Friday, March 24, 2017
With the calendar saying spring, flowers are blooming around Westport despite the un-spring temperatures. These bloomers are at Westport’s Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present” (last day)
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... The Digital Library
11:45 a.m. - Family YMCA - Healthy Living: Developing Better Family Sleep Habits
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Opening Reception for “Charles Reid: Painting the Light”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - School of Rock “House Band Rock Off”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “Urinetown, The Musical”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Wakeman Town Farm Spring Barn Dance
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, March 23, 2017
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington — President Donald Trump and House Republicans are making both threats and promises to try to salvage the GOP health care bill — but the deal-making is all on the Republican side of the aisle, with Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation sitting on the sidelines.
“This is horse-trading right now,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District. “They are going back and forth until they can get the votes.”
While Democrats are not sitting at the negotiating table, that doesn’t mean Connecticut’s lawmakers were idle. They joined a Democratic strategy to intensify attacks on the GOP plan, which would cut federal Medicaid funding to states and result in an additional 24 million uninsured by 2026, according the Congressional Budget Office.
About 85,000 Connecticut residents receive subsidies to purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and another 217,000 get care through the law’s expansion of Medicaid.
Staples High School’s Building Bridges Club has scheduled a documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis followed by a panel discussion for Saturday, April 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, club members announced.
The program will begin with the film “Salam Neighbor,” produced by two Greens Farms Academy graduates, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci.
According to event planners, the two filmmakers had lived in a refugee camp to produce the award-winning work.
Building Bridges was founded by Kion Bruno, the grandson of Iranian immigrants who aims to “build bridges of understanding” between Americans and people from the Middle East.
Westport police advise that Hillandale Road between West Parish Road and Wakeman Road will be closed until further notice due to a motor vehicle accident.
Reports from the scene said there were no injuries but that a utility pole was severely damaged and required replacement.
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The Connecticut unemployment rate rose from 4.5 percent in January to 4.7 percent in February as the state posted a net loss of 1,600 jobs, nearly all in the private sector, the state Department of Labor reported today. The U.S. unemployment rate also was 4.7 percent.
A job sector with some sensitivity to the weather was the hardest hit: the leisure and hospitality industry shed 3,200 jobs. The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,900 jobs, with retail cutbacks being the biggest factor, the DOL said.
Those losses were partially offset by gains of 3,100 jobs in education and health services, 1,200 in construction and 900 in professional and business services.
The jobs gain of 5,700 reported in January was revised upward to a gain of 6,500 jobs.
Nicole Klein (c) has been sworn in as new Westport Democratic deputy registrar of voters. She replaces Nancy Saipe who stepped down after six years as deputy. Pictured after her swearing in are: (l-r) Colleen Tarpey, assistant town clerk; Patty Strauss, town clerk; Klein, Marla Cowden, Democratic registrar of voters, Kevin White, Republican registrar of voters, and Ruth Cavayero, deputy town clerk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
For a different view of Westport, check out the National Geographic website, which just put every U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. The Westport quad actually brings up five maps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Geological Survey
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment & 401(k) Defined Contribution Plan Investment Committees
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
4:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Fairfield County String Quartet classical chamber music concert
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Works Information Presentation
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Simrit: Syllables of Change”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Court of Oaks, off Hickory Drive, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1930, the two-story colonial has 1,400-square feet and is situated on a .36-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 legislature’s Italian-American Legislative Caucus today presented longtime Westporter Joe Mioli—co-owner of the Westport Pizzeria and who served as the town’s state representative from 2004 to 2010—with an official General Assembly citation for his “promotion and prosperity of the Italian culture and history.” Mioli has been active with the Italian-American caucus’ education fund. Joining Mioli were his successor, state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, and state Sen. Toni Boucher, who represents a portion of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Westport’s real estate market has not been this active for quite a long time.
In fact, closed sales are up from the first quarter of last year, and the median sale price is up by an impressive $200,000.
The current buyer activity is higher than we have seen for quite some time, and may possibly facilitate a nominal rise in property values.
Although the seasonal spring market is fueling part of this increase in activity, a mostly mild winter also gave us a wonderful base to start from, and a great head start on the season.
Westport real estate price changes over the past week:
3 Clinton Ave. $564,000->$555,000
79 Compo Road North $659,000->$649,000
299 Main St. $675,000->$669,000
33 Pumpkin Hill Road $789,000->$769,000
118 Wilton Road $1,159,000->$1,109,000
166 Roseville Road $1,400,000->$1,550,000 (Increase)
20-26 Morningside Drive South. $1,950,000->$1,650,000
15 High Point Road $1,779,000->$1,689,000
2 Mimi Lane $1,895,000->$1,795,000
318 Wilton Road $1,999,900->$1,899,000
1 Oak Ridge Park $1,999,999->$1,899,999
196 Long Lots Road $2,099,000->$1,999,000
8 Harbor Road $2,300,000->$2,150,000
129 Beachside Ave. $2,685,000->$2,499,000
19 Hillspoint Road $2,695,000->$2,569,000
6 Hillandale Lane $2,495,000->$2,585,000
104 Easton Road $2,675,000->$2,585,000
UPDATE High winds brought down trees and power lines around Westport today.
At 2 p.m., Eversource Energy reported 56 Westport customers were without power. Service was restored several hours later.
Winds gusting to 37 miles per hour as measured at Westport Fire Headquarters whipped through the area in early afternoon.
Emily Schussheim (l) has been named valedictorian of Staples High School’s Class of 2017 and Christopher Scherban is salutatorian. Emily has spent her entire academic career in the Westport school system while Christopher moved here in 10th grade, in large part for the schools. They will be featured speakers in June — she at the graduation ceremonies, he the night before at baccalaureate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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