Joel Tribute Band Nov. 1

The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will light up one more time this year on Saturday, Nov. 1 to present Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot and an afternoon celebrating the music of Billy Joel.

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Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot wrap up the extended new Levitt season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The special ticketed benefit event is made possible by lead sponsor Tiffany & Co. and sponsor Honda of Westport and gives the community another opportunity to support the ongoing “Because Summer Lives Here” Levitt capital campaign, an announcement said.

Big Shot is the only authorized Billy Joel tribute band and lead singer/pianist Mike DelGuidice, along with other Big Shot band mates, are members of Billy Joel’s touring band. 

The Levitt lawn will open at 1 p.m. to all ticket holders with the concert to start at 2 p.m.  At 4 p.m., there will be a cocktail party at Tiffany & Co. for premium ticket holders only. Chairs will be provided for all ticket holders.

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Y’s Men Photo Exhibit Opens

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The Y’s Men of Westport Weston today celebrated the opening of its 11th annual photography competition and exhibit at the Westport Center for Senior Services. Leonard Messman took Best In Show for “You’re Next” in the general category, a photo of a barber chair sitting in a wreck of a cell in an old prison in Philadelphia that is now a museum. Pictured (l-r) are the presenters and winners in front of the winning photos: Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Carl Fisher, Chuck Greenlee, Best in Show winner Lenny Messman, Marty Krauthamer, Jean Pierre Montillier, and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Y Names Megan Loffredo Volunteer Leader of Year

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Megan Loffredo at Sunday’s swim meet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Westport Weston Family Y has selected Westporter Megan Loffredo as Volunteer Leader of the Year.

An announcement today said she was honored Tuesday at the annual Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs Y Leaders Dinner at the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury.

A Y volunteer since 2001, she has served as a member of the board of directors, holding the positions of secretary for the Executive Committee and current chair of the Finance and Development Committee.

She is also an active Water Rat Swim Team parent, serving as a USA Swimming Referee for swim meets, including the one this past Sunday as Westport hosted 10 other teams and hundreds of parents, friends and supporters for the first swim meet at the new Y facility.

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 6 - 10, 2014

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2014:

Frank S. and Meghan E. Foster to Anne W. and Paul W. Bermeister, 10 Northgate Lane, $1,555,000WNproperty.jpg

Leo Cirino to Life On The Water LLC, 115 Harbor Road, $1,250,000

Kenneth Lametta to Mehdi and Elizabeth Sunderji, 55 Valley Road, $1,250,000

Patricia Pinks Parman Trust to Valerio and Yolanta Trinchi, 7 Harbor Road, $845,000

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Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Fury’

(Editor’s Note: Westport resident and veteran film reviewer Susan Granger today joins the WestportNow columnist lineup.)

By Susan Granger

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is an intense Hitchcockian thriller with an innocent man accused and a coolly elegant platinum blonde, neither of whom can be trusted.

Gillian Flynn adapted her psychologically complex 2012 best-seller, maintaining constant suspense as the mystery unfolds. Ben Affleck is totally convincing as bewildered Nick, whose beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary.

As the police investigation proceeds, details about perfectionist Amy’s past and the fragile state of their marriage are revealed – with everything pointing to Ben’s guilt.

David Fincher (“The Social Network”) is a stickler for detailed authenticity, as participants painstakingly track down multiple whodunit clues within the perspective-shifting structure.

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Going Down: 44 Elm St.

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The former medical office building at 44 Elm St. was demolished today. Its removal was part of the Bedford Square Development, which includes the relocation of the adjacent Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Church Lane, to the town-owned Baldwin Parking Lot. According to construction supervisor Christopher Moran of Easton-based Moran Construction Management, the Kemper-Gunn house move is aimed to take place before the Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. If that target is not achieved, he said it will occur after Jan. 1, according to an agreement with town officials. Moran said the project is now running three weeks behind schedule. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Athleta to Open Before Thanksgiving

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Athleta, a division of GAP Inc, opens at 103-07 Main St. before Thanksgiving, according to a worker on site today who said the construction shell covering the front of the store was removed Thursday. The new store was constructed in the spaces previously occupied by Westport Pizzeria, Kate Spade and Francois du Pont Jewelers, which have all relocated elsewhere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Fails to Make Newsweek Top High School List

Newsweek magazine has released its annual list of the Top 500 high schools in the United States, and 13 Connecticut high schools, including one in Fairfield and Greenwich, made the list.

But Westport’s Staples High School, named by Newsweek No. 3 in the state two years ago, is not among them. (See WestportNow May 3, 2012)

Each year, Newsweek teams up with a research group to compile the list based on a tough set of quality guidelines. Officials from Newsweek said that the methodology for the list was stricter than ever this year.

On top of the list this year was Thomas Jefferson High School of Alexandria, Va. The highest ranking Connecticut high school on the list is Amity Regional High School at No. 112. Amity serves students from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge.

