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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Historic Preservation Awards Announced

The Westport Historic District Commission has announced the recipients of its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. 

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Late day sunlight splashes the Bedford Square courtyard as diners enjoy drinks and food from the Amis Trattoria restaurant. Bedford Square is one of the award recipients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Auditorium. 

As in past years, WestportNow will carry photos and full details of the award recipients before the ceremony. They include:

6 Clover Lane; 190 Cross Highway (rehabilitation/special permit for historic residential structures); 383 Greens Farms Road (preservation); 8 Charcoal Hill Road (preservation); 101 Compo Road South (rehabilitation); Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway (rehabilitation); 37 Evergreen Ave., Helen Muller Award for an outstanding local historic district property; 159 Post Road East, Bedford Square (rehabilitation).

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Bipartisan Budget Would Tax Teachers, Working Poor and Smokers

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Republican leaders have agreed to raise taxes as part of the bipartisan budget framework announced Wednesday, sources say, with several of the levies hitting what typically are seen as Democratic constituencies: public school teachers, the working poor and smokers.

Sources close to the state budget talks told CT Mirror that Republicans, who relented last month on their no-tax stance to vote for a budget that raised taxes on hospitals and hit the working poor by reducing the earned income tax credit, are being asked to also raise cigarette taxes and impose a special levy on teachers.

Both parties also have discussed raising income taxes on the middle class by reducing the property tax credit. And sources said the deal would restrict access to that $200 credit, making it available only to the elderly and to households with dependents.

Whose constituencies will pay more taxes or give up more services to help end Connecticut’s 16-week budget impasse is certain to be part of the closed-door discussions that will begin today when House leaders present the details to the Democratic and Republican caucuses. The two Senate caucuses are to meet Monday, with the hope of voting a budget later in the week.

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Beachside Dawn

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Wednesday’s dawn as seen from Westport’s Beachside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galina Babkin for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 19, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Gene Madera, history of aviation in Connecticut
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Parks & Rec Approves Recommendations to Improve Compo Beach

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Parks and Recreation Commission tonight unanimously approved five recommendations to improve Compo Beach, the first of a number to be presented to the commission in coming months.

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Charles Haberstroh (c), Parks and Recreatioin Commission chair, asks for a show of hands tonight by those there for the Compo Beach discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The recommendations made by Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Fava were: designated areas for permitted and daily parking; limiting daily passes to single entry only; installing more trash cans; increasing staff to pick up trash; and having a cleaning service on site weekends and holidays.

“The objective is to bring the beach back to where it was in past years,” said Charles Haberstroh, commission chairman.

The commission’s approval came after two-and-a-half hours of discussions and public comments about Compo’s woes.

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Gallery: Candidates Meet & Mingle


Scenes from tonight’s Candidates Meet and Mingle at the barn at the Westport Country Playhouse sponsored by Facebook groups Front Porch and WestportMoms. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Seeking Historic Designation for Cribari Bridge

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Jenny Scofield (l), state and national register coordinator at the State Historic Preservation Office tonight presented to the Historic District Commission (HDC) at a public informational meeting at Town Hall in support of the proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District. She explained the eligibility of the neighborhood for the listing, the benefits of the designation to the property owners, and the mechanism for objections to the designation. Bridge Street is an historic neighborhood, currently part of a designated Scenic Highway, which includes a significant number of historic resources and provides a local gateway to the iconic William F. Cribari Memorial swing bridge, which is listed on the National Register. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Cross Country Wins FCIAC Title

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The Staples High School Boys Cross Country team today won the FCIAC championship at Waveny Park in New Canaan.  In a rare feat in cross-country, Staples took first, second, and third place in the varsity race. Ben Seiple won the FCIAC championships with a time of 15:27 over the 5-kilometer course. Will Landowne finished second in 15:44 and Christian Myers was third in 15:47.  Ryan Smith and Nick Taubenheim rounded out the top five Staples runners with 13th and 14th place finishes. The team demonstrated Staples’ depth by also taking the top five places in the FCIAC JV championship race; Henry Haas led the way, followed by Morgan Fierro, Luke Lorenz, Jaden Little and AJ Zuckerman.  Jonathan Lorenz won the freshman race and Staples placed three of the top five and six of the top 15.  Now the team, which is currently ranked second in the state, will prepare to defend its Class LL title. Varsity runners pictured (l-r) are Conrad Kaplan, Will Landowne, Christian Myers, Ben Seiple, Sunil Green, Nick Taubenheim, Ryan Smith and Tyler Wright. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Legislators Announce Tentative, Bipartisan Budget Deal

