Thursday, April 27, 2017
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Harding Lane, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1958, the 1-1/4 story conventional has 2,131-square feet and is situated on a 1.02-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
Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said enough school bus drivers reported to work today despite their contract expiring at midnight Wednesday.
“We have confirmed with Dattco this morning that they are able to provide normal bus transportation for our students today,” she said in an email to parents.
“Please follow your regular transportation plans for the day. All before and after school activities will take place at their regularly scheduled times.”
On Wednesday, she said the bus driver union leadership was not promoting a strike today, but how many drivers show up for work would not be known until this morning.
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Martini Madness Vintage Fashion Show
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Workshop on Pruning
5:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Throwback Thurdsday—Build a Diorama
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today asked legislative leaders to meet with him next week to plan a bipartisan response to state income tax receipts declining by “hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The governor did not identify how severe the decline is likely to be before his budget staff and nonpartisan analysts complete their latest assessment, which is due Monday.
But the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis — which prepares a daily update on income tax collections after the April 18 filing deadline — notified lawmakers today that receipts for April were running $293 million below originally anticipated levels.
That’s a revenue shortfall of 20.4 percent.
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington — The new tax plan released by the Trump administration today would slash taxes for corporations and eliminate the estate tax, double the standard deduction and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three.
The federal tax code overhaul, which the Trump administration calls the first of its kind since 1986, also would eliminate many deductions used by those who don’t take the standard deduction to lower their taxable income — including deductions for state and local taxes that would disproportionately impact high-income states like Connecticut.
But the Trump plan would keep the mortgage interest deduction and the charitable donations deduction in place. Trump’s plan also would boost the tax break for child and dependent care expenses.
But the proposal is only an outline, lacking key details, including the income levels that would be subject to the pared-down tax brackets of 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. White House officials say they haven’t specified which income levels would hit the higher tax brackets because that’s part of ongoing discussions with Congress.
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
Democrats say the state budget plan they released Tuesday was put together in the hope it would generate some Republican votes on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, but when they didn’t materialize Democrats were unable to hold their slim majority together to pass the plan.
Here’s what their so-called “compromise budget” would have provided in state education aid, according to data provided to some legislators by the Office of Fiscal Analysis.
Greenwich was the biggest winner for education aid. Its Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant -— the state’s main tool for distributing aid to local school districts -— was slated to increase by $1.25 million. Lisbon was the biggest loser, taking an ECS hit of $155,279. School aid for troubled school districts was boosted slightly — with Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury each scheduled for a $500,000 increase next fiscal year.
[Westport would have seen a $408,108 increase in its ECS grant and $59, 617 increase in special ed funding.]
Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said today the bus driver union leadership is not promoting a strike on Thursday, but how many drivers will show up for work will not be known until morning.
In an email to parents, she said a federal mediator, with urging from her office and the Dattco bus company, reached out to the drivers’ union to ask the union leadership to encourage its members to come to work on Thursday. Their contract expires at midnight tonight.
“We have been informed that this did occur and that union leadership is not promoting a strike,” Palmer said. She added that negotiations with representatives of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 are set to continue on Monday.
“We will not know the status of the drivers who plan to work tomorrow until shortly after 6:00 a.m. when they begin to report for work,” Palmer said.
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on today joined all of their Senate colleagues on a bus to the White House for a classified briefing on North Korea, but they and other senators from both parties said they left without learning much new.
“While we weren’t presented with any new information today, it’s clear that North Korea is a serious threat that must be dealt with immediately,” said Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Murphy said ending the threat posed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who “wants a nuclear weapon, and he wants to put it on a ballistic missile that can reach the United States,” is a national security priority.
“Unfortunately, the inconsistent and bellicose rhetoric from the Trump administration isn’t helpful, and it risks a miscalculation by either side that would cost lives and potentially lead to war,” said Murphy, one of the most vocal critics of Trump’s foreign policy in Congress.
Aux Delices French bakery and cafe, 1035 Post Road East, opens its second location in Westport next week at 44 Church Lane, according to owners Greg Addonizio and his wife Debra Ponzek. The new space was formerly occupied by SoNo Baking Company’s Bakery and Cafe which closed this month. Ponzek said the new location is its fifth since opening its first cafe in Riverside in 1995. Other locations are in Greenwich and Darien. She said the Church Lane location features the same range of baked goods and gourmet foods as its other Westport location, which opened in June 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School Principal Jeffrey M. Golubchick, placed on “paid administrative leave without prejudice” in February for letters his attorney sent to some teachers and administrators, has resigned, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said today.
In an email to Long Lots parents, she said he has submitted his resignation effective June 30. Golubchick, 36, has been principal since July 1, 2015. He earlier served as assistant principal at Saugatuck Elementary.
“Mr. Golubchick recently notified us that he will be leaving Westport to find an administrative position closer to his home in New York or in California, where his wife grew up,” Palmer said.
The school official has been silent since the abrupt removal of Golbuchick. He was at school on Wednesday, Feb. 8 but after a snow day on Thursday, he was not at the school the next day. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2017)
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Hale St., near Greens Farms Road, is in process. Built in 1963, the one-story ranch has 1,008-square feet, is situated on a .27-acre property and changed ownership in March for $340,000. 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
After a two-year absence, Concours d’Caffeine, a mini-version of the Concours d’Elegance classic car show, is returning to Westport on Sunday.
The event, presented by Jaguar Land Rover Fairfield with Concours Consulting Partners and benefiting the Westport Police Benevolent Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Railroad Place.
An announcement said Concours d’Caffeine “combines the excitement of a Concours d’Elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning cars and coffee gathering of motoring enthusiasts.”
The event is free to owners and show guests alike. Area businesses and restaurants will be open for coffee and lunch to make it a leisurely Sunday enjoyment for all attendees.
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Although Westport as a whole has enjoyed ramped up activity in the last couple of months, a few areas remain more marketable than others.
Three areas in town have had the most activity in the last 90 days. However, bear in mind that inventory in these neighborhoods and proper pricing have a lot to do with it.
In-town locations have been seeing the most activity in the last 90 days, with 24 homes currently available and 25 homes which have either taken a deposit or closed in the last 90 days.
The extended Compo Beach neighborhood is another strong area in town with 44 available homes for sale, and 36 properties that have taken a deposit or closed in the last 90 days
Westport real estate price changes over the past week:
5 Ivy Terrace $697,000->$475,000
10 Davenport Ave. $565,000->$549,000
18 Parsell Lane $645,000->$635,000
8 Kirock Place $715,000->$699,999
6 Saint George Place $765,000->$729,500
5 Allen Lane $785,000->$735,000
1 Saint George Place $750,000->$735,000
8 Rockyfield Road $825,000->$799,000
1 Evergreen Parkway $865,000->$822,000
295 Greens Farms Road $899,000->$850,000
19 Bulkley Ave. South $899,000->$889,000
5 Black Birch Road $949,000->$929,000
3 Baywood Lane $970,000->$947,500
209 Hillspoint Road $1,090,000->$999,000
299 North Ave. $1,249,000->$1,199,000
8 Abbotts Lane $1,279,000->$1,224,900
27 Bermuda Road $1,349,000->$1,279,000
8 Side Hill Road $1,650,000->$1,399,000
166 Roseville Road $1,550,000->$1,400,000
287 Bayberry Lane $1,549,000->$1,499,000
5 Locust Lane $1,899,000->$1,799,000
7 Tranquility Lane $2,095,000->$1,895,000
20 Minute Man Hill $2,250,000->$1,995,000
9 Old Hill Road $2,299,000->$2,199,000
4 Hillandale Road $2,550,000->$2,490,000
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