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Friday,  October 24, 2014


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Wheeler Coffeehouse:  “Girls Like Us—Carole, Joni and Carly”
6:30 p.m. - Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Westport Sunrise Rotary Silver Anniversary Wine & Beer Tasting Celebration
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jillian Jensen w/ Sarah Barrios, Riley Lynch, and Josh Pavel

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

At Earthplace, Rep. Candidates Tackle the Environment

By James Lomuscio

The environment took center stage tonight in the state House of Representatives races for the136th and 143rd districts as Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center hosted a candidates forum.

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Candidates at Earthplace tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

From topics ranging from global warming to air pollution to electric vehicles to protecting the Long Island Sound and shoring up coastal residents against storms to pesticides and the efficiency and drawbacks of natural gas, each candidate attempted to show how he or she was environmentally best suited for the job.

Vying for the 136th District were Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Republican newcomer Brandi Briggs, who currently served on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Competing for the 143rd District seat were Republican incumbent Gail Lavielle and Democratic newcomer Keith Rodgerson.

Steinberg touted himself as “a committed environmentalist” who “walks the walk” with solar panels on his roof, a hybrid vehicle and one who co-authored the Comprehensive Energy Strategy in Hartford.

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Historic District Commission Preservation Winners

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Recipients of the 2014 Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Awards posed tonight for a group picture with First Selectman Jim Marpe and members of the HDC following the awards ceremony at Town Hall. Owners of seven Westport residential and business properties were cited for their efforts to preserve the town’s character and cultural heritage through their restoration and renovation work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Honored for Making Westport Special


Scenes from tonight’s 2014 Historic District Commission Preservation Awards ceremony and reception at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Author Says He Knows ID of 1922 Hollywood Murderer

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Author William J. Mann, who has written books featuring such famous divas as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, was at the Westport Library’s McManus Room tonight promoting his latest book, “Tinseltown.” a story about the movie business in Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s. There were drugs, beautiful women, handsome men and the highly publicized 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. It officially remains a “cold case,” but Mann said readers of his book will find out the identity of the murderer. “I did lots of research and had a lot of help from the FBI files and feel I know who the murderer is,” he said. “I liked tracking down killers. I got tired of writing traditional biographies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Developer Wants Inn to Become 200-Unit Housing Complex

By James Lomuscio

A developer has submitted plans for five-story, 200-unit housing complex at the site of the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Thirty percent of the units would be deemed affordable.

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Under submitted plans, the Westport Inn on Post Road East would be replaced by a 200-unit housing complex. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The submission has raised concerns that use of state statute 8-30g to build it will not only allow the developer to bypass town zoning regulations, but put stress on town services and traffic, all in the name of affordable housing.

Sheldon Stein, who bought the inn seven years ago, submitted applications to the Conservation Commission last week and to the Planning & Zoning Department on Thursday, with maps and engineering reports. The designs choreograph razing of the 127-room hotel at 1595 Post Road East, replacing it with a 200-unit, multi-family residential community dubbed Westport Terrace Views.

The construction would take place through use of state statute 8-30g. Passed in 1989, it allows developers to overstep a municipality’s local zoning laws if that municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. It is intended to be an incentive to create more affordable housing in the state.

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Work Begins on Green’s Farms Station Steps

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When Green’s Farms station commuters return to Westport tonight they may be surprised to see the end-of-platform stairway missing. That’s because construction started today which, according to Westport Police Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas, involves removal of the wooden steps and replacement with granite ones. The work is expected to be completed by mid-November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dunville’s Getting a Fix-Up

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Longtime Westport favorite Dunville’s bar and restaurant on Saugatuck Avenue is undergoing renovations and according to the manager on site will reopen for business this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Choices, Choices

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Morning rain did not deter shoppers today at the weekly Westport Farmers Market in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. Among them was Westporter Martha Aasen who checked out the vegetables at the Roxbury-based Riverbank Farm booth. Mississippi-bred Aasen said she purchased collard greens, which she describes as “good southern food.” The outdoor market continues through Nov. 6 and then moves indoors to Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Drunk Driving Simulation Set for Saturday

A drunk driving simulation for teens is set for Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Staples High School football field, the Westport Police Collaborative (WPYC) and the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) announced.

The one-day program presented by the Westport Police Department in collaboration with the WPYC and TAG is designed to educate students about the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or being otherwise distracted, event coordinators said.

The effects of substances on depth perception and coordination, in addition to decreased reaction time, as well as how the use of drugs or alcohol can lead to poor judgment and impaired decision making, will be stressed, and a distracted driving component will also be provided. 

Coordinators said several Westport Police officers will be on hand, and that the presentation will include an instructional portion plus practical exercises using specially designed goggles that simulate impairment.

