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Saturday, May 27, 2017

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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05/27/17 09:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

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) Swag Mellon 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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