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Monday, May 29, 2017

Westport Salutes Memorial Day

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Flags flew in a stiff breeze Sunday on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed.
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - annual Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School to Veterans Green - Westport Memorial Day Parade (if parade is canceled services will be at 10 a.m. in Westport Town Hall)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Compo Scene

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The Compo Beach lifeguard shack late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Compo Party Time

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Guests at a party on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight celebrated the Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute

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Westporter Augie Wilkinson and daughters Emma and Melody visited Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road today to pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Game

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Members of the Staples High School varsity team posed for a picture today as they met the Staples alumni team in a Memorial Day weekend game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Dry Run

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Despite a forecast of rain for Monday, members of the Westport Woman’s Club were busy today at Anthony’s Nursery, 492 Main St., preparing their float for the Memorial Day parade. With flowers from Anthony’s and Izzo’s & Sons Country Gardens, the float supports the parade theme “Honoring Our Veterans Now and Forever.” Pictured (l-r) Dorothy Curran, Jeannette Tewey, Miggs Burroughs, Miraslava Auxier (partially hidden), Allie D’Angelo, and Bernadette Stiskal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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South Beach Scene

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A scene at South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Colors

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Memorial Day weekend is commemorated with decorative bunting on the 1899-built house, known as the Edward J. Hubbell House, at the corner of Westport’s Riverside and Treadwell Avenues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 28, 2017


5 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

On Tour

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Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society president (red sweater) , today led about 20 persons on a history walking tour of Westport’s Saugatuck section. The area was initially inhabited by mostly immigrants of Italian origin. The periodically scheduled historical tours of various sections of Westport consistently attract history buffs from the greater Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Boy Scouts Place Flags on Veteran Graves

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39, chartered to Greens Farms Congregational Church, today placed flags on the graves of veterans in five cemeteries in Westport. VFW Post 399 organized and supplied the flags for the Boy Scouts to install. Pictured are: (l-r) Daniel Wisdom, Nicholas Daines, Max Pantoja, and Will Hillhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Salute to Veterans

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Flags today decorate the cemetery of Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Westport’s Kings Highway North. It was one of five cemeteries receiving flags for veterans graves courtesy of Boy Scout Troops 39 and VFW Post 399. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Flag Duty

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 today placed flags on graves of veterans at five Westport cemeteries. The flags were supplied by Westport VFW Post 399. The scouts posed for a picture during the effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Judge: P&Z Acted Properly Denying 8-30g Project

By James Lomuscio

A Hartford Superior Court judge’s ruling to dismiss an affordable housing lawsuit against the town involving a proposed 48-unit multi-family housing project at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road brought cheers today from town officials.

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The 1.16-acre parcel at 122 Wilton Road sits at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Town Attorney Ira Bloom, who successfully argued the town’s case, said it was the first 8-30g decision involving the town in his memory. He said the developer has 20 days to file an appeal.

The suit was filed under the 8-30g state law, which allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.

In dismissing the lawsuit filed more than a year ago by Stamford developer Richard K. Freedman, Judge Marshall Berger said the commission properly reviewed the environmental impact of the proposal by Freedman’s Garden Homes Management Corp.

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For Police and Fire, Pension Uncertainty Forces Early Retirement

By James Lomuscio

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas says the recently signed work contract between the town and the police union is “a fair contract to the town, the union and the employees.”

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Westport police officers march in the 2015 Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The four-year collective bargaining agreement, which is retroactive to last year and provides for 2.25 to 2.5 percent increases through Fiscal year 2019-20, is scheduled to go before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for approval Tuesday June, 6.

The town’s police have been without a work contract for more than a year, and the police union’s pension contract is still in negotiation with the town.

“I hope we reach a similar middle ground with the pension contract,” Koskinas said.

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Upright Again

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After capsizing in this week’s rain and winds, Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, was back in action today with help from friends, only slightly soiled by its sidelining. The duck promotes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Scene

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Dusk Friday over the Saugatuck River in Westport as seen from Grace Salmon Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Railroad Station NY-bound Side - Walk Through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, May 26, 2017

‘Signs of Compassion’ Opens at Library

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Westport artist Miggs Burroughs tonight addresses guests at a Westport Library reception marking the opening of his photo exhibit “Signs of Compassion” in the Great Hall. It is the last major art exhibit in the library before renovations are completed in 2019, and celebrates the end of Burroughs’ one-year term as artist-in-residence. The exhibit is a tribute to a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson, expressed word by word in American Sign Language, as portrayed in 30 lenticular (animated) images of members of the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day Parade Set to Kick Off Monday at 9 A.M.

Westport’s Memorial Day parade is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Monday on Riverside Avenue, weather permitting.

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Westport police in the Memorial Day parade in 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The parade route travels north on Riverside Avenue, turns right onto Post Road West, crosses the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to Post Road East, then turns left onto Myrtle Avenue.

World War II veterans who wish to participate in the Memorial Day Parade should call Ted Diamond at (203)227-7680 or (203)216-5609.

Services will be held on Veterans Green immediately following the parade. Drivers should proceed with caution, expect road closures and seek alternate routes in downtown Westport from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., officials said.

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Friends of Westport Public Art Collections Fundraiser Set for June 8

Friends of the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), Inc. invite the community to attend “Second Story Moonlight,” an inaugural fundraising event to support WestPAC and the educational uses of the collection. 

