Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Westport Historic District Commission has announced the recipients of its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards.
The awards will be presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe, Historic District Commission Chair Francis Henkels, and members of the Historic District Commission at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Auditorium.
As in past years, WestportNow will carry photos and full details of the award recipients before the ceremony. They include:
6 Clover Lane; 190 Cross Highway (rehabilitation/special permit for historic residential structures); 383 Greens Farms Road (preservation); 8 Charcoal Hill Road (preservation); 101 Compo Road South (rehabilitation); Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway (rehabilitation); 37 Evergreen Ave., Helen Muller Award for an outstanding local historic district property; 159 Post Road East, Bedford Square (rehabilitation).
By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Republican leaders have agreed to raise taxes as part of the bipartisan budget framework announced Wednesday, sources say, with several of the levies hitting what typically are seen as Democratic constituencies: public school teachers, the working poor and smokers.
Sources close to the state budget talks told CT Mirror that Republicans, who relented last month on their no-tax stance to vote for a budget that raised taxes on hospitals and hit the working poor by reducing the earned income tax credit, are being asked to also raise cigarette taxes and impose a special levy on teachers.
Both parties also have discussed raising income taxes on the middle class by reducing the property tax credit. And sources said the deal would restrict access to that $200 credit, making it available only to the elderly and to households with dependents.
Whose constituencies will pay more taxes or give up more services to help end Connecticut’s 16-week budget impasse is certain to be part of the closed-door discussions that will begin today when House leaders present the details to the Democratic and Republican caucuses. The two Senate caucuses are to meet Monday, with the hope of voting a budget later in the week.
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Commission on People with Disabilities
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Vivian Maier—a Lifetime of Photographs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1:15 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportMAKES: A Scary Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
6:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Gene Madera, history of aviation in Connecticut
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Fighting Opioid Addiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Westport Youth Commission
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Parks and Recreation Commission tonight unanimously approved five recommendations to improve Compo Beach, the first of a number to be presented to the commission in coming months.
The recommendations made by Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Fava were: designated areas for permitted and daily parking; limiting daily passes to single entry only; installing more trash cans; increasing staff to pick up trash; and having a cleaning service on site weekends and holidays.
“The objective is to bring the beach back to where it was in past years,” said Charles Haberstroh, commission chairman.
The commission’s approval came after two-and-a-half hours of discussions and public comments about Compo’s woes.
Scenes from tonight’s Candidates Meet and Mingle at the barn at the Westport Country Playhouse sponsored by Facebook groups Front Porch and WestportMoms. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Jenny Scofield (l), state and national register coordinator at the State Historic Preservation Office tonight presented to the Historic District Commission (HDC) at a public informational meeting at Town Hall in support of the proposed Bridge Street National Register Historic District. She explained the eligibility of the neighborhood for the listing, the benefits of the designation to the property owners, and the mechanism for objections to the designation. Bridge Street is an historic neighborhood, currently part of a designated Scenic Highway, which includes a significant number of historic resources and provides a local gateway to the iconic William F. Cribari Memorial swing bridge, which is listed on the National Register. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Staples High School Boys Cross Country team today won the FCIAC championship at Waveny Park in New Canaan. In a rare feat in cross-country, Staples took first, second, and third place in the varsity race. Ben Seiple won the FCIAC championships with a time of 15:27 over the 5-kilometer course. Will Landowne finished second in 15:44 and Christian Myers was third in 15:47. Ryan Smith and Nick Taubenheim rounded out the top five Staples runners with 13th and 14th place finishes. The team demonstrated Staples’ depth by also taking the top five places in the FCIAC JV championship race; Henry Haas led the way, followed by Morgan Fierro, Luke Lorenz, Jaden Little and AJ Zuckerman. Jonathan Lorenz won the freshman race and Staples placed three of the top five and six of the top 15. Now the team, which is currently ranked second in the state, will prepare to defend its Class LL title. Varsity runners pictured (l-r) are Conrad Kaplan, Will Landowne, Christian Myers, Ben Seiple, Sunil Green, Nick Taubenheim, Ryan Smith and Tyler Wright. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
State legislative leaders declared today they had crafted the framework of a bipartisan deal to end Connecticut’s 110-day budget impasse, while conceding some key details, including distribution of town aid, remained to be resolved.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was not a party to the talks, expressed skepticism that the talks had produced a deal that would survive close scrutiny of rank-and-file lawmakers or his administration.
Anticipating the skepticism by Malloy and others in light of the dearth of details released by the lawmakers, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano of North Haven said the story of the day was how far the bipartisan talks had come, not what work remains.
“A lot of people said, ‘You won’t get there.’ And we did,” Fasano said.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 12 Covlee Drive, in the Saugatuck Shores section, is in process. Built in 1948, the one-story ranch has 1,998-square feet and is situated on a .27-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
The Westport Playhouse has scheduled two free, Sunday symposia on the genius of William Shakespeare for Nov. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m., playhouse officials announced.
The symposia are being held in conjunction with the production of “Romeo and Juliet,” which runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 19 — replete with a cast of 20 actors, period costuming, sword fights and scenic design.
Titled “As Boundless as the Sea: The Genius of William Shakespeare,” the two-part program represents the playhouse’s eighth annual educational and community engagement initiative, according to Patricia Blaufuss, playhouse spokeswoman.
The lectures are supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
Workers today install a main water line on Post Road East at the intersection of Morningside Drive that will connect with the property at 1177 (also known as 1175 Post Road East) Post Road East, the site of construction of a 94-unit residential housing project (rear). Thirty percent of the units will be affordable housing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was a packed house today at the annual Gather ‘Round the Table Luncheon to benefit Project Return. The luncheon, held at Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk, celebrated the work of the 32-year-old agency, and the first anniversary of its joining Homes With Hope as a fully integrated program. The Project Return house on Compo Road North currently serves eight homeless young women. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The house at Westport’s 14 Westport Ave., in the Compo Beach section, was demolished today. Built in 1932, the two-story conventional had 1,400-square feet, was situated on a .11-acre property and changed ownership in July 2016 for $1,250,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 22, 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
There are opportunities for both sellers and buyers in all in Westport’s real estate market under $1 million.
Twenty-three percent of single family homes available are listed under $1 million. That is a nicely balanced mix that slightly favors sellers over buyers, yet still offers a selection for buyers.
There are 79 homes in this price pocket, and statistics indicate nearly three weeks less market time than the town on average. Forty-seven percent of these properties are located in the Coleytown, Long Lots and Greens Farms areas.
The market for the starter range is healthy, and helps to create a domino effect for the upper ranges, as these homeowners tend to move up within the town.
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