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Friday, September 30, 2011

More Coastal Flooding

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Today;s high tide brought more flooding along Westport’s shoreline This was the scene at Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Burritt’s Landing N.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Burritt’s Landing North, off Saugatuck Avenue, is in process. Built in 1958, the two-story contemporary has 3,714 square feet and is situated on a 1.25-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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09/30/11 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Tours Irene’s Toll on Downtown Businesses

By James Lomuscio

Though Hurricane Irene hit a month ago, its effect is still being felt on Westport’s Main Street, where U.S. Congressman Jim Himes got a first hand look today at business property damage and injury to the bottom line.

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The sign in Chico’s window on Westport’s Main Street seemed to say it all as Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff toured businesses impacted by Irene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The sign in Chico’s window seemed to say it all: “Due to Hurricane Irene Our Boutique is Temporarily Closed.”

Chico’s was one of three businesses that remain shuttered due to Irene. The others are Lulumon Athletica at 91 Main St. and Theory at 89.

Himes, who was accompanied by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, state Rep, Jonathan Steinberg, and Tom Nocera, spokesman for the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), called the damage Irene caused to businesses upsetting, especially since most have been struggling since the economic downturn.

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 12 - 16, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 12 - 16, 2011:

Jarvis and Michelle Bowers Trs. to Geoffrey R. and Emily Robb King, 7 Keyser Road, $1,485,000WN property.jpg

Sharon and John L. Kurland Trus to Moneka and James J. Krouse, 16 Pier Way Landing, $1,350,000

Drumlin LLC and Christopher Kaminski, 48 Drumlin Road, $410,000

David P. Steinmetz to Sally R. K. and Stephen E. Fisk, 23 Maple Ave. South, $960,000

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09/30/11 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Tours Irene-Impacted Businesses on Main Street

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) toured Westport Main Street today to visit businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Joining him in front of the Chico’s clothing boutique still closed because of the storm were (l-r) state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Tom Nocera, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The officials stressed to business owners the availability of federal funds to help recover from the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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09/30/11 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Post-Storm Tales from the Liquor Locker

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Harvey Skolnick (r), owner of Main Street’s Liquor Locker, tells some official visitors today that Tropical Storm Irene caused only minimal damage because he was able to get much of his stock off the floor before flood waters rose several feet in his store. Listening are (l-r) Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Tom Nocera of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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09/30/11 06:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

With October Comes Pumpkins

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With October a day away, Geiger’s Garden Center on Westport’s Post Road East already has plenty of pumpkins to choose from. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, September 30, 2011


9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Theatre - Westport Community Theatre: “Moonlight and Magnolias”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pancake Breakfast Sunday Supports Wakeman Farm

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Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie appear on a poster promoting Sunday’s pancake breakfast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

A pancake breakfast and “pop-up” farmers market will take place at the Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center, 124 Cross Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday to raise funds for the town-owned facility.

Staples environmental science teacher Mike Aitkenhead and his wife Carrie, who are returning to the farm to live and offer a teaching program there, will be on hand as will be volunteers who will help run the facility as part of a new town committee.

The $5 breakfast will feature a menu from Christie’s County Store that includes fresh pancakes, nitrate-free bacon and fresh maple syrup. The market will include local vendors and craftspeople selling everything from artisanal foods to handmade crafts.

The Aitkenheads were forced to leave the farm when GVI ended its lease of the farm last month. GVI had hired Michael Aitkenhead to run the farm but did not renew his contract, causing a flurry of objections from Staples students as well as criticism of GVI.

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09/29/11 10:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dark Afternoon

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Rain then sunshine then heavy rains again in late afternoon made up the weather pattern in Westport today. View is looking west from Post Road East near Compo Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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09/29/11 10:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heavy Rains Cause Power Outages

UPDATE Heavy rains today led to power outages in Westport, Connecticut Light & Power Company said.

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Westport firefighters at the scene of a downed power line in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At 11 p.m., CL&P said all Westport customers had their power back after earlier reporting as many as 196 customers were affected.

Residents in the area of 5 Newtown Turnpike lost electric power in the late afternoon when a heavy rain downpour caused a tree branch to snap, pulling down a utility line.

John Albano, a resident around the corner on Columbine Lane, Norwalk said that the his power went off at 4:40 p.m. 

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Getting Ready for ‘Love Night’

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Associate Artistic Director for Westport Country Playhouse, David Kennedy, and Westport Arts Center Director of Visual Arts, Helen Klisser During, prepare for next week’s “Love Night.” The program is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and will be a collaborative presentation from the two organizations, exploring the common language of visual art and theater. Actors, reading scenes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” will help to weave together conversations, and to make powerful connections between Shakespeare’s words and “Love: In The Eye of The Beholder,” WAC’s current exhibition. “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” will open at the Playhouse on Oct. 11.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for WestportNow.com

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Special Weather Statement

A line of heavy showers and thunderstorms will impact Fairfield County in late afternoon, a National Weather Service advisory said.

At 4:05 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking heavy shower and thunderstorms in Westchester County moving east.

Winds up to 40 mph are expected with these storms. In addition, very heavy rain with rainfall rates of up to one inch an hour is occurring with these storms, the advisory said.

This could cause ponding of water on roadways and minor flooding of poor drainage areas.

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09/29/11 08:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Real Estate Report: Availability of Financing is Key

By Judy Szablak

For those of you that are in the process of selling your home, or thinking about selling, one very important factor to keep in mind is that the availability of financing has a great impact on your sale. Most buyers will need to obtain a mortgage, and they will need access to reasonable loan programs.

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This Saugatuck Island contemporary home at 116 Harbor Road is listed at $1,395,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Prudential CT Realty

What initially appears like a very minor change in interest rates or loan limits might seem inconsequential to you, but it might make all the difference in the world as to whether a buyer can obtain a loan for your property.

Over the past few months, we have heard about a number of changes that were possible on the financial front. Probably the biggest change to affect mortgages was that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were to adjust loan limits downward as of Oct. 1 for government-backed mortgages. 

While some industry experts had thought (and hoped) that this would not be the case, it is now going to be a reality.

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Armed Robber Gets $200 from Merritt Country Store

A man showing a handgun robbed Westport’s Merritt Country Store of about $200 early today, police and the victim said.

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Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the robber made off with about $200, adding: “It was a horrible experience.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Clerk Shoaib Sidd said the man, described as under 40 years old, entered the store at 337 Main St. about 3:30 a.m. wearing a mask and large sunglasses, showed a black handgun and demanded money. 

The Pakistan native said he handed over about $200. “We don’t have much money here at night,” he said, adding: “It was a horrible experience, but I am fine now.”

Police said the man fled northbound on Main Street and that a K-9 dog from the Monroe Police Department was unable to pick up a trail.

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