The event will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Rive Bistro, 229 Riverside Ave, Westport. Tickets are $90 and may be purchased by visiting https://www.westportarts.org/moonlight.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to view a special one-night only exhibit of art from the Westport Public Art Collections including works by Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Motherwell, Rothenberg, Miro, Christo and Jean-Claude and Calder.

The evening will also include a silent auction of selected works by emerging and globally recognized local artists, and items donated by noted collectors. 

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Garage Fire Blamed on Generator

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Westport fire officials today blamed a fire Thursday at 10 Lookout Lane that extensively damaged a garage on a generator running during a power outage. All occupants escaped safely, but there was smoke throughout the house, which firefighters were able to remove with fans, said Assistant Chief Michael Kronick. He urged residents to always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions before running generator, and, as carbon monoxide is emitted, never use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Also, never plug a generator directly into a home outlet and have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

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Westport Property Transfers May 8 - 12, 2017

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 8 - 12, 2017:

Ralph Francis Saviano Estate to Nicholas T. Saviano Jr., 78 Sylvan Road North,1/4 Interest, $200,000WNproperty.jpg

Lucky Four Realty LLC to Caitlin Butler, William Courtland Churchfield Walker, 3 Minard Drive, $1,875,000

Edward L. Rulon-Miller to Kevin J. Woods, 8 Calumet Road, $1,125,000

Colin H. and Julia A. Felleman to Casey D. and Emily A. Carpenter, 28 Bauer Place, $677,000

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Graduation Salute

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Westport Fire Chief Robert Yost was on hand Thursday to congratulate Recruit Firefighter Nicholas Marenna as he graduated the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Class 59. The Recruit Firefighter program is a 70-day, 14-week, residential course that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a new firefighter to perform entry-level tasks under direct supervision.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

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Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today awarded college tuition grants to 10 seniors among Staples High School Class of 2017 and to one Bridgeport-based adult. Recipients posed for a group photo with club officials and invited guests. According to Arlene Thrope, WWC Scholarship Committee chair the amount distributed today totals $27,500. Recipients included: Michaela Jampierre (University of Massachusetts), Mikayla Czizik (New York University), Elianne Shapiro (Princeton University), Griffin O’Neill (Providence College), Sarah Barnett (Dartmouth College), Sasha Arellano (University of Delaware),  Grace Connell (Catholic University of America), Mangabu M. Kalala (Western Connecticut State University), Chandler O’Reardon (Bard College), and Katherine Weinschenk (University of Virginia). Absent:  Kenneth Brill (Elon University) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Plenty Inventory Under $1 Million

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Even though the average price of a home in Westport has been consistently hovering over $2.1 million, there are still plenty of options available under $1 million.

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Featured Home: This home at 5 Evergreen Parkway is listed at $990,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C.Martin photo courtesy of Higgins Group Real Estate Westport

In fact, 22.7 percent of the current single-family inventory falls in that range.

On average, these 84 homes are priced at $799,883, and one could expect an average size home of 2,497-square feet.

The market is moving nicely in this price pocket as well, with 10 under the initial stage of deposit, another 27 scheduled to close, and 27 homes that have closed in just the past 90 days, which indicates an active market.

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Westport Real Estate Price Changes

Westport real estate price changes over the past week:

103 Cavalry Road           $699,000->$639,000
19 Easton Road             $699,000->$649,000
98 North Ave.              $895,000->$799,500
12 Tupelo Road             $925,000->$860,000
139 Imperial Ave.          $997,000->$975,000
4 Lowlyn Road           $1,099,000->$1,025,000
11 Partrick Lane           $1,150,000->$1,099,000
4 Christmas Lake Lane   $1,175,000->$1,099,000  
8 Abbotts Lane           $1,224,900->$1,195,000
33 Colony Road           $1,249,000->$1,195,000
5 Viking Green           $1,299,000->$1,199,000
19 Eno Lane             $1,299,000->$1,249,000
110 C Imperial Ave.    $1,349,000->$1,299,000
46 Hillspoint Road         $1,399,000->$1,325,000
14 Dawn Drive             $1,435,000->$1,399,000
3 Acorn Lane             $1,485,000->$1,435,000
6 Linden St.          $1,699,000->$1,649,000
18 Hermit Lane           $1,750,000->$1,699,000
6 Tranquility Lane         $1,885,000->$1,699,000  
40 Sturges Commons     $1,725,000->$1,699,000
7 River Lane             $1,722,500->$1,700,000
15 Island Way             $1,868,000->$1,825,000
7 Northfield Drive         $2,000,000->$1,850,000
30 Charcoal Hill Road     $1,999,000->$1,888,000
9 Old Hill Road           $2,199,000->$1,998,000
34 Cross Highway         $2,149,000->$2,139,000
86 Bayberry Lane         $2,299,000->$2,249,000
1 Bluewater Hill South     $3,495,000->$3,275,000
—Judy Szablak

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Backyard Visitor

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A backyard visitor spotted today on Westport’s Bonnie Brook Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Valerie Smith Malin for WestportNow.com

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Sunnyside Up Again

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Thursday’s gusty winds and rainstorm caused Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, to go sunnyside up against the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. The giant rubber duck publicizes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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