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

State legislative leaders declared today they had crafted the framework of a bipartisan deal to end Connecticut’s 110-day budget impasse, while conceding some key details, including distribution of town aid, remained to be resolved.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was not a party to the talks, expressed skepticism that the talks had produced a deal that would survive close scrutiny of rank-and-file lawmakers or his administration.

Anticipating the skepticism by Malloy and others in light of the dearth of details released by the lawmakers, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven said the story of the day was how far the bipartisan talks had come, not what work remains.

“A lot of people said, ‘You won’t get there.’ And we did,” Fasano said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Covlee Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Covlee Drive, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1948, the one-story ranch has 1,998-square feet and is situated on a .27-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 WestportNow.com

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Playhouse to Host Symposia on the Genius of Shakespeare

The Westport Playhouse has scheduled two free, Sunday symposia on the genius of William Shakespeare for Nov. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m., playhouse officials announced.

The symposia are being held in conjunction with the production of “Romeo and Juliet,” which runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 19 — replete with a cast of 20 actors, period costuming, sword fights and scenic design.

Titled “As Boundless as the Sea: The Genius of William Shakespeare,” the two-part program represents the playhouse’s eighth annual educational and community engagement initiative, according to Patricia Blaufuss, playhouse spokeswoman.

The lectures are supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

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Installing Water Line for 94-Unit Housing Project

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Workers today install a main water line on Post Road East at the intersection of Morningside Drive that will connect with the property at 1177 (also known as 1175 Post Road East) Post Road East, the site of construction of a 94-unit residential housing project (rear). Thirty percent of the units will be affordable housing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Project Return Luncheon Draws Packed Crowd

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It was a packed house today at the annual Gather ‘Round the Table Luncheon to benefit Project Return. The luncheon, held at Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk, celebrated the work of the 32-year-old agency, and the first anniversary of its joining Homes With Hope as a fully integrated program. The Project Return house on Compo Road North currently serves eight homeless young women. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Going Down: 14 Westport Ave.

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The house at Westport’s 14 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach section, was demolished today. Built in 1932, the two-story conventional had 1,400-square feet, was situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in July 2016 for $1,250,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 22, 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Real Estate Report: Opportunities Under $1 Million

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

There are opportunities for both sellers and buyers in all in Westport’s real estate market under $1 million.

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Featured Home: This home at 10 Maplewood Ave. is listed at $699,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of William Raveis- Westport

Twenty-three percent of single family homes available are listed under $1 million. That is a nicely balanced mix that slightly favors sellers over buyers, yet still offers a selection for buyers.

There are 79 homes in this price pocket, and statistics indicate nearly three weeks less market time than the town on average. Forty-seven percent of these properties are located in the Coleytown, Long Lots and Greens Farms areas.

The market for the starter range is healthy, and helps to create a domino effect for the upper ranges, as these homeowners tend to move up within the town.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

10 Vani Court                   $535,000->$525,000
230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 15   $575,000->$549,000
16 Long Lots Road             $699,000->$669,000
102 Bradley Lane               $679,900->$669,900
21 Jennie Lane                 $695,000->$675,000
9 Vineyard Lane                 $699,000->$689,000
24 Turkey Hill Road North         $759,000->$729,000
1400 Post Road E, Unit 132     $749,900->$745,900
244 Greens Farms Road     $1,000,000->$975,000
8 Iris Lane                       $999,000->$979,000
4 Christmas Lake Lane         $999,999->$985,000
12 Wedgewood Road         $1,250,000->$987,000
79 Compo Road North     $1,250,000->$1,195,000
222 Compo Road South     $1,290,000->$1,195,000  
311 Greens Farms Road   $1,275,000->$1,199,000
1 Old Hill Farms Road       $1,375,000->$1,299,000
3 Indian Point Lane         $1,399,000->$1,349,000
40 Bauer Place Ext.        $1,499,000->$1,449,000
41 Treadwell Ave.          $1,749,000->$1,675,000
25 Green Acre Lane         $1,895,000->$1,795,000
6 Dover Road               $1,899,000->$1,829,000
5 Court Of Oaks           $1,949,000->$1,899,000
22 Compo Parkway         $2,285,000->$2,185,000
42 Owenoke Park         $3,295,000->$3,100,000
26 Stonybrook Road       $4,195,000->$3,975,000
—Judy Szablak

