Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Metro-North: ‘Minor Derailment’ Causing Delays
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line Service continues to experience residual delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to congestion caused by a minor derailment in Grand Central Terminal that blocked train equipment.
Honoring our Heritage: 30 Charcoal Hill Road
The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the house at 30 Charcoal Hill Road. Matt Magsig, his wife Lily and daughter Charli, 19 months, moved into the house in May 2014. It was built by architect Frazier Peters in 1930 and known as the Frazier Peters House. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house historian. He said of the 41 Westport houses that have been documented as designed by Frazier Peters, “this house is especially significant in that it was Peters’ own house, his actual residence.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Real Estate Report: Westport Mirrors National Trends
By Judy Szablak
The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Price Index points out a lack of inventory across the country along with slower price appreciation. This sounds a lot like Westport’s real estate market.
Featured Home: This home at 89 Morningside Drive South is listed at $2,995,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Westport-Riverside/ M & D properties
Lower than average inventory coupled with stricter lending standards appears to have had an impact on single family home appreciation in November.
Matching the expectations of many analysts, the 20 metropolitan areas saw gains that mirrored October 2007 at 4.3 percent, as compared to a 4.5 percent annual increase in October.
Although Chairman David Blitzer felt that “prospects for a home run in 2015 aren’t good,” we have already seen the market pick up ever so slightly in Westport, and initial deposits are on the rise, as are multiple bids on properties in certain price pockets.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Hillandale Road
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 48 Hillandale Road, near West Parish Road, is in process. Built in 1965, the one-story split has 1,856 square feet and is situated on a 1.22-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
Inside Baron South’s ‘Golden Shadows’
Wesport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been asked to designate the home of the late Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff on the town-owned Baron’s South as a local historic landmark property. The Austrian-born chemist, who founded Evyan Perfumes Inc. and created its White Shoulders fragrance, purchased the property in 1967. Its main Georgian-style brick house became known as “Golden Shadows.” He died in 1983, and the town purchased the 23-acre property in 1999. In recent years, the house has been used by the Friends of the Westport Library for storage and sorting prior to its book sales. Photographer Dave Matlow provides this glimpse inside. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Talking Transportation: Malloy’s Plan to Widen I-95
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Be careful what you wish for. After years of pleading, we finally have Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s full attention on the problems of transportation. But his recently announced plan for the state sound like he’s been reading from the book of Moses—Robert Moses, the New York City planner who never met a highway he didn’t like.
Malloy has announced that he wants to widen our interstate highways. All of them, everywhere! “Look at New Jersey,” he said recently. “They were smart enough to build parallel highways to existing highways,” evoking images of the six-lane wide New Jersey Turnpike where cars and trucks run in their own lanes.
Great, perhaps, for the swamps of Secaucus, but Malloy says he wants to replicate that on all of I-95 from Rhode Island to New York, adding lanes that would eat into some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
Imagine the decades of construction and the billions of dollars in cost. The exit 14 widening on I-95 in Norwalk alone cost $41 million, and it’s still not done.
‘Fabulous Job’ on Snow Cleanup
To the Editor:
I would like to congratulate the Town of Westport and everyone involved in the snow cleanup.
By yesterday afternoon the roads were completely clear!!! I could even drive down side roads with no problem.
They did a fabulous job and should know that we appreciate all their efforts, especially considering the conditions under which they were working.
‘Your Downtown’ Open House Rescheduled to Monday
The “Your Downtown” open house on the proposed Westport downtown master plan originally scheduled for today will he held Monday due to the storm, organizers announced.
It will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. The public is invited to attend at any point to view exhibits on key plan projects and question master plan consultants.
At 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be guided presentations of the draft plan. These will be televised on public access Channel 79 (Cablevision) and Channel 99 (ATT)
Public comments on the draft plan are welcome until Feb. 5. The plan may be downloaded here.
Ready for Shoppers
Parking Lots Clear
After the Storm
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
7 p.m. - Spotted Horse Tavern - WestportREADS 2015 Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Spotted Horse Tavern
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport