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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saugatuck River Sunset

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Tuesday night’s sunset as seen over the Saugatuck River in Westport as viewed from Imperial Avenue.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectman Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM District 3
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Plein Air Painting with Judith Orseck Katz
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kitty Rescued After 13 Days Up a Tree

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Kitty, a 2 ½-year–old male, was rescued from a tree today where he had been perched for 13 days 100 feet above ground, according to owner Christina Stuttard of Westport. She said Kitty, adopted two years ago from an animal rescue group, cried often during the ordeal but resisted coaxing—and some tuna placed at the base of the tree —to come down from her neighbor’s tree. She said the Fire Department told her they don’t rescue cats and numerous tree companies said a septic tank under the tree prevented them from making the rescue. But finally, workers from Coastal Tree Experts, Inc., of Westport figured out a way today to get to Kitty and brought him down in 10 minutes, she said. Stuttard called the rescuers “heroes” and said they did not charge for their services. As for Kitty, she said, “He is perfectly fine—eating, drinking, chilling.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staying Late

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Mimi Levitt stayed late with son, Peter (l), to watch tonight’s opening regular season Connecticut Ballet performance at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, named after her and her late husband, Mortimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Levitt Regular Season Opens With Connecticut Ballet

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There was plenty of room to spread out tonight at the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing as it began its shortened regular season with a performance by the Connecticut Ballet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Ballet Treat

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The Connecticut Ballet company performed at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight to open the shortened regular season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Taking a Bow on New Levitt Stage

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Members of the Connecticut Ballet take a bow tonight as the shortened Levitt Pavilion free concert nights got under way following Sunday’s grand opening with Jose Feliciano.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Jesup Road Dinner

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The flowers and bushes along Westport’s Jesup Road were just too tempting tonight for this visitor who chomped away as traffic rolled past. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Hoarding Task Force Hears From State Expert

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The Westport Safer Homes Task Force, the anti-hoarding team, met today at Town Hall with Judith Dicine, supervisory prosecuting attorney for housing matters for the Connecticut’s Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. Dicine addressed procedural and legal questions dealing with the issue of hoarding within the community, according to Westport Fire Lt. Brett Kirby, a member of the task force. He said she has extensive experience in dealing with this issue and has worked with mental health experts in the field of hoarding. Dicine spent almost three hours answering questions and giving advice to the task force. Representatives of Weston and Wilton joined in the session, the second meeting to include representatives from the three towns, Kirby said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Garelick & Herbs to Saugatuck Center

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Garelick & Herbs, the upscale culinary market, will open soon at 580 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck Center, in space vacated last month by CM Gourmet Market after eight months. Co-owner Jason Garelick, who announced last year that his store at 1799 Post Road East was relocating to Southport (see WestportNow July 26, 2013), said he has always had an interest in having a store in the Saugatuck area. “We’re expanding our base because most of our customers in the Post Road East store live nearer to that end of town and including Fairfield customers,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Some Bright Spots

By Judy Szablak

It’s no secret that that Westport’s real estate market is down from last year, however there are a few bright spots in an otherwise less than brisk sales atmosphere.

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Featured Home:This home at 15 High Point Road is listed at $1.9 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside/KMS Partners

Our Multiple Listing Service identifies 11 separate neighborhoods (or areas) in town, and if we assume this data is correctly input into the system, which it generally is, then trending information on specific areas can easily be determined.

Only a few areas in town continue to be above the town’s average on a sales performance basis.

The Hunt Club area is the clear standout in town, with 29 homes available, 15 under some stage of deposit, and 49 sales within the last year. The average list price here is just over $2.04 million, which is $200,000 less than the town as a whole.

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New Y Set to Open Aug. 29

After years of planning, town approvals, court battles, fundraising and perseverance, the new $38.5 million Westport Weston Family Y will officially open the doors to its new facility at 14 Allen Raymond Lane on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 a.m., Y officials announced today.

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The official ribbon cutting for the new Y is Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. with the facility opening the next day for members at 5:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The opening of the 54,000-square-foot complex at its Mahackeno summer camp property along the Saugatuck River follows a scheduled ribbon cutting ceremony set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, to be attended by staff, volunteers and a number of local and state officials, according to Scott Smith, Y spokesman.

This first day of operations beginning at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 will be reserved for Y members, and the facility will be open free of charge to all members of the community over the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, Smith said.

“Having served the community for the past 90 years at our original location in downtown Westport, at long last we are poised to begin the next chapter in our Y’s history in our modern new home,” said Rob Reeves, Y CEO and president.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Library - BOOKstravaganza: The Annual Gigantic Summer Book Sale (free)
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Tinker Camp
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Ballet
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, July 21, 2014

‘No Surprises’ in Downtown Survey Results

By James Lomuscio

Of the 3,143 Westporters who took took the Downtown Steering Committee’s (DSC) online survey, not to mention the hundreds who took park in two visioning workshops last month, the majority want flood ready parking and buildings, a pedestrian bridge across the Saugatuck River, a waterfront park and crosswalk improvements.

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Several dozens persons attended tonight’s meeting to learn about the downtown survey results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

What they do not want are modern looking buildings, parking meters, awnings along the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, diagonal parking in front of set back stores and a community center.

These findings were unveiled tonight in the Town Hall auditorium as DCS officials and representatives from the RBA Group hired to devise the downtown master plan presented the results of community input to an audience of about 50.

Three more specific downtown workshops will be held July 28 on the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion, on the Bedford Square project and the Kemper-Gunn House move Aug. 6, and the Westport Cinema Initiative Aug. 7, according to Melissa Kane, DSC chairwoman.

More "‘No Surprises’ in Downtown Survey Results"

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Dancing at the Y

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A group of middle school students from China, visiting Westport this week as part of the SPIRAL International Chinese/American Culture Exchange Program, visited the Westport Weston Family Y today. They toured the Y facility and enjoyed basketball in the gym and, for some of the students, a special dance class led by Danette Meigel-Cahr (r). The tour was organized by Kana Higuchi,  a student ambassador for SPIRAL and high school advisory member of the Westport Weston Family Y board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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