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Honoring Our Heritage: 12 Charcoal Hill Road

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The owners of the house at 12 Charcoal Hill Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to owners Pat and Bill Blaufuss. According to Weingarten, the house was designed and built by the renown architect Frazier Forman Peters in 1929. Peters designed and built 41 houses in Westport of which 38 are still standing. Weingarten said, “Peters moved to Westport in 1919 as a farmer and became a self-educated architect and builder from 1925 to 1936.”  The Blaufusses have owned the house since 1984. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Selectmen (videostreamed)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
11 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - In the News with Greens Farms Academy
11:45 a.m. - Shorehaven Golf Club (14 Canfield Ave., Norwalk) - Gather ‘Round the Table—to Benefit Project Return
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
4 p.m. - Westport Library - DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Improve Job Search Focus & Productivity
6 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Conservation Commission (videostreamed)
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Historic District Commission Information Presentation
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Playhouse Barn -Meet and Mingle With Candidates
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Westport Astronomical Society (182 Bayberry Lane) - Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GOP Pension Reforms Dropped as CT Leaders Aim for Budget Deal Wednesday

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

State legislative leaders say they need a tentative, bipartisan deal by midafternoon Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of adopting a new state budget next week.

And if there is a bipartisan deal, it won’t include a hotly contested GOP proposal to cut state employee pension benefits in 2027 and reap big savings now.

Leaders were cautious not to predict success or failure, but lawmakers from both parties said that, while some key issues remain to be resolved, much progress has been made.

“I think the last week has been the most productive in this building that we’ve had all year long,” said House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby. “And the conclusion will be the conclusion. I think we all have hope that we can come to an agreement on something that’s best for the state.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Ivy Terrace

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Ivy Terrace, off Crescent Road, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,390-square feet, is situated on a half-acre property and changed ownership in July for $430,000. 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 WestportNow.com

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Almost Ready

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The new Rye Ridge Deli is almost ready for opening next week at 159 Main St., former site of iconic Oscar’s Deli. It is one of the most anticipated Main Street openings in years. Manager Mike Ventorino said “the town (regulatory) departments have been very responsive and cooperative during the approval process. Just a few more steps to go and we’ll be open by Monday.” He added, “We’re having some family members come by this weekend and, starting Monday, we’re going to open sort of quietly to make sure everything works well.”  Ventorino said there will be seating for 90 plus 24 seats on the sidewalk patio when weather permits. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Familiar Faces at New Deli

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When the new Rye Ridge Deli opens Monday at 159 Main St. customers will see a couple of familiar faces. Cris (l) and Joaquin Dolores worked behind the counter at Oscar’s Deli, which formerly occupied the space, for 11 years. Both have been training with the new staff. The restaurant features a full kitchen in the basement and serves up traditional deli fare and other dishes.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Garden Club Installs New Officers

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The Westport Garden Club installed its new officers at its opening luncheon at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Pictured (l-r, front row): Janice Yost, corresponding secretary; Pat Nave, vice president; Kelle Ruden, president; Ellen Greenberg, outgoing president, and Ginger Donaher, recording secretary.Standing behind them are various board members. Meetings are held monthly and the public is welcome at most. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Looking Into the Future at Historical Society

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David Waldman (l), Westport commercial real estate developer, and Frederick Hoag, principal of Westport-based FWH Architects, today present their proposed perspectives of the future look of downtown Westport. The event was the kickoff of a brown bag lunch series at the Westport Historical Society in coordination with its ongoing exhibit “06880 + 50.” Waldman said, “As the world changes, our model shows what can be done with a small community downtown.” Hoag added: “We asked ourselves how we can create for the future with the threat in mind that all of us can be under water in time.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Main Street Sidewalk Near Completion

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The new Main Street sidewalk on the east side of the street along Veterans Green is nearing completion. The project includes a new stairway from the sidewalk into Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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