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Soggy Commute

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It was a soggy commute for Westporters today as a Nor’easter moved through the area overnight with rain continuing into the morning. Scene is the Metro-North Westport station as commuters waited for the 7:24 a.m. to Grand Central Terminal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Storm Brings Power Outages

UPDATE Strong winds brought down trees and power lines Wednesday night and early today, causing widespread power outages in Westport.

Connecticut Light and Power Company said 743 Westport customers were in the dark from late Wednesday until about 4:15 a.m. today.

Then the number dropped to 66, and they were restored a short time later, the utility said.

Many of those affected appeared to be in the Imperial Avenue area, according to police.

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Determined Fishermen

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Rain did not deter determined fishermen Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  October 23, 2014


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Tech Hangout
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 7
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Annual Historic District Preservation Awards
7 p.m. - Earthplace - Earthplace Environmental Debate (State representative candidates)
7 p.m. - Westport Library - William J. Mann, “Tinseltown”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Intimate Apparel”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boys Soccer Wins, Moves on to FCIAC Tourney

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The seven senior Staples High School soccer players were honored before today’s final regular season match. Pictured are (l-r) Gabe Pensak, Matt Bateman, Nate Argosh, Denzel Robinson, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid and Patrick Beusse). The Wreckers then went out and beat Harding 4-1, on two goals by Graham Gudis, and solo strikes by Daniel Reid and Josh Berman. Staples finished the regular season 9-5-2, and advances into the FCIAC tournament. They start play Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. match in Danbury. The teams tied 1-1, earlier this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Nine Under Quarantine After West Africa Travel

In the first test of the state’s tough Ebola protocols, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said today that it has placed under quarantine nine individuals who have traveled to West Africa but are symptom-free.

“The people under quarantine are not sick and do not present a risk to public health,” said DPH spokesman William Gerrish. “The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials.”

The nine quarantined individuals, who were not identified, had traveled to Africa, Gerrish said.

The Department of Public Health said federal authorities will notify the agency of travelers from affected West African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia—that have been subject to an enhanced screening process established at New York’s Kennedy Airport and four other major U. S. airports.

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Halloween Window Painting Winners

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The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of the second annual Halloween Window Painting Contest. Judges Kathie Bennewitz (town curator), Peter Van Heerden (executive director, Westport Arts Center), and Betsy Pollack (publisher, Our Town Crier) had to vote a few times to break a tie in a very close competition. The winners (clockwise from top left): Danielle Spadacenta of Bedford Middle School painted Calise’s Food Market;  Danielle King, Heather LaPalme and Kayleigh Levent of Weston Middle School painted Westport Yarns; Kaitlyn Comerford of Hurlbutt Elementary School, Weston, painted Brooks Brothers, and Shealeigh and Courtlyn Crombie and Molly Liles of Greens Farms Elementary School painted Matsu Sushi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Knowledgeable Agent is Key

By Judy Szablak

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Westport, a knowledgeable agent who also maintains an open and expeditious line of communication is key to your real estate transaction.

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Featured Home This home at 6 Pond Edge Road is listed at $5,375,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis-Westport/ Leslie Clarke Homes

All too often, an agent who is not adept at both can cost you valuable time, money or the transaction itself.

The first step is to choose the right agent, and you should certainly exercise due diligence in that respect. Before you hire anyone to represent you in buying or selling a home, look for signs as to what their overall style of communication is, and their level of market expertise.

An agent who is timely in their initial response to you, and can answer your questions at the drop of a hat, is also one that will follow up very quickly when its needed or required. That should also hold true for buyer inquiries on your home. Additionally, this demonstrates their ability to act fast on your behalf when a great deal comes on the market.

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Splash Reopening Delayed

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Sign on Splash door. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Splash Restaurant & Bar, which has been closed for two weeks for plumbing and electrical repairs, had been scheduled to reopen Tuesday but was still closed today.

A closed sign still greets customers who stop at the waterfront restaurant located in the Inn at Longshore.

“We still haven’t reopened,” said Teresa De Caro, sister of the owner. “The electrical repairs are taking longer that we expected.”

She did not say when she expects the work to be completed.

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Westport-Area Blogs
 Senior Center Friends
 Sherwood Island Friends
 Robin's Resources
 CT Bites
 Westport Weather Website
 06880
 Draw the Dog
 Chicks with Chicks
 Much Ado About Stuffing
 The Wilder Side of Westport
 Living with Technology
 Jessica Bram's Blog
 Farewell Travels
 Major Knitter
 Westport Benefits Group
 Y's Women
 Taking the Kids
 Illuminara
 Deirdre’s Sloppy Studio
 Prill Boyle's Defying Gravity
 Jane Green
 Open the Door
 Chicken Spaghetti
 RS Williams Music
 Nina Pomeroy Photography
 Sphere
 Neurotwitch
 Gordon's Journal
 CT News Junkie
 Westport Community Gardens
 Westport Library Book Blog
 Westport Library Teen Blog